AIF Blog - Health

December 07, 2018
 Writer Kea Krause talks about scientists searching cold waters in the Arctic for wonder drugs. What is it that nature provides that we can’t live without? — Medicine, a sense of place, even happiness? Nature can be a destroyer, replenisher, and provide a sense of calm. Why is it that we take nature for granted and how can we learn from our mistakes? “Nature was the first place...
December 04, 2018
Atul Gawande, staff writer for The New Yorker, talks about bridging the gap between our aspiration for how we treat one another and the reality of it. He spoke in June at Spotlight Health.In our divisive times, writer, surgeon, and researcher Atul Gawande says it's especially important to remember this medical principle: all lives have equal worth. He told Lucy Kalanithi, professor of medicine, that when he was...
November 20, 2018
Angela Duckworth, founder and CEO of Character Lab, talks about the importance of modeling character for children. She spoke with Jackie Bezos at Aspen Ideas.Why is it so hard to watch our children fail? Why might a highly structured life for a child be a bad thing? And how important is our behavior, as adults, in the development of a child? In this episode, psychologist Angela Duckworth explains how to raise a...
November 07, 2018
Author Michael Pollan's latest book, "How to Change Your Mind," explores psychedelic therapy. He talked with writer Corby Kummer about it in Aspen, Colorado.Psychedelic therapy is being used in trials to treat depression, anxiety, obsession, and trauma. Michael Pollan began writing about it after he spoke with terminal cancer patients who used drugs to overcome a fear of dying. They were taking...
October 07, 2018
Musician Jon Batiste energizes the crowd during the Afternoon of Conversation at Aspen Ideas 2014.Jon Batiste, musical director for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," released his latest album last month. Hollywood Africans dives deep into his own personal and cultural heritage, according to Batiste's website. Over the years, Batiste has spoken and performed at the Aspen Ideas Festival, touching on topics like...
September 13, 2018
 Dr. Leana Wen talked about curing violence at Spotlight Health in 2015. This week, Wen became president of Planned Parenthood. Leana Wen, the newly-announced president of Planned Parenthood, was Baltimore City Health Commissioner in 2015. That was the year riots broke out following the death of Freddie Gray. Gray, 25, grew up in an impoverished Baltimore neighborhood was arrested after he ran from police...
August 14, 2018
 Dan Porterfield, Paula Johnson, and Samhita Mukhopadhyay talk about the university's role in student health at Spotlight Health. Across the US, students are heading back to college for the start of the school year. Many will wrestle with mental health challenges. Campus counseling offices are busier than ever and peer-run mental health clubs are popping up. Colleges are working to keep up as students...
June 27, 2018
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams speaks with Alison Kodjak at Spotlight Health in June.As the nation’s top doctor, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams has pledged to lead with science and collaborate with local entities to tackle national health crises. In this episode, he speaks with NPR’s Alison Kodjak about children being separated from their parents at the southern US border, the opioid crisis, gun...
June 23, 2018
There is a crisis on the border. For some years, the nature of that crisis, its magnitude, and its causes were a matter of some debate. But with news reports last week of more than 2,000 children separated from their parents and housed in converted big-box stores, the situation became very quickly defined by heartbreaking images and audio of children in obvious distress. For pediatricians and mental health experts,...
June 22, 2018
If you're at Spotlight Health (or following along online), it's because you’re passionate about health, and probably one particular area of health. But there is room at the Aspen Ideas Festival for the enthusiastic generalist, and our programming is set up to offer a mix of the informational and inspirational. Why not spend the weekend exploring new ideas?A conversation with surgeon, author, and researcher Atul...

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