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Aspen Ideas to Go Podcast: Is Violence a Function of Our Culture?

August 20, 2015  • Tricia Johnson, Guest Blogger

The “Aspen Ideas to Go” podcast is a weekly show featuring fascinating speakers who have presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs offered by the Aspen Institute — including Aspen Words, the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series, and various events around the country. For a curated listening experience subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or listen to each episode on the Aspen Ideas website 

Homicide remains an endemic, seemingly unsolvable problem in America. And violent crime afflicts African-American communities to a much greater degree than others, as does mass incarceration — and police violence. What is the cause of this crisis? What is the role of culture? Are there any solutions?

This episode features New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who has been confronting this crisis head-on, in conversation with  The Atlantic National Correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates, who has written widely on matters of race, policing, and American history. His memoir “Between the World and Me” was published last month and is currently No. 1 on The New York Times Bestseller list. Atlantic National Correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg moderates the discussion.