Deep Dive: Rural Realities— A Closer Look at the Issues and Opportunities Outside America’s Urban Cores

Especially since the 2016 election, the term “rural America” is tossed around casually and constantly in our national political and economic dialogues. But those conversations are often one-dimensional, overly general, or worse, miss the mark completely. What is mainstream coverage overlooking? What is it getting wrong? What matters most to people in America’s rural areas? What kinds of holistic, local, and sustainable economic opportunities exist, and how can they best be realized? Why should what happens in rural America matter deeply to even the most dedicated urbanite?

Festival: 2017

Watch and Listen: U.S.A.

In recent years, the tone of American political dialogue seems to have taken a turn. Is it really worse now than ever?... See more
Frenchmen Bernard Henri-L‚vy and Paul Holdengr„ber, two astute observers, discuss American democracy and culture.  See more
A look at the correlation between cultural involvement — especially literary reading — and a strong democracy.... See more
Pollster Douglas E. Schoen presents the results of an original Aspen Ideas Festival poll of the American public. See more
The World's biggest companies operate across borders, commanding not just great economic power but also, many argue,... See more
Throughout the industrialized World - and nowhere more than in the United States - governments, corporations, and... See more

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