One of the great strengths of the Aspen Ideas Festival, which kicks off tomorrow and will be streamed live on FORA.tv, is its ability to address the breaking news that occurs during the festival’s seven days. Its diverse group of presenters often go extemporaneous and talk about what’s foremost on the minds of festival-goers.
These are asides of great insight.
Last year, it was all about the Arab Spring, the death of Osama bin Laden, the winding down of the Iraq War and the winding up of the war in Afganistan. The economy and the debt were all center of mind and economists were breathing a slight sigh of relief, saying we had dodged the Great Depression bullet.
This year the festival will be in day two when the Supreme Court hands down its decision on Obamacare. Two programs that are sure to address the latest developments occur on Saturday, June 30: “Is Reguation Killing the Economy?” and the “Future of Health 2012.”
Speaking of the economy … it continues to be a top story and panelists will likely address the latest news out of Europe and whether or not the U.S. is stalling into another recession in such programs as “Our Economy: Optimism, Pessimism and Reality Check” on Tuesday, July 3.
Then there is the presidential election this fall and the divisive political climate we are experiencing. “Our Divided Political Heart” on Friday, June 29, will feature E.J. Dionne, a longtime op-ed columnist for the Washington Post, and Molly Ball, staff writer at the Atlantic.
Keep abreast of the latest breaking news coming out of the festival by following FORA.tv on Twitter (@foratv) and regularly checking this blog.