Festival Updates

Dec 22, 2017
 Podcast listeners in 2017 heard about technology, politics, loneliness, and creativity in our Aspen Ideas to Go podcast. The weekly show curates onstage discussions for your listening enjoyment. Here’s a taste of top talks. Find the full list of ten on our website. Jeffrey Sachs on Why We’re Living in a Dangerous TimeWorld-renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs is distressed about the political and social atmosphere in America.Listen on Apple Podcasts and online The...
Dec 08, 2017
Amy Walter, David Brooks, Michael Gerson, and Peter Wehner talk about democratic virtues at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Beneath the tumble of day-to-day politics — the anger and crude attacks, the polarization and zero-sum thinking — vital democratic legacies in America are being squandered. How do we rebuild the moral and intellectual infrastructure of democracy and repair the ethical fabric of our humanity? David Brooks, author and New York Times columnist, put forth a set...
Nov 21, 2017
 David Isay at the Aspen Ideas Festival in the summer of 2017. David Isay, founder of the oral storytelling project StoryCorps, once said that in this moment where our country feels ripped down the middle, “there’s a way, I think, to have civil, thoughtful conversations.” Sometimes those discussions are most difficult with loved ones, many of whom we’ll be sitting next to at the Thanksgiving dinner table. So, along with the turkey, stuffing, and cranberries,...
Oct 27, 2017
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Nadine Burke Harris, Sarah Watamura, and Jacqueline Jodl at Spotlight Health.Thanks to advances in science, our understanding of the structure and function of the brain is quickly growing. Imaging technologies reveal how the brain develops and ages, why we need love, and what makes poverty so damaging. These discussions from Spotlight Health reveal the wonders of the mind. Watch and listen below.Applying Nueroscience to the Classroom What does neuroscience have to...
Oct 13, 2017
Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Media, speaks with author and New York Times columnist Charles Duhigg.Over one-third of US jobs could be automated by the early 2030s, according to the Los Angeles Times. Robots replacing humans at work is just one fear in our quickly-changing world. Technological advances are evident in the workplace, in health care, and really, everywhere we look. What’s the best strategy on adapting and thriving in this new age? Listen below to five podcasts about...
Sep 29, 2017
In this age of massive disruption, how do we prepare American workers to be successful? Whose responsibility is it — institutions, politicians, or companies — to guide the workers of tomorrow? Build American TalentLeaders in academia and industry weigh in how to shape tomorrow’s workforce to tackle a rapidly changing landscape, driven by shifting demographics and advances in technology. LISTEN Make Things the Millennial WayThere’s a political mandate to bring...
Sep 12, 2017
 Using Music to Slow Down & HealWhen he’s not leading the band on Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jon Batiste teaches kids with asthma and Attention Deficit Disorder how to use music therapy to regulate their pulse and breath. How does music therapy work? Join in as Batiste leads the Spotlight Health audience through a centering practice.  Podcast: CRISPR — A Crack in Creation CRISPR is the cheapest, simplest, and most effective way of manipulating DNA. It...
Aug 18, 2017
In an age defined by disruption and transformation, compromise and conflict, it's important to step back and reflect on the big questions that define us and our society. These talks will challenge your thinking. To Persuade Others Pay Attention to Their ValuesA pair of scientists discovered people tend to make arguments that appeal to the ethical code of their own side rather than the values of those they are trying to persuade. LISTENWhom Can We Trust?The media collapsed this year to...
Jul 31, 2017
 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...
Jul 12, 2017
 Aspen Ideas 2017 brought thoughtful discussion and unique perspectives to the questions and issues facing the world today. Thought leaders weighed in on health, politics, morality, technology, global affairs, and more. Sessions were recorded and can be found on our website. (More will be added over the coming weeks, so check back often). In addition, our speakers wrote dozens of guest blogs, covering online hate speech, robots and ethics, and a post-factual era in politics, to name a few...

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