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Your Ideas is a special blog section of the Aspen Public Radio website. It's a place where you can engage with a broad range of people from the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond who will share the political, economic, scientific, medical, artistic and other thoughts with you. It is a place where reasoned opinions are welcomed and lively debate is encouraged.







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    Aspen Public Radio News
    Alycin Bektesh and Joshua Johnson from 1A talk about his college years, the start of his show and free speech today.
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    Skippy Mesirow
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    Pamukkale - Istanbul Pamukkale, pronounce it if you can, is located in central Turkey. The Traverntines, an angelic cloudscape of burning white bathes…
  • Safronbolu - Cappadocia“You will have the skin of a baby on you” a middle aged man with darkening teeth and cigarette breath proclaims. I look to the…
  • Top Gear fans, “Good News!” “What?” “It’s the new Dacia Logan!”I stand outside Terminal 1 of Istanbul Airport, an hour after having departed my hostel.…
  • Back in Tehran “God is the greatest (3 times). Glory to him who has subjected this (transport) to us and we could never have accomplished this (by…
  • Shiraz – Eshphahan Early morning, we depart Shiraz. The bus glides down the arrow straight highway, a warm knife cutting through the desert’s soft butter.…
  • Tehran – Persepolis For four days now I have traversed Iran: from the busy streets of Tehran to the solitude of the desert and calming Shiraz to the…
  • I can’t remember a time when the terms “racist” or “racism” were used with the abandon that now infects our political discourse. These are hateful words -…
  • Tehran - Shiraz We in the West have a certain image in our heads when we think of Iran; evil scientists planning world destruction in a lab, crazy…
  • Aspen – TehranA toe drags through the gravel, a raindrop lands on a hand, the clouds waft through the air as if being dragged by angels. The Maroon Bells…
  • Most resort towns around these parts want you to visit this time of year, except for Crested Butte this weekend. That’s because the town of 1,500 will…
  • Tampico - Aspen 320 miles from Tampico, roughly 40 to the US border. All that stands between me and it is one of the most dangerous stretches of tarmac in…