CrossCurrents

Wednesdays 3:30pm

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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Artist Nancy Lovendahl with her mentee Basalt High School senior Savannah Cheatam on their year working together.

David Ledingham, co-artistic director of Aspen Fringe Festival along with actor Erica Tobolski and director James O'Connor on this year's festival.

Wildfire Season is upon us. Guests on today's show are Molly Mowery of Fire Adapted Community Learning Network; Pam Wilson, Executive Director For FireWise of Southwest Colorado; Courtney Peterson, Colorado State Forest Service, Wildfire Mitigation Coordinator; Bill Kight, USFS, Public Affairs Officer; Ron Biggers, Deputy Fire Marshall, Glenwood Springs Fire Department.

Today on CrossCurrents, the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork with Anne Menconi, Karin Andrade, and Diana Baetz. http://www.waldorfschoolrf.com/

Today on CrossCurrents, Carrie Marsh, director of the Aspen office of Komen Colorado and Toni Panetta, Director of Mission Programs for Komen Colorado on the recently announced grants to provide treatment dollars in Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties. http://www.komencolorado.org/

Today on CrossCurrents, 5 Point Film is Thursday-Sunday in Carbondale. Guests are the Executive Director of 5 Point Film, Sarah Wood and climber Jeff Lowe along with Connie Self, producer of Jeff's biopic, Metanoia. http://jeffloweclimber.com/The-Movie.html http://5pointfilm.org/

On today's CrossCurrents, Elizabeth Miller of Pathfinders talks about ForeverLove, a community day of remembrance for grief and loss at Paepcke Auditorium this Saturday. Also, Skippy Mesirow, chair of the Aspen NextGen Advisory Commission on a candidate forum on April 22nd at the Sky Hotel.

Today on CrossCurrents – a portion of the live Town Hall event from the Belly Up Aspen on the "Keep Aspen Aspen" ballot referendum with Carolyn Sackariason, Michael Kinsley, Michael Behrendt, Marcella Larson, Bill Stirling and Ann Mullins. http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/live-event-keep-aspen-aspen-ballot-referendum-town-hall

On today's show, Shirley Tipton and Jim Salan from the Aspen Elks Lodge on the lodge's volunteer efforts with the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. Also, Rob St. Mary with Laura Thielen and George Eldred from Aspen Film on this year's Shortsfest, April 7-12th.

Auden Schendler – Aspen Skiing Company, Olivia Siegel – ACES, and Naomi Oreskes – filmmaker and historian on this weekend's showing of the film “Merchants of Doubt” at the Wheeler Opera House. http://www.wheeleroperahouse.com/events/detail/merchants-of-doubt

Today on CrossCurrents - Dr. Carrie Hauser, president of CMC with Dr. Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education on the proposal for free community college. Also, Gail Mizner, Shelly Safir-Marolt and Tammy Barr from the play "Calendar Girls". http://coloradomtn.edu/about-cmc/president/dr-carrie-besnette-hauser/

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. http://www.rmi.org/winter_2014_esj_rmi_in_brief_john_denver_aspenglow 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. Learn...

Today on CrossCurrents - Lara Beaulieu of English in Action and writer/speaker Ted Conover. English in Action is celebrating 20 years with a party at the Wyly on February 26th.

About English in Action: Most of us have experienced the intense frustration of not being able to express ourselves adequately. For Roaring Fork Valley residents who speak little or no English this is a daily (and often debilitating) experience. English In Action was founded 20 years ago to bridge the...

This week on CrossCurrents, Laura Thielen of Aspen Film and APR's Rob St. Mary with their picks on who will win at this year's Academy Awards. Aspen Film continues with its “Hollywood’s Big Night” event this Sunday as a fundraiser for the non-profit’s programs in the Valley. You can find out more here: http://aspenfilm.org/index.php/events/special-events

Today on CrossCurrents - a rebroadcast of a talk by heart expert Dr. Robert Eckel, moderated by Dr. Ann Mass. Dr. Eckel served on the panel that issued the new guidelines on statins and other cholesterol lowering drugs. Bio from the Anschutz Medical Campus Website : Dr. Eckel received both his Bachelor of Sciences in Bacteriology (1969) and his Medical Doctorate (1973) from the University of Cincinnati. He did his Housestaff training in Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin...

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: he idea for the Aspen Hall of Fame began in 1985 as the Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) planned a celebration of Aspen’s 40th anniversary of skiing the following year. The concept of the Aspen Hall of Fame was to honor the “pioneers” who dedicated their...

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.

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