AIF BLOG - August 2017

August 29, 2017
Jeffrey Goldberg and Kurt AndersenHas the great American experiment in liberty gone off the rails? Kurt Andersen’s latest book, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, a 500 Year History, is a provocative chronicle of magical thinking and make-believe. It provides a new paradigm for understanding the post-factual present, where reality and illusion are dangerously blurred. He and journalist Jeffrey Goldberg...
August 25, 2017
David Rothkopf, Julia Ioffe, Peter Feaver, and David Petraeus speak onstage at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The Trump Administration has said it’s “committed to a foreign policy focused on American interests and American national security.” Critics have said Trump is isolating the US by withdrawing from the Paris agreement, waffling on a commitment to NATO, and abandoning the TPP. But, this month the...
August 22, 2017
 Walter Isaacson speaks with Berkeley biologist Jennifer Doudna at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2017. CRISPR is the cheapest, simplest, and most effective way of manipulating DNA. It has the power to give us the cure to HIV, genetic diseases, and some cancers. It could even help address the world’s hunger crisis. But, it may result in unforeseen consequences. The technology could lead to...
August 18, 2017
Author David Brooks speaks with Reverend Adam Hamilton at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.What role does faith play in bringing people together? Reverend Adam Hamilton pastors the largest United Methodist church in America. Within his Kansas congregation, he observes deep divisions that reflect the larger disunity in our nation. These divisions, he thinks, are tearing at our social fabric. His plan: to get people...
August 16, 2017
 Haris Tarin, Wajahat Ali, Steve Clemons, and Parisa Zagat speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2017. Hate groups in America are proliferating, and they're using social media to spread their messages and ideologies. On Saturday, hundreds of white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia to march in protest of the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. How has technology fueled the white supremacist...
August 15, 2017
New York Times op-ed contributor Wajahat Ali speaks on a panel about hate at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Hate groups are growing and the number of hate-fueled incidents is spiking in America. The latest incident was in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists violently clashed with anti-fascist groups and other protesters. In the first month after Donald Trump won the presidency, the Southern Poverty Law...
August 11, 2017
Jackie Judd, Yasmin Hurd, Nora Volkow, Vivek Murthy, and Perri Peltz speak onstage at Spotlight Health, the opening segment of the Aspen Ideas Festival.It’s been called the most perilous drug crisis ever and it was generated in the healthcare system. The epicenter of the opioid crisis is the United States, where overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999. President Trump has pledged to step up law enforcement...
August 09, 2017
As Aspen Ideas Festival attendees, you engaged in deep and inquisitive discussions on meaningful topics. Back in June, you connected with leaders from around the globe. You laughed. You cried. Maybe you even enjoyed a hotdog under the azure Aspen sky. Now what? How can you continue the energy of Aspen Ideas outside of Aspen? What is something tangible you can do to influence positive change in your own community? We...
August 08, 2017
Pete Williams, justice correspondent for NBC News, speaks with John Kelly at the Aspen Security Forum in July. At the time, Kelly was Homeland Security Secretary. Now he's serving as White House Chief of Staff.In this episode, you’ll hear from the nation’s new White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly. Kelly spoke in July at the Aspen Security Forum. At the time, his job was Homeland Security Secretary...
August 04, 2017
Fareed Zakaria, a journalist for CNN, speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The confluence of globalization and the information revolution has primed the United States, and the world, for a resurgence of populism. Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” explains how the populist ideology helped President Trump win the White House. Trump’s message of cultural anxiety connected with...

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