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Confronting Life's Toughest Challenges

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.
Are the US and Mexico at a Breaking Point?

50:44 | Aug 6th

With tariff threats, migration problems, and now, a mass shooting near the border, the US-Mexico relationship is strained.
NATO Chief on Cyberspace, Trump, and Threats From Abroad

59:50 | Jul 30th

In a wide-reaching discussion from the Aspen Security Forum, Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of NATO, discusses the major threats in the world today.
The Inside Story of the Mueller Investigation: How Will It Play Out?

1:02:35 | Jul 22nd

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller is scheduled to testify in front of Congress Wednesday. Will it change the trajectory in Washington?
Planned Parenthood President on Reproductive Justice

46:29 | Jul 16th

Who controls a woman’s body? Herself? Her church? Her community? Her government?
Mark Zuckerberg Wants the Government’s Help in Making Tough Decisions

48:40 | Jul 9th

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the social media giant needs the government’s help when it comes to making certain decisions.
How Will the Supreme Court’s Latest Decisions Impact Our Lives?

56:43 | Jul 2nd

Before it wrapped up its term in June, the Supreme Court made decisions on two landmark cases: political gerrymandering and the census.
Paul Ryan Talks Trade, Immigration, and the 2020 Election

1:04:38 | Jun 26th

Paul Ryan may no longer be a member of Congress but he's still paying attention to the issues.
Citizenship Without Certainty (Rebroadcast)

54:10 | Jun 18th

What does it mean to be American? How is that story best told and understood?
Technology Isn’t Only Hijacking Our Time, It’s Controlling Our Choices

48:31 | Jun 11th

Tristan Harris, former Google ethicist and founder of the Center for Humane Technology, says companies like Facebook have perfected the use of persuasive technology and we’ve fallen for it.
How to Be Less Fearful in Turbulent Times

53:36 | Jun 4th

Leading up to the US presidential election in 2016, Kansas pastor Adam Hamilton noticed the people in his congregation wrestling with fear.
Is Activism Good Business? Just Ask Patagonia

56:00 | May 28th

The clothing and outdoor gear company Patagonia bills itself as “the activist company” and lately, it’s been particularly active.
The Remarkable Brain of the Bird

46:39 | May 21st

It used to be that having a “bird brain” was an insult. Now, it’s practically a compliment!
Is Social Media Threatening the American Idea?

54:30 | May 14th

Founding Father James Madison would be horrified to see how social media has helped unleash populist passions and accelerate public discourse. Madison and other founders created a representative republic rather than a direct democracy, designed to sl...Show More
How Personal and National Crises are Linked

49:57 | May 7th

How are the tools we use to solve personal crises related to national problems?
The Gratifying and Complicated Language of Friendship

51:25 | May 1st

The way friends talk to one another can either bring them closer or create distance.
Millennials and Motivation (Rebroadcast)

1:03:59 | Apr 23rd

Simon Sinek, Adam Grant, and Katie Couric explore what motivates millennials at work and how the digital world is impacting their productivity.
The Menace of Climate Change

44:30 | Apr 17th

Mary Robinson’s book, Climate Justice, records the stories of people experiencing effects from climate change first-hand. They’re not staying silent.
Reversing Extinction and Re-Wilding the World

52:21 | Apr 9th

What if we could turn back time and reverse extinction? Famed writer, biologist, and environmentalist Stewart Brand is attempting this with an organization he co-founded.
Finding Happiness at Every Stage of Life

47:03 | Apr 2nd

How can we avoid the middle age blues and feel purposeful later in life? Arthur Brooks, behavioral economist and American Enterprise Institute president, explains how we can develop new strengths.
Trump's Close Relationship with Fox News

52:16 | Mar 26th

A recent blockbuster article by journalist Jane Mayer examines close ties between the White House and Fox News. Mayer talks about the piece and her book, "Dark Money."
Escaping Hate

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
Democracy Dies in Darkness: A Conversation with Marty Baron

55:31 | Mar 12th

The truth is under assault in America, according to Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post. He speaks with CNN's Brian Stelter about reporting on the Trump administration.
The Happiest Places on Earth

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.
Colson Whitehead: “The Underground Railroad”

59:05 | Feb 20th

Author of "The Underground Railroad," Colson Whitehead, talks about writing the novel that earned him a Pulitzer Prize.
How to Talk About Race and Racism

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.
Inside the Mind of a Dog

52:36 | Feb 5th

How do dogs perceive you and the world around them? Two canine cognition scientists, Alexandra Horowitz and Brian Hare, share what dogs know, understand, and believe.
Can Free Speech Silence Hate Speech?

50:38 | Jan 29th

Nadine Strossen, longtime president of the ACLU, says hate speech, as painful as it may be, is justifiably protected. Instead of censoring hate speech, she advocates fighting it with free speech.
LOL, Like, and Literally: Is the English Language Deteriorating?

49:54 | Jan 22nd

Is the English language deteriorating before our ears? Linguist and author John McWhorter says sometimes-annoying modern terms are examples of language evolving.
Pushing the Limits

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.
Are Leaders Born or Made?

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.
Crash Course on Happiness

58:56 | Dec 31st, 2018

Yale psychology professor Laurie Santos is working to improve mental health for college students. Her lessons about how to be happier and feel less stressed apply to everyone.
Off Stage 14: Islam in America Today

28:22 | Dec 25th, 2018

Imam Khalid Latif is New York University’s first Muslim chaplain. In this political and cultural moment, he says students deal with issues around race and religious intolerance.
Off Stage 13: One Synagogue’s Unconventional Outreach Approach

18:48 | Dec 25th, 2018

Shira Stutman is senior rabbi at a historic synagogue in Washington, DC that’s doing innovative things.
Off Stage 12: Addressing Partisanship at the Pulpit

27:14 | Dec 25th, 2018

Can faith help unite us in divided times? Methodist minister Adam Hamilton says he’s determined to mend the deep divisions he sees in his congregation.
What Really Separates Men from Women?

51:46 | Dec 19th, 2018

Neuroscientist Lise Eliot says our default assumption is that our gender differences are hardwired, but that’s not the case.
Repairing the Apparel Industry

50:31 | Dec 12th, 2018

The clothing industry is a top polluter, but some companies are working to be kinder to the environment. The CEOs of Patagonia and Eileen Fisher talk about their shared value of social consciousness.
Off Stage 11: Saving the African Elephant

14:55 | Dec 7th, 2018

The African Elephant, the world’s largest land mammal, is threatened by poaching, human development, and climate change.
Off Stage 10: A Sinking Island Nation

22:01 | Dec 7th, 2018

Rising sea level and contaminated fresh water could make an island paradise in the Indian Ocean uninhabitable.
Off Stage 9: Wonder Drugs in the Arctic

18:37 | Dec 7th, 2018

Will a cure for cancer be found in the North Pole? A group of Norwegian scientists are scouring the sea and shore in one of the harshest climates on earth, looking for wonder drugs.
Atul Gawande on Love, Death, and Worth

28:16 | Dec 4th, 2018

Famed writer and surgeon Atul Gawande believes there’s a gap between our aspiration for how we treat each other and the reality.
Technology Is Changing How We Trust

50:24 | Nov 27th, 2018

Technology is changing who and how we trust . Tech and trust expert Rachel Botsman says this fundamental shift in trust has far-reaching consequences.
Can Character Be Learned?

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.
What Would the Founders Think of Today's America?

52:17 | Nov 14th, 2018

Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson. What were America’s Founders like as individuals? And what would they think of American democracy today?
The New Science of Psychedelics

58:26 | Nov 6th, 2018

Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, focuses on psychedelic drugs in his most recent book.
Stopping Hate in an Era of Fragmentation

52:08 | Oct 30th, 2018

The deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue is the latest hate crime in an especially atrocious period. The number of hate crimes against religious minority communities has surged.
Off Stage 8: Tackling Twitter’s Bots

15:54 | Oct 26th, 2018

How can tackling Twitter bots help unite a divided nation? Tech entrepreneur Ash Bhat explains his efforts to combat online threats.
Off Stage 7: How to Get off Your Screen

19:52 | Oct 26th, 2018

Tristan Harris, founder of the Center for Humane Technology, says the apps we use on our devices everyday aren't just taking our time, they're causing loneliness.
Off Stage 6: The Menace of Disinformation

20:57 | Oct 26th, 2018

With the midterm elections around the corner, should internet users be on alert for fake news?
The Cultural Revolution We Need

56:48 | Oct 23rd, 2018

The forces of division have been tearing America's social fabric for decades. But a new coalition of community builders with a new set of beliefs is rising to turn things around.
How to Lead a More Meaningful Life at Work

56:16 | Oct 16th, 2018

Adam Grant is exploring “how to make work suck less.” He speaks with Aspen Skiing Company President Mike Kaplan about how to bring more meaning and creativity into the office.
Getting In: College Access for All

47:31 | Oct 9th, 2018

In June, the University of Chicago announced it will become test-optional. The move is part of a bigger effort to expand access to a broader talent pool of well-deserving applicants.
How Women in the Media Are Tackling #MeToo

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.
Off Stage 3: The Year of the Woman

26:52 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Rebecca Traister’s new book "Good and Mad" details how women’s anger has erupted into the public conversation. In this Off Stage interview on women, she tells guest host Susan Page why women are “furious."
Larry Summers on Trade, Tariffs, and the Economy

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.
Off Stage 5: Journalism “More Important than Ever”

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.
Off Stage 4: How to Ensure the Survival of Democracy

18:31 | Sep 21st, 2018

Global economist Dambisa Moyo says democracy is in crisis around the world. In this special episode, she's interviewed by guest host Susan Page.
Citizenship Without Certainty

54:10 | Sep 18th, 2018

What does it mean to be American? How is that story best told and understood?
Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White (Rebroadcast)

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.
Is There a Path out of Afghanistan and Iraq?

56:19 | Sep 4th, 2018

This spring marked the 15th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, and the war in Afghanistan has gone on long enough that children born after 9/11 are now old enough to enlist in the military.
From Tragedy to Hope: A Conversation with Robert Runcie

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.
Sal Khan: Education Reimagined

49:58 | Aug 28th, 2018

Sal Khan’s career journey took him from finance to the classroom. The former hedge fund manager now runs the nonprofit Khan Academy, which provides free online education.
From Despair to Optimism on Climate Change

52:08 | Aug 24th, 2018

Christiana Figueres led the global adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015, and continues to fight for the climate today. She says she's stubbornly optimistic about addressing climate change.
David Miliband on Fixing the Refugee Crisis

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.
Madeleine Albright on Fighting Fascism

54:24 | Aug 17th, 2018

How do we save ourselves from repeating errors of our past? Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright poses this question in her new book, Fascism: A Warning.
College Students, Mental Health, and the University's Role

1:02:40 | Aug 14th, 2018

Across the US, students are heading back to college for the start of the school year. Many will wrestle with mental health challenges.
Can the Democrats Win Big in 2018—and 2020?

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.
Off Stage 2: Fighting for Immigrants

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.
Off Stage 1: Leaving Hate Behind

25:24 | Aug 9th, 2018

In our first “Off Stage” bonus episode, New York Times Contributing Op-Ed Writer Wajahat Ali speaks with former white supremacist skinhead Christian Picciolini.
Still Healing: Charlottesville, One Year Later

53:13 | Aug 7th, 2018

One year after a deadly hate rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the city continues to heal.
Longtime Kremlin Critic Says He's Not Afraid

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.
Conservatism in the Era of Trump

1:00:05 | Jul 31st, 2018

Is the Republican Party in the United States having an identity crisis? Are the priorities of the Republican Party, conservative ideals, and the Trump administration’s policies aligning?
The Surge of Women into Politics

59:22 | Jul 27th, 2018

Since 2016, we’ve watched women rack up unprecedented wins in statehouses, city halls, and even Congress — and thousands more are throwing their hats into the ring.
Dan Coats Discusses Election Interference, the White House’s Invitation to Putin, and More

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.
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Russian Interference, the Border Crisis, and More

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
FBI Director Christopher Wray on Russian Meddling

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.
First-Hand Account: Family Separation at the US-Mexico Border

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
The Rising Belligerence of Putin's Russia

54:09 | Jul 13th, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government is increasingly acting as an outlaw state across the international stage. How should the United States, Europe, and the West as a whole respond?
The Age of Euroscepticism

49:16 | Jul 10th, 2018

Hours before President Trump attends a NATO Summit in Brussels, we examine the role of the alliance and how it fits into Europe’s recent struggles.
James Comey on His Legacy Leading the FBI

56:25 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Former FBI Director James Comey says transparency and a desire to maintain his agency’s credibility prompted him to reopen the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016.
A Conversation with the US Surgeon General

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.
Love, Sex, and the Brain

1:00:22 | Jun 19th, 2018

What makes two people click? What does it really mean to say, “we have chemistry”?
Race, Youth, and the American Vote

56:24 | Jun 13th, 2018

What are the ways in which people are viewing voting through the lens of race?
How Broadway's Hamilton is Radically Relevant

54:27 | Jun 5th, 2018

Broadway producer Jeffrey Seller talks about working on Rent, Hamilton, and other shows. He goes over democratizing theater, diversifying history, and putting on a really good show.
How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Industry

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.
Threats from Abroad: Iran, North Korea, and Russia

56:02 | May 22nd, 2018

News from around the globe is dominating US headlines. Former members of the US intelligence community weigh in on these global moving parts.
The Perils of Over-Parenting

54:42 | May 15th, 2018

By trying to provide the perfectly happy childhood, a generation of parents may be making it harder for their kids to actually grow up.
'That's What She Said' with Joanne Lipman

55:10 | May 8th, 2018

The #MeToo Movement has exposed sexual harassment in the workplace, but what about the problem of gender inequality?
Why Being Mayor Is the Best Job in Politics

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.
Securing the Nation's Secrets

56:11 | Apr 25th, 2018

As our lives become increasingly tech driven, we’re more vulnerable to cyberattacks, and our workplaces and government are too.
Philanthropy & Democracy: Risky Liaisons

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.
Luis Alberto Urrea on the Power of Family

55:06 | Apr 11th, 2018

Author Luis Alberto Urrea says his latest novel, "House of Broken Angels," is inspired by his own Mexican-American family.
Stopping the Violence in Chicago

55:42 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Chicago has been plagued by an epidemic of nearly constant bloodletting. What strategies have been most promising?
Runaway Slave: A Story of Triumph, Survival, and Resistance

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.
Living a Moral Life

1:12:39 | Mar 21st, 2018

For centuries the human race has been grappling with how to live a moral life. In this conversation we hear from scholars who think deeply about moral philosophy and helping others.
What's Possible When Young People Speak Up?

1:07:38 | Mar 14th, 2018

Throughout history, young people have been at the center of activism: the Civil Rights movement, Black Lives Matter, the labor movement, and now gun violence.
The Nature of Evil: Paul Bloom and Graeme Wood

49:32 | Mar 6th, 2018

Why do people do evil things? We hear from Yale psychologist Paul Bloom and journalist Graeme Wood about the nature of evil.
Is Gun Violence a Public Health Issue?

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?
How History's Mistakes Guide Today's Leaders

53:39 | Feb 21st, 2018

Historian Jon Meacham speaks with journalist John Dickerson about what today's politicians can learn from historical figures like Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, and Franklin Roosevelt.
US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith

50:48 | Feb 13th, 2018

US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith says her true self comes out in her work. Poetry, she says, helps her wrestle with dark, sometimes unresolvable questions.
Why We Need to Talk About Race

58:40 | Feb 6th, 2018

If you’re white and middle class, you were probably raised thinking that discussing race was impolite. Color blindness was seen as a virtue.
Norman Lear & Khizr Khan: Understanding American Values

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.
What's Driving Our Political Polarization?

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.
Susan Orlean: It's Okay to be Clueless

41:54 | Jan 16th, 2018

New York Times best-selling author Susan Orlean says ignorance about a subject is a powerful ignitor of curiosity.
What Would MLK Say About Today's America?

38:10 | Jan 9th, 2018

If Dr. Martin Luther King was still alive today, what would he think of the progress of the black community? How far have we come toward racial equality since the civil rights era?
The Next Big Challenge in Your Life

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.”
Living the Creative Life

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.
The Power of History, Community, and Hope

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.
Coping with Disappointment, Setback, and Crisis

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
The US Government’s Doomsday Plans

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
What Makes a Successful Entrepreneur?

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?
The Future of News: Is There a War on Truth?

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
The Epidemic of Loneliness

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?
Being Muslim and American in 2017

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.
The Three Lives of James Madison

58:51 | Oct 31st, 2017

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.
Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide with Cass Sunstein

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
The Imagination of Leonardo da Vinci with Walter Isaacson

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
Infidelity and the Future of Relationships (Rebroadcast)

1:00:41 | Oct 10th, 2017

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

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.
WTF (What's The Future)?

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
The Best Sports Town in America

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.
On Being Latino in America Today

1:00:09 | Sep 12th, 2017

As Latino Americans emerge as the majority minority and the new mainstream, representing 18 percent of the US population, questions are emerging about how Latinos fit into the national narrative.
The Road from Paris, Featuring Ernest Moniz

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
Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, Featuring Kurt Andersen

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
National Security in the Age of 'America First'

59:52 | Aug 25th, 2017

The Trump Administration has said it’s “committed to a foreign policy focused on American interests and American national security." What is the Trump doctrine on foreign policy?
CRISPR: A Crack in Creation

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.
Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White

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
Hate on the Rise

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
The Opioid Tsunami

55:37 | Aug 11th, 2017

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.
Securing the Homeland, Featuring John Kelly

58:45 | Aug 8th, 2017

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.
The Roots and Future of Populism

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
Millennials and Motivation, Featuring Simon Sinek and Adam Grant

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
Under Assault, Featuring John Brennan and James Clapper

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.
Tom Price: Federal Health Care Policy

30:50 | Jul 25th, 2017

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.
Can the Democrats Get Their Groove Back? Featuring Cory Booker

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
Conservatism, the Republican Party, and President Trump

1:00:51 | Jul 18th, 2017

Despite controlling both the White House and Congress, the Republican Party has had a bumpy ride in the first months of the Trump administration.
What Have We Learned from Listening to America?

53:41 | Jul 14th, 2017

Over the past year, the United States has been described as profoundly divided. But are these divisions as deep and hopeless as we think?
Can We Prevent a North Korea Crisis?

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
TAKEOVER 6: Michele Norris Interviews Mitch Landrieu & Others

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.
TAKEOVER 5: Joshua Johnson Interviews Simon Sinek

30:37 | Jul 1st, 2017

Joshua Johnson, host of WAMU’s “1A,” interviews Simon Sinek in this Takeover episode. Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people.
TAKEOVER 4: Pete Dominick Interviews Travon Free & Others

57:25 | Jun 30th, 2017

In this Takeover episode, two comedians and a writer — Pete Dominick, Travon Free, and Wajahat Ali — discuss politics, race, and a changing America.
TAKEOVER 3: Susan Page Interviews Jeffrey Seller & Others

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
TAKEOVER 2: Perri Peltz Interviews Neal Katyal

37:53 | Jun 28th, 2017

In this Takeover episode, we examine the Supreme Court’s decision Monday to take the case regarding President Trump’s travel ban.
TAKEOVER 1: Julie Rovner Interviews Lanhee Chen & Others

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
You're More Powerful Than You Think

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
A Conversation with Ruth Bader Ginsburg

1:00:39 | Jun 14th, 2017

As the second female justice confirmed to the US Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg says her experiences as a female give her a unique perspective her male colleagues don’t share.
Jane McGonigal: The Future of Imagination

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.
Katie Couric and Beau Willimon (Rebroadcast)

1:09:03 | May 30th, 2017

In this encore episode Katie Couric interviews House of Cards creator Beau Willimon. The interview, from the Aspen Ideas Festival, took place before the show’s third season in 2015.
Finding Common Ground

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.
An American Sickness

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
The Future Dialogue on Race

48:48 | May 9th, 2017

While the subject of race and racism will likely continue to be a contentious topic for years to come, it is a discussion that is imperative for civil society. How does the dialogue on race continue?
Inequality and Opportunity

51:07 | May 2nd, 2017

When poet Elizabeth Acevedo taught creative writing to young women of color in a detention center, she recognized their trauma and avoided the teacher-as-savior mentality.
Space—Why We Explore

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.
A House Divided

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?
Combating Kleptocracy

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
"Hidden Figures" Author on Storytelling, Race, & Science

44:05 | Apr 4th, 2017

Two award-winning authors who write about race and identity are featured in this episode. Margot Lee Shetterly wrote "Hidden Figures" and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote "Americanah."
(Mis)Imagining the Future

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
The Industries of the Future

57:40 | Mar 21st, 2017

If the 20 years from 1995 to 2015 were shaped in significant measure by digitization and the rise of the internet, what’s next?
Einstein's Creativity (Rebroadcast)

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?
Can We Reclaim Civitas in American Society?

47:18 | Mar 7th, 2017

Everything—from the country’s place in the world to the social contract between citizens, government, and the private sector—seems to be knotted in hard, uncompromising debates.
Richard Haass on a World in Disarray

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
What Is Technology's Toll on Intimacy?

48:20 | Feb 21st, 2017

Thanks to technology, we are more connected than ever—digitally. But at what cost? How have technologies, like online dating sites and apps like Tinder, changed attitudes and behaviors?
How to Survive Our Faster Future

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.
Race and History

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
Universal Basic Income: Can It Renew Our Economy?

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 ...Show More
Healthy Gut, Healthy Body

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
How a Nudge Can Change Everything

57:42 | Jan 17th, 2017

Those who study human behavior have learned that simply by encouraging—or “nudging”—individuals toward the right decisions for themselves, dramatic improvements can be made.
The Obama Legacy

58:09 | Jan 10th, 2017

In these final days of Barack Obama’s presidency, we consider how the future will view his leadership.
The Science of Meditation

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.
On Being a Transgender American

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
Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

59:43 | Dec 21st, 2016

Author and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman says the world has entered an age of dizzying acceleration, and in this episode, he explains how to live in it.
The Curse of Bigness

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
Infidelity and the Future of Relationships

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?
The Choices That Create Your Life

47:28 | Nov 29th, 2016

New York Times columnist David Brooks explores a life well lived. In this episode he examines happiness and commitments.
National Security Priorities for President-Elect Trump

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
What Should You Be Eating to Live a Longer Life?

59:51 | Nov 15th, 2016

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and his team study the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age.
The Four Sources of Happiness (Rebroadcast)

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.
Jeff Bezos on High Tech, Space, and Artificial Intelligence

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.
BONUS Forecasting Election 2016

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
Joe Biden & the Cancer Moonshot Plan

44:43 | Oct 25th, 2016

In this episode, Vice President Joe Biden gets personal about his connection to cancer and why he’s fighting to break down the barriers preventing progress in battling the disease.
The American Economy & the Election

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
On the Road to Artificial Intelligence

55:42 | Oct 11th, 2016

Once the realm of science fiction, smart machines are rapidly becoming part of our world—and these technologies offer amazing potential to improve the way we live.
What's Fueling an Angry America?

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
Notes on Race and Resegregation

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
Finding Meaning in Our Work

59:30 | Sep 20th, 2016

The average American spends a third of his or her life working. What is the secret to achieving happiness because of our work and not in spite of it?
Survivors of the Syrian War

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
CIA Director John Brennan on ISIL, Russia, & Cyber Threats

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
Humanities in Decline: A Cultural Crisis

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.
Rebuilding Trust Between Police and Communities of Color

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.”
A Bright Future for Long-Term Coupling

50:12 | Aug 16th, 2016

Helen Fisher knows a thing or two about relationships. The Kinsey Institute research fellow and Match.com’s lead scientific advisor has spent her career studying couples and romantic behavior.
Originals—How Nonconformists Move the World

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.
The Russian Bear on the Prowl

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
Women and Millennials: How Will They Vote?

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.
Sen. Tom Cotton on Trump, National Security

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.
Gingrich and Romney on the American Spirit of Rebellion

46:31 | Jul 12th, 2016

Are we witnessing a new era in American politics? Two former Republican presidential candidates weigh in on the 2016 election.
Christine Lagarde on Brexit

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
TAKEOVER 5: Pete Dominick with Michele Norris and others

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
TAKEOVER 4: Emily Yoffe with Bryan Stevenson and others

56:03 | Jul 2nd, 2016

This episode features TAKEOVER host Emily Yoffe (The Atlantic) as takeover host in conversation with Bryan Stevenson (Equal Justice Initiative), Helen Fisher (The Kinsey Institute, Match.com), and Geoffrey Stone (Univ. of Chicago Law School). Yoffe a...Show More
TAKEOVER 3: Franklin Leonard with DeRay Mckesson and others

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.
TAKEOVER 2: Maria Hinojosa with Jose Antonio Vargas and others

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
TAKEOVER 1: Perri Peltz with Piper Kerman and others

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
Is Violence a Function of Our Culture?

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
Aspen Ideas Festival "Big Ideas"

51:26 | Jun 14th, 2016

Every summer, writers, professors, artists, activists, and others deliver their “big ideas” at the Aspen Ideas Festival. The onstage advice celebrates the Festival itself.
How to Make White People Laugh

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.
"Extra" with David Henry Hwang

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
Diane Rehm on Death with Dignity

51:53 | May 31st, 2016

In this episode, public radio host Diane Rehm talks about her memoir "On My Own," which details the struggle to reconstruct her life after the death of her husband. The couple was married for 54 years.
"Extra" with Maria Hinojosa

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.
First Lady Michelle Obama on Making Sports Accessible and Affordable

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
"Extra" with Colin Woodard

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
War Reporting, Novel Writing, and How to Tell a Great Story

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
"Extra" with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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.
Cancer: Breakthroughs and Challenges

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.
The Complexities of Today's Security Challenges

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.
How to Learn Anything Fast

56:25 | Apr 27th, 2016

Best-selling author of "The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything Fast!" Josh Kaufman shares universal, field-tested approaches to effective learning and rapid skill acquisition in adults.
Retweeting, Regramming, Reimagining our Relationship with Technology

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
Leading the Response to Radical Extremism

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
Building Better Teen Brains

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
Secrets of the Creative Brain

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
The United State of Women

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
Why Ethics (Usually) Pays

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
Jesus of History versus Christ of Faith

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
The Black Presidency

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
WE-ASK: What Every American Should Know

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
Ashley Judd on Feminism, Activism, and Why Hollywood Should Be Left Out of the Conversation

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
Thomas Jefferson: An American Original

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
Solitary Confinement Through the Eyes of a Former Prisoner

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