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KUNC's Colorado Edition: You Do It For Them

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Leigh Paterson

In this week's Colorado Edition, we remember Columbine 20 years after the attacks and look at what's changed since then. Other stories include changing the face of public art in Colorado and a review from film critic Howie Movshovitz.

It's been twenty years since a mass shooting at Columbine High School shocked the nation. Since then, school districts across the country have been trying to figure out how best to protect their students with tougher security and through preventative measures, like better mental health services. We take a deeper look at how things have changed.

This story is part of our series Columbine, Then & Now, done in conjunction with our partners at Guns & America. Read all three parts:

Go anywhere in Colorado and you're likely to come upon a piece of public art. If it's representative of a man, it's often one from state history. But if it's a woman, it's typically a generic one. Stacy Nick reports how one Colorado artist is looking to change that.

The new film "Peterloo" has revived awareness of an 1819 event in England that has been long ignored but is still important in Britain. Howie Movshovitz, who teaches film and television at CU Denver, says the filmmaker gets inside his characters like very few others.

In the headlines:

  • About half a million students on the Front Range were out of school Wednesday after a teenager made credible but non-specific threats of violence in the Denver metro area. The teenager was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
  • Gov. Jared Polis has signed a bill giving local governments more control over oil and gas drilling operations. Senate Bill 181 lets cities increase setbacks and issue fines for spills and other violations.
  • Twelve Democrats are now hoping to challenge Republican Cory Gardner in the 2020 U.S. Senate race. Of the millions of dollars already flowing in, significant amounts have come from outside the state.
  • If you feel like Colorado is getting crowded, you're not imagining things. New census data shows the state's population continues to grow and there's no sign that's slowing down, especially along the Front Range.
  • Carl's Jr. plans to test a double-decker cheeseburger with a CBD-infused sauce on 4/20. It costs $4.20. Yup.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our intro music is "Remember Me" by Colorado musician Kalatana. The midshow break is "Bling Bong" by Robbie Reverb. Other music this week by Blue Dot Sessions:

  • "Lamplist"
  • "Cloud Line"
  • "Donnalee"
  • "Entwined Oddity"
  • "Tower of Mirrors"

This episode was hosted and produced by assistant news director Erin O'Toole and managing editor Brian Larson. Digital manager Ashley Jefcoat handled the web. News director Catherine Welch and managing editor Brian Larson 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.

Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.