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tuning in to our Documented@Davos coverage. We're here at the World Economic Forum. And I'm so excited to be sitting here with Lally Weymouth of the Washington Post. Thank you, so much. Now I am really honored to be talking to you because I've been interviewing a lot of great people here, but you are the master interviewer. LALLY WEYMOUTH: Oh, that's so nice of you, Randi, RANDI ZUCKERBERG: And you just returned from Burma after securing the first foreign interview with the president there. LALLY WEYMOUTH: Exactly. RANDI ZUCKERBERG: What was that experience like? LALLY WEYMOUTH: Well, it was very, very interesting. And Burma is a very exotic place. And the president had never, as he said, never given an interview before. So he had three ministers and me. And he did fine. But I think he was quite nervous about it, so he wanted to stick to a transcript. And, of course, we don't do that. And so I said, "Well, Mr. President, sorry. We don't do that." So then I just kept asking questions. And I think it made him quite nervous, really. But he did fine. And he said, "I'm going ahead with my reform program," which is the big news today in Burma. And one of the reasons the US is thinking of lifting sanctions on Burma. RANDI ZUCKERBERG: And now traveling through Burma, you mentioned, was quite an adventure. LALLY WEYMOUTH: Yeah. Well, they have a highway, they call it. It's not exactly our idea of a highway. And there's a long drive from the main city, Yangon, it's called now, which was Rangoon. And it's six hours to the capital city, which is, as I was telling you, is in this very poor country. The capital city suddenly is all marble buildings and very wildly extravagant. And then you drive back into this incredibly impoverished country. And then I had the luck to see Aung San Suu Kyi, who was in jail for years. And she's a most amazing woman. I was so impressed because she told me she was alone for
six years. Nobody was in her house. She was in this house where we sat for six years all alone. And I said, "Well, what did you do? Do you know how to work on a computer?" And she said she was very proud of herself because she had both an Apple and, I guess, a Microsoft computer. So she said she'd learned to work on both operating systems. And she said she used to make little invitations to herself because she didn't have anything else to do. RANDI ZUCKERBERG: Oh, wow. LALLY WEYMOUTH: She couldn't email, of course. She couldn't call. She could have no contact with the outside world. RANDI ZUCKERBERG: Well, they're great interviews. And hopefully, everyone should go and check them out, if they haven't already. LALLY WEYMOUTH: Oh, that's very nice of you. RANDI ZUCKERBERG: Now what is your week here at the World Economic Forum look like? LALLY WEYMOUTH: Well, I think it's so great at the World Economic Forum because you get to see so many people, as you mentioned, from all the different countries in the world. I've already seen so many friends of mine last night at dinner. And I give a big Washington Post lunch here on Friday. RANDI ZUCKERBERG: One of the best events, I've heard. LALLY WEYMOUTH: Well, I hope so. But I think it's very interesting because you see bankers, you see journalists, you see the top people in every field. You see people from Silicon Valley. And so, for me, I find it just fascinating. I just spent time with David Agus, whom you must know. RANDI ZUCKERBERG: Yes, very well. LALLY WEYMOUTH: The doctor whom I think is so interesting. RANDI ZUCKERBERG: It is an amazing meeting of the minds here. And I've been asking people what their Davos moment is, that moment that you brush up against-‐-‐ although, you've had many amazing moments in your career. LALLY WEYMOUTH: Wow. RANDI ZUCKERBERG: Have you had a Davos moment?
LALLY WEYMOUTH: Well, that's a good question. I don't know, really, because I think, for me, the Davos moments are brushing up, as you said, against really interesting people or just having a conversation with, say, David Agus in the hall. And he said to me that he starting an app. And you, of course, would be much more versatile with this and that. And he's just so smart. So he says, throw away all your vitamins because you're more likely to get cancer if you take a lot of vitamins. So it's incredibly interesting. I'm not a doctor, but I'm interested in health care like everybody else. So I think the interesting moments are just bumping into people in the Congress Center, getting their ideas, and seeing what they're thinking about. RANDI ZUCKERBERG: And it's exciting for us to be able to share all of these moments with millions of people now through social media. Social media and technology are clearly changing the way journalism is delivered also. LALLY WEYMOUTH: That's for sure. RANDI ZUCKERBERG: What are your thoughts in this changing world of tech and what you're doing at the Washington Post? LALLY WEYMOUTH: Well, I think you're so right. And it's just amazing. I mean, Twitter is amazing, Facebook, which your brother did and my brother's on the board. It's just absolutely incredible. And look at how that's affected the Arab world, which is very well-‐known now this year. It's no secret. And I had breakfast with an Arab gentleman who told me that it's going to go on affecting the Arab world. It's going to affect other countries. And so it's astounding, I think. RANDI ZUCKERBERG: And following all the events of the Arab Spring, you actually recently had an amazing interview also in Tehran. LALLY WEYMOUTH: Yes, I was very lucky. I got to go to Tehran, which was fascinating to see, and interview Ahmadinejad. And I asked him about-‐-‐ we had some hikers who had been arrested and put in jail there because they crossed the border from another country. So I asked him, "Would you pardon the hikers?" And I actually expected him to say no or to brush off the question. And instead he said, "Yes, in one or two days." So it was really great, as a journalist, because it was breaking news. RANDI ZUCKERBERG: Yeah. LALLY WEYMOUTH: Yeah.
RANDI ZUCKERBERG: Everyone was waiting on the edge of their seats. LALLY WEYMOUTH: Yeah, so it was very exciting. And he's losing power, Ahmadinejad. But you got a real look at Tehran. I got to go to department stores. I said, "I'd really like to walk in. Can I walk in?" They let me walk in. And there were TVs and all this stuff, clothes. I mean, they weren't beautiful. They don't look your blouse. But they had a real selection, which I thought was interesting as a Westerner. But as you know, the United States just put on really tough sanctions, as did the European Union, last week. So I guess we have to wait and see what happens to Iran. That's a really big story. RANDI ZUCKERBERG: Absolutely. Now for everyone who's out there who hasn't had the privilege of being able to be here on the ground in Davos, what are your thoughts for everyone on the culture and the experience of being here? LALLY WEYMOUTH: Well, I think it's really an honor to be here. And I think you really learn a lot. And I think, if you could give your viewers-‐-‐ however you describe them, your listeners, your audience-‐-‐ just a view, as you're doing it, into the thoughts of some of the participants here, that would be great. Because I think the fun of being here is you see people from the Arab world, you see people from India, you see people from Russia. And in two or three minutes, you can get an idea of it. I just heard Mr. Soros speak at lunch about the future of the euro. And he had a very complicated and interesting idea about how the euro could be saved. But I think those are the kind of moments that are really unique. And there were a lot of press in the room, so I'm sure it'll get press. But I think those are the kind of moments that are really interesting Davos moments. And you might not sit down for an hour and think about the fate of the euro, but he thought out this speech carefully. And it was fascinating. RANDI ZUCKERBERG: That's great. And now we can involve millions of people in the conversation. LALLY WEYMOUTH: Exactly. Exactly. RANDI ZUCKERBERG: So thank you, so much, for joining us. LALLY WEYMOUTH: Thank you, Randi.
RANDI ZUCKERBERG: It's really an honor to be sitting with one of the great journalists. LALLY WEYMOUTH: Well, it was so nice to be here. RANDI ZUCKERBERG: Thank you. And I hope you have a wonderful time at Davos. Please continue to follow all of our interviews, scribd.com/documentedatdavos Or you can follow us at the hash tag on Twitter, #DavosDocs. Thank you.