Carolyne Heldman

Executive Director/Host - CrossCurrents

Raised in Aspen, Colorado, Carolyne graduated with honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara as a theater and film student. After a few years as a DJ in commercial radio, Carolyne moved to NYC and was the second of the new wave of VJs hired at MTV Networks. She lived the fast life in New York as an MTV television personality from 1986-1988 before returning to the mountains. She then lived in Boulder, Colorado and worked for Prime Sports Network on a mountain bike television show, The Fat Tire Journal and hosted and produced special segments for Bob Beattie's long running TV show, Ski World on ESPN. She moved back to the Aspen area in 1995 with her husband to start a family. Carolyne was the Station Manager for the Aspen Skiing Company's television station, Channel 16, producing and directing the award-winning, live morning show, Aspen Today for 3 years. She then returned to radio, hosting the morning show on local radio station KSNO. Carolyne began as the Program Director at APR in 2008. She became Executive Director of Aspen Public Radio in 2013.

Ways To Connect

Today on CrossCurrents – Sallie Bernard, founder of Extreme Sports Camp, an athletic camp for kids with autism, on Light it Up Blue Aspen, a fundraiser at the Hotel Jerome on Sunday February 15th.

And classical music contributor Chris Mohr with world renowned pianist Conrad Tao who is playing a house music concert for Aspen Public Radio on Wednesday, February 11th.

http://lightitupblueaspen.org/

http://www.extremesportscamp.org/

Today on CrossCurrents, the five final candidates who are applying for the old Aspen Art Museum Space – the Powerhouse.

Guests are:

Paul Kienast of The Gathering Place

Jackie Francis of The Aspen Science Center

Duncan Clauss of Aspen Brewing Company

Angie Callen of The Red Brick Center for the Arts

John Masters of Grassroots TV

Rios to Rivers

Weston Boyles, Executive Director of Rios to Rivers

Ríos to Rivers is uniting young kayakers from Patagonia, Chile and Colorado with kayaking expeditions in Chile on the Río Baker and in the US on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The Chilean kayakers will see for the first time a mega-dam and the resultant impacts on the river. US students will experience the majesty of an undeveloped river flowing through a pristine wilderness. The group will learn about the ecological impacts of dams, explore viable renewable energy sources, and take part in cultural exchange.

On today's show, the Aspen Hall of Fame with this year's inductees are Joe and Judy Zanin, George Madsen, and Dick Butera.

The guests on the show are members of the board Lorna Pederson and Jeanette Darnauer.

From the Aspen Hall of Fame website:

Today on CrossCurrents - last month, the federal government released the new Record of Decision on oil and gas leasing on the White River National Forest.  Guests are Will Roush of the Wilderness Workshop and Zane Kessler from the Thompson Divide Coalition.

http://www.wildernessworkshop.org/

http://www.savethompsondivide.org/about-us/mission-and-vision.html

Today on CrossCurrents, David Swersky and Jeff Edelson from Mountain Rescue-Aspen on the history of the organization and the new building opening this weekend.

About Mountain Rescue-Aspen:

Mountain Rescue-Aspen was incorporated in 1965 as a non-profit organization and is one of the oldest search and rescue teams in the state. We are accredited through the Rocky Mountain Region of the Mountain Rescue Association and work as a volunteer arm of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office; providing search and rescue services for Pitkin County and mutual aid for other counties in Colorado.

Our dedicated 50-member team annually donates thousands upon thousands of person-hours serving Pitkin County’s community and visitors. These hours represent time away from families to attend meetings and trainings; educate the public with our annual community avalanche seminar; teach children what to do if they are lost through the national “Hug-A-Tree” program, and of course, engage in search and rescue missions.

Unlike other emergency response agencies such as Police or Ambulance, or even Volunteer Fire, there is no tax base or public budget for Mountain Rescue. We are 100% unpaid volunteers who raise the funding we need each year through the solicitation of public donations and applications for local and state grants.

Today on CrossCurrents, Laura Thielen from Aspen Film with a preview of this year's Academy Screenings.

From the Aspen Film website:

Spend your holidays with Aspen Film! Every winter we celebrate the movies everyone will be talking about this awards season. From starry features to fresh independent voices, this beloved mountain tradition has something for everyone. Where movie lovers and film industry professionals gather to see some of the best films of the year.

http://aspenfilm.org/

On today's CrossCurrents – The Buddy Program.

For over 40 years, The Buddy Program has been serving the youth in the Roaring Fork Valley. Guests are David Houggy, Executive director and Heather Hicks, Director of Recruitment and the Lemonade Day City Director.

From The Buddy Program website:

For 40 years, the Buddy Program has been serving youth in the Roaring Fork Valley community. The Buddy Program runs five programs throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, including one-on-one mentoring, group/experiential mentoring, and financial literacy education. Pairs in our Community Program stay together for 4.4 years, over twice that of national mentoring programs. Program evaluations demonstrate that the Buddy Program has helped our Little Buddies in areas of self-esteem, decision making, academics and relationships with friends and family. The Buddy Program worked with 973 youth and their families in 2013, and continues to grow to meet the large need in the Roaring Fork Valley. The Buddy Program is a registered 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

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:

It's a special hour long CrossCurrents. This week, the Ebola outbreak with Dr. Ann Mass and Aspenite and Doctors Without Borders volunteer Frank Peters who just returned from two months in Liberia.

About Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF):

We help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care.

doctorswithoutborders.org

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