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April 04, 2014
Tom Friedman and Solly Granatstein joined forces with filmmakers and celebrities to create "Years of Living Dangerously," a new series premiering on Showtime later this month. From the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy to the upheaval caused by drought in the Middle East, the documentary provides first-hand reports on those affected by, and seeking solutions to, climate change.Fresh off of a trip to Yemen, Turkey,...
March 20, 2014
Young or old, sciencentific findings show that we can all improve our character. Check out AIF speaker Tiffany Shlain's new 8-minute "cloud film" The Science of Character. In it, she cites several speakers who have shared their work at Aspen Ideas, and asks the question: What are your top five character strengths? For a deeper dive into this topic, here are the sessions which highlight discoveries about character:...
February 13, 2014
By Guest Blogger Courtney E. MartinThere's no small amount of trouble afoot in the feminist movement. Facebook CFO and now bestselling author Sheryl Sandberg has declared that she wants to be "the pompom girl for feminism"; Maureen Dowd writes, "Sandberg has co-opted the vocabulary and romance of a social movement not to sell a cause, but herself." Meanwhile, The Nation's recent cover story wondered if feminism...
January 29, 2014
By Guest Blogger: John Cary We rushed into a nondescript building, seeking shelter from the relentless deluge of Malawi’s rainy season. A roomful of women stared back at us—19 on that day, but the number had been known to double. At nine months pregnant, these brave women had walked hours from their villages in order to be closer to critical care, should they need it during labor. In this case, that care was a low-...
January 20, 2014
 Watch Anna Deavere Smith, accompanied by violinist Robert McDuffie, recite excerpts from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s seminal treatise on nonviolent resistance.UPDATE: Smith and McDuffie will perform "Letter from Birmingham Jail" at 7:30 PM on March 10, at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. 
December 19, 2013
In the season of giving — and Best of 2013 lists — don't forget to browse the vast selection of books from Aspen Ideas Festival speakers. The complete collection is available here, with links to Amazon for easy buying.Read more about the speakers, below, who had featured book talks or signings at the the Festival. Each link features their bio and a book listing on their speaker page.
November 21, 2013
This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination. Watch historian and rare documents collector David Rubenstein describe two great speeches by American presidents: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address.
November 11, 2013
How can the arts enable healing? In healthcare facilities and veterans' hospitals, the arts are doing crucial work today. We saw Arthur Bloom's Musicorps program in action at Aspen Ideas when Marine Cpl. Tim Donley shared his experiences and sang "America the Beautiful." Together with other veterans, Donley and the real-life "Band of Brothers" performed last week with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, at Madison Square...
November 01, 2013
The Aspen Ideas Festival hosted the world premiere of About Time to a packed audience last summer. The post-screening buzz was upbeat. Now audiences around the country can enjoy this smart romantic comedy. See what our partners at The Atlantic have to say about the film.Here's the synopsis we published for Festival attendees:At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time… The night...
October 01, 2013
Moby's latest album "Innocents" dropped yesterday, yet he doesn't have plans to tour. Why won't the acclaimed musician and DJ hit the road to promote the new album? Watch what the artist told Tim Brown at Aspen Ideas about touring (2 min). Here's an excerpt: "Touring and performing is fun but not terribly creative," says Moby. "I hope to spend the rest of my life touring as little as possible."If you want to see the...

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