“Marketplace” Presents: The Consumer Arms Race
DOERR-HOSIER CENTER, MCNULTY ROOM, 8:00 PM $22Get a taste of radio’s irreverent and insightful coverage of money, business,and economic news that inﬂuences your life. What is the cost of the consum-er economy in the culture of “more is better”? More and more essentials oflife are for sale…good health, good education, safe neighborhoods. And thatmeans a competition in which people spend more to stay in the same relativeplace. Can we afford our consumer economy? Join “Marketplace” host KaiRyssdal; “Marketplace” reporters Krissy Clark, Adriene Hill, and Scott Tong;along with special guests for an exploration of the intersection betweencommerce, consumption, and competition. It’s an evening of radio on stage,with sound-rich features, interviews, and engaging storytelling.
Nancy F. Koehn
MODERATOR: Kai Ryssdal
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Girl Rising: A Film and Discussion
PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM, 8:00 PM $22 (See page 8 for description)
Shabana Basij-Rasikh, Mona Eltahawy, Pamela Reeves, Richard E. RobbinsINTRODUCTION: Tom Yellin | MODERATOR: Peggy Clark
What Makes Bad Television?
HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 9:30 PM $22How does a producer and writer create characters you want to know andstick with? What are the signs that a show’s creators have written themselvesinto a corner and a series will never grow, surprise you, or hold your interest?When has a director made the obvious choice, and how can you tell when adirector has pulled back and allowed actors to bloom? Lawrence O’Donnell,producer and writer of “The West Wing” and creator and executive producerof “Mister Sterling,” gives examples of scenes from series good and bad toshow you why you shouldn’t like as many shows as you do—and make youunderstand what actually makes good TV.
MODERATOR: Corby Kummer
Underwritten by Legacy
FRIDAY, JUNE 28
Knowledge Exchange: You, the Worldwide Leader in News
HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 7:45 AM $38 (includes breakfast at 7:15 AM)The professional world as we currently know it is in the midst of radical change.Big fundamental shifts rooted in the Digital Revolution and globalization arecreating challenges and opportunities for organizations driving the new econ-omy. New research by Thomson Reuters has uncovered important insights onhow today’s professional is operating in this transformative age. One key changeis the relationship that new professionals have with news—where they’re gettingit, how they’re personalizing it, and how they are, in fact, serving as redistribu-tors of news. This is the rise of individuals functioning as micro news networks,curating their own news feed from a multitude of traditional and nontraditionalsources, and then broadcasting it through their social channels and networks.
Stephen J. Adler
MODERATOR: Steve Clemons
Underwritten by Thomson Reuters
Fear of a Black President?
LIMELIGHT HOTEL, 7:45 AM $38 (includes breakfast at 7:15 AM)A discussion on how race and racism affect the posture and policies ofAmerica’s ﬁrst black president and how the president, in turn, affectsthose same forces.
Ta-Nehisi Coates | INTERVIEWER: James Bennet
FRIDAY, JUNE 28
Family Wealth—Is It Really about the Money?
LIMELIGHT HOTEL, 12:00 PM $48 (includes lunch at 11:30 AM)Today’s families are complex, with emotional, lifestyle, and ﬁnancial needsthat are closely intertwined. The combination of a family’s values, generationalneeds and differences, and goals is likely to require a comprehensive approachto develop a thoughtful, integrated plan to reach those goals. In the end,“family wealth” is about so much more than account balances, investmentschoices, and tax awareness. In fact, family wealth is about people: both rela-tionships and fundamental issues such as mortality and the legacy that eachhopes to leave. Chris Heilmann, chief ﬁduciary executive at one of the nation’spreeminent wealth management ﬁrms, shares his views on the opportunitiesfamilies have today and how these inﬂuence their perspectives on wealth.
BBC World Service’s “The Forum”: Peering into the Smallest Corners of Space
HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 12:00 PM $55 (includes lunch at 11:30 AM)This special taping of BBC World Service’s “The Forum” is a fascinating dis-cussion on why looking for some of the smaller elements of space might havebig implications for all of us. Former NASA astronaut Ed Lu believes we haveto ﬁnd all the asteroids in the solar system, even the little ones, before theyﬁnd us. Harvard’s professor of physics Lisa Randall shares her latest researchon dark matter, and Fermilab astrophysicist Craig Hogan is trying to ﬁnd out ifspace is inﬁnitely divisible or if there is a smallest, fundamental unit.
INTERVIEWER: Bridget Kendall
FRIDAY, JUNE 28
Is TV Programming Getting Better—or Worse?
HOTEL JEROME BALLROOM, 5:30 PM $22
Today’s TV landscape is a bafﬂing dichotomy, where some of the mostsuccessful and high-minded creative programming of all time coexists withsome of the worst (“Real Housewives,” anyone?). Why? And which end ofthe spectrum will prevail?
Human Space Flight: A Life-Changing Experience
LIMELIGHT HOTEL, 5:30 PM $22
Veteran Space Shuttle Commander Jeff Ashby relates his personal observa-tions of daily life and human behavior in the environment of the InternationalSpace Station. Rather than giving a technical talk, Captain Ashby talks aboutthe human space experience, including observations on how humans adapt toweightlessness, what it feels like to travel to the Space Station, and how a viewof the Earth from 240 miles altitude can be life changing. He will also share hisperspectives on private space tourism and describe what it would be like totake a $200,000 ride into space aboard a sub orbital launch vehicle.
FRIDAY, JUNE 28
The World’s Most Awesome Stargazing Event at 11,212 Feet
SUNDECK, ASPEN MOUNTAIN, 7:00 PM $20 ADULTS, $10 CHILDRENPack your binoculars, a picnic blanket, and your curiosity and board the SilverQueen Gondola for a ride to the top of Aspen Mountain. Astronomy experts willguide this stargazing party and share their scientiﬁc research on topics rangingfrom black holes to dark energy to the origins of the universe. Your stargazingexperience will take on new dimensions when these captivating storytellersshare tales about space mythology, what the stars mean in different cultures,and more. Telescope experts will guide you as you peer through outdoor tele-scopes aimed at the night sky, bringing you closer than ever to the Milky Way,shooting stars, and sparkling constellations. Adults and kids of all ages willenjoy “Martian ice cream” made on site with a high-tech, liquid nitrogenprocess. (This event is produced In partnership with the Aspen Science Center.)
Charles Alcock, Maria Banks, Craig Hogan, Dan Hooper,Justin Kasper, Richard Massey, Dimitar Sasselov, Ka Chun Yu
The Science of Prediction
BELLY UP ASPEN, 7:30 PM $22Two of the country’s most agile prognosticators discuss the science behindtheir art, with insights to the changing nature of American society.
Mark Penn, Nate Silver | MODERATOR: Ronald Brownstein
Underwritten by Shell
Inside the Game: What Can Media Companies Learn from Sports?
DOERR-HOSIER CENTER, MCNULTY ROOM, 8:00 PM $22ESPN president John Skipper discusses the ascendance of the live event,authenticated TV, cross-platform journalism, and the role of sports—andcompetition—in society.
John Skipper | INTERVIEWER: Derek ThompsonASPEN IDEAS FESTIVAL 2013 | 3