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Compelling talks and conversations from the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs at the Aspen Institute.

Compelling talks and conversations from the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs at the Aspen Institute.
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Compelling talks and conversations from the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs at the Aspen Institute.




Coping with Disappointment, Setback, and Crisis

Freelance journalist Theo Padnos was held captive by al-Nusra, an affiliate of al-Qaeda, for 22 months. His story of survival is a lesson for us all on how to cope with the lowest times in life. He speaks with Atlantic Media owner David Bradley and NBC's Andrea Mitchell.

Duration: 00:56:49

The US Government’s Doomsday Plans

For 60 years, the US government has been laying secret doomsday plans to save itself in the event of nuclear war — even while the rest of us die. Today, a third generation of doomsday planners are settling into life inside a network of bunkers that are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, ready to house top government officials in the event of catastrophe.

Duration: 00:59:37

What Makes a Successful Entrepreneur?

America has always meant business. We’re a nation of self-starters, strivers, and entrepreneurs — with the courage to take big risks and the confidence to determine our own destiny. But, are courage and confidence alone enough for success?

Duration: 00:52:55

The Epidemic of Loneliness

Across the industrialized world, millions of people live with sparse human contact, putting their well-being at risk. Does social media drive loneliness, or help to cure it? How does loneliness alter the brain, and how can we treat this condition?

Duration: 00:41:52

Being Muslim and American in 2017

Muslim Americans — especially those who work 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.

Duration: 00:51:47

The Three Lives of James Madison

Madison's legacy matters today more than ever. As founding genius he made the Constitution to avoid faction. Then he discovered the real world required parties — so he founded one and became a partisan.

Duration: 00:58:51

Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide with Cass Sunstein

In our politically charged climate, it’s not uncommon to hear about impeachment. Harvard Law professor Cass Sunstein offers a nonpartisan, historical guide — with some reverence — and even awe, for our constitutional order, and for the power it gives We the People.

Duration: 00:53:32

Infidelity and the Future of Relationships (Rebroadcast)

Why do happily married couples cheat? Esther Perel, author of the new book "The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity," talks with Hanna Rosin, co-host of NPR's Invisibilia.

Duration: 01:00:41

Jeffrey Sachs on Why We're Living in a Dangerous Time

World-renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs is distressed about the political and social atmosphere of the United States. With advances in technology, he says we can choose to do the ultimate good or create unimaginable disaster.

Duration: 00:52:41

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, Featuring Kurt Andersen

Has the great American experiment in liberty gone off the rails? Kurt Andersen’s latest book, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, a 500 Year History, is a provocative chronicle of magical thinking and make-believe. It provides a new paradigm for understanding the post-factual present, where reality and illusion are dangerously blurred.

Duration: 00:51:25

CRISPR: A Crack in Creation

Jennifer Doudna, whose research helped create CRISPR, speaks with Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson about the latest technological developments in gene editing and the unthinkable power to control evolution.

Duration: 00:58:23

Hate on the Rise

Hate groups are growing and the number of hate-fueled incidents is spiking in America. How do the events of today compare to other periods of extremism in America? Featured speakers are Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, Jonathan Greenblatt, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Wajahat Ali, New York Times op-ed contributor, and Matt Thompson, deputy editor of The Atlantic.

Duration: 00:54:44

The Opioid Tsunami

It’s been called the most perilous drug crisis ever and it was generated in the healthcare system. The epicenter of the opioid crisis is the United States, where overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999.

Duration: 00:55:37

Securing the Homeland, Featuring John Kelly

In this episode, you’ll hear from the nation’s new White House Chief of Staff, John Kelly. Kelly spoke in July at the Aspen Security Forum. At the time, his job was Homeland Security Secretary.

Duration: 00:58:45

The Roots and Future of Populism

The confluence of globalization and the information revolution has primed the United States, and the world, for a resurgence of populism. Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” explains how the populist ideology helped President Trump win the White House.

Duration: 01:04:13

Millennials and Motivation, Featuring Simon Sinek and Adam Grant

In this lighthearted and informative conversation, organizational psychologist Adam Grant and inspirational teacher Simon Sinek sit down with Katie Couric. Couric is an award-winning journalist. They explore what motivates Millennials at work and how the digital world is impacting their productivity.

Duration: 01:03:44

Under Assault, Featuring John Brennan and James Clapper

What are the most pressing external and internal threats to the United States? Two former US Intelligence officials discuss Syria, Russia, ISIS, and President Trump’s embattled relationship with the Intelligence community.

Duration: 01:01:46

Tom Price: Federal Health Care Policy

In today’s show, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price talks about efforts in Washington to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and what it’s like to work with President Trump.

Duration: 00:30:50

Can the Democrats Get Their Groove Back? Featuring Cory Booker

In this episode, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, a democrat, talks about the problems democrats, and all Americans, need to confront to move the US forward. He says republicans and democrats need to unite to solve problems like poverty and inequality.

Duration: 00:58:32

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