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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2014 Aspen Ideas Fesitval
7:13 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

How Do We Nourish Nine Billion People?

How Do We Nourish Nine Billion People?

About half the world’s population suffers from some form of malnutrition – 2 billion people are undernourished, 1.4 billion are overweight or obese, and 800 million are hungry – and as climate change advances, the threats will likely worsen. In the US, cutbacks in the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program mean some Americans run out food every month. Lacking the right nutrients to grow and thrive, billions around the globe cannot rise from poverty. What food and nutrition priorities should the international community set as the UN’s Millennium Development Goals expire? What is the blueprint for strengthening access to nutritious foods and sustainable agriculture? What is the role for the private sector?

Josh Lozman, Ronald Shaich, Marc Van Ameringen, Dan Glickman, Toni Verstandig, Derek Yach

2014 Aspen Ideas Fesitval
6:14 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

How Can We Die With Dignity?

How Can We Die With Dignity?

The hospice movement and other cultural and system-wide innovations in palliative care have been welcome strategies for easing the dying experience, but many people still do not have their final wishes respected. If we are to guide patients and families through life’s final stage with dignity, we need to have wiser conversations, better services, and a clearer ethical framework. What is it like to be present with people as they approach death? What roles can the young and the healthy play? What investments do we need to make to smooth the passage away from the living?

Arthur Leonard Caplan, Ai-jen Poo, Akaya Windwood, Ray Suarez

2014 Aspen Ideas Fesitval
1:16 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Can Congress Come Together to Build a Healthier Nation?

Can Congress Come Together to Build a Healthier Nation?

There's much more to health politics than the Affordable Care Act. Along with remarkable new advances in medicine by 2024, we will see Baby Boomers swamping the health care system, more veterans needing services, and the impact of climate change becoming ever more apparent. Leaders from both political parties in both houses of Congress should be shaping the vision, negotiating the legislation and committing the funding to improve the nation’s health. What can Congress do to promote better health for more Americans? How can our elected officials reach consensus?

William Frist, Thomas Daschle, Julie Rovner, Mickey Edwards

2014 Aspen Ideas Fesitval
12:01 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Communities That Thrive

Communities That Thrive

Healthy communities put people first, with safe housing, convenient schools and workplaces, and ready access to food, water, recreation and sustainable transportation. Rural or urban, resource-rich or impoverished, they offer opportunity and hope, and reward imagination and ingenuity. These places also foster a sense of shared purpose, perhaps sporting community centers and gardens, resource-sharing activities and microenterprise, sidewalks and bike lanes. What are the must-have features of a healthy community? How should small towns and large cities be designed in the future? What does the explosion of mega-metropolises around the world mean to health?

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Gabe Klein, Kennedy Odede, Gina Murdock, Belinda Reininger

2014 Aspen Ideas Fesitval
6:22 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Personalized Medicine: The Future is Now

Personalized Medicine: The Future is Now

Personalized medicine is upending hierarchies with consumer products like Scanadu, designed to track physiological signals, and 23andMe.com, which provides raw genetic data. Meanwhile, our exploding knowledge means treatments can increasingly be custom-tailored — the genetic characteristics of a tumor can predict the most effective drug to fight it; a medical image can reveal which artery-opening device will be most effective for a particular individual. How does personalized medicine change the way medicine is practiced? Is it possible to know too much? Does the US need a new regulatory framework for this unprecedented era?

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