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Colorado Edition: Smoke in the air; historic property in Colorado Springs; calls for prison reform

Early postcard of the gateway to the Union Printers Home in Colorado Springs.
Darin Zaruba
Early postcard of the gateway to the Union Printers Home in Colorado Springs.

Colorado’s air quality has not improved much over the past 10 years, which is partly due to an increase in wildfires. KUNC’s Michael de Yoanna tells us how wildfire activity, worsened by climate change, is impacting our air.

The Union Printers Home in Colorado Springs was once the world’s largest care facility for printers suffering from tuberculosis and “black lung.” Now, its renovators are finding a slew of artifacts and documents that point to the dynamic history of the place. Businessman and documentarian Darin Zaruba tells us more about the stories housed inside the historic buildings.

When Buck Adams was incarcerated, he made $7 a month teaching yoga. Now he advocates for inmates to make a livable income while they are behind bars. KUNC’s Alana Schreiber spoke with Buck about how his nonprofit, Art for Redemption, which aims to create an avenue for inmates to make money off of the artwork they produce while in prison.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and edited by Henry Zimmerman (@kombuchacowboy). 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 iTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

You can hear the show on KUNC, Monday through Friday at 2:30 and at 6:30 p.m.

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.