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June 24, 2017
By Julie Beck, The AtlanticI am in the mountains and they are healing me. It is like the miracle pool at Lourdes except it’s not a miracle and we’re not at Lourdes. We’re at Maroon Bells, which depending on which website you ask, are the most photographed mountains in Aspen, in Colorado, or in North America. I photograph them some more, to help them hold onto their title.The mountains, and their attendant plant life...
June 23, 2017
 The Aspen Ideas to Go Podcast TAKEOVER is back for its second year! In the spirit of a diverse exchange of ideas, we’ve handed over the mic to a handful of Festival presenters to take over the show! During the week of the Aspen Ideas Festival—going on now through July 1st—six Takeover Hosts—Julie Rovner, Perri Peltz, Michele Norris, Joshua Johnson, Pete Dominick, and Susan Page...
June 23, 2017
David K. Gibson is here to guide readers through what it’s like at the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival and Spotlight Health.So the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act repeal bill Landed Thursday, on the first day of Spotlight Health. This is a bit like putting on a Star Trek fan convention, and having an ACTUAL KLINGON STARSHIP land in the convention center. Luckily, everyone’s already dressed for battle, and it...
June 23, 2017
Katie Hafner writes about health care, with a focus on the aging population, for the Science section of The New York Times. She will speak at the Caregiving track at Spotlight Health. Below, she describes her work reporting on aging populations.What got you interested in reporting on health care in older populations?  How did you get into this field?I started out as a general reporter. In 1983, I started writing...
June 23, 2017
Chris Coons is the junior US senator from Delaware. He'll be discussing investments in global health at Spotlight Health.At a time when our politics are marked by division and dysfunction, investments in global health and foreign assistance are two key policy areas that have long commanded bipartisan support and engagement in Congress. And for good reason: The small amount of taxpayer dollars (less than 1 percent of...
June 22, 2017
 For Spotlight Health and the Aspen Ideas Festival, we're streaming many sessions live. Please see our live video streaming schedule below. All times are MST.  Spotlight Health Thursday, June 225 - 6 PMSpotlight Health Opening and WelcomeJoin Walter Isaacson, Margaret Low, Peggy Clark, Katie Drasser, and Select Spotlight Health Presenters to kick off the Spotlight Health Festival.Watch the session Friday, June 239...
June 22, 2017
Kelly Leonard is the executive director of insights and applied improvisation at Second City Works. He will be speaking at the Caregiving track at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Below, he describes how lessons he learned as he was training in improv at Second City can help one navigate life's challenges. In mid-May, I found myself on stage at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City with my Second City colleague Kate...
June 22, 2017
Michael Dorsey is a co-founding Director of the Center for Environmental Health. He is a featured speaker at Spotlight Health.Why was the Center for Environmental Health founded? What is the CEH working on now?At the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) we work every day to protect your children and family from toxic chemicals that cause learning disabilities, cancer, and many other health problems. Over the last...
June 22, 2017
Ai-jen Poo is executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign. She has been organizing immigrant women workers for over two decades, forging pathways to sustainable, quality jobs for the caregiving workforce and working to ensure access to affordable care for the nation’s aging populations. She will be speaking in the Caregiving track at...
June 22, 2017
Jenara Nerenberg is a writer covering the innovations in the sciences and humanities that help carry humanity forward. Her work can be found online at Fast Company, New York Magazine, Susan Cain’s QuietRev, CNN, TIME, Travel & Leisure, NextBillion, BlackBook and the Greater Good Science Center. She is scheduled to speak at Spotlight Health on how social capital affects wellbeing. She agreed to answer our...

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