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November 06, 2012
Is voting an outright expression of personal values? As Americans head to the polls today, our latest episode of The Aspen Institute Presents explores our beliefs.What do we really mean when we talk about values? Do we agree on what it means to have a good character? How is our integrity as a society impacted by the free market?In this episode, Michael Sandel asks, "Do we want a society where everything is for sale...
November 01, 2012
Passes for the upcoming Aspen Ideas Festival are on sale now. The Festival will take place June 26 – July 2.Spanning topics from the economy to television to the outer reaches of space (and many more), the Festival gathers some of the most interesting thinkers and leaders from around the United States and abroad to discuss their work, the issues that inspire them, and their ideas.As with every year, we will begin to...
October 30, 2012
Tonight’s episode of The Aspen Institute Presents explores the global challenges of population growth. As we approach 9 billion people, we will need more food produced in the next 40 years than we have produced in the past 8,000. With nearly 900 million people in the world currently lacking adequate access to clean water, water scarcity is an escalating concern and will likely become the next flashpoint for conflict...
October 23, 2012
On the heels of the presidential debate, which at least in part focused on foreign policy, the discussions in tonight’s episode of The Aspen Institute Presents are both timely and pressing.The show opens with Jane Harman, Craig Nixon, Michael O'Hanlon, James Steinberg, Dina Temple-Raston discussing America’s future military role in the world. There are enormous challenges including climate change, education, economy...
October 16, 2012
As the United States prepares for the general election, the next episode of The Aspen Institute Presents asks if our democracy is still working? Framed over 200 years ago, should our democracy be open to correction – particularly in the presence of crippling political divisions? Is our Constitution serving us in the 21st century?Beyond our shores, is democracy around the world becoming inevitable? What are the...
October 08, 2012
The economy is on everyone’s mind. And that’s why it is the focus of tonight’s episode of The Aspen Institute Presents: Economy Solutions to Crisis.The show opens with David Rubenstein and Mortimer Zuckerman discussing whether or not our recession is actually a modern-day depression. What are the four key post-recession issues that we absolutely have to fix?Tonight's episode also includes Howard Shultz talking about...
October 02, 2012
Episode 3, America 2012: A Country Divided, airs tonight on WORLD, 8PM est. The Aspen Institute Presents: America 2012: A Divided Country.Disparate views shared the stage at Aspen Ideas for civil conversation on health care policy, voter fraud, and political media coverage.Scroll down to see the incredible lineup of policy makers, advisors, scholars, politicians, journalists, and other leaders who joined the various...
September 25, 2012
Tonight on The Aspen Ideas Presents: The Transformative Power of Technology. Educators, policy-makers, and young inventers look at technology’s innovative side. From its role in affecting education reform to mapping our cities to revolutionizing everyday lifestyle, the show — presented in conjunction with “American Graduate” — will explore what’s happening and what’s to come. (Follow on Twitter with #amgrad.)Key...
September 17, 2012
 The Aspen Institute Presents series premiere opens with Anne-Marie Slaughter sitting down with Katie Couric. The two women, both hugely successful within their fields, discuss Slaughter’s extremely popular, and wildly controversial, essay in The Atlantic, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” (We covered the session here on the blog – scroll down to check out all of the news coverage that spawned out of Slaughter’s...
September 13, 2012
Just prior to the National Football League season kick off last weekend, the NFL pledged $30 million to the National Institutes of Health to support research on brain injuries and other serious medical conditions prominent in athletes. (Read various news reports.)New York Times Op-Ed contributor Kevin Cook asserts that while Americans are ready for football, the human brain isn't. His piece, Dying to Play, cites...

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