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October 17, 2017
David Rubenstein speaks with Aspen Institute CEO and author Walter Isaacson at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Biographer Walter Isaacson says Leonardo da Vinci, the subject of his latest book, was much more than a famous artist. Sure, da Vinci is best known for the two most famous paintings in history: the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. But, Isaacson says, da Vinci also thought of himself as a scientist and engineer...
October 12, 2017
  Co-authors of the book "The Runaway Species," David Eagleman and Anthony Brandt speak at Aspen Ideas. Why don’t cows choreograph dances? Why don’t squirrels design elevators? And, why don’t alligators invent speedboats to catch their prey? What makes humans so special? “The answer has a little bit to do with opposable thumbs,” says neuroscientist David Eagleman, “but it has a lot more to do with what’s going on in...
October 10, 2017
Hanna Rosin speaks with Esther Perel at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Couples therapist Esther Perel says relationships are crumbling under modern expectations. "We are asking one person to give us what once an entire village used to provide," she says. Are these heightened expectations combined with our pursuit of happiness to blame for infidelity? In Perel's latest book The State of...
October 03, 2017
 Steve Clemons speaks with Jeffrey Sachs at Spotlight Health in June.  In a recent column, world-renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs wrote, “the White House is in turmoil; Congress is paralyzed; and the world is looking on in astonishment and dread.” Sachs, who has advised former UN secretaries general and Senator Bernie Sanders, says he’s distressed about the political and social...
September 28, 2017
 Governor John Hickenlooper speaks with Aspen Institute Executive Vice President Elliot Gerson at the Maroon Bells during the Aspen Ideas Festival.  Back in June, the Trump administration announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a global effort to combat climate change. Since then, US governors have stepped in and shown their commitment to securing a clean energy future. Colorado Governor...
September 26, 2017
 Tim O'Reilly speaks with Charles Duhigg at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. An increasing number of jobs are being performed by intelligent machines rather than humans, so what does that mean for our economic future? More than one-third of US jobs could be automated by the early 2030s, according to the Los Angeles Times. Rather than fear this changing landscape, Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of...
September 19, 2017
Jon Solomon of the Aspen Institute speaks with writer Karen Crouse at the Project Play Summit in September.The tiny town of Norwich, Vermont, has likely produced more Olympians per capita than anywhere else in the United States. Over the past thirty years, the town of 3,000 has sent an athlete to almost every Winter Olympics. New York Times sports writer Karen Crouse traveled to Norwich to discover the town’s...
September 12, 2017
Monica Lozano, Maria Hinojosa, Henry Cisneros, and Janet Marguía speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.As Latino Americans emerge as the majority minority and the new mainstream, representing 18 percent of the US population, questions are emerging about how Latinos fit into the national narrative. Latinos are revitalizing rural communities, starting businesses, and entering the workforce and educational system...
September 05, 2017
Former US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz speaks with Susan Tierney at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.What are the consequences of the United States backing out of the Paris Climate Agreement? In June, the Trump administration announced the move. In this episode, former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says exiting the Agreement is bad for science-based decision making, national and energy security, and innovation....
August 29, 2017
Jeffrey Goldberg and Kurt AndersenHas the great American experiment in liberty gone off the rails? Kurt Andersen’s latest book, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, a 500 Year History, is a provocative chronicle of magical thinking and make-believe. It provides a new paradigm for understanding the post-factual present, where reality and illusion are dangerously blurred. He and journalist Jeffrey Goldberg...

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