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Colorado Edition: On The Outside

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Snow in Colorado's Rocky Mountains

Today on Colorado Edition: We explore the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show and how it's changed over the years. We also learn about how memorabilia from a famous British scientist made its way to Colorado, and we look at public health insurance in one mountain community.

Colorado Senators In Washington

Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner have seen the trial of President Donald Trump unfold. Now, the Democrat and the Republican are indicating where they stand. KUNC’s Michael de Yoanna joined us to talk about it.

Changes To The Outdoor Retailer Snow Show

The annual Outdoor Retailer Snow Show began Wednesday in Denver. It’s a place for retailers and manufacturers to check out the latest outdoor gear, and it’s also becoming a place for people to meet and discuss some of the big issues facing the industry. Today on the show, we spoke to a handful of people about where the show started and where it stands now.

Jason Blevins from the Colorado Sun covers the outdoor industry and joined us to talk about the scope of the show. We also spoke with Robert Duffy, who is a professor of political science at Colorado State University, about how politics has made its way into the outdoor industry. Finally, we spoke with the executive director of the Outdoor Foundation, Lise Aangeenbrug.

How Did Alan Turing's Belongings End Up In Colorado?

In the mid-1980s, memorabilia from the British scientist Alan Turing was stolen from a school in England. Turing is considered by many to be the progenitor of computer science. He was also instrumental in cracking the German Enigma Code in World War II. After more than three decades, the stolen items were finally recovered. And it just so happens that they were found right here in Colorado.

Dan Mika, who originally reported this story, joined us to talk about Turing and the story behind the stolen belongings.

Public Health Insurance In Summit County

Summit County residents decided they were paying too much for health insurance. So, they took matters into their own hands and created the Peak Health Alliance to lower premiums. Plans started this year and people are paying 20% less because of them. In collaboration with KUNC, 1A’s Amanda Williams learned how they did it with Peak Health Alliance CEO, Tamara Pogue. 
 
This story was produced in collaboration with KUNC and 1A Across America – which receives support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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 in the show by Blue Dot Sessions:

  • “Vienna Beat" by Radiopink
  • "When in the West" by Landsman Duets

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 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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Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.