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Barbara Platts

Digital Content Manager

Barbara moved to Aspen more than four years ago after graduating from Emerson College in Boston with a journalism degree. She grew up in Boulder, making frequent trips with her family to Aspen, no matter the season. Her time on the east coast was gratifying, but despite her attempts to ignore it, the mountains were calling her and she had to go back.

Since moving to this mountain haven, Barbara has worked with Ecoe Marketing and O Communications, which taught her a great deal about public relations, branding and advertising. In 2014, she took a job as the associate editor and marketing coordinator for Aspen Magazine, where she helped manage editorial content as well as sales materials, advertorials and events.

For the past three years, Barbara has branded herself as an expert on millennial living in Aspen, producing a weekly column called Aspen Untucked for the Aspen Times Weekly. Last year, the Colorado Press Association acknowledged her beat with six awards in the Colorado Press Better Newspaper Contest. She's also a columnist for the Telluride Daily Planet.

In her spare time, Barbara enjoys getting out on the mountain, be it on skis or in hiking boots. She’s always ready to say yes to any adventure in the outdoors and can typically be found cross country skiing on the golf course with her adorable one year old puppy, Cassius.

Aspen has felt like home to Barbara since she first learned how to ski on the slopes of Buttermilk at age four. She cares about the community very much and is a board member at the Aspen Historical Society, Marshall Direct Fund and Action for Afghan Women, all nonprofit organizations based in Aspen. She’s thrilled to start working with Aspen Public Radio, a nonprofit that provides such an invaluable service to our community.

Matt Ferro

Fareed Zakaria, the host of CNN’s Global Public Square (GPS) and columnist for the Washington Post, was at the Aspen Ideas Festival last week. He talked about the roots and future of populism.

Walter Isaacson is fascinated by innovators — the kinds of geniuses whose ideas have transformed industry, science, and society. Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Benjamin Franklin each grabbed his attention in ways that allow us, as readers, to discover the depth and breadth of their brilliant thinking and creative sensibilities.

“When they go low, we go high,” Michelle Obama famously said during the epically nasty 2016 presidential campaign. But that strategy didn’t win Democrats the White House or Congress. What are the issues that Democrats must capitalize on to win back needed ground in the midterms?

  The Aspen Ideas Festival's signature event hosts an audience of 2,000 in the Benedict Music Tent. Big thinkers and doers will engage serious ideas about their work, our world, and the future.

Matt Ferro

The kind of work we do — and the way we do it — has changed a lot over the past 50 years. The modern-day employee is fast, flexible, and mobile. More and more, companies are finding they must enhance their physical environment in order to create the kind of cultural environment that attracts next-generation talent and gives them a competitive edge. 

The notion of applying principles of democracy to governance has been around for centuries, increasingly popular as citizens across the globe discover the value of participatory government and the power that it invests in them.

Stay updated on the happenings of the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen.

The 35th annual Food and Wine Classic has arrived in Aspen. Follow Aspen Public Radio's reporting on the summer kickoff event. 

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. 

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  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.

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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.

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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.

Mammoth Resorts

The Aspen Skiing Co. has been on a spending spree this week, scooping up more than a dozen destination resorts . The investment is well over $2 billion dollars. Yesterday, SkiCo announced it is buying California-based Mammoth Resorts on Monday, it was Intrawest Resort Holdings.

The North American mountain resort and adventure company that owns ski areas in Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado, as well as in West Virginia, Vermont, and Quebec, entered into a $1.5 billion deal with Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Partners.

Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, announced Tuesday that he  is resigning. He will leave his post at the end of the year. In January, he will permanently move to his native New Orleans to become a professor of the history department at Tulane University.

On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Barbara Platts and Claire Woodcock present a compilation of the week’s news.

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Aspen Public Radio’s new producer, Christin Kay, explained why she’s so passionate about supporting public media.

President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

Aspen Skiing Company

Stay updated on what's going on at the base of Buttermilk for X Games 2017.

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