Popular Culture, Civil Liberties, and America

Norman Lear is the prolific television writer and producer of stories about diverse American life—among them “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,” and “Maude”—as well as a lifelong political and social activist. Khizr Khan is a Pakistani American lawyer, speaker at the 2016 Democratic Convention, and parent of US Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War. Born 28 years and 7,000 miles apart in Connecticut and Pakistan, today they are united as American citizens, friends, and agents of change. Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson joins them to discuss pressing questions of our time. What does it mean to be an American? How do our politics reflect and impact us? What role does news and entertainment media play in telling our stories? And can our collective culture change? Underwritten by Bank of America

Festival: 2017

Watch and Listen: U.S.A.

The #MeToo movement has forced America into a transparent conversation about sex and power. From clear cut cases of... See more
Since Syria and Nicaragua joined the Paris Accord last fall, the United States stands alone as the only country on the... See more
True, sustainable social change is difficult to achieve, and historically very few donors have been willing to make big... See more
Racial segregation and uneven access to opportunity are powerful obstacles to upward mobility in the US, contributing... See more
Institutions and communities across America are divided over politics, culture, identity, and the overall direction of... See more
The public’s opinion of institutions of higher learning is diminishing. Whether it is because of the high cost or... See more

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