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

Ways To Connect

Today is Thursday, August 14th.

Today at 10am in Harris Concert Hall, Yoheved Kaplinsky gives a piano master class.

A free Spotlight Recital takes place today at noon at the Aspen Community Church.

The final Chapel Chamber Music recital of the season will be performed today at 4:15pm in the Aspen Chapel.

At 5pm today in Harris Concert Hall, it’s a free family concert for all ages featuring Saint-Saens’s The Carnival of the Animals. Come at 4pm for free, kid-friendly refreshments and activities in the Hospitality Tent.

The Basalt Regional Library is the site of a free recital at 5:15pm today.

At 7pm in the Wheeler Opera House, the Aspen Opera Theater Center presents Bizet’s Carmen, directed by Edward Berkeley and conducted by Josep Caballe Domenech.

Behzod Abduraimov plays two Chopin ballades, Beethoven ‘s Appasionata Sonata, and works by Liszt and Ravel in a recital tonight at 8pm in Harris Concert Hall.

The season’s last free String Showcase takes place tonight at 8:30pm in Edlis Neeson Hall on the Bucksbaum Campus. And also at 8:30pm in Scanlan Hall, guitar students of Sharon Isbin will give a free recital.

File Photo - Anderson Ranch Arts Center

An Oscar winning filmmaker and artist is taking part in a symposium at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village this week. Steve McQueen’s most recent film is “12 Years a Slave” – a historical biopic about a freeman who endured slavery in 18-40s America. McQueen is taking part in an event entitled “Making the Change They Want to See” - about the intersection of art and social change. Aspen Public Radio’s Rob St. Mary spoke with McQueen about his work and process this week.

The American Renewable Energy Day, or ARE day, continues in Aspen with a discussion called "Politics, Climate Change and History" featuring Tom Steyer (Investor, Philanthropist, NextGen Climate), Douglas Brinkley (Historian, Professor at Rice University), and Theodore Roosevelt IV (Barclays Bank).

The American Renewable Energy Day, or ARE Day, continues in Aspen with a discussion called “The Life of a Global Leader: Lessons of Statesmanship in Action” with President Jimmy Carter.

Jimmy Carter was born in 1924 in Plains, Georgia. In 1962 Carter entered state politics and was elected governor in 1970. In December 1974, Carter announced his candidacy for President of the United States. He defeated President Gerald Ford in 1976. Among the signature domestic issues Carter is remembered for include working against inflation and unemployment as well creating strategies during the energy crisis of the mid-late 1970s. Carter was defeated for re-election in 1980. He left office in January 1981 and has continued to be an advocate on various causes.

The American Renewable Energy Day, or AREday, continues in Aspen with a discussion called “Divest-Invest: A Case for Civil Society Leadership” featuring moderator: Timothy E. Wirth of the UN Foundation, Reverend Fletcher Harper of GreenFaith, Ellen Dorsey Wallace of the Global Fund, Chloe Maxmin of Divest Harvard, John R Seydel of University of Denver Divest – Turner Foundation & Andy Behar of As You Sow.

Rob St. Mary

On Saturday, August 9th, Ken Rudin aka "The Political Junkie" shared his insights on the upcoming elections, how Colorado plays into the equation, and his love of political buttons.

Rudin was interviewed by former NPR editor, and current Aspen Public Radio board member, Loren Jenkins. "The Political Junkie" also took questions from the audience at the 3rd Street Center in Carbondale.

Ken Rudin is one of America’s foremost experts in politics and campaign history. He focuses on all aspects of politics, from presidential elections—with the primaries, national conventions, debates and general election—to the races for the House, Senate and state governors. He has analyzed every congressional race in the nation since 1984.

Ken began his NPR career in 1991. He has worked with correspondents and reporters both at the network and member-station level. From 2006-2013, Ken was regularly heard on of the Nation in the weekly, and very popular, Political Junkie segment. He also helped create It’s All Politics the podcast, which ran for seven years. In his Political Junkie weekly column— which first appeared on The Washington  Post website before coming to NPR—Ken previewed the politics of the week and explored campaign history, strategy, trivia and lore, along with his well-known ScuttleButton contest.

For most of the past 20 years, Ken was the eyes and ears of NPR’s political coverage in his position as NPR political editor and resident “Political Junkie.” As a political junkie for many decades, Ken has one of the most extensive collections of campaign buttons in the country, a collection that now surpasses 70,000 items.

Photo from Change.Org Petition

An installation at the soon to be open Aspen Art Museum is getting some negative attention via an on-line petition. The petition started by Lisbeth Oden of Aspen calls for the museum to remove iPads that have been glued to the shells of three live tortoises featured in a roof top garden. The iPads project video footage of local ghost towns filmed by the turtles themselves. The idea is that forgotten stories of the once prosperous towns are retold from the tortoises’ perspectives. The petition calls the exhibit abuse and an unnecessary exploitation of the animals. By 6pm Tuesday over 200 people had signed the petition. The Aspen Art Museum is allowing some patrons in this week for previews. The facility opens to everyone with a 24-hour celebration Saturday. The tortoises are to be part of the opening along with performance art, music and even dream analysis.

Hurst Lecture Series – Reforming American Public Diplomacy: A Conversation with Richard Stengel, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs followed by a distinguished panel.

Richard Stengel will speak on his plans for the future of American public diplomacy followed by a panel discussion featuring former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Dina Powell, President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation; and Alec Ross, former Senior Advisor for Innovation to Sec. Clinton; The panel will be moderated by Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute.

McCloskey Speaker Series - A Conversation with Democratic Governors

Democratic governors will discuss how their priorities are making a difference and the challenges that lie ahead. Featured special guests include: Gov. Mark Dayton of Minnesota, Gov. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri, Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, and Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont.

This event will be moderated by Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.

Today is Thursday, July 31st. A busy day at the Aspen Music Festival and School with a variety of events, many of them free.

Pianist Julian Martin will give a master class at 10am this morning in Harris Concert Hall.

At 10:30am, it’s Tunes and Tales at the Pitkin County Library, a free and fun program for children ages 4-9 accompanied by an adult. Listen to enchanting stories along with classical favorites performed by AMFS students.

Today at noon at the Aspen Community Church, there’s a free Spotlight Recital showcasing top students.

Chapel Chamber Music takes place today at 4:15pm at the Aspen Chapel with a diverse program played by talented ensembles. Admission is free.

At 5pm at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, guitar students of Sharon Isbin will offer a free recital.

The Basalt Regional Library hosts a free recital today at 5:15pm.

Pianist Andreas Haefliger performs works of Beethoven, Berio and Schumann tonight at 8pm in Harris Concert Hall.

The weekly free String Showcase with some of this summer’s finest string students will be offered tonight at 8:30pm in Edlis Neeson Hall on the Bucksbaum campus.