Aspen Ideas Festival 2010

The 2010 Ideas Festival, sponsored by the Aspen Institute and Atlantic Magazine, gathered scientists, artists, politicians, historians, educators, activists, and other great thinkers for a week in early July. MPR's Midday broadcast several of the presentations.

  • What's Your Big Idea?
    Eleven participants in the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival present their "big idea" to the assembled crowd.Midday, July 6, 2010
  • Will the financial crisis spell America's decline?
    Niall Ferguson, Mort Zuckerman and Tom Friedman discuss the impact of the financial crisis on America's future, at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival.Midday, July 7, 2010
  • Founders of Twitter tell their story at Aspen Ideas Festival
    Every day 70 million tweets are sent. Two of the co-founders of Twitter explain how this company, and this phenomenon, came to be and where it is headed.Midday, July 8, 2010
  • Bill Gates, educator Geoffrey Canada at Aspen
    Microsoft Chair Bill Gates talks about his ideas for health care. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given money to combat malaria and improve health care in countries around the world. Also Geoffrey Canada on his vision of improving education for children who attend the worst performing schools.Midday, July 9, 2010
  • Peter Orszag at the Aspen Ideas Festival
    Outgoing director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter Orszag discusses the economy and where it's headed. Orszag spoke at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival. He will leave his position at the OMB at the end of July.Midday, July 12, 2010
  • Analyzing the tea party
    Three political analysts discuss the tea party -- how it compares to other populist movements, why it's attracted such a devoted following, and what impact it might have on U.S. politics. The analysts spoke at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado.Midday, July 14, 2010
  • Can 'Three Cups of Tea' affect military policy in Afghanistan?
    Greg Mortenson, co-founder and executive director of the Central Asia Institute and author of "Three Cups of Tea," has devoted his life to building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. At the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival, Mortenson discusses whether his ideas about promoting peace can affect U.S. military policy in Afghanistan.Midday, July 14, 2010
  • New York Times columnist David Brooks on the human mind
    At the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival, New York Times columnist David Brooks discussed what scientists are learning about the human mind - and what that means for both our lives and our public policy.Midday, July 16, 2010
  • Is America still the land of opportunity?
    A panel at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival considers how the recession is affecting the middle class - and whether America still offers the possibility of upward mobility.Midday, July 19, 2010
  • The Great Reset
    Richard Florida, author of the new book "The Great Reset," spoke at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival about how new ways of living and working can create a post-recession prosperity.Midday, July 20, 2010
  • What is the future of our oceans?
    Oceanographers and deep-sea explorers Sylvia Earle and Edith Widder travel around the world to study what's happening to our oceans. In a conversation at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival, they discuss the BP oil spill and other threats to our oceans -- as well as what ocean management should look like in the future.Midday, July 20, 2010
  • The hunt for an AIDS vaccine
    Experts gathered this week in Vienna at an international AIDS conference, and there was good news about a vaginal gel that could prevent transmission of the HIV virus. But scientists are still looking for what some have called the Holy Grail of AIDS prevention: a vaccine. Epidemiologist Seth Berkley, founder of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, speaks at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival about the prospects for a vaccine.Midday, July 22, 2010
  • What should the U.S. do about the federal debt?
    Much of the economic conversation in Washington right now revolves around one word: Debt. The federal debt, now at around $13 trillion, is ballooning. Experts at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival consider what that means for the U.S., and what the country needs to do about it.Midday, July 29, 2010
  • Is social media changing journalism?
    A panel of influential media experts discuss how social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are changing journalism and the news industry. Recorded at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Midday, August 3, 2010
  • The battles and triumphs of FDR's Supreme Court justices
    Noah Feldman, author and Harvard Law School professor, says four of the most important Supreme Court justices ever were appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, at a moment of crisis in the U.S. Feldman spoke at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival about those justices, and what their vision means for the Supreme Court today. His forthcoming book is called, "Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices."Midday, August 4, 2010
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali at Aspen Ideas Festival
    The controversial author of the best-seller "Infidel" and her newest book, "Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations" speaks at Aspen about women in the islamic world.Midday, August 6, 2010
  • The Facebook Effect
    Longtime technology journalist David Kirkpatrick, author of "The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World," spoke at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival about how Facebook got its start, and how it's changing the world.Midday, August 10, 2010
  • Ideas From Aspen: The Next Economy
    An economic crisis often spurs economic opportunity. So where will that opportunity be found? Marketplace Host Kai Ryssdal presents highlights from the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival conversations about the economy.August 10, 2010
  • What makes a great teacher?
    Amid all the debate over how to improve education in America, there's one point on which most everyone can agree: We need good teachers. But what makes a great teacher? A group of education experts gathered at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss that question.Midday, August 11, 2010
  • Are we living in a golden age of innovation?
    A panel of experts at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival considers whether we are living in a time of unprecedented innovation, and what kinds of innovation we're likely to see in the future.Midday, August 12, 2010
  • Telling fact from fiction in the new media world
    National Public Radio President and CEO Vivian Schiller speaks at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival about news literacy, and how to tell fact from fiction in a world of information.Midday, August 13, 2010
  • One woman's journey to civil rights
    In 1961, Charlayne Hunter-Gault made civil rights history when she became the first African-American woman to enter the University of Georgia. Hunter-Gault, a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, told her story at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival.Midday, August 16, 2010
  • Environmentalist Bill McKibben at the Aspen Ideas Festival
    Environmentalist Bill McKibben, author of "The End of Nature" and "Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet," spoke at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival about climate change.Midday, August 16, 2010
  • Writing in the age of the Internet
    Three preeminent American writers gathered at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss how new technology is changing the art of writing.Midday, August 23, 2010
  • Ideas From Aspen: Living Digitally
    Twitter, smart phones, iPads. What's next in the digital revolution, and how is technology reshaping our lives? Marketplace Host Kai Ryssdal talks with some of the brains behind the tech revolution. Ryssdal presents highlights from the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival conversations about living digitally.September 22, 2010

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