Select videos from the 2016 Spotlight Health (June 23 - 26) and the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival (June 26 - July 2).
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?
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.
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.
The crises continue to mount: Euroskepticism; crippling debt and high unemployment, ascendant nationalism and failures in integration, and homegrown terrorism—all compounded by the largest human migration on the continent since World War II. Headlines that sounded Europe’s dissolution just a few years ago seem only slightly hyperbolic today, on the heels of the Brexit referendum. What lies ahead for the European project? Can a united, “borderless” European Union survive?
Five million of 29 million households with school-age children don't have the Internet at home. Lacking highspeed access takes its toll on children and teens by making it unduly difficult to complete school assignments that are heavily dependent on Internet access—creating a homework gap that’s keenly felt by low income families. How can the public and private sectors work together to close the gap? How far will the FCC’s new Lifeline fund, which includes a broadband subsidy, go?
As the US continues to grapple with issues of race, history is proving to be an invaluable tool to underscore and discuss uncomfortable truths still governing the difficult dynamics of race in America. How can history help us face and overcome such uncomfortable truths? How can history help slay our ignorance?
Making sure that everyone has access to safe, affordable, and healthy food, is a complex task. Consider the complicated production and distribution systems, both large and small, that need to balance environmental and labor concerns, with sometimes competing business priorities. Moving away from a system that incentivizes cheap, processed junk requires not only policy solutions, but creativity from both the private sector and the individual consumer.
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.
Three survivors of the war in Syria share their personal stories of strength and determination under the most difficult of circumstances. The Syrian conflict has raged for five years, and killed half a million people. 11 million refugees have either fled to other countries, or are displaced within Syria. Syrian violinist Mariela Shaker says she “ran under bombs and mortars” to send applications to music programs at colleges in the United States.
The world doesn’t lack for creative ideas—it lacks people to champion them. Once you have an idea, how do you communicate it? Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor and a New York Times bestselling author of Originals, will share insights on how to speak up without getting silenced, and how to find allies in unexpected places.
The historic candidacy of Hillary Clinton meets a Supreme Court vacancy and a presumptive Republican nominee with overwhelming unfavorables amongst women—suddenly feminism is front and center this election season. Be it wage inequality, women’s health, or paid family leave, many issues important to women at both ends of the economic divide are hotly contested this election. Meanwhile, bathroom wars rage as the fight for transgender rights goes mainstream.
China’s economy is slowing and the world has no choice but to pay attention. And in Beijing, Xi Jinping’s administration pursues policies increasingly divergent from democratic ideals. These developments are philosophically challenging, especially as they concern the world’s largest population and second-largest economy. And yet they also pose threats to multilateral cooperation on issues such as counterterrorism, climate change, pandemics, and nuclear proliferation.