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New York Times columnist David Leonhardt spoke last week at the Aspen Institute about the state of journalism and why it’s important. This morning on Valley Roundup, listen to an excerpt of his talk with Aspen Institute Vice President Elliot Gerson.

You can hear the full "Future of News" discussion on this website.

 

 The future of news has some bright spots and some dark valleys, according to media observers. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this morning are Aspen Times publisher Samantha Johnston and Dave Danforth, owner and co-founder of the Aspen Daily News.

To hear more about the media landscape, which includes Aspen Daily News contributing editor Madeleine Osberger, tune in today at 3:30 p.m.

 

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Damian Woetzel’s tenure as director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program is slowly coming to a close. He was named president of the Juilliard School in May. Arts reporter Claire Woodcock caught up with Woetzel during the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival to talk about his overarching mission with both institutions.

 The Aspen Institute is launching a speaker series in honor of Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

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Jon Batiste is a renowned jazz musician and has been the band leader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert since 2015. He was in Aspen over the weekend for multiple performances and interviews. Arts and culture reporter Claire Woodcock caught up with him backstage after his Friday night show with his band Stay Human under the Benedict Music Tent.

 

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Joining me this week are David Krause, editor of the Aspen Times, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, Roger Marolt, columnist for the Aspen Times and the Snowmass Sun, and Olivia Oksenhorn, Aspen Public Radio’s summer intern.

 

 

 

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Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, announced Tuesday that he  is resigning. He will leave his post at the end of the year. In January, he will permanently move to his native New Orleans to become a professor of the history department at Tulane University.

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Valley teens use poetry to tackle tough topics

Feb 21, 2017
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On Friday night, dozens of area high school students took part in Aspen Words’ 4th annual Youth Poetry Slam in Carbondale.

After two weeks of work, students throughout the Roaring Fork Valley gave an auditorium full of adults a clue into their secret lives. There were 24 students who spoke with honest authority on topics that most teenagers keep to themselves. Topics like confidence and anxiety; puberty and relationships; drugs and alcohol; depression and suicide.

“The truth is, when I talk to people, I can’t breathe,” one student proclaimed.

Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg returning to Aspen

Feb 16, 2017
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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg returns to The Aspen Institute this weekend as part of the Hurst Lecture Series.

On Sunday, the philanthropist and founder of Bloomberg L.P. will join business executive and institute emeritus chairman Robert Steel onstage.

The discussion will include a new initiative from Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Aspen Institute. It involves experts and major cities worldwide preparing for the future of autonomous vehicles.

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The Aspen Institute is taking on an ambitious project — finding a solution to a decades-old problem. Joining News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this morning are Andy Stone, columnist for the Aspen Times, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, and Lauren Glendenning, editor of the Aspen Times.

You can hear more of the conversation on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. today right here on Aspen Public Radio news.

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

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 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.

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  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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