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Reflections on the Marshall Fire, Part 2

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In our second episode featuring residents affected by the Marshall Fire, we hear two live stories about life after the disaster. Paul tells us an emotional story of mending a broken family, and his favorite and least-favorite questions he’s encountered as a victim of a wildfire. Later, Missy shares how she found herself grieving and adjusting in unusual ways in the year since the wildfire. Paul’s story was recorded at a Superior Community Center event on Dec. 30, 2022, marking the one-year anniversary of the fire. Missy’s story comes from a story slam organized by Colorado Public Radio at Louisville Underground in January 2023.

Thanks to Jenn Kaaoush at Superior Rising, Cheryl Gordon with Unincorporated Boulder County and Reina Pomeroy at Marshall Together helping us connect with storytellers.

Missy Petty shares her story at a My Story So Far event at the Louisville Underground.
Paul Paiva shares his story at an event held by Superior Rising at the Superior Community Center on the one-year anniversary of the Marshall Fire.

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My Story So Far is a Community Audio project of Colorado Public Radio’s Audio Innovations Studio — part of the NPR Network.

Host and producer: Luis Antonio Perez
Producer: Emily Williams
Editor: Jo Erickson
Mixing: Kibwe Cooper
Additional producers: Rebekah Romberg, Erin Jones
Theme music by Daniel Mescher; additional music courtesy Universal Production Music
Cover Art: Maria Juliana Pinzón
Executive producer: Brad Turner
Thanks also to Hart van Denburg, Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Arielle Wilson, Matt Herz, Pedro Lumbrano, Martin Skavish, Kim Nguyen, Rachel Estabrook, Carl Bilek, Ryan Warner, Cayla Montoya-Manzo and Brittany Werges.

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