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Colorado Edition: More To Do

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Protesters chanted "no justice, no peace," "George Floyd" and "Black lives matter" as they marched past the Capitol building on June 4.

Today on Colorado Edition: we’ll learn about the new Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity bill and what it will mean for Colorado. We will also hear from a local family about how they are talking about recent protests. Finally, we look at how border wall construction is impacting the Colorado River, and preview a new art exhibit.

What The Law Enforcement Integrity Bill Will Mean For Colorado

On Juneteenth, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed the “Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity” bill into law.  

The bill was introduced in response to protests over the death of George Floyd and police brutality.  

Denise Maes, the public policy director for the ACLU of Colorado, joined us to explain what’s in the bill, and how it will impact Colorado.

Family Reflects On Protests

For many Black parents, racism is not a topic they can tip-toe around with their kids — especially as they start experiencing it first-hand. KUNC reporter Adam Rayes met Ebony Younger-Riehl, Joe Reihl and their 11, 10 and 7-year-old children at a protest earlier this month. Ebony is Black and Joe is white. He checked in with them about the conversation in their home.

Border Wall Construction And The Colorado River

President Trump's wall now appears along 200 miles of U.S.-Mexico borderland. Progress hasn’t slowed during the coronavirus pandemic, and in some places it’s even accelerating. But as Arizona Public Media’s Alisa Reznick reported, there’s a tiny swath of tribal land on the Colorado River where that’s not the case.

New Exhibit Explores Art Of Winslow Homer And Frederic Remington

In early March, a new exhibition, “Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington,” was supposed to open at the Denver Art Museum. But, that same weekend, the museum closed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Denver Museum of Art is now set to re-open on Friday, and with it, that exhibit of Homer and Remington’s work, which looks at how the two American artists were alike and different. One of the major similarities was that both painters worked as war correspondents. 

KUNC’s Stacy Nick visited the exhibit and joined us with a preview of what to expect.

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. We get production help from Rae Solomon. 

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 8:30 a.m.

Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.