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Listen Longer 6/6: Healthy Ideas

June 10, 2015  • Institute Contributor

This past week on Aspen Institute Radio, we got ready for Spotlight: Health — held June 25-28 in Aspen, CO — with our favorite discussions about health, food, and medicine.

Aspen Institute Radio, our two-hour radio show, airs every Saturday and Sunday on SiriusXM Insight (channel 121). Each episode dives into the topics that inform the world around us. Here in our weekly Listen Longer posts, we’ll recap each episode and show where you can read, watch, and listen to more. Don’t have SiriusXM? Try it free for a month here.

Health and Where We Live

Zip codes and life spans

How healthy we are is very much a function of where we live, and whether we have access to clean water, reliable sanitation, adequate food, safe shelter, and basic medical care.

Fighting the Good Food Fight


Sam Kass, former White House chef and senior policy advisor for nutrition policy, has been at the forefront of first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to improve school lunches. Kass spoke about the fight for good food and the lasting legacy of the Obama White House on American nutrition.

How can we eat healthier? Watch our conversations with other experts.

Personalized Medicine


Medical treatments are becoming custom-tailored with the advent of consumer genetic testing and expanding medical knowledge. How will personalized medicine change your diagnosis and treatment? And will it come with increased medical regulation?

How did scientists figure out how to read your genome and make the service fast and affordable? MIT Professor Eric Lander explained the remarkable advances in genetic medicine.

What Does it Mean to Die with Dignity?


“How do we make sure everyone has some kind of support and connection to make sure the process of death is not one they have to experience alone?” asked National Domestic Workers Alliance Director Ai-jen Poo. Al Jazeera America’s Ray Suarez moderated an Aspen Ideas Festival discussion about palliative care for easing the dying experience.

Surgeon and author Atul Gawande spoke to us about his book on the subject, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.”

You can also watch our YouTube playlist for all of this episode’s conversations.