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Live Video Schedule: Spotlight Health & Aspen Ideas

Jun 21, 2018
For Spotlight Health and the Aspen Ideas Festival, we're streaming many sessions live. Please see our live video streaming schedule below. All times are MST.
Spotlight Health
Wednesday, June 21
4:45 - 6 PM
Spotlight Health Opening and Welcome
Join Dan Porterfield, Margaret Low, Peggy Clark, and Katie Drasser to kick off the Spotlight Health Festival, featuring a conversation with Larry Merlo and Bernard J. Tyson moderated by Bertha Coombs.
Friday, June 22
1:20 - 2:40 PM
Deep Dive: Who Is Prepared for the Next Epidemic?
Although infectious disease outbreaks, from influenza to Ebola, surface with alarming frequency, more than 80% of the world has not yet developed an adequate response plan. Does your nation have one in place? Resolve to Save Lives has launched a new website that assigns an epidemic preparedness score to 180 countries, giving journalists, advocates and citizens the tools they need to drive change. Former CDC director Tom Frieden introduces the site, then will be joined by three of the world’s leading experts on global health security to discuss the state of the planet’s preparedness for the next disease epidemic.
Friday June 22
3 - 3:20 PM
Cutting-Edge Technology Takes Aim at Gun Violence
Gun violence in the US is a public health epidemic. With partisan battles currently making state and federal legislative solutions elusive, private sector trendsetters are quietly exploring other avenues of opportunity. The Smart Tech Challenges Foundation funds research to advance biometric identification and other security technologies that allow only authorized users to fire their guns. But Colt Manufacturing discovered the technical and political obstacles to smart guns the hard way when it tried to develop a digital lock. Shot Spotter uses acoustic-sensing technology to detect gunshots across a community and alert local law enforcement to their location. Leaders from all three organizations talk about their approaches, and how they can hit the public health target of reducing gun violence? 
Friday, June 22
6 - 7 PM

Undaunted: Stories from the Front Line
Sometimes, a single data point can arouse new insights, inspire a novel problem-solving approach, encourage a career shift, or even change a life. In an hour of fast-paced, sensory-rich storytelling, ten trailblazing development leaders from the global South share frontline stories about a piece of data that altered their journeys toward global health — and explain why their learnings should matter to all of us. (Underwritten by Johnson & Johnson)
Saturday, June 23
9:10 AM - 10 AM
A Conversation with Surgeon, Author, and Researcher Atul Gawande
In a wide-ranging interview with PBS anchor Judy Woodruff, best-selling author Atul Gawande explores some of the most pressing issues in health and medicine today. Informed by his experiences as a practicing physician and a lucid staff writer for The New Yorker, Gawande brings a deeply humanist perspective to topics such as making surgery safer across the globe, how health systems can innovate, and what really matters as death approaches.
Saturday, June 23
12 - 12:50 pm
A Conversation with Todd Stern, the Paris Climate Accord's Lead US Negotiator
As US special envoy for climate change in the Obama administration, Todd Stern helped cobble together a consensus among almost 200 countries to hold themselves accountable for reducing global warming. Stern describes the landmark Paris Agreement as “finding the sweet spot between what was possible and what was necessary.” He’ll talk about how the negotiations unfolded, what the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the agreement will mean, and why climate change must be contained.
Saturday, June 23
12 - 12:50 PM
Beyond Opioids: Shining Light on Less Visible Prescription Drug Epidemics
Opioids have attracted much of the public attention given to drug abuse in recent years, but they are far from the only pharmaceuticals that can be abused. Nora Volkow, whose research helped establish drug addiction as a disease of the brain, will talk about less-publicized prescription drug epidemics. Overdose deaths from benzodiazepines, used to treat anxiety and insomnia, have jumped sevenfold in a short few years. Prescriptions for amphetamines, commonly used for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, have skyrocketed. Volkow talks about how we got here and what can be done.
Saturday, June 23
4:10 - 5 PM
How Race and Place Influence Health
Racial segregation and uneven access to opportunity are powerful obstacles to upward mobility in the US, contributing significantly to health inequities, as well as to gaps in income, education, and employment. In 70 of the 100 largest US metropolitan areas, more than half the black or white residents would need to move in order to integrate the area, according to the Brookings Institution. Concentrated poverty spawns poor health not only in rural and urban black communities but also in the ethnic enclaves of Chinatown, on Native American lands, and in Hispanic barrios throughout the country. Why is the US still a separate and unequal land, and how can we eliminate health inequities?
Saturday June 23
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Legislators Who Built Obamacare Look Back and Ahead
The Affordable Care Act became law because five congressional leaders made it happen. These committee chairs — two from the US Senate, three from the House of Representatives — share the stage to talk about the passage, impact, and future of the ACA. As the law’s key architects, all five bring insider knowledge of the maneuvering, negotiation, and compromise that led to its passage in 2010. They also bring candor — four have already retired from Congress and the fifth will not run again when his term expires this year. The gathering marks the first time these players have come together at a public venue since the ACA was enacted.
Sunday, June 24
10:15 - 11:45 AM
Spotlight Health Closing Session 

A conversation with Ava DuVernay and Ai-jen Poo
(Moderator: Samhita Mukhopadhyay)

A conversation with Atul Gawande and Lucy Kalanithi

A conversation with Cory Booker
(Interviewer: Jeffrey Goldberg)
Aspen Ideas
Sunday, June 24
5 - 6:30 PM
Where Do Ideas Come From? Aspen Ideas Festival Opening Event
Monday, June 25
9:10 - 10:00 AM
Restoring the American Dream through Big Data
A defining feature of the American Dream is upward income mobility — the ideal that children will achieve a higher standard of living than their parents. Economist Raj Chetty’s research shows that children’s prospects of reaching that benchmark have fallen from 90 percent to 50 percent over the past half century. Chetty will discuss how big data can help us understand what has led to the erosion of the American Dream — and how local policymakers and civic leaders can use it to revive the Dream for future generations.

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Monday, June 25
12 - 12:50 PM
Is Health Care a Human Right?
Do we have a right to health care? The United States remains the only developed country in the world unable to come to agreement on the answer. While many feel that the US government crossed a line with the Affordable Care Act’s mandate, others hope the program will expand. But do we even maintain consensus on the status of rights such as security, water, and shelter — and to what extent should government prioritize these protections? In this conversation, surgeon and best-selling author Atul Gawande shares the human side of this political impasse and explores how the American experience with health care affects our views of our country, our government, and one another.

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Monday, June 25
1:20 - 2:50 PM
Deep Dive: #MeToo  The Movement
Hear the story of #MeToo from its founder, leaders, and chroniclers. Join Tarana Burke, founder of the original Me Too campaign, peoples’ champions Ai-jen Poo and Senator Sara Gelser, and Pew Research Center’s Kim Parker for an in-depth look on the formation of the movement, its socially transformative battle, and what the numbers say about how society is changing.

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Tuesday, June 26
1:20 - 2:50 PM
Deep Dive: Lessons from Natural Disasters
Last year, the US was besieged by catastrophic natural disasters that included three major hurricanes as well as wildfires, flooding, and mudslides. More than 47 million people were affected, and the damage is estimated at $300 billion. How can we use the disasters as opportunities to rethink how we rebuild, and what is the private sector’s role in recovery — and in mitigating future disasters? Join Governor Ricardo Rossello and leaders from organizations involved in Puerto Rico’s recovery to hear first-hand what’s happening on the ground as the island rebuilds.

Wednesday, June 27
11:40 - 12:30 PM
Democracy Dies inn Darkness: An Interview with The Washington Post's Martin Baron
Marty Baron has a larger-than-life reputation among journalists, who revere him one of the best editors in a generation. Multiple Pulitzer Prizes — and Oscar-winning narratives — only punctuate his passion for excellence in reporting. Since joining The Washington Post as executive editor in 2013, Baron has pursued the kind of investigative journalism for which the paper is famous: all things Washington politics, of course, but also issues that matter to citizens in communities across the country. We’ll ask him how the 21st century newsroom keeps up with the pace set by social media, and how investigative journalists can compete with a sound-bite culture. And, these days, how do his reporters and editors grapple with constant pressures of “fake news” criticism?

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Wednesday, June 27
3 - 5 PM
Afternoon of Conversation
For our annual signature event in the Benedict Music Tent, the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival hosts former secretary of state John Kerry in a candid conversation about geopolitics with Andrea Mitchell. Immediately afterward, in collaboration with Theatre Aspen, Ideas Festival presents a live performance by Broadway actors followed by panel discussions examining the historical and social impact that iconic works of theater and the musical stage have had in accentuating critical social issues. Discussions are moderated by Washington Post columnist Peter Marks and include Katie Couric, David Brooks, Maria Hinojosa, Jonathan Capehart, Jelani Cobb, Jose Antonio Vargas, Alisa Solomon, and Nadine Strossen.

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Saturday, June 30
9:10 - 10 AM
In Conversation with James Comey

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Saturday, June 30
2 - 3 PM
Closing Session: LET'S DO SOMETHING! Conversationns with Remarkable Change Makers

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