AIF BLOG - May 2017

May 30, 2017
Netflix releases the fifth season of House of Cards today (5/30/17). In this encore episode Katie Couric interviews House of Cards creator Beau Willimon. The interview, from the Aspen Ideas Festival, took place before the show’s third season in 2015. The two have a lively conversation about Willimon’s career (he studied painting in college and later worked on political campaigns), and the turbulent lives...
May 26, 2017
The Aspen Ideas Festival team is proud to showcase the diverse writing of our speakers. Their books will be highlighted in talks at the Festival and available at the campus bookstore. Learn why one researcher thinks empathy can lead to inequality and immorality in society. Another author explains how viewing the animal kingdom through a microbial lens can make the familiar seem unfamiliar. Why do the people behind...
May 24, 2017
 Bezos Scholars gather on the grounds of the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colorado during the Aspen Ideas Festival. The Bezos Scholars Program is celebrating its thirteenth year at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado this June. Thirty exceptional high school students and educators from across the US and the African Leadership Academy have been selected for the 2017 cohort. Founded in 2005, the Bezos Family...
May 23, 2017
Mickey Edwards, Tom Perez, and Michael Steele on stage at the Aspen Institute.In this era of deep partisanship, how can common ground be found on Capitol Hill and on Main Street? In this episode, a pair of party leaders tackle relevant political questions, focusing on the divided state of America. Former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele sits down with Tom Perez, head of the Democratic National...
May 19, 2017
 A group of scholars gathers on the Aspen Institute campus in Aspen, Colorado during Spotlight Health 2016. The Aspen Institute, through the generosity of our patrons and sponsoring organizations, will bring a diverse group of 300 leaders from across the US and 30 countries to the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. They're scholars nominated by senior members of the Institute's staff, Festival advisors, past scholars, and...
May 18, 2017
 Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, will speak at Spotlight Health this summer. Prior to joining KHN in 2014, she spent 16 years as health policy correspondent for NPR. You’ve been covering efforts by republicans to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. What are the forces at play that keep the GOP and President Trump fighting for changes to the health care law? Republicans have been...
May 16, 2017
Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal speaks with Joanne Kenen, executive editor of health care for Politico. Their conversation was part of the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series at the Aspen Institute.Elisabeth Rosenthal writes about our broken healthcare system in her new book, An American Sickness: How Healthcare became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back. She says the system, comprised of hospitals, doctors,...
May 11, 2017
 Christina Agapakis is Creative Director at Ginkgo Bioworks, a biological design company growing cultured products for partners across many industries. Agapakis also writes about biology, technology, and culture for numerous outlets. She will speak as part of The Genetics Revolution track at Aspen Ideas. What’s synthetic biology, and how is the company you work for, Ginkgo Bioworks, using it to create consumer...
May 10, 2017
 The Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health are held on the Aspen Institute campus in Aspen, Colorado. This year's Festival takes place June 22 - July 1. The 13th annual Aspen Ideas Festival will focus on building civil discourse around the pressing issues America is facing both domestically and internationally. The 10-day Festival gets underway on June 22 with Spotlight Health. Discussions and presentations this...
May 09, 2017
Michele Norris, Amy Hinojosa, Adam Foss, and Khizr Khan speak at the Aspen Institute Symposium on the State of Race in America. It was held in April. While the subject of race and racism will likely continue to be a contentious topic for years to come, it is a discussion that is imperative for civil society. How does the dialogue on race continue? Will protests in the streets and boycotts become the new mode of...

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