AIF BLOG - February 2018

February 27, 2018
Dr. Vivek Murthy speaks with Judy Woodruff at Spotlight Health about gun violence in the United States. In the wake of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, questions about how to prevent gun violence are resurfacing among politicians, citizens, and public health officials. For years former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has called gun deaths a public health crisis. At Spotlight Health in 2017, shortly after a...
February 21, 2018
 In her lengthy career in broadcasting, Pat Mitchell says that two topics were never reported on because of their sheer divisiveness: abortion and peace in the Middle East. Recounting that anecdote at a panel on reproductive health she moderated at Spotlight Health 2017, the veteran media executive, formerly of PBS and CNN (among others), asked her fellow panelists how they approach the touchy subject of...
February 21, 2018
Historian and author Jon Meacham speaks with journalist John Dickerson at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2017.Our current political time looks most like the 1930s, says historian Jon Meacham. With one of every four American men out of work, populist groups on the right and left were on the rise during the Depression. Citizens were questioning democratic capitalism. "It was a genuine moment where we were...
February 16, 2018
 Journalist Thomas Friedman speaks with MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2017. Machines are making decisions humans used to make. The world’s five most valuable companies are tech firms. The Internet is a source of collective wisdom for people seeking solutions to myriad problems. It would be hard to overstate the dramatic impact artificial intelligence and increased...
February 14, 2018
US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith reads her poetry at Winter Words, an event held by the Institute's literary program Aspen Words. (photo: Nick Tininenko) Last year the US Library of Congress named Tracy K. Smith as the country's Poet Laureate. She follows in the footsteps of notables who have held the position like Billy Collins, Rita Dove, and Juan Felipe Herrera. In January, she read her poetry and...
February 07, 2018
Journalist Michele Norris speaks with philanthropists Jeff Raikes and Darren Walker at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival.Jeff Raikes, former CEO of the Gates Foundation, says the key to real social justice in America is to have tough conversations about race. He's the first to admit he's the product of privilege. "I was born white, male, in the United States, and I was born heterosexual," he says....