Aspen Insight

Finding Power

Episode Summary

What drives us to find a sense of power we didn’t know was there? It could be a crisis, or feeling unequal or left out. In some cases, the power we discover inspires us to write.

Episode Notes

What drives us to find a sense of power we didn’t know was there? It could be a crisis, or feeling unequal or left out. In some cases, the power we discover inspires us to write. In this episode, a niece finds that she has the power to help her ailing aunt in Puerto Rico. The island's power blackout following Hurricane Maria was preventing her aunt from getting life-saving medical treatment. Also, author Eric Liu talks about his book You’re More Powerful Than You Think. He says people are coming together and rising up across America and the world, demanding better treatment and a more equitable society. Finally, we introduce you to a list of twenty books of mission-driven fiction. The works, about immigration, inequality, incarceration, climate change, and much more, are finalists for the Aspen Words Literary Prize. Add these books to your list of must-reads in the new year!

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