AIF Blog - U.S.A.

October 31, 2018
Farhan Latif, president of the El-Hibri Foundation, speaks with former white supremacist Christian Picciolini at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue is the latest hate crime in an especially atrocious period. The number of hate crimes against religious minority communities has surged in recent years, and it’s likely driven, in part, by the country’s deep polarization....
October 26, 2018
 Tristan Harris, founder of the Center for Human Technology, talks about tech's threat to humanity at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter have been under fire for not doing enough to combat fake news and misinformation online. Tech entrepreneurs are stepping in and designing programs that keep untruths from going viral. At the same time, these platforms, and many others, are...
October 25, 2018
David Brooks, New York Times columnist and Aspen Institute executive director, talks about efforts to bridge the differences that are dividing Americans.The forces of division have been tearing America's social fabric for decades. Our country is now dealing with isolation, alienation, and tribalism. But a new coalition of community builders with a new set of beliefs is rising to turn things around. New York...
October 15, 2018
Rebecca Blumenstein is the highest-ranked female employee at The New York Times. In our podcast, she explains the biggest challenges facing the media today.Will 2018 be another 'year of the woman?' The phrase first emerged in 1992 when women increased their representation in Congress following the Anita Hill - Clarence Thomas hearings. This year, more women are running for office, speaking up about sexual...
October 10, 2018
University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer speaks with Dan Porterfield, president of the Aspen Institute, at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.In June, the University of Chicago announced it will become test-optional. It's the first elite school to do so. The move is part of a bigger effort to expand access to a broader talent pool of well-deserving applicants. But, will removing the requirement that...
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...
October 02, 2018
Rebecca Blumenstein, Mona Charen, Shannon Van Sant, Adrienne Green, Katie Couric, and Susan Page discuss women in the media and #MeToo at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 28. News reporters have covered the #MeToo movement since it gained ground one year ago. But journalists haven’t just written about the movement, some have experienced sexual harassment and violence themselves. In this episode, a group...
September 26, 2018
Larry Summers, former US treasury secretary, speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The economic recovery that America is experiencing is unusually long. We're in the ninth year of improved business activity following the Great Recession. The recovery's length is "very, very unusual in historical terms," says Gillian Tett, US managing editor of the Financial Times. On June 29th at the Aspen Ideas...
September 18, 2018
Writer Jose Antonio Vargas speaks with David Brooks, an executive director at the Aspen Institute, at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. Vargas has lived as an undocumented immigrant in America for more than two decades.When Jose Antonio Vargas took a job as a journalist at the Washington Post after college, he was nervous. He was just starting his career—but that wasn't the cause of his concern. He was...
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...

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