CRISPR and the Future of Genetic Engineering
Jennifer Doudnam, co-founder of the CRISPR gene-editing tool that offers incredible opportunities to treat or cure diseases, develop crops resistant to pests and diseases, and livestock more efficient at producing meat and milk. There are also risks, including the concern that it could lead to a new class of "designer babies," among many ethical concerns. Where do we go from here?
Spiritual Rx for Mental Health
In Chopra's new book, Living in the Light, he says that yoga is more than just physical exercise; it's a holistic approach to well-being that includes the body, mind, and spirit. He argues that we are all connected to the universe and that we have the power to create our own reality through our thoughts and beliefs. He joins us to explore how his approach fits in the modern world.
Psychedelics and Our Mental Health
Psychedelics, like Ketamine, LSD and Psilocybin, have been shown to be effective in treating many mental health conditions. Ketamine was approved by the FDA, and it's likely that more psychedelics will be legalized in the coming years. While they may offer new hope for people who have not responded to traditional treatments, there are many concerns about safety and a lot of questions to ask.
Fentanyl’s Fatal Fallout
Seattle is in the midst of a fentanyl crisis, a drug 50 times more potent than heroin. Used with other drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine, it can be deadly even in small doses. In 2022 there were 310 overdose deaths in Seattle, more than half of those from fentanyl. We’re joined by experts on the front lines of this effort to hear what can be done to address this issue.
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About the Festival
The Crosscut Ideas Festival is a celebration of big ideas and a gathering for bold thinkers. Newsmakers, changemakers and innovators come together to take a fresh look at the biggest issues of our time. Over one week, the Crosscut Ideas Festival hosts fireside conversations and panels, meetups, art installations, workshops, and interactive experiences.