Special Coverage

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Notes from Pyeongchang: Coastal cluster

Feb 20, 2018
Ruthie Brown

We ventured down to the Gangneung Coastal Cluster for a day of touring. The city is about 45 minutes from the Mountain Cluster, which is the center for all the skating events. We rented e-bikes and negotiated our way for miles in both directions up and down the coast before going to short track.  



This surprisingly beautiful coastline is only 10 minutes from the Olympic venue.


Ruthie Brown

We ventured out beyond Jimbu to the Dongbedoldang National Park and the Woljeongsa Temple in the mountain region of Pyeongchang.

Notes from Pyeongchang: On to more races

Feb 16, 2018
Ruthie Brown

The U.S. skied really well in the individual sprint; Sim qualified in a relaxed 19th position but then unfortunately was taken out by an “Olympic Athlete from Russia” during the quarterfinals.

Notes from Pyeongchang: Environmental stewardship?

Feb 15, 2018
Ruthie Brown

We have a Plum app that gives us a reading on smog levels. In the week we’ve been here, we’ve had several days in the red zone, which means it’s recommended that children and elderly not go outside or limit all activities outside, and our athletes are out there sucking in massive amounts of this air!

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The temperatures have been bitterly cold, -10 Celsius with a wind-chill factor that brings it down to –18, hovering right at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

Updated at 7:29 p.m. ET

In making his "closing argument" for tax legislation expected to get a vote in Congress next week, President Trump announced that the changes would take effect early next year.

Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET

"I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," President Trump said in a controversial address from the White House on Wednesday afternoon. He also directed the State Department to "begin preparation to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem."

Voters in Virginia and New Jersey are choosing new governors. Both races began with an emphasis on statewide issues such as property taxes and education policy. Now, in the closing weeks of the campaigns, both have morphed into the latest test of President Trump's influence down the ballot. We're updating election results as they come in.

Trump's 2016 Victory Speech, Annotated 1 Year Later

Nov 7, 2017

On the first anniversary of President Trump’s election, NPR is looking back at his victory speech. NPR reporters across the newsroom have annotated his election night remarks, providing context and analysis to his policy promises and noting who among the people he thanked are still in the inner circle a year later.

Aspen Public Radio hosted a special public event, Resurgent Russian in the Time of Trump, on August 22, 2017.

Jared Kushner on Russia, annotated

Jul 24, 2017
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Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, told lawmakers in a statement on Monday that he "did not collude... with any foreign government."

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David Leonhardt is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times. He spoke Tuesday about the future of news.

“We must understand and define conservation and social justice as our collective self-preservation – a rationale that crosses all boundaries between all people.”

Architect of the Capitol

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee at 2:30pm ET today, as the investigation continues into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election. 

  Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday morning. The crux of his highly-anticipated remarks was released by the Senate panel Wednesday — and it only confirmed the hype around his appearance while detailing the extent to which President Trump pressed him about the Russia investigation.



  Former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. Before Comey was fired on May 9, he led the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential ties between Trump associates and Russia. That probe is now led by a special prosecutor.

Updated at 5:06 p.m. ET

Former FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he believed he was fired by President Trump over the growing Russia investigation and that other arguments by the White House were "lies, plain and simple."

Trump's announcement on Paris Accord, annotated

Jun 2, 2017
Andrew Harnik/AP

The United States will withdraw from the international climate agreement known as the Paris accord, President Trump announced on Thursday. He said the U.S. will negotiate either re-entering the Paris agreement or a work on a new deal that would put American workers first.

The First 100 Days: Trump's Action Plan Annotated

Apr 26, 2017
Chelsea Beck/NPR

Before his election, back in October, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out a 100 Day Action Plan. He called it his Contract With The American Voter. Among other things, it called for the full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, suspension of immigration from certain "terror-prone regions," and the lifting of "roadblocks" to let "infrastructure projects like the Keystone Pipeline move forward."

Candidate Survey

Apr 12, 2017


Aspen’s spring elections are coming up on May 2, and eight candidates are running for office. We interviewed all of them and also requested that they fill out this survey. Hear and read their answers right here, on Aspen Public Radio.