Caitlyn Jenner, Buzz Bissinger, Anna Deavere Smith to Close Spotlight Health

Spotlight Health News: Retired Olympic athlete and human rights advocate Caitlyn Jenner will join journalist Buzz Bissinger on stage for the closing session of Spotlight Health on June 26. The two will reunite in Aspen a year after a groundbreaking interview, in which Jenner talked openly with Bissinger about transitioning to a transgender woman. The interview was published in Vanity Fair. “The uncomfortableness of being me never leaves all day long,” Jenner told Bissinger. “I’m not doing this to be interesting. I’m doing this to live.”

The closing session will also feature US Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell in conversation with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg; and actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith with The Pipeline Project. It’s a stage production challenging audiences to think about how a lack of opportunity and resources for youth often lead them into the criminal justice system. The closing session will be the last event in the third annual Spotlight Health, the three-day opening segment of the Aspen Ideas Festival focused on cutting-edge health issues.

A limited number of passes are still available for Spotlight Health.

 

Michelle Obama on Sports

First Lady Michelle Obama says it’s a problem that play, nutrition, and physical activity aren’t available to every child. With the cost of sports participation around $2,200 each year per child, these opportunities are increasingly only available to wealthier families. What can be done to ensure every child is physically active? This episode features a discussion between Obama, her brother and ESPN analyst Craig Robinson, and Michael Wilbon, also of ESPN. Never miss an episode by Subscribing on iTunes or other podcasting services.