National Library Week begins today. Garfield County Library District director Jesse Henning was a guest on KDNK's Get Connected last week. In this clip, he talks about why libraries remain relevant in the age of Google and Amazon, and one upset from this year’s 30% budget cut. Click here to listen to the entire Get Connected show.

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley


ACLU Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley spoke to an SRO crowd at the Carbondale Library on Saturday. In this clip, he talks about the history of the organization and the importance of Colorado in defending civil rights nationally.  Click here to hear the entire presentation.

Parker Whittington on mandolin, Harris Jackson on guitar, Mac Benning on the banjo and Ashton Taufer on bass comprise a promising new string band from Glenwood Springs called Lookout Mountain Showdown. They dropped by Express Yourself to play a few original tunes before their gig tonight for First Friday at Phat Thai. They played Blue Sky, Ashton's Tune and Romania. We hope to hear more from this talented new band.

Margaret Donnelly of the Town of Carbondale about the 2nd Annual Where My Peeps At Photo Scavenger Hunt. Then we speak to three young directors whose recent short films are included in this year's Aspen Shortsfest competition. The cherry on top this time was a great string band from Glenwood Springs, the Lookout Mountain Showdown. This Express Yourself was tasty and filling.

Frederic Hambalek, of Germany, about his new short, Mountain Fever. Halfdan Ullman Tondel, of Norway, on his playful film about loneliness, Fanny. And Peter Edlund, of Seattle, about his stoner comedy short Mixtape Marauders.

courtesy Aspen Ute Foundation

The Aspen Ute Foundation hosts a pow wow exhibition Saturday afternoon at 4 at Aspen's Wagner Park, featuring Native American dancing and drumming. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with Anuk Bald Eagle, a Lakota from the Cheyenne River reservation in South Dakota, who is organizing the dancers. The pow wow exhibition will be at the Aspen High School commons in case of bad weather.

Amy's guests are Jesse Henning, executive director of Garfield County Library District and District board member Alice Bedard-Voorhees, talking about library relevance in the digital age and more. And, Spellabration is coming up April 7 at the Hotel Colorado in GWS.

Andrew Romanoff, former Colorado state representative, is now president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke to him about why mental health and substance abuse continue to top the list of public health issues locally and across the state. Romanoff comes to Aspen on Monday at 8 AM at CMC to talk about mental health. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required here.

Local resident Ross Douglas explains the Doctrine of Discovery, proclaimed by the Pope in 1493, gave Christendom absolute right to the land of North America. This legal structure continues to violate Native American human and land rights in the 21st century.

Mike Johnston

Mike Johnston, two-term state senator representing northeast Denver, wants Governor John Hickenlooper's job and is beginning his campaign almost 2 years in advance of the 2018 election. He stopped by Carbondale's Third Street Center Tuesday. He spoke to a crowd of about 100 people about issues facing the state and took questions about climate change, health insurance, and more during the 90-minute event.  KDNK recorded the event and you can listen to it in its entirety. The audio has been edited for clarity.

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ARTIST INTERVIEWS

Rodney Crowell

Truly accomplished artists are often gracious human beings, and Rodney Crowell is no exception. Here he shares some insights into his creative process, his memoir Chinaberry Sidewalks and his new CD, slated to drop at the end of March, called Close Ties.

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EXPRESS YOURSELF

How We Grow

Young local filmmakers Haley Thompson, and for a little while via telephone, Tomas Zuccareno, about their new short film profiling some young farmers in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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