Select videos from the 2016 Spotlight Health (June 23 - 26) and the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival (June 26 - July 2).


Faced with the upcoming general election, the United States has many hard choices ahead. Everything—from the country’s place in the world to the social contract between citizens, government, and the private sector—seems to be knotted in hard, uncompromising debates.

Randi Weingarten, David Gergen, Mickey Edwards, Steve Clemons, Mitch Landrieu, Michael Steele

The average annual cost of cancer drugs in the US now exceeds $100,000 and the price of more than 200 generic drugs doubled from 2013 to 2014. That puts them far out of reach for countess ailing people, including many with decent insurance.

Kirsten Axelsen, Geoffrey Chaiken, Ken Davis, Ezekiel Emanuel, Lisa Gill, Kiah Williams, Alan Weil

In the United States today, nearly half of all children are born into families with low incomes. Bold leadership and unique solutions are required to not simply address this growing challenge, but to tap the inherent strengths of children and their parents in struggling communities. This conversation will focus on strategies that work, from early childhood to employment and family empowerment.

Anne Mosle, Roxane White, Vivian Nixon

In this season of campus activism around race, inclusion, speech, and privilege, how can US colleges best cultivate—and reimagine—civic leadership? And in an age that rewards "gold stars" and visible achievement, how can universities best cultivate character and an ethic of intrinsic purpose among leaders?

Eric Liu, Jonathan Holloway

Meet and talk with two women helping to lead the charge and empower parents, schools, and communities against gun violence — often without even using the word “gun.”

Nicole Hockley, Maria Cuomo Cole, Perri Peltz

To maintain and build a competitive edge, some argue that the rules of capitalism need to change: we should embrace a long term view of growth that rewards capital investment, R&D, and the stakeholders well beyond traditional shareholders. Should “corporate value” be redefined?

David Rubenstein, Larry Fink, Paul Singer, Kelly Evans

In Conversation with Christine Lagarde
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Interviewer: Jane Harman

In Conversation with Susan E. Rice
Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, White House; US Permanent Representative, United Nations
Interviewer David G. Bradley

Big Ideas:
Priyamvada Natarajan
Alec Ross
Chellie Pingree
Jose Vargas
Rouba Mhaissen
Cory Booker

Walter Isaacson, David G. Bradley, Susan E. Rice, Christine Lagarde, Jane Harman, Cory Booker

Policy makers and economists have much to say about invigorating the country’s economic prospects and productivity. What might leaders of the US business community advise, were they to write a memo to the next president?

David Rubenstein, Horacio Rozanski, Henry Cisneros, Rosalind Brewer, Gillian Tett

Sustainability is the green buzzword of the decade, especially in the context of feeding a growing population while preserving the environment for the next generations. Unfortunately, the debate over how to address the global food challenge has set conventional agriculture and global commerce against local food systems and organic farms. This panel will explore what it means to produce food sustainably and the reality of scaling these practices to feed a hungry planet.

Stephen Jones, Ricardo Salvador, Urvashi Rangan, Jason Smith

Technology is transforming how we provide medical care, improve diagnostics, share information, and extend the reach of public health. From disposable syringes that deliver a calibrated dose of medicine before self-destructing to 3-D printers that recreate the facial structures of combat-injured veterans, seemingly intractable problems are being met with cutting-edge solutions.

Stephen Boppart, Francis Cuss, Theresa Dankovich, Daniel Fletcher, Marc Koska, John Lichtenberger, Vic Strecher, Julie McPherson

Given that women live five-plus years longer than men, what would happen if we acknowledge that the retirement savings crisis is a women’s crisis? Applying this lens, potential solutions move from growth-sapping tax increases and entitlement cuts to closing the gender pay gap and keeping women in the workforce longer. Shoring up these divides is part of the national dialogue.

Sallie Krawcheck, Pamela Reeves

What if the next great idea for transforming the lives of homeless people, restoring neighborhood economies, or moving people into middle-wage jobs, could be prototyped, tested, deployed, and funded like a Silicon Valley start-up? Simply put, that is the promise of urban innovation in America. This promise is only partially realized, however, because urban innovators struggle to get early-stage investment capital.

Jennifer Bradley, Gayle Jennings-O'Byrne

With the end of polio realistically on the horizon, it’s not naive to ask what other “finish lines” might we dare to reach in the next few decades? Global health and development often feels like a game of two steps forward, three steps back – but on the ground there is real progress.

Garba Abdul, Sam Agbo, Ify Aniebo, Chrystelle Wedi, John Cary, Sue Desmond-Hellmann, Renzo Guinto, Stephen Kennedy, Folake Kio-Olayinka, Vivian Maduekeh, Thumbi Mwangi, Sitawa Wafula

The spread of free enterprise has created a more dynamic, efficient, and competitive global economy, while the marvels of American technology and innovation have ushered in an age of unprecedented possibility.

Mark Warner, Mark Weinberger, Mitch Daniels, Zoë Baird, Nikhil Deogun

What do today's Republicans believe America's role in the world should be? The GOP's presumptive nominee for president, Donald Trump, has some very different ideas than the Republican foreign policy establishment about the global alliance system, free trade, and the current nuclear order.

Tom Cotton, Jeffrey Goldberg

The cost of college is indisputably high. But running a college, especially one deeply engaged in research, is also extraordinarily complex. Are our public institutions at risk? Johns Hopkins president Ron Daniels will argue that the marked decline in state funding of colleges and universities alongside state regulatory and governance constraints are exposing a major vulnerability to the enterprise of higher ed. What should be done?

Ronald Daniels, David Leonhardt

Dr. J. Craig Venter, one of the pioneers in human genome sequencing, talks about coming opportunities to use genomics, advanced technology and machine learning to custom-tailor individual care and fundamentally alter the practice of medicine.

J. Craig Venter, Jonathan LaPook

Recent scientific research has shown that the human brain develops almost from conception to perform basic biological and cognitive functions, process emotions and memories, think and learn, and understand signals from the surrounding world. On the journey from fetus to young adult, the structures of the brain are altered by experience, attachments, trauma, and learning.

Harold Koplewicz, Amir Levine, Catherine Limperopoulos, Patti Miller, Bob Roth, Richard Besser

As the historic presidency of Barack Obama comes to a close, we consider how the future will view his leadership. Will economic recovery and health care victories at home be overshadowed by what many see as his failure to intervene meaningfully in conflicts abroad? Critics on the left wish the president had gone further to address climate change, immigration reform, and racial inequality, while critics on the right can’t find much of anything they’ll miss.

Susan Page, Evan Thomas, Michael Eric Dyson, Richard Haass, Renée Montagne

The 3rd annual Spotlight Health is a deep-dive into issues around health, and it’s a momentous time for health. It’s becoming easier to alter human genes, and the Zika epidemic continues to impact an increasing number of people. What’s being done to detect and respond to outbreaks like Zika? Are we combining science with values, and technology with humanity? How is planetary health impacting human health?