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Thursday, June 21

7:30 pm Paepcke Auditorium
Science Fair (Film & Discussion)

From National Geographic Documentary Films, Science Fair follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks, triumphs — and, inevitably, hormones — on their journey to compete at the 2017 International Science and Engineering Fair. Facing off against 1,700 of the smartest, quirkiest teens from 78 different countries, only one will earn the Gordon E. Moore Award as Best of the Best. A post-screening discussion with 2012 award winner Jack Andraka will illuminate the excitement of the competition.
(This film screening and panel discussion is made possible in part by support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.)
Jack Andraka, National Geographic Emerging Explorers
Darren Foster, Science Fair
Serena McCalla, iResearch Corporation
Moderator: Carl Zimmer, The New York Times

7:30 PM Belly Up Aspen
POLITICO’s ‘Pulse Check’ Podcast (Live Taping)

Health care never stops engendering political debate. Ten states have asked the federal government for the right to impose work requirements on some individuals receiving Medicaid, insurance premiums are expected to rise again this year, and the Affordable Care Act continues to provoke legislative and judicial action. How will all of that influence the upcoming election? Learn more at the live podcast taping of Pulse Check, Politico’s weekly conversation with some of health care’s most interesting and influential people.

Cindy Gillespie, Arkansas Department of Human Services

Andy Slavitt, United States of Care;
Host: Dan Diamond, POLITICO

8:30 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Gun Violence: A Mental Health Crisis for Youth

Over the past 20 years, almost 200,000 children under age 18 have been shot. Nearly as many attend schools where a shooting has taken place. Mass casualty events receive much of the attention — 60 percent of high school students say they are concerned that a shooting will occur in their school or community — but these actually represent just a fraction of the damage caused by gun violence. Along with physical injuries, the emotional impact of such trauma can be lifelong. This session opens with a video, followed by a conversation with children who have had personal experiences with gun violence.

Ke’Shon Newman, Perspectives Charter School

Kayla Schaefer, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Ann Thomas, The Children’s Place

Olivia Wesch, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Moderator: Ted Koppel, Dorney-Koppel Foundation

Friday, June 22

8:00 AM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
From Opioids to Health and the US Economy: A Conversation with the Surgeon General 

As the nation’s top doctor, the US surgeon general is uniquely positioned to use his bully pulpit to drive Americans toward healthy decision-making. Jerome Adams is the 20th person to serve in that capacity, where he promotes wellness strategies, warns the public against emerging health hazards, and heads the 6,500-person Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which stands ready to travel the world in a crisis. Adams has said that his leading priority areas as surgeon general are the opioid epidemic, the intersection of community health and economic prosperity, and the connection between our nation’s physical and mental health to our national security.
Jerome Adams, US Surgeon General
Interviewer: Alison Kodjak, NPR

12:00 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
KHN’s ‘What the Health’ Podcast: The State of State Health (Live Taping)

The states shoulder a significant amount of responsibility for tackling the opioid epidemic, reversing obesity trends, and reducing tobacco use within their borders. They also have policy decisions to make about expanding Medicaid, developing health exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, serving undocumented residents, and strengthening their public health systems. Budget constraints, politics, demographics, and health indicators all influence their response. Health policy journalist Julie Rover and her co-hosts on KHN’s “What the Health?” talk to Governors John Hickenlooper (Colorado) and Steve Bullock (Montana) about the health challenges in their states, and how they provide and pay for health care.
Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana
John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
Host: Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News
Moderators: Joanne Kenen, POLITICO
Margot Sanger-Katz, The New York Times

12:00 PM Limelight Hotel
Med School: Breakthroughs in Diabetes

Almost 10 percent of the US population lives with diabetes – that’s 30 million people, with another 84 million diagnosed with prediabetes. The devastating disease can shorten lives, and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, vision loss, and the need for limb amputation – but it can also be managed with lifestyle changes and exciting new therapeutic advances. Novel drugs and devices are moving the needle forward, care is being delivered in innovative ways, and a glimpse into the future suggests that better treatment strategies, and improved outcomes, are on the horizon.
Lisa Rotenstein, CareZoo

6:00 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Undaunted: Data Points That Transform

Sometimes, a single data point can arouse new insights, inspire a novel problem-solving approach, encourage a career shift, or even change a life. In an hour of fast-paced, sensory-rich storytelling, ten trailblazing development leaders from the global South share frontline stories about a piece of data that altered their journeys toward global health — and explain why their learnings should matter to all of us.
Rodrigo Bazua Lobato, Compañeros en Salud
Clare Byarugaba, Chapter Four Uganda
Thilmeeza Hussain, Voice of Women
Agnes Igoye, Uganda Ministry of Internal Affairs
Abhilasha Karkey, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Nepal
Jenniffer Maroa, African Academy of Sciences
Tlaleng Mofokeng, Sexual & Reproductive Justice Coalition
Bester Mulauzi, Save The Children
Junaid Nabi, Harvard Medical School
Ndidi Nwuneli, AACE Food Processing & Distribution
Hosts: John Cary, The Audacious Project
Courtney E. Martin, Solutions Journalism Network

6:00 PM Limelight Hotel
Breakthroughs in Cancer Treatment

Whether the headlines describe a “cancer moonshot” or a “war on cancer,” they capture a yearning and determination to eliminate the scourge of malignancy. Artificial intelligence, huge genomic data sets, and expanded access to clinical trials are pushing forward knowledge about the package of diseases we call cancer. As the treatment arsenal expands, it highlights both the promise and the limits of immunotherapy, targeted drugs, and other advances. Broad-based funding across many scientific disciplines will most likely drive further progress, but is the hardest to secure. What is the latest in cancer treatment, and why are cures so elusive?
Vinay Prasad, Oregon Health and Sciences University
Padmanee Sharma, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
Moderator: Jennifer Ashton, ABC News

7:30 PM Paepcke Auditorium
Far from the Tree (Film & Discussion)
Discover the courage of compassion through the eyes of parents journeying toward acceptance of their unique children. Based on Andrew Solomon’s best-selling book, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, the film offers a deeply personal view of what it means to parent a child with autism, Down syndrome, or short stature, or to have raised a teenager who murders a little boy. Directed by Rachel Dretzin, this sneak peek screening will be followed by a discussion with Solomon and some of the parents featured in the film.

Emily Kingsley, Far from the Tree

Andrew Solomon Columbia University Medical Center
Moderator: Jackie Judd, Consultant

7:30 PM Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
The Interplay of Human and Animal Health

Human survival depends on an extraordinarily complex dance with animals. From the bees whose pollinating habits give us much of our food supply to the primates who testify to the power of evolution, from the animals that transmit diseases to humans to those who contribute to therapeutic research, our lives are completely intertwined with the millions of other species inhabiting Earth. These delicate relationships are being transformed in an era of mass extinction and biodiversity loss, upending agriculture, increasing transmission of infectious diseases, modifying the gut microbiome that preserves immune function, and diminishing the benefits of experiencing nature.
Lori Ann Burd, Center for Biological Diversity
Maxwell Gomera, UN Environment Program
Anne Schuchat, CDC
Moderator: Kieran Suckling, Center for Biological Diversity


7:30 PM Belly Up Aspen
When Breath Becomes Air: A Conversation About Life, Death, and Humanity in Health Care

Illness and death are universal challenges, but not something we anticipate in our 30s. Kate Bowler and Lucy Kalanithi understand that any of us can confront these harsh realities at any time. Bowler was 35 when she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. She tried to make sense of it in Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved. Kalanithi, an internal medicine doctor, completed her husband Paul’s manuscript, When Breath Becomes Air, after the neurosurgeon died of lung cancer at the age of 37. The two women discuss life, death, and the pursuit of humanity in American health care.
Kate Bowler, Duke Divinity School
Lucy Kalanithi, Stanford University School of Medicine

8:30 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Report Card: How Do Colleges Score on Student Health Needs?

College presents opportunities for students to test their wings, explore new relationships, pursue their personal best, and develop an enduring passion for learning. Often the first opportunity for real independence, the college years can also pose serious health risks — among them, mental health issues, binge drinking, sexually transmitted diseases, date rape, infections, and sleep deprivation. Two academic leaders talk about campus health: Paula Johnson, a cardiologist and women’s health expert, is president of Wellesley College; Dan Porterfield, now president of the Aspen Institute, just stepped down as head of Franklin & Marshall College.
Paula Johnson, Wellesley College

Dan Porterfield, The Aspen Institute
Moderator: Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Teen Vogue

Saturday, June 23

8:00 AM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Where in the World Is Happiness?

The United States is not a particularly happy country, according to the World Happiness Report. Issued annually by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the report puts the USA in 18th place, just above the United Kingdom and surpassed by all the Scandinavian countries, Costa Rica, Canada, and Australia, among others. The rankings are based on measures of income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust, and generosity. But at least the residents of Boulder, Colorado, aren’t feeling blue — and the mayor will explain why. Her city earned top ranking on the National Geographic Happiest Cities list, which examines civic engagement, walkability, and healthful food options.
Dan Buettner, Blue Zones LLC
Suzanne Jones, Mayor of Boulder
Moderator: Steve Clemons, AtlanticLIVE

8:00 AM Limelight Hotel

Med School: Fostering a Healthy Microbiome

Human beings swarm with bacteria, viruses, and fungi — trillions and trillions of them, inhabiting virtually every part of our bodies. Known collectively as the microbiome, they play a vital role in keeping the immune system strong, synthesizing nutrients, maintaining heart health, and so much more. But when these synergistic communities of microbes are disrupted, we become more susceptible to infections and disease. Recent breakthroughs in manipulating the gut microbiome have opened new therapeutic pathways, including fecal microbiota transplants — in which healthy stool samples are infused into a patient’s body during a colonoscopy. Gastroenterologist Ari Grinspan explains their therapeutic role.
Ari Grinspan, Mount Sinai Health System

12:00 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
A Conversation with Todd Stern, the Paris Climate Accord’s Lead US Negotiator

As US special envoy for climate change in the Obama administration, Todd Stern helped cobble together a consensus among almost 200 countries to hold themselves accountable for reducing global warming. Stern describes the landmark Paris Agreement as “finding the sweet spot between what was possible and what was necessary.” He’ll talk about how the negotiations unfolded, what the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the agreement will mean, and why climate change must be contained.
Todd Stern, The Brookings Institute
Interviewer: Olga Khazan, The Atlantic

12:00 PM Limelight Hotel

Med School: Hope for Alzheimer’s Patients

Almost 50 million people are dealing with Alzheimer’s disease today, a worldwide number that may soar to 130 million by 2050. Yet few effective pharmaceutical therapies are available to treat this complex, neurogenerative disorder, which robs individuals of their cognitive capacities and ability to perform activities of daily living. Hope for preventing, treating, or at least slowing the relentless march of Alzheimer’s disease rests in a deeper understanding of its underlying pathophysiology. Here is a look at the opportunities and challenges of new drugs, the novel ways they might work, and the regulatory climate that will help determine their availability.
Oleg Tcheremissine, Atrium Health

5:30 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Legislators Who Built Obamacare Look Back and Ahead

The Affordable Care Act became law because five congressional leaders made it happen. These committee chairs — two from the US Senate, three from the House of Representatives — share the stage to talk about the passage, impact, and future of the ACA. As the law’s key architects, all five bring insider knowledge of the maneuvering, negotiation, and compromise that led to its passage in 2010. They also bring candor — four have already retired from Congress and the fifth will not run again when his term expires this year. The gathering marks the first time these players have come together at a public venue since the ACA was enacted.
Max Baucus, Baucus Group
Christopher Dodd, Arnold & Portner
Sander Levin, US Representatives (MI)
George Miller, Former US Representative (CA)
Henry Waxman, Waxman Strategies
Moderator: Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News

5:30 PM Limelight Hotel  

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions and Potential of Heredity (Book Talk)

Despite all of the scientific advances in genomic sequencing, genetic testing, and gene editing, science writer Carl Zimmer suggests we lack a rich understanding of what heredity means and how traits travel from one generation to the next. Cultural and environmental conditions have complex and nuanced influences on human biology, personal and family characteristics are not embedded exclusively in our ancestral DNA, cells within our own body birth new cells, and an infant’s DNA endures for years in a mother’s bloodstream. All of that, and much more, play significant roles in the legacies we inherit and pass on.
Carl Zimmer, The New York Times

5:30 PM Cooking School of Aspen
Can Chefs Save the Planet? An Adventure with Food

Leading chefs throughout the world are pioneering new approaches to sustainable cooking and becoming champions of conservation. Join these award-winning culinary experts as they demonstrate food-preparation techniques used in the Amazon and elsewhere, taste their delicious creations, and learn how they are contributing to communities and a healthier planet.
Michelangelo Cestari, Grupo Gustu
Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, Ámaz
Moderator: Michael Jenkins, Forest Trends

7:30 PM Paepcke Auditorium
The Tale (Film & Discussion)

The Tale probes one woman’s memory as she is forced to reexamine her own experience of sexual abuse and exposes the stories survivors tell themselves in order to move forward. The film stars Laura Dern, Ellen Burstyn, and the rapper Common. Jennifer Fox, a Sundance Grand Prize winner and Emmy-nominated director, wrote and directed The Tale, which is based on her own story. She will participate in the post-screening discussion, along with an expert on the trauma of sexual abuse. Disclaimer: This film contains material of a sensitive nature, including strong adult content. Viewer discretion advised.
Dana Charatan, Clinical Psychologist
Jennifer Fox, The Tale
Moderator: Linda Villarosa, The City College of New York

7:30 PM Belly Up Aspen
Redefining Masculinity

Traditional notions of masculinity emphasize strength and power and devalue attributes like vulnerability and emotional openness. At a very young age, most boys learn that being successful means becoming dominant, that winning matters most, and that tears are a sign of weakness. But at this time of cultural and economic upheaval, male roles are beginning to shift. In today’s world, when professional and personal achievement depends less on brute force and more on effective relationships, women are outperforming men on many measures. The #MeToo revelations add new pressures to redefine masculinity and appropriate behavior.
Jimmie Briggs, Man Up Campaign
Jack Myers, MediaVillage
Moderator: Pat Mitchell, Pat Mitchell Media

8:00 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
A Conversation with Ava Duverney about Art, Justice, and the Healthy Society

How can culture create a more just and healthy society? Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence and precedent-shattering filmmaker Ava DuVernay offers some answers in films like 13th and Selma. Her work challenges racial and gender dynamics in Hollywood and across the country as it depicts in the starkest of terms how systemic social injustices imperil public health. Aspen Institute Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel sits down with DuVernay to discuss the catalytic power of well-told stories, and how those stories can drive progress on some of the most urgent equity issues facing our nation.
Ava DuVernay, Film Director
Interviewer: Damian Woetzel, The Aspen Institute

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Sunday, June 24

7:30 PM Doerr-Hosier Center, McNulty Room
Town Hall: Freedom of Speech, Creative Expression, and Democracy

For Freedoms Town Halls are intended to drive civic engagement and dynamic dialogue through artful acts. In this meeting, works of art will be displayed with the intent of catalyzing discussion about freedom of speech. Can an exploration of creative expression bring us closer to our collective values? A forum for inclusive public conversation, this unique town hall will bring citizens together with contemporary artists, designers, and policy makers, welcoming many and diverse points of view.
Paula Crown, Artist
Eric Gottesman, Artist
Tanya Selvaratnam, The Federation
Hank Willis Thomas, Artist
Moderator: Dan Moulthrop, The City Club of Cleveland


7:30 PM Paepcke Auditorium

Anote’s Ark (Film & Discussion)

What if your country was swallowed by the sea? The Pacific island nation of Kiribati (population 100,000) is one of the most remote places on the planet, and one of the first to confront imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. Set against the backdrop of international climate and human rights negotiations, former Kiribati president Anote Tong’s struggle to save his nation is intertwined with the extraordinary fate of a young mother of six, who fights to migrate her family to New Zealand. At stake is the survival of the Kiribati people and 4,000 years of Kiribati culture. Film is followed by a discussion with filmmaker Matthieu Rytz.
Matthieu Rytz, Photographer
Moderator: Andrew Revkin, National Geographic Society

8:30 pm Hotel Jerome Ballroom
‘Selected Shorts: Lovers & Strangers’ (Live Performance)

The hit public radio series “Selected Shorts” comes to the Aspen Ideas Festival with an evening of spellbinding short stories about chance encounters, love, loss, and new beginnings. Host Melora Hardin (“The Bold Type”) joins actors René Auberjonois (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”), Gildart Jackson (“Whodunnit?”), and Jenna Ushkowitz (“Glee”) as they perform moving and comical stories by established and emerging writers.
René Auberjonois, Actor
Gildart Jackson, Actor
Jenna Ushkowitz, Actor
Host: Melora Hardin, Actor

9:00 PM Limelight Hotel

The Atlantic After Hours

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Gillian White The Atlantic

Monday, June 25

7:50 AM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Same Game, New Rules: Parenting in 2018

Raising well-adjusted children has always seemed difficult, but now the task — as well as the duty to protect them — seems more difficult and necessary than ever. As our lives are disrupted by technology and identity is viewed with more nuance than ever, how do we parent well in 2018? How can we work to support our children instead of confining them? What stresses do boys, girls, and nonbinary children experience today that they had not before? What new opportunities do our children have, and how do we harness them for the benefit of our families and societies
Lise Eliot, Chicago Medical School
Sarah Rich, Writer
Victor Rios, University of California Santa Barbara
Moderator: David Leonhardt, The New York Times

12:00 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Want to Make Money? Invest in Women

In the US marketplace,11.6 million businesses are owned by women. Growth in this sector has increased by 114 percent since 1997 — 2.5 times the national average — but male-led firms are still more likely to get start-up funding. That’s not simply unfair, it’s stupid, because it turns out firms started by women regularly outperform those founded by men. In this session, successful women business leaders share the stage with “Shark Tank” VC investor and hard-nosed entrepreneur Kevin O’Leary, and divulge research showing why investing in women makes good business sense. O’Leary has been tracking returns for over ten years across a wide portfolio of companies and will share data on best practices by women that are achieving results.
Eileen Fisher, Eileen Fisher, Inc.
Peggy Johnson, Microsoft Corporation
Sara Margulis,
Moderator: Kevin O’Leary, “Shark Tank”

12:00 PM St. Regis Hotel Ballroom

Social Media Versus American Democracy

The Founders created a representative republic rather than a direct democracy, designed to slow down deliberation so that majorities could rule based on reason rather than passion. But in the age of Facebook and Twitter, new social media technologies have unleashed populist passions and accelerated public discourse to warp speed, creating the very mobs, demagogues, echo chambers, and factions that Madison and Hamilton feared. Is the American idea in crisis, and if so, and what can we do about it?
Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic
Jeff Rosen, National Constitution Center

5:30 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Russia: The World’s Outlaw State
While the allegations of Russia’s 2016 election meddling have dominated US headlines, Vladimir Putin’s government is increasingly acting as an outlaw state across the international stage — undermining European democracies, launching devastating ransomware cyberattacks, harassing US diplomats, executing journalists and dissidents, harboring sophisticated cybercriminals, and testing Western alliances. How should the United States, Europe, and the West as a whole respond to the rising belligerence of Putin’s Russia?
Evelyn Farkas, Atlantic Council
Kori Schake, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Moderator: Anne-Marie Slaughter, New America

5:30 PM St. Regis Hotel Ballroom
The Cultural Revolution We Need: How America Will Turn Itself Around

The forces of division have been tearing America’s social fabric for decades. But a new coalition of community builders with a new set of beliefs is rising to turn things around. Here’s how you can help.
David Brooks, The New York Times


5:30 PM Wheeler Opera House Bar

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7:00 PM Belly Up Aspen

Where do ‘NeverTrump’ Republicans Go From Here?

During the 2016 presidential campaign, some prominent Republicans — appalled by candidate Trump’s crude remarks, his chaotic campaign, and his ideological inconsistencies — proclaimed their opposition with the slogan “NeverTrump.” Fast forward to 2018: Trump and Trumpism are here to stay, and the NeverTrumpers and their supporters suddenly seem out of step with the fast-moving, rowdy populism of the Republican Party. They’ve been called delusional and in denial, but they haven’t backed down. With midterms approaching and 2020 just around the bend, what’s the next move for establishment Republicans?
Mickey Edwards, The Aspen Institute
Christine Matthews, Bellwether Research & Consulting
Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review
Charles Sykes, NBC/MSNBC
Moderator: Alex Wagner, The Atlantic

7:30 pm Paepcke Auditorium
306 Hollywood (Film & Discussion)With boundless creativity and irrepressible energy, 306 Hollywood memorializes and honors the life of the filmmakers’ grandmother, Annette Ontell. Housewife, fashion designer, and beloved family member, Ontell lived seven decades in the same house — 306 Hollywood Avenue in Hillside, New Jersey. Ultimately a profound reflection on how we examine and deal with the past, the film can also be viewed as a quirky instruction manual on how to live in the present. 306 Hollywood remains intellectually adventurous while playfully peeking into odd corners and exploring shifts in scale. Film is followed by discussion with filmmakers Elan and John Bogarin.
Elan Bogarin, 306 Hollywood
Moderator: Tabitha Jackson, Sundance Institute

8:30 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom

Good Feminist, Bad Feminist, and Who Gets to Decide

What is feminism, and is anyone doing it right? As the movement has gone mainstream and come under greater scrutiny, it seems any consensus on the meaning of “feminism” has been lost — but was there ever agreement on what it was? In this panel, a collection of leading thinkers will define feminism and attempt to answer what makes a good feminist in 2018. How can we get less angry (or should we be more angry)? How do we get more aligned (or was alignment ever part of the deal)? And just what is the future of the feminist movement?
Tarana Burke, Girls for Gender Equity
Brittney Cooper, Rutgers University
Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic
Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures
Moderator: Anne-Marie Slaughter, New America

8:30 PM St. Regis Hotel Ballroom  

Do the Democrats Have What It Takes to Win Big in 2018 — and 2020?

Midterms are often seen as the first nationwide referendum on a first-term president. Donald Trump’s ratings have ranged from low to medium-low, but a “blue wave” of victories is far from guaranteed this fall. Where Democrats strive for inclusiveness with regards to race, gender, and immigration status, critics see “identity politics,” and successfully fending off that critique may determine the party’s fate across the country. Who are the rising Democratic stars to watch, and what internal clashes must the Democrats resolve as they look toward 2020?
Michael Allen, Axios Media
Jamelle Bouie, Slate
Celinda Lake, Lake Research Partners
Reihan Salam, National Review
Moderator: Amy Walter, The Cook Political Report

Tuesday, June 26

7:50 AM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Bayou Breakdown: The Incredible Urgency of Coastal Restoration

Coastal Louisiana is in crisis. Since the 1930s, the state has lost more than 2,000 square miles of land. Every 100 minutes, a football field of coastal land disappears into open water. That adds up to an area the size of Delaware being swallowed, in small and steady gulps, by the Gulf of Mexico. Can the state’s bold, $50 billion restoration plan save the residents, wildlife, industry, and billions of dollars in economic infrastructure? What can other coastal cities learn from the Mississippi River Delta?
Kathy Baughman McLeod, Bank of America
Kate Orff, SCAPE
Rob Walton, Walton Family Foundation
Moderator: Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone Magazine

7:50 AM St. Regis Hotel Ballroom
His and Hers: A Gender-Informed Guide to Friendship

How friends talk to each other can either bring them closer or pull them apart. From chatting and teasing to confiding, arguing, and ghosting, what are the patterns of communication and miscommunication that affect friendships at different stages of our lives? Deborah Tannen, author of the New York Times best-seller You Just Don’t Understand, and most recently You’re the Only One I Can Tell, explores how women’s and men’s friendships compare, and how differences between them can complicate our conversations — and our relationships.
Deborah Tannen, Georgetown University

12:00 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom

Who Runs the World? The Surge of Women into American Politics

Since 2016, we’ve watched women rack up unprecedented wins in statehouses, city halls, and even Congress — and thousands more are throwing their hats into the ring. How did factors like Donald Trump’s win and #MeToo influence this wave, and why does the movement seem to be taking hold now? We’ll have a look at the different governing styles and priorities women exhibit compared to their male counterparts, and talk about the challenges they face as they attempt to make 2018 “The Year of the Woman” in American politics.
Michelle De La Isla, Mayor of Topeka
Celinda Lake, Lake Research Partners
Christine Matthews, Bellwether Research & Consulting
Moderator: Rebecca Traister, New York Magazine


12:00 PM St. Regis Hotel Ballroom

North Korea: The Threat Assessment

President Obama told incoming President Trump that North Korea would likely be the toughest item on his to-do list, and through the first 500 days of the administration, the prediction has proved correct. Kim Jong Un’s nuclear program has made regional allies, like South Korea and Japan, nervous, and heightened nuclear fears in the United States for the first time since the end of the Cold War. With all the drama over the on-again, off-again summit, where does the thorniest issue on Trump’s agenda go?
Ash Carter, Harvard Kennedy School
Jay Lefkowitz, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Jung Pak, Brookings Institution
Moderator: Mary Kay Magistad, “Whose Century Is It?”

5:30 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Is Activism Good Business? A Conversation with Patagonia’s CEOClothing and recreational equipment company Patagonia has sued the Trump administration over its resolution to reduce the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument. CEO Rose Marcario says she’s acting according to the company’s values, and customers buy its products because it protects public lands, develops sustainable fabrics, and invests in sustainable agriculture. And in fact, under Marcario’s leadership, Patagonia has quadrupled revenues, proving that the company’s bold activism is good for business and the planet.
Rose Marcario, Patagonia 
Interviewer: Erik Schatzker, Bloomberg TV

5:30 PM St. Regis Hotel Ballroom
‘Intelligence Squared’ Debate: Social Media Is Good for Democracy (Live Taping)
Platforms like Twitter and Facebook set the stage for a promising digital revolution, providing tools that helped foster global friendships, let new voices be heard, and served as the ultimate democratizing force for information. But critics argue that rather than uniting and informing, social media deepens social and political divisions and erodes trust in the democratic process, violates citizens privacy, and spreads propaganda. Will the power of social media yet be harnessed and used as an unprecedented force for good in the world? Or do systemic platform flaws pose an irreversible threat to the world’s democratic institutions?
Frank Foer, The Atlantic
Jeff Jarvis, The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism
Roger McNamee, Elevation Partners
Emily Parker, Author
Moderator: John Donvan, Intelligence Squared US

5:30 PM Wheeler Opera House Bar
‘In the Thick’ Podcast: Who Gets to be Mad? Race, Gender and the Politics of American Anger (Live Taping)

Join a live podcast with Futuro Media’s ‘In The Thick.’ Co-hosts Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela meet up at Aspen Ideas with Dr. Brittney Cooper (aka Professor Crunk), author of Eloquent Rage, and Dr. Michael Kimmel, author of Angry White Men and Healing from Hate. They’ll explore why everyone seems to be mad as hell, how anger has infected and transformed our politics, and why race and gender matter when it comes to rage in the Trump era. But can anger be something other than ugly — perhaps even a source of energy and creativity?
Brittney Cooper, Rutgers University
Michael Kimmel, Stony Brook University
Hosts: Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media Group

7:30 PM Paepcke Auditorium
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Film & Discussion)

Based on the novel by Emily Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. The center is run by Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother, Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.)— himself an example of how those in the program can be “cured.” In the face of intolerance, Cameron meets fellow sinners Jane (Sasha Lane), and Adam (Forrest Goodluck). Together, the teenagers form an unlikely family and fight to survive.
Sara Gelser, Oregon State Senator 
Mathew Shurka, Born Perfect
Moderator: Matt Thompson,

7:30 PM Belly Up Aspen

The Perilous Pursuit of Truth (Investigative Journalists in Hostile Times)

As of this writing, 28 journalists have been killed in 2018, 262 were imprisoned in 2017, and 58 are currently marked as missing. Every day in countries across the globe, journalists put their lives at risk to expose the truth: truth about human rights, political corruption, drug trafficking, environmental crime. What can journalists (and the rest of us) do to secure their safety — and preserve our collective right to know the truth?
Faisal Al Mutar, Ideas Beyond Borders
Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, WITNESS
Gillian Caldwell, Global Witness
Moderator: Adrienne LaFrance,

8:30 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom

Drawdown: We Have the Technology to End Global Warming

Author Paul Hawken shares the remarkable story of how a diverse group of researchers from around the world came together to identify, research, and model the most substantive 100 existing solutions to bring us to drawdown — that moment when greenhouse gas levels peak and begin to drop on a year-to-year basis. He shows the path forward that can roll back global warming within 30 years. The uplifting idea here: Humanity has the means at hand right now to stem global warming.
Paul Hawken, Project Drawdown
Katharine Wilkinson, Project Drawdown


8:30 PM St. Regis Hotel Ballroom

Jordan Peterson: The Case Against Political Correctness

Jordan Peterson may be one of the most famous intellectual in North America today. He also may be among the most misunderstood. His fans say that he’s saved their lives, and detractors say that he’s the gateway drug to the alt-right. Who is this psychologist-philosopher who so many of us had never heard of two years ago, and what does he really believe?
Jordan Peterson, University of Toronto
Interviewer: Bari Weiss, The New York Times

Wednesday, June 27

7:50 AM Hotel Jerome Ballroom

The People Versus Democracy

The world is in turmoil. From Italy to Turkey, and from Hungary to the United States, authoritarian populists have seized power. As a result, argues political scientist and author Yascha Mounk, democracy itself may now be at risk. How did we get here, and what do we need to do now? If we are unwilling to give up on either individual rights or the popular will, urgent action is needed. This may be our last chance to save democracy.
Yascha Mounk, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

7:50 AM St. Regis Hotel Ballroom

The Supreme Court Now: The Most Recent Decisions, the Deciders, and What to Expect Next

From same-sex wedding cakes and voting rights to gerrymandered congressional districts and public unions, the latest Supreme Court term was full of newsmaking decisions, even when they decided not to decide. Join Ideas Festival legal and policy experts for a lively and informative roundup, where they’ll parse the most consequential opinions, emerging trends, and what these decisions tell us about the future of the highest court in the land.
Emily Bazelon, The New York Times Magazine
Nancy Gertner, Harvard Law School
Mimi Marziani, Texas Civil Rights Project
Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review
Moderator: Jeff Rosen, National Constitution Center

12:00 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Tech’s Immediate and Existential Threat to Humanity
George Soros said social media platforms are the largest threat to democracy. Marc Benioff said we should regulate them like tobacco. Why? Every day, platforms like Facebook and YouTube point their supercomputers at two billion people’s minds to capture their attention, and in the process create social harms that include digital addiction, amplifying genocide, political polarization, and election manipulation. As a former design ethicist at Google and founder of the Center for Humane Technology, Tristan Harris will lead a discussion on how we must realign platforms with the greater good.
Tristan Harris, Center for Humane Technology
Interviewer: Charles Duhigg, The New York Times

12:00 PM St. Regis Hotel Ballroom

With Honor: Can Veterans Help Bridge Our Political Divides?

America is at a critical and potentially existential moment. Tribal polarization is at all-time high. Yet veteran representation in Congress is at an all-time low. Veterans know how to work together and get things done in tough places. Can a surge of next-generation, principled veterans who have pledged to form a cross-partisan coalition win in November, break down divisions, and get Congress working again?
Rye Barcott, With Honor
Interviewer: David Brooks, The New York Times

3:00 PM Benedict Music Tent
Afternoon of Conversation For our annual signature event in the Benedict Music Tent, the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival hosts former secretary of state John Kerry in a candid conversation about geopolitics with Andrea Mitchell. Immediately following, in collaboration with Theater Aspen, Ideas Fest presents a live performance by Broadway actors followed by panel discussions examining the historical and social impact that iconic works of theater and the musical stage have had in accentuating critical social issues.
John Kerry, Former Secretary of State
Andrea Mitchell, NBC News
David Brooks, The New York Times
Jonathan Capehart, The Washington Post
Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker
Katie Couric, Katie Couric Media
Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media Group
Peter Marks, The Washington Post
Elissa Soloman,
Nadine Strossen, New York Law School
Jose Antonio Vargas, Define American


7:30 PM Paepcke Auditorium
The Sentence (Film & Discussion)

Ever wondered why mandatory minimum sentences are so controversial? Pay a visit through film to the family of Cindy Shank, mother of three, who is serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for her tangential involvement with a Michigan drug ring years earlier. Captured by Shank’s brother, this intimate portrait of the devastating consequences of mandatory minimum drug sentencing follows her and her family over the course of ten years.
Nancy Gertner, Harvard Law School
Cindy Shank, The Sentence
Rudy Valdez, The Sentence
Moderator: Tabitha Jackson, Sundance Institute

7:30 PM Belly Up Aspen

Very Fine People: Or, How to Stop Worrying and Talk About Race, White Nationalism and Trump in America

Colin Kaepernick. Charlottesville. Identity politics. Travel ban. Black Lives Matter. Build That Wall. Trump. A decade after the United States elected its first black president and pondered whether it had become a post-racial society, race is a more prominent and intransigent problem than ever. In this dialogue about racism’s complexities and societal implications, we’ll ask: How did we get here? Why does such an artificial category continue to hold sway over our lives, and, most crucially, where can we go from here?
Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker
Interviewer: Wajahat Ali, The New York Times

8:30 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Yeethoven: How Kanye West and Beethoven Collide
On his last two albums, Kanye West’s music departed dramatically from traditional pop song structures, launching into a more symphonic approach. Ludwig van Beethoven — similarly controversial in his time — wrought havoc on existing musical forms and alienated many in the process. Join Yuga Cohler and Stephen “Johan” Feigenbaum as they explore these similarities during a discussion of their orchestral concert Yeethoven, which sold out Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall this past January. An eleven-piece classical ensemble will illustrate their arguments with live musical excerpts.
Yuga Cohler, Yeethoven
Stephen “Johan” Feigenbaum, Yeethoven
Moderator: Alan Fletcher, Aspen Music Festival and School

8:30 PM St. Regis Hotel Ballroom 

How We Survive Attacks on Journalism

It is no secret that leaders, at home and abroad, have a problem with journalists. Rants against news organizations and individuals punctuate conversations in Europe and Asia as easily as they do in the United States. How do members of the media navigate their profession in such a climate? Some of the top journalists in the country, representing National Review, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and USA Today discuss the challenges of staying on top of their reporting at a time when leaders in powerful positions criticize their work.  
Jonathan Capehart, The Washington Post

Andrea Mitchell, NBC News

Susan Page, USA Today

Reihan Salam, National Review

Brian Stelter, CNN
Moderator: David Folkenflik, NPR

Thursday, June 28

7:50 AM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
What Is It Like to Be Inside the American Immigration System Today?

While Congress looks less and less likely to take on any meaningful move on comprehensive immigration reform, hundreds of thousands of people live in limbo every day. Many of them face daily trials, ranging from inconveniences to crippling uncertainty to, in some communities, hatred and outright danger. What’s it like to be at the mercy of our immigration system today?
Ismahan Abdullahi, Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans
Gaby Pacheco, TheDream.US
Jose Antonio Vargas, Define American
Moderator: Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media Group

7:50 AM St. Regis Hotel Ballroom

Psychology and the Good Life

What does the science of psychology say about how to live a happier life? Professor Laurie Santos shares the top insights from her class at Yale, Psychology and the Good Life, the most popular course in the university’s 300-year history.

Laurie Santos, Yale University

12:00 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
The Whale and the Wind Turbine: Innovation Inspired by Animals

Luckily for us, a truly sustainable world already exists. Life on Earth had been in perfect balance for 3.8 billion years, and the secrets to that sustainability are still all around us. Biomimicry is the emulation of nature’s genius in design, engineering, even business. Today, biomimics are learning to repel bacteria like a shark, gather fog like a desert beetle, and circulate resources like a forest. The resulting designs are beautiful, functional, and — not surprisingly — sustainable. Biologist Janine Benyus champions the idea that we should take cues from the natural world, because what better mentor can there be?
Janine Benyus, Biomimicry 3.8

12:00 PM St. Regis Hotel Ballroom

The Most Human Place on the Internet

Every major social platform has to wrestle with its influence on society and how its leaders’ decisions affect people. But one site that hasn’t made many headlines is Reddit, a network of hundreds of thousands of communities for people to connect across shared interests, in politics, jokes, hobbies, life struggles, and countless other topics. From new content policies to protecting user privacy, Reddit’s approach to human connection sets it apart from its peers. In a wide-ranging discussion, CEO Steve Huffman will discuss how and why Reddit is the most human place on the internet.
Steven Huffman, Reddit
Interviewer: Katie Couric, Katie Couric Media
with Brian Goldsmith, Katie Couric Podcast


5:30 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Hip Hop Collision: Music, Racism, and the Law

Atlanta-based defense attorney and #BillionDollarLawyer Drew Findling shares the stage with his client, international hip hop star Kiari Cephus — known onstage as Offset, one third of the music trio Migos — to discuss the intersection of criminal justice, race, and hip-hop. These issues, common themes in hip-hop music, reflect deeply rooted societal schisms which play out endlessly in the collateral consequences of criminal conviction and mass incarceration. This session will explore how recent events like Meek Mill’s imprisonment and subsequent release, as well as the Parkland shooting, continue to inspire artists, drive conversations, and mobilize fans to act.
Kiari “Offset” Cephus, Migos
Drew Findling, The Findling Law Firm
Moderator: Joshua Johnson, “1A”

5:30 PM St. Regis Hotel Ballroom
‘Intelligence Squared’ Debate: Globalization Has Undermined the American Working Class (Live Taping)

Globalization ushered in an era of free trade, fluid borders, and unparalleled corporate profits. For its proponents, the global integration of states and their economies was a political and economic win that created a wealth of opportunities for workers and consumers around the world. But in the United States, jobs are disappearing in construction zones, clerical offices and coal mines. Did the push toward global integration turn our most vulnerable populations into the losers of this grand experiment, or is globalization being used as a scapegoat for failed public policies and unprecedented advances in technology?
Jason Furman, Harvard University
Thea Mei Lee, Economic Policy Institute
James Manyika, McKinsey Global Institute
Moderator: John Donvan, Intelligence Squared US

5:30 PM Wheeler Opera House Bar
Keeping Bots in Check

Bots — accounts with no human oversight — rule Twitter. According to a Pew Research analysis of more than 1.2 million public tweets, an astounding 66 percent of links tweeted are shared from bots. Enter accidental tech superheroes Ash Bhat and Rohan Phadte who, in the spring of their sophomore year at UC Berkeley, launched a counterattack called Hear how two 20-year-olds are changing the way we see news and filter out propaganda.
Ash Bhat, RoBhat Labs
Rohan Phadte, RoBhat Labs
Moderator: Adrienne LaFrance, The Atlantic

7:00 PM Belly Up Aspen
Global Politics: Is Anyone in Charge?

Donald Trump’s America First philosophy and his retreat from international alliances led pundits to dub Germany’s Angela Merkel the new leader of the free world, but today’s global leadership appears more muddled than ever, especially as Brexit and unrest in Italy threatens the integrity of the European Union. Across the Pacific and Africa, countries are being forced to reckon with — and are sometimes embracing — China’s rising influence. Where should the world look for leadership in an increasingly multipolar world?
Elizabeth Economy, Council on Foreign Relations
Peter Feaver, Duke University
Kati Marton, Journalist
Moderator: John Dickerson, CBS News

7:30 PM Paepcke Auditorium

Burden (Film & Discussion)

Enter the world of Mike Burden (Garrett Hedlund), a taciturn repo man rising through the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan in small-town South Carolina. Loyal to the clan for deeply personal reasons, Burden has a change of heart when he falls for a single mother who stirs his social conscience. His violent break from the Klan brings him to Reverend Kennedy (Forest Whitaker), an idealistic African American preacher. Based on a true story, Burden is an unflinching examination of our heritage of hatred, redemption, and the hard work of undoing racism.
Andrew Heckler, Burden

8:30 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
After #METOO: The Way Forward for Women in the Media

In an industry so central to American culture — and one so publicly rocked by #MeToo — how do women in media move forward? And how can media organizations rebuild their reputations among women? A group of leading female journalists reflects on conditions that might have led to the scandals we watched unfold, and discuss what, if anything, has changed at work. What concrete steps must the industry take not only to serve the women currently working in it at all levels, but to draw the next generation of superb female journalists and editors?
Rebecca Blumenstein, The New York Times
Mona Charen, Syndicated Columnist
Katie Couric, Katie Couric Media
Adrienne Green, The Atlantic
Shannon Van Sant, Press Forward
Moderator: Susan Page, USA Today


8:30 PM St. Regis Hotel Ballroom

The Photo Ark: Documenting the Endangered

“When we’re able to look animals in the eye, it is easy to see they’re not so different.” National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to photograph every animal species in human care. Ten years later, he’s documented 8,000 animals. Go behind the scenes as he travels the world to get up close with creatures outrageous,stunning, and even toxic, along with animals on the brink of extinction. Things can go wrong, and often do, but Sartore is at the helm of a conservation effort of its own kind. It just takes one person to build an ark.
Joel Sartore, The Photo Ark

Friday, June 29

7:50 AM Hotel Jerome Ballroom

Can Americans Resist the Pull of Tribalism?

Humans are tribal. But in America today, the allure of tribalism takes us down one treacherous path after another. American political elites have ignored the group identities that matter most to ordinary Americans. Identity politics have seized both the left and right in an especially dangerous, racially inflected way to the point that every group now feels threatened. To survive, America must transcend tribal fears and loyalties and forge an authentic national identity: one that acknowledges the reality of group differences and fights the deep inequities that divide us.
Amy Chua, Yale Law School
Interviewer: J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy

7:50 AM St. Regis Hotel Ballroom

Women Becoming Leaders: Why This Matters

Over the past century, women have made significant strides in achieving leadership positions, but they still have a long way to go to achieve parity in jobs, pay, and representation in business, science, government, or academia. In this session, we’ll examine the embedded gender biases that bar women from leadership positions, and ask what strategies women (and men) can employ to promote greater levels of gender equality. Importantly, we’ll discuss the promise of women’s leadership, and the advantages gained as more women rise to the highest levels of decision making. Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode, author of several books on women and leadership, is joined by New York Times Deputy Managing Editor Rebecca Blumenstein — two prominent female leaders in their own right.
Deborah Rhode, Stanford Law School
Interviewer: Rebecca Blumenstein, The New York Times

12:00 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom

No Such Agency: The NSA Explained

In the age of big data and the rise of the digital economy, no government agency plays a more central — or less understood — role than the mysterious National Security Agency. For years, the so-called Puzzle Palace was so secret that officials joked its acronym stood for “No Such Agency,” — until Edward Snowden published many of its biggest secrets online. Hear one of the NSA’s most senior officials explain the reality of what the NSA is — and what it isn’t.
Anne Neuberger, National Security Agency
Interviewer: Jason Pontin, Flagship Pioneering

12:00 PM St. Regis Hotel Ballroom

How Is New Power Shaping Our World?

Why do some leap ahead while others fall behind in today’s chaotic, connected world? Two visionary thinkers take you on a whirlwind tour of the 21st century, revealing how “new power” — open, participatory, and peer-driven — is reshaping politics, business and society. New power works like a current, not a currency — and it is most forceful when it surges — and understanding how it works could change your life.
Jeremy Heimans, Purpose
Henry Timms, 92nd Street Y
Moderator: Gillian Tett, Financial Times

5:00 PM Hotel Jerome, Aspen Times Room

Keeling Curve Prize Awards Ceremony

Ten winners chosen from an international pool of applicants will be announced during this world premier ceremony. Jacquelyn Francis, Mike Klein, and scientist Eric Keeling will introduce the multimedia presentation of the 20 finalists and their projects demonstrating greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The program includes analysts Ruth Metzel, Aven Satre-Meloy, and Karthik Mukkavilli; an interview with prize judge George Polk; and a Q&A with advisory council members Susan Joy Hassol, David Bookbinder, and Chad Frischmann. Winners will each receive $25,000 and the distinction of being the world’s first Keeling Curve Prize recipients. Presented by the Global Warming Mitigation Project.

5:30 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Free Radical: One Man’s Journey Into and Out of America’s Most Violent Hate Movement

Join an intimate conversation on modern racism, hate, and the growing alt-right social movement with one of America’s first neo-Nazi skinhead leaders. Shaken from his old ideologies by tragedy, he’s now a leading figure in de-radicalizing people away from violence-based ideologies through his writing, his Free Radicals Project, and a controversial new MSNBC docu-series, “Breaking Hate.” What is this phenomenon of white nationalism, where did it come from, can we counter it — and should we all be terrified?
Christian Picciolini, Goldmill Group
Moderator: Matt Thompson,


5:30 PM St. Regis Hotel Ballroom
Protest by Any Other Name: Creating Community through Music

From the 1960s civil rights movement to today’s #metoo, music has played an integral role in protest throughout history. Music has allowed those who feel marginalized to come together to create a community and a feeling of place. Join this panel of music experts — a critic, a scholar, a producer, and a journalist — as they discuss the traditions and legacies of protest music, and tell us the unexpected places to look for the next protest anthem.
Daphne Brooks, Yale University
Joe Henry, Musician
Greil Marcus, Author
Moderator: Ann Powers, NPR Music

5:30 PM Wheeler Opera House Bar

Has Modern American Feminism Failed Us?

Discussing her just-published book Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense, author and political commentator Mona Charen takes aim at liberal assumptions around feminism and progress. She counts among feminism’s casualties family breakdown, declining female happiness, aimlessness among men, and increasing inequality. Marshaling copious social science research as well as her own experience as a professional, a wife, and a mother, she asks, is it time for a sexual ceasefire?
Mona Charen, syndicated columnist
Interviewer: Inez Feltscher Stepman, The Federalist



7:30 PM Paepcke Auditorium
Of Fathers & Sons (Film & Discussion)

After his Sundance award-winning documentary Return to Homs, Talal Derki returned to his Syrian homeland to live for two years with a radical Islamist family. His camera focuses mainly on the children, providing rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose dream is to establish an Islamic caliphate. Osama (13) and his brother Ayman (12) love and admire their father, but while Osama seems to follow the path of jihad, Ayman wants to go back to school. The film captures the moment when the children have to let go of their youth and become jihadi fighters, steeled by one thing they’ve already learned: They must not cry.
Graeme Wood, The Atlantic

8:30 PM Hotel Jerome Ballroom
Artificial Intimacy: How to Solve Loneliness in a Data-Driven World

As humans, we have an inherent and intense desire for connection. Social media and our always-on devices have simultaneously fulfilled and thwarted this desire, so what comes next as artificially intelligent companions become even more integrated into our lives? In this interactive conversation, two tech journalists will explore and demonstrate the technology that wants to be your best friend. The audience will participate as they probe the Silicon Valley philosophy that we can outsource our emotional needs and burdens to AI. Are we living in a “Black Mirror” moment?
Kashmir Hill, Gizmodo Media
Surya Mattu, Gizmodo Media

8:30 PM St. Regis Hotel Ballroom

‘The Federalist Radio Hour’ Podcast: The Future of the American Right (Live Taping)

What does the future of the American Right look like in the wake of the populist rise of Donald Trump? A group of conservatives with very different answers will debate the future in this live recording of “The Federalist Radio Hour,” a popular center-right podcast on PodcastOne. What role has Trumpism played in redefining the Republican Party and the conservative movement, and what does it mean for domestic and foreign policy in the future? Is the party of Ronald Reagan lost forever? Is Trump an aberration or the way of the future? What issues and trends will define the American right post-Trump?
David Azerrad, The Heritage Foundation
Inez Feltscher Stepman, The Federalist
Charles Sykes, NBC/MSNBC
Moderator: Ben Domenech, The Federalist


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