AIF Blog - U.S.A.

December 12, 2017
Andrea Mitchell, Theo Padnos, and David Bradley speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival. American journalist Theo Padnos endured electrocution, beatings, and isolation while imprisoned in the Middle East. Long before his capture, he grew up in New England, went to school, and became fluent in French, German, Russian, and Arabic. In the Fall of 2012, he went to the Middle East to cover the rising chaos in Syria. After...
December 05, 2017
 Peter Feaver and Garrett Graff speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. With North Korea’s recent launch of a missile capable of striking anywhere in the US, the threat of nuclear war seems eerily real. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists reports the probability of global catastrophe is “very high.” They’ve set their infamous Doomsday Clock to two and a half minutes to midnight...
November 28, 2017
Mark Hoffman and Kevin O'Leary speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival. How do you successfully build a business? And is entreprenuership something that can be developed, or are you born with it? Kevin O'Leary is an incredibly successful entrepreneur and investor. He stars in ABC's Shark Tank and runs his own financial services company. Known as "Mr. Wonderful" on TV, O'Leary draws from his...
November 21, 2017
Joshua Johnson, Susan Page, and David Leonhardt at the Aspen Ideas Festival (not pictured: Campbell Brown). Last year, the number of Americans who trusted the media sunk to a new low, according to Gallup. Only 32 percent of respondents said they had a great deal or fair amount of trust in the mass media. Since then, the trust level has ticked up. Still, journalists say they're operating in a challenging...
November 15, 2017
 Josh Shapiro, Heather Gerken, and Elliot Gerson speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. What happens when the states and federal government don’t agree? Conflict between these institutions stretches back to disputes between Alexander Hamilton, a champion of federal authority, and Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who supported states’ rights. In a talk at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Heather Gerken, dean of the...
November 14, 2017
Katie Hafner, Carla Perissinotto, Dixon Chibanda, and Julianne Holt-Lunstad speak at Spotlight Health in June.Health care workers across the United States are growing increasingly concerned about loneliness and social isolation. More people are reporting that they're lonely, and scientists now know the regions of the brain that respond to loneliness. Loneliness can have serious effects. Older adults face a...
November 13, 2017
 Attendees gather for a discussion during the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. The 2018 Festival will be held June 21 - 30. Seismic Shifts, Our Imperfect Union, The Sexes and Our Planet, Our Health are some of the tracks we’ll explore at the 2018 Aspen Ideas and Spotlight Health. These topics reflect some of the most significant ideas and issues that touch all parts of society. Find a full list of the 2018 tracks here. ...
November 07, 2017
Haris Tarin, senior policy advisor at the Dept. of Homeland Security, speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. 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. The Department of Homeland Security’...
November 02, 2017
 Daniel Kraft and Deborah DiSanzo speak at Spotlight Health in June. Can artificial intelligence (AI) revolutionize medicine and ultimately replace doctors?  Now more than ever, doctors are relying heavily on machine-learning technologies like IBM Watson to mine repositories of health data, recognize trends, and respond with potential treatments. Deborah DiSanzo, global general manager for...
October 31, 2017
Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival. If James Madison, a founding father and America's fourth president, were to run for office today, he would struggle to get elected. Author of a new biography on Madison, Noah Feldman, says he was a deeply serious person who hated speaking in front of crowds and loathed asking people to vote for him. His skill of analyzing problems in a...

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