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CrossCurrents is Aspen Public Radio's locally-produced public/cultural affairs program. Tune in every Wednesday for a thought-provoking, lively, roundtable conversation about current events, politics, the arts and local doings with newsmakers and community members from around the Roaring Fork Valley. Hosted by Carolyne Heldman.

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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.

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:

ACT's fall musical Nunsense is showing now at the Wheeler Opera House. Guests on this week's show are actor Nina Gabianelli and musical director David Dyer.

From the official Nunsense website:

On CrossCurrents today, the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club is hoping to wrap up its capital campaign by the end of this year. Guests are Mark Cole, executive director and Barbara Frank, development director at AVSC.

Part 2 of a talk from this past summer with an American Enterprise Institute scholar Karlyn Bowman on the election.

Part 1 of a talk from this past summer with an American Enterprise Institute scholar Karlyn Bowman on the election.

Today on CrossCurrents, Roaring Fork School District is holding a series of community meetings throughout the month to discuss the RFSD Facilities plan.

Guests are Dr. Diana Sirko, Superintendent of RFSD and Shannon Pelland, Assistant Superintendent in charge of the Facilities Project.

On today's show, the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the Maroon Bells birthday bash with Olivia Siegel from ACES, Will Roush of Wilderness Workshop and Andrew Larson of the White River National Forest.

Also, Kelly Alford, Executive Director of Wyly Arts, and artist Jody Guralnick on the new Wyly Annex and Jody's show opening August 8th.