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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...
September 06, 2012
(Bill Clinton speaking at the 2011 Aspen Ideas Festival) During his DNC speech this week, Bill Clinton gave a detailed defense of the Affordable Care Act's cuts to Medicaid and contrasted Obama's plan with Romney-Ryan's plan. (Read Washington Post's analysis about Clinton's defense.)During Aspen Ideas, several panels discussed the ACA as well as the Supreme Court's decision to uphold it. Here, economist Tyler Cowen...
August 24, 2012
Don't miss out on this great collaboration that took place at the Festival! This weekend, a special BBC World Service's "The Forum" will air. Bridget Kendall is joined by director of the celebrated MIT media lab Joi Ito, who thinks the internet enables a type of openness which is shaping approaches in education. Leading advocate for the American video game industry, Mike Gallagher, argues we can achieve...
August 16, 2012
There was a great deal of discussion about the Presidential Race at Aspen Ideas. Here's an excerpt from a talk with E.J. Dionne, Jr., The Atlantic's Molly Ball interviewed Dionne.Ball "What kind of Republican do you think Mitt Romney is?"Dionne "I don't think we really know the answer to that question.  The one thing you might be able to say is he does seem to respond to the political forces he's dealing with and...
July 26, 2012
Experts gathered at Aspen Ideas to debate whether or not the natural gas boom is doing more harm than good with its practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.In favor of fracking, Joe Nocera says natural gas is a tremendous gift that we should take advantage of.Joe Nocera of NY Times: Fracking Is a Tremendous Gift from on FORA.tvDeborah Goldberg contends that we are operating without the science to back it up...
July 17, 2012
Just weeks after her appearance at Aspen Ideas, Google executive Marissa Mayer left the search giant to take the helm at Yahoo. As AIF speaker Andrew Ross Sorkin reported yesterday in The New York Times, Mayer’s new post is considered a coup for Yahoo, a company that has struggled to keep pace with competitors in Silicon Valley.While at Aspen Ideas, Mayer reflected on the dearth of women in the computer technology...

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