Rob St. Mary

Digital Content Manager/All Things Considered Host

Born and raised in the northeast suburbs of Detroit, Rob has been a media freak since he was a toddler. His first movie experience was at age two. By age 17 he had co-created an underground student newspaper and started acting classes.  In 1997, at the age of 19, Rob produced a low-budget 16mm vampire/comedy called “Tainted”. In 1999, “Tainted” played in the market section at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2002, Rob undertook his first feature length documentary – “The Separation on State Street” which followed a church/state separation case in Michigan's thumb. Rob's film work has screened in festivals internationally and garnered awards.

Since 2001, Rob has worked in radio news. He started at WJR (Detroit) followed by WLEW (Bad Axe), WSGW (Saginaw), WOOD (Grand Rapids) and WDET (Detroit). Rob has been honored over two-dozen times for his feature and investigative work by statewide and national journalism organizations.

Beyond his work as digital content manager for Aspen Public Radio, Rob is also working on a book for Wayne State University Press entitled “Re-Entry: The Orbit Magazine Anthology” on the history several alt-weekly Detroit publications from the late 1970s to 1999. Rob is also co-host of a weekly film podcast, "The Projection Booth" which is available on-line and through iTunes.

In his off hours, Rob enjoys movies, books, playing guitar & bass, hanging out with his cats and enjoying the new environment of the Roaring Fork Valley.

You can follow him on twitter : @RobDET

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Valley Roundup - July 18th, 2014

Jul 18, 2014

Welcome to Valley Roundup.  It’s a review of the top news stories of the week in Aspen and beyond.

Joining us today are Andy Stone, former editor of and now columnist for the Aspen Times and Curtis Wackerle, Managing Editor of the Aspen Daily News.

This week there was a double-homicide in El Jebel.  The same week a pedestrian was hit and killed on highway 82, this comes on the heels of a high profile murder in Aspen and the death of a rafter.  Today we reflect on how big city this all sounds.

Also, are we loving the outdoors to death?  Judging for the Conundrum Hot Springs…maybe so.

Proposals are lining up for what to do with the old Aspen Art Museum, we look at the Lodging incentive program and the strange partnership of Lee Mulcahy and Maurice Emmer.

On the download with Rob St. Mary a how-to for safe sexting.  It’s all ahead on Valley Roundup.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories of the week in the Roaring Fork Valley.

This week - Fracking. 

Aspen Public Radio and the Aspen Times toured a drilling and hydraulic fracturing rig in Parachute recently and this week our stories ran.  Joining us are Scott Condon reporter for the Aspen Times and our own Elise Thatcher.

On the November ballot this year voters will have a number of fracking issues to decide, among them whether local communities should have control over oil and gas exploration.

Our reporting looked at one fracking operation run by WPX Energy.  It is one of the big players in the industry.  We got an up close look at what is going on at drilling rig H & P 318.

McCloskey Speaker Series - The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution featuring Walter Isaacson

President and CEO of the Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson will speak about his forthcoming book, set to be released in October, 2014, by Simon & Schuster. Mr. Isaacson is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.

Sunday marks an anniversary of a local tragedy. A wildfire near Glenwood Springs 20 years ago, killed fourteen firefighters.

As the cycling world gears up from the Tour de France, the sport is still dusting itself off. We hear from Lance Armstrong who was found guilty of doping.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper was in Aspen this week, discussing two hot topics at the Aspen Ideas Festival - marijuana and fracking.

Another Ideas Fest speaker was Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform.

A natural history documentary screens on PBS next year and this one is unlike any other nature film. We’ll tell you why.

Finally, we’ll take you to Snowmass Village where a giant yoga festival gets underway today.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition.

21st Century Workforce

Interview with Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

Penny Pritzker, Walter Isaacson

Penny Pritzker is US secretary of commerce, since June 2013. Previously, she was CEO of PSP Capital Partners and has developed such diverse companies as Vi, The Parking Spot, and Pritzker Realty Group. During the Obama administration, Pritzker has served on the President’s Council for Jobs and Competitiveness and the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. She is also a board member of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Marmon Group, and LaSalle Bank Corporation. Much of Pritzker’s civic work focuses on public education. In 2012, she received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.

In Conversation with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

Gina McCarthy, Hari Sreenivasan

Gina McCarthy is the administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Appointed by President Obama in 2009 as assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common-sense strategies to protect public health and the environment. Previously, McCarthy served as the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. During her career, which spans over 30 years, she has worked at both the state and local levels on critical environmental issues and helped coordinate policies on economic growth, energy, transportation and the environment.

In Depth: What the States Say About American Politics-Are We Facing a Different Kind of Political Future?

24 states with 50% of the nation’s population is moving in one direction. 13 states with 25% of the population is moving in another. What gridlock? Underwritten by Booz Allen Hamilton

Grover Norquist, Mickey Edwards

Grover Norquist is the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform. He is the creator and organizer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a public written commitment to oppose any and all tax hikes, signed by most GOP members of the US Congress. Norquist serves on the board of directors of the Center for the National Interest, the Parental Rights Organization, and the National Rifle Association. He is the author of Leave Us Alone: Getting the Government’s Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives.

Mickey Edwards is vice president and director of the Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership at the Aspen Institute. He represented Oklahoma in Congress from 1977 to 1992, serving in the House Republican leadership. Afterward, he taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. He has also been a visiting professor at University of Maryland Law School, Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute, and a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School. Early in his career, he was a reporter and editor and worked in advertising and public relations. Edwards authored Reclaiming Conservatism and The Parties Versus the People.

A New Cold War with Russia?

US-Russian relations have reached one of their lowest points since the end of the Cold War. Michael McFaul, former ambassador to Russia and author of such books as Russia’s Unfinished Revolution, will shed light on the tenuous relationship between Moscow and Washington. As Russia and the US face off over Ukraine, can they continue to cooperate on Syria and Iran?

Michael McFaul

The Dope on Pot: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Katie Couric in Conversation

Recreational pot became legal in Colorado last year and retailers started selling it in January. While regulations were set up before retail sales started, the State of Colorado has enacted new laws to fine tune aspects of concern to lawmakers. Two new measures signed into law this spring included labeling for marijuana edibles as well as dosage regulations. Over the past seven months, the new marijuana industry is a tax revenue boon. It’s expected to bring in between $60-$80 million in taxes for Colorado in 2014.

John Hickenlooper, Katie Couric

Will the Humanities be Extinct by 2024?

There has been a lively debate about the purposes of a higher education and the degree to which it is about acquiring skills for employment, versus meeting personal and societal objectives for fulfillment and civic participation. This panel will explore the issue from the point of view of whether and how the humanities in the undergraduate curriculum contribute to both goals, and how well today’s institutions of higher learning are prepared to fulfill the humanities’ promise.

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