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Meet in the Middle
The fourth Tuesday of every month from 4-5 p.m.

Meet in the Middle is a public affairs show where local thought leaders with different perspectives share dialogue on complex issues. The hope is for listeners to gain new insights and to inspire freedom of expression in tomorrow’s voices.

Latest Episodes
  • This month's Meet in the Middle show is titled “Israeli – Palestinian Conflict – What is it Teaching Us?” Host Dan Richardson and guest Stew Tabin will discuss why this war has been referred to as 19th century idealism, driving a 20th century conflict, in a 21st century world. They’ll explore how other global players fit into the conflict, and if and how holding two separate but equal narratives about the conflict is possible.
  • This episode of the Meet in the Middle show is titled “Freedom, sustainability, identity, and civility through the eyes of a thoughtful high school student.” Host Dan Richardson and Roaring Fork High School Junior Gus Richardson (no relation) will challenge each other on these topics, and perhaps what it takes to achieve and sustain these lofty ideals.
  • This month's Meet in the Middle show is titled ‘What Does It Mean to “Reach Across the Aisle”?’ Dan and his guest Russ Andrews, 3rd Congressional District candidate, engineer, financial advisor, veteran, and community volunteer, will discuss some thorny topics, the challenges of balancing strong opinions with finding common agreement, and what it means to compromise in today’s world.
  • The theme of this episode of Meet in the Middle is ‘Guns in America: Armed or Dangerous?’ Dan and his guest Jennifer Carlson, professor, MacArthur fellow and author of 3 books on the topic, will discuss the stories and the data behind America’s dogged debate on gun rights and its growing culture of gun violence. Listen in and decide for yourself whether the benefits outweigh the dangers of not infringing on our right to keep and bear arms.
  • Has the Supreme Court lost its way, or is it right on course? This month on Meet in the Middle, host Dan Richardson speaks with Bill McSwain, former Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney from 2018-2021, Republican gubernatorial candidate in the 2022 primaries in Pennsylvania, and current practicing attorney. They discuss how the Supreme Court works, and dig into what McSwain believes is working well, what's not, and why.
  • Human Consciousness: A Means or an End? Meet In the Middle host Dan Richardson speaks with Nicholas Vesey, Minister at the Aspen Chapel.
  • This month's topic of Meet in the Middle is "The Criminal Justice System: Where Law Enforcement and Mental Health Collide." Guests include Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario and Tim McFlynn, a retired social justice attorney and community builder. The discussion will dig into topics like ‘Red Flag laws’ and the new 9-8-8 mental health, substance use or emotional crisis hotline, and how law enforcement and the criminal justice system is addressing the growing mental health crisis.
  • Equality v. Equity: What's the Big Deal?What's the difference between the meaning of these two words and why does it matter? This episode of Meet in the Middle digs into what it means to provide equitable access to all, and what that looks like, if we want to achieve equality within a community. Guests are Jill Pidcock and Rob Stein.
  • On this show guests discuss Ukraine, Russia, China, and the U.S.’s role in global affairs. Guests are Alexandra Shaforost - born and raised in Ukraine, a first-generation immigrant to the U.S., and now a professional who has lived in 7 countries; and Marty Manosevitz, a retired professor of psychology, retired clinical psychologist, and an informed citizen and critical thinker.
  • On this episode of Meet in the Middle, Dan Richardson and guests discuss freedom of speech. This episode’s guests include Bryan Whiting, a teacher of 40 years at Glenwood Springs and Brush Creek High Schools. He taught marketing, economics, and entrepreneurship and has been awarded teacher of the year, man of the year and other accolades. Dan also welcomes Breeze Richardson to the studio. Breeze is the Executive Director at Aspen Public Radio. She has worked in marketing, communications and was a producer at WBEZ Chicago.