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KUNC's Colorado Edition: Black Holes And Thankful Revelations

Rae Ellen Bichell / KUNC

On this week's Colorado Edition, we take a look at some of our - and your - favorite stories from this year. It's fun for the whole family and may be a lot easier to digest than your great-aunt's mystery casserole.

First, we talk about trash (where that mystery casserole is most likely to end up, let's not kid ourselves here). What do you do when you are about to run out of room to dump your garbage? For most of us, we just empty the garbage can and start a new bag. But at the only publicly-owned landfill in northern Colorado, it's a problem on a much larger scale. As Matt Bloom reports, local governments are questioning the future of the region's waste management.

Speaking of trash compactors, did you know that black holes are as much creators as they are destroyers? Scientists found a black hole that was particularly active - constantly belching out materials and setting up conditions for new stars to be born. From January, Rae Ellen Bichell chatted with the researchers about their tantrum-throwing toddler of a black hole.

Only two U.S. cities remain in contention for the 2030 Winter Olympics: Denver and Salt Lake City. But there's a lot of people around Colorado who are not keen with the idea of the Winter Games coming to the state. From May, Michael de Yoanna talks to a person intimately familiar with deciding what to do with the Olympics.

This year we were visited by the StoryCorps Mobile Booth. One of our favorite stories shared there came from Liz Barnez and Lori Daigel. They told the story of their remarkable relationship. After falling for each other as teenagers in New Orleans, they fell out of touch for years, until a chance encounter on Facebook brought them back together.

The new documentary The Great Buster: A Celebration chronicles the life and career of one of the great movie clowns. For KUNC film critic Howie Movshovitz, who teaches film and television at CU Denver, Buster Keaton's films still amazing and are a delight for all audiences.

In the headlines:

  • We are the worst at recycling, guys. Colorado recycles less than a quarter of its trash, according to the non-profit Colorado Public Interest Research Group.
  • Can we give a short shout-out to Toasty, the mascot of the newly-minted Rocky Mountain Vibes baseball team? The newsroom thinks he's pretty cute.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you! StoryCorps is sponsored locally by Kaiser Permanente.

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

  • Lee Rosevere - "Thank you for Holding"
  • Broke for Free - "The Gold Lining"
  • SRO - "I Miss Summer"
  • Robbie Reverb - "Bling Bong"
  • Squire Tuck - "Thank your Lucky Stars"
  • Poddington Bear - "Blossoming
  • Borrtex - "Thank you for this world"

This episode was hosted and produced by assistant news director Erin O'Toole and Karlie Huckels. Digital editor Ashley Jefcoat handled the web. News director Catherine Welch, managing editor Brian Larson and producer Ryan Thompson contributed to this episode.

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.