AIF Blog

August 16, 2016
Helen Fisher knows a thing or two about relationships. The Kinsey Institute research fellow and Match.com’s lead scientific advisor has spent her career studying couples and romantic behavior. The author of six books, her writing traces human family life from its origins in Africa over 20 million years ago to the internet dating sites and bedrooms of today. Her cutting-edge research, using brain imaging,...
August 12, 2016
 Americans reportedly waste nearly 40 percent of the food we produce. Still, one in six lives with food insecurity, lacking reliable access to food that’s both affordable and nutritious. How does food scarcity coexist with extreme waste in our society? Can we balance this equation?We asked these questions at the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival in a Deep Dive session titled Fixing Our Broken Food System. The session...
August 09, 2016
The world doesn’t lack for creative ideas—it lacks people to champion them. Once you have an idea, how do you communicate it? In this episode, Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor and a New York Times bestselling author of Originals, shares insights on how to speak up without getting silenced, and how to find allies in unexpected places. The “Aspen Ideas to Go” podcast is...
August 04, 2016
Can the Zika virus be contained? On Monday, in what CNN calls an unprecedented move, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised pregnant women and their partners to avoid traveling to areas outside of Miami, where they have attributed 14 cases of Zika to local mosquitos.  So, what does this mean?At Spotlight Health in June,  the CDC’s Anne Schuchat, Anthony Fauci (director of NIAID), and FDA commissioner...
August 02, 2016
Vladimir Putin continues to taunt the US and Europe at every turn by testing NATO’s resolve, propping up Assad, provoking Ukraine, and even doing what he can to further complicate the migrant crisis. Domestically, Russia’s involvement in hacking the Democratic National Convention is in question. Heather Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; Director, Europe Program, Center...
July 29, 2016
Drew Gilpin Faust and Leon Wieseltier at Aspen Ideas, discussing Do We Need to Rescue the Humanities?Earlier this month, the Washington Post journalist Jeff Guo wrote a detailed account of how he’d managed to maximize the efficiency of his cultural consumption. “I have a habit that horrifies most people,” he wrote. “I watch television and films in fast forward … the time savings are enormous. Four episodes of ...
July 26, 2016
With the historic candidacy of Hillary Clinton, feminism is front and center this election. Be it wage inequality, women’s health, or paid family leave, many issues important to women at both ends of the economic divide are hotly contested. Dinner table wars rage, as boomer women and their millennial daughters disagree on Clinton, Sanders, and what being a feminist means when it comes to the vote. In this...
July 26, 2016
Stephen Jones has a question for America: “Why is our bread so damn white?”It’s a question with a host of answers. White flour tastes sweeter. It’s predictable, and easy to work with. It’s efficient. It’s stable. And all of this is reinforced by habit.But Jones, a professor at Washington State University who runs a research program called The Bread Lab, doesn’t find any of those answers satisfying. Instead, he’s...
July 22, 2016
Matt Thompson, DeRay Mckesson, Enola Aird, Jim Wallis, and Marc Morial discuss A Civil Rights Movement for the 21st Century: Black Lives Matter at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.As the head of the National Urban League, Marc Morial is charged with leading one of the oldest and most significant civil-rights organizations in the United States. In late June, he sat on a stage with DeRay McKesson, a prominent leader...
July 20, 2016
María Teresa Kumar, a 2016 Aspen Ideas Scholar, spoke on the Ideas Festival panel From Conversation to Action: Moving the Needle on Equity and Opportunity.A strong middle class is, for many people, central to the American idea. There are other core values too, of course—freedom, political representation, individualism, etc.—but an economy in which families can feel economic security, live comfortably, and build up...

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