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Seminars at Steamboat was founded in 2003 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings experts on a wide range of public policy topics to the Steamboat Springs community in Northwest Colorado.

KUNC Podcast 'Seminars At Steamboat' Dives Deep Into Public Policy

Edward Alden
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Edward Alden, senior fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations, gives a talk at Seminars at Steamboat.

KUNC's new podcast, Seminars at Steamboat, launched earlier this week with new episodes coming out each Tuesday for the next five weeks. The first episode has Edward Alden, senior fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations, sharing his perspectives on international trade policy.

KUNC's Karlie Huckels spoke with Joella West, the board chair for Seminars at Steamboat. They talked about the history of the event and what we can expect this season.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

What is Seminars at Steamboat?

It is a summertime event that consist of seminars, presentations and talks by subject matter experts in various fields of public policy.

Who are some of the most notable guests that have come over the years?

David Sanger. He came to us and talk to us about cyber threats. We also had Chris Hill, the former ambassador to Korea, Elizabeth Kolbert talking about biodiversity and many others.

Who will be presenting this summer?

Dr. John Holdren will be talking about the climate change challenge. He was the White House science adviser to President Obama during his entire term of office. That will be followed by a talk on U.S.-China relations by Robert Daly - he is the director of the Wilson Center's Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, and it goes from there to Richard Norton Smith who is an author and presidential historian and we finish up with Amy Walter talking about the issues that she believes will be the big issues in the 2020 election.

Why West urges people to go:

It's a wonderful experience. It's very much a community event. The speakers are remarkable; they are not only experts in their field, they are experts at presenting the things that are interesting to them and the things that they think should be of interest to us and it's wonderful to hear the audience questions.

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