Aspen Ideas Festival

Aspen Public Radio is proud to continue its long-term partnership with The Aspen Institute to bring you another summer of informative and stimulating keynote lectures. 

NOTE: This is the schedule of the lectures/events Aspen Public Radio plans to broadcast. Due to the fluid nature of the Aspen Institute's events, this schedule is expected to change with limited notice.

Tuesday June 24th

8pm-9pm
Colorado's "Right to Try" Law: A Lifeline or False Hope?

Wednesday June 25th

Brent James/ Institute for Health Care Delivery Research

The Affordable Care Act has changed a lot for doctors and other medical professionals. There are new insurance requirements, potentially lots more patients and the logistics of switching to digital medical records. Doctor Brent James is right in the middle of all of this, fine tuning the answer to an age old problem: how do you take care of patients in a way that’s really effective, but not overwhelmingly expensive? Dr. James is Executive Director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research in Salt Lake City. As part of our spring series on key health issues, James talks with APR’s Elise Thatcher.

Hope on the Horizon: New Strategies for the Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

One out of three individuals may be affected by Alzheimer’s Disease by the age of 80. Leading research scientists have hope, however, that this most insidious illness might reverse itself.

Howard Fillit & Ezekiel Emanuel

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

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

The 21st Century Diplomatic Toolbox: Soft Power, Economic Statecraft, and Technology


The changing face of diplomacy in the 21st century is driven by new tools of statecraft: soft power, economic support, access to technology, and public-private partnerships. Why will these be successful?

Madeleine K. Albright, David Ensor, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Richard Wilhelm

What Do TV Shows Tell Us about Ourselves?

How much can we learn about our society through our TV shows? Can they break social barrier, or even help catalyze social change? Writer/producers of some of television’s most influential programs and characters—James Brooks (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Taxi, The Simpsons) and Brian Grazer (24, Parenthood, Arrested Development, Friday Night Lights)—consider what relationship onscreen life has to real life.

James L. Brooks, Kurt Andersen

Are We Safe?

A conversation about terrorism today.

Jane Harman, Mike McConnell, Elliot Gerson, James Fallows

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