AIF Blog - U.S.A.

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...
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...

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