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Colorado Edition: Practicing Kinship

Health officials in a number of countries have recommended that people form a "support bubble," also known as a "pandemic pod" or "quaranteam" to weather the storm without going insane.
Health officials in a number of countries have recommended that people form a "support bubble," also known as a "pandemic pod" or "quaranteam," to weather the storm.

Today on Colorado Edition: we’ll get a preview of some municipal ballot questions. Plus, how one Colorado college is using a Navajo principle in its COVID-19 response. We’ll also learn about how the pandemic impacted a local public health alliance, and get ideas for how to safely celebrate Halloween this year.

Municipal Election Preview

We’ve been talking a lot about the upcoming election lately. On the ballot, which you may have already received in the mail, Colorado voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on the presidential race, a senate race, 11 statewide ballot questions and other topics, including local issues.

Kevin Bommer, the executive director of the Colorado Municipal League, joined us to explain some of those local ballot questions and what trends we’re seeing across the state.

Using Kinship As A COVID-19 Response

As universities across the state have seen COVID-19 outbreaks, we’ve been talking a lot about testing strategies, online classes and the like when it comes to higher education.

Today, we’re going to learn about one Colorado college that is approaching COVID-19 differently: through an embrace of the Navajo principle of kinship.

Jason Gonzales has reported on what Fort Lewis College in Durango is doing for Chalkbeat Colorado, and he joined us to explain what this means, and what other schools can learn from this example.

Public Health And The Pandemic

We’ve been hearing a lot about public health departments and their essential role in responding to the pandemic. What you may not know, is that historically, many public health departments have formed alliances.

But in a part of our region, the strain of the pandemic is forcing one of those alliances apart. KUNC’s Rae Ellen Bichell reports.

How To Safely Celebrate Halloween

Halloween is coming up in just a few short weeks, and many of us are wondering how we can, and should, celebrate this year. After all, the usual activities, like trick or treating or haunted houses, are suddenly much scarier due to the risks posed by COVID-19.

Priscilla Blossom recently reported on some of the do’s and don'ts of the holiday for Kaiser Health News. She joined us with some tips.

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:

  • “Heartland Flyer" by The Balloonist

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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