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OpenStage Theatre Company's production of "Constellations" was its last full production since the pandemic began. The troupe will not reopen for new shows until spring 2021.
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OpenStage Theatre Company's production of "Constellations" was its last full production since the pandemic began. The troupe will not reopen for new shows until spring 2021.

Today on Colorado Edition: we’ll hear about why Colorado College is moving to online learning. Plus, how arts venues are adapting due to the pandemic, why your insurance premium might be lower this year, and how wildfire smoke impacts the lungs. Finally, we’ll learn about the biology of growing hemp.

Colorado College Rolls Back In-Person Learning

On Tuesday, Colorado College announced they would roll-back in person learning, moving most classes online for the rest of the semester.

This comes after all three dorms on campus have had quarantines due to COVID-19 cases, even as the school year just began two weeks ago.

Arielle Gordon joined us to explain what’s going on — she is a senior at Colorado College, and one of the student reporters and editors of the Colorado College COVID-19 Reporting Project.

How Arts Venues Are Adapting

Right now most performing arts venues and theater companies should be starting their fall seasons. But things are complicated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some have gone virtual or outdoors. Others are stepping back onto their regular stages with live shows. But whatever they’re doing, the pandemic is changing the process. KUNC arts reporter Stacy Nick has more.

Health Insurance Premiums

It’s that time of year, when many of us are signing up for employer-backed health insurance for the next year. But as many across our state have lost jobs, and subsequently lost insurance, what does that mean for the market?

According to reporting from BizWest’s Dan Mika, there may be good news: health insurance premiums are going down. He joined us to explain what’s going on.

The Impact Of Wildfire Smoke On Lungs

Even though the air along the Front Range is much clearer than it was at this point last week, fires still continue to burn across our area.

Today, we dug into the impact that wildfire smoke can have on our lungs with Dr. Fernando Holguin, professor of medicine specializing in pulmonary sciences at University of Colorado Anschutz.

Learning By Growing

Colorado’s top three commodity crops are wheat, beans, and corn. But there’s a new kid on the block: hemp, the less potent cousin to marijuana. It’s a different kind of plant — and a lot of it has to do with sex. As our series on Colorado’s hemp industry continues, KUNC’s Sere Williams explores the confusing life of a plant that can switch sexes.

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.

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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