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The Aspen Ideas Festival brings together top thinkers across a wide variety of topics and issues — and a daily environmental fix.

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A grand strategy is a framework through which a country like the United States understands its place in the world: its goals, its biggest challenges, and the best way to promote its security and way of life. 

Anderson Ranch Arts Center Featured Artists in Conversation series gives attendees a deeper understanding of contemporary art and art making. This week on Audio canvas, we meet one such artist - William J. O'Brien. 

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The Spotlight Health series wrapped up last weekend This year, it included a focus on how environmental factors influence health. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy was there for several discussions on this topic, including one called “Human Health and the Planet.” She spoke about this with producer Christin Kay.

 

 

 

An intersection is a place where you have to consider a path that's different than the one you've been on.  You have to pay attention. So it's an appropriate name for one of the tracks at the Spotlight Health 2017 conference.  Environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy talks to us about what she heard at the conference this year about the intersection between human health and planet earth.  

This week on Curated, jazz musician and band leader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert talks social music, his Aspen performance this past weekend and election night 2016. A back up singer gets her own backing band that she considers her community and two executive directors in Aspen reflect on Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize Lecture. 

Brynn Tucker (left) and John Jurcheck in Robert Schenkkan's "Building the Wall." Courtesy of Curious Theatre Company

The new politically charged play “Building the Wall” is getting its Aspen debut Tuesday at the Ideas Festival.

When is the truth the truth, a lie a lie, and what constitutes mere BS in an era that many refer to as “post-truth”? This panel addresses the kinds of critical and largely ethical questions we confront in our modern-day discourse, exploring the intent of the First Amendment (does it protect lies?), the reasons we lie (or, in fact, are we just strategically misleading?), and, through the lens of a lawyer, a fact checker, and a scientist, the ways various of us define and “get to” the truth.

First Draft - Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, named an Indie Next Pick; one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Buzzfeed, BookRiot, and the Huffington Post; a must-read for May by Goodreads, Audible.com, Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple and People; and one of the 10 best books of the year so far by Entertainment Weekly.

According to A Way Out, in 2016 the surgeon general said that 1 in 7 Americans will confront a substance abuse addiction. A client of A Way Out shares his experiences.

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley!

 

The 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival kicked off last week. The lectures, panel presentations and discussions will continue throughout the week. For the complete events schedule, visit aspenideas.org

 

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