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WATCH LIVE: 2015 New York Ideas

Aspen Institute | Posted 05.20.2015 | New York
Aspen Institute

This year, we will be devoted to highlighting the biggest people, ideas and trends that will change the future. Exploring the possibilities that charm and challenge human intelligence and ingenuity, this year's festival will investigate how today's questions become tomorrow's answers.

A World-Class Global City-Building Forum: The First-Ever in Detroit

Rana Florida | Posted 05.20.2015 | Detroit
Rana Florida

Great cities shape their own narratives and they create new lessons for the world. Though Detroit has been the poster-child for urban distress, it is also charting a new path back.

Facebook Is Going To Publish Full Stories On Your News Feed

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2015 | Technology

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc tied up with nine news publishers to launch "Instant Articles" that will let them publish articles directly to the social net...

The FDA Has Found A Better Way To Track Contaminated Foods

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 04.16.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

What Every State Can Learn From Washington's Program To Reduce Drive-Alone Commutes

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 04.08.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

Alcoholics Anonymous, Mr. Spock and the Lighthouse

Lorraine Roe | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Lorraine Roe

There's a new brouhaha about Alcoholics Anonymous in the media in an article in The Atlantic and recent book about "The Irrationality of Alcoholics An...

Spirituality vs. Science? A Rebuttal to The Atlantic Article, 'The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous'

Tommy Rosen | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Tommy Rosen

While I absolutely believe that AA is far from perfect, please trust me when I suggest that we would not want to wake up tomorrow in a world without it.

MAG: Is It Time For Jews To Leave Europe?

The Atlantic | Posted 03.15.2015 | World

For half a century, memories of the Holocaust inoculated the Continent against overt anti-Semitism. That period has ended—the recent fatal attacks i...

Isaac Newton's Nutrient Supplements

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The transcribed conversation in The Atlantic, starting with that headline, is rather the opposite of measured, taking the measure of prevailing sentiment, and apparently concluding that prevailing faith in nutrient supplements warranted some additional throttling. If enthusiasm for supplements is the action of concern here, this piece has opted to highlight the opposing reaction.

What The Pronouns We Use Say About Us

The Atlantic | Adrienne Lafrance | Posted 02.26.2015 | World

Those who go looking for evidence of increasing self-absorption seem to find it everywhere these days. Inflated egos are apparently smiling in the sel...

Obama Is Right About Islam and Terrorism, But Not for the Reasons You Think

Michael J. Parker | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Michael J. Parker

It's not Obama's job to engage in some dinner table conversation about religion and violence. Rather, his rhetoric is part and parcel of a very deliberate strategy to achieve our political and military aims.

The Great Battle of Dabiq

Pietros Maneos | Posted 04.20.2015 | World
Pietros Maneos

A defeat at Dabiq for ISIS, and more importantly their vile ideology, would have far-reaching consequences not only for decades, but perhaps for centuries.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Cartoonist Garry Trudeau Among Polk Award Winners

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 02.17.2015 | Media

Journalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico and The Atlantic are among those who won George Polk Awards for "investigative and ...

In Response to The Atlantic Feature "Life in the Sickest Town in America"

Whitney Caudill | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Whitney Caudill

Ms. Khazan, who lives in Washington, D.C., subtitles her piece with this sentence: "I drove from one of the healthiest counties in the country to the least healthy, both in the same state." The town she bills as the sickest town in the country is my hometown - Grundy, Virginia.

Ta-Nehisi Coates Praises Andrew Sullivan's Blog

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 02.03.2015 | Media

Last week, Andrew Sullivan announced he would be shuttering his pioneering political blog, The Dish, after 15 years of near-daily musings. The reasons...

'Nature Deficit Disorder' Might Be Made Up, But The Health Benefits Of Being Outside Are Real

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living

Now that winter is upon us, an estimated 4 to 6 percent of the American population will contend with Seasonal Affective Disorder, a depression-related...

Want Health? Try the Truth

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We are imprisoned by cultural inanities that favor sales over sense, profits over the promise of adding years to life, and life to years. But we can free ourselves -- with the simple, solid, reliable fundamentals that make up... the truth.

Summoning the Ancestors

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 01.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Death stalks each generation in its own way, as activist David Mixner reminded us last week. He movingly recounted assisting the suicides of friends who were suffering through the final stages of AIDS in the 1980s. Testaments like his must be given if the new generation is to have any idea of the price that was paid by those who came before.

Images and Media Ethics: How Much, How Far?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.03.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

What is it about pictures that prompts journalists, activists, and social media users to take liberties with people's privacy, lives and destinies, and be sloppy in what they publish?

Why I Want To Live Past 75

Michael Hodin | Posted 12.28.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Rather than thinking of 75 as the time to die, let us continue to re-imagine 21st century life where 75 is a robust time of engagement and work. Perhaps for many even just the start of yet another phase of life.

Why I Don't Want To Die At 75

Joan Gage | Posted 12.16.2014 | Fifty
Joan Gage

Ezekiel Emanuel is a very distinguished scientist... Needless to say, his 5,000-word piece evoked a lot of debate, although everyone agreed he makes some important and startling points. They are his reasons for saying that he hopes to die at 75 and that, after he turns 65, he plans to discontinue all his health care -- no flu shots, colonoscopies, surgery, pacemakers.

Does a Cyberbully Ever Grow Up?

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

The past was firmly behind you. You'd moved on and just hoped everyone else had. But what if they hadn't? What if you'd done something you didn't think was all that bad but turned out to be?

Why It Actually Might Be A Good Idea For Everyone To Die At 75

Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.02.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Death isn't what scares me. Dying is. And that's because the act of dying today is too often accompanied by medical interventions long passed the point where the patient's prognosis would suggest their futility. Why should dying be so hard?

WATCH: How Can We Make Our Cities Better?

Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact

Hosted by The Atlantic in partnership with The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies, CityLab is one of The Aspen Institute's most innovative p...

A Story of Dysfunction Points to a Couple of Basic Truths

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.25.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A fascinating article by a journalism professor/parent recently illustrated two problems endemic to schools. Meredith Broussard, a professor at Templ...