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APR Local News
7:20 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Yoga Gets The Spotlight In Snowmass During Wanderlust Festival

The Wanderlust Yoga Festival starts in Snowmass on Thursday. Resort officials say hotel bookings are double what they were this time last year in Snowmass because of the festival.
Credit Ali Kaukas/Wanderlust

Yogis from around the world will descend on Snowmass Thursday for a festival called Wanderlust. The six year old traveling event brings yoga, live music, lectures and food to the places it visits. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

The Wanderlust Festival started in Lake Tahoe in 2009. This year it’s traveling to seventeen locations including Snowmass, Australia, Chile and Brooklyn. Co-founder Jeff Krasno says the idea came after he and his business partner traveled to Costa Rica for a yoga retreat.

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Marijuana
7:39 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Governor: Successes And Failures With Retail Marijuana

Governor John Hickenlooper examined how the unfolding of retail marijuana in Colorado has gone so far, during a discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival Tuesday.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Governor John Hickenlooper says when it comes to legal marijuana, the future is still somewhat hazy in Colorado. Recreational pot became legal last year and retailers started selling it in January. Hickenlooper looked back yesterday on how the process has gone so far, in a talk at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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U.S. Intelligence
6:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Interview: Admiral Mike McConnell

Admiral Mike McConnell, retiring Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, Director of National Intelligence under Presidents Bush and Obama. APR's Roger Adams (L)
Credit James Fischer - BAH

Admiral Mike McConnell retired yesterday.  McConnell was Vice Chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, the giant intelligence contractor for the U.S. Government.  Most people know it now as the company that employed Edward Snowden. 

In his long career Admiral McConnell also served as Director of National Intelligence under Presidents Bush and Obama.  He was director of the National Security Agency from 1992-1996.   McConnell was the top intelligence officer for General Colin Powell in the run-up to the Iraq war in 2003.  It was Powell who told President Bush before the invasion that, “If you break it you own it.” In an interview, McConnell said that what is happening now in Iraq validates Powell’s prediction.  McConnell is in town for the Aspen Ideas Festival at the Aspen Institute.  He spoke with APR's Roger Adams.

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Environment
10:47 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Natural History Documentary Looks At Man's Relationship With Nature

Dr. M. Sanjayan is hosting a new natural history documentary that he says is unlike other such films. "Earth: A New Wild" looks at man's relationship with nature.
Credit Ami Vitale/PBS.org

A natural history film that looks at mankind’s relationship to the planet’s wild places airs on PBS next year and those attending the Aspen Ideas Festival got a sneak-peek over the weekend. Earth: A New Wild was shot in 29 countries on six continents. It’s a five-part series produced in part by National Geographic. It’s hosted by Doctor M. Sanjayan, Senior Scientist at Conservation International. 

PBS is scheduled to air the series Earth: A New Wild  in February of 2015.

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Audio Canvas
9:33 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Audio Canvas: Lego Workshops

This week we speak with Caroline Hanson, who is leading two children's workshops: LEGO Architecture (July 7-11) and LEGO Robotics (August 11 - 15). The workshops will be at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Hanson discusses her interest in Lego as an artistic media and tool for teaching, and gives a preview of the projects.

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