Video and Audio

Select video and audio from Spotlight Health and the Aspen Ideas Festival. All video and audio is from 2017.


Simon Sinek believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.

Simon Sinek, Arthur Brooks

Bullets rang out on a Washington baseball field last week, injuring Congressman Steve Scalise and four others and resulting in the death of the shooter. For a moment, the nation stood united in shock. Could our shared sorrow inspire a consensus that gun violence should be tackled as a public health issue? Can we agree that -- when more than 100,000 people are shot every year in the United States, and almost 32,000 of them die -- we have an unruly epidemic on our hands?

Vivek Murthy, Judy Woodruff

From election meddling to new US sanctions to close calls between fighter planes over the Baltic Sea, the US-Russia relationship is as complicated as ever.

Julia Ioffe, Michael McFaul, Alexey Kovalev, Mark Warner, Galina Timchenko

Jeffrey Sachs, named by The Economist as one of the world’s “three most influential living economists” is the author of End of Poverty, Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, and The Age of Sustainable Development. Turning his bold and optimistic eye toward global health, he presents a compelling framework that integrates health with the environment, the economy, the alleviation of poverty, and social justice.

Steve Clemons, Jeffrey Sachs

The White House beat is always challenging, but being in the press corps during the first few months of the Trump administration has truly been a wild ride. From the administration’s daily antagonism toward the press to the physically threatening environment journalists are encountering at rallies and political events — and the simply furious pace of it all — learn how these top journos are doing their jobs in this time of extraordinary news. Underwritten by Nestlé Waters North America

Gillian Tett, Elisabeth Bumiller, John Dickerson, Anna Palmer, Molly Ball, Susan Page

The Afternoon of Conversation is the Aspen Ideas Festival's signature event and hosts an audience of 2,000 in the Benedict Music Tent. Big thinkers and doers will engage serious ideas about their work, our world, and the future. (Doors at 1:30 PM. All backpacks, purses, and bags will be subject to a bag check.)

Nkosi Nkululeko, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Esau Sinnok, Andrea Mitchell, Michael Che, Colin Jost, Chris Matthews, Jeffrey Goldberg, Charles "Lil Buck" Riley, Nancy Gibbs, Joanne Lipman, Katie Couric, Samantha Power, John Hickenlooper, John Dickerson, Mitch Landrieu, Annette Gordon-Reed, Jeff Immelt, Walter Isaacson, Gerard Baker, Nikhil Deogun, Elizabeth Alexander

We’ve been exploring the concept of climate change since 1988. Yet the problem continues to elude traditional solutions. Maybe the problem is it’s not a problem — it’s an emergent planetary force, and we have to build a new relationship to it. Science has made it clear that it’s a two-way relationship. What have we learned over the last 30 years, and what will the next 30 years bring?

Jacquelyn Gill, Andrew Revkin, Michael Greenstone, Varun Sivaram

The promise of a better life now rings hollow to millions who find that hard work offers them no guarantee of making it in America. Here, the McKinsey Global Institute unveils research that traces what’s happened to the manufacturing sector and to incomes in recent decades. Additional surveys cast a fresh spotlight on what business executives and the broader population believe about whether the United States can still manufacture and compete.

Thomas L. Friedman, James Manyika, Don Baer, Mark Warner, Tom Wilson, Zoë Baird

The high seas comprise more than 40 percent of the surface of our planet and 60 percent of the surface of the ocean, yet are largely ungoverned and unprotected. The team at the forefront of the efforts to create fully protected marine reserves – essentially bringing “America’s best idea” of national parks to the ocean, convene on our stage to outline their bold new idea to protect the world’s last great conservation frontier – the high seas – and adjacent areas around the world.

Sylvia Earle, David Shaw, Elliot Gerson, Esau Sinnok, Barbara Block

An interactive evening of presentations, small group discussions, performances, and opportunities to engage with other participants ages 14-21. Featuring Harold Green and others.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Manoush Zomorodi, Wajahat Ali, Jonathan Greenblatt, Pete Dominick, Jon Lovett, Liz Dozier

It is no surprise that trust in institutions, be they private, government, nonprofit, or media, has suffered huge declines globally and throughout the United States. According to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer, we are suffering a crisis of trust not seen in recent memory. How do we reverse the trends? What can leaders of institutions do to restore faith in institutions? One approach: Put people first.

Richard Edelman, Tom Wilson, David Leonhardt

Global health today is characterized by a mix of promising developments and troubling trends. Life expectancy is on the rise, and maternal and child mortality rates are falling. But millions lack basic nutrition, primary health care, and access to vaccinations; we are ill-prepared for the next global pandemic; tobacco use kills six million people annually; and noncommunicable diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, have emerged as leading killers.

Agnes Binagwaho, Steve Davis, Mark Smolinski, Olga Khazan, Michael Myers

Welcome from David G. Bradley and Walter Isaacson

A Conversation on the Future with Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots at X
Interviewer: Andrew Ross Sorkin

Brave Ideas:
Anita Allen, Senator Chris Coons, KC Hardin, Qutaiba Ildbi, Joshua Johnson, Yvonne Rolzhausen

Astro Teller, David G. Bradley, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Walter Isaacson, Anita Allen, Christopher Coons, KC Hardin, Qutaiba Idlbi, Joshua Johnson, Yvonne Rolzhausen

These journalists have made careers out of asking questions and listening to American voices. Especially over the past year, when we’ve so often been described as deeply and hopelessly divided, what have these keen observers gleaned from thousands of conversations and interactions with individuals around the country? Do they agree with this assessment? What do they find are the best ways to uncover authentic thoughts and feelings beneath oceans of superficial labels and assumptions?

Charles Sykes, Melissa Block, James Fallows, Joshua Johnson

This provocative discussion between a psychologist and a journalist brings together two perspectives on the nature of evil — one that relies on psychological research, the other on interviews with followers of one of the most violent groups on earth.

Graeme Wood, Paul Bloom

Our drive to create makes us unique among living things. What is special about the human brain that enables us to innovate? Why don’t cows choreograph dances? Why don’t alligators invent speedboats? Drawing on their upcoming book, The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World, neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt examine the evolutionary tweaks that gave rise to our species’ imaginative gifts.

David Eagleman, Anthony Brandt

The Second City and Caring Across Generations have joined forces to develop a unique training program that strengthens the skills of caregivers through improvisational techniques and practices. Discover how it will work in an evening that offers stories, insights, and interactive experiences that reveal the power of collaborative communication.

Kelly Leonard, Anne Libera, Ai-jen Poo, David Leonhardt, Elizabeth Lesser

Against a backdrop of rising populism, weakening of traditional political parties, and a rejection of establishment politics in the United States and Europe, how are the twin political earthquakes of Trump’s election and Brexit remaking the world?

Michael Dimock, Alexander Betts, Yascha Mounk, Richard Haass, Wendy Sherman, James Fallows

Walter Isaacson is fascinated by innovators — the kinds of geniuses whose ideas have transformed industry, science, and society. Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Benjamin Franklin each grabbed his attention in ways that allow us, as readers, to discover the depth and breadth of their brilliant thinking and creative sensibilities. Now comes Leonardo da Vinci, whose boundless curiosity renders him perhaps the greatest creative genius of all time. Isaacson explains what he can teach us?

David Rubenstein, Walter Isaacson

American women have lived their daily lives — before and after the epic election of 2016 and its accompanying drama — up against a set of structures, barriers, and mindsets that rarely make the headlines. What is it like to be a woman in America today? Which circumstances and experiences bind us together — and which ones tear us apart? Leaders share the experiences they live and the answers they have found that could help our divided nation.

Rabia Chaudry, Pamela Reeves, Sandra Phillips Rogers, Gillian Tett, Gillian White, Jean Case, Arati Prabhakar, Joanne Lipman