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

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John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, spoke about the fight against violent extremism at the Aspen ideas festival yesterday.

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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.

 

You don’t have to have a pass to take in Ideas Fest. There are over 80 public events on the schedule including breakfast sessions, lunch sessions, afternoon salons, evening films and more.

In addition to high-profile speakers, the artistic components of the Aspen Institute has upped its game.

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The Aspen Institute announced its artists-in-residence yesterday. Opera singer Renée Fleming and sculptor Theaster Gates will come to Aspen this summer for the Aspen Ideas Festival, as well as to participate in other Aspen Institute events nationally.

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.

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Aspen Hall of Famer Tage Pedersen passed away Tuesday in Ashland, Oregon. He was best known for his dedicated work in fitness and rehabilitation with the U.S. Ski Team over four decades.

Cross Currents-

Mar 9, 2016

Cross Currents this week is with professor Jeremy Suri of the University of Texas, Austin. 

Gov. Hickenlooper supports Obama's Climate Action Plan

Aug 10, 2015
Marci Krivonen

A discussion at the Aspen Institute Monday (8/10) featuring Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper touched on a range of issues: foreign policy, teen pregnancy, marijuana and climate change. 

On climate change, Hickenlooper says it’s important to have clean air at high altitude. He supports President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and intends to enact it in Colorado.

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