Video and Audio
Select video and audio from Spotlight Health and the Aspen Ideas Festival. All video and audio is from 2018.
While the allegations of Russia’s 2016 election meddling have dominated US headlines, Vladimir Putin’s government is increasingly acting as an outlaw state across the international stage — undermining European democracies, launching devastating ransomware cyberattacks, harassing US diplomats, executing journalists and dissidents, harboring sophisticated cybercriminals, and testing Western alliances.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, some prominent Republicans — appalled by candidate Trump’s crude remarks, his chaotic campaign, and his ideological inconsistencies — proclaimed their opposition with the slogan “NeverTrump.” Fast forward to 2018: Trump and Trumpism are here to stay, and the NeverTrumpers and their supporters suddenly seem out of step with the fast-moving, rowdy populism of the Republican Party. They’ve been called delusional and in denial, but they haven’t backed down.
What is feminism, and is anyone doing it right? As the movement has gone mainstream and come under greater scrutiny, it seems any consensus on the meaning of “feminism” has been lost — but was there ever agreement on what it was? In this panel, a collection of leading thinkers will define feminism and attempt to answer what makes a good feminist in 2018. How can we get less angry (or should we be more angry)? How do we get more aligned (or was alignment ever part of the deal)?
Midterms are often seen as the first nationwide referendum on a first-term president. Donald Trump’s ratings have ranged from low to medium-low, but a “blue wave” of victories is far from guaranteed this fall. Where Democrats strive for inclusiveness with regard to race, gender, and immigration status, critics see “identity politics,” and successfully fending off that critique may determine the party’s fate across the country.
How friends talk to each other can either bring them closer or pull them apart. From chatting and teasing to confiding, arguing, and ghosting, what are the patterns of communication and miscommunication that affect friendships at different stages of our lives?
Coastal Louisiana is in crisis. Since the 1930s, the state has lost more than 2,000 square miles of land. Every 100 minutes, a football field of coastal land disappears into open water. That adds up to an area the size of Delaware being swallowed, in small and steady gulps, by the Gulf of Mexico. Can the state’s bold, $50 billion restoration plan save the residents, wildlife, industry, and billions of dollars in economic infrastructure?
2017 brought a sea change in gender equity and power. With the rise of the #MeToo movement, new opportunities and challenges have emerged to ensure all sectors — from corporations to government and beyond — are equipped to support women and girls at all levels. How can the momentum for women’s empowerment be harnessed for lasting, systemic change?
In aggregate, men in America are suffering. As many as ten million are missing from the workforce; jobs their fathers and grandfathers held have been automated and outsourced. Millions fewer boys are enrolling in college. Tens of thousands perished last year, victims of the opioid epidemic. One in ten black men in his thirties is incarcerated. What is the story behind all this data, and is modern masculinity part of the problem? How do we save the American man?
The United States is suffering through a new age of efforts to control speech, discredit and harass the press, and manipulate public debate — and these attacks are coming via techniques pioneered by the Russian and Chinese governments. Is the First Amendment, which was designed to combat the royal censorship still fresh in the minds of the Founders, now obsolete? What can be done to protect the integrity of political debate and elections in the face of these new forms of attack?
More people have been forced to flee their homes by conflict and crisis than at any time since World War II, leaving an unprecedented 65 million people displaced. What does David Miliband, head of the International Rescue Committee, believe can be done to help? As the son of refugees and a former foreign secretary of the United Kingdom, he brings a personal commitment and a surprisingly hopeful global strategy to humanitarian aid.
Most of us are repulsed by hateful actions and feelings, and it often seems that the easiest — and most just — way of getting rid of hate is by getting rid of the speech that promotes it. Nadine Strossen has dedicated her career to the defense of civil liberties, and as a champion of the First Amendment, she cautions us to remember that speech, painful as some of it might be, is justifiably protected.
While more than 100 countries have adopted democracy over the last two centuries, it’s already been a decade since political scientist Larry Diamond posited a “democratic recession” sweeping the globe. The revolt of the middle class, the rise of China, and power grabs through military coups are just a few factors that suggest a disturbing trend of democratic deterioration.
Through the scorching heat of the Arabian Desert to the unforgiving chill of the Finnish tundra, BIG partner Kai-Uwe Bergmann explores how design solutions are shaped by cultural and climatic contexts to unlock the immense possibilities of adaptive architecture. With a central challenge of mitigating climatic extremes to be hospitable to human life, solutions can be both economically and environmentally profitable.
Since 2016, we’ve watched women rack up unprecedented wins in statehouses, city halls, and even Congress — and thousands more are throwing their hats into the ring. How did factors like Donald Trump’s win and #MeToo influence this wave, and why does the movement seem to be taking hold now?
The rise of digital platforms and explosion of corporate mergers and consolidation is profoundly changing the global competitive landscape. In the United States, there is a growing debate over the role of antitrust and competition policy in protecting competition and American consumers. What role will antitrust play going forward in a consolidating media industry? Is antitrust law the solution to the power of digital platforms?
For more than three decades, artist Carrie Mae Weems has created a body of work — including photographs, fabric, text, audio, and video — that probes the fault lines of race, gender, class, politics, and power. In this session, the Prix de Rome and MacArthur Fellowship winner stages a collaborative performance of her work and discusses how it merges the personal and the political. Weems will be joined by her frequent collaborators Sarah Lewis and Tanya Selvaratnam.
President Obama told incoming President Trump that North Korea would likely be the toughest item on his to-do list, and through the first 500 days of the administration, the prediction has proved correct. Kim Jong Un’s nuclear program has made regional allies, like South Korea and Japan, nervous, and heightened nuclear fears in the United States for the first time since the end of the Cold War.
The CEOs of two of the top apparel companies — Patagonia and Eileen Fisher — discuss their motivation to make clothing manufacturing kinder to the environment and the people who make our clothes. With the shared value of social consciousness, Rose Marcario and Eileen Fisher delve into why a holistic approach, one that goes beyond a single company and its bottom line, is essential to doing business that’s good for everyone.
Last year, the US was besieged by catastrophic natural disasters that included three major hurricanes as well as wildfires, flooding, and mudslides. More than 47 million people were affected, and the damage is estimated at $300 billion. How can we use the disasters as opportunities to rethink how we rebuild, and what is the private sector’s role in recovery — and in mitigating future disasters?
Readers, viewers, and subscribers want and need accurate news and information, but as we attempt to navigate among publishers and platforms and networks, who is ultimately responsible for telling us the truth? Who should be held accountable for information that is inaccurate, intentionally misleading, or straight-up fake? And what can media and information organizations do to win back our trust?