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Spotlight Health

Episode Five - Aging

May 16, 2019

Today, we look inside your body and get familiar with your immune system’s constant vigilance against infection and disease. We also look at your body over time; what happens as you age?  Is there a way to stay young? And why do we value that so much?

We turn to the research and insights of the speakers of the Aspen Ideas Health conference for the answers. Aspen Ideas Health runs from June 20  - June 23, and is produced by the Aspen Institute.

Episode Four - Diversity and Inclusion

May 16, 2019

Today, we look at diversity and inclusion as it pertains to healthcare, and the emerging practice of patient-centered care. How can we even the playing field between doctor and patient? How do we give patients access to their own information and create a health arena that is going to understand and respect who they are and what their background is?

We turn to the research and insights of the speakers of the Aspen Ideas Health conference for the answers. Aspen Ideas Health runs from June 20  - June 23, and is produced by the Aspen Institute.

Episode Three - Access

May 15, 2019

  Today we look at Health, wealth, and the ethics and values of medicine. How can we ensure everyone has access to care, even if they can’t afford it? And how can we improve healthcare, or continue researching medicine, if it isn't profitable? When is it right to raise prices on drugs? What are we saying we value when we make policy decisions about health, and healthcare? And even if we perfect the system, what does it matter if the majority of the population has no way to access physicians, medicine, or even fresh produce and clean drinking water.


Episode Two - Body and Mind

May 14, 2019

Today we turn to sex, drugs and mental health. Worldwide, sexually-transmitted diseases are on the rise. Many cultures don’t discuss sex in public and debates are ongoing about teaching reproductive health. When it comes to giving birth, mothers find varying degrees of support during prenatal check-ins, and many receive no support at all once the baby has arrived.

 

 

Episode One - Medicine

May 14, 2019

Today we look at the broad scope of health and medicine as we know it. How do we define these terms in the United States and around the world? What are we getting right, and what still needs work?

 


Spotlight Health 2018: Viewpoints

Jun 12, 2018

This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio, our six-part series partnering with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Spotlight Health conference. Each week, we bring you conversations with an exceptional mix of inspiring and provocative experts, who dive into topics of global and domestic health.

Spotlight Health 2018: Disrupting Health Systems

Jun 5, 2018

  This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio, our six-part series partnering with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Spotlight Health conference. Each week, we bring you conversations with an exceptional mix of inspiring and provocative experts, who dive into topics of global and domestic health.

Spotlight Health 2018: Healthy Communities

May 30, 2018

  This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio, our six-part series partnering with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Spotlight Health conference. Each week, we bring you conversations with an exceptional mix of inspiring and provocative experts, who dive into topics of global and domestic health.

Spotlight Health 2018: Our Planet Our Health

May 22, 2018

This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio, our six-part series partnering with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Spotlight Health Conference.

This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio, our six-part series, partnering with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Spotlight Health Conference.

Spotlight Health 2018: 5 years of Spotlight Health

May 8, 2018

This is Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio, our six-part series, partnering with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Spotlight Health conference. Each week, we bring you conversations with an exceptional mix of inspiring and provocative experts, who dive into topics of global and domestic health.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

The Spotlight Health series wrapped up last weekend This year, it included a focus on how environmental factors influence health. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy was there for several discussions on this topic, including one called “Human Health and the Planet.” She spoke about this with producer Christin Kay.

 

 

 

White working class voters without a college education are most vulnerable to diseases of despair, and they are also most likely to have voted for President Trump. This population is deeply concerned about rising health insurance costs, and more likely to lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. Panelists James Fransham, Sue Curry, Mollyanne Brodie, and Joanne Kenen discuss what we know about the connections between health and politics, and why these connections matter.  

Spotlight Health 2017: Kathleen Sebelius

Jun 22, 2017

  Responsibility for implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in line with Congressional intent, rests with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Aspen Ideas Festival kicks off

Jun 22, 2017
Aspen Ideas Festival

The 12th annual Aspen Ideas Festival kicks off Thursday. Although passes have been sold out for months, there are still plenty of opportunities to attend the dozens of public events taking place over the next week.

Our first guest is Steven Keating.  When a tumor was discovered in Steven’s brain, he wanted to know everything he could about it, even choosing to stay awake during the surgery that removed the mass. But getting information about his own treatment was much more complicated than he anticipated. His experience led him to become a patient advocate.  He now works on technology that would make medical data more accessible and easier to understand for patients themselves.  

Hosts Alycin Bektesh and Christin Kay talk with Minda Dentler. When she was an infant in India, she contracted polio, which left her legs paralyzed.  She was adopted into an American family.  Minda began competing in triathlons, using a handcycle and a racing wheelchair.  In 2013, she became the first official female handcyclist in history to complete an Ironman Championship.  She's also a passionate advocate for global immunization and polio eradication.   

 

 

Caitlyn Jenner puts a spotlight on gender transition

Jun 26, 2016
Carolyn Sackariason/Aspen Public Radio News

Caitlyn Jenner, perhaps the world’s most famous trans-woman, closed Aspen Ideas Festival’s Spotlight Health yesterday. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Drug Prices and Access to Medicine

Jun 24, 2016

The average annual cost of cancer drugs in the US now exceeds $100,000 and the price of more than 200 generic drugs doubled from 2013 to 2014. That puts them far out of reach for countess ailing people, including many with decent insurance.

The Future of Medicine

Jun 24, 2016

The first of our live broadcasts for the Aspen Ideas Festival took place Thursday, June 23. It was titled "The Future of Medicine."

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