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Colorado Edition: Mixed Messages

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Today on Colorado Edition: we’ll learn about how the coronavirus pandemic has changed campaigns, and what impact it’s had on state politics. Plus, we’ll talk with a local business owner, hear about how the pandemic has impacted migrant farmworkers, and talk to a scientist who recently discovered an ancient mammal.

Campaigning During Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we work, go to school and socialize. It’s also creating unprecedented challenges for political candidates who use small and large gatherings to drum up support for their campaigns. KUNC’s Scott Franz gives us a look at how Democrats are reacting in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race.

How State Lawmakers, And Legislation, Have Been Impacted

Scott Franz also joined us to talk about the work ahead for state lawmakers, who are embarking on a grim task this month of deciding which government programs will be cut because of the economic devastation from the coronavirus.

Dog Grooming During A Pandemic

Under the state’s new safer-at-home order, one type of business that has been allowed to re-open is dog groomers. We talked with a local business owner, Diana Phillips from Le Clipperie Dog Grooming in Greeley, about what re-opening looks like for her.

Migrant Farmworkers

Coronavirus has caused a lot of uncertainty for Colorado farmers. But what about their workers? Migrant farmworkers are expected to start coming to the state in droves. And as KUNC’s Adam Rayes reports, there are still unanswered questions about their health and safety.

An Ancient Discovery

Dr. David Krause is part of a team that recently published a paper on the new discovery of a 66-million-year-old mammal in Madagascar. David Krause lives here in Colorado, and is senior curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He joined us to describe the newfound animal.

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 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., with a rebroadcast of the previous evening's show Tuesday through Friday at 9:30 a.m.

Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.