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Colorado Edition: The State Of The State

Scott Franz
Capitol Coverage
Colorado Democrats abandoned a paid family leave proposal of their own this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and concerns about the program from the business community. A proposal at the ballot box would create a more expansive benefit program than the one debated by lawmakers in recent years.

Today on Colorado Edition: We'll get the highlights from the governor's annual State of the State address. We'll also look at housing costs in Boulder, learn about an exhibit by veteran photographers, and look at the changing landscape of nature photography. 

State Of The State

Gov. Jared Polis
Credit Scott Franz / Capitol Coverage
Capitol Coverage
Gov. Jared Polis takes a selfie before delivering his State of the State address.

Today Gov. Jared Polis delivered his second State of the State address. KUNC’s Scott Franz was there, and joins us with the highlights.

Boulder County Rents

Credit Jim Hill / KUNC

Rents in Boulder county have stabilized, now for the second year in a row. John Spina has been following trends in the county’s housing market for The Boulder Daily Camera, and joined to explain what this means.

Through The Eyes Of Veterans

Credit Colorado Photographic Arts Center

A new exhibit opens this Saturday at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. It’s called The Subjective Lens – Through The Eyes of Veterans and it features the work of 10 Denver-area photographers, all of who have served in the military. 

Samantha Johnston, the executive director of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, spoke with us about the exhibit. 

Nature Photography  


Credit Madelyn Beck / Mountain West News Bureau
Mountain West News Bureau
Glenn Oakley, 64, has been a freelance photographer for decades, working with publications ranging from Life to Time to the Smithsonian Magazine.

The Mountain West is a mecca for nature photographers. But they’re facing some new competitors these days — us. Anyone with a smart phone now has a fancy camera in their pocket, and if they’re lucky, can stumble on a shot that a professional photographer’s been waiting on for days. A grizzly, the elusive black-footed ferret. A perfect sunrise.

The Mountain West News Bureau’s Madelyn Beck reports.

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:

  • “An Introduction to Beetles” by Origami
  • "Tar and Spackle" by Vacant Distillery

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.