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Today on Colorado Edition: we’ll learn about the presence of guns at recent protests. Plus, we’ll have a conversation about accessibility in the art world, talk with Colorado’s new state historian, and get a preview of the upcoming basketball season.

Guns At Protests

At protests across the country, you’d expect to hear chanting about police violence. But some protesters have heard another sound: gunshots. As Guns & America’s Heath Druzin reports, the presence of guns at protests raises serious questions of safety and Second Amendment rights.

KUNC’s Guns & America reporter Leigh Paterson joined us with another perspective on guns at protests throughout Colorado. She spoke with a gun rights activists who has organized many demonstrations in the past where people are carrying firearms.

Accessibility And The Art World

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act — the landmark civil rights legislation providing protections for people with disabilities.

We took a look at the ADA’s impact in the world of the arts through the eyes of a working artist living with physical disability. Javier Flores is a visual artist and arts educator in Colorado. He works in a variety of media, and teaches art at Metro State University and Front Range Community College.

The Nuggets’ Season Opens

The Denver Nuggets will have their season opener this weekend. Ahead of that, KUNC’s Desmond O’Boyle joined us to talk about what this basketball season has in store.

Colorado’s New State Historian

Saturday, Aug. 1 is Colorado Day, the anniversary of Colorado becoming a state in 1876. And it's also the day that Duane Vandenbusche becomes Colorado’s new state historian.

Vandenbusche, a professor of history at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, is the first state historian based outside of the Front Range, according to History Colorado. He joined us to talk about the legacy of Colorado's Western Slope, and to outline his plans for the coming year.

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 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 8:30 a.m.

Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.
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