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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

Marty Baron has a larger-than-life reputation among journalists, who revere him one of the best editors in a generation. Multiple Pulitzer Prizes — and Oscar-winning narratives — only punctuate his passion for excellence in reporting.

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Martin Baron, Brian Stelter

Congress’s approval ratings are in the gutter, local candidates routinely campaign against Washington, and voter turnout for national elections rarely tops 60 percent. Politicians can be counted on to campaign against all things Washington and claim outsider status whenever possible. Yet our national media outlets cover the ups and downs of DC on a nonstop, 24-hour cycle.

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James Fallows, Charles Sykes, Tim Lampkin, Reihan Salam, Susan Page

The Aspen College Excellence Program aims to expand the number of excellent community colleges, to increase opportunity at elite colleges, and to strengthen the college presidency. Get to know the Aspen Institute’s higher education strategy through a fireside chat between two experts who are well-versed in this field. Q&A moderated by Tania LaViolet.

Featuring:
Dan Porterfield, Joshua Wyner

While the politics of gun reform remain divisive, many Americans are convinced that when it comes to gun violence, something has to change. Whether it’s getting more data about shootings, more background on buyers, or more resources to law enforcement to interrupt cycles of violence, there is a growing chorus of Americans demanding action. In the absence of congressional action, what can other actors do? How can victims’ voices be heard and honored?

Featuring:
Mickey Edwards, Kenneth L. Davis, Perri Peltz, Karol V. Mason

America is at a critical and potentially existential moment. Tribal polarization is at an all-time high. Yet veteran representation in Congress is at an all-time low. Veterans know how to work together and get things done in tough places. Can a surge of next-generation, principled veterans who have pledged to form a cross-partisan coalition win in November, break down divisions, and get Congress working again?

Featuring:
Rye Barcott, David Brooks

George Soros said social media platforms are the largest threat to democracy. Marc Benioff said we should regulate them like tobacco. Why? Every day, platforms like Facebook and YouTube point their supercomputers at two billion people’s minds to capture their attention, and in the process create social harms that include digital addiction, amplifying genocide, political polarization, and election manipulation.

Featuring:
Charles Duhigg, Tristan Harris

Colin Kaepernick. Charlottesville. Identity politics. Travel ban. Black Lives Matter. Build That Wall. Trump. A decade after the United States elected its first black president and pondered whether it had become a post-racial society, race is a more prominent and intransigent problem than ever. In this dialogue about racism’s complexities and societal implications, we’ll ask: How did we get here?

Featuring:
Jelani Cobb, Wajahat Ali

Ever wondered why mandatory minimum sentences are so controversial? Pay a visit through film to the family of Cindy Shank, mother of three, who is serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for her tangential involvement with a Michigan drug ring years earlier. Captured by Shank’s brother, this intimate portrait of the devastating consequences of mandatory minimum drug sentencing follows her and her family over the course of ten years.

Featuring:
Nancy Gertner, Rudy Valdez, Cindy Shank, Tabitha Jackson

It is no secret that leaders, at home and abroad, have a problem with journalists. Rants against news organizations and individuals punctuate conversations in Europe and Asia as easily as they do in the United States. How do members of the media navigate their profession in such a climate?

Featuring:
Andrea Mitchell, Jonathan Capehart, Susan Page, Joshua Johnson, David Folkenflik, Brian Stelter

While Congress looks less and less likely to take on any meaningful move on comprehensive immigration reform, hundreds of thousands of people live in limbo every day. Many of them face daily trials, ranging from inconveniences to crippling uncertainty to, in some communities, hatred and outright danger. What’s it like to be at the mercy of our immigration system today?

Featuring:
Jose Antonio Vargas, Maria Hinojosa, Gaby Pacheco, Ismahan Abdullahi

What does the science of psychology say about how to live a happier life? Professor Laurie Santos shares the top insights from her class at Yale, Psychology and the Good Life, the most popular course in the university’s 300-year history.

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Laurie Santos

Join Richard Barth, CEO of the KIPP Foundation, and Rich Buery, chief of policy and public affairs for the KIPP Foundation, in conversation with Ross Wiener, executive director of the Aspen Institute's Education & Society Program. Hear about lessons learned in running one of the country’s most successful public charter school networks, and participate in a discussion of the topics, trends, and ideas influencing public education improvement efforts.

Featuring:
Richard Barth, Ross Wiener

“To be principled means to consistently operate with principles that can be clearly explained,” writes Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates and one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs. Dalio has written and shared the principles that guide him in life and business in his best-selling book, Principles: Life & Work, in hopes that others will do the same.

Featuring:
Ray Dalio, Gary Pinkus

Join Sal Khan as he shares the inspiring story of how he founded Khan Academy, a nonprofit organization that is now educating millions of people worldwide. While Khan Academy may be best known for math videos, today the organization offers free interactive practice exercises and articles in the humanities and sciences, as well as test prep for the SAT and LSAT that adapts to each student’s needs.

Featuring:
Sal Khan

What possibilities unfurl when a symphony reaches Skid Row? How does music create healing on a street corner? Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Vijay Gupta and internationally renowned soprano Camille Zamora are expanding access to classical music through their organizations Street Symphony and Sing for Hope, which bring music out of symphony halls and into the spaces of underserved communities.

Featuring:
Eric Liu, Camille Zamora, Vijay Gupta

Just how closely aligned are social media companies and the purveyors of disinformation? Join media and tech experts as they discuss the ways in which fake news agents are using tech companies' existing policies to their advantage and how we might be able to fix the problem. 

Featuring:
Noam Cohen, Nicholas Thompson, Renee DiResta, Kashmir Hill, Dipayan Ghosh

As technology drives economic change, the discussion of the future of work seems to be binary: either dystopian or rose colored. The public policy debate has congealed around a set of silver bullet solutions — from universal basic income to coding for all — that reflect Silicon Valley’s strategy for addressing economic inequality. But what if the best strategy isn’t a single moonshot, but a wealth of experiments?

Featuring:
Kevin Delaney, Kent Walker, Carmen Rojas

For more than 130 years, the National Geographic Society has pushed the boundaries of science by engaging the average citizen in a deeper understanding of the planet. Join two Nat Geo Fellows, Joel Sartore, renowned animal photographer, and Scott Loarie, director of a plant and animal identification app, to learn about the tools and strategies they're using to connect people to their environments. How are they getting us to care about something we should care about?

Featuring:
Joel Sartore, Scott Loarie, Katherine Bradley

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