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Vail Symposium goes off-planet with former astronauts

Monday night’s Vail Symposium audience that gathered at The Sebastian Vail to listen to career NASA engineer Frank Buzzard and Astronauts Helms and Bridges was the most diverse audience of the summer season. Students, teachers, members of the Basalt High School aerospace club and other members of the community gathered to learn about the post-Apollo…

A discussion on CO Prop CC

Reeves Brown of Building a Better Colorado squeezed a semester’s worth of information about Gallagher and Tabor into a brisk 25-minute, condensed version of how these laws came into being and how they impact state revenues and spending. While Mill Levies brought some relief to school districts and municipalities, the drastic declines in state contributions…

The Unexpected Gifts from Near-Death Experiences

In a beautiful and moving program, two friends bound together by a tragic but profound experience shared what they have learned about life, the divine and the power of love. In a back-and-forth dialogue, Jeff Olson’s and Dr. Jeffrey O’Driscoll’s stories intertwined and diverged. However, their views on why we are here were complementary. According…

Ranching in Eagle County – a visual and aural history

The history of Eagle County stretches far before 1962, that famous year when the Vail ski area got its start. Virtually simultaneously, mining and ranching brought settlers to Colorado in the mid to late 19th century–spurred on by the arrival of the railroads. Ranching in Colorado was not without tragedy and hardship. In order to make ranching…

Stop feeling stressed – flip it and enjoy desserts

In an engaging and entertaining style, Brian Luke Seaward addressed the topic of stress. Seaward is a recognized expert, author and former professor in the field of stress management. Through a generous dose of humor and stories, Seaward offered various tools audience members could add to their toolkits to manage and combat the effects of…

Talking to robots may not be science fiction

The message can be either ominous or optimistic: David Ewing Duncan predicts that one day we will remember the moment robots truly arrived. Duncan introduced the Vail Symposium audience to several of the robots we are likely to encounter in the future such as the warrior bot and the intimacy bot. With each robot, a…

Experts address the Alzheimer’s Enigma

Dr. Michal Beeri and Dr. Samantha Holden Alzheimer’s currently afflicts nearly 6 million Americans. If a cure or delay is not found by 2050, it is estimated that those afflicted globally will rise to 150 million. All of the drugs developed to treat Alzheimer’s thus far have had little or no effect on the progress…

Smartphones are transforming India – here’s how

Smartphones are more than just the first mobile phones for the vast majority of Indians–they are the first phone, period.¬†For most Indians, smartphones¬†are also their first camera, television, map, translator, dating app and window to the world. Ravi Agrawal, the author of “India Connected: How the Smartphone is Transforming the World’s Largest Democracy,” and managing…

Is the future of food lab grown meat?

The future looks…tasty. Here in 2019, the impending climate challenges look overwhelming. However, on the same day the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report calling on people to waste less food and consume less meat, the Vail Symposium hosted experts with suggestions on how to do just that. Representatives from Finless Foods…

A conversation with CO Attorney General Phil Weiser

The Attorney General is often referred to as the people’s lawyer. It is a moniker that Attorney General Phil Weiser takes to heart. His stated purpose is to protect the rights of all Coloradans. In a wide-ranging discussion, Attorney General Weiser displayed an impressive breadth of knowledge frequently citing case law to support his legal…