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November 09, 2017
 The 2017 Bezos Scholars pose for a picture in Aspen, Colorado, where the Aspen Ideas Festival is held. The Bezos Scholars Program is now accepting applications for its 2018 cohort. Eligible public high school juniors apply with the support of the school. Bezos Scholars participate in a powerful, year-long leadership development opportunity that includes an all-expenses paid trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival! Each...
November 07, 2017
Haris Tarin, senior policy advisor at the Dept. of Homeland Security, speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. Muslim Americans — especially those who work in government or in other ways to counter radicalism and terrorism — feel caught in the middle. Much of American society questions their patriotism, while their own communities question their loyalty. The Department of Homeland Security’...
November 02, 2017
 Daniel Kraft and Deborah DiSanzo speak at Spotlight Health in June. Can artificial intelligence (AI) revolutionize medicine and ultimately replace doctors?  Now more than ever, doctors are relying heavily on machine-learning technologies like IBM Watson to mine repositories of health data, recognize trends, and respond with potential treatments. Deborah DiSanzo, global general manager for...
October 31, 2017
Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival. If James Madison, a founding father and America's fourth president, were to run for office today, he would struggle to get elected. Author of a new biography on Madison, Noah Feldman, says he was a deeply serious person who hated speaking in front of crowds and loathed asking people to vote for him. His skill of analyzing problems in a...
October 24, 2017
Cass Sunstein speaks to attendees at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. If you Google "impeachment" today, the links and news stories that appear detail efforts and comments to impeach President Trump. California billionaire Tom Steyer is urging impeachment with a $10 million campaign. Local elected officials in San Francisco are supporting the idea. On Twitter, there's even a handle "Impeach...
October 19, 2017
 Walter Isaacson speaks with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at the Aspen Ideas Festival. How far have we come since Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963? What do the events in Charlottesville, Virginia tell us about race relations in America today?  Henry Louis Gates, Jr., director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, sat down with Aspen...
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 an op-ed column, world-renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs writes, “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...

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