AIF Blog

April 27, 2017
 Bayard Winthrop founded the made-in-the-USA apparel company American Giant. With a sister company, it employs more than 200 people and uses facilities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and California to make clothing. Winthrop will speak as part of the Making it in the USA track at the Aspen Ideas Festival this summer. The American Giant website says that the company is “striving to make the best...
April 25, 2017
Science Friday host Ira Flatow and Janna Levin, author of Black Hole Blues, on stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Why do human beings explore? And, why are the most adventurous explorers drawn to outer space? Naturalist and astronomer David Aguilar explains why the drive for adventure fades after childhood, and how we can regain it as adults. Also, a group of physicists dig into what the universe is made of. Janna...
April 20, 2017
  Elizabeth Lesser is co-founder of Omega Institute, and the author of three books. She will speak as part of the Caregiving track at Spotlight Health. (Photo: "Nurse Maggie," credit: Elizabeth Lesser) My younger sister Maggie was a renaissance woman—a no-nonsense nurse practitioner in a rural Vermont community, an accomplished artist, a mother and farmer and beekeeper and maple syrup producer. And she also was my...
April 18, 2017
David Ignatius, Michael Hayden, and John McLaughlin speak in Washington DC about the intelligence community's relationship with President Trump.Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump made combative and accusatory remarks on Twitter about the intelligence community for a report on Russian connections. Are his messages undermining the legitimacy of the intelligence community? If so, will the agencies...
April 11, 2017
Meryl Chertoff, Mark Wolf, and Deborah Connor discuss government corruption.Kleptocracy presents a growing threat to US national security and international peace, as money laundering and other forms of public “grand corruption” increasingly undermine democracy, cripple development, weaken Western soft power, and accelerate state collapse. Can an International Anti-Corruption Court, modeled on the...
April 04, 2017
Margot Lee Shetterly, author of "Hidden Figures," signs a book for Michele Norris, director of the Aspen Institute program The Bridge. Shetterly spoke with Norris in February at the University of Minnesota.Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures, says “It’s one thing to tell your own story, it’s another thing to take responsibility to tell someone else’s life.” Her book...
March 28, 2017
Dan Gilbert, psychology professor at Harvard, discusses the future and happiness at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Renowned Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions. Vividly bringing to life the latest scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and...
March 21, 2017
Alec Ross, author of "The Industries of the Future," speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.If the 20 years from 1995 to 2015 were shaped in significant measure by digitization and the rise of the internet, what’s next? What will define the next decade? Drawing from his highly-praised New York Times best-seller The Industries of the Future, Alec Ross provides a view into the forces that will carve...
March 14, 2017
Einstein biographer and Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Albert Einstein was no Einstein when he was a kid. He was slow to talk and was even dubbed “the dopey one.” But, Einstein said, slow development gave him time to wonder about things most people don’t spend time on and as a result, his imagination flourished. In this rebroadcast, Aspen Institute...
March 07, 2017
Mitch Landrieu, Randi Weingarten, and David Gergen speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2016.Everything—from the country’s place in the world to the social contract between citizens, government, and the private sector—seems to be knotted in hard, uncompromising debates. In this episode, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele, American...

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