KAJX

University of Colorado Boulder

A group of Colorado lawmakers are working to lower health insurance premiums for residents on the individual market created in the wake of the Affordable Care Act. Rates are predicted to rise 34 percent on average next year. There are concerns that healthy people will opt out of coverage and that could cause rates to rise even higher as the insurance risk pool thins out.

Bob Collins, a small business owner and the father of three in Thornton, said the rise will cost him $18,000 to cover his family next year. That’s a significant increase to what he pays now.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

Wildfires across the west have forced thousands of people to evacuate and destroyed homes in suburban areas. Jennifer Balch, the director of CU Boulder’s Earth Lab, has studied the human impacts on the fire season and the expansion of the wildfire territory. She spoke with Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Karla Cote, Creative Commons

Benjamin Teitelbaum is an assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado Boulder. He’s spent much of his career studying music in white nationalist movements. Arts reporter Claire Woodcock spoke with him about the cultural changes as these groups get more national attention.

Curated - May 22

May 22, 2017

This week on Curated, an improv troupe masters the art of long form storytelling, a writer and comedian finds humor in Aspen living and a professor from the University of Colorado at Boulder breaks down the behavioral psychology of humor across cultures.

Courtesy of Jeff Lukas

Communities across Colorado are working to understand how climate change might affect future water supplies. University of Colorado researcher Jeff Lukas will speak as part of the Naturalist Nights environmental speaker series this week. He told Elizabeth Stewart-Severy that the Roaring Fork Valley has seen fewer climate risks than elsewhere in the state.

Courtesy of www.pexels.com

The University of Colorado Boulder has launched a brand new Space Minor program for undergraduate students.

Wastewater Wells from Drilling Can Cause Earthquakes

Jul 9, 2014
Shemin Ge

Drilling for oil and gas brings up a lot of water. If operators don’t reuse it for something else, they often pump it back down into the ground. The water goes down in what are called  injection wells-- and new research shows they can definitely cause earthquakes, at least in Oklahoma. Geology Professor Shemin Ge is with the University of Colorado at Boulder. She worked on the study, and spoke with APR’s Elise Thatcher. Ge says it took different kinds of scientists working together to figure out what’s going on.

www.jpl.nasa.gov

Scientists in Colorado are working to improve runoff forecasting in the West so water managers can meet growing needs in the future. A growing population coupled with climate change means every drop will count. Scientists are mapping terrain and snow with lasers to provide a more accurate picture of the snowpack. It's called the NASA JPL Airborne Snow Observatory. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Jeff Deems, a research scientist with the University of Colorado, Boulder. He’s involved with the project.