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Colorado Edition: Smell It In The Air

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Today on Colorado Edition: We learn why some wildfires spread more than others. We also hear about eviction protections in Colorado and we explore the state’s push for greater access to COVID-19 testing. Plus, we discuss two reports that tell us about the state of arts in Colorado.

Why Some Wildfires Spread More Than Others

To learn more about why some wildfires spread more than others, and what the future of fighting wildfires may look like, we spoke to Sawyer D’Argonne, who recently reported a series on wildfires for the Summit Daily.

Evictions In Colorado

Gov. Jared Polis recently extended protections for renters struggling to pay their bills during the coronavirus pandemic. Landlords must now give their tenants until mid-September to make up missed payments. But with unemployment still high, it’s unclear if the move will help prevent a big spike in evictions this fall, and some in Colorado and Nevada are calling for a longer-term fix. Noah Glick brings us this story for KUNC.

Problems With Private Labs Testing For COVID-19

Polis has been calling for greater access to COVID-19 testing as part of the state’s response to the pandemic. And with coronavirus tests nationwide sometimes taking a week or more to provide results, the state decided to create partnerships with private labs to speed up the process. But problems with one of those companies have already arisen. Jesse Paul has been looking into this issue for the Colorado Sun and he joined us to discuss what he’s found so far.

Arts In The Time Of COVID-19

With stages dark and venues closed due to the pandemic, it’s a tough time for those in the arts. Two new reports — part of a collaboration between Denver Arts & Venues, Colorado Creative Industries and Colorado State University — detail the economic impact of the coronavirus on the arts. KUNC’s arts and culture reporter Stacy Nick joined us to discuss the reports’ findings.

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:

  • “All American Canal” by Holyoke

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman, 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.

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