AIF Blog

November 10, 2016
Tom Voss is national veteran liaison for Project Welcome Home Troops. He spoke alongside Jennifer Bloomer at Spotlight Health 2016.In 2004, Tom Voss deployed to Mosul, Iraq to help with Operation Iraqi Freedom. At 19, he was inspired to join the Army by his grandfather who served in WWII. His days in Iraq were filled with combat missions, security patrols, raids, and humanitarian relief operations. When the first...
November 08, 2016
Most people think that happiness has four sources: the sensory pleasures, material wealth, romantic relationships, and children. But recent research suggests that much of what people think about happiness is wrong. Daniel Gilbert, author of "Stumbling on Happiness," hosts this symposium in which experts discuss what science has discovered about each of these sources. The featured speakers are Paul Bloom,...
November 04, 2016
Thomas Friedman and Sydney Trattner at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June 2016.The massive refugee crisis in Europe isn’t only the product of the war in Syria. Climate change is forcing thousands to flee to countries like Germany and Italy. Migrants from hot and dry regions in Central and West Africa are making the perilous journey. Journalist and author Tom Friedman says just like Syrians, these Africans are...
November 01, 2016
When Amazon launched, it employed just ten people. Now it’s one of the largest retailers in the world. CEO Jeff Bezos describes what companies need in today’s fast-paced, high tech business environment. He explains how Alexa is different from Siri and why he decided to invest in the Washington Post and an aerospace company. AOL Cofounder Steve Case, Columbia Business School Dean Glenn Hubbard, and Aspen...
October 27, 2016
Molly Ball, Charlie Cook, and Amy Walter discuss election 2016 at the Aspen Institute on Wednesday.The countdown to Election Day is on, and political analysts are giving their predictions. In this bonus episode, Charlie Cook and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report weigh in on the outcome for the presidential race and contests in the US House and Senate. They spoke on Wednesday, October 26th as part of the Aspen...
October 25, 2016
Today, more than 200 known types of cancer exist, and it is the second leading cause of death in the US. In January 2016, President Obama announced a new effort to fight the disease: the Cancer Moonshot. Led by Vice President Joe Biden, the initiative is meant to accelerate research, broaden the number of therapies for patients, and find ways to prevent and detect cancer earlier. In this episode, Biden gets personal...
October 18, 2016
Jeff Immelt at the Washington Ideas Forum in late September 2016.The economy is a key issue for American voters. In July, more than 80 percent of registered voters polled by the Pew Research Center said the economy was the number one issue, right after terrorism. This episode examines the country's workforce and what's influencing job creation and job loss. Featured speakers include General Electric CEO Jeff...
October 14, 2016
Harvard Professor of Law and Leadership Lawrence Lessig at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2016.The frustrations feeding the populist movement in the United States are the fault of US citizens, says Lawrence Lessig, professor of law and leadership at Harvard. He says citizens have built an unresponsive and unrepresentative democracy. He told an audience at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June that “at its core, it comes not...
October 11, 2016
Gill Pratt in June at Aspen Ideas 2016.Once the realm of science fiction, smart machines are rapidly becoming part of our world—and these technologies offer amazing potential to improve the way we live. Imagine intelligent, autonomous vehicles that reduce crashes and robots that can help your aged grandma move around safely. In this episode, Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, talks with John...
October 04, 2016
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Stephen Carter, and Arthur Brooks at Aspen Ideas 2016.It’s difficult to ignore anger in the United States right now—talking heads battle on cable news, protesters get violent at campaign rallies, and families can’t talk politics around the dinner table. What’s fueling the anger? And how can it be managed? In this episode, panelists Mickey Edwards, Anne-Marie Slaughter,...

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