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After 15 months, a 31-member task force has come up with a plan to significantly reduce traffic in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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Dr. Daniel Levitin is a cognitive neuroscientist, professor, writer and musician. He’s known for several bestselling books, including “This is Your Brain On Music: The Science of a Human Obsession.” His latest book is called “Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era.” Claire Woodcock sat down with him last week to discuss the ongoing conversation about fake news.

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Thomas Barrack Jr. is Executive Chairman of Colony NorthStar. Barrack was the Chairman of the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee, as well as one of President Trump’s major fundraisers. He discusses his personal insights into the United States' 45th president and his vision for the country.

Trump protest takes place throughout downtown Aspen

Aug 9, 2017

In response to one of President Trump’s main fundraisers speaking at the Aspen Institute, nearly 100 locals came together yesterday to protest the administration’s policies.

Alycin Bektesh

Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke last night at the McCloskey Speakers series at the Aspen Institute.

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This month, the Aspen Institute with Aspen Words announced a new partnership with NPR Books.  Christin Kay spoke with arts and culture reporter Claire Woodcock on the nuances of the partnership.

Gen. Keith Alexander is a retired United States Army four-star general, in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson. Gen. Alexander served as Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) and Chief of the Central Security Service from 2005-2014.

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan headlined the inaugural Sandra Day O’Connor Speaker Series at the Aspen Institute Monday.

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This summer’s theater season has seen an influx in politically themed performances. Conversations with the valley’s main players this month have affirmed the trend, and the plays and musicals being produced are inciting conversations community-wide.

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A marimba playing robot will perform Friday as part of the Aspen Ideas Festival.

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Each summer, world leaders and innovative thinkers gather in Aspen for the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Summer Words programming announced

May 23, 2017
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Last week, Aspen Words announced its anticipated public events schedule for Summer Words.

Elise Thatcher

  The Aspen Institute continues its Community Forum for Transportation and Mobility with two events in the coming weeks.

Hosts Alycin Bektesh and Christin Kay talk with Minda Dentler. When she was an infant in India, she contracted polio, which left her legs paralyzed.  She was adopted into an American family.  Minda began competing in triathlons, using a handcycle and a racing wheelchair.  In 2013, she became the first official female handcyclist in history to complete an Ironman Championship.  She's also a passionate advocate for global immunization and polio eradication.   

 

 

The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik speaks in Aspen

Mar 21, 2017
Bridgette Lacombe

The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik will speak tonight at the Paepcke Auditorium as part of Aspen Words’ Winter Words Series. Claire Woodcock spoke with Gopnik in the studio and brings us this conversation.

Winter Words welcomes novelist Yaa Gyasi

Feb 24, 2017
Michael Lionstar

Acclaimed novelist Yaa Gyasi will be in Aspen as part of the Winter Words series on Tuesday. Her first novel, Homegoing, came out last year and was NPR’s Debut Novel of the Year.

As fallout from the presidential election continues, organizers of the Aspen Ideas Festival are pivoting. They want to make sure the issues facing the United States and the world are fully debated this upcoming summer.

McCloskey Speaker Series: Steve Case

Jul 12, 2016

The McCloskey Speaker Series continued on Tuesday with Steve Case, the co-founder of America Online. He spoke with Walter Isaacson, the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Case spoke to Isaacson about his latest book, "The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future".  It examines some of the most important business decisions in the age of the internet. Listen to their full conversation, below.

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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.

The signature event, the 2016 Afternoon of Conversation hosts an audience of more than 2,000 in the Benedict Music Tent. From criminal justice for the most vulnerable, to space exploration, to the changing Supreme Court, to artificial intelligence, and the state of the Grand Old Party, big thinkers and doers engage in serious ideas about their work and our collective future.

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