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Select video and audio from Spotlight Health and the Aspen Ideas Festival. All video and audio is from 2017.
Some suggest we are well into a fourth industrial revolution — a time of significant and fundamental shifts in the ways we create, manufacture, and consume goods and services. Serious questions abound regarding the degree to which artificial intelligence, automation, and online economies will level considerable and long-term dislocations to the global economy. Given the pace of technological adoption and change, are these shifts a threat to employment in the short term?
Activist Dolores Huerta, recipient of the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of the nonprofit media and culture organization Define American and this country’s most famous undocumented immigrant, have both dedicated their life work to the causes of human rights, citizenship, and equality.
Since 2009, the US unemployment rate has fallen from 10 percent to 4¼ percent, underpinned by steady job gains. Yet despite this employment strength, growth in output and wages has been disappointing. Many other countries have seen even worse economic performance. Are there policy changes that could help kick-start higher growth?
US Senator Mitch McConnell has just announced that he will bring health reform legislation to the Senate floor for a vote next week. What is actually proposed in this bill, which is designed to replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and has been crafted largely out of public view? And what does it mean for health care?
For 60 years, the US government has been laying secret doomsday plans to save itself in the event of nuclear war — even while the rest of us die. Today, a third generation of doomsday planners are settling into life inside a network of bunkers that are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ready to house top government officials in the event of catastrophe.
This is not a moment to take democracy for granted. The 2016 emergence of Donald Trump and his populist counterparts in Europe didn’t signal the start of something new. Rather, they announced a long simmering, troubling trend away from liberal democracy in the United States and elsewhere. How did we get here? How are Western values shifting? What might the future hold?
Almost every kind of diversity is celebrated at American universities these days, but viewpoint diversity is increasingly suppressed. At Yale, Berkeley, Middlebury, Evergreen, and other schools across the country, students have disrupted or shut down guest speakers and called for faculty resignations, while “safe spaces,” free speech zones, and bias response teams have proliferated.
Health investors may be venture capitalists, willing to take big risks for the possibility of big returns; foundations that use program-related investments to generate a return on capital while supporting their charitable interests; or social entrepreneurs, who hope to do well by doing good. The health investment space is huge — a Google search for the phrase “investing in health care” turns up almost half-a-million responses — but it is also uncertain.
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?
During this factious time in history, the founder of StoryCorps shares what he’s learned from the 400,000 participants in the StoryCorps archive — the largest collection of human voices ever gathered. He'll play memorable stories, answer questions, and talk about how the lessons learned from StoryCorps might help us begin listening across divides. Join us for an hour of wisdom and hope that reminds us of who we are at our very best.
Today’s structural problems — globalization, displacement, automation — are compounded by social strains — extremism, protectionism, disinformation. New leaders must defend ethics, prove that change and consensus is possible, and pioneer more equitable futures. Meet individuals who have brought their skills and spirit to bear on critical problems that others have failed to solve, or even attempt. How can you bring transparency to a corrupt media and government?
Every day, 91 Americans die following an opioid overdose. The misuse of opioids such as prescription pain relievers, heroin, and fentanyl is a national crisis, with a profound impact on social and economic well-being and on the public health. Although effective treatments for opioid addiction do exist, they are sorely underutilized.
We often take biology for granted, rarely recognizing the incredible technological feats of an organism as it grows, heals, and self-assembles—sustainably. As our ability to read, write, and design DNA grows, this power of biology is enabling amazing new biotechnologies to impact numerous industries, from everyday products brewed by designed microbes to programmable materials and living medicines.
Bob Chapman, the CEO of $3 billion global firm Barry-Wehmiller who was recently named the No. 3 CEO in the world in Inc. magazine’s article “They Lead in a Totally Unique Way,” will share his transformation from manager to leader and his realization that business could be the most powerful force for good in the world.
What are the factors that will affect economic growth? A distinguished panel of investors and business leaders are joined by a top observer of economic issues to share perspectives. What kinds of policies — planned or hoped for — will boost our economy and keep it steady?
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) is actively working with Republicans to foster innovation and competitiveness. He is eager to enjoin Capitol Hill in policies to grow manufacturing jobs, and to equip workers with the skills they need to fill them. The senator, just recognized by the Bipartisan Policy Center for his commitment to working across the aisle, has become a strong voice for job creation and the innovation economy.
New genetic technologies have the potential to cure disease, alleviate hunger, and lead a clean energy revolution. But with these powerful new possibilities come with a range of consequences and ethical questions. Such questions might in theory be addressed in interdisciplinary, transparent settings.
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.
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?