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December 09, 2016
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) speaks at Spotlight Health in 2015. The 21st Century Cures Act passed its final hurdle before becoming law this week. On Wednesday the US Senate approved the legislation that will speed new medicines to market and allocate millions of dollars for disease research.  The legislation is the result of three years of work. At Spotlight Health, two of the bill’s key sponsors — Fred Upton (R-MI)...
December 06, 2016
Why do happily married couples cheat? Why does the modern egalitarian approach to marriage quash desire? Are the heightened expectations we bring to modern love combined with our pursuit of happiness directly related to infidelity? In this episode, author and couples therapist Esther Perel tackles the topic of infidelity. Perel is recognized as one of the most insightful and provocative voices on personal and...
November 29, 2016
New York Times columnist David Brooks explores a life well lived. In this episode he examines happiness and commitments. In his book The Road to Character, he studies people who radiate an inner light. What work did they do to reach higher levels of happiness? A successful life usually depends on making four major commitments: to spouse or family, a faith or philosophy, a community, and a vocation. How do we choose...
November 22, 2016
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 kind of leader will he be? And how will he guide Trump – who has no national security experience – on issues...
November 18, 2016
Rep. Chellie Pingree, former White House chef Sam Kass, and President of the Daily Table Doug Rauch at Spotlight Health 2016.Before you toss out leftovers this Thanksgiving, consider where that food goes. Thirty to forty percent of America’s food supply is wasted each year, with much of it bypassing hungry mouths and instead rotting in landfills where it becomes a potent contributor to global warming. The US...
November 15, 2016
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. In this episode, Buettner debunks the most common nutrition myths and offers a science-backed blueprint that outlines how the average American can live another 12 quality years. What are the diet and lifestyle habits that keep...
November 10, 2016
Tom Voss is national veteran liaison for Project Welcome Home Troops. He spoke alongside Jennifer Bloomer at Spotlight Health 2016.In 2004, Tom Voss deployed to Mosul, Iraq to help with Operation Iraqi Freedom. At 19, he was inspired to join the Army by his grandfather who served in WWII. His days in Iraq were filled with combat missions, security patrols, raids, and humanitarian relief operations. When the first...
November 08, 2016
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. Daniel Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," hosts this symposium in which experts discuss what science has discovered about each of these sources. The featured speakers are Paul Bloom,...
November 04, 2016
Thomas Friedman and Sydney Trattner at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2016.The massive refugee crisis in Europe isn’t only the product of the war in Syria. Climate change is forcing thousands to flee to countries like Germany and Italy. Migrants from hot and dry regions in Central and West Africa are making the perilous journey. Journalist and author Tom Friedman says just like Syrians, these Africans are...
November 01, 2016
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. He explains how Alexa is different from Siri and why he decided to invest in the Washington Post and an aerospace company. AOL Cofounder Steve Case, Columbia Business School Dean Glenn Hubbard, and Aspen...

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