Full Speed Ahead!

It's our 14th year of programming the Festival, and we're excited to bring remarkable experts and deep thinkers to our stage once again. The speakers and conversations change every year, but our goal stays the same — to continue to highlight what's important now and what will have far-reaching consequences in the future. "As we develop the Festival, I learn something new, and sometimes utterly inspiring, every day." Read more of Festival Director Kitty Boone’s behind the scenes blog.


Podcast: The Perils of Over-Parenting
By trying to provide a perfect childhood, parents may be making it harder for their kids to grow up. Hear from psychologists Polly Young-Eisendrath and Madeline Levine, and psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb on how our preoccupation with choice, self-esteem, and happiness may be yielding a generation marked by entitlement, narcissism, and an inability to face adult challenges. The conversation is led by Katie Couric. Listen on Apple Podcasts, our website, NPR One, Spotify, and SiriusXM Insight, channel 121.
Spotlight Health: Healthy Communities
A physician homebuilder is waging war against the nursing home industry. Dr. Bill Thomas is hoping his fleet of small, senior-friendly houses (don’t dare call them “tiny houses,” he says) will allow people to grow old on their own turf and terms (STAT News). Thomas will speak in our Healthy Communities program track at Spotlight Health. Ahead of the track, we’re also reading The Surprising Secrets to Living Longer — And Better and Less cramming. More Frisbee. At Yale, students learn how to live the good life.