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Money and Politics

Jul 1, 2015

Featured Speakers: Theodore B. Olson, David Boies, James Bennet

Facing the 2016 election and anticipating well over $1 billion raised to fund campaign coffers, is this the way to run a democracy? Ted Olson defended Citizens United; David Boies (no role in the suit) hotly debates it.

Valley Roundup - June 26th, 2015

Jun 26, 2015

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week. 

Aspen lost one of its first cultural architects when novelist Jim Salter died earlier this month. He moved here in the '60s when many other renowned artists were planting their roots.

Snowmass Base Village developers are slowly rolling out their grand plan. Decision makers held a joint meeting as planning began.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week. 

A news story about a missing Aspen native has created a  ruckus among longtime residents.

As summer sets in, so does the homeless population in Glenwood Springs, which is angst in the business community.

Meanwhile, a custody dispute involving a Snowmass Village father has garnered international attention.

When is a service dog a legitimate reason to take the pet into a restaurant or live in affordable housing?

Mountain Edition - June 18th, 2015

Jun 18, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Snowmelt combined with recent rains have boosted rivers to dangerous levels.

It takes a lot to get Aspen ready for the Food and Wine Classic. We’ll hear about the final preparations.

And, the publisher of Food and Wine magazine says Aspen’s fest is different from others held around the country.

A conservation group is concerned about a proposed oil and gas lease swap in the Thompson Divide.

And, a local non profits helps low income homeowners become energy efficient.

Audio Canvas is a weekly audio tour of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Executive Director, Nancy Wilhelms, shares the center's history and mission to bridge art, education, and inspiration. The Ranch will host a myriad of events this summer including a conversation series, workshops, kids camps, guest faculty lectures, and lunchtime Auctionettes. 

Learn more about the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and their upcoming events at

First Draft - Celeste Ng

Jun 8, 2015
Kevin Day Photography

Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You, which was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and Amazon's #1 Best Book of the Year 2014.  She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists.  Celeste attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the Roaring Fork Valley in the past week. 

A couple that lives in a penthouse in downtown Aspen now has to share the building’s entrance with their neighbors. As a result, their property value decreased $1.3 million, a judge has ruled.

There’s more debate around the live debate that Aspen Public Radio broadcast with city council candidates Bert Myrin and Mick Ireland.

Mountain Edition - May 21st, 2015

May 21, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Aspen’s second lifeline to the world is up and running again, as Independence Pass reopens.

A judge dismisses a case against an elderly Carbondale driver who killed a Basalt motorcyclist.

Two Aspen City Council candidates carefully duke it out on the Aspen Public Radio airwaves.

Turns out, you cannot buy exclusive access to your condo building, especially if you share the building with affordable housing residents.

Childcare in the Roaring Fork Valley is getting harder to find.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week. 

Aspen High School principal Kim Martin resigned after only three years on the job.

More complaints are surfacing about the proliferation of pot shops in family friendly Glenwood Springs weed.

Meanwhile, a major commercial development proposal for one of the last big open space in the valley has been pulled by the developer.

And, with summer comes traffic. Residents in the West End neighborhood of Aspen say keep it on Main Street and not on theirs.

Mountain Edition - May 14th, 2015

May 14, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

The embattled principal of Aspen High School announces her resignation.

A tax in Aspen is generating an extra $2 million annually. The public is getting a chance to decide how to spend it.

Finding affordable housing is always a challenge, but right now, Mid-Valley residents are facing significant hurdles.

A mentoring organization is seeking men, especially in Basalt and Carbondale.

And, a Carbondale resident is in the middle of Nepal’s aid effort. We talk to him about the latest earthquake to hit the area.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the Roaring Fork Valley in the past week. 

The City of Aspen municipal election made history this week, with voters stripping some power away from their elected officials. And, two candidates vying for an open council seat are headed to a runoff election in June.

A prominent downtown Aspen landlord is eyeing more properties and has two more under contract to buy.

Basalt Listeners: APR is on the MOVE!

May 5, 2015

Aspen Public Radio is making a change to our frequencies this week. Starting Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, you can hear your news, your music, your station on 91.5FM in Basalt as well as Aspen.

For a complete list of frequencies - click here.

Join Us for a Throwback Thursday APR Member Party!

Apr 28, 2015

Please join us for a Throwback Thursday APR Member Party! As Aspen Public Radio approaches its mid-thirties, let’s have some fun with the past. Bring a retro/classic photo of yourself to add to a display of other photos that take us back.  Besides, it’s a good excuse to get together for a party.

Date: Thursday, May 14

Time: 5-7pm

Where: Riverside Grill, 181 Basalt Center Cir

Ticket prices: $91.5 per couple (APR’s Aspen frequency) or $45.75 individual

NOTICE: Aspen Public Radio Board Election

Apr 20, 2015

Notice of Aspen Public Radio Board Election

Aspen Public Radio is a member organization whose members elect the station’s board of directors. Election ballots will be tabulated at the Aspen Public Radio annual meeting at 2pm on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in the conference room at the Red Brick Center for the Arts, 110 East Hallam St., Aspen, Colorado. 

Election Rules and Regulations

Today on CrossCurrents - Annie Denver and Karmen Dopslaff on John Denver's Aspenglow Fund, which has been quietly supporting environmental and educational causes in the Roaring Fork Valley and around the world.

Also, Aspen Public Radio is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant from The John Denver Aspenglow Fund at the Aspen Community Foundation to support news coverage, outreach, and education on the environment.

Tune in to Aspen Public Radio on Thursday March 12th at 6pm as Michael Lewis presents during Winter Words. Lewis is the author of “Flash Boys”, “Moneyball”, “The Big Short”, and several other best sellers. He’ll talk about his work during the event presented by Aspen Words.

Lewis will present at Paepcke Auditorium starting at 6pm and it will be carried live on Aspen Public Radio.

Tune in to Aspen Public Radio Tuesday evening March 10th at 5:30pm for a live broadcast from the Basalt Regional Library as NPR’s International Correspondent Jackie Northam will talk about “A World in Crisis” with Pulitzer Prize winner Loren Jenkins.

A Conversation on China with Professor of Journalism at the University of Michigan, and NPR's former China Correspondent, Louisa Lim.

Moderated by Loren Jenkins.

Recorded at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale on Wednesday  March 4th, 2015.

On Saturdays at 2pm for the next six weeks - venture into the unseen with Invisibilia!

Launched in January 2015, Invisibilia (Latin for "all the invisible things") explores the intangible forces that shape human behavior – things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.

Thanks to our supporters, we were able to reach our goal in record time.  This Pledge Drive we didn’t interrupt programming and you responded.

If you didn’t get a chance to become a member or renew, you still can by calling 920-9000 during regular business hours or clicking here anytime.

Congrats to all the daily drawing winners and our Grand Prize winner Leslie Desmond. She will receive two passes to Festival 2 of the Ideas Fest. And, once again, thank you to all those who helped make our Pledge Drive a huge success.

A big Thank You to our generous gift sponsors.