Aspen Ideas Festival

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Airs Sunday, December 17, 2017, at 6 p.m. Pakistani-American Khizr Khan teamed up with television producer Norman Lear at the Aspen Ideas Festival to promote American values. They both say we must always stay true to the rights and privileges outlined in our Constitution.

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Airs Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 6 p.m. Each year David Brooks of the New York Times gives a talk at the Aspen Ideas Festival. He called this one, "The Second Mountain: The Next Big Challenge in Your Life." David Brooks says there are mountains and valleys in our lives.... and they can come at any age.

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Airs Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 6 p.m. Opportunity, social mobility and democracy in America. Two prominent foundation heads, one black, and one white, discuss race in America. "Highlights of the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival," from APM, American Public Media.

A discussion about race and color blindness at the Aspen Ideas Festival with (from left to right) Darren Walker, Jeff Raikes and moderator Michele Norris.

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Airs Sunday, November 26, 2017, at 6 p.m. Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. is exploring the last 50 years of Black history... and the racial and class barriers in America. What would we tell Martin Luther King if he came back and wanted to know what happened? "Highlights of the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival," from APM.

Airs Sunday, November 15, at 6 p.m. Machines have no friendship to offer, and yet we persist in the desire for conversation, companionship, and even communion with the inanimate. Has the simulation of empathy become empathy enough? The simulation of communion, communion enough? We are at the robotic moment not because we have made robots that are ready to be our companions but because we are willing to be theirs. Who do we become when we talk to machines? What do we forget when we talk to machines?

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