AIF Blog

May 26, 2016
Ann Cooper is director of food services for Boulder Valley School District and founder and president of the Chef Ann Foundation. The Foundation focuses on solutions to the school food crisis. Her decades-long career includes 15 years in school food programs and chef positions with Holland America Cruises, Radisson Hotels, Telluride Ski Resort, and the Putney Inn in Vermont. Cooper will speak at Spotlight Health as...
May 24, 2016
First Lady Michelle Obama says play, nutrition, and physical activity aren’t available to every child and, that’s a problem. With the cost of sports participation around $2,200 each year per child, these opportunities are increasingly only available to wealthier families. Plus, a report from the Sports and Society Program at the Aspen Institute shows parents have concerns around risk of injury, the...
May 20, 2016
Melissa Walker is an art therapist at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence. Since joining NICoE in 2010, she developed and implemented the Healing Arts Program, focusing on integration and research of creative arts therapies for service members with traumatic brain injury and psychological health concerns. One project involves service members creating masks that often put a face to their pain.Walker will speak...
May 17, 2016
Powerhouse literary couple Geraldine Brooks and Tony Horwitz didn’t start their careers writing books. The two were war correspondents covering events like the Gulf War in the 1990s. In this episode, Brooks and Horwitz are onstage for a lecture series held by Aspen Words, the literary organization of The Aspen Institute. Besides recalling their reporting experiences, the duo discuss what it takes to write a...
May 16, 2016
The 2015 Bezos Scholars gathered in Aspen, Colorado for the Aspen Ideas Festival.The Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute has announced its 2016 Scholar cohort. Thirty high school students and exceptional educators from across the US, and the African Leadership Academy will attend the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado in June.Founded in 2005, the Bezos Family Foundation selects exceptional students...
May 12, 2016
Jody Lewen is executive director of the Prison University Project, based at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County, California. The program, which she founded in 2003, provides a general education Associate of Arts degree and intensive college preparatory courses to people incarcerated at San Quentin.Lewen will speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival as part of the Crime and Punishment track.Many students in the College...
May 10, 2016
Cancer is the second leading cause of death among adults in the US and cancer care costs $125 billion a year. In this episode we hear from medical experts who have researched, written, and made progress in the fight against cancer. Ronald DePinho, president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, says it’s an exciting time because research has shed light on the instigators of the disease. With...
May 05, 2016
More than 300 groundbreaking thinkers and leaders will be onstage at the 12th annual Aspen Ideas Festival this summer. The list of presenters was released Monday. Notable speakers include Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Yuri Milner, founder of DST Global, and Laura Bush, former US First Lady.Kitty Boone, vice president and executive director of Public Programs at the...
May 03, 2016
The Director of the FBI has said that the Bureau has counterterrorism investigations underway in all 50 states, underscoring the gravity of the “insider” terrorism threat in the United States. Simultaneously, terrorists from abroad, especially “foreign fighters” from among ISIL’s ranks, are seeking to enter Western countries. In this episode, FBI Director James Comey speaks with Brooke...
April 29, 2016
Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, and Anthony Marx, President of the New York Public Library, discuss why libraries are the original and future open source platform.On an evening in September, Anthony Marx came across a young man outside of a closed library in the South Bronx. He was using an old laptop to do math homework. Marx, who serves as president of New York Public Library, asked the boy why...

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