Select videos from the 2016 Spotlight Health (June 23 - 26) and the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival (June 26 - July 2).
Disaster in Syria and increasing instability in Iraq, Libya, and Yemen will continue to fuel a refugee crisis that is challenging the world, and in particular the European Union, whose future cohesion is anything but certain. Meanwhile, networked terrorists continue to wreak havoc around the globe, which by the way, is heating up. Cooling down? Oil prices and the Chinese economy, both to potentially destabilizing effect.
To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and his team study the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. We’ll debunk the most common nutrition myths and offer a science-backed blueprint for the average American to live another 12 quality years. What are the diet and lifestyle habits that keep people spry past age 100? What should you be eating to live a longer life?
Everyone has a sense that something fundamental has gone wrong with our democracy. Most who talk about it want to view that failure in partisan terms. In this talk, Lawrence Lessig identifies the failing as something beyond any partisan divide, and the remedy as something neither party is eager to push. We can’t ignore this problem anymore. Nor can we leave it to the politician
Genetically modified organism. Rarely have three words generated such passionate and polarized debate. GMO has become a cultural construct, a metaphor we use to argue about a set of ideas that don’t fit neatly into any clear category: consumer and worker health; corporate greed; biodiversity; the role of the Green Revolution; productive farming in the developing world; innovation vs. tradition; ethics.
The upcoming US presidential election is likely to have significant implications for health and health care. On the domestic front, the choice could influence efforts to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, reform Medicare, prepare for natural and manmade emergencies, and support cutting-edge research at the National Institutes of Health. Globally, funding for pandemic responses, HIV and malaria initiatives, and humanitarian aid are affected by presidential budget requests.
Food labeling covers a range of issues important to consumers from personal health and well-being to healthier production systems. Consumers and advocates have been pushing for an assortment of food labels: GMO, organic, worker justice, animal welfare, and nutrition facts, to name a few. Meaningful labels can allow consumers to vote with their dollars to support their values.
People are rightly concerned about the impact of Internet porn—on kids and teens, on young adults, on women, and on couples. How is it affecting our views of sex, gender, power, aggression, and bodies? While most parents don’t want their kids getting their sex ed from porn, how can parents prepare kids for the images they’ll see and the lessons they may learn? How can couples productively discuss one partner’s porn use if the other partner objects?
The mounting tension between privacy and security hit another inflection point when the FBI filed a suit against Apple earlier this year. Although the highest-profile case to date was dropped after the FBI was able to access the iPhone used by a San Bernardino shooter, the larger debate between technology firms and law enforcement authorities over data privacy and access remains.
Among the things that keep former CIA director and retired General David H. Petraeus up at night: the rise of ISIS, the rise of robots, and a country straying from its basic principles of inclusiveness. Join Petraeus and security expert Jane Harman, a former congresswoman who heads the Woodrow Wilson Center, for a wide-ranging conversation about the threats we face at home and abroad as we enter into the next era of American leadership.
Artificial limbs are familiar devices to replace body parts lost to injury or illness, but brain implants that can command those limbs to work represent a revolutionary advance. By creating a direct line of communication from the brain to the prosthetic device, neurally-controlled chips not only restore functionality, but also recreate the sensory experience of the lost limbs.
For more than a decade, Laura Bush has led efforts to protect the hard-earned rights of women in Afghanistan. The George W. Bush Institute recently released the book We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope, which highlights the stories of extraordinarily resilient women and their struggles, successes, and resolve in present-day Afghanistan.
Deep inequality and stagnant wages. An emerging electorate of color. White anxiety. Anti-establishment anger. Millennial distaste for the duopoly of party politics. What do you get when you combine these? The combustible 2016 presidential election. What does this election say about who we are? And what will it reveal about the future of American identity?
Join Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Kai Ryssdal, host of “Marketplace,” for a conversation about where health care goes from here. While the public debate is still to repeal or not to repeal, the fact is that the Affordable Care Act is part of the lives of millions of Americans, whose health care security depends on it.
While the public once considered the digital world merely a space for communication and information access, perhaps we should think of it as a landscape of its own: As we know at this point, the cyber world is defined by unique security threats, physical restraints, and power dynamics. Likewise, on the Internet, monitoring and mediating insecurities, threats, and attacks have proved a worthy challenge for governments around the world.
A discussion with Comcast Corporation Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts and NBC Olympic primetime host Bob Costas. The rapid advances in technology are changing how we interact with events that resonate across our culture. Not that long ago, we all watched the same thing at the same time. Now we watch not just on our TVs but on our phones and tablets or through apps. Or we consume content via Twitter, Buzzfeed, or Snapchat. What are the social and economic implications of these changes?
As mainstream attitudes about sex and relationships are seemingly more casual than ever, precise communication between individuals is increasingly paramount. What's the state of marriage? Of intimate relationships? We have freedom and yet we have discomfort. Both are happening at once. How did we get here? What has fueled this latest revolution in sexual mores? What are the consequences? And, have we gone too far?
David Skorton became the 13th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution on July 1, 2015. A board-certified cardiologist who previously served as president of Cornell University, Skorton entered the institution at a time of transition and renovation, with new museums like the National Museum of African American History and Culture slated to open soon and major overhauls on old favorites like the Castle and the National Air and Space Museum waiting on the near horizon.
A sea change is underway among many of today’s girls: they are developing faster and entering puberty earlier than ever before. Just a generation ago, fewer than 5 percent of girls started puberty before the age of eight; today that percentage has more than doubled.
Having served as advisor under four different Presidents, both Republican and Democrat, there are few more acquainted with the demands of the office than David Gergen. Join Gergen and NPR’s Renee Montagne to explore which leadership qualities the next president needs most in order to succeed. Which required skills and gifts are timeless and which unique to this moment? Is it toughness we need now, or the ability to build consensus? Is there a candidate who can do both?
Is America turning its back on the humanities? The evidence seems real when we see declining enrollments in the studies of arts, history, literature, language, and philosophy at colleges and universities across the country. Declining enrollments preface limited budgets for broad areas of inquiry as the promise of STEM curricula woos students to jobs and career paths. Is this a crisis in our culture? This conversation will explore the dilemma.