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Listen Longer 12/12: Societal Reflection

December 14, 2015  • Aspen Institute Staff

This past week Aspen Institute Radio featured conversations about societal reflection: what have we done, where are we going, and how can we improve the lives of citizens? This episode includes talks on the future of the Smithsonian, rethinking national service, and protecting the welfare of retail workers during the holiday season.

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.  

David Skorton on the Future of the Smithsonian

David Skorton, a board-certified cardiologist and former Cornell University president, recently assumed the role of Secretary of the Smithsonian. Skorton comes to the Institution at a time of transition and renovation, with new museums like the National Museum of African American History and Culture slated to open soon. In this roundtable discussion, Skorton lays out his vision for the future of the Smithsonian in the twenty-first century

Beyond the Draft: Rethinking National Service

Retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal, the Honorable Michèle Fourney and Congressman Seth Moulton (MA) explain why the defense community should support universal access to national service

“Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush”

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham discusses his latest book, “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush.” Based on extensive research, private interviews, and extraordinary access to Bush’s diaries and family, the novel paints a portrait of the former President, as well as explores the legacy of his policies on Americans.

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

Retail spending is highest during the holidays, negatively impacting the paychecks, health, schedules, and work-life balance of the 15 million retail workers in the United States. This panel talk investigates better business models and policy remedies that could make the holidays happier for the retail workforce.