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November 14, 2018
Jeff Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center, speaks with David Rubenstein, co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, about America's Founders.Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson. What were America’s Founders like as individuals? And what would they think of American democracy today? In this lighthearted conversation, National Constitution Center President Jeff Rosen...
November 07, 2018
 Christiana Figueres is the former Executive Secretary of the Framework Convention on Climate Change at the United Nations, overseeing the delivery of the Paris Climate Agreement. She is also the convenor for Mission 2020. Figueres spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival.  When Jeff Goodell and Christiana Figueres sat down to discuss climate change at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June, Goodell told the audience about a...
November 07, 2018
Author Michael Pollan's latest book, "How to Change Your Mind," explores psychedelic therapy. He talked with writer Corby Kummer about it in Aspen, Colorado.Psychedelic therapy is being used in trials to treat depression, anxiety, obsession, and trauma. Michael Pollan began writing about it after he spoke with terminal cancer patients who used drugs to overcome a fear of dying. They were taking...
October 31, 2018
Farhan Latif, president of the El-Hibri Foundation, speaks with former white supremacist Christian Picciolini at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue is the latest hate crime in an especially atrocious period. The number of hate crimes against religious minority communities has surged in recent years, and it’s likely driven, in part, by the country’s deep polarization....
October 26, 2018
 Tristan Harris, founder of the Center for Human Technology, talks about tech's threat to humanity at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter have been under fire for not doing enough to combat fake news and misinformation online. Tech entrepreneurs are stepping in and designing programs that keep untruths from going viral. At the same time, these platforms, and many others, are...
October 25, 2018
David Brooks, New York Times columnist and Aspen Institute executive director, talks about efforts to bridge the differences that are dividing Americans.The forces of division have been tearing America's social fabric for decades. Our country is now dealing with isolation, alienation, and tribalism. But a new coalition of community builders with a new set of beliefs is rising to turn things around. New York...
October 17, 2018
Mike Kaplan, president and CEO of the Aspen Skiing Company, speaks with organizational psychologist Adam Grant in Aspen, Colorado in September. Adam Grant is exploring “how to make work suck less.” For his podcast WorkLife, he visited unconventional companies to discover how to improve the work experience. Grant, who authored Give and Take and teaches at the Wharton School, thinks we should be leading more creative...
October 15, 2018
Rebecca Blumenstein is the highest-ranked female employee at The New York Times. In our podcast, she explains the biggest challenges facing the media today.Will 2018 be another 'year of the woman?' The phrase first emerged in 1992 when women increased their representation in Congress following the Anita Hill - Clarence Thomas hearings. This year, more women are running for office, speaking up about sexual...
October 10, 2018
University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer speaks with Dan Porterfield, president of the Aspen Institute, at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.In June, the University of Chicago announced it will become test-optional. It's the first elite school to do so. The move is part of a bigger effort to expand access to a broader talent pool of well-deserving applicants. But, will removing the requirement that...
October 07, 2018
Musician Jon Batiste energizes the crowd during the Afternoon of Conversation at Aspen Ideas 2014.Jon Batiste, musical director for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," released his latest album last month. Hollywood Africans dives deep into his own personal and cultural heritage, according to Batiste's website. Over the years, Batiste has spoken and performed at the Aspen Ideas Festival, touching on topics like...

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