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 Veteran political journalist Ken Rudin moderated a discussion last night with Colorado’s Democratic and Republican party leaders.


 A trio of Republican Governors spoke at the McCloskey speaker series last night in Aspen. Matt Bevin (KY), Pete Ricketts (NE)  and Lawrence Hogan Jr. (MD) discussed the upcoming presidential election how their state’s economies have improved under their leadership.


When asked about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Bevin said he would not endorse the candidate, but would be voting for him in the upcoming election.


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 The McCloskey Speaker Series on Aug. 12 was titled Democratic Governors Panel: Leading from the State Level. Democratic governors discussed how to lead a nation by facing the challenges of energy, education and citizens’ rights among other priorities at the state level. It featured Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut,  in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson. Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington were unable to make it at the last minute.

  The final two events in the 2016 Hurst Lecture series are Friday and Monday.

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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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  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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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.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain talks with journalist Lesley Stahl about what’s wrong with the Obama National Security Strategy. U.S. Senator McCain, along with other leaders on the United State’s Homeland Security front, spoke during the four-day Aspen Security Forum held at the Aspen Institute.


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.

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

Good afternoon, you’re listening to Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio. This is the final episode in our series on critical health issues.

Today we’ll hear about something called Doctor in a Box.

“It’s telemedicine that you can have in the privacy of your own home, or you can actually take the kit with you while you’re traveling and have consistent access to health care.”

The idea comes from a firm who also came up with a bike you probably saw on facebook or twitter last year. Yes, we’ll hear where the Denny Bike is now.

Good afternoon, you’re listening to Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio. This is the fifth episode in our series on critical health issues.

Today, we sit down with a recently retired FDA commissioner.

As part of her tenure, Dr. Margaret Hamburg focused on how the U.S. can make sure food and medicine coming from other countries is safe.

Later in the program we’ll hear the argument in favor of hospital mergers and some of the results from one in New York City.

That’s coming up, here on Spotlight Health.

Good afternoon you’re listening to Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio. This is the fourth episode in our series on critical health issues.

Today we’ll hear from a health expert who noticed patients spend a lot of time in hospitals without much to do and how that changes when there is art and music in the building.

“I witnessed moments where patients would listen to the concert, and that could be the last beautiful thing they’ve heard.”

This week on CrossCurrents, part 2 of The Great Book Series at the Aspen Institute. Senior moderators Pete Thigpen and Todd Breyfogle are guests.

Also Walter Isaacson, CEO and President of the Aspen Institute, on his new book, The Innovators.

About the Great Book Series from the Aspen Institute website: