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Colorado Edition: Straight Ahead

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Jackie Hai
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KUNC

Today on Colorado Edition: We learn about the origins of Denver PrideFest and hear about LGBTQ+ history in Colorado. We also explore the bankruptcy filing of Denver-based Extraction Oil and Gas. We hear what it’s like to plan a wedding during a pandemic, and learn what about derechos. Lastly, we’ll revisit the brutal murder of Denver radio host Alan Berg.

The Origins Of Denver PrideFest

This weekend is the annual Denver PrideFest, but due to the coronavirus, this year's event will be celebrated virtually. To learn about the history of the celebration, we spoke with Aaron Marcus. He is The Gill Foundation Associate Curator of LGBTQ+ History at History Colorado. A note: The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, a program of the Gill Foundation, provides financial support to KUNC.

Extraction Oil And Gas Files For Bankruptcy

As the oil and gas industry continues to face the economic fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic, Denver-based Extraction Oil and Gas has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Dan Mika from BizWest has been reporting on this story and joined us to discuss.

Getting Hitched During A Pandemic

June is usually the height of wedding season. But weddings, like so many other events this summer, are coming together very differently than intended. Joe Eibes and Brittney Orbeck planned a big wedding for earlier this month, but when COVID-19 happened they cancelled their ceremony, unsure of how to move forward. KUNC’s Matt Bloom recently spoke with them about navigating a wedding during the pandemic.

 

36th Anniversary Of Alan Berg’s Murder

Today is the 36th anniversary of Denver radio talk show host Alan Berg’s brutal murder. The Jewish attorney turned radio personality was targeted by members of an anti-Semitic militia group. For the 30th anniversary of his death, Erin O’Toole reported on how the killing sent shockwaves throughout Colorado and across the country. 

A Rare Weather Event

Colorado recently experienced a very rare weather phenomenon – a widespread wind event that causes strong thunderstorms. It’s not a tornado, but a derecho. On June 6th, a derecho impacted most of the state. Our summer science fellow Sere Williams joined us to explain this weather event.

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:

  • "Wingspan" by Bayou Birds

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman (@HWZimmerman), and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital manager Ashley Jefcoat. 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.