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Colorado Edition: National Fossil Day; impact of climate change on wildlife; cult recovery

Pops Skull
Richard M. Wicker / Courtesy Denver Museum of Nature and Science
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Pops in profile.

The National Park Service has recognized Oct. 13 as National Fossil Day since 2010, and this year Northern Colorado is joining the party for the first time. Earlier this year, KUNC’s Rae Solomon brought us a story on the official fossil of Weld County, Pops the triceratops. She joins Colorado Edition today for an update on the beloved dinosaur fossil.

Climate change is raising temperatures, causing droughts and impacting wildlife in Colorado. KUNC's Ashley Piccone tells us how global warming is threatening the high mountain habitat of the American pika — and what scientists are doing about it.

Earlier this year, mummified remains of the leader of the “Love Has Won” cult were found in the group’s southern Colorado home in the town of Moffat. In order to understand what the future might look like for former cult members, KUNC’s Tess Novotny spoke to Rosanne Henry, a Littleton-based counselor who specializes in cult recovery.

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.

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