Aspen Ideas Festival

The Aspen Ideas Festival is an annual week long gathering that offers a variety of programs, tutorials, seminars, discussions and events that bring together vibrant intellectual exchange. You'll hear on some of the live sessions from the Aspen Ideas Festival here on Aspen Public Radio.

Without Water, Revolution

Why the effects of drought have so much to do with the revolutionary inclinations of a frustrated populace. Is climate a cause of the Arab Spring?

Solly Granatstein & Thomas L. Friedman

Fear and Hope: Climate Change and Policy Solutions

Few people appreciate just how badly our society will suffer under likely climate change. We are on the verge of unleashing runaway changes, wherein nature’s forces accelerate the impacts of humanity’s emissions, and we get cascading, unstoppable change. This is important to understand, for we will leave an earth a far diminished place, with many parts unrecognizable. Avoiding such a fate is possible, but only with rapid, serious actions. Presenting climate dangers at length, and without an antidote, just leaves depression in the wake. An emerging story is positive: There are new technologies growing at an astounding pace that can reverse CO2 emissions trends. Recent developments in Germany, Denmark, and China and several US states show the potential. This story begins darkly, but transitions to a discovery of solutions that can help build a much more useful conversation on climate change.

Hal Harvey, James Fallows

Matter of Debate: Should Pot Be Legal?

Recent elections in the states of Washington and Colorado have legalized marijuana, catalyzing the national debate regarding drug policy and reform. Will other states follow? How will the federal government respond? And what are the risks and benefits of moving in this direction?

Ethan Nadelmann, Asa Hutchinson, James Bennet

 

What Does the CDC Do to Protect You?

Tom Frieden & Corby Kummer

 

Gay Marriage in America: What Does the Supreme Court Decision Mean?


David Boies & Jeffrey Rosen

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