Aspen Ideas To Go

Aspen Ideas To Go

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Compelling talks and conversations from the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs at the Aspen Institute.

Episodes

How a Nudge Can Change Everything  

Those who study human behavior have learned that simply by encouraging—or “nudging”—individuals toward the right decisions for themselves, dramatic improvements can be made.

The Obama Legacy  

In these final days of Barack Obama’s presidency, we consider how the future will view his leadership.

The Science of Meditation  

What actually happens to the brain when we meditate? Published studies have documented the many physical and mental health benefits of meditation, including decreased pain, better immune function, and less anxiety and depression.

On Being a Transgender American  

“I spent the first half of my life being afraid,” says Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of the bestselling memoir of transgender experience, "She’s Not There." In this episode, Boylan talks about living life as a father for six years, a mother for twelve, and neither for a few years in between.

Thriving in the Age of Accelerations  

Author and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman says the world has entered an age of dizzying acceleration, and in this episode, he explains how to live in it.

The Curse of Bigness  

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis was the greatest critic of big business and big government since Thomas Jefferson. In this lively conversation, Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center talks with Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, about Brandeis’s relevance in today’s political climate.

Infidelity and the Future of Relationships  

Why do happily married couples cheat? Why does the modern egalitarian approach to marriage quash desire? Are the heightened expectations we bring to modern love combined with our pursuit of happiness directly related to infidelity?

The Choices That Create Your Life  

New York Times columnist David Brooks explores a life well lived. In this episode he examines happiness and commitments.

National Security Priorities for President-Elect Trump  

Mike Mullen, retired admiral and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the national security challenges the new Trump administration will face are plentiful. Mullen gives insight into President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for national security advisor, General Mike Flynn.

What Should You Be Eating to Live a Longer Life?  

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and his team study the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age.

The Four Sources of Happiness  (Rebroadcast)  

Most people think that happiness has four sources: the sensory pleasures, material wealth, romantic relationships, and children. But recent research suggests that much of what people think about happiness is wrong.

Jeff Bezos on High Tech, Space, and Artificial Intelligence  

When Amazon launched, it employed just ten people. Now it’s one of the largest retailers in the world. CEO Jeff Bezos describes what companies need in today’s fast-paced, high tech business environment.

BONUS Forecasting Election 2016  

The countdown to Election Day is on, and political analysts are giving their predictions. In this bonus episode, Charlie Cook and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report weigh in on the outcome for the presidential race and contests in the US House and Senate.

Joe Biden & the Cancer Moonshot Plan  

In this episode, Vice President Joe Biden gets personal about his connection to cancer and why he’s fighting to break down the barriers preventing progress in battling the disease.

The American Economy & the Election  

The economy is a key issue for American voters. In July, more than 80 percent of registered voters polled by the Pew Research Center said the economy was the number one issue, right after terrorism. What's influencing job creation and job loss? General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt, US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, and US Senator Mark Warner are featured.

On the Road to Artificial Intelligence  

Once the realm of science fiction, smart machines are rapidly becoming part of our world—and these technologies offer amazing potential to improve the way we live.

What's Fueling an Angry America?  

It’s difficult to ignore anger in the United States right now—talking heads battle on cable news, protesters get violent at campaign rallies, and families can’t talk politics around the dinner table. What’s fueling the anger? And how can it be managed?

Notes on Race and Resegregation  

Author Jeff Chang says America has slid back toward segregation in our neighborhoods, schools, colleges and universities, and in our culture. In his new book “We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation” he examines recent tragedies and protests.

Finding Meaning in Our Work  

The average American spends a third of his or her life working. What is the secret to achieving happiness because of our work and not in spite of it?

Survivors of the Syrian War  

The civil war in Syria has raged for five years and killed half a million people. Eleven million refugees have either fled to other countries or are displaced within Syria. In this episode, three survivors share their personal stories of strength and determination under intense and difficult circumstances.

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