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

An American Sickness  

Elisabeth Rosenthal writes about our broken healthcare system in her new book, An American Sickness: How Healthcare became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back. She says the system, comprised of hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and drug manufacturers, is in tatters.

The Future Dialogue on Race  

While the subject of race and racism will likely continue to be a contentious topic for years to come, it is a discussion that is imperative for civil society. How does the dialogue on race continue?

Inequality and Opportunity  

When poet Elizabeth Acevedo taught creative writing to young women of color in a detention center, she recognized their trauma and avoided the teacher-as-savior mentality.

Space—Why We Explore  

Why do human beings explore? And, why are the most adventurous explorers drawn to outer space? Naturalist and astronomer David Aguilar explains why the drive for adventure fades after childhood, and how we can regain it as adults.

A House Divided  

Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump made combative and accusatory remarks on Twitter about the intelligence community for a report on Russian connections. Are his messages undermining the legitimacy of the intelligence community?

Combating Kleptocracy  

Kleptocracy presents a growing threat to US national security and international peace, as money laundering and other forms of public “grand corruption” increasingly undermine democracy, cripple development, weaken Western soft power, and accelerate state collapse.

"Hidden Figures" Author on Storytelling, Race, & Science  

Two award-winning authors who write about race and identity are featured in this episode. Margot Lee Shetterly wrote "Hidden Figures" and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote "Americanah."

(Mis)Imagining the Future  

Vividly bringing to life the latest scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and behavioral economics, Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert reveals what scientists have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine the future.

The Industries of the Future  

If the 20 years from 1995 to 2015 were shaped in significant measure by digitization and the rise of the internet, what’s next?

Einstein's Creativity (Rebroadcast)  

In this rebroadcast, Aspen Institute President and Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson delves into the source of Albert Einstein’s creativity. Where did it come from? How was it reflected in his life? And what can we learn from it?

Can We Reclaim Civitas in American Society?  

Everything—from the country’s place in the world to the social contract between citizens, government, and the private sector—seems to be knotted in hard, uncompromising debates.

Richard Haass on a World in Disarray  

Chaos in the Middle East, instability in Europe, and a reckless North Korea are signals that the world is increasingly defined by disorder. Author and Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass says the world needs an updated global operating system.

What Is Technology's Toll on Intimacy?  

Thanks to technology, we are more connected than ever—digitally. But at what cost? How have technologies, like online dating sites and apps like Tinder, changed attitudes and behaviors?

How to Survive Our Faster Future  

The world is more complex and volatile today than at any other time in modern history. In order to successfully navigate a rapidly changing world, author and MIT Media Lab Director, Joichi “Joi” Ito says you must be alert and nimble.

Race and History  

Bryan Stevenson, founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative, speaks with Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust about his organization’s efforts to build a museum examining the legacy of slavery, racial terrorism, segregation, and police violence.

Universal Basic Income: Can It Renew Our Economy?  

Author and former labor union leader Andy Stern thinks universal basic income is the key to solving problems plaguing America’s economy. He wrote about it in his book Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream.

Healthy Gut, Healthy Body  

When it comes to a healthy body and mind, an increasing number of people are focusing on improving bacteria in the gut. Researchers are learning how the gut microbiome responds to the food we eat, influencing obesity, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, and even mental health.

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.

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