AIF Blog - U.S.A.

June 27, 2018
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams speaks with Alison Kodjak at Spotlight Health in June.As the nation’s top doctor, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams has pledged to lead with science and collaborate with local entities to tackle national health crises. In this episode, he speaks with NPR’s Alison Kodjak about children being separated from their parents at the southern US border, the opioid crisis, gun...
June 23, 2018
There is a crisis on the border. For some years, the nature of that crisis, its magnitude, and its causes were a matter of some debate. But with news reports last week of more than 2,000 children separated from their parents and housed in converted big-box stores, the situation became very quickly defined by heartbreaking images and audio of children in obvious distress. For pediatricians and mental health experts,...
June 20, 2018
What makes two people click? What does it really mean to say, “we have chemistry”? The Atlantic's Olga Khazan talks to biological anthropologist Helen Fisher about the four styles of thought and behavior that Fisher has identified through brain scans that help explain the biological underpinnings of romantic love, love addiction, adultery, and divorce. Based on data collected from 35,000 single...
June 20, 2018
Rye Barcott is co-founder and CEO of With Honor, a movement to elect a cross-partisan coalition of post-9/11 veterans who can help break down divisions and fix America’s broken politics. Barcott will speak as part of the Imperfect Union track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below he discusses a potential solution to the polarization of Washington politics.The current state of politics—polarized and marked by tribalism—...
June 14, 2018
 Anote Tong, former president of the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati, prepares to speak in Paris on the future of his nation and rising sea levels. He appears in filmmaker Matthieu Rytz's new film Anote's Ark, which will be shown at the Aspen Ideas Festival.The films screened at Aspen Ideas and Spotlight Health are open to the public. Public tickets for films go on sale 9am (MST) June 15. ...
June 14, 2018
Dambisa Moyo is a global economist and author who analyzes the macroeconomy and international affairs. She will speak as part of the Globalization Revisited track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below she discusses challenges to liberal democracies in the era of Trump and Brexit. Across the world, democracy is under siege.Political discourse tends to focus on the shortcomings of blatantly non-democratic countries such...
June 13, 2018
Chuck Rocha and Kamilah Prince speak at the Aspen Institute Symposium on the State of Race in America. It was held in Washington, DC in May.After President Donald Trump was elected in November 2016, the Brookings Institution went back and examined the minority and black vote. While racial minorities played a crucial role in President Barack Obama's presidential wins, turnout among this group plummeted in 2016....
June 05, 2018
 The 2018 Aspen Youth Forum will take place on Wednesday, June 27 from 4 - 8:30 pm at the Doerr-Hosier Center on the Aspen Meadows campus. It's open to young people ages 14 to 24. Register today! A Day to RememberLast June, the excitement was palpable at the Young Adult Forum (YAF) at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Young people leapt out of their seats and rushed onto a stage, joining environmental activist and hip-hop...
June 04, 2018
 Dan Buettner is the founder of Blue Zones LLC. He will speak as part of the Healthy Communities track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below he discusses the five places in the world — dubbed Blue Zones — where people live the longest, healthiest lives.  What are Blue Zones, and what should we know about these regions?Blue Zones areas are regions of the world where people live much longer than average. The first one is...
May 31, 2018
 Ash Bhat is a tech entrepreneur working on projects around social impact. In 2017, he co-launched RoBhat Labs, which focuses on tackling the spread of fake news and misinformation. He will speak in the Aspen Ideas Festival program track, Staying Human in a High-Tech World. You and your partner Rohan Phadte created a solution to catching bots on Twitter. Tell me about your efforts, and the motivation behind going...

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