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Colorado Edition: Living Virtually

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Today on Colorado Edition: we’ll learn about how the state is modeling the path of COVID-19, and how those models impact policy. Plus, an update on budgeting at the state Capitol. And, we’ll learn about remote Seder dinners, a virtual symphony, and get some suggestions for films that are streaming.

Modeling An Outbreak

How many hospitalizations and deaths will result from COVID-19 in our state? It turns out that those projections vary widely depending on what model you're looking at.

KUNC's Adam Rayes joined us to explain how the state is modeling the virus, and how predictions impact policies.

Colorado's State Budget

Colorado's economic forecast is growing increasingly gloomy as a record number of residents file for unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic. The state's ski areas and other major businesses remain closed, and lawmakers are staying away from an empty Capitol building. But as KUNC's Scott Franz reports, they still need to write a budget.

Celebrating Passover Virtually

The Jewish holiday of Passover starts at sundown on Wednesday. Typically, this is a time when family and friends come together to share the Seder, a ritual meal that is central to observing the holiday. But stay-at-home orders, mass closures and social distancing make Passover this year anything but typical. Instead of gathering around a table, many families will assemble for the seder in front of computer screens — with the help of video conferencing technology.

KUNC's Rae Solomon joined us with some insight about how to make a virtual seder.

An Online Symphony

For the members of Colorado's various orchestras and ensembles, the COVID-19 pandemic has left auditoriums empty and the musicians who counted on them scrambling. But many are getting creative with bringing their music to the masses. KUNC arts reporter Stacy Nick has more.

Streaming Suggestions

Movie theaters may be closed, but KUNC film critic Howie Movshovitz, who teaches film and television at CU Denver, says the cinema is alive and well. He has some recommendations for films to watch until they open again. Plus, you can watch them with your children, and no one will be embarrassed.

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 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 iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher  or wherever you get your podcasts. You can hear the show on KUNC's air, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with a rebroadcast of the previous evening's show Tuesday through Friday at 9:30 a.m.

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Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.