Aspen Ideas Festival

The Aspen Ideas Festival is an annual week long gathering that offers a variety of programs, tutorials, seminars, discussions and events that bring together vibrant intellectual exchange. You'll hear on some of the live sessions from the Aspen Ideas Festival here on Aspen Public Radio.

  On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Barbara Platts present a compilation of the week’s news.

Topics include:

  • The vice president of the united states visited aspen over the weekend

  • An elected official is giving away money

  • Northstar Nature Reserve may no longer be the party spot of past year.... .

  • A choreographer returns to Aspen

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Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, visited the Aspen Ideas Festival last week. PBS is currently trying to advance digital initiatives like NPR is, with a focus on its online presence, as well as implementing more streaming options.

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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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  Five million of 29 million households with school­-age children don't have the Internet at home. Lacking high­-speed access takes its toll on children and teens by making it unduly difficult to complete school assignments that are heavily dependent on Internet access—creating a homework gap that’s keenly felt by low­ income families.

Young adults from across the globe gathered in the St. Regis ballroom earlier this week for the first ever program aimed at igniting a segment of the population to become more involved in the world. It’s part of the Aspen Ideas Festival, and is geared to those between 14 to 21 years old.


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  When Obama drew his now infamous “red line” in August of 2012, the world closely observed. Chemical weapons and barrel bombs strangled the streets of Damascus and Aleppo while the intervention-cautious Obama administration furiously calculated its next steps.

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Shining brightly on the Aspen Institute campus this week is a portal to another space. It’s a project of Shared Studios LLC. It’s a temporary set up, mirroring the gold-painted shipping containers placed in public areas all over the world that provide audio and video connection to other portals. Or, more accurately, provide human connection.

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  As high-profile episodes of violence have highlighted the issue of use of excessive force and mistreatment of people of color by police, what is the way forward for law enforcement and the communities they are duty bound to “serve and protect”?

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Genetically modified organism. Rarely have three words generated such passionate and polarized debate.

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Caitlyn Jenner, perhaps the world’s most famous trans-woman, closed Aspen Ideas Festival’s Spotlight Health yesterday. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

The average annual cost of cancer drugs in the US now exceeds $100,000 and the price of more than 200 generic drugs doubled from 2013 to 2014. That puts them far out of reach for countess ailing people, including many with decent insurance.

The first of our live broadcasts for the Aspen Ideas Festival took place Thursday, June 23. It was titled "The Future of Medicine."

 This week on Cross Currents, Kitty Boone, Vice President, Public Programs at the Aspen Institute on this year's Aspen Ideas Festival.

Sam Tanenhaus, Garry Wills, David Frum, Cory A. Booker, Jeffrey Rosen, Neal Katyal, Chris Coons, Alan Cooperman, Ken Davis and David Leonhardt discuss recent Supreme Court decisions. 

In the United States, 25 percent of young adults under age 30 do not claim affiliation with any particular religion.  What does this new reality mean for communities of faith, and culture at large, as a generation of Americans increasingly turns away from such identity-forming institutions? 

David Petraeus - Chairman, KKR Global Institute; Visiting Professor, CUNY; Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School; Former CIA Director and Retired US Army General 

Peter Thiel Co-Founder, PayPal; Technology Entrepreneur and Investor, Founders Fund

Paul Ryan represents Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, serving his ninth term in Congress. 

Pope Francis has generated headlines worldwide for his unorthodox approach to the papacy, public acts of humility, and renewed emphasis on compassion.

Feature speakers: Michael Gerson, Matt Malone, Garry Wills, Nancy Gibbs

Immigrants play an important role in the economy as consumers, taxpayers, workers, and business owners.

Feature speakers: Ronald Brownstein, Grover Norquist, Cristina Jiménez, Deepak Bhargava