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Ashley Judd on Helping Women and Girls

February 8, 2016  • Aspen Institute Staff

This past week Aspen Institute Radio featured highlights of conversations on American cultural identity, strategies to advance women’s health on a global scale, the rise of Netflix, and lessons learned from Ebola as we face a new possible threat from the Zika virus.

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 for free for a month here.

Town Hall with Gwen Ifill on American Identity

What is the American cultural identity? How does your personal identity affect how you see others? Gwen Ifill, co-anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, moderates a conversation between a group of esteemed panelists on this topic.

The New Golden Age of Television

Internet TV is growing globally in ways that traditional TV just isn’t. Netflix is a change-maker that is dramatically influencing our consumption of story-telling. This episode features Yahoo! Global News Anchor and Aspen Institute Trustee Katie Couric in conversation with Ted Sarandos, the gutsy program chief of Netflix, whose platinum successes include “House of Cards,” “Orange is the New Black,” and “Grace and Frankie.”

In Conversation with Ashley Judd

Actress Ashley Judd is an advocate and activist who has traveled the world promoting empowerment and equality, effective grassroots programs, and strategies to advance women’s health, curb HIV, alleviate poverty, and much more. As a global champion for women, she has led major campaigns to reduce maternal mortality and increase resources for women and girls.

Before the Next Ebola Strikes: Lessons Learned

Nowhere has the tight embrace of global and domestic health been more visible than in the Ebola epidemic, which sprinted through West Africa and then landed on US and European shores. Why were infections contained in some countries while spreading rapidly in others? What worked in even the most resource-poor settings? Will the epidemic finally encourage needed investments in fragile health systems in Africa? What could donor nations have done differently?