Video and Audio

Select video and audio from Spotlight Health and the Aspen Ideas Festival. All video and audio is from 2018.


Acoustics, intimacy, clarity: One could argue that how and where we listen to music is as important to the experience as the music itself. “The orchestra has to feel the audience, the audience has to feel the orchestra,” said architect Frank Gehry on his design of the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, which opened in 2017. “When they do that, the orchestra plays better, and the audience hears better.” What is it about design that brings music to life?

Frank Gehry, Michael Eisner

What divides us, and what do we share? When moments of mystic clarity come to us, what do they reveal? In this talk, art history professor and author Alexander Nemerov recounts a trip he took to Chico, California to visit the site where the Sherwood Forest scenes in the 1938 Hollywood movie The Adventures of Robin Hood were filmed.

Alexander Nemerov

The University of Chicago has just announced new funding to expand access to a broader talent pool of well-deserving applicants, ending requirements to send in scores for ACT and SAT tests. The College Board has revised the SAT to emphasize classroom study and offers free practice tests through top online-ed site Khan Academy, to give every student the opportunity to prepare well. How should universities and colleges measure merit and success?

Robert Zimmer, David Coleman, Dan Porterfield

No single technology on the horizon offers the promise — or the peril — of quantum computing. This long-imagined leap in computer power could radically transform everything from weather forecasting to cryptography, and, with its arrival, make every existing encryption tool instantly breakable. What’s the reality of this new idea, and just how close are we to achieving it?

Alexis Madrigal, Jason Matheny, Dario Gil

The grand European experiment of a shared currency, economy, and joint governance — a Nobel Peace Prize-worthy idea that has kept the continent at peace longer than ever before — today faces unprecedented tests, including Brexit, terrorism, a new anti establishment government in Italy, and rising nationalism fueled (at least in part) by a flood of immigrants from the Syrian war. How should the continent move forward — and has the idea of a united Europe outlived its usefulness?

Mircea Dan Geoana, Elliot Gerson, Kati Marton, Douglas Lute

Almost 40 years in the making, a chief White House domestic policy advisor presents an intimate firsthand account of an often unappreciated — yet accomplished and consequential — one-term president. With details pulled from notes of every meeting, conversation, and interview he attended, Eizenstat gives us a front row seat to the Carter White House, brought to life with personal profiles of the men and women who made history during the turbulence of the 1970s.

David Rubenstein, Stuart Eizenstat

More and more, the decisions that rule our lives are made by algorithms. From the news we see in our feeds, to whether or not we qualify for a mortgage, to the rates we pay for health insurance. And while there are demonstrable biases against marginalized communities caused by algorithms, some say the machines are innocent — they’re just doing math. But as more systems rely on big data and artificial intelligence, bias and discrimination is rampant.

Jason Pontin, Surya Mattu, Virginia Eubanks

Robert Runcie always hoped that the students of his district would have a chance to participate in the national conversation; he just couldn’t have imagined that it would be a horrific mass shooting — at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL — that would compel them to speak out.

Jonathan Capehart, Robert Runcie

Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson united in support of the US Constitution, but they had very different ideas about how to strike the balance between national power and states’ rights, and between direct democracy and checks on the tyranny of the majority. Join David Rubenstein and Jeffrey Rosen for a conversation about the constitutional battles of ideas that shaped America, and how the Founders would view American democracy today.

David Rubenstein, Jeff Rosen

Nearly 75 percent of us experience some significant adversity by the age of 20, but these experiences are often kept secret — as are our battles to overcome them. Clinical psychologist Meg Jay, author of Supernormal, tells the tale of everyday superheroes who have made a life out of dodging bullets and seeking justice, even as they hide among us as doctors, artists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, parents, teachers, activists, and more.

Meg Jay

To bring the 2018 Ideas Festival to an end, Dan Porterfield sits down with remarkable change makers to discuss what they are doing to change the world. Featuring a conversation with three Chicago teens and their work to end gun violence in their home city.

Michel Nischan, D'Angelo McDade, Trevon Bosley, Arieyanna Williams, Aria Finger, Dan Porterfield, Gaby Pacheco, Khalid Latif