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THE ASPEN IDEAS FESTIVAL June 27 - July 3, 2012

“In all our lives, truly, our conviction about things changes as time goes on. The landscape shifts as you climb up a hill—

the view changes.” —Tobias Wolfe, author, Aspen Ideas Festival 2010

Ideas, pure and simple, can be inspirational. They can plant seeds where none existed. They can morph an existing thought into quite

another. They can introduce us to worlds of thinking we have never considered, thought about, imagined.

At a time when so much needs to be re-worked, re-thought, re-solved, the opportunity to spend time and listen to those with conviction and

inspiration is unique and exciting. This year at the Aspen Ideas Festival, we will ask a number of questions of leading thinkers and experts

who tackle them on a daily basis: Where do our values come from? Is democracy doing its job? Are we the best generation of parents, or

the worst? How can we fix the economy—we have a number of CEO’s addressing issues of the utmost importance to our economic recovery.

We will be dazzled by the next generation of leaders who are unveiling innovations for the future that we can use today. Join us to listen,

discuss, connect, and act. Through the week of this event, we welcome as many members of the public as our generous host venues can

accommodate and our various news and web communities can support. We look forward to conversations that spill out onto the streets of

Aspen, the communities of the Roaring Fork Valley—and with the help of the Internet, print, and broadcast press—well beyond.

FESTIVAL PUBLIC EVENTS AT A GLANCE

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

FRIDAY, JUNE 29

SATURDAY, JUNE 30

SUNDAY, JULY 1 CONT.

7:30 PM

Can We Afford to Be Healthy?

BELLY UP

7:45 AM

The Real Romney

LIMELIGHT HOTEL

7:45 AM

An Accidental Sportswriter: A Memoir

LIMELIGHT HOTEL

7:30 PM

Media and the Election

BELLY UP

8:00 PM

Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the

Greater Himalaya

DOERR-HOSIER CENTER

8:00 PM

City of Life and Death

Film Screening and Discussion

PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM

8:30 PM

Can We Solve the Debt Crisis?

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM

THURSDAY, JUNE 28

7:45 AM

Where is Knowledge?

LIMELIGHT HOTEL

7:45 AM

Our Moral Imagination

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM

12:00 PM

White House Burning: The Founding Fathers,

Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You

LIMELIGHT HOTEL

12:00 PM (doors close at 11:45)

“Talk of the Nation” LIVE

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM

5:00 PM

Head Games: Can Football Be Saved From Itself?

American Man

Film Screening and Discussion

PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM

5:30 PM

Speaker Salon: Telling a Good Story

LIMELIGHT HOTEL

7:30 PM

Hearts, Minds, and the 2012 Election

BELLY UP

7:30 PM

What’s a Legacy Worth?

DOERR-HOSIER CENTER

8:00 PM

Finding North

Film Screening and Discussion

PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM

8:30 PM

Entrepreneurship 2012

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM

FOR MORE INFORMATION

ABOUT SPEAKERS

visit www.aspenideas.org

7:45 AM

The Kinect Effect and Beyond: Evolving the

Interface Between Mankind and Machines

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM

12:00 PM (doors close at 11:45)

BBC World Service’s “The Forum”: America’s

Role in the World

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM

12:00 PM

Best Practices in Sustaining a Legacy of

Values Across Generations

LIMELIGHT HOTEL

2:30 PM (doors close at 2:15)

“Marketplace” LIVE

BELLY UP

5:30 PM

Speaker Salon: Can We Design Our Way Out

of Poverty?

LIMELIGHT HOTEL

5:30 PM

Speaker Salon: Fair Play and Illusion Racial

Myths from Obama and Immigrants to

College Athletes

HOTEL JEROME ANTLER BAR

7:30 PM

In Conversation: Moby

BELLY UP

8:00 PM

Detropia

Film Screening and Discussion

PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM

8:00 PM

Is Lying OK?

DOERR-HOSIER CENTER

9:00 PM

What Does it Take to Be President?

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM

Tickets for the individual public

events will go on sale June 20

through Aspen Show Tickets at the

Wheeler in person, online at

www.aspenshowtix.com, or by

calling 970.920.5770.

In person and online orders are

encouraged. There is an additional

$4 will-call fee per event for orders

placed by phone or online.

DUE TO DEMAND, INDIVIDUALS ARE

LIMITED TO PURCHASING 2 TICKETS

PER EVENT.

7:45 AM

The Art and Sciences of Human Inventiveness

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM

12:00 PM

Six Degrees of Separation: How do our

Connections Improve our Lives?

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Afternoon of Conversation

BENEDICT MUSIC TENT

7:30 PM

America the Post-Superpower

BELLY UP

8:00 PM

In the Zone: What does Peak Performance

Require?

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM

8:00 PM

Last Train Home

Film Screening and Discussion

PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM

10:00 PM

In Conversation with Stanley Tucci

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM

SUNDAY, JULY 1

7:45 AM

The Tiger Mother Tells All

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM

7:45 AM

Need, Speed, and Greed

LIMELIGHT HOTEL

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Aspen Ideas Block Party (FREE ADMISSION)

RIO GRANDE PARK

12:00 PM

All In: The Education of General David Petraeus

LIMELIGHT HOTEL

12:00 PM (doors close at 11:45)

BBC World Service’s “The Forum”: How is

Technology Changing the Way We Live Our Lives

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM

5:30 PM

Speaker Salon: Coming Home: Supporting

America’s New Generation of Veterans

HOTEL JEROME ANTLER BAR

5:30 PM

So Rich, So Poor

LIMELIGHT HOTEL

7:00 PM

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate:

No Fracking Way

Aspen District Theater

8:00 PM

Joe Papp in Five Acts

Film Screening and Discussion

PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM

MONDAY, JULY 2

7:45 AM

Talking Back to Facebook

LIMELIGHT HOTEL

7:45 AM

How Economics Helps Us Understand and

Improve Modern Family Life

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM

12:00 PM

Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading

Change Around the World

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM

12:00 PM

Making Good, Finding Meaning, Money &

Community in a Changing World

LIMELIGHT HOTEL

5:30 PM

Speaker Salon: Attached: The New Science

of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help you

Find and Keep Love

HOTEL JEROME ANTLER BAR

5:30 PM

Speaker Salon: Wired for War: The Robotics

Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

LIMELIGHT HOTEL

7:30 PM

Steve Jobs’s Design Genius

BELLY UP

8:00 PM

Chasing Ice

Film Screening and Discussion

PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM

8:30 PM

How to Land Your Kid in Therapy:

Overparenting and Its Perils

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM

TUESDAY, JULY 3

7:45 AM

It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Army

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM

7:45 AM

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln

LIMELIGHT HOTEL


public EVENTS

The following programs are open to the public, starting at $20 per event. Space is limited, and the schedule is subject to change; please check the pages of The

Aspen Times and listen to KAJX (91.5 FM) daily June 27-July 3. For more information on the Aspen Ideas Festival, visit aspen. Tickets are available starting June 20,

through the Wheeler Opera House box office in person and at (970) 920-5770, and www.aspenshowtix.com.

For biographical information on individual speakers, visit aspenideas.org.

DUE TO DEMAND INDIVIDUALS ARE LIMITED TO PURCHASING 2 TICKETS PER EVENT.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

EVENING EXCHANGE S

AMERICA

Can We Afford to Be Healthy?

BELLY UP, 7:30 PM $20

On the expected eve of one of the more contentious and anticipated Supreme Court decisions,

observers share perspectives on Obamacare and its future.

Joe Klein, David Leonhardt, others TBA

MODERATOR Suzanne Malveaux

underwritten by Legacy

OUR PLANET

Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya

DOERR-HOSIER CENTER, MCNULTY ROOM 8:00 PM $20

The Himalaya are home to the world’s most magnificent peaks and thousands of high-altitude

glaciers. These important glaciers supply crucial seasonal flows to rivers across Asia, yet many are

disappearing at an increasing rate. “Rivers of Ice” presents recent photographs by mountaineer

and photographer David Breashears of the world’s least studied glaciers alongside archival

photographs taken over the past century by the world’s greatest alpine photographers. The

comparison starkly reveals the alarming loss of ice during the intervening years.

David Breashears

MODERATOR Suzanne Malveaux

US-CHINA

City of Life and Death: A Film and Discussion

PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM, 8:00 PM $20

The first big-budget fiction film by the Chinese to deal with this seminal event in their modern

history, City of Life and Death is a visceral, heartbreaking portrait of life during wartime and the

Rape of Nanking. (Language: Chinese with English subtitles)

Filmmaker Lu Chuan

INTERVIEWER Melissa Chiu

ECONOMY

Can We Solve the Debt Crisis?

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 8:30 PM $20

Simon Johnson

INTERVIEWER Kai Ryssdal

THURSDAY, JUNE 28

underwritten by GE

BREAKFAST SESSIONS

TECHNOLOGY

Where is Knowledge?

LIMELIGHT HOTEL, 7:45 AM $35 (includes breakfast at 7:15)

We live in an age of information that is growing exponentially. Knowledge is no longer in our

heads—it is in the “cloud,” on networks. How will we tap into “knowledge” and wisdom as we move

forward through the Internet Age? Internet philosopher David Weinberger, author of Too Big to

Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and

the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room, shows how business, science, education, and the

government are learning to use networked knowledge to understand the world and how it works—

and work smarter.

David Weinberger

INTERVIEWER John Seely Brown

VALUES

Our Moral Imagination

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 7:45 AM $35 (includes breakfast at 7:15)

In our current market society, where everything and everyone is potentially a commodity, we

need to develop our moral imaginations. We can do this through active engagement with the arts

and humanities, which opens the way for us to explore our values and speak across our cultural

divides. A moral imagination enables us to develop empathy, an enlarged sense of community and

a consideration for the other.

Dean Jane Shaw, The Grace Cathedral of San Francisco

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 CONTINUED

LUNCH SESSIONS

ECONOMY

White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It

Matters to You

LIMELIGHT HOTEL, 12:00 PM $45 (includes lunch at 11:30)

America is mired in debt—more than $30,000 for every man, woman, and child. Bitter fighting

over deficits, taxes, and spending bedevils Washington, even as partisan gridlock has brought the

government to the brink of default. Yet the more politicians on both sides of the aisle rant and the

citizenry fumes, the more things seem to remain the same.

Simon Johnson MODERATOR David Leonhardt

“Talk of the Nation” LIVE

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 12:00 PM $45 (includes lunch at 11:00)

Doors Open 11:00 AM for lunch. Live taping 12:00 PM – 2:00pm

NPR’s popular midday news-talk show is broadcasting live from the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Hour 1: Exporting Democracy

Robert Kagan

INTERVIEWER Neal Conan

Ender: What Do We Believe And Why?

Mark Penn

INTERVIEWER Neal Conan

Hour 2: Making Work Work

Ben Waber, Shankar Vendantam

INTERVIEWER Neal Conan

Ender: The Stories Behind Photographs

Moby

INTERVIEWER Neal Cohen

SPEAKER SALON

US-CHINA

Telling a Good Story

LIMELIGHT HOTEL, 5:30 PM $20

How are Chinese and American journalists balancing activism and information in the pursuit of the

next story? And what is journalism’s role in society? Journalists share perspectives from opposite

sides of the globe.

James Fallows, Hu Shuli, Liu Xin

MODERATOR Orville Schell

SPECIAL EVENT

Head Games: Can Football Be Saved From Itself?

Screening of American Man Followed by a Discussion

PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM, 5:00 PM $20

Football is America’s most popular game, underwritten by communities and schools everywhere.

But even NFL veterans are now starting to steer their children into alternate sports to save them

from lasting injuries. Our panel considers the latest research on concussions and cutting-edge

ideas designed to manage the violence. The documentary American Man by Jon Frankel, featuring

former NFL player Kevin Turner, will be screened before the discussion.

Dan Garza, Chris Nowinski, Kevin Turner

MODERATOR Tom Farrey

EVENING SESSIONS

AMERICA

Hearts, Minds, and the 2012 Election

BELLY UP, 7:30 PM $20

What is the American public’s mood this election season? Will people vote? A look at the social,

economic, and cultural issues that will help decide the 2012 election, from faith and race to

reproductive rights and the role of women.

E.J. Dionne, Joe Klein, Debra Lee, Mark Penn, Mark Preston

MODERATOR Ron Brownstein

underwritten by Southern Company

SPORTS

What’s a Legacy Worth? Leaving an Impact off the Field and After the Bell

DOERR-HOSIER CENTER, MCNULTY ROOM, 7:30 PM $20

In this evening discussion, a panel will explore impact and legacy through the lens of three

individuals who achieve initial success through athletics, sports, or physical achievements.

David Breashears, Jim Brown, Michelle Kwan

MODERATOR Chris Heilmann

underwritten by U.S. Trust


THURSDAY, JUNE 28 CONTINUED

FRIDAY, JUNE 29 CONTINUED

AMERICA

Finding North: A Film and Discussion

PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM, 8:00 PM $20

Hunger poses serious economic, social, and cultural implications for our nation. Forty-nine

million people in the US—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Finding North examines this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food

insecurity. Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts, ordinary citizens and teachers,

and activists. Is it possible to make healthy food available and affordable for all?

Dan Glickman, Kristi Jacobson

MODERATOR Corby Kummer

ECONOMY

Entrepreneurship 2012

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 8:30 PM $20

Beth Brooke, Paul Sciarra, and others TBA

FRIDAY, JUNE 29

BREAKFAST SESSIONS

AMERICA

The Real Romney

underwritten by Ernst & Young

LIMELIGHT HOTEL, 7:45 AM $35 (includes breakfast at 7:15)

Michael Kranish turns his investigative eye on Romney’s personal life, his bond with his wife

and how they handled her diagnosis with multiple sclerosis, and his difficult years as a Mormon

missionary in France, where a fatal car crash had a profound effect on his path. The book also

illuminates Romney’s privileged upbringing in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; his rejection of the

1960s protest culture; and his close but complicated relationship with his father.

Michael Kranish

INTERVIEWER Mark Preston

TECHNOLOGY

The Kinect Effect and Beyond: Evolving the Interface Between Mankind and

Machines

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 7:45 AM $35

(includes breakfast at 7:15)

With each turn in the evolution of interactive entertainment has come new capabilities, new ways

to delight consumers by translating complex technologies into the simplest and most intuitive

experiences. On some level, the video game industry has been the forerunner in bringing new

cutting-edge technology to the masses, on-boarding consumers with the latest technologies, tools

and experiences. Kinect started as a controller free gaming device, but has gone far beyond its

origins to begin to redefine consumer experiences across industries like education, healthcare

and retail. We are also seeing a whole new ecosystem of connected smart glass devices like your

phones, tablets, and PCs becoming more intelligent and interactive with your TV. This session

will cover some of today’s key trends and the latest technologies that will reshape the future of

content, interactivity and social entertainment.

Marc Whitten

underwritten by ESA

LUNCH SESSIONS

TECHNOLOGY

BBC World Service’s “The Forum”: America’s Role in the World

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 12:00 PM $45 (includes lunch at 11:30)

David Brooks, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Richard Haass

MODERATOR Bridget Kendall

ECONOMY

Best Practices in Sustaining a Legacy of Values Across Generations

LIMELIGHT HOTEL, 12:00PM $45 (includes lunch at 11:30)

What kind of world do we want to create, protect, and leave behind? We transfer wealth as we can

but importantly, what we really want our children to understand is our values.

Chris Heilmann

SPECIAL EVENT

APM’s “Marketplace” LIVE!

BELLY UP ASPEN, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM (doors closed at 2:15 PM) $20

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the number one rated business program in the

United States? Well, here’s your chance to see economic news in action, to be part of the action

as Marketplace goes on-air. Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal hosts a live show at the Aspen Ideas

Festival, in front of an audience. Get a taste of Marketplace’s irreverent and insightful coverage

of the money, business, and economic news that influences your life. And stay for a Q&A with

Marketplace.

Heidi Moore, David Breashers, Tory Burch

MODERATOR Kai Ryssdal

SPEAKER SALON

OUR PLANET

Can We Design Our Way Out of Poverty?

LIMELIGHT HOTEL, 5:30 PM $20

In 2011 IDEO, the world-renowned design and innovation company, launched IDEO.org, a nonprofit

committed to the eradication of poverty by applying design-based methods to challenges

in areas such as health, sanitation, education, and agriculture. IDEO.org’s mission is to foster and

spread the design in the social sector by making all projects open and sharable. Join IDEO CEO

Tim Brown and IDEO.org Executive Director Jocelyn Wyatt to discuss learnings and insights about

how design thinking is driving new possibilities in philanthropy and social innovation.

Tim Brown, Jocelyn Wyatt

SPEAKER SALON

AMERICA

Fair Play and Illusion: Racial Myths From Obama

and Immigrants to College Athletes?

ANTLER BAR, HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 5:30 PM $20

How two separate careers have followed issues of race and justice into many areas where they are

commonly avoided, including college sports.

Taylor Branch

INTERVIEWER Anna Deavere Smith

EVENING SESSIONS

ARTS

In Conversation: Moby

BELLY UP ASPEN, 7:30 PM $20

An acclaimed musician, DJ, and photographer, Moby is also known for his interest in architecture.

Moby has sold more than 20 million albums.

Moby

INTERVIEWER Tim Brown

ECONOMY

Detropia: A Film and Discussion

PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM, 8:00 PM $20

Detroit was the birthplace of the middle class, an industrial utopia where anyone who worked

hard enough could experience the “American dream.” Today, Detroit is on the brink of bankruptcy.

In the past 10 years this Midwestern icon has lost 25 percent of its population and 50 percent

of its manufacturing jobs. City officials are in the midst of the most dramatic “downsizing” of

an American city ever seen—demolishing thousands of homes, reconsolidating massive tracts

of excess land, cutting basic services and encouraging Detroiters in marginal neighborhoods

to move. Detroiters who have stuck with the city are at the breaking point. Artists and curious

outsiders flock to the city in search of inspiration and opportunity. Racial tension, globalization,

lack of innovation and greed has led to a moment of truth for Detroit. How the Motor City reboots

itself will set the example for countless other post-industrial cities with similar fates. And today the

entire country is watching to see if this storied metropolis has the courage, creativity and grit to

reinvent itself—instead of implode.

Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady

MODERATOR Charlie Firestone

VALUES

Is Lying OK?

DOERR-HOSIER CENTER, MCNULTY ROOM, 8:00 PM $20

NPR On-Stage presents: “A Fish Tale.” NPR is usually in the business of seeking the truth, but for

“A Fish Tale,” NPR’s science correspondents go out in search of a lie. They find one—a classic big

fish story invented by two little boys in Wisconsin—and examine it from various angles to explain

the science behind human deception. NPR’s Jon Hamilton, Alix Spiegel, and Shankar Vedantam

normally cover neuroscience, individual psychology, and social behavior, respectively, but in “A

Fish Tale,” they artfully weave their three beats together to give a fuller understanding of the very

human urge to lie. During the show they argue amongst themselves, play fascinating clips from

interviews with scientists and with liars, and use the powerful art of storytelling to make the latest

scientific research entertaining and accessible.

Jon Hamilton, Alix Spiegel, Shankar Vedantam

AMERICA

What Does It Take to Be President?

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 9:00 PM $20

What are the qualities it takes to be a successful president in the modern era?

David Gergen, Joe Klein, George Mitchell, Andrea Mitchell

MODERATOR Ron Brownstein

underwritten by DLA Piper


SATURDAY, JUNE 30

SUNDAY, JULY 1

BREAKFAST SESSIONS

SPORTS

An Accidental Sportswriter: A Memoir

LIMELIGHT HOTEL, 7:45 AM $35 (includes breakfast at 7:15)

A longtime sports columnist for The New York Times interweaves stories from his life and the events

he covered to explore the relationships between the games we play and the lives we lead.

Robert Lipsyte

INTERVIEWER Jeremy Schaap

SCIENCE

The Art and Science of Human Inventiveness

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 7:45 AM $35 (includes breakfast at 7:15)

A New York Times best-selling author takes a revelatory look at the new science of creativity.

Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types,” he will discuss how creativity is

not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can

all learn to use more effectively.

Jonah Lehrer

INTERVIEWER John Seely Brown

LUNCH SESSIONS

ECONOMY

Six Degrees of Separation: How Do Our Connections Improve Our Lives?

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 12:00 PM $45 (includes lunch at 11:30)

Our networks—personal and professional relationships, club memberships, faith communities,

among others—help us to get jobs, advance our careers, and build economic mobility. How

does “who we know” help us move up the economic ladder, and what can be done—socially,

economically, and politically—to strengthen social capital as a key ingredient to breaking the

grip of poverty?

Anne Mosle, Robert D. Putnam, Mario Small

MODERATOR David Leonhardt

EVENING SESSIONS

AMERICA

America the Post-Superpower

BELLY UP, 7:30 PM $20

If we no longer have a monopoly on economic, political, and cultural leadership, can the US find a

role for itself in a world with multiple power players? Expert media figures share their perspectives.

Andrea Mitchell, Dina Temple-Raston, Bret Stephens, Vijay Vaitheeswaran

MODERATOR Steve Clemons

BREAKFAST SESSIONS

THE CHILD

The Tiger Mother Tells All

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 7:45 AM $35 (includes breakfast at 7:15)

The Yale professor, author, and outspoken mom talks about her life and family and explains her

take on child-rearing—and why the firestorm around her 2011 book Battle Hymn of the Tiger

Mother took her by surprise.

Amy Chua

INTERVIEWER Lori Gottlieb

ECONOMY

Need, Speed, and Greed

LIMELIGHT HOTEL, 7:45 AM $35 (includes breakfast at 7:15)

The book’s subtitle is the best description for this talk: How the New Rules of Innovation Can

Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World’s Most Wicked Problems.

The author will discuss his insightful assessment of the changing global economy, complete with

recommendations for how companies can thrive in a perpetually disruptive environment

Vijay Vaitheeswaran

LUNCH SESSIONS

WAR & PEACE

All In: The Education of General David Petraeus

LIMELIGHT HOTEL, 12:00 PM $45 (includes lunch at 11:30)

“This is the best book yet on General David Petraeus, written by a remarkable former Army officer

who spent months on the ground in Afghanistan herself. Paula Broadwell captures his basic tenets

of counterinsurgency and basic approach to leadership—as well as Petraeus’s personal qualities

and character—in a highly readable and pithy fashion. No one gives a truer picture of the war,

or of the finest general of this era and one of the greatest in modern American history.”–Michael

O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow, the Brookings Institution

Paula Broadwell

INTERVIEWER Michael O’Hanlon

TECHNOLOGY

BBC World Service’s “The Forum”: How is Technology Changing the Way We

Live Our Lives

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 12:00 PM (doors close at 11:45 PM) $45

(includes lunch at 11:30)

Joichi Ito, Julie Taymor, Michael Gallagher

MODERATOR Bridget Kendall

SPORTS

In the Zone: What does Peak Performance Require?

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 8:00 PM $20

What does it mean to perform at the top of your game physically and mentally? A top fitness

expert, Paralympic athlete, and research scientist discuss.

Bob Harper, Bonnie St. John, Gregory Yep

MODERATOR Jon Frankel

underwritten by PepsiCo

US-CHINA

Last Train Home: A Film and Discussion

PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM, 8:00 PM $20

Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their

home villages for New Year’s holiday. Last Train Home documents the mass exodus, which is the

world’s largest human migration- an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between

its rural past and industrial future. (Language: Chinese with English subtitles)

Filmmaker Fan Lixin

INTERVIEWER James Fallows

ARTS

In Conversation with Stanley Tucci

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 10:00 PM $20

Stanley Tucci

INTERVIEWER Jeffrey Goldberg

SPEAKER SALON

WAR & PEACE

Coming Home: Supporting America’s New Generation of Veterans

ANTLER BAR, HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 5:30 PM $20

As our nation approaches its Independence Day, the single group of individuals deserving our

greatest gratitude are our veterans. Paul Rieckhoff’s organization, Afghanistan Veterans of America

(IAVA), is America’s first and largest organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. A nonpartisan

nonprofit founded in 2004 with over 200,000 members in all 50 states, IAVA’s mission is to

improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families when they come home.

A nationally recognized authority on the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and a broad range of issues

affecting troops, veterans, and their families, Rieckhoff has appeared on hundreds of television

and radio programs, and now, for the first time, as an Ideas Festival speaker.

Paul Rieckhoff

AMERICA

So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America

LIMELIGHT HOTEL, 5:30 PM $20

If the nation’s gross national income—over $14 trillion—were divided evenly across the entire US

population, every household could call itself middle class. Yet the income-level disparity in this

country is now wider than at any point since the Great Depression. In 2010 the average salary

for CEOs on the S&P 500 was over $1 million—climbing to over $11 million when all forms

of compensation are accounted for—while the current median household income for African

Americans is just over $32,000. How can some be so rich, while others are so poor?

Peter Edelman

EVENING SESSIONS

SPECIAL EVENT

“Intelligence Squared U.S.” NO FRACKING WAY: The Natural Gas Boom is

Doing More Harm Than Good

ASPEN DISTRICT THEATER, 7:00 PM $20

Can natural gas be part of a clean energy solution, or is it a dangerous roadblock to a fossil-free

future? This will be a lively, Oxford-style debate taped for broadcast. IQ2US provides a forum for

intelligent discussion, grounded in facts and informed by reasoned analysis; to transcend the

toxically emotional and the reflexively ideological; and to encourage recognition that the opposing

side has intellectually respectable views.

For the Motion: Deborah Goldberg, Katherine Hudson

Against for the Motion: Joe Nocera, Susan Tierney

MODERATOR John Donvan


SUNDAY, JULY 1 CONTINUED

MONDAY, JULY 2 CONTINUED

AMERICA

Media and the Election

BELLY UP, 7:30 PM $20

Mike Allen, Charlie Cook, Frank Luntz

MODERATOR Gwen Ifill

ARTS

Joe Papp in Five Acts: A Film and Discussion

PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM, 8:00 PM $20

This documentary tells the story of New York’s indomitable, streetwise champion of the arts, Joe

Papp—founder of the Public Theater and free Shakespeare in the Park—who introduced interracial

casting to the American stage and nurtured an entire generation of artists, along with their works,

from Hair to A Chorus Line.

Tracie Holder

MODERATOR Oscar Eustis

MONDAY, JULY 2

BREAKFAST SESSIONS

THE CHILD

Talking Back to Facebook

LIMELIGHT HOTEL, 7:45 AM $35 (includes breakfast at 7:15)

Should you ban violent video games? When should kids be allowed to use Facebook? Should

preteens have cell phones? Does the Internet give kids ADHD? The founder of Common Sense

Media discusses his new book, which offers insights and essential tools to help filter content,

preserve good relationships with children, and make common-sense, value-driven judgments for kids

of all ages.

James P. Steyer

INTERVIEWER Scott Stossel

THE CHILD

How Economics Helps Us Understand and Improve Modern Family Life

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 7:45 AM $45 (includes breakfast at 7:15)

Economic forces shaping family life have undone many of the benefits of traditional marriage. In the

wake of this change, a new type of marriage has emerged: one shaped by shared experiences and

passions, in which partners are equals sharing the roles of parent and breadwinner. In this session,

two economists who are colleagues and coauthors as well as partners and coparents explore how

economics can help us understand the deeper forces responsible for these changes in family life

and how you can use the principles of economics to help make better decisions in the domestic

domain.

Betsey Stevenson, Justin Wolfers

MODERATOR David Leonhardt

LUNCH SESSIONS

DEMOCRACY

Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 12:00 PM $45 (includes lunch at 11:30)

Four global leaders discuss emerging leadership models led by women and how these models are

redefining the concept of power. Will these women reshape our world?

Kah Walla, Laura Alonso, Amira Yahyaoui

MODERATOR Alyse Nelson

underwritten by Thomson Reuters

OUR PLANET

Making Good, Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World

LIMELIGHT HOTEL, 12:00 PM $45

As we emerge from the recession, a generation is searching for practical ways to succeed financially

while also making positive changes in the world. From energy to food to education, Making Good

outlines how to do this. These opportunities are not just for entrepreneurs and Fortune 500

companies: Making Good outlines step by step how anyone can achieve financial autonomy,

capitalize on global changes to infrastructure, and learn from everyday success stories—providing

the skills and insight this generation needs to succeed.

Billy Parish

SPEAKER SALON

VALUES

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help you

Find and Keep Love

ANTLER BAR, HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 5:30 $20

We rely on science to tell us everything from what to eat to when and how long to exercise, but

what about relationships? Is there a scientific explanation for why some people seem to navigate

relationships effortlessly, while others struggle? According to psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr.

Amir Levine and Rachel Heller, the answer is a resounding “yes.”

Amir Levine

INTERVIEWER Sue Goodwin

WAR & PEACE

Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

LIMELIGHT HOTEL, 5:30 PM $20

An amazing revolution is taking place in the labs and on the battlefield, starting to change not

just how wars are fought but also rippling out upon the politics, economics, laws, and ethics

that surround war itself. In the last few years, unmanned, remotely operated, and other robotic

systems have moved from the realm of science fiction into playing a central role in American

military operations and foreign policy. But systems like the Predator drone of today are only the

start, and the US is only one of many new users. What are the key issues and challenges that

the dawn of the robotic revolution presents? What will happen next in this strange new world of

war and technology? And what does it mean, not just for future battlefields, but also for how our

societies treat war itself?

Peter W. Singer

EVENING SESSIONS

TECHNOLOGY

Steve Jobs’s Design Genius

BELLY UP, 7:30 PM $20

Walter Isaacson, acclaimed biographer of Apple’s founder, discusses Jobs’ brilliant ability to match

creativity with technology within a highly disciplined framework of simple, yet elegant design.

Walter Isaacson

INTERVIEWER Kurt Andersen

underwritten by Booz Allen Hamilton

OUR PLANET

Chasing Ice: A Film and Discussion

PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM, 8:00 PM $20

In the spring of 2005, internationally renowned environmental photographer James Balog

headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s

changing climate. Within months, he conceived the boldest expedition of his life: the Extreme Ice

Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse

cameras across the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers

James Balog

THE CHILD

How to Land Your Kid in Therapy: Overparenting and Its Perils

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 8:30 PM $20

By trying to provide the perfectly happy childhood, a generation of parents may be making it

harder for their kids to actually grow up. Learn how our preoccupation with choice, self-esteem,

and happiness may be yielding a generation marked by entitlement, materialism, narcissism, and

an inability to face the challenges of adult life.

Lori Gottlieb, Madeline Levine, Polly Young-Eisendrath,

MODERATOR Katie Couric

TUESDAY, JULY 3

BREAKFAST SESSIONS

WAR & PEACE

It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Army: The History and Future of America’s Armed

Forces

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 7:45 AM $35 (includes breakfast at 7:15)

The All-Volunteer Force that came into being in 1973 is now nearly four decades old. Changes

in demography, cultural values, and technology—not to mention changes in the missions it has

taken up—have transformed the force almost beyond recognition. Who fights today, why, and

how? And how does the nature of the force shape national security strategies?

David Kennedy

WAR & PEACE

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln

LIMELIGHT HOTEL, 7:45 AM $35 (includes breakfast at 7:15)

This year—and next—marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assumption of extraordinary war

powers, powers that presidents ever since have cited and replicated in response to threats to the

national interest. Join author Stephen Carter for a timely discussion on his latest novel, which is a

daring reimagining of one of the most tumultuous moments in our nation’s past. This vivid piece

of historical fiction captures the emotional tenor of post-Civil War America, and explores the

always contentious question of the nature of presidential authority.

Stephen L. Carter

INTERVIEWER Elisa New


An Afternoon of Conversation

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2:00PM – 5:00PM

[ DOORS OPEN AT 1:30PM ] $75

Benedict Music Tent

The God Particle

Brian Greene, Rolf-Dieter Heuer

INTERVIEWER Michele Norris

Stanley A. McChrystal on Leadership

INTERVIEWER Bob Schieffer

In Conversation with Ehud Barak

INTERVIEWER Thomas L. Friedman

Why the States are Laboratories

for Economic Reform

Mitch Daniels

INTERVIEWER Charlie Rose

In Conversation with Valerie Jarrett

INTERVIEWER Gwen Ifill

In Conversation with Pervez Musharraf

INTERVIEWER David Bradley

In Conversation with

Lawrence H. Summers

INTERVIEWER Gillian Tett

EHUD BARAK

Minister of Defense,

Israel

DAVID BRADLEY

Chairman,

Atlantic Media Company

MITCH DANIELS

Governor (R), State of

Indiana; Former Director,

Office of Management and Budget

THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Foreign Affairs Columnist,

The New York Times

BRIAN GREENE

Professor of Mathematics and

Physics, Columbia University;

Author, The Elegant Universe

ROLF-DIETER HEUER

Director-General, CERN,

European Organization for

Nuclear Research

GWEN IFILL

Moderator and Managing Editor,

“Washington Week,” Senior

Correspondent “The PBS NewsHour,”

PBS News

VALERIE JARRETT

Senior Advisor to the President,

The White House

STANLEY A. MCCHRYSTAL

Retired General, US Army;

Co-Founder/Partner,

McChrystal Group

PERVEZ MUSHARRAF

Former President, Pakistan

MICHELE NORRIS

Host, “All Things Considered,” NPR

CHARLIE ROSE

Executive Editor and Anchor,

“Charlie Rose,” PBS;

Anchor, “CBS This Morning”

BOB SCHIEFFER

Moderator, “Face The Nation,”

Chief Washington Correspondent,

CBS News

LAWRENCE H. SUMMERS

Charles W. Eliot University

Professor, Kennedy School of

Government, Harvard University;

Former Secretary, US Department

of Treasury; Former Director National Economic

Council, Obama Administration

GILLIAN TETT

US Managing Editor,

Financial Times

SHOWS COMING TO ASPEN NEXT WEEK

JUNE 25 NPR: “Talk of the Nation” LIVE

PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM 12:00 PM (DOORS CLOSE 11:45 AM) $20

PANELISTS George Divoky, Craig Allen, Jon Foley, E.O. Wilson, Sylvia Earle, Stewart Brand, Richard Harris

MODERATOR Neal Conan

JUNE 26 NPR: “Talk of the Nation” LIVE

PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM 12:00 PM (DOORS CLOSE 11:45 AM) $20

PANELISTS Sandra Postel, Colum McCann, Firoozeh Dumas, Assaf Gavron, Reza Aslan, Luis Alberto Urrea

MODERATOR Neal Conan


FOR MORE INFORMATION

ABOUT SPEAKERS

PLEASE VISIT

AspenIdeas.org

JUNE 28 NPR: “Talk of the Nation” LIVE

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM 12:00 PM (DOORS CLOSE 11:45 AM) $45 (includes lunch)

PANELISTS Robert Kagan, Mark Penn, Ben Waber, Shankar Vendatam, Moby

MODERATOR Neal Conan

JUNE 29 BBC World Service’s “The Forum”: America’s Role in the World

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM 12:00 PM (DOORS CLOSE AT 11:45 AM) $55 (includes lunch)

PANELISTS David Brooks, Richard Haass, Anne-Marie Slaughter

MODERATOR Bridget Kendall

JUNE 29 APM: “Marketplace” LIVE

BELLY UP ASPEN 2:30 PM (DOORS CLOSE AT 2:15 PM) $20

PANELISTS David Breashears, Tory Burch, Heidi Moore, Additional Guests TBA

MODERATOR Kai Ryssdal

JULY 1 BBC World Service’s “The Forum”: How is Technology Changing the Way we Live Our Lives?

HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM 12:00 PM (DOORS CLOSE AT 11:45 AM) $55 (includes lunch)

PANELISTS Michael Gallagher, Joichi Ito, Julie Taymor

MODERATOR Bridget Kendall

JULY 1 Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate: NO FRACKING WAY: The Natural Gas Boom is Doing More Harm than Good

ASPEN DISTRICT THEATER 7:00 PM $20

FOR THE MOTION Deborah Goldberg, Katherine Hudson AGAINST THE MOTION Joe Nocera, Susan Tierney

MODERATOR John Donvan

To purchase tickets and more information on programs visit

www.aspenshowtix.com


On the Big Screen at PAEPCKE

The Aspen Ideas Festival is proud to present unique, inspiring, and

deeply thought-provoking and even downright hilarious films each

night of the Festival to guests and members of the public.

City of Life and Death JUNE 27 8:00 PM PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM $20

On December 9, 1937, the Imperial Japanese Army laid siege to the Chinese capital of Nanking, beginning a reign of terror that killed as

many as 300,000 civilians. Director Lu Chuan based the film on the recorded witness testimony from the real-life survivors of the massacre,

meticulously recreating the infamous reign of terror. The first big-budget fiction film by the Chinese to deal with this seminal event, City of

Life and Death paints an epic portrait of wartime conflict, filled with an ensemble of conflicted characters caught in the crossfire, including

Chinese officer Lu (Liu Ye), who leads his men in a hopeless, defiant resistance effort; the German businessman, John Rabe (John Paisley),

who establishes a safety zone in an attempt to protect civilians; and Japanese soldier Kadokawa (Hideo Nakaizumi), who struggles to live

with his conscience in a city where executions are commonplace. Language: Chinese, English subtitles

PANELIST Lu Chuan MODERATOR Melissa Chiu

American Man JUNE 28 5:00 PM PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM $20

Kevin Turner is a gentle but broken man of 42, a football superstar forced to reflect on the price he paid for his glory years. Doctors told him

in May 2010 that his once elite body was withering, consumed by ALS, a fatal disease. And scientists began to believe at about the same

time that the concussions of contact sports were to blame for many traumas of the brain. So Turner was left to wonder whether in worshiping

football, and preaching its glory to his kids, he had prayed to a false god. In the decade since he retired, he lost his job, his money, his

marriage, and even, he thinks, his mind. But he refused simply to fade away. With a final and painful burst of ambition, he invested his

tarnished reputation in a charitable enterprise that would sound the alarm about concussive sports and teach a football-loving nation to

protect its sons and future generations. Facing death, Turner thinks he still has time to fashion a proud legacy.

PANELISTS Daniel Garza, Chris Nowinski, Kevin Turner MODERATOR Tom Farrey

Finding North JUNE 28 8:00 PM PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM $20

Forty-nine million people in the US—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Finding North examines this

issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty

and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado second-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors

to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are

exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford. Their stories are interwoven with insights from experts including

sociologist Janet Poppendieck, author Raj Patel, and nutrition policy leader Marion Nestle; ordinary citizens like Pastor Bob Wilson and

teachers Leslie Nichols and Odessa Cherry; and activists such as Witness to Hunger’s Mariana Chilton, Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio and Oscarwinning

actor Jeff Bridges.

PANELISTS Kristi Jacobson, Dan Glickman MODERATOR Corby Kummer

Detropia JUNE 29 8:00 PM PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM $20

Detroit was the birthplace of the middle class, an industrial utopia where anyone who worked hard enough could experience the American

dream. Today, Detroit is on the brink of bankruptcy. In the past 10 years this Midwestern icon has lost 25 percent of its population and 50

percent of its manufacturing jobs. City officials are in the midst of the most dramatic “downsizing” of an American city ever seen–demolishing

thousands of homes, reconsolidating massive tracts of excess land, cutting basic services and encouraging Detroiters in marginal

neighborhoods to move. Detroiters who have stuck with the city are at the breaking point. Artists and curious outsiders flock to the city in

search of inspiration and opportunity. Racial tension, globalization, lack of innovation, and greed has led to a moment of truth for Detroit.

How the Motor City reboots itself will set the example for countless other post-industrial cities with similar fates. And today the entire country

is watching to see if this storied metropolis has the courage, creativity, and grit to reinvent itself—instead of implode.

PANELISTS Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady MODERATOR Charlie Firestone

Last Train Home JUNE 30 8:00 PM PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM $20

Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year’s holiday.

This mass exodus is the world’s largest human migration—an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past

and industrial future. Working over several years in classic verité style Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Fan Lixin (with the producers of the

award-winning hit documentary Up the Yangtze) travels with a couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades. Like

so many of China’s rural poor, Zhang Changhua and Chen Suqin left behind their two infant children for grueling factory jobs. Their daughter

Qin—now a restless and rebellious teenager—both bitterly resents their absence and longs for her own freedom away from school, much

to the utter devastation of her parents. Emotionally engaging and starkly beautiful, Last Train Home’s intimate observation of one fractured

family sheds light on the human cost of China’s ascendance as an economic superpower. Language: Chinese, English subtitles

PANELIST Fan Lixin MODERATOR James Fallows

Joe Papp in Five Acts JULY 1 8:00 PM PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM $20

Joe Papp in Five Acts is the story of New York’s indomitable, streetwise champion of the arts—founder of the Public Theater and free

Shakespeare in the Park—who introduced interracial casting to the American stage and nurtured an entire generation of artists, along with

their works, from Hair to A Chorus Line. In his eyes, great art was for everyone, not just a privileged few. “We have public libraries,” he would

argue, “Why not public theaters?” He was convinced that both women and minorities, denied power elsewhere in society, could develop it on

the stage. Papp’s great accomplishments and his own tumultuous personal history is told by the artists he helped create—and sometimes

tried to destroy—a Who’s Who of stage and screen including Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Kevin Kline, James Earl Jones,

Olympia Dukakis, and Larry Kramer, among others.

PANELIST Tracie Holder MODERATOR Oskar Eustis

A presentation of “NEW VIEWS: Documentaries & Dialog,”

co-presented by The Aspen Institute and AspenFILM

Chasing Ice JULY 2 8:00 PM PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM $20

In the spring of 2005, internationally renowned environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to

capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about

climate change and the veracity of computer models. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and

sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. Within months, he conceived the boldest expedition

of his life: the Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across

the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, Balog

comes face to face with his own mortality. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains

of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our

carbon-powered planet.

PANELIST James Balog

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