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


CRISPR: A Crack in Creation  

Jennifer Doudna, whose research helped create CRISPR, speaks with Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson about the latest technological developments in gene editing and the unthinkable power to control evolution.

Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White  

What role does faith play in bringing people together? Reverend Adam Hamilton pastors the largest United Methodist church in America. Within his Kansas congregation, he observes deep divisions that reflect the larger disunity in our nation. These divisions, he thinks, are tearing at our social fabric.

Hate on the Rise  

Hate groups are growing and the number of hate-fueled incidents is spiking in America. How do the events of today compare to other periods of extremism in America? Featured speakers are Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, Jonathan Greenblatt, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Wajahat Ali, New York Times op-ed contributor, and Matt Thompson, deputy editor of The Atlantic.

The Opioid Tsunami  

It’s been called the most perilous drug crisis ever and it was generated in the healthcare system. The epicenter of the opioid crisis is the United States, where overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999.

Securing the Homeland, Featuring John Kelly  

In this episode, you’ll hear from the nation’s new White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly. Kelly spoke in July at the Aspen Security Forum. At the time, his job was Homeland Security Secretary.

The Roots and Future of Populism  

The confluence of globalization and the information revolution has primed the United States, and the world, for a resurgence of populism. Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” explains how the populist ideology helped President Trump win the White House.

Millennials and Motivation, Featuring Simon Sinek and Adam Grant  

In this lighthearted and informative conversation, organizational psychologist Adam Grant and inspirational teacher Simon Sinek sit down with Katie Couric. Couric is an award-winning journalist. They explore what motivates Millennials at work and how the digital world is impacting their productivity.

Under Assault, Featuring John Brennan and James Clapper  

What are the most pressing external and internal threats to the United States? Two former US Intelligence officials discuss Syria, Russia, ISIS, and President Trump’s embattled relationship with the Intelligence community.

Tom Price: Federal Health Care Policy  

In today’s show, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price talks about efforts in Washington to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and what it’s like to work with President Trump.

Can the Democrats Get Their Groove Back? Featuring Cory Booker  

In this episode, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, a democrat, talks about the problems democrats, and all Americans, need to confront to move the US forward. He says republicans and democrats need to unite to solve problems like poverty and inequality.

Conservatism, the Republican Party, and President Trump  

Despite controlling both the White House and Congress, the Republican Party has had a bumpy ride in the first months of the Trump administration.

What Have We Learned from Listening to America?  

Over the past year, the United States has been described as profoundly divided. But are these divisions as deep and hopeless as we think?

Can We Prevent a North Korea Crisis?  

Known as the “land of lousy options,” North Korea has posed problems for the US for decades. But now, the country is testing its missiles regularly and the situation is increasingly dire. What are the best solutions for dealing with this escalating crisis?

TAKEOVER 6: Michele Norris Interviews Mitch Landrieu & Others  

In our final podcast takeover episode, award-winning journalist Michele Norris discusses the legacy of slavery with a US mayor and the necessity of solitude with a best-selling author.

TAKEOVER 5: Joshua Johnson Interviews Simon Sinek  

Joshua Johnson, host of WAMU’s “1A,” interviews Simon Sinek in this Takeover episode. Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people.

TAKEOVER 4: Pete Dominick Interviews Travon Free & Others  

In this Takeover episode, two comedians and a writer — Pete Dominick, Travon Free, and Wajahat Ali — discuss politics, race, and a changing America.

TAKEOVER 3: Susan Page Interviews Jeffrey Seller & Others  

Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today, takes over the podcast by interviewing a panel of DC outsiders. Nobody thinks Washington is working well these days. Page turns to unexpected sources to brainstorm on what advice other disciplines might have to offer the world of politics.

TAKEOVER 2: Perri Peltz Interviews Neal Katyal  

In this Takeover episode, we examine the Supreme Court’s decision Monday to take the case regarding President Trump’s travel ban.

TAKEOVER 1: Julie Rovner Interviews Lanhee Chen & Others  

In our first Podcast Takeover episode, Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, speaks with Lanhee Chen of the Hoover Institution, reproductive justice advocate Dr. Willie J. Parker, and Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

You're More Powerful Than You Think  

Black Lives Matter, the Occupy movement, the Tea Party, and many other groups have developed in recent years as a response to the age we’re living in — an age of epic political turbulence. Author Eric Liu says people across the political spectrum are reclaiming power.

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