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Colorado Edition: Entirely Virtual

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Kirk Siegler
The University of Colorado campus at Boulder.

Today on Colorado Edition: we’ll learn about how the University of Colorado Boulder is protecting students, faculty and staff from COVID-19. Plus, what 100% virtual school will look like for Northern Colorado students. We will also learn about the history of Colorado’s women’s suffrage movement, and hear about a new documentary about Congressman John Lewis.

University of Colorado Prepares For COVID-19

Students at the University of Colorado Boulder moved onto campus this week, ahead of the start of classes. The university, like others around the area, has put a number of precautions in place to protect students from the coronavirus. But the campus has already seen nine COVID-19 cases. Melanie Marquez Parra, a spokesperson for CU Boulder, joined us to explain how the university is responding to the pandemic.

100% Virtual School In Northern Colorado

It’s back-to-school time for students around Colorado. Some districts, like Greeley-Evans District 6, are opening their doors for in-person learning, while others are starting the school year remote, with plans to resume in-person classes later in the year.

But some families have decided that they just don’t want to send their kids back to school in the midst of an ongoing pandemic. Districts around the state are also letting these parents opt-in to a school program that is 100% virtual.

This can be confusing for parents, because when it comes to virtual learning, it varies quite a bit between school districts. KUNC’s Rae Solomon joined us to explain.

Women’s Suffrage Anniversary

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women in the United States the right to vote. But many people don’t realize that in Colorado, women’s suffrage was accomplished a full 27 years earlier. Since that historic vote in 1893, Colorado has been a national leader, not only in giving women the right to participate in elections, but also in electing women to the state legislature.

Laura Hoeppner, a documentary filmmaker, and Meg Froelich, a Colorado state representative from the Denver metro area, joined us to talk about Colorado’s progressive history when it comes to women and election. The two also produced a documentary, “Strong Sisters,” about women in elected office in Colorado.

Documentary Tribute To Congressman John Lewis

Coincidence is not always happy. A new documentary about Congressman John Lewis comes out just as Lewis died. But for KUNC film critic Howie Movshovitz, who teaches film and television at CU -Denver, the movie is a smart and loving tribute.

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, and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. 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.

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