Aspen Ideas Festival

July 2015

Defining Moment: What Does the American Dream Mean in 2015?

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Explore the results of the new Aspen Ideas Festival poll, which asked Americans to define their versions of the dream, barriers to achieving it, and hopes for the future.

Retweeting and Reimagining our Relationship with Technology

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The architecture of how we live our lives is badly in need of renovation and repair. One of the things that makes it harder and harder to connect with ourselves — and thus our creativity, intuition, and wisdom — is our increasing dependence on technology. We are not just distracted by devices, texts, emails, constant notif...

The Afternoon of Conversation: A Town Hall Discussion

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Gwen Ifill moderates a diverse panel of experts on the American experience including Michelle Norris, Ai-jen Poo, Joseph Echevarria, James Fallows, Ashanti Branch and Elizabeth Alexander.
June 2015

How I Learned about Capitalism from Bach & a Penniless Swami

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Some argue that capitalism is a great blessing and a fundamental force for good. Others argue that it can encourage greed. The truth? Both sides are onto something. Free enterprise has lifted billions of people out of poverty worldwide. But while we fight for prosperity at home and around the world, we must guard against m...

Expanding Worker Voice to Expand Economic

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Expanding Worker Voice to Expand Economic of the TV-show Aspen Ideas Festival was broadcast by PBS on Sunday 28 June 2015 at 12:51AM.

When Systems Collide: Health, People, and the Planet

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As the world’s nations gather in Paris for yet another “final” round of climate talks, the inextricable link between public health and the fate of the planet is increasingly apparent. Extreme climate change, pandemics, drought, floods, pollution, and weakened agricultural systems have increased the stakes for communities a...

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies: A Film and Discussion

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Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, documentary series directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman and executive produced by Ken Burns, tells the comprehensive story of cancer from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. Based on The Emperor o...

Why Your Smartphone Will Radically Change Healthcare

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With the smartphone revolution comes an increasingly powerful new set of tools to cut costs, speed up the pace of care, and empower patients. Soon, we will be wearing attachments to diagnose ear infections or track heart rhythms and using apps to monitor our mental health. Digital avatars won’t replace physicians, but the ...