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Colorado Edition: Tracking The Trackers

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Today on Colorado Edition: we'll discuss the role that Colorado's congressional delegation has played in the impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Plus, how NORAD got into tracking Santa. We'll also hear about how families celebrate Hanukkah differently across the country, and we'll talk with KUNC's arts reporter about her favorite moments of 2019. 

Impeachment

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been hearing a lot about impeachment. And something that stood out to us is the role that Colorado representatives have been playing so far in the process.

Jesse Paul has been following Colorado's delegation during the proceedings and recently reported on the role of impeachment in Representative Joe Neguse’s career for The Colorado Sun. He joined us to discuss what he found. 

Celebrating Hanukkah

Sunday night at sundown, the Jewish tradition of Hanukkah began. This year, as it does sometimes, Hanukkah overlaps with Christmas – which might seem like a wonderful occasion for interfaith families, but it can actually make the holiday season a bit tricky.  

Here to talk more about this is Dr. Samira Mehta, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder - in the Department of Women and Gender Studies and Jewish Studies. 

2019 In Review

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We look back on the year in reporting with Stacy Nick, KUNC's arts and culture reporter, who discusses some of her favorite moments from the year. 

Why NORAD Tracks Santa

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NORAD volunteers answer phone calls to their Santa hotline in 2007. The tradition of tracking Santa on his trip around the world started in 1955 by accident.

  

Every year kids across the globe follow Santa Claus on his Christmas Eve journey from the North Pole. And the source of the information about Santa’s whereabouts is NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command based out of Colorado Springs.  

KUNC’s Michael de Yoanna tracked the Santa trackers to find out about how this military branch got involved in following Saint Nick, and he joined KUNC’s Kyra Buckley last year to talk about what he found.  

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

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman (@HWZimmerman), and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. Managing editor Brian Larson contributed to this episode.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a daily news magazine taking an in-depth look at the issues and culture of Northern Colorado. It's available on our website, as well as on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can hear the show on KUNC's air, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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