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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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APR Local News
9:53 am
Fri June 27, 2014

A Tour Through The New Aspen Art Museum, Under Construction

The new Aspen Art Museum's exterior is wrapped in a woven composite grid. The four-story, 33,000 square foot building is scheduled to open in early August.
Credit Marci Krivonen

The Aspen Art Museum is arguably one of the most anticipated new structures in town.  When it opens later this summer it will be with a days-long celebration of contemporary art, Aspen and of the building itself.  Some say it's the most important building in Aspen in a century, while others call it a monstrosity.  Designed by Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban, the space will be public.  Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen took a tour.

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Fresh Out of Fish?
9:38 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Chef Promotes Sustainable Fishing

Chef Rob Ruiz

The Roaring Fork Valley has some great sushi restaurants – Matsuhista, Takah Sushi, Kenichi – and those restaurants buy a lot of fish. In 2012, the seafood industry generated $141 billion to the US economy. It also supported 1.3 million jobs, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. But not everyone is happy with how seafood is sold. Dorothy Atkins has the story.

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