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October 27, 2016
Molly Ball, Charlie Cook, and Amy Walter discuss election 2016 at the Aspen Institute on Wednesday.The countdown to Election Day is on, and political analysts are giving their predictions. In this bonus episode, Charlie Cook and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report weigh in on the outcome for the presidential race and contests in the US House and Senate. They spoke on Wednesday, October 26th as part of the Aspen...
October 25, 2016
Today, more than 200 known types of cancer exist, and it is the second leading cause of death in the US. In January 2016, President Obama announced a new effort to fight the disease: the Cancer Moonshot. Led by Vice President Joe Biden, the initiative is meant to accelerate research, broaden the number of therapies for patients, and find ways to prevent and detect cancer earlier. In this episode, Biden gets personal...
October 18, 2016
Jeff Immelt at the Washington Ideas Forum in late September 2016.The economy is a key issue for American voters. In July, more than 80 percent of registered voters polled by the Pew Research Center said the economy was the number one issue, right after terrorism. This episode examines the country's workforce and what's influencing job creation and job loss. Featured speakers include General Electric CEO Jeff...
October 14, 2016
Harvard Professor of Law and Leadership Lawrence Lessig at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2016.The frustrations feeding the populist movement in the United States are the fault of US citizens, says Lawrence Lessig, professor of law and leadership at Harvard. He says citizens have built an unresponsive and unrepresentative democracy. He told an audience at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June that “at its core, it comes not...
October 11, 2016
Gill Pratt in June at Aspen Ideas 2016.Once the realm of science fiction, smart machines are rapidly becoming part of our world—and these technologies offer amazing potential to improve the way we live. Imagine intelligent, autonomous vehicles that reduce crashes and robots that can help your aged grandma move around safely. In this episode, Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, talks with John...
October 04, 2016
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Stephen Carter, and Arthur Brooks at Aspen Ideas 2016.It’s difficult to ignore anger in the United States right now—talking heads battle on cable news, protesters get violent at campaign rallies, and families can’t talk politics around the dinner table. What’s fueling the anger? And how can it be managed? In this episode, panelists Mickey Edwards, Anne-Marie Slaughter,...
September 30, 2016
Kristen Soltis Anderson, Stan Greenberg, and DeRay Mckesson discuss how the changing demographics in the United States are impacting the presidential election. They were on a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. Pollster and political strategist Stan Greenberg isn’t surprised about how the presidential election is shaking out. He predicts Donald Trump will lose and the outcome will be a close examination by...
September 27, 2016
Jeff Chang talks about his new book with Jonathan Capehart on September 19. The discussion was part of the Aspen Institute's Washington Ideas Roundtable Series. (Photo:  Steve Johnson) Author Jeff Chang says America has slid back toward segregation in our neighborhoods, schools, colleges and universities, and in our culture. In his new book We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation...
September 23, 2016
Adam Segal with the Council on Foreign Relations talks about internet control in China at Aspen Ideas 2016.Since President Xi Jinping took power in China, there’s been a notable change, according to a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Panelists see signs of government control, economic tensions, and military expansions. Adam Segal, director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign...
September 20, 2016
The average American spends a third of his or her life working. What is the secret to achieving happiness because of our work and not in spite of it? How can we make a job into a vocation? David Brooks and Arthur Brooks have both studied and written about these questions. They say, no matter what the job is, the answer is to find meaning. In this episode, the thought leaders discuss the elements of meaningful work,...

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