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KUNC's Colorado Edition: People Of Action

Stacy Nick
Street performer Casey Moore gets some help from the audience to lock himself into a straight jacket.

On this week's Colorado Edition, stories of action: Journalists go rogue, some Coloradans get fed up, Boulder stays weird and talented young people act out.

The annual High Plains Chautauqua returned to Greeley this week with its unique blend of living history that draws on education, theatre and the humanities. This year's theme focused on the 1960s. Erin O'Toole checked in with some of the young Coloradans debuting on the stage as such notable figures as actress Audrey Hepburn and French politician Charles de Gaulle.

It's back to school time but a new report says some ordinary school supplies are made with chemicals which can cause cancer, reproductive or developmental problems in children. Stephanie Daniel shares the details.

A team of scientists - lead by Colorado State University - is taking a deeper look into how smoke impacts air quality, weather and climate. Karlie Huckels spoke with lead scientist Emily Fischer for more.

Monday was the deadline to turn in signatures for groups wanting to get measures on the November election ballot. One of those groups is Colorado Rising, who wants to increase the setback distance between new oil and gas drilling rigs and residential development, like schools and homes. Matt Bloom reports on the people for and against Initiative 97.

A new news organization is about to launch in Denver. It's called The Colorado Sun and it's one of 14 publications that are part of an international experiment in reinventing journalism - Civil. As Rae Ellen Bichell reports, the birth of The Sun starts with the tribulations of a century-old newspaper.

This summer, Boulder's Pearl Street Mall celebrates its 41st birthday. While the area's restaurants and shops are certainly part of the appeal, there are also some more unique aspects that draw people in. Stacy Nick checked out the dangerous, body-bending spectacle.

In the new movie "Eighth Grade" a girl goes through some of the grade school pains that most of us can remember. For KUNC film critic Howie Movshovitz, who teaches film and television at CU Denver, it's all a little too familiar.

Our intro music is "Remember Me" by Colorado musician Kalatana. Our outro is "Good Grief" by Ryan Little. Other music this week:

  • "Beautiful Life" by Broke for Free
  • "Climbing the Mountain" by Podington Bear
  • "Mantra" by Evan Schaeffer
  • "Chill Funk" by Cambo

This episode is hosted and produced by Erin O'Toole and Karlie Huckels. Editors Ashley Jefcoat and Brian Larson contributed to our show. Ashley also manages digital.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a weekly look at the top stories from our newsroom. It's available every Friday on our website, as well as on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher or wherever (RSS) you get your podcasts. You can hear it on the air every Sunday at 9 p.m. on KUNC.