Category Archives: Community and culture

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Buried in unmarked graves, Leadville’s Irish miners now have a voice



A sign in Leadville’s Evergreen Cemetery calls it the Old Catholic section, while period maps list it as the Free Catholic section. CU on the Air host Ken McConnellogue talks with Jim Walsh, assistant professor of political science at CU Denver, who for more than decade has researched Leadville’s Irish community during the late 1800s … Continue reading Buried in unmarked graves, Leadville’s Irish miners now have a voice


From 100 barrels of beer on the boat to the original India pale ale, beer is a social function



We continue chatting (and maybe sipping a little) with lecturer Travis Rupp at Avery Brewing Co. about his unique career exploring and recreating ancient and not-quite-as-ancient beers – all while teaching Greek and Roman archaeology, art history, Egyptology, and Roman history at CU Boulder. Host Ken McConnellogue chats with Rupp about the Ales of Antiquity, the places … Continue reading From 100 barrels of beer on the boat to the original India pale ale, beer is a social function


Road trip! We visit Avery Brewing Co. to discuss the history of beer



CU Boulder lecturer Travis Rupp has a unique career that’s likely the envy of many: He explores and recreates ancient and not-quite-as-ancient beers – from the Gordium area of ancient Turkey to the United States’ first president – all while teaching Greek and Roman archaeology, art history, Egyptology, and Roman history at CU Boulder. Host … Continue reading Road trip! We visit Avery Brewing Co. to discuss the history of beer


Seeing isn’t believing: CU Denver center masters the science of truth in audio/video



In this month’s CU on the Air, we talk with Catalin Grigoras, director, and Cole Whitecotton, IT professional, at the National Center for Media Forensics at CU Denver. The only one of its kind in the U.S., the center not only graduates the top media forensics specialists, it and its students assist law enforcement and … Continue reading Seeing isn’t believing: CU Denver center masters the science of truth in audio/video


A look back at what we learned in 2018



For our 2018 in review, we revisited some of our listeners’ – and our own – favorite and most hard-hitting moment from the past year. – Unearthing the effects of climate change on human health, with Dr. Jay Lemery, CU Anschutz The rise of health related climate issues — what are we seeing in Colorado, … Continue reading A look back at what we learned in 2018


The horror! Why we watch it, write it, and love to dread it



Why the heck do we love horror so much? This month, CU on the Air host Ken McConnellogue talks with Stephen Graham Jones, CU Boulder professor and author of experimental, horror, crime and science fiction, about our fears, the origins of monsters, the appeal of zombies and a whole lot more. Jones has won the … Continue reading The horror! Why we watch it, write it, and love to dread it


From superheroes to Hogwarts, Bell’s research on children’s identity, race and inclusivity rings true



Dr. Christopher Bell, director of graduate studies and associate professor of media studies at CU Colorado Springs, is a big fan of Marvel superheroes and is tuned in to what they stand for. On this month’s CU on the Air, Dr. Bell chats with host Ken McConnellogue about the ways race, class and gender intersect … Continue reading From superheroes to Hogwarts, Bell’s research on children’s identity, race and inclusivity rings true


CU President George Norlin: Champion of civil rights and an unwavering rebel with a cause



In this month’s CU on the Air, we delve into the courageous academic and civil accomplishments of CU’s fifth and longest-serving president, George Norlin. We discuss how he helped build the university, literally and otherwise, stood up to the KKK and helped shape the university today. Host Ken McConnellogue chats with Dr. Paul Chinowsky, professor … Continue reading CU President George Norlin: Champion of civil rights and an unwavering rebel with a cause


The opioid epidemic: How we got here, how we stop it



The opioid crisis in America today stems from decisions made in the 1980s. And although there are now federal and state programs in place, more treatment options underway and better awareness, the problem is going to get worse before it gets better. In this month’s CU on the Air, Dr. Robert Valuck, professor at the … Continue reading The opioid epidemic: How we got here, how we stop it


Exploring and learning from coexistence in Medieval Spain



The co-existence of Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain creates a fascinating snapshot of that period in history – the good and not-so-good – and offers important insights on co-existence today. In this episode of CU on the Air, host Ken McConnellogue speaks via Skype with CU Colorado Springs associate professor of history Roger … Continue reading Exploring and learning from coexistence in Medieval Spain