Last week's Aspen Ideas Festival brought thinkers and luminaries to the Roaring Fork Valley -- among them was Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer (brigh-er). Breyer (brigh-er) was there to discuss his book 'Making Our Democracy Work', which looks at how the Supreme Court evolved historically and how people actually began to listen to it. In a speech at the Aspen Institute, Breyer described why the Supreme Court was entrusted with the power it has over the Constitution.
Education is a huge issue. Budget cuts in Colorado and in the Roaring Fork Valley have impacted schools, especially the number of teachers and class sizes.
All this week, KDNK News and Aspen Journalism are working together to bring you a sampling of the conversation happening at this year's Aspen Ideas Festival.
Yesterday, US Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke with NBC's Andrea Mitchell about the importance we place on teachers.
Last week, New York passed a bill that legalized gay marriage. It's the biggest state to do so, and the first Republican-controlled state senate to okay such a bill. That's energized gay-rights activists across the country, but Colorado has some significant challenges to get through before it will allow gay marriage. To find out how one gay-rights group is planning on tackling those challenges, KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with Brad Clark, executive director of OneColorado.
Yesterday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, NPR's Michele Norris spoke about her book, "The Grace of Silence," about her experiences growing up in America as a black woman. She told the audience her grandmother use to travel from town to town working as an Aunt Jamima pancake demonstrator - which for some in her family was a painful, and degrading memory.
The fire district is facing a 30 percent budget cut. And in order to maintain current service, the fire district board last told Carbondale Trustees at their meeting last night, they're looking a putting a mill levy on the November ballot. KDNK's Conrad Wilson reports.
All this week, KDNK News and the nonprofit news organization Aspen Journalism are working together to bring you a sampling of the conversation happening at this year's Aspen Ideas Festival.
Earlier this month, immigration officers and Garfield County sheriff's deputies detained three men at the Strawberry Days festival in Glenwood Springs. The arrests gained widespread condemnation from the Latino community and immigrant-rights groups. As KDNK's Mathew Katz reports, this is just the latest hiccup in the testy relationship between Garfield County and the Valley's immigrant community.
The Aspen Ideas Festival starts Monday. The festival brings hundreds of well known decision makers and experts to Aspen. All this week KDNK will be covering the festival in collaboration with Aspen Journalism. KDNK's Conrad Wilson and Mathew Katz spoke with Kitty Boon, the Vice President of Public Programs at the Aspen Institute.
Colorado's regulations of fracking, the controversial oil and gas extraction technique, are being examined by a third-party group in Denver today. As KDNK's Daniel Costello reports, this is the first outside review since Colorado revised its drilling rules three years ago.
This year's Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival is shining a light on writers from the Middle East. One of the festival's headliners is Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian-American columnist who focuses on Arab and Muslim issues. KDNK's Mathew Katz caught up with her at the edge of the Roaring Fork river, where she spoke about the challenges of reporting on the Middle East for an American audience.