Video and Audio

Select video and audio from Spotlight Health and the Aspen Ideas Festival. All video and audio is from 2017.


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?

Paul Singer, Gillian Tett, Gary Pinkus, David L. Cohen

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.

Christopher Coons, Ron Brownstein

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.

Lee Rainie, Michael Specter, Kevin Esvelt, Christina Agapakis, Drew Endy, Alondra Nelson, Nita Farahany, Hank (Henry) Greely

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?

John Fernald, Austan Goolsbee, Andrew Ross Sorkin

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?

Julie Rovner, Joanne Kenen, Margot Sanger-Katz, Elliot Gerson

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.

Peter Feaver, Garrett Graff

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?

Edward Luce, Peter Wittig, Michael McFaul, Steve Clemons, Jane Harman

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.

John McWhorter, Nancy Gibbs, Frank Bruni

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.

Lanhee Chen, Anula Jayasuriya, Mark Smolinski, Carl Manlan, Judy Woodruff

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?

Ken Davis, Ezekiel Emanuel, Elliot Gerson

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.

David Isay, Elizabeth Alexander

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?

Nicola Galombik, KC Hardin, Dele Olojede, Perri Peltz