Video and Audio

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


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?

Nate Bowling, Leticia Ingram, Ross Wiener

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?

Andrew Ng, Jason Pontin

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?

Haris Tarin, Rabia Chaudry

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.

Ai-jen Poo, Manmeet Kaur, Jonathan LaPook

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

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?

Rob Reich

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.

David G. Bradley, Theo Padnos, Andrea Mitchell

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.

Andrew McAfee, Erik Brynjolfsson

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

Tim O'Reilly, Charles Duhigg

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.

Michael Dorsey, Jenara Nerenberg, Casper ter Kuile, Nidhi Berry, Angel Kyodo Williams

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.

Michael Greenstone