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


Regardless the outcome of the 2016 election, a Trump or Clinton victory will transform the future of the Constitution, from affirmative action to campaign finance to voting rights and more.

Nina Totenberg, Jeffrey Rosen, Neal Katyal, Geoffrey Stone, Nancy Gertner, Lawrence Lessig, Amy Klobuchar

There’s Santa Claus, Shakespeare, Mickey Mouse, the Bible, and then there’s…. Star Wars. In his fun but especially erudite exploration, renowned Harvard Law professor Cass R. Sunstein explores the lessons of Star Wars as they relate to childhood, fathers, the Dark Side, rebellion, and redemption, and how they apply—believe it or not—to constitutional law, economics, and political uprisings. (Book signing to follow.)

Cass Sunstein

Roughly one in four students choose business as their undergraduate major in the US, making business the most popular academic pursuit. While business majors excel in the post-graduation job market, some studies suggest humanities majors actually fare better over the course of their careers. How do we retain the liberal arts in the face of demand for business credentials? How are today’s students thinking about their current academic choices and future professional roles?

Judith Samuelson

As Michael Eric Dyson notes in the introduction to his 2016 book, “[President] Obama provoked great hope and fear about what a black presidency might mean to our democracy. White and black folk, and brown and beige ones, too have had their views of race and politics turned topsy-turvy.” Join Dyson and The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart for a look at how the politics of race have shaped Obama’s identity and groundbreaking presidency.

Michael Eric Dyson, Jonathan Capehart

Crime is down in the United States, but incarceration has mushroomed. Some might argue this is proof of successful crime fighting. But more and more leaders and observers think the opposite: that these contrasting trends represent a critical disconnect and the failure of our justice system. Why has crime trended downwards, and what have we learned about the most effective strategies to prevent it? Why are so many people in prison? Who are they, and what landed them there?

Ron Huberman, Marc Levin, Roberto Villaseñor, Glenn Loury, Maria Hinojosa

Today more than 200 known types of cancers exist, many more than when President Nixon declared a war on cancer in 1971. In January 2016, President Obama announced a new effort in cancer: Cancer Moonshot. The initiative is led by Vice President Joe Biden and is intended to broaden the number of therapies available to patients, and find ways to prevent and detect cancer at an early stage.

Joseph Biden, Walter Isaacson

In an age of cyber warfare, where weapons are simply Internet-connected devices, are we prepared to face the evolving threat posed by state and non-state actors who would do us harm? As a recent attack in Ukraine has shown, hackers can and will cripple critical infrastructure by accessing control systems inside utilities. And we’ve seen time and again what happens when intruders gain access to critical networks, personal data, and intellectual property.

Tom Fanning, David Petraeus, Thad Allen, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Despite some frontline successes and territorial reclamations, the destruction of organizational assets, and the death of thousands of militants, the Islamic State’s ideology of jihad continues its spread from Baghdad to Brussels to Orlando. How can the United States and its allies fight an enemy that is as much idea as it is entity? What securities do ISIS provide recruits that civil societies are failing to?

Richard Stengel, Jessica Stern, Shadi Hamid, Elise Labott

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

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

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