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Colorado Edition: Heads Up

The Poudre River’s watershed has now experienced two large-scale wildfires in the last decade.
Photo Courtesy Cameron Peak Fire Incident Management Team
The Poudre River’s watershed has now experienced two large-scale wildfires in the last decade.

Today on Colorado Edition: we get the perspective of a climate scientist on the fire season we’re having, and learn about the impact of the Cameron Peak Fire on Fort Collins’ water supply. We’ll also hear about how Jeffco Public School’s reading curriculum holds up, and get tips for how to talk with friends and family about conspiracy theories.

Climate Scientists Reflects On Wildfires

On Saturday, climate scientist Daniel Swain tweeted out a series of photos and videos of the Cal-Wood Fire, and the large amount of smoke it generated, as it moved through Boulder County.

Swain joined us to explain what he saw, and to give us the perspective of a climate scientist on this fire season we’re having.

Fire And Water: Fort Collins, Colorado

Water supplies in many western communities originate from melting snow, high up in the mountains. But this summer’s record-breaking wildfires have reduced some headwater forests to burnt trees and heaps of ash. Our series on where water and fire intersect in the continues today with KUNC’s Luke Runyon – he has more the Cameron Peak Fire and the impact on Fort Collins.

Jeffco’s Reading Curriculum

Earlier this month, Colorado’s second largest school district, Jeffco Public Schools, released a list of reading curriculums used across four different grade levels in most of the districts’ 109 schools.

Now why is that news, you may ask? Well, the list revealed that one-third of the district’s schools uses a core reading program that has not only been rejected by the state, but has been panned by researchers who criticize the program for popularizing teaching strategies that run counter to science.

Ann Schimke, a senior reporter with Chalkbeat Colorado, joined us to explain what’s going on.

How To Talk About Conspiracy Theories

Here's a scenario you may have found yourself in recently: you open up Facebook or Twitter, and someone you know is posting about a conspiracy theory. You wonder, "Do I say something? Is there any convincing them otherwise?"

Mountain West Bureau’s Maggie Mullen went in search of advice.

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Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music in the show by Blue Dot Sessions:

  • “Lupi" by Orange Cat

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.

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