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Colorado Edition: New Congressional Map; Legacy Of Nevada Sundown Towns; Wildfire Smoke In The Air

Sign at the Larimer County Courthouse Offices on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Luke Runyon
Sign at the Larimer County Courthouse Offices on Nov. 3, 2020.

On Tuesday, Colorado’s independent redistricting commission approved a new congressional map, which includes a new eighth congressional district stretching from Greeley to the northern edge of Denver. KUNC’s Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz tells us how this new map seeks to represent an urbanizing and diversifying Colorado.

We also continue our series on Western sundown towns, communities that prohibited or discriminated against people of color and other minorities. Today, KUNR's Paul Boger tells us about the sundown laws that led to development of Indian colonies in Nevada and their lasting impacts.

When wildfire smoke goes up, air quality goes down. KUNC’s Michael de Yoanna tells us how wildfire activity, worsened by climate change, is impacting our air and causing problems for even healthy people.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman. Our production team includes Tess Novotny (@tess_novotny), Alana Schreiber (@ayyschreib) and Rae Solomon (@raedear1). KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. Web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. 

The mission of Colorado Edition is to deepen understanding of life in Northern Colorado through authentic conversation and storytelling. It's available as a podcast on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can hear the show on KUNC, Monday through Thursday at 2:30 and at 6:30 p.m. Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members

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.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a daily look at the stories, news, people and issues important to you. It's a window to the communities along the Colorado Rocky Mountains.