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KUNC's Colorado Edition: In The Meadow We Can Build A Dirt Mountain

Matt Bloom

On this week's Colorado Edition, we climb a mystery mountain of dirt. Other stories this week include the state of locally-grown hops - it's not good - and a look at how a Colorado ballet company is making their performance of "The Nutcracker Suite" more inclusive.

In recent years, hops have sprouted on farms across the U.S. - including a budding industry in Colorado. Esther Honig reports on the high hopes for hops that have now fallen a little flat .

The life expectancy of Americans continues to decline. This is driven in part by an increase in drug overdoses and suicides, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control. This is especially troubling in Colorado, which ranks among the top ten in suicide rates. Stephanie Daniel sits down with Andrew Romanoff, president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, for a discussion on what the state can do.

This episode, we derail to talk about our favorite holiday movies. We're also looking to hear from you, about your New Years traditions. Share your story with us below, or click here.


In case you missed it, Colorado has a new mountain. But it's not near Breckenridge or Vail and there's definitely no skiing allowed. You can see it just off Interstate 25, near an exit heading to Loveland. Of course, we had to send Matt Bloom over to find out where exactly it came from.

Whether it's music, theater or dance, there are endless ways to bring the arts into your seasonal celebrations. But for those with special needs, it's only in the last few years they've found ways to comfortably participate. Stacy Nick reports on a Colorado ballet company's effort to make "The Nutcracker Suite" inclusive of all people.

The new partly autobiographical film "Roma" from Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón has been winning awards from film festivals and film critics all over the world. For film critic Howie Movshovitz, who teaches film and television at CU Denver, "Roma" is stylish and engaging, but he wonders if it's worth all the hype.

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Our intro music is "Remember Me" by Colorado musician Kalatana. The midshow break is "Bling Bong" by Robbie Reverb, and our outro is "Darby" by Blue Dot Sessions. Other music this week by Blue Dot Sessions.

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.