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Colorado Edition: We Are The Robots

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Idaho Gov. Brad Little attends an Idaho State Police gun range event in January. Little has been recruiting firearms manufacturers and Idaho is one of several gun-friendly states that have been landing places for gun companies leaving states with more res

Today on Colorado Edition: we’ll learn about a partnership between mental health services and the police department on the University of Colorado Boulder’s campus. Plus, a look at how Denver Public Schools is changing the way they teach students with disabilities. We’ll also discuss what artificial intelligence could mean for jobs in our area, and hear about why some firearm and ammunition manufacturers are considering moving states.

CU Boulder’s New Mental Health Partnership

It’s stressful going to college. For many students, it’s their first time living away from home, and there are new social and academic pressures to face. 

The University of Colorado Boulder has seen an increase in students utilizing mental health services in recent years. As a result of this increase, the university is implementing a new system to provide care to students outside of business hours. 

Counseling and Psychiatric Services, or CAPS, and the CU Boulder police department are partnering  to provide mental health care to students 24/7. Judy Taub, the associate director of clinical services at CU Boulder, joined us to explain. 

Denver Public Schools Change Approach To Teaching Students With Disabilities

Traditionally, students with disabilities are placed in separate special education classrooms in school. Denver Public Schools is working to change that, and instead place more of these students into general education classrooms. They’re hoping that their work can serve as a model for the rest of the state. 

Melanie Asmar, a reporter for Chalkbeat Colorado, has been covering this issue, and joins us to discuss what she found.

Artificial Intelligence And Jobs

Yesterday on the show, we learned what artificial intelligence is, and what it isn’t. Today, we’re going to explore another important piece of the AI puzzle: how the technology factors into the job market around the country and here in our state.  

To help us understand that, Chris Wood, editor of BizWest, joined us.

Companies In Firearm Industry Consider Moves

As states pass gun regulations, some firearms manufacturers are voting with their feet and re-locating. As Heath Druzin reports for KUNC, gun-friendly states like Idaho hope that a shift in the industry will give them an economic edge in the West.

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:

  •  “Steadfast” by K2
  • “LaBranche” by Bayou Birds
  • “Cradle Rock” by Nursery

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.