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February 16, 2017
 David Rubenstein, National Constitution Center Trustee and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, gives a history lesson on the drafting of the Bill of Rights at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Congress ratified the Bill of Rights 225 years ago, on December 15, 1791. The document was a last-minute recommendation at the Constitutional Convention four years earlier. David Rubenstein, trustee at the National Constitution Center, says...
February 14, 2017
Joi Ito, author of "Whiplash" and director of the MIT Media Lab, sits down with Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson.The world is more complex and volatile today than at any other time in modern history. In order to successfully navigate a rapidly changing world, author and MIT Media Lab Director, Joichi “Joi” Ito says you must be alert and nimble. In his book Whiplash: How to Survive Our...
February 07, 2017
Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust speaks with Bryan Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of "Just Mercy", at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2016.As the US continues to grapple with issues of race, history is proving to be an invaluable tool to underscore and discuss uncomfortable truths still governing the dynamics of race. How can history help us face and overcome troubling...
February 03, 2017
 Lina Sergie Attar spoke about her childhood in the United States and Syria during a 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival session called Art and Immigration — Culture and Dividing Lines. When Lina Sergie Attar was 12 years old, her family moved to Syria from upstate New York. “I left my sheltered, happy American life to find a new home among family where our roots go back centuries,” she says. Her rich family history didn’t...
January 31, 2017
Author Andy Stern speaks with Elliot Gerson, an executive vice president at The Aspen Institute, at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Author and former labor union leader Andy Stern thinks universal basic income is the key to solving problems plaguing America’s economy. He wrote about it in his book *Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream*. As technology...
January 24, 2017
How are diet and lifestyle linked to bacterial communities in the gut? How can growing knowledge about gut health be used to develop new therapies? Researchers are learning how the gut microbiome responds to the food we eat, influencing obesity, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, and even mental health. Trillions of bacteria inhabit the human gut, working in close and complex symbiosis with our cells....
January 17, 2017
Those who study human behavior have learned that simply by encouraging—or “nudging”—individuals toward the right decisions for themselves, dramatic improvements can be made. Cultural commentator David Brooks and Cass Sunstein, legal scholar and the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School, discuss the power of “nudge” and...
January 11, 2017
David Rothkopf, CEO and editor of the FP Group, speaks with Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic Jeffrey Goldberg at the Aspen Ideas Festival. As President Barack Obama prepares to step down, we look back on his accomplishments and shortcomings. The talks below examine how Obama tackled race as the nation’s first African American president, his work to deal with the recession, create the Affordable Care Act,...
January 10, 2017
In these final days of Barack Obama’s presidency, we consider how the future will view his leadership. Will economic recovery and health care victories at home be overshadowed by what many see as his failure to intervene meaningfully in conflicts abroad? Critics on the left wish the president had gone further on several key issues, while critics on the right have little good to say about Obama’s...
January 06, 2017
 Announcing the first ever Aspen Ideas photo contest! The America I Know track at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival looks at our deeply divided country and how we can build bridges. As part of the track, we’re partnering with IPPAWARDS, or the iPhone Photography Awards, to explore as many “Americas” as we can through the modern camera lens. We want to see your perception of this vast and varied land. Show us the faces,...

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