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Cross Currents

Wednesdays 3:30pm

Cross Currents is Aspen Public Radio's locally-produced public/cultural affairs program. Tune in every Wednesday for a thought-provoking, lively, roundtable conversation about current events, politics, the arts and local doings with newsmakers and community members from around the Roaring Fork Valley. Hosted by Christin Kay.

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The Poets in Schools program from Aspen Words is in its fifth year of bringing spoken word artists to area schools.

These resident poets run writing workshops with students for two weeks. The program culminates in students performing their original work at the annual Youth Poetry Slam.

The Aspen Youth Center provides after-school and summer programs for area kids.  They offer indoor and outdoor play, structured and free time, and cooking and art classes...all for free.  

Christin Kay talked with Michaela Idhammer-Ketpura, executive director of the Aspen Youth Center, about the goals for children who attend, as well as the wide range of families that the Youth Center serves.   Clare Williams, a fifth-grader who attends the Aspen Youth Center, joined the conversation as well.       

The Aspen Hope Center offers support for Roaring Fork valley residents in a mental health crisis.  It also works with area schools on suicide prevention and education. 

This week, Christin Kay talked with Michelle Muething, executive director of the Aspen Hope Center.       

Until recently, there was no place in the Roaring Fork Valley for an adult to get an examination after a sexual assault.  

Now, Mountain West SANE (Sexual Assualt Nurse Examiners) Alliance, which certifies nurses to perform those exams, has joined Riverbridge, a child advocacy center in Glenwood Springs, to provide this service.    

Bear Matthews is the co-founder and CEO of the Tardigrade Group, an incubator which provides support and guidance to startups.  

But Bear Matthews? He's seventeen years old.  And all the startups that the Tardigrade group has worked with are run by teenagers.   

I asked him how he’s challenging stereotypes about his generation.

      

On Cross Currents today is Dr. Eric Motley, an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute.

Before he joined the Aspen Institute, he worked in the U.S. State Department and was a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush.

But he has humble roots in a small Alabama town.

 

 

 

 

 

This week on Cross Currents, reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy interviews Bronze Star recipient Stacy Bare, who is also the Director of Sierra Club Outdoors and works with its military outdoors program. 

The tension between the U.S. and North Korea has ratcheted up in the past year.  

Laura Hadar was a professional freeride snowboarder for a decade until she retired in 2015. Now, she aims to become the first woman to ride all of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks on a splitboard.  

HaitiChildren provides care and education to abandoned, orphaned and disabled children in Haiti. The organization operates a rehabilitation and therapy center, schools and water projects and works to employ Haitians at all its facilities.  

Today on Cross Currents, Susie Krabacher, co-founder and CEO of HaitiChildren, and Robin Hamill, president of the nonprofit, sit down with host Christin Kay.

 

 

      

One out of every four Coloradans experience a mental health or substance use disorder every year.  That’s nearly a million of us.  

The news about rising premiums might be making some people a little sick to their stomach.  

So what’s causing premiums to go up? And what steps can someone take to negotiate the health insurance landscape?

Relationships are hard work, but Lori Kret and Jeff Cole believe that work is one of the most important things people can do. They are both licensed psychotherapists and board certified coaches. Together, they began Aspen Relationship Coaching.

One of the first questions that people ask Dr. Vince Savage, executive director of the Aspen Homeless Shelter is: There actually are homeless people in Aspen?

The Outdoor Education program at Aspen Middle School is pretty unique. Teachers lead students into the wilderness with the goal of teaching leadership, teamwork and resilience. This isn’t a club or an afterschool activity; a whole school week is dedicated to the experience. The program is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. RESPONSE is a local organization that supports survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. They also lead conversations about domestic abuse, sexual assault and healthy relationships.

 

Aspen Strong’s mission is to raise awareness of and improve mental health in the Roaring Fork Valley.  The organization connects mental health resources and looks to start conversations about what it calls “mental hygiene.”

Writer Tiffany Quay Tyson’s debut novel Three Rivers was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction. She’s a faculty member at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and the Lighthouse Young Writers Program in Denver.

The Wilderness, Nature, and Society Seminar is a part of the Socrates Program at the Aspen Institute. This seminar is centered on readings and discussions about sustainability, environmental philosophy and ethics. Participants hike in the Colorado Rockies and stay in the 10th Mountain Division Huts. 

Windwalkers is a therapeutic riding and learning center in Carbondale. The organization offers physical therapy, counseling and workshops for veterans, kids and older adults, all centered around the healing power of horses.

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