AIF BLOG - February 2015

February 26, 2015
To hear Beau Willimon's full interview with Katie Couric at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, check out Aspen Ideas To Go podcast.Since the premiere of “House of Cards” two years ago, playwright and screenwriter Beau Willimon has created a show that has gone above and beyond expectations as Netflix’s first original series. From the gritty plot twists and the despicable yet strangely captivating characters, Willimon’s...
February 16, 2015
We need to chill out about privacy related to technology, argues Stewart Baker, former general counsel of the NSA and self-described chief privacy skeptic. Privacy is a product of its time and circumstances, and due to ever-evolving technology, people eventually get used to what once seemed so intrusive — such as taking one’s photo or running algorithms on customers' e-mail to better target advertising. At the 2014...
February 15, 2015
 Historian David Rubenstein compares two of the most iconic presidential speeches ever given: the Gettysburg Address and John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address.Rubenstein contends that people who care about speeches should think about what makes for a great speech, how it inspires, and what makes the public want to listen to it. He sets fourth six characteristics, including the eloquence of the language, the orator's...