Aspen Insight

21 EpisodesProduced by The Aspen InstituteWebsite

In such a divided society, finding common ground can feel like an impossible task. But the Aspen Institute is trying to fix that by working across the globe, bringing together people from different backgrounds, experiences, and points of view, to work together and find solutions to our world's most … read more

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Aspen Insight Season 3 Trailer

September 6th, 2019


Starting the week of September 23rd, the Aspen Insight Podcast will be back for its third season with host Amina Akhtar.

What America's Best Community Colleges Can Teach Us

April 25th, 2019


There are over 1,000 community colleges in America serving the needs of millions of students, many of whom are the first generation of their families …

Saving the High Seas

March 28th, 2019


A tide of threats against the ocean is rising, but pioneering ocean scientist and advocate Dr. Sylvia Earle, co-chair of the Aspen High Seas …

How to Save a Democracy in Decline

February 28th, 2019


For decades, Americans have been losing trust in democratic institutions, particularly media. In the news landscape, fact and opinion are getting …

The Bauhaus Roots of Aspen

January 31st, 2019


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, a highly influential German modern art school that closed under pressure from the Nazis. One of …

The Impact of the Women's Wave

December 21st, 2018


A record number of women are heading to Congress and state legislatures across the country. What led to this “Women’s Wave,” and how might policies …

Eradicating Intolerance

November 29th, 2018


How can we create a more inclusive, just, and optimistic world? Mehrdad Baghai, co-founder of High Resolves, says it starts with young people. His …

Creating Jobs, Alleviating Poverty

October 25th, 2018


Uganda, in East Africa, has more startups than any other country in the world, but they’re driven by necessity. The number of young people searching for work dramatically exceeds the number of jobs available. When an …

Beyond a Level Playing Field

October 10th, 2018


How would sports change if athletes of all genders were able to compete side by side? There is a long history of teams being separated by gender, but …

The Old West: Reshaping the Myth

September 27th, 2018


Rugged cowboys, high-noon gun fights, and Manifest Destiny—all images of the Old West in America. But what did the 19th century in the West really look like? Myths from books and movies shape our understanding of that …

What is the Aspen Institute?

September 25th, 2018


The Aspen Institute has seen many changes in the last year, including welcoming a new leader. Dan Porterfield became the Institute's new president and CEO in June, after seven years serving as president of Franklin and …

Using Music to Tackle Hate

May 17th, 2018


Religion is behind an increasing number of hate crimes in the United States and religious minorities, like Jews and Muslims, are often the target. An unlikely set of people are working to turn things around. A group of …

Make Way for These Changemakers

April 19th, 2018


What does it look like when people rise to the challenge and tackle problems in their communities and around the world? Our first story highlights two gutsy women who are making strides towards gender equality in …

Taxation and Investigation

March 15th, 2018


While he rarely speaks to the media, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s name makes headlines nearly everyday. He’s leading the probe into Russian meddling into the 2016 presidential campaign, and Garrett Graff was one of …

This Land Is Our Land

February 14th, 2018


What are the issues causing deep divisions in our neighborhoods and among our leadership in the United States? What can be done to repair the damage? Two former members of Congress — a Republican and a Democrat — …

Speaking Up

January 18th, 2018


What is the best way to speak up and navigate difficult conversations? This episode examines how breaking the silence about sexual harassment is …

Finding Power

December 21st, 2017


What drives us to find a sense of power we didn’t know was there? It could be a crisis, or feeling unequal or left out. In some cases, the power we …

Survival Stories

November 20th, 2017


The toll of the opioid drug crisis in America is far-reaching. We talk to a mother who battled addiction during pregnancy, and policy experts who are …

Keeping Watch: Cybersecurity, Creativity, and the Press

October 19th, 2017


Who is watching us when we aren’t looking? And what can we learn from keeping an attentive eye on the world around us? In this episode, we explore the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci, and examine how Leonardo’s …

Confronting Our History

September 21st, 2017


How do we have difficult conversations about race in America today? In our debut episode, Clarence B. Jones, a close advisor to Martin Luther King, …

Introducing "Aspen Insight"

September 8th, 2017


Finding common ground in today's divided society can feel like an impossible task. But here at the Aspen Institute, we are committed to doing just that. We work all across the globe, bringing together people from …

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