AIF Blog - U.S.A.

August 18, 2017
Author David Brooks speaks with Reverend Adam Hamilton at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.What role does faith play in bringing people together? Reverend Adam Hamilton pastors the largest United Methodist church in America. Within his Kansas congregation, he observes deep divisions that reflect the larger disunity in our nation. These divisions, he thinks, are tearing at our social fabric. His plan: to get people...
August 16, 2017
 Haris Tarin, Wajahat Ali, Steve Clemons, and Parisa Zagat speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2017. Hate groups in America are proliferating, and they're using social media to spread their messages and ideologies. On Saturday, hundreds of white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia to march in protest of the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. How has technology fueled the white supremacist...
August 15, 2017
New York Times op-ed contributor Wajahat Ali speaks on a panel about hate at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Hate groups are growing and the number of hate-fueled incidents is spiking in America. The latest incident was in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists violently clashed with anti-fascist groups and other protesters. In the first month after Donald Trump won the presidency, the Southern Poverty Law...
August 11, 2017
Jackie Judd, Yasmin Hurd, Nora Volkow, Vivek Murthy, and Perri Peltz speak onstage at Spotlight Health, the opening segment of the Aspen Ideas Festival.It’s been called the most perilous drug crisis ever and it was generated in the healthcare system. The epicenter of the opioid crisis is the United States, where overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999. President Trump has pledged to step up law enforcement...
August 09, 2017
As Aspen Ideas Festival attendees, you engaged in deep and inquisitive discussions on meaningful topics. Back in June, you connected with leaders from around the globe. You laughed. You cried. Maybe you even enjoyed a hotdog under the azure Aspen sky. Now what? How can you continue the energy of Aspen Ideas outside of Aspen? What is something tangible you can do to influence positive change in your own community? We...
August 08, 2017
Pete Williams, justice correspondent for NBC News, speaks with John Kelly at the Aspen Security Forum in July. At the time, Kelly was Homeland Security Secretary. Now he's serving as White House Chief of Staff.In this episode, you’ll hear from the nation’s new White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly. Kelly spoke in July at the Aspen Security Forum. At the time, his job was Homeland Security Secretary...
August 04, 2017
Fareed Zakaria, a journalist for CNN, speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The confluence of globalization and the information revolution has primed the United States, and the world, for a resurgence of populism. Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” explains how the populist ideology helped President Trump win the White House. Trump’s message of cultural anxiety connected with...
July 28, 2017
John Brennan, James Clapper, and Wolf Blitzer speak at the Aspen Security Forum in July 2017.What are the most pressing external and internal threats to the United States? Two former US Intelligence officials discuss Syria, Russia, ISIS, and President Trump’s embattled relationship with the Intelligence community. John Brennan, former CIA Director, and James Clapper, former US Director of Intelligence, sit...
July 25, 2017
Tom Price, US Health and Human Services Secretary, speaks at the closing session of Spotlight Health 2017, in late June.After many setbacks, a possible vote to overhaul of the Affordable Care Act is back on the table. President Trump is urging Senators to pass a bill that repeals and replaces the ACA. In today’s show, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price talks about the efforts in Washington, and what...
July 20, 2017
Amy Walter, national editor of The Cook Political Report, interviews Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Democrats face an uphill battle: Republicans control the House, Senate, and the White House. Democrats hold the lowest number of state legislative seats since the turn of the 20th century. And, the number of governors who are Democrats is at its lowest level since the 1920s. In this episode,...

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