AIF BLOG - February 2019

February 27, 2019
 Suzanne Jones, Steve Clemons, and Dan Buettner discuss what makes some cities and towns happier than others at Aspen Ideas: Health. The latest World Happiness Report puts the United States in 18th place, behind all the Scandinavian countries, Costa Rica, Canada, and others. The report, issued annually by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, looks at income, healthy life expectancy, social...
February 20, 2019
Nearly two decades ago, author Colson Whitehead began thinking about writing about the Underground Railroad. “I remembered when I was a kid, I first heard those words…I thought it was a literal train beneath the earth,” he says. He put pen to paper and the result was the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad. In it, the historic secret network of safehouses for runaway slaves becomes a make-believe...
February 13, 2019
Writers Wajahat Ali and Jelani Cobb talk about race, white nationalism, and President Trump at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.When Americans elected their first black president more than a decade ago, some questioned whether the country had transitioned into a post-racial era. But today race is a more prominent and intransigent problem than ever. As the US grapples with issues like identity politics, the Travel...
February 05, 2019
Canine cognition researchers Brian Hare and Alexandra Horowitz join furry friends on stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival to speak with Ross Andersen, senior editor at The Atlantic, about what dogs are thinking.When your dog wags its tail or welcomes you home, what are they thinking about? How do they perceive you and the world around them? Two canine cognition scientists, Alexandra Horowitz and Brian Hare, share what...