Five Talks that Give You a Break from the News

Kate Darling, a researcher at MIT Media Lab, speaks at Aspen Ideas 2017.
Many of the discussions at the Aspen Ideas Festival followed the news of the day. But sometimes we need a break from the headlines. These talks will challenge your mind and entertain.
  • Why do people feel emotional connections to lifelike machines? Kate Darling, a research specialist at MIT Media Lab, explores emotional responses humans have towards robots. Watch the excerpt.
  • Can a resurrected woolly mammoth, a species long-extinct, help us preserve living animals? Jacquelyn Gill, a climate change researcher, talks about using the gene-editing technology CRISPR to create a mammoth-elephant species. Watch the excerpt.
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s boundless curiosity renders him perhaps the greatest creative genius of all time. Walter Isaacson explains what we can learn from one of the greatest painters. Watch the excerpt.
  • What do millennials want in a job? Turns out, their goals align with older age groups. Wharton School professor Adam Grant shares what keeps people at their jobs. Watch the excerpt.
  • As a hip-hop musical about America’s founding fathers with a virtually all minority cast, Hamilton sent a direct political message. Hear from the musical’s award-winning producer, Jeffrey Seller. Watch the session.


Tom Price on Health Care Policy

Health care dominated headlines this week as Republican lawmakers attempted unsuccessfully to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. Our latest Aspen Ideas to Go episode features Tom Price, US Health and Human Services Secretary, talking about the repeal and replace efforts. In a conversation with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, Price discusses Trump’s leadership style, the opioid crisis, and more. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, listen on SiriusXM's Insight channel, or find us on NPR One.


Washington Ideas Forum

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