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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.


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.

CIA Director John Brennan on ISIL, Russia, & Cyber Threats  

In a rare interview, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency weighs in on the global security scene and explains the current risks to the United States. John Brennan is interviewed by Dina Temple-Raston, counterterrorism correspondent for NPR, at the Aspen Security Forum.

Humanities in Decline: A Cultural Crisis  

Is America turning its back on the humanities? The declining enrollment in disciplines including history, literature, language, philosophy and the arts, at colleges and universities across the country, signals a significant cultural shift.

Rebuilding Trust Between Police and Communities of Color  

High-profile episodes of violence have highlighted excessive force and mistreatment of people of color by police. This episode examines the way forward for law enforcement and the communities they are duty-bound to “serve and protect.”

A Bright Future for Long-Term Coupling  

Helen Fisher knows a thing or two about relationships. The Kinsey Institute research fellow and’s lead scientific advisor has spent her career studying couples and romantic behavior.

Originals—How Nonconformists Move the World  

In this episode, Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor and a New York Times bestselling author of Originals, shares insights on how to speak up without getting silenced, and how to find allies in unexpected places.

The Russian Bear on the Prowl  

Vladimir Putin continues to taunt the US and Europe at every turn by testing NATO’s resolve, propping up Assad, provoking Ukraine, and even doing what he can to further complicate the migrant crisis. Domestically, Russia’s involvement in hacking the Democratic National Convention is in question.

The Woman Card: Feminism & the Youth Vote  

With the historic candidacy of Hillary Clinton, feminism is front and center this election. Be it wage inequality, women’s health, or paid family leave, many issues important to women at both ends of the economic divide are hotly contested.

Sen. Tom Cotton on Trump, National Security  

What do today’s Republicans believe America’s role in the world should be? This week’s episode features US Sen. Tom Cotton, R-AR, discussing his support for presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Gingrich and Romney on the American Spirit of Rebellion  

Are we witnessing a new era in American politics? Two former Republican presidential candidates weigh in on the 2016 election.

Christine Lagarde on Brexit  

On June 23, voters in the UK chose to leave the European Union. Three days after the vote, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado. She calls the decision to leave the EU “heartbreaking.”

TAKEOVER 5: Pete Dominick with Michele Norris and others  

This episode features TAKEOVER host Pete Dominick (comedian, radio host) in conversation with Michele Norris (journalist, The Race Card Project) and Alec Ross (Author, "The Industries of the Future"). Dominick infuses humor into interesting conversation about politics, culture and future business.

TAKEOVER 4: Emily Yoffe with Bryan Stevenson and others  

This episode features TAKEOVER host Emily Yoffe (The Atlantic) as takeover host in conversation with Bryan Stevenson (Equal Justice Initiative), Helen Fisher (The Kinsey Institute,, and Geoffrey Stone (Univ. of Chicago Law School). Yoffe asks probing questions and touches on issues such as the Supreme Court, politics, and love and sex.

TAKEOVER 3: Franklin Leonard with DeRay Mckesson and others  

Our TAKEOVER series continues with Franklin Leonard (founder, The Black List) interviewing his guests about the role of art in creating social change. His guests are Melody Barnes, DeRay Mckesson, and Sarah Lewis.

TAKEOVER 2: Maria Hinojosa with Jose Antonio Vargas and others  

TAKEOVER is a special series of episodes that puts you on the ground during the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado. This episode features Maria Hinojosa (NPR's Latino USA) as takeover host in conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas (journalist), Melvin Mar (producer, Fresh Off the Boat), and Roberto Villaseñor (former chief, Tucson Police Dept.).

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