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Colorado Edition: Curious Coloradans

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'Beer archaeologist' Travis Rupp inspects the latest ale of antiquity, George Washington Porter, surrounded by the oak barrels it fermented in at Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colo.

Today on Colorado Edition: we'll bring you stories of Coloradans with unusual jobs, from a Capitol tour guide, to a ski map artist, to a beer archaeologist and a singer-songwriter. 

Capitol Tour Guide

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Colorado state Capitol tour guide Ellen Stanton poses next to a model of the building. Before she moved to Colorado, Stanton served as a tour guide at Mount Vernon and the U.S. Capitol.

Colorado’s Capitol building has seen its share of political drama over the years. But beyond the filibusters, press conferences and late-night debates, it’s a building full of relics and hidden stories.  

KUNC’s Scott Franz — who works from the basement — recently got upstairs to tag along with a tour guide who was willing to share some of the building’s biggest secrets.

The Man Behind The Maps


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James Niehues' map of Breckenridge.

You know those ski maps that you'll find at resorts? 

Artist James Niehues has been designing those for decades. We recently met him in his studio outside of Denver, and spoke with him about what it's like to craft the maps, and what they mean to skiers. 

You can find an extended version of this interview here, along with more photos of Niehues' maps. 

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For an Egyptian beer, Rupp drew on artifacts like this model brewery found in a hidden chamber of the tomb of Meketre, dating to about 2,000 B.C.E.

Beer Archeologist

Over this holiday week, you may be enjoying a pint or two from some of the countless breweries here in Colorado. But what do you know about the history of beer? 

When you think of archeology, mummies might come to mind, or people digging up artifacts. But for at least one man, archeology is about a very specific piece of history: beer.

KUNC’s Rae Ellen Bichell reports.  

Speaking With Wendy Woo

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Wendy Woo performs at a Loveland Food Truck Rally. Her summer season frequently is booked with outdoor concerts and festivals.

It was a busy year for Colorado singer-songwriter Wendy Woo. She released her first solo album in almost 15 years, and was the subject of a new documentary, ‘Unshaken: The Road to Woo.’ 

KUNC arts reporter Stacy Nick met up with the artist to talk about a career three decades in the making. 

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. Other music this week by Blue Dot Sessions:

  • "Curious Case" by The Cabinetmaker
  • "Neil Takes Two" by Studio J
  • “Donnalee” by Bitters

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.

Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.