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Listen Longer 01/23: National Security, Neighborhood Partnerships, and More

January 25, 2016  • Aspen Institute Staff

This past week Aspen Institute Radio featured some of the latest sessions around the Institute, including conversations with former Central Intelligence Agency Director Michael Morell, White House Assistant to the President Cecilia Muñoz, and US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.

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.

The Great War of Our Time: Book Chat with Michael Morell

Gain an insider’s perspective on national security issues spanning the past three decades, including the birth of Islamic terrorism, 9/11, and ISIS, through a conversation with Michael Morell, former deputy director and acting director of the CIA, on his new book, “The Great War of Our Time.”

Aspen Words Presents: Juan Felipe Herrera at Winter Words 2016

Juan Felipe Herrera is the 21st poet laureate of the United States (2015-2016) and the first Latino to hold the position. His many works of poetry include the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning collection “Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems,” “Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse,” a recipient of the Americas Award, and “Notes on the Assemblage,” his 2015 collection. Herrera is also a performance artist and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth. He was the opening speaker for Aspen Words’ 2016 author series, where he read from his work and shared stories from his childhood.

Equity and Opportunity: A Conversation with Cecilia Muñoz

Making investments in individuals is essential when addressing inequality, but what if we were to partner with city mayors and community leaders to transform entire neighborhoods? Cecilia Muñoz, White House assistant to the president and director of the Domestic Policy Council, discusses this place-based perspective at the Aspen Institute Summit on Inequality and Opportunity.

Shop ‘til Who Drops? Exploring Retail Jobs this Holiday Season

The holidays are a critical time for retail companies and workers. Spending during this time impacts the paychecks, schedules, and work-life balance of 15 million retail workers in the United States, who make up more than 10 percent of total US employment. For these workers, the holidays often amplify the year-round job stress they already face, including stress caused by unpredictable and changing work schedules, on-call shifts that may not materialize, and unexpected early dismissals.