Video and Audio
Select video and audio from Spotlight Health and the Aspen Ideas Festival. All video and audio is from 2017.
New legislation in front of Congress would make it legal to carry a concealed, loaded firearm from any state into any other, regardless of local laws governing concealed carry or gun ownership. But are all states the same when it comes to gun dangers? New York City has achieved an unprecedented drop in murder and other violent crimes, widely seen as because of its strong gun laws, making it the safest big city in America. Would a national concealed carry law reverse this trend?
Spend an hour with two of America’s best teachers, exploring the ups and downs of their experiences on the front lines of American education. What brought them to the classroom—and why did they stay? What do they wish parents and policymakers understood better about the life of a teacher? What’s changed the most about their jobs in the last few years? How do they focus on students' social and emotional development needs?
Work, play, privacy, communication, finance, war, and dating: algorithms and the machines that run them have upended them all. Will artificial intelligence become as ubiquitous as electricity? Is there any industry AI won't touch? Will AI tend to steal jobs and exacerbate income inequalities, or create new jobs and amplify human abilities at work -- or, both? How can the global population adjust to the changes ushered in by artificial intelligence and its capabilities?
Many American Muslims — especially those who have worked in government or in other ways to counter radicalism and terrorism — feel caught in the middle: Much of American society questions their patriotism, while their own communities question their loyalty. How do they balance their interests as both Muslims and Americans?
The health care industry is one of the largest employers in the United States, and the need for skilled health workers has grown to crisis proportions as the population ages and lives longer. How can we provide career ladders for lower-level workers, such as home health care aides, and create decent jobs with benefits and growth potential? Hear from experts who are reimagining health care jobs and piloting new ways to value workers and provide the highest quality care.
The world of health care, and how to deliver it, is a constant topic for headlines. Beyond congressional wrangling over the next iterations of public policy, however, what prescriptions might we look at to offer higher-quality, patient-focused, and lower-cost care? What are the transformative ideas that will improve health outcomes for all?
Big philanthropy can contribute to a democratic society by addressing problems that neither government nor the private sector will take on. Yet philanthropic institutions and foundations are institutional oddities within a democracy: exercises of power by the wealthy with little accountability, donor-directed preferences in perpetuity, and generous tax subsidies. What, if anything, confers democratic legitimacy on foundations? Might foundations be a threat to democratic governance?
Atlantic Media owner David Bradley offers a personal story of what he knows now, at 64, that he didn’t know in his youth about coping with setback and disappointment. In small part a personal narrative, though much more the uncommon story of an American journalist held hostage by al Qaeda for 660 days — the talk focuses on the inescapability of personal setback and known frames for getting through the worst.
Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson, coauthors of the 2014 best-seller The Second Machine Age, will preview their new book at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Machine, Platform, Crowd brings together economics, computer science, and several other fields to present a practical, action-oriented guide to the changes and disruptions brought by the amazing technological progress of today and tomorrow.
Job loss from automation is not inevitable. It is a choice. The fundamental technology design pattern is that economic activity increases and jobs grow when you use technology to do more, rather than just to cut costs. What is the nature of the “more” we should be doing? What are the policies that might encourage it? What is the future shape of the economy that we already see emerging and that we ought to be supporting if we want a better, more human-centered economy? Underwritten by EY
Social capital “is the network and scaffolding, seen and unseen, that allows determined individuals to succeed,” writes the Aspen Institute’s Raj Vinnakota. “It eases barriers to entry and provides tremendous leverage and ‘insider status’ for those who have it.” And for those who do not? They are increasingly shut off from opportunity and likely to have dramatically worse health outcomes. Today, the gap between those with and without social capital is perhaps the largest in history.
Billions of people around the world do not have access to inexpensive and reliable energy that is critical for economic growth. At the same time, the world’s current energy choices lead to pollution that is shortening lives and causing climate change. Finding a way to balance the need for energy with its environmental consequences defines the global energy and climate challenge, perhaps the greatest challenge the world faces today.
What makes two people click? What does it really mean to say, “we have chemistry”? The Atlantic's Olga Khazan talks to biological anthropologist Helen Fisher about the four styles of thought and behavior that Fisher has identified through brain scans (using fMRI) that help explain the biological underpinnings of romantic love, love addiction, adultery, and divorce.
When is the truth the truth, a lie a lie, and what constitutes mere BS in an era that many refer to as “post-truth”?
Americans speak with many voices, and nobody hears more of those voices than the people they elect to represent them and to fulfill the various tasks of governing.
America has always meant business. We’re a nation of self-starters, strivers, and entrepreneurs — with the courage to take big risks and the confidence to determine our own destiny. Entrepreneurs are seen as the beating heart of our economy, generating the jobs, wealth, and innovation that keep the American Dream alive. But what are the conditions that small businesses need now to succeed? What kinds of talents must entrepreneurs possess to forward their businesses?
Wonder what you ever did before Hamilton came along? So do we! Join us for a lively and informal behind-the-scenes look at all things "A.Ham" with the show’s producer and the host of the Hamilton fan podcast The Room Where It’s Happening. We’ll explore how it came to be, what the creation process was like, challenges the producers faced, and whether the team that made it happen is surprised by its impact on our culture.
We need an unprecedented nature of innovation if we are to address the challenges of our time. Traditional innovation methodologies such as human-centered design are excellent for designing products and services, but how do we address complex, scaled, and critical challenges that are systemic in nature? Professor Banny Banerjee will speak about the mindsets, processes, and skill sets that comprise systems leadership—the type of leadership that is urgently needed at all levels.
Social entrepreneurs Anne Kelly of Ceres and Rebecca Onie of Health Leads discuss how they’ve made unlikely allies in unlikely places, despite working on hot-button issues in a difficult political climate. By meeting people, practitioners, policymakers, and leaders where they are, Ceres and Health Leads have made considerable progress on two of the most urgent and universal issues of our time: climate and clean energy, and making meeting social needs a standard practice of health care.
Just because robots can do jobs that humans otherwise do, does that mean that they should? This question becomes especially difficult when we task a robot with applying lethal force. At an alarming rate, militaries from around the globe are employing AI to optimize operations and build weapons systems (i.e. robots) to take on more and more roles and tasks previously undertaken by human warfighters. But we should first ask: What does it mean to give a robot the power and authority to kill?