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

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.

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 Match.com’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.

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