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KUNC's Colorado Edition: Fly Like An Eagle Who Can't See

Matt Bloom

On this week's Colorado Edition, we talk about how to get a bird's eye view while in a windowless box. Other stories: man therapy aims to prevent suicide among men, the Colorado River Compact is broken and Colorado's dependence on the H-2B visa program.

In Colorado last year more people died by suicide than in car crashes or from accidental drug overdoses. Most of the people who committed suicide were white men - and more than half used a firearm. Our Guns & America reporter, Leigh Paterson, checks out a campaign that aims to reach that group before the point of crisis .

Nearly everyone who relies on the Colorado River can agree on one thing: The foundational document that divvies up the water is flawed. But there's no consensus on how to fix it. Luke Runyon has more on whether the nearly century-old Colorado River Compact can - or will - ever be renegotiated.

Air traffic control towers are the heart of most major airports. From high in the sky, they offer an uninterrupted view of take-offs and landings. Matt Bloom reports on a local airport whose approach is less high in the sky and more on the ground and without windows , thanks to some new technology.

The H-2B visa program allows companies to temporarily hire low-skill workers from abroad. Esther Honig reports on what this group of workers looks like in Colorado, which receives more of them than almost any other state .

The new movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs comes from the minds of Joel and Ethan Coen, whose work includes Fargo and True Grit. For film critic Howie Movshovitz, who teaches film and television at CU Denver, the Coen brothers are masters of style - but sometimes, it's just style.

In the headlines:

· Forest managers say nearly three million Colorado residents live in areas that are vulnerable to wildfire. That means roughly half of the state's population lives in an area at some level of risk.

· Slopes are opening early thanks to a good early snowfall, but before you start declaring the drought over, you may want to temper that excitement .

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members . Thank you!

Our intro music is "Remember Me" by Colorado musician Kalatana. Our outro is "Good Grief" by Ryan Little. Other music this week:

  • Broke For Free - "Breakfast with Tiffany"
  • Podington Bear - "Pives and Flarinet"
  • Art of Escapism - "End of an Hour"
  • Robbie Reverb - "Bling Bong" and "Motorcat"
  • Forest Robots - "Follow the Towers to the Moon"
  • Doctor Turtle - "Dead from the Beginning, Alive 'til the End"

This episode was hosted and produced by assistant news director Erin O'Toole and Karlie Huckels. Digital manager Ashley Jefcoat handled the web. News director Catherine Welch and managing editor Brian Larson and contributed to this episode.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a weekly look at the top stories from our newsroom. It's available every Friday on our website, as well as on iTunes , Google Play , Stitcher or wherever (RSS) you get your podcasts. You can hear it on the air every Sunday at 9 p.m. on KUNC.