Elise Thatcher

Reporter

Elise Thatcher is a reporter with Aspen Public Radio since 2013. 

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Special Coverage
3:58 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Spotlight Health: Medical Technology for the Developing World

Krista Donaldson at a TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design ) talk in 2013.
Credit ted.com

Living with a missing limb is difficult, especially if keeps someone from working or taking care of their family. Krista Donaldson is CEO of D-Rev, a nonprofit that designs technology to help with certain problems in developing countries. Donaldson is working on a prosthetic knee that’s affordable and reliable. 

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APR Local News
4:28 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Mid Valley Forum Tackles Suicide

Janet Gordon, a licensed counselor with a Carbondale practice, speaks while Ashley Smith and Kim Nuzzo listen.
Credit Elise Thatcher

Governor John Hickenlooper has signed a new law creating a commission to tackle the issue of suicide in Colorado. Members are to be chosen within the next two months, and will include representatives from mental health, law enforcement, education, and other sectors. The commission comes as providers in the Roaring Fork Valley are also trying to figure out how to keep people from committing suicide. Representatives from the mid Valley met in Carbondale on Wednesday to continue brainstorming and educating the public. 

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Mountain Edition
3:28 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Mountain Edition - May 29th, 2014

A neighboring county is grappling with a huge mudslide, west of the Roaring Fork Valley.

It’s so dangerous a search for three missing residents has been called off and another slide could come down.

Construction begins in Carbondale for a decorative new roundabout on highway 133.

We’ll hear different opinions about a federal plan to beef up environmental protection for certain bodies of water.

Some Colorado companies are starting to use the state’s new logo but there have been hiccups for the branding effort.

Finally, we’ll hear from a state representative whose district covers Pitkin County about her busy time at the Statehouse.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition – right now.

Special Coverage
6:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Spotlight Health: The Healing Powers of Blood

Tom Rando is Director of the Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Credit Stanford University School of Medicine

Research around mouse blood has been making the rounds in the news media lately. It even got a moment on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me earlier this month. Scientist and neurology professor Tom Rando is a key player in that research. He’s Director of the Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Rando spoke with APR’s Elise Thatcher, and says the blood research has taken nearly a decade.

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Special Coverage
6:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Spotlight Health: Are Kids Overdoing It In Sports?

Tom Farrey writes for ESPN and directs the Sports and Society Program at the Aspen Institute.
Credit Aspen Institute

There’s a big push to get kids more physically active, but some kids are already playing sports regularly-- maybe even too often. As part of our spring series on key health issues, Tom Farrey talks with APR’s Elise Thatcher. He writes for ESPN and directs the Sports and Society program at the Aspen Institute. Farrey says there’s growing concern about kids overdoing it.

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