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September 30, 2016
Kristen Soltis Anderson, Stan Greenberg, and DeRay Mckesson discuss how the changing demographics in the United States are impacting the presidential election. They were on a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. Pollster and political strategist Stan Greenberg isn’t surprised about how the presidential election is shaking out. He predicts Donald Trump will lose and the outcome will be a close examination by...
September 27, 2016
Jeff Chang talks about his new book with Jonathan Capehart on September 19. The discussion was part of the Aspen Institute's Washington Ideas Roundtable Series. (Photo:  Steve Johnson) Author Jeff Chang says America has slid back toward segregation in our neighborhoods, schools, colleges and universities, and in our culture. In his new book We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation...
September 23, 2016
Adam Segal with the Council on Foreign Relations talks about internet control in China at Aspen Ideas 2016.Since President Xi Jinping took power in China, there’s been a notable change, according to a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Panelists see signs of government control, economic tensions, and military expansions. Adam Segal, director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign...
September 20, 2016
The average American spends a third of his or her life working. What is the secret to achieving happiness because of our work and not in spite of it? How can we make a job into a vocation? David Brooks and Arthur Brooks have both studied and written about these questions. They say, no matter what the job is, the answer is to find meaning. In this episode, the thought leaders discuss the elements of meaningful work,...
September 13, 2016
The civil war in Syria has raged for five years and killed half a million people. Eleven million refugees have either fled to other countries or are displaced within Syria. In this episode, three survivors share their personal stories of strength and determination under intense and difficult circumstances. Syrian violinist Mariela Shaker says she “ran under bombs and mortars” to send applications to...
September 08, 2016
It sounds counterintuitive, but according to Martin Eakes, co-founder and CEO of the Self-Help Credit Union, poor people are a better credit risk than rich people. Eakes spoke on a panel about “inclusive capitalism” at the Aspen Ideas Festival. A study from the Urban Institute shows women are better than men at paying their mortgages. And single women borrowers are more likely to own homes in low-income...
September 06, 2016
In a rare interview, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency weighs in on the global security scene and explains the current risks to the United States. John Brennan is interviewed by Dina Temple-Raston, counterterrorism correspondent for NPR, at the Aspen Security Forum. Even though the Islamic State, or ISIL, has lost territory in the Middle East, it continues to be a “global menace,” according...
August 30, 2016
Is America turning its back on the humanities? The declining enrollment in disciplines including history, literature, language, philosophy and the arts, at colleges and universities across the country, signals a significant cultural shift. In this episode, Leon Wieseltier, contributing editor for The Atlantic, and Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust unpack why the diminished appeal of the humanities has...
August 26, 2016
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, admits technology is replacing jobs that humans used to do, but ultimately he sees tech as a partner rather than a job-killer. ”I do want technology that is fundamentally going to bring out the best in us,” he says, “and give us the avenues to be more creative, and provide us with the impact that we all seek to have in the world.”Still, a recent product from Microsoft takes a...
August 23, 2016
High-profile episodes of violence have highlighted excessive force and mistreatment of people of color by police. And this summer, police have become targets of violence with attacks in cities like Dallas and Baton Rouge. This episode examines the way forward for law enforcement and the communities they are duty-bound to “serve and protect.” We hear from law enforcement officials, including Attorney...

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