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Aspen Ideas Podcast Takeover

Jun 23, 2017
 
The Aspen Ideas to Go Podcast TAKEOVER is back for its second year! In the spirit of a diverse exchange of ideas, we’ve handed over the mic to a handful of Festival presenters to take over the show!
 
During the week of the Aspen Ideas Festival—going on now through July 1st—six Takeover Hosts—Julie Rovner, Perri Peltz, Michele Norris, Joshua Johnson, Pete Dominick, and Susan Page will bring the Festival to you. The Takeover hosts have enlisted other Festival speakers to sit down for probing conversations. The result is a flurry of compelling and entertaining discussions about a variety of work and issues that are being explored at this year’s Festival.
 
On the ground in Aspen, Takeover Hosts bring the Festival to you—whether you’re in Aspen or somewhere else around the globe. You will find the episodes here, or subscribe to Aspen Ideas to Go on iTunes, listen on SiriusXM's Insight channel, or find us on NPR One.
 
Episode One
 
In our first Podcast Takeover episode, Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, speaks with Lanhee Chen of the Hoover Institution, reproductive justice advocate Dr. Willie J. Parker, and Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
 
 
Episode Two
 
In this Takeover episode, we examine the Supreme Court’s recent decision to take the case regarding President Trump’s travel ban. The move was discussed at the Aspen Ideas Festival in an onstage panel including former US Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former US Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal. The show includes an interview between Katyal and Podcast Takeover Host Perri Peltz. Peltz is a journalist and documentary filmmaker.

 

Episode Three

Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today, takes over the podcast by interviewing a panel of DC outsiders. Nobody thinks Washington is working well these days. Page turns to unexpected sources — Liz Dozier, an award-winning educator from Chicago; Jeffrey Seller, a celebrated theatrical producer from New York; and Joshua Greene, an exceptional psychologist from Harvard — to brainstorm on what advice other disciplines might have to offer the world of politics. What are the lessons from studying the neuroscience of moral judgement? From Chicago high schools? From Broadway? You won’t want to miss this takeover episode!

 

Episode Four

In this Takeover episode, two comedians and a writer — Pete Dominick, Travon Free, and Wajahat Ali — discuss politics, race, and a changing America. How should citizens and politicians talk about race? What is white privilege? And how can we, as a country, find solutions to the problems minority communities face? This lively and funny conversation touches on serious topics. Travon Free is an actor and comedian who writes for “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.” Wajahat Ali is a New York Times op-ed contributor, a lawyer, playwright, and former TV host. Pete Dominick hosts SiriusXM’s “Stand Up with Pete Dominick.” Dominick also speaks with Mark Tercek, president of The Nature Conservancy, about the Paris climate accord. This episode contains explicit language.

 

Episode Five

Joshua Johnson, host of WAMU’s “1A,” interviews Simon Sinek in this Takeover episode. Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. His 2009 Ted talk about how great leaders inspire others to take action, is the third most watched talk on TED.com. His books include Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action; Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t; Together is Better; and the forthcoming Find Your Why. In this discussion, Sinek discusses his concept “The Golden Triangle,” and he explains how a difficult period in his life helped inform his work about leadership.

 

Episode Six

In our final podcast takeover episode, award-winning journalist Michele Norris discusses the legacy of slavery with a US mayor and the necessity of solitude with a best-selling author. In a conversation with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Norris asks about Landrieu’s recent decision to remove four Confederate statues. Separately, Norris, who leads a program on race and cultural identity at the Aspen Institute, discusses the writing process with Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief and writer for The New Yorker. Both conversations are held at the Aspen Ideas Festival, where all of our guests are presenting.

 

 

The “Aspen Ideas to Go” podcast is a weekly show featuring fascinating speakers who have presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs offered by the Aspen Institute — including Aspen Words, the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series, and various events around the country. For a curated listening experience, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or find an archive of episodes on the Aspen Ideas website.