1. Why Colorado's Democratic Governor Broke From His Party On Mask Mandates NPR 14:06

Democrat Jared Polis ended Colorado’s statewide mask mandate in the summer of 2021 and didn’t reinstate it during later coronavirus surges. In an interview with the NPR Politics Podcast, Polis suggested that prioritizing vaccine and testing availability over masking helped the state achieve a high rate of immunization and relatively low death rate.