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March 28, 2017
Dan Gilbert, psychology professor at Harvard, discusses the future and happiness at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Renowned Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert describes the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that cause each of us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions. Vividly bringing to life the latest scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and...
March 21, 2017
Alec Ross, author of "The Industries of the Future," speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.If the 20 years from 1995 to 2015 were shaped in significant measure by digitization and the rise of the internet, what’s next? What will define the next decade? Drawing from his highly-praised New York Times best-seller The Industries of the Future, Alec Ross provides a view into the forces that will carve...
March 14, 2017
Einstein biographer and Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Albert Einstein was no Einstein when he was a kid. He was slow to talk and was even dubbed “the dopey one.” But, Einstein said, slow development gave him time to wonder about things most people don’t spend time on and as a result, his imagination flourished. In this rebroadcast, Aspen Institute...
March 07, 2017
Mitch Landrieu, Randi Weingarten, and David Gergen speak at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2016.Everything—from the country’s place in the world to the social contract between citizens, government, and the private sector—seems to be knotted in hard, uncompromising debates. In this episode, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele, American...
February 28, 2017
Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass speaks with Walter Isaacson at the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series at the Aspen Institute. (credit Ian Wagreich Photography)Chaos in the Middle East, instability in Europe, and a reckless North Korea are signals that the world is increasingly defined by disorder. Author and Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass says the world needs an updated...
February 21, 2017
Helen Fisher, chief scientific advisor for Match.com, speaks at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Thanks to technology, we are more connected than ever—digitally. But at what cost? How have technologies, like online dating sites and apps like Tinder, changed attitudes and behaviors? How do we choose a partner and stay interested when we have an almost infinite world of choices at our fingertips? Will marriage become a...
February 16, 2017
 David Rubenstein, National Constitution Center Trustee and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, gives a history lesson on the drafting of the Bill of Rights at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Congress ratified the Bill of Rights 225 years ago, on December 15, 1791. The document was a last-minute recommendation at the Constitutional Convention four years earlier. David Rubenstein, trustee at the National Constitution Center, says...
February 14, 2017
Joi Ito, author of "Whiplash" and director of the MIT Media Lab, sits down with Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson.The world is more complex and volatile today than at any other time in modern history. In order to successfully navigate a rapidly changing world, author and MIT Media Lab Director, Joichi “Joi” Ito says you must be alert and nimble. In his book Whiplash: How to Survive Our...
February 07, 2017
Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust speaks with Bryan Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of "Just Mercy", at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2016.As the US continues to grapple with issues of race, history is proving to be an invaluable tool to underscore and discuss uncomfortable truths still governing the dynamics of race. How can history help us face and overcome troubling...
February 03, 2017
 Lina Sergie Attar spoke about her childhood in the United States and Syria during a 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival session called Art and Immigration — Culture and Dividing Lines. When Lina Sergie Attar was 12 years old, her family moved to Syria from upstate New York. “I left my sheltered, happy American life to find a new home among family where our roots go back centuries,” she says. Her rich family history didn’t...

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