Aspen Minute

Hear what some of the most interesting thinkers and leaders from around the world had to say from the stages of the Aspen Ideas Festival. While not strictly 60 seconds in length, each Aspen Minute is a short excerpt — some inspiring, some provocative, some funny — from a notable presenter at the Festival. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes U.

Amy Chua
Aspen Ideas 2012
Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, gives perspective on our very contemporary problem of "parental anxiety." Is it, in fact, just a luxury?  PLAY
Julie Taymor
Aspen Ideas 2012
Theater and film director Julie Taymor on the temptation to give children easy entertainment instead of encouraging them discover the world and learn to be creative through low-tech means.  PLAY
Randi Weingarten
Aspen Ideas 2012
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, stresses the importance of engaging children in meaningful learning and assuring that all students are taught critical thinking skills. PLAY
Jane Shaw
Aspen Ideas 2012
The Very Reverend Jane Shaw on the importance of developing our moral imaginations. In doing so, we are able to speak across divides, show empathy, and embrace the common responsibilities of community. PLAY
Steven Leder
Aspen Ideas 2012
Rabbi Steven Leder describes a world without organized religion and why we need to keep religious faiths and traditions alive and well for the sake of society. PLAY
Stanley McChrystal
Aspen Ideas 2012
Retired four-star US Army general Stanley McChrystal makes the case for mandatory national service. Would a shared experience in serving our country strengthen us? PLAY
Lawrence Summers
Aspen Ideas 2012
Economist Lawrence Summers says that even in these challenging times, there is much to be optimistic about in America. As a country, we have a great capacity to work together. PLAY
Charles Murray
Aspen Ideas 2012
Author Charles Murray believes we have lost a specific dimension to our lives — community. He challenges us to make small changes that will in turn resurrect the American way of life. PLAY
Marissa Mayer
Aspen Ideas 2012
Tech industry leader Marissa Mayer cites compelling evidence about why our country needs more computer scientists and technologists. Recruitment for these industries should start at the high school level. PLAY
Brian Greene
Aspen Ideas 2012
Physicist Brian Greene gives an entertaining and impassioned speech about the transcendence of mathematics. Really. He’ll make you want to stop what you’re doing and work a quick Algebra equation. PLAY
Anne-Marie Slaughter
Aspen Ideas 2012
Anne-Marie Slaughter declares that society will suffer if we continue to make women feel badly for struggling to maintain a high-powered career and a family simultaneously. PLAY
Melody Barnes
Aspen Ideas 2012
Melody Barnes discusses the polarization of Congress and how the mode towards positive change depends on the attitude of people in Congress and their willingness to work towards compromise. PLAY
Erika Christakis
Aspen Ideas 2012
An early childhood educator discusses the perils of the “no accidents” mentality of parenting. PLAY
Arne Duncan
Aspen Ideas 2011
Secretary of Education stresses that the US educational system desperately needs more talent in the profession, as other countries with more successful systems invest in. PLAY
Eldar Shafir
Aspen Ideas 2011
Princeton professor & Ideas42 co-founder Eldar Shafir sheds light on the psychology of poverty. PLAY
Cory Booker
Aspen Ideas 2011
Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker speaks about the power of courage. PLAY
Jamie Betchtel
Aspen Ideas 2011
New Course founder Jamie Betchtel tells the moving story of visiting slave quarters in Tanzania. PLAY
Wes Moore
Aspen Ideas 2011
Author Wes Moore describes how mentoring...children, in simple ways, can greatly impact their future. PLAY
Michael Sandel
Aspen Ideas 2011
Michael Sandel on the importance of reconnecting to politics and governance...PLAY
David Brooks
Aspen Ideas 2010
David Brooks contends that while our culture is deeply individualistic, we have it wrong when it comes to our interconnectedness. PLAY
Sarah Jones
Aspen Ideas 2008
Playwright Sarah Jones in character as ‘Anna,’ a 13 year old from Kenya pleading for equality. PLAY
Ari Shavit
Aspen Ideas 2008
Journalist Ari Shavit stresses the need to liberate and empower women globally. PLAY
Michael York
Aspen Ideas 2007
Actor Michael York reading “Perhaps” by Shu Ting. PLAY
Ingrid Inema
Aspen Ideas 2008
Ingrid Inema, 6 at the time the Rwandan Genocide...on the importance of forgiveness. PLAY
Tu Weiming
Aspen Ideas 2007
Here's Tu Weiming on the importance of cultural dialogue. PLAY
Jessye Norman
Aspen Ideas 2007
Opera singer Jessye Norman on the transformative power of art. PLAY