The Aspen Institute

Live broadcasts from Aspen Institute events, including the McCloskey Speaker Series, Aspen Ideas Festival and more. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote nonpartisan inquiry and an appreciation for timeless values.

THE ASPEN LECTURE When Experts Disagree: The Art of Medical Decision-Making

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 high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, whether to take vitamins, especially vitamin D, and who should be screened for cancer with mammograms and PSA. And the debate is very public, fomenting confusion with almost daily stories in the media. Why are experts disagreeing? Why isn't there a clear “right” answer? And what support do patients need to make decisions in the face of such controversy?

Jerome Groopman, Pamela Hartzband

Colorado's "Right to Try" Law: A Lifeline or False Hope?

Colorado’s new “right-to-try” law, signed in May, allows terminally ill patients access to investigational drugs without federal approval. Similar legislation is being considered in other states. Supporters call it a ray of hope for people with few alternatives, while skeptics argue that the hopes could be false and the suffering worsened. The US Food and Drug Administration already has compassionate-use mechanisms in place, but action at the state level is a first. What are the clinical and ethical implications of Colorado’s action? Are states usurping federal authority? What are the rights of dying people here?

Elliot Gerson, Joe Garcia, Diane E. Meier

2014 Aspen Institute Broadcast Schedule

Jun 23, 2014

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

Colorado's "Right to Try" Law: A Lifeline or False Hope?

Wednesday June 25th

Kitty Boone of the Aspen Institute with Dr. Kathy Klug on this year's Western Slope College Fair, Sunday October 6th.

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In collaboration with the Aspen Strategy Group and The Brookings Institution, this discussion will feature former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development Raj Shah, and other guests in a conversation moderated by Aspen Strategy Group Director Amb. Nicholas Burns.

Governors in Aspen: What’s Working at the State Level?

A conversation featuring with Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Governor Michael Pence of Indiana, and Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin on their priorities, toughest challenges and successes.

This year's panel of governors will discuss important social issues affecting their communities.

Aspen Security Forum - At the Center of the Action

Jul 22, 2013

"At the Center of the Action: The National Counterterrorism Center and its Role in Securing the Homeland"

If there is one “nerve center” for the nation's counterterrorism efforts, it is the NCTC. The present and past director will look back and look forward as the terrorist threat that created it evolves with time.

Matthew G. Olsen, Director, National Counterterrorism Center
Mike Leiter, Former Director, National Counterterrorism Center; Senior Counsel, Palantir Technologies

MODERATOR: Ryan Lizza, Washington Correspondent, The New Yorker

Aspen Security Forum - Mission Accomplished?

Jul 19, 2013

Mission Accomplished? Has the Intelligence Community Connected All the Dots?

By some estimates, we have spent more than a trillion dollars since 9/11 to improve our ability to collect, synthesize, and analyze the massive amount of intelligence at our fingertips. But, as the Boston marathon bombing illustrates, all these many years later, there are still dots to connect. Two former Directors of National Intelligence, an office created to see to it that the “dots” all across the intelligence community are connected, will discuss its successes to date and the challenges that remain.

Hurst Lecture Series - Eric Schmidt

Jul 16, 2013

Eric Schmidt is Executive Chairman of Google and author of "The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business (Deckle Edge; 2013)" in conversation with Walter Isaacson, president and CEO, the Aspen Institute.

Wednesday, July 10

Hurst Lecture Series - CANCELLED

Featuring The Right Honorable Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1997-2007).


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Saturday, July 13