On April 20, 1999 a school shooting in suburban Denver shook the country.
Now, 20 years after the shooting, some kids who survived it are having kids of their own. A generation of America’s children have gone through lockdown drills. There have been more mass shootings, which have created thousands of survivors knit together in a network. Columbine created a need to feel supported and created a need to understand how to stop the next "Columbine."
Hosted by Colorado Public Radio reporters Andrea Dukakis and Nathaniel Minor, this podcast series tells stories of how one shooting changed America and what we’ve learned since.
Boulder's Mass Shooting Takes Frank DeAngelis Right Back To Columbine
Frank DeAngelis has become a resource for survivors of mass shootings across the world in the last 22 years.
BONUS: A Musical Legacy
Within days of the Columbine High School shooting, University of Colorado band students wanted to help and organized a commission for a new piece of music for the high school band. The piece, “American Elegy,” by composer Frank Ticheli, premiered a year after the shooting. Since then it’s been performed over 10,000 times.
President Clinton On How Columbine Shook America
Former President Bill Clinton talks about his role in consoling the nation after the shootings 20 years ago, and insight from historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Barbara Perry about how other U.S. presidents have also played the role of "consoler-in-chief" after national tragedies.
Survivors of the Columbine massacre didn’t know at the time that there would be so many other shootings that followed: Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Navy Yard, and more. Initiated by a group of Columbine alumni, survivors of each shooting are now banded together, in a new kind of family that works together to re-learn how to live.
Locks, Lights, Out Of Sight
Lockdown drills have become prolific since the Columbine High School Shooting, but they can traumatize students, even though there’s no real attack. Is it worth it, given that researchers don’t even know if drills are effective?
What We've Learned About School Shooters
In the 20 years since Columbine, researchers have dedicated themselves to studying potential shooters and teaching others how to spot them. They believe that assessing individual threats - based on psychology and behavior - can prevent attacks.
Every Parent should listen
As a mom of 13yr olds, I am almost in a feeding frenzy for information. We love 3 hrs from Parkland, my kids were the same age when Sandy Hook Happened. As a mom I need to know the psychology, the aftermath.. everything. My kids live in a post Columbine world, there was before and after. It is no longer just a school it’s an event, a turning point. The more we know the safer our kids are.
Thoughtful and compelling
Riveting without being sensational. In-depth topics told in a super-listenable way. There have been oceans of ink and endless words about this attack in the last 20 years, but there is so much new to be found in these episodes.