AIF Blog - U.S.A.

February 13, 2019
Writers Wajahat Ali and Jelani Cobb talk about race, white nationalism, and President Trump at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.When Americans elected their first black president more than a decade ago, some questioned whether the country had transitioned into a post-racial era. But today race is a more prominent and intransigent problem than ever. As the US grapples with issues like identity politics, the Travel...
January 29, 2019
 Nadine Strossen, professor at New York Law School, talks about using free speech to combat hate speech at the Aspen Ideas Festival. She was interviewed by Conor Friedersdorf, founding editor of The Best of Journalism. Should rules govern demeaning, disparaging, and degrading speech directed at certain groups? How can we resist hate while protecting free speech? Nadine Strossen, longtime president of...
January 22, 2019
Linguists Deborah Tannen and John McWhorter talk about the evolution of the English language at Aspen Ideas.Young people tend to say “LOL” and “like” a lot. Business jargon — such as “What’s the ask?”— is surfacing in boardrooms. Is the English language deteriorating before our ears? Linguist and author John McWhorter pushes back, saying these modern terms are...
January 08, 2019
 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses her latest book with Kitty Boone, director of the Aspen Ideas Festival. What qualities make a good leader? Are leaders born with these attributes or can they be learned? In her seventh book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin writes about the lives of four presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D...
December 25, 2018
Reverend Adam Hamilton leads a Methodist church in Kansas City. He talks with journalist Joshua Johnson about mending divisions in his church, and around the country, in the Aspen Ideas to Go podcast.Can faith help unite us in divided times? How are religious leaders navigating divisions inside and outside their places of worship? Listen below to conversations that dive deeply into faith, leadership, and...
December 19, 2018
Gender studies professor Michael Kimmel and neuroscientist Lise Eliot discuss gender and science at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Why is it that we think boys are good at math and girls are more empathetic? Or that boys can’t focus in the classroom and girls are obsessed with relationships? These sometimes damaging gender stereotypes have become part of our culture, but are they backed up by science? Neuroscientist...
December 04, 2018
Atul Gawande, staff writer for The New Yorker, talks about bridging the gap between our aspiration for how we treat one another and the reality of it. He spoke in June at Spotlight Health.In our divisive times, writer, surgeon, and researcher Atul Gawande says it's especially important to remember this medical principle: all lives have equal worth. He told Lucy Kalanithi, professor of medicine, that when he was...
November 28, 2018
Rachel Botsman, an expert on technology and trust, talks about how our trust is changing in the digital age.Technology is changing who and how we trust. While our faith in institutions such as governments, media, and charities has hit an all-time low, many of us will rent a complete stranger’s home, exchange digital currencies, and trust bots. When we trust Airbnb more than our elected leaders, what does that mean...
November 20, 2018
Angela Duckworth, founder and CEO of Character Lab, talks about the importance of modeling character for children. She spoke with Jackie Bezos at Aspen Ideas.Why is it so hard to watch our children fail? Why might a highly structured life for a child be a bad thing? And how important is our behavior, as adults, in the development of a child? In this episode, psychologist Angela Duckworth explains how to raise a...
November 14, 2018
Jeff Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center, speaks with David Rubenstein, co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, about America's Founders.Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson. What were America’s Founders like as individuals? And what would they think of American democracy today? In this lighthearted conversation, National Constitution Center President Jeff Rosen...

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