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Colorado Edition: Ready To Move

Matthew Lotz
U.S. Air Force

Today on Colorado Edition: As the state prepares to receive its first shipment of coronavirus vaccines, we’ll hear the plan for how those first doses will be rolled out. Lawmakers in a recent special session swiftly approved pandemic relief for Coloradans — we look at why it may take months to get that funding into the hands of small business owners. We’ll also explore how tribal councils across the Mountain West are making progress toward gender equality. And, we dive into new research that looks at how time spent in outer space affects the human body.

Today’s guests include: Susan Bailey, professor of Radiation Cancer Biology and Oncology at Colorado State University; Dan Mika, a reporter for BizWest; and KUNC reporter Matt Bloom. This episode also features reporting from Savannah Maher of the Mountain West News Bureau, of which KUNC is a member.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

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

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs.

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, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m., or Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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