Aspen Insight

By The Aspen Institute

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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 complex challenges. Join hosts Marci Krivonen and Zach St. Louis as they travel through the Institute's halls and learn from people doing this work to make the world a better place.

Episode Date
What America's Best Community Colleges Can Teach Us
Inside and outside of the classroom, community colleges are teaching America lessons in workforce readiness and economic development.
Apr 25, 2019
Saving the High Seas
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 Initiative, has a solution.
Mar 28, 2019
How to Save a Democracy in Decline
For decades, Americans have been losing trust in democratic institutions, particularly media. A 27-member commission created in part by the Aspen Institute is finding ways to strengthen trust and democracy.
Feb 28, 2019
The Bauhaus Roots of Aspen
The influence of the German Bauhaus School is difficult to ignore on the Aspen Institute’s Colorado campus. Walk the for 40-acre grounds and you’ll see artifacts designed by Bauhaus teacher Herbert Bayer.
Jan 31, 2019
The Impact of the Women's Wave
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 change with more women at the helm?
Dec 21, 2018
Eradicating Intolerance
How can we create a more inclusive, just, and optimistic world? We hear from two innovators working to replace hate with humanity.
Nov 29, 2018
Creating Jobs, Alleviating Poverty
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.
Oct 25, 2018
Beyond a Level Playing Field
How would sports change if athletes of all genders were able to compete side by side?
Oct 10, 2018
The Old West: Reshaping the Myth
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?
Sep 27, 2018
What is the Aspen Institute?
On the Season 2 premiere of Aspen Insight, The Aspen Institute's new President and CEO Dan Porterfield discusses his vision for the organization and how it can make demonstrable impact in the world.
Sep 25, 2018
Using Music to Tackle Hate
A Muslim youth choir and an Aspen Institute program are working to bring religious groups together.
May 17, 2018
Make Way for These Changemakers
What does it look like when people rise to the challenge and tackle problems in their communities and around the world?
Apr 19, 2018
Taxation and Investigation
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is leading the probe into Russian meddling into the 2016 presidential campaign. Garrett Graff was one of the first journalists to closely follow his career, and leads the Aspen Institute Cybersecurity & Technology Program.
Mar 15, 2018
This Land Is Our Land
Two former members of Congress — a Republican and a Democrat — describe how they worked across the aisle and suggest ways to tackle today's deep partisanship. And Native American youth from Montana to Alaska are working to build healthier communities.
Feb 14, 2018
Speaking Up
What is the best way to speak up and navigate difficult conversations? This episode examines how breaking the silence about sexual harassment is leading to change, along with the best ways to engage those with whom we disagree.
Jan 18, 2018
Finding Power
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 discover inspires us to write.
Dec 21, 2017
Survival Stories
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 working to solve this epidemic. What’s can we do to win this battle? War in East Congo forced Robert Hakiza from his home. His new life as a refugee in Uganda was plagued with problems until he realized he could turn despair into action. What’s the likelihood of a sixth mass extinction? Some say it’s already underway. We talk to Collin O’Mara, president of the National Wildlife Federation, about the connection between too much screen-time for kids and the survival of species.
Nov 20, 2017
Keeping Watch: Cybersecurity, Creativity, and the Press
Who is watching us when we aren’t looking? And what can we learn from keeping an attentive eye on the world around us? This episode features the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci, advice on how to stay safe online, what's new in a college basketball scandal, and how young Syrian journalists are digging up the truth in their war-torn country.
Oct 19, 2017
Confronting Our History
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, Jr., discusses what it was like to work with King in the 1960s and why Americans continue to grapple with talking about race.
Sep 21, 2017
Introducing "Aspen Insight"
In a world where finding common ground can feel impossible, the Aspen Institute brings people with different points of view together to grapple with society's most complex problems. Join co-hosts Marci Krivonen and Zach St. Louis on this new podcast as they learn from the experts who pass through the Institute's halls.
Sep 08, 2017