Working Schedule Released for the 3rd Annual Washington Ideas Forum on October 5 and 6, 2011

October 4, 2011

Washington, D.C. (October 3, 2011) – At a time of unprecedented challenges at home and abroad, this year’s Washington Ideas Forum will draw together more than 60 policy makers, business leaders, and top journalists for a series of conversations and in-depth interviews about the direction of the country. The two-day forum, presented by The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute, and the Newseum, will take place on October 5 and 6, 2011 in Washington, D.C. before a live audience of hundreds and those watching the livestream online at

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5 and mainstage programming kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Interviews and individual addresses will run 20-30 minutes (please note, all times are approximate and subject to change). Highlights of Wednesday’s programming include:

  • 1:30 p.m.: Welcome remarks from Atlantic Media Company’s David Bradley and the Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson
  • 1:35 p.m.: Network news presidents Steve Capus (NBC), David Rhodes (CBS), and Ben Sherwood (ABC), interviewed by The Atlantic’s James Fallows
  • 2:05 p.m.: White House Chief of Staff William Daley, interviewed by CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell
  • 2:30 p.m.: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), interviewed by National Journal’s Major Garrett
  • 2:50 p.m.: NBC News’ Tom Brokaw, interviewed by NBC’s David Gregory
  • 3:10 p.m.: The New York TimesDavid Brooks
  • 3:35 p.m.: White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, interviewed by NBC News’ David Gregory
  • 4:00 p.m.: Google’s Eric Schmidt, interviewed by PBS’ Gwen Ifill
  • 4:20 p.m.: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, interviewed by The Atlantic’s James Bennet
  • 4:50 p.m.: Bank of America’s Brian Moynihan, interviewed by CNBC’s Larry Kudlow
  • 5:10 p.m.: Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin
  • 5:30 p.m.: White House Domestic Policy Adviser Melody Barnes, interviewed by National Journal’s Ronald Brownstein
  • 5:45 p.m.: FOX News’ Juan Williams and National Journal’s Ronald Brownstein talk 2012 politics with Margaret Carlson
  • 6:30 p.m.: Filmmaker Alex Gibney

On Thursday, October 6, mainstage programming begins at 8:10 a.m. (please note, all times are approximate and subject to change). Highlights include:

  • 8:10 a.m.: Welcome remarks from The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons and the Newseum’s Jim Duff
  • 8:20 a.m.: Starbucks’ Howard Schultz, interviewed by FOX News’ Chris Wallace
  • 8:40 a.m.: The Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein
  • 9:00 a.m.: ABC News’ Katie Couric, interviewed by Margaret Carlson
  • 9:20 a.m.: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, interviewed by the Newseum’s Jim Duff
  • 9:40 a.m.: ExxonMobil’s Rex Tillerson, interviewed by CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo
  • 10:00 a.m.: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), interviewed by The New York TimesDavid Leonhardt
  • 10:20 a.m.: Vice President Joe Biden, interviewed by NBC News’ Brian Williams
  • 10:50 a.m.: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), interviewed by National Journal’s Major Garrett
  • 11:10 a.m.: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, interviewed by Atlantic Media Company’s David Bradley
  • 11:30 a.m.: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews
  • 11:40 a.m.: Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, interviewed by the Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson
  • 12:00 p.m.: Former Vice President Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney, interviewed by The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons
  • 12:30 p.m.: National Journal’s Charlie Cook and NBC News’ Chuck Todd talk politics with Margaret Carlson

The Newseum
Knight Conference Center, 7th floor
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.

Additional media details and logistical directions about the program on Thursday, October 6, 2011 are forthcoming.

Event programming, including livestream video of mainstage events, will be featured on The Washington Ideas Forum has also partnered with to provide all sessions on-demand after the event’s conclusion. Interested parties can buy a pass at

Satellite information is available upon request. Please email Natalie Raabe at for more details, or to request press credentials for the event.

You can also follow the conversation on Twitter at and, #IdeasForum.

Media Contacts

Natalie Raabe, The Atlantic Jennifer Myers, The Aspen Institute
202.266.7533 202.736.2906

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