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Our Most Popular Podcasts of 2017

Dec 21, 2017
Jeffrey Sachs, a world-renowned professor of economics, is featured in one of our most popular podcast episodes. He spoke at Spotlight Health in 2017.
Podcast listeners in 2017 heard about technology, politics, loneliness, and creativity in our Aspen Ideas to Go podcast. The weekly show features onstage discussions from Aspen Institute events, including the Aspen Ideas Festival. Sit back, and enjoy our most popular conversations and, if you haven’t already, subscribe to Aspen Ideas to Go on Apple Podcasts. You can also find the show on SiriusXM’s Insight channel (ch. 121), NPR One, or your favorite podcast player. Happy listening!
      1.   How to Survive Our Faster Future
The world is more complex and volatile today than at any other time in modern history. In order to successfully navigate a rapidly changing world, author and MIT Media Lab Director, Joichi “Joi” Ito says you must be alert and nimble. Listen on Apple Podcasts.
      2.   Jeffrey Sachs on Why We’re Living in a Dangerous Time
World-renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs is distressed about the political and social atmosphere of the United States. With advances in technology, he says we can choose to do the ultimate good or create unimaginable disaster. Listen on Apple Podcasts.
       3. The Imagination of Walter Leonardo da Vinci with Walter Isaacson
Walter Isaacson is fascinated by innovators — the kinds of geniuses whose ideas have transformed industry, science, and society. Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Benjamin Franklin grabbed his attention in ways that allow us, as readers, to discover the depth and breadth of their brilliant thinking. Now comes Leonardo da Vinci. Listen on Apple Podcasts.
       4. Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide
In our politically charged climate, it’s not uncommon to hear about impeachment. Harvard Law professor Cass Sunstein offers a nonpartisan, historical guide — with some reverence — and even awe, for our constitutional order, and for the power it gives We the People. Listen on Apple Podcasts.
       5. The Three Lives of James Madison
Madison's legacy matters today more than ever. As founding genius he made the Constitution to avoid faction. Then he discovered the real world required parties — so he founded one and became a partisan. Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman discusses his new biography The Three Lives of James Madison. Listen on Apple Podcasts.
        6. Being Muslim and American in 2017
Muslim Americans — especially those who work in government or in other ways to counter radicalism and terrorism — feel caught in the middle. Much of American society questions their patriotism, while their own communities question their loyalty. Listen on Apple Podcasts.
          7. The Epidemic of Loneliness
Across the industrialized world, millions of people live with sparse human contact, putting their well-being at risk. Does social media drive loneliness, or help to cure it? How does loneliness alter the brain, and how can we treat this condition? Listen on Apple Podcasts.
        8. The Future of News: Is There a War on Truth?
Is the internet loosening our collective grasp on the truth? Pioneers of digital news once argued that new online sources would bring us new perspectives about the world. They did not anticipate the internet would destroy traditional media gatekeepers. Joshua Johnson, Susan Page, Campbell Brown, and David Leonhardt sort fact from fiction. Listen on Apple Podcasts.
        9. WTF (What’s the Future)?
The “next economy,” or digital revolution, is restructuring every business, job, and sector of society. Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, says we should be harnessing technology, rather than fearing it, to grow jobs and increase economic activity. He speaks with author Charles Duhigg. Listen on Apple Podcasts.
          10. Richard Haass on a World in Disarray
Chaos in the Middle East, instability in Europe, and a reckless North Korea are signals that the world is increasingly defined by disorder. Author and Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass says the world needs an updated global operating system. Listen on Apple Podcasts.