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  Vice President Joe Biden closed out the 12th annual Aspen Ideas Festival Saturday.

A main theme that emerged over the past nine days at the Aspen Ideas Festival was the concern about an intense polarization in the United States. Biden had the final word on that point. He thinks that politics are particularly divided right now and he is concerned about this election.

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Vice President Joe Biden spoke Saturday with Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute. They spoke about healthcare and how drug and medicinal research can be changed.

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 The spread of free enterprise has created a more dynamic, efficient, and competitive global economy, while the marvels of American technology and innovation have ushered in an age of unprecedented possibility.

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Aquil Charlton brought a shopping list with him on his flight from Chicago to Denver, including tape, vinyl tubing and some soup cans.

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  Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute.

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Having served as advisor under four different Presidents, both Republican and Democrat, there are few more acquainted with the demands of the office than David Gergen. Join Gergen and NPR’s Renee Montagne to explore which leadership qualities the next president needs most in order to succeed.

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Anna Deavere Smith is a professor, playwright and actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles on “The West Wing” and “Nurse Jackie”. She’s currently speaking and performing at the Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss her projects, “Notes From The Field” and “The Pipeline Project”. They focus on the relationship between education, poverty and how that relates to youth incarceration. She performed on Sunday, and will again Tuesday evening in an event that is open to the public.

 


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 There will be heavy security at the Aspen Ideas Festival and around town with the arrival of the vice president, secretary of state, attorney general, other cabinet members and world leaders.

 

Spotlight Health 2016, Episode 1

May 3, 2016

  This is the first episode in our spring series on critical health issues. In this program we’ll talk with researcher Vic Strecher about the boost you could get if you have a specific purpose in life. One example? People with a purpose are “2.4 times less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease 7 years later,” according to Strecher.

A tour through High Valley Farms marijuana greenhouse

Jul 6, 2015
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The marijuana industry in Colorado got some attention at the Aspen Ideas Festival last week. Festival participants toured a grow operation near Basalt and heard from experts about the somewhat bumpy rollout of recreational pot. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

There’s a few rules before you take a tour of High Valley Farms near Basalt.

Aspen residents and visitors will have a little more elbow room this week. The July 4th stretch is one of the busiest on the resort’s calendar, and the epicenter last week was the Aspen Institute’s campus. It’s home to the Aspen Ideas Festival, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. And one longtime local was on the front lines directing the thousands of people passing through there.

    

Speakers: Goldie Hawn, Michael Eisner

Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Goldie Hawn joins Michael Eisner over lunch for a discussion about her career and the work she continues to support through the Hawn Foundation, which takes up as its mission the needs of children. Learn how the Foundation uses mindfulness to help young people develop social and emotional intelligence, and, in turn, reduce the distress and distraction within their educations that leads to increased rates of dropout.

Should College Be Free?

Jul 3, 2015

Speakers: Jamie P. Merisotis, Joshua Wyner, Gene D. Block, Kevin Cary

The value of a college degree is at an all-time high. At the same time, the price of college is escalating while wages for working-class Americans stagnate. Whose responsibility is it to shoulder the increasing cost of higher education? Can Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other technology-driven education platforms drive costs down? Should community college be free, as is now the case in Tennessee and Chicago? Hear a dynamic panel of higher-education experts discuss the cost and value of a college education in an era of increasing demand for skilled labor and growing income inequality.

Prison reform effort unites unlikely players

Jul 3, 2015
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Unlikely bedfellows are aligning on the issue of prison reform. On Thursday (7/2), a former prisoner joined New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and a top executive with Koch Industries for a discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival on mass incarceration. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

Shaka Senghor spent 19 years in prison - 17 of them were in solitary confinement. In solitary, he structured his days like he was on a college campus.

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Money and Politics

Jul 1, 2015

Featured Speakers: Theodore B. Olson, David Boies, James Bennet

Facing the 2016 election and anticipating well over $1 billion raised to fund campaign coffers, is this the way to run a democracy? Ted Olson defended Citizens United; David Boies (no role in the suit) hotly debates it.

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Incentives from the federal government for farmers who grow crops like cotton are contributing to the depletion of the Colorado River. A Propublica report this spring investigated the issue. The article’s author was at the Aspen Ideas Festival Tuesday (6/30). Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Featured speakers: Ben Rhodes, Jeffery Goldberg

Benjamin J. Rhodes and Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for The Atlantic, discuss the worldview of President Obama, focusing on Cuba, the Iran talks, and the continuing crisis across the broader Middle East.

Featured Speakers: Seema Yasmin, Chris Underhill// Sometimes the mind seems to have been left behind. Despite tremendous progress in other branches of medicine, mental health services fail millions who need them, the pharmaceutical armamentarium is inadequate, stigma remains a tremendous impediment to care, and the power of early intervention has not been adequately harnessed. 

Featured scholar: Sam Kargbo. // Nowhere has the tight embrace of global and domestic health been more visible than in the Ebola epidemic, which sprinted through West Africa and then landed on US and European shores. 

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