The Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation's premier, public gathering of leaders from the globe to engage and discuss the ideas and issues shaping our lives. MPR News presents five, one-hour highlight discussions from the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival on current affairs and issues that will give your listeners pause, and challenge their thinking. The festival will take the place of Flyover, broadcasting Sundays at 4pm.
The five shows broadcasting this year on 91.3FM are:
Sunday, December 3rd: "Trust, Individualism and the American Identity"
Trust in civic, religious, and academic institutions is at an all-time low in America. But this phenomenon did not, as some Americans might believe, begin on November 7, 2016. It has been on the decline for decades, and while it has been falling, individualism and tribalism have been on the rise. And these tribes — tied to each other with ever fewer common threads — are moving farther and farther apart in almost every measurable way, from geography to politics to economic and educational achievement.
Sunday, December 10th: "Black in America Since MLK"
How far have we come toward racial equality since the civil rights era? What does it mean to be black today? How can we have had a black president while events like Ferguson continue to occur? Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Walter Isaacson explore the tremendous gains and persistent challenges of these years, from key events and turning points to the struggles and victories of daily life, ideas that are not often said out loud, and questions that many are afraid to ask.
Sunday, December 17th: "When Colorblindness Renders Me Invisible to You"
If you're white and middle class, you were probably raised thinking that discussing race was impolite. Color blindness was seen as a virtue — and it's a persistent one. A 2014 poll revealed that almost three-quarters of millennials believe we should not see the color of someone's skin. But in truth, color blindness is an insidious form of racial oppression. Two philanthropists discuss how this prevailing attitude of color blindness has affected social policy in this country, the philanthropic sector, and their own lives.
Sunday, December 24th: "The Second Big Mountain: The Next Big Challenge in Your Life"
In life, we all have annunciation moments — moments that prefigure everything that will come next. While they can happen at any time, they usually involve experiences of childlike wonder, said David Brooks, the New York Times columnist and NPR commentator.
Sunday, December 31st: "Popular Culture, Civil Liberties, and America"
Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson joins Norman Lear and Khizr Khan to discuss pressing questions of our time. What does it mean to be an American? How do our politics reflect and impact us? What role does news and entertainment media play in telling our stories? And can our collective culture change?
Tune in Sundays at 4pm to 91.3FM to hear more.