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Moved by her own deep hunger to belong — to have an identity that matters and a tribe of her own — Alex Wagner, author and host of Showtime’s “The Circus,” set off on a quest to find the truth about her family history. It became the memoir Futureface, and it took her from Burma to Luxembourg, from ruined colonial capitals to high-tech genetic labs. But as she closed in on the mystery of her own ancestry, she began to grapple with a deeper question: Does it even matter?

Featuring:
Jonathan Capehart, Alex Wagner

Despite decades of economic decline and brain drain for many rural communities, some young American adults are choosing to stay in their rural communities, to return home if they’ve left, or to make a new home away from the big cities. . Hear the stories of three of them, and discover why they’ve made this choice, the opportunities and challenges they are facing, and what efforts are they making to improve their communities’ futures.

Featuring:
James Fallows, Whitney Kimball Coe, Tim Lampkin, Brian Depew

The public’s opinion of institutions of higher learning is diminishing. Whether it is because of the high cost or perceived ivory-tower elitism, or due to worry about an overly liberal mindset, Americans are debating the state — and even the necessity — of higher education today. What happens when swaths of society devalue the academy? How should institutions promote the promise of liberal education? Should educational outcomes be measured, or is education a good in and of itself?

Featuring:
Dan Porterfield, Rob Reich, Peter Salovey, Carol Christ

When we look for attributes of strong leaders, we look for creativity and curiosity, integrity and empathy, diligence and discipline. Ideally, a great leader embodies all of these attributes, which collectively describe their character, and these leaders invariably point to influences including parents, teachers, mentors, and to critical episodes, including failures. This suggests that we can study and then reverse-engineer the development of great leaders.

Featuring:
Jackie Bezos, Angela Duckworth

Join a live podcast with Futuro Media’s ‘In The Thick.’ Co-hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela meet up at Aspen Ideas with Dr. Brittney Cooper (aka Professor Crunk), author of Eloquent Rage, and Dr. Michael Kimmel, author of Angry White Men and Healing from Hate. They’ll explore why everyone seems to be mad as hell, how anger has infected and transformed our politics, and why race and gender matter when it comes to rage in the Trump era.

Featuring:
Michael Kimmel, Maria Hinojosa, Brittney Cooper, Julio Ricardo Varela

Platforms like Twitter and Facebook set the stage for a promising digital revolution, providing tools that helped foster global friendships, let new voices be heard, and served as the ultimate democratizing force for information. But critics argue that rather than uniting and informing, social media deepens social and political divisions and erodes trust in the democratic process, violates citizens' privacy, and spreads propaganda.

Featuring:
Jeff Jarvis, John Donvan, Emily Parker, Frank Foer, Roger McNamee

Clothing and recreational equipment company Patagonia has sued the Trump administration over its resolution to reduce the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument. CEO Rose Marcario says she’s acting according to the company’s values, and customers buy its products because it protects public lands, develops sustainable fabrics, and invests in sustainable agriculture.

Featuring:
Erik Schatzker, Rose Marcario

As of this writing, 28 journalists have been killed in 2018, 262 were imprisoned in 2017, and 58 are currently marked as missing. Every day in countries across the globe, journalists put their lives at risk to expose the truth: truth about human rights, political corruption, drug trafficking, environmental crime. What can journalists (and the rest of us) do to secure their safety — and preserve our collective right to know the truth?

Featuring:
Adrienne LaFrance, Gillian Caldwell, Faisal Al Mutar, Yvette Alberdingk Thijm

Based on the novel by Emily Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. The center is run by Dr.

Featuring:
Matt Thompson, Sara Gelser, Mathew Shurka

Author Paul Hawken shares the remarkable story of how a diverse group of researchers from around the world came together to identify, research, and model the most substantive 100 existing solutions to bring us to drawdown — that moment when greenhouse gas levels peak and begin to drop on a year-to-year basis. He shows the path forward that can roll back global warming within 30 years. The uplifting idea here: Humanity has the means at hand right now to stem global warming.

Featuring:
Paul Hawken, Katharine Wilkinson

Jordan Peterson, author of the best-selling 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, may be one of the most famous intellectuals in North America today. He also may be among the most misunderstood. His fans say that he’s saved their lives, and detractors say that he’s the gateway drug to the alt-right. Who is this psychologist-philosopher whom so many of us had never heard of two years ago, and what does he really believe?

Featuring:
Jordan Peterson, Bari Weiss

From same-sex wedding cakes and voting rights to gerrymandered congressional districts and public unions, the latest Supreme Court term was full of newsmaking decisions, even when they decided not to decide. Join Ideas Festival legal and policy experts for a lively and informative roundup, where they’ll parse the most consequential opinions, emerging trends, and what these decisions tell us about the future of the highest court in the land.

Featuring:
Ramesh Ponnuru, Jeff Rosen, Mimi Marziani, Nancy Gertner, Emily Bazelon

The world is in turmoil. From Italy to Turkey, and from Hungary to the United States, authoritarian populists have seized power. As a result, political scientist and author Yascha Mounk argues that democracy itself may now be at risk. How did we get here, and what do we need to do now? If we are unwilling to give up on either individual rights or the popular will, urgent action is needed. This may be our last chance to save democracy.

Featuring:
Yascha Mounk

As the US ceases to be a white majority country (a demographic milestone we’re expected to reach by 2020), how will we as a society define what it means to be American — and who gets to decide? With increasing backlash against those seen as not belonging, how do we advance a national dialogue on American identity that considers the increasingly diverse and complex makeup of our society as well as the values we want to ascribe to as a country?

Featuring:
Eric Liu, Alex Wagner, Abigail Golden-Vazquez, Mohamed Abdel-Kader, Erik Stegman

Despite discussion of work-life balance, work is not something separate from our life, but integral to it. Good work is a critical component to a good life. As societies across the globe struggle with economic division and working people who feel left behind, can companies invent a world of work that is more sustainable?

Featuring:
Eileen Fisher, Maureen Conway

An opportunity to hear Axios Founder and Executive Editor Mike Allen discuss journalism and politics of the day with documentary filmmaker and journalist Perri Peltz.

Featuring:
Mike Allen, Perri Peltz

What does it mean to be American, and how is that story best told and understood? New York Times columnist David Brooks sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas to discuss citizenship without certainty, ahead of the publication of Vargas's memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.

Featuring:
David Brooks, Jose Antonio Vargas

Entrepreneur Steve Case and "Hillbilly Elegy" author-turned-venture-capitalist J. D. Vance have taken their investment mission on a bus tour they’re calling “Rise of the Rest.” They are travelling around Middle America, identifying and rewarding entrepreneurs who exhibit the kinds of talent and ingenuity that many mistakenly believe only happens in Silicon Valley. What are they learning about the US innovation economy?

Featuring:
Katie Couric, Steve Case

Time outdoors can make us healthier. But there’s more. Could the social and economic benefits of the great outdoors promote cohesion in and among communities that are finding it harder to relate to one another? Longtime leader of a purple state, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, and Jerry Stritzke, CEO of REI, America’s largest consumer cooperative with $2.6 billion in revenue, are lifelong outdoors people.

Featuring:
John Hickenlooper, Jerry Stritzke

Energy savings deliver more global energy services than oil. Yet across sectors, like building, mobility, and industry, many major efficiency potentials are often overlooked. Explore the savings — and beauty — of coupling an integrative design approach with the proven order demonstrated in nature. Join biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus and integrative design leader Amory Lovins as they show how nature is the best designer.

Featuring:
Amory Lovins, Ross Andersen

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