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August 21, 2015
Let’s talk about the ideas people talk about “at the kitchen table,” suggested Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during a discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival about how to make improvements in public education.During his tenure as mayor, Emanuel has made reforming the public education system in Chicago a top priority. One area of unprecedented improvement is seen in high school attendance, with graduation rates projected...
August 21, 2015
The US may be the top economic world power, but when it comes to education many countries rank much higher on the list. How can we raise and educate our children to be the smartest in the world? Journalist Amanda Ripley, author of "The Smartest Kids in the World — And How They Got That Way," explains how high-performing students abroad are taught and supported in and out of the classroom. 
August 19, 2015
“About 50 percent of antibiotics that are consumed are consumed inappropriately,” said Ramanan Laxminarayan during a discussion at the Spotlight Health session of the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival on the current problems surrounding antibiotic use. The panel, which also featured former US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director and...
August 06, 2015
 Aspen Ideas Offstage features fascinating people sharing perspectives on the most pressing global issues of the day.When it comes to addressing climate change, women play a significant role in sustaining the environment for future generations. Rachel Kyte is vice president and special envoy for climate change for the World Bank Group. Here Kyte defines climate resilience and explains how improving women's...
July 31, 2015
  From hedge fund manager to enemy of Vladimir Putin, Bill Browder’s autobiographical account of being an American financier in Russia has the eye-popping twists and heart-stopping thrills usually found in a novel. He shared his story, captured in his memoir Red Notice, and provided insights into the future of Russia at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival.Browder’s connection to Russia began with his lineage. His...
July 22, 2015
 The recent Ebola outbreak brought infectious diseases back into the forefront of the public consciousness. However, in many parts of the world, infectious diseases are a constant threat to communities and cities. A panel of experts discussed the realities and hype around disease during Spotlight Health 2015.The group began the talk by providing basic definitions concerning disease. Anthony Fauci, director and chief...
July 20, 2015
 When it comes to addressing climate change, women play a significant role in sustaining the environment for future generations. Rachel Kyte is vice president and special envoy for climate change for the World Bank Group. Here Kyte defines climate resilience and explains how improving women's reproductive health choices and overall welfare can in turn protect our climate in the long term. 
July 10, 2015
 So far in 2015, nine Bible study participants have been killed in the middle of worship, debates about the Confederate flag take center stage, and several black churches have been set ablaze. What will it take to stop racism in America? Washington Post Columnist and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart shares his candid view of the race problem and possible solutions.
July 04, 2015
By Eric ChristensenIs violence a function of our culture? During a recent 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival session, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) and Senior Editor and National Correspondent for The Atlantic Ta-Nehisi Coates explored this complex and provocative question.The session began by recounting some stark statistics: Since 1980, 630,000 Americans have been killed, a total greater than the number of Americans...
July 04, 2015
 Above, the five high school teams from Denver, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, who won this year’s Aspen Challenge, present their winning solutions to issues they face in their communities. By Guest Blogger Scarlett SinayScarlett Sinay is a senior at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, California. She was a communications intern during the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, CO. Below, Sinay...

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