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Colorado Edition: New Traditions

Leigh Paterson
Fireworks go off in a Denver neighborhood during the nightly 8 p.m. howl.

Today on Colorado Edition: We talk to a historian about past pandemics. We also hear from a COVID-19 patient who was recently released from hospitalization. Plus, we learn more about a new nightly tradition around the state, and explore the state's unemployment funding.

Conversation With A COVID-19 Survivor

On Monday, North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley released the 100th patient from the hospital after recovering from COVID-19, to cheers and applause from nurses and doctors. Her name is Josie Rocha. She is 71-years-old and lives in Brush. She was in the hospital for nearly a month and spent almost 10 days on a ventilator. She is now in a rehabilitation hospital near Limon, as she continues her recovery. Josie joined us for a conversation about her experience with the virus, along with her son Jess Ponce.

Examining The State's Unemployment Funding

There has been a surge of unemployment claims filed across the country and in our state. But how will the state pay for all of the claims? And will there be a lasting impact on businesses or Colorado's economy? Dan Mika has been reporting on this for BizWest, and he joined us to talk about how the state funds unemployment claims.

Exploring A New Nightly Tradition: Howling

After weeks spent under a stay-at-home order, Coloradans are looking for ways to find a sense of community and connection while still isolating themselves physically. Perhaps you've heard — or are even participating in — what KUNC's Stacy Nick found.

What Can We Learn From Past Pandemics?

The COVID-19 pandemic isn't the first pandemic the world has faced, and it likely won't be the last. To learn more about past pandemics and how they were handled, we spoke with Elizabeth Fenn, a history professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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:

  • “Camp Fermin” by Zander
  • "Waltz for Zacaria" by Cholate

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.

Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.