AIF Blog

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...
October 02, 2018
Rebecca Blumenstein, Mona Charen, Shannon Van Sant, Adrienne Green, Katie Couric, and Susan Page discuss women in the media and #MeToo at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 28. News reporters have covered the #MeToo movement since it gained ground one year ago. But journalists haven’t just written about the movement, some have experienced sexual harassment and violence themselves. In this episode, a group...
September 26, 2018
Larry Summers, former US treasury secretary, speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The economic recovery that America is experiencing is unusually long. We're in the ninth year of improved business activity following the Great Recession. The recovery's length is "very, very unusual in historical terms," says Gillian Tett, US managing editor of the Financial Times. On June 29th at the Aspen Ideas...
September 18, 2018
Writer Jose Antonio Vargas speaks with David Brooks, an executive director at the Aspen Institute, at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. Vargas has lived as an undocumented immigrant in America for more than two decades.When Jose Antonio Vargas took a job as a journalist at the Washington Post after college, he was nervous. He was just starting his career—but that wasn't the cause of his concern. He was...
September 13, 2018
 Dr. Leana Wen talked about curing violence at Spotlight Health in 2015. This week, Wen became president of Planned Parenthood. Leana Wen, the newly-announced president of Planned Parenthood, was Baltimore City Health Commissioner in 2015. That was the year riots broke out following the death of Freddie Gray. Gray, 25, grew up in an impoverished Baltimore neighborhood was arrested after he ran from police...
September 11, 2018
Adam Hamilton pastors the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. At Aspen Ideas 2017, he talked about the role faith plays in bringing people together.Adam Hamilton pastors the largest United Methodist Church in the United States. Within his congregation of 20,000 in Kansas, he works to mitigate deep divisions. Some of those divides, he says, are happening everywhere and are tearing at the...
September 04, 2018
After more than 15 years of conflict in Iraq, and even longer in Afghanistan, what are the paths to peace? This talk features individuals who were deeply involved in both conflicts. David Petraeus, former CIA director, led the 101st Airborne Division in the invasion of Iraq. Douglas Lute was US ambassador to NATO and Ryan Crocker served as ambassador in six countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Dan Senor was...

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