57:39 | Mar 6th
Kate Bowler and Elaine Pagels both teach religion, write about religion, and have experienced immense hardships. In this frank and funny conversation, they explore why people still seek ancient religious teachings in our modern age.
59:51 | Mar 19th
Christian Picciolini went to his first white supremacist skinhead meeting at age 14. A lonely and bullied child, he was quickly swept into the movement and eventually became a leader. In this candid conversation, he speaks with journalist Matt Thomps...Show More
50:51 | Feb 27th
Why are certain countries, cities, and towns happier than others? The mayor of Boulder, Colorado, a particularly joyful city, sits down with a happiness researcher to discuss the relationship between happiness and place.
1:04:41 | Feb 12th
When Americans elected their first black president more than a decade ago, some questioned whether the country had transitioned into a post-racial era. But today race is a more prominent and intransigent problem than ever.
49:17 | Jan 16th
What does it take to rock climb one of the world’s hardest routes at night in the bitter cold? Tommy Caldwell, an accomplished climber, says he summoned focus, drive, and endurance to summit Yosemite’s nearly vertical 3,000 foot Dawn Wall.
48:57 | Jan 8th
In her seventh book, "Leadership in Turbulent Times," presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin writes about the lives of four presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson.
35:24 | Nov 20th, 2018
Psychologist Angela Duckworth explains how to raise a child with strong character. Duckworth, who’s the author of "Grit" and a MacArthur “Genius,” says young people learn to be grateful, vulnerable, and fearless by modeling the adults in their lives.
57:59 | Oct 2nd, 2018
News reporters have covered the #MeToo movement since it gained ground one year ago. But journalists haven’t just written about the movement, some have experienced sexual harassment and violence themselves.
51:21 | Sep 26th, 2018
Former treasury secretary Larry Summers has been vocal about his disagreements with the current direction of US economic policy, particularly in the areas of trade, tariffs, and the rethinking of international agreements on commerce and investment.
19:53 | Sep 21st, 2018
New York Times Deputy Managing Editor Rebecca Blumenstein talks with guest host Susan Page about fake news, covering Trump, and what advice she would give to young women entering the news business.
59:31 | Sep 11th, 2018
What role does faith play in bringing people together? Reverend Adam Hamilton pastors the largest United Methodist church in America. Within his Kansas congregation, he observes deep divisions that reflect the larger disunity in our nation.
50:13 | Aug 29th, 2018
Broward County School District Superintendent Robert Runcie remembers clearly the events of February 14, 2018. That’s the day a gunman killed seventeen people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
52:40 | Aug 21st, 2018
More than 65 million people around the globe are either refugees, asylum seekers, or displaced within their own countries. It’s the largest number of people forced to flee their homes since World War II.
1:02:36 | Aug 10th, 2018
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.
28:27 | Aug 9th, 2018
At age 25, Gaby Pacheco was the first undocumented Latina to testify in front of Congress. In this conversation with New York Times Contributing Op-Ed Writer Wajahat Ali, she talks about the struggles immigrants still face years later.
38:12 | Aug 3rd, 2018
American-born businessman Bill Browder is a staunch critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In fact, Putin singled out Browder at a joint press conference with President Trump in July. Browder explains why he's not afraid of the Russian leader.
55:51 | Jul 24th, 2018
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats goes over President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in this discussion held July 19th.
54:10 | Jul 19th, 2018
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has defended the Trump administration’s controversial "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has led to families being separated at America’s southwest border. In this discussion, she addresses illegal i...Show More
52:41 | Jul 19th, 2018
FBI Director Christopher Wray is firm in his position that Russia was involved in the 2016 presidential campaign. He speaks with Lester Holt, NBC Nightly News anchor, about Russia, China, North Korea, and other global issues.
51:41 | Jul 18th, 2018
Mimi Marziano's organization, the Texas Civil Rights Project, is representing nearly 400 families affected a policy that divided children from their parents at America's southwest border. The policy, which applies to people illegally crossing into th...Show More
1:00:14 | Jun 27th, 2018
As the nation’s top doctor, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams has pledged to lead with science. In this episode, he talks about children being separated from their parents at the southern US border, the opioid crisis, gun violence, and mental health.
1:00:46 | May 29th, 2018
How will AI transform industry and disrupt business? A panel of tech and business experts, including Tim O’Reilly, Gary Marcus, and Michael Chui, discuss how AI will impact our lives, and what business sectors might be most affected.
54:24 | May 1st, 2018
Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter insists that serving in city council is the best job in politics. He talks municipal politics with Jonathan Capehart, editorial writer for the Washington Post.
55:48 | Apr 17th, 2018
Big philanthropy can contribute to a democratic society by addressing problems that neither government nor the private sector will take on. Yet philanthropic institutions and foundations are institutional oddities within a democracy.
58:10 | Mar 27th, 2018
Historian Erica Armstrong Dunbar discusses her book "Never Caught," which chronicles the life of Ona Judge. Judge was a slave owned by George and Martha Washington. At age 22 she escaped from Washington's mansion in Philadelphia.
50:38 | Feb 28th, 2018
The debate around gun laws is resurfacing in the wake of the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Can America’s shared sorrow inspire a consensus that gun violence should be tackled as a public health issue?
59:13 | Jan 31st, 2018
Born 28 years and 7,000 miles apart in Connecticut and Pakistan, TV producer Norman Lear and Pakistani American lawyer Khizr Khan are united as American citizens, friends, and agents of change.
55:13 | Jan 23rd, 2018
Trust in civic, religious, and academic institutions is at an all-time low in America. But this phenomenon did not, as some Americans might believe, begin when President Trump was elected. It has been on the decline for decades.
58:24 | Jan 2nd, 2018
What if you examined your life in the context of all of its stages? David Brooks, author and New York Times op-ed columnist, says life’s mountains and valleys shape who we are and eventually lead us to a “second mountain.”
1:07:47 | Dec 26th, 2017
How is creativity cultivated in childhood? And, does a creative culture at home result in a creative career later on? Authors Jess Walter, Dani Shapiro, and Jericho Brown explain how their early years contributed to a life of writing.
49:27 | Dec 19th, 2017
Author Eric Motley speaks with Joshua Johnson, host of "1A," about his book "Madison Park: A Place of Hope." Madison Park, Alabama was founded by freed slaves in 1880. Motley says the town's history powerfully shaped his upbringing.
56:49 | Dec 12th, 2017
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 N...Show More
59:37 | Dec 5th, 2017
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 a...Show More
52:55 | Nov 28th, 2017
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?
1:02:04 | Nov 21st, 2017
Is the internet loosening our collective grasp on the truth? Pioneers of digital news once argued that new online sources would bring us new perspectives about the world. They did not anticipate the internet would destroy traditional media gatekeeper...Show More
41:52 | Nov 14th, 2017
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?
51:47 | Nov 7th, 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.
53:33 | Oct 24th, 2017
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...Show More
55:49 | Oct 17th, 2017
Walter Isaacson is fascinated by innovators — the kinds of geniuses whose ideas have transformed industry, science, and society. Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Benjamin Franklin grabbed his attention in ways that allow us, as readers, to discover t...Show More
52:41 | Oct 3rd, 2017
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.
51:28 | Sep 26th, 2017
The “next economy,” or digital revolution, is restructuring every business, job, and sector of society. Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, says we should be harnessing technology, rather than fearing it, to grow jobs and increase econom...Show More
42:46 | Sep 19th, 2017
The tiny town of Norwich, Vermont, has likely produced more Olympians per capita than anywhere else in the United States. New York Times sports writer Karen Crouse traveled to Norwich to discover the town’s secret.
48:19 | Sep 6th, 2017
What are the consequences of the United States backing out of the Paris Climate Agreement? In this episode, former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says exiting the Agreement is bad for science-based decision making, national and energy security, and in...Show More
51:25 | Aug 29th, 2017
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 u...Show More
58:23 | Aug 22nd, 2017
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.
59:05 | Aug 18th, 2017
What role does faith play in bringing people together? Reverend Adam Hamilton pastors the largest United Methodist church in America. Within his Kansas congregation, he observes deep divisions that reflect the larger disunity in our nation. These div...Show More
54:44 | Aug 15th, 2017
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 Int...Show More
1:04:13 | Aug 4th, 2017
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 wi...Show More
1:03:44 | Aug 1st, 2017
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...Show More
1:01:46 | Jul 28th, 2017
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.
58:32 | Jul 21st, 2017
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...Show More
56:38 | Jul 11th, 2017
Known as the “land of lousy options,” North Korea has posed problems for the US for decades. But now, the country is testing its missiles regularly and the situation is increasingly dire. What are the best solutions for dealing with this escalating c...Show More
53:28 | Jul 7th, 2017
In our final podcast takeover episode, award-winning journalist Michele Norris discusses the legacy of slavery with a US mayor and the necessity of solitude with a best-selling author.
28:27 | Jun 29th, 2017
Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today, takes over the podcast by interviewing a panel of DC outsiders. Nobody thinks Washington is working well these days. Page turns to unexpected sources to brainstorm on what advice other disciplines mig...Show More
46:27 | Jun 25th, 2017
In our first Podcast Takeover episode, Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, speaks with Lanhee Chen of the Hoover Institution, reproductive justice advocate Dr. Willie J. Parker, and Ai-jen Poo, director of the Nationa...Show More
1:02:03 | Jun 21st, 2017
Black Lives Matter, the Occupy movement, the Tea Party, and many other groups have developed in recent years as a response to the age we’re living in — an age of epic political turbulence. Author Eric Liu says people across the political spectrum are...Show More
1:03:01 | Jun 6th, 2017
Thinking about the far-off future isn’t just an exercise in intellectual curiosity. It’s a practical skill that, as new research reveals, has a direct neurological link to greater creativity, empathy, and optimism.
54:34 | May 23rd, 2017
In this era of deep partisanship, how can common ground be found on Capitol Hill and on Main Street? In this episode, a pair of party leaders tackle relevant political questions, focusing on the divided state of America.
59:03 | May 16th, 2017
Elisabeth Rosenthal writes about our broken healthcare system in her new book, An American Sickness: How Healthcare became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back. She says the system, comprised of hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and drug ...Show More
42:11 | Apr 25th, 2017
Why do human beings explore? And, why are the most adventurous explorers drawn to outer space? Naturalist and astronomer David Aguilar explains why the drive for adventure fades after childhood, and how we can regain it as adults.
58:12 | Apr 18th, 2017
Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump made combative and accusatory remarks on Twitter about the intelligence community for a report on Russian connections. Are his messages undermining the legitimacy of the intelligence community?
53:56 | Apr 11th, 2017
Kleptocracy presents a growing threat to US national security and international peace, as money laundering and other forms of public “grand corruption” increasingly undermine democracy, cripple development, weaken Western soft power, and accelerate s...Show More
53:03 | Mar 28th, 2017
Vividly bringing to life the latest scientific research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and behavioral economics, Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert reveals what scientists have discovered about the uniquely human ability to imagine ...Show More
58:27 | Mar 14th, 2017
In this rebroadcast, Aspen Institute President and Einstein biographer Walter Isaacson delves into the source of Albert Einstein’s creativity. Where did it come from? How was it reflected in his life? And what can we learn from it?
51:27 | Feb 28th, 2017
Chaos in the Middle East, instability in Europe, and a reckless North Korea are signals that the world is increasingly defined by disorder. Author and Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass says the world needs an updated global operati...Show More
56:00 | Feb 14th, 2017
The world is more complex and volatile today than at any other time in modern history. In order to successfully navigate a rapidly changing world, author and MIT Media Lab Director, Joichi “Joi” Ito says you must be alert and nimble.
1:04:02 | Feb 7th, 2017
Bryan Stevenson, founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative, speaks with Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust about his organization’s efforts to build a museum examining the legacy of slavery, racial terrorism, segregation, and police viole...Show More
50:54 | Jan 31st, 2017
Author and former labor union leader Andy Stern thinks universal basic income is the key to solving problems plaguing America’s economy. He wrote about it in his book Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild t...Show More
47:09 | Jan 24th, 2017
When it comes to a healthy body and mind, an increasing number of people are focusing on improving bacteria in the gut. Researchers are learning how the gut microbiome responds to the food we eat, influencing obesity, autoimmune disorders, cardiovasc...Show More
51:29 | Jan 3rd, 2017
What actually happens to the brain when we meditate? Published studies have documented the many physical and mental health benefits of meditation, including decreased pain, better immune function, and less anxiety and depression.
52:08 | Dec 27th, 2016
“I spent the first half of my life being afraid,” says Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of the bestselling memoir of transgender experience, "She’s Not There." In this episode, Boylan talks about living life as a father for six years, a mother for twel...Show More
50:23 | Dec 13th, 2016
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis was the greatest critic of big business and big government since Thomas Jefferson. In this lively conversation, Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center talks with Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The...Show More
1:00:17 | Dec 6th, 2016
Why do happily married couples cheat? Why does the modern egalitarian approach to marriage quash desire? Are the heightened expectations we bring to modern love combined with our pursuit of happiness directly related to infidelity?
53:45 | Nov 22nd, 2016
Mike Mullen, retired admiral and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the national security challenges the new Trump administration will face are plentiful. Mullen gives insight into President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for national secu...Show More
53:42 | Nov 8th, 2016
Most people think that happiness has four sources: the sensory pleasures, material wealth, romantic relationships, and children. But recent research suggests that much of what people think about happiness is wrong.
1:01:31 | Nov 1st, 2016
When Amazon launched, it employed just ten people. Now it’s one of the largest retailers in the world. CEO Jeff Bezos describes what companies need in today’s fast-paced, high tech business environment.
50:23 | Oct 27th, 2016
The countdown to Election Day is on, and political analysts are giving their predictions. In this bonus episode, Charlie Cook and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report weigh in on the outcome for the presidential race and contests in the US House a...Show More
1:07:29 | Oct 18th, 2016
The economy is a key issue for American voters. In July, more than 80 percent of registered voters polled by the Pew Research Center said the economy was the number one issue, right after terrorism. What's influencing job creation and job loss? Gener...Show More
49:15 | Oct 4th, 2016
It’s difficult to ignore anger in the United States right now—talking heads battle on cable news, protesters get violent at campaign rallies, and families can’t talk politics around the dinner table. What’s fueling the anger? And how can it be manage...Show More
46:21 | Sep 27th, 2016
Author Jeff Chang says America has slid back toward segregation in our neighborhoods, schools, colleges and universities, and in our culture. In his new book “We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation” he examines recent tragedies and prote...Show More
47:22 | Sep 13th, 2016
The civil war in Syria has raged for five years and killed half a million people. Eleven million refugees have either fled to other countries or are displaced within Syria. In this episode, three survivors share their personal stories of strength and...Show More
49:37 | Sep 6th, 2016
In a rare interview, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency weighs in on the global security scene and explains the current risks to the United States. John Brennan is interviewed by Dina Temple-Raston, counterterrorism correspondent for NPR...Show More
54:57 | Aug 30th, 2016
Is America turning its back on the humanities? The declining enrollment in disciplines including history, literature, language, philosophy and the arts, at colleges and universities across the country, signals a significant cultural shift.
46:21 | Aug 23rd, 2016
High-profile episodes of violence have highlighted excessive force and mistreatment of people of color by police. This episode examines the way forward for law enforcement and the communities they are duty-bound to “serve and protect.”
43:21 | Aug 9th, 2016
In this episode, Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor and a New York Times bestselling author of Originals, shares insights on how to speak up without getting silenced, and how to find allies in unexpected places.
33:47 | Aug 2nd, 2016
Vladimir Putin continues to taunt the US and Europe at every turn by testing NATO’s resolve, propping up Assad, provoking Ukraine, and even doing what he can to further complicate the migrant crisis. Domestically, Russia’s involvement in hacking the ...Show More
55:59 | Jul 26th, 2016
With the historic candidacy of Hillary Clinton, feminism is front and center this election. Be it wage inequality, women’s health, or paid family leave, many issues important to women at both ends of the economic divide are hotly contested.
43:10 | Jul 19th, 2016
What do today’s Republicans believe America’s role in the world should be? This week’s episode features US Sen. Tom Cotton, R-AR, discussing his support for presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump.
39:06 | Jul 6th, 2016
On June 23, voters in the UK chose to leave the European Union. Three days after the vote, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado. She calls the decision to leave t...Show More
38:41 | Jul 3rd, 2016
This episode features TAKEOVER host Pete Dominick (comedian, radio host) in conversation with Michele Norris (journalist, The Race Card Project) and Alec Ross (Author, "The Industries of the Future"). Dominick infuses humor into interesting conversat...Show More
56:03 | Jul 2nd, 2016
40:39 | Jul 1st, 2016
Our TAKEOVER series continues with Franklin Leonard (founder, The Black List) interviewing his guests about the role of art in creating social change. His guests are Melody Barnes, DeRay Mckesson, and Sarah Lewis.
40:11 | Jun 30th, 2016
TAKEOVER is a special series of episodes that puts you on the ground during the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado. This episode features Maria Hinojosa (NPR's Latino USA) as takeover host in conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas (journalist), M...Show More
34:18 | Jun 28th, 2016
TAKEOVER is a special series of episodes that put you on the ground during the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado. This episode features Perri Peltz (documentary filmmaker and journalist) as takeover host in conversation with Piper Kerman (autho...Show More
59:28 | Jun 21st, 2016
This episode features New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu who has been confronting the crisis of violence head-on, in conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, national correspondent for The Atlantic, who has written widely on matters of race, policing, and A...Show More
57:58 | Jun 7th, 2016
Author and filmmaker Negin Farsad calls herself a social justice comedian. She works to prove that humor - just like activism - can effectively challenge deep-seated and sclerotic prejudices about race and religion.
18:47 | Jun 3rd, 2016
In this “Extra” episode, Eric Liu talks to David Henry Hwang, Tony-winning American playwright, screenwriter, and opera librettist. He is the child of Chinese immigrants and shares how, growing up, he used television as one way to integrate into Amer...Show More
20:26 | May 26th, 2016
In this “Extra” episode, Eric Liu talks to Maria Hinojosa, an award-winning news anchor and reporter. She founded the Futuro Media Group and hosts Latino USA, NPR’s only national Latino news and cultural weekly radio program.
44:02 | May 23rd, 2016
First Lady Michelle Obama says play, nutrition, and physical activity aren’t available to every child and, that’s a problem. With the cost of sports participation around $2,200 each year per child, these opportunities are increasingly only available ...Show More
23:03 | May 19th, 2016
In this “Extra” episode, Eric Liu talks to Colin Woodard, an award-winning author and journalist. In his book, “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America,” Woodard describes why American values differ across t...Show More
40:36 | May 17th, 2016
Powerhouse literary couple Geraldine Brooks and Tony Horwitz didn’t start their careers writing books. The two were war correspondents covering events like the Gulf War in the 1990s. In this episode, Brooks and Horwitz are onstage for a lecture serie...Show More
19:54 | May 12th, 2016
Now, more than ever, a diversifying United States needs a shared base of knowledge. That’s according to Eric Liu, executive director of the Citizenship and American Identity Program at the Aspen Institute.
1:05:54 | May 10th, 2016
Cancer is the second leading cause of death among adults in the US and cancer care costs $125 billion a year. In this episode we hear from medical experts who have researched, written, and made progress in the fight against cancer.
40:15 | May 3rd, 2016
In this episode FBI Director James Comey speaks with Brooke Masters of the Financial Times about terrorism, cybercrime, an uptick in violence in minority communities in the US and Apple’s refusal to hack into the iPhone of a terrorist.
49:33 | Apr 19th, 2016
The architecture of how we live our lives is badly in need of renovation and repair. One of the things that makes it harder to connect with ourselves - and thus our creativity, intuition, and wisdom - is our increasing dependence on technology. In th...Show More
43:36 | Apr 12th, 2016
As radical extremism in the Middle East continues to undermine global security, it's crucial to understand and counter its roots and appeal. This episode features a discussion between David Ignatius, columnist for the Washington Post, Farah Pandith, ...Show More
44:59 | Apr 5th, 2016
Raising a teenager can be a lot of work and there's hard science behind why adolescence is so challenging. Laurence Steinberg authored the book "Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence." In this episode, he talks about how bra...Show More
59:50 | Mar 29th, 2016
Tom Kelley, author of Creative Confidence and partner at IDEO, says creativity and innovation aren't only reserved for "creative types," but everyone can tap into creative potential. In this episode, he recounts the stories of individuals who doubted...Show More
44:20 | Mar 22nd, 2016
What has the Obama Administration done for women and girls? How will their women and girls initiatives continue after the president leaves office? Tina Tchen, executive director for the White House Council on Women and Girls, talks about what's been ...Show More
46:44 | Mar 15th, 2016
When it comes to the bottom line, corporate social responsibility sometimes pays, but sometimes does not, according to Jonathan Haidt of the NYU Stern School of Business. This episode features his lecture at the Aspen Ideas Festival. He says studies ...Show More
52:05 | Mar 8th, 2016
Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic figures by examining Jesus within the context of the times in which he lived: the age of zealotry. Balancing the Jesus of the Gospe...Show More
55:48 | Mar 1st, 2016
In his book "The Black Presidency," Michael Eric Dyson explores the powerful, surprising way the politics of race have shaped Barack Obama’s identity and groundbreaking presidency. How has President Obama dealt publicly with race —as the national tra...Show More
56:57 | Feb 23rd, 2016
In 1987, E.D. Hirsch sparked a national debate with his book "Cultural Literacy," claiming that there is a foundation of common knowledge every American should know - and codifying it in a list of 5,000 facts and cultural references. Today, amidst gi...Show More
59:15 | Feb 16th, 2016
Actress Ashley Judd is an advocate and activist who has traveled the world promoting empowerment and equality, effective grassroots programs, and strategies to advance women's health, curb HIV, alleviate poverty and much more. As a global champion fo...Show More
55:35 | Feb 9th, 2016
In honor of President's Day, biographer Jon Meacham explores Jefferson's complicated legacy and suggests how we might reclaim the Jeffersonian insistence that political leaders be conversant with the philosophical and cultural currents of their time....Show More
47:50 | Feb 2nd, 2016
Hear what former prisoner Shaka Senghor, who was incarcerated for 19 years and now directs strategy for the bipartisan initiative #cut50, has to say about President Obama's recent pledge to end solitary confinement for juveniles and low-level offende...Show More
47:21 | Jan 26th, 2016
Can art tackle some of the most difficult social-justice questions we face today? Over the past year we have witnessed images of our country at war with itself; how can poetry dispel alienation and give rise to a new level of citizenship in America F...Show More
42:37 | Jan 19th, 2016
Meditation and mindfulness have gone mainstream. From improvements in perception to body awareness, to pain tolerance and emotion regulation, to an increase in complex thinking and a sense of self, two experts in the field explore the benefits and ou...Show More
58:46 | Jan 11th, 2016
I wrote this book not sure I could follow the road to character, but I wanted at least to know what the road looks like and how other people have trodden it, David Brooks has said about his experience writing his latest New York Times bestseller abou...Show More
56:40 | Jan 4th, 2016
Clint Smith is a high school educator, a Harvard PhD candidate, and a slam poet. In a series of spoken-word performances, Smith confronts inequality in American society. His poetry touches on black parenting, social justice, and violence against kids...Show More
53:31 | Dec 28th, 2015
We'll be back in January with new episodes. In the meantime, don't miss this inspiring episode with stories of human resilience and ingenuity. During the Ebola crisis, strong grassroots relationships and homegrown leadership made the difference betwe...Show More
55:43 | Dec 21st, 2015
AITG is taking off a couple of weeks for the holidays. We'll be back in January with new episodes. This week, we revisit an earlier episode — A Formula for Happiness. Want to be happy? Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute,...Show More
52:20 | Dec 14th, 2015
Three authors shed light on the writing life and the stories behind their works. New York Times bestseller Jess Walter ("Beautiful Ruins"), former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey ("Thrall"), and LA Times Book Prize winner Ruth Ozeki ("A Tale for t...Show More
49:22 | Dec 7th, 2015
Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the Aspen Institute Summit on Inequality and Opportunity. Biden discussed root causes of poverty and inequality in America. He separately addressed topics related to terrorism, ISIS, and Syrian refugees.
52:45 | Nov 30th, 2015
Most people think that happiness has four sources: the sensory pleasures, material wealth, romantic relationships, and children. But recent research suggests that much of what people think about happiness is wrong. Daniel Gilbert, author of "Stumblin...Show More
22:04 | Nov 23rd, 2015
Continuing our celebration of the 100th anniversary of the General Theory of Relativity, this talk features theoretical physicist Brian Greene. Arguably one of the best and most entertaining explainers of all things cosmic, Greene gives a refresher o...Show More
57:03 | Nov 16th, 2015
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the General Theory of Relativity, this talk takes a look at Albert Einstein's creativity. Where did it come from, how was it reflected in his life, and what can we learn from it? Biographer Walter Isaacson brings ...Show More
59:44 | Nov 9th, 2015
In 'Being Nixon,' Evan Thomas peels away the layers of the complex, confounding figure who became America's 37th president. Drawing on a wide range of historical accounts, Thomas reveals the contradictions of a leader whose vision and foresight led h...Show More
36:01 | Nov 2nd, 2015
Boris Johnson, Mayor, London, Michael Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, 108th Mayor of the City of New York, and With Walter Isaacson, CEO and President, The Aspen Institute discuss how cities are the hubs of tech innovat...Show More
56:14 | Oct 26th, 2015
Conversation is facing a crisis in our culture. We regularly put people on "pause" in conversation to check our phones. We treat machines as if they are almost human. We want technology to step up, as we ask humans to step back. And having nothing to...Show More
54:36 | Oct 19th, 2015
We've all had great teachers who opened our minds — and maybe even changed our lives. But how can we make every teacher a star teacher? Elizabeth Green's New York Times best-selling book 'Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teac...Show More
59:24 | Oct 5th, 2015
David Brooks writes about character. Aaron Sorkin writes about characters. The opinionator and consummate storyteller join in a conversation about how Sorkin's connection to and love of character distinguishes his writing and his craft. They discuss ...Show More
55:47 | Sep 29th, 2015
Anne-Marie Slaughter provides a sneak peek of her new book, 'Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family'. Inspired by her 2012 article "Why Women Still Can't Have it All," one of the most-read pieces in the history of 'The Atlantic' magazine, Slaught...Show More
1:05:41 | Sep 21st, 2015
How can our medical and social systems support or hinder dying? Do we have the right to bend the arc of our own death, or that of a loved one? How can we approach the final passage with grace? Dan Diaz (the husband of Brittany Maynard, who died in No...Show More
1:00:31 | Sep 14th, 2015
Nancy Gibbs, editor of TIME magazine, leads a conversation with: Michael Gerson, a nationally syndicated columnist whose writing appears twice weekly in 'The Washington Post'; Matt Malone, president and editor in chief of America Media, which publish...Show More
1:03:28 | Sep 8th, 2015
Internet TV is growing globally in ways that traditional TV just isn’t. Netflix is a change-maker that is dramatically influencing our consumption of story-telling. This episode features Katie Couric in conversation with Ted Sarandos, the gutsy progr...Show More
56:26 | Aug 31st, 2015
Featuring William Deresiewicz, author of 'Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life' and New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks. At a time when traditional notions of college are under attack — in t...Show More
45:18 | Aug 27th, 2015
Former US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson has had unprecedented access to modern China’s political and business elite. As head of Goldman Sachs, he had a pivotal role in opening up China to private enterprise. Then, as treasury secretary, he created ...Show More
55:40 | Aug 24th, 2015
Aspen Lecture featuring Laura Carstensen, Fairleigh Dickinson Professor in Public Policy, Department of Psychology, Stanford University; Director, Stanford Center on Longevity. We are approaching a watershed moment in human history; a time when old p...Show More
59:01 | Aug 17th, 2015
Homicide remains an endemic, seemingly unsolvable problem in America. And violent crime afflicts African-American communities to a much greater degree than others, as does mass incarceration — and police violence. What is the cause of this crisis? Wh...Show More
46:47 | Aug 10th, 2015
The President’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor tells us what keeps her up at night and how she is working to make us all safe. Lisa Monaco, Deputy National Security Advisor and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Coun...Show More
56:34 | Aug 3rd, 2015
Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) discusses faith and public life with Jim Wallis. The conversation begins from an agreement that the separation of church and state is imperative but that moral values should not be segregated from public life. Coons, who ...Show More
43:57 | Jul 27th, 2015
Scientific evidence suggests that we can change our brains by transforming our minds and cultivating habits of mind that will improve well-being. These include happiness, resilience, compassion, and emotional balance. Each of these characteristics is...Show More
45:52 | Jul 20th, 2015
Maajid Nawaz shares his remarkable journey from Islamist extremism to liberal democratic values. Nawaz is the co-founder of Quilliam, a counter-extremism think tank based in London, and engages in counter-Islamist thought-generating, social-activism,...Show More
1:02:14 | Jul 13th, 2015
Benjamin J. Rhodes, the deputy national security advisor to President Obama, was the chief US negotiator in the secret normalization talks with Cuba and has been a central player in the making of American foreign policy since 2009, both as a key advi...Show More
1:03:16 | Jul 6th, 2015
Recorded just four days after the SCOTUS ruling, this episode features a wide-ranging discussion of the cases and history behind the Marriage Equality ruling. Featuring the legal dream team that helped make this a reality, former Solicitor General Te...Show More
53:31 | Jun 29th, 2015
During the Ebola crisis, strong grassroots relationships and homegrown leadership made the difference between life and death. Drawing on that learning, movers and shakers from the Aspen New Voices Fellowship will share their stories about the silo-bu...Show More
57:39 | Jun 22nd, 2015
In many ways, artificial intelligence has become the norm. From autopilot on airplanes to language translation, we've come to accept once novel concepts as just something thinking machines do. What we have ultimately learned is that human thinking is...Show More
58:12 | Jun 15th, 2015
The discussion of "designer babies" often revolves around gender or hair color, but as Nita Farahany and Marcy Darnovsky explore, the medical debate is far more complicated. Farahany is Professor of Law and Philosophy, Director of Institute for Genom...Show More
51:40 | Jun 8th, 2015
From co-founding Artists for a Free South Africa, to working in failing schools to turn them around, actor and 2014 Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Alfre Woodard has played a role in making change as an activist artist. Woodard joins the Aspen Inst...Show More
56:29 | Jun 1st, 2015
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says that nowhere is America's crisis of violence more evident than in the African-American community. In this talk, he asks: What’s the real cost of violence? And how do we change it? Since taking office in 2010, La...Show More
56:11 | May 25th, 2015
What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? Youth culture and technology expert Danah Boyd talks with The Atlantic’s Hanna Rosin about what...Show More
48:18 | May 18th, 2015
This episode features Nicholas Burns and Strobe Talbott discussing Russia and Putinism. Burns is director of the Aspen Strategy Group and Talbott is an ASG member and president of the Brookings Institution. In this discussion, they follow up on a lec...Show More
1:13:43 | May 11th, 2015
Winner of the 2014 National Book Award, "Redeployment" takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Author Phil Klay reads from and discusses this collection of short stories which asks readers to understand what happened the...Show More
59:05 | May 4th, 2015
Despite medical advances and the application of scientific principles to modern medicine, there seems to be increasing controversy about the "right" diagnostic and treatment choices, even for very common medical issues – such as how best to treat hig...Show More
57:36 | Apr 27th, 2015
Description Some people seem to lead inner lives that are richer and more substantive than the rest of us. How do they do it? In this talk, author and commentator David Brooks explores some of history's leaders in terms of personal character. He asks...Show More
51:30 | Apr 20th, 2015
In this lecture, philosopher, cultural theorist, and author Kwame Anthony Appiah rejects the idea that cross-cultural conversations often lead to the discovery of irreconcilable differences. The argument holds that conversations across groups about e...Show More
50:13 | Apr 13th, 2015
A professor of public policy at Harvard, Robert D. Putnam has consulted for the last three American presidents and many other leaders around the globe. His newest book, "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis" is a groundbreaking examination of the g...Show More
53:06 | Apr 6th, 2015
At 28, musician Jon Batiste is considered by many to be one of the most exciting and progressive new crossover talents on the scene today. His modern take on the American songbook — equally influenced by his passion for jazz and classical styles, whi...Show More
54:36 | Mar 30th, 2015
Astrophysicist and writer Janna Levin offers an epic tour through time from the beginning of the universe in a big bang, through black holes, past the emergence of life on at least one little planet spinning in a conceivably infinite cosmic ocean, to...Show More
46:22 | Mar 23rd, 2015
Michael Lewis is the author of the bestsellers "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt", "The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game", and "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game", among other books. After graduating from Princeton University and the London...Show More
56:40 | Mar 16th, 2015
Lawrence Lessig (professor at Harvard Law School) says there's a profound loss of confidence by Americans in their government. In this Aspen Lecture, Lessig shows exactly why Americans are right, and just how we could restore the rightful sense that ...Show More
46:25 | Mar 12th, 2015
Congressman John R. Lewis (D-GA), civil rights leader, and co-author of the bestselling graphic memoir March: Book One, is the recipient of numerous awards including the United States' highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His ne...Show More
59:01 | Mar 9th, 2015
Our interconnected world is susceptible to sudden and dramatic shocks and stresses: a cyber-attack, a new strain of virus, a structural failure, a violent storm, a civil disturbance, an economic blow. Through an astonishing range of stories, Judith R...Show More
55:43 | Mar 2nd, 2015
Want to be happy? Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, has read all of the books and studies about what makes us happy — so you don't have to. By marrying ancient wisdom and new data, he says we can identify what brings t...Show More
1:09:50 | Feb 23rd, 2015
Journalist Katie Couric interviews "House of Cards" creator and producer Beau Willimon. Recorded live at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the two have a lively conversation about Willimon's career (he studied painting in college and later worked on politica...Show More
36:29 | Feb 16th, 2015
Cheryl Strayed discusses her journey, chronicled in the hugely popular book, Wild, and shares her search to overcome heartache and find healing. (Recorded live at Aspen Words.) The book was adapted for film in 2014, and now the actresses playing Stra...Show More
01:35 | Feb 4th, 2015
Launching next week, the Aspen Institute brings you a weekly podcast featuring compelling talks from our public programs, including the Aspen Ideas Festival. Here's a quick preview to tell you about the Institute and what to expect on the podcast. Su...Show More