WORLD Channel Presents Exclusive Look into The Aspen Institute Ideas Festival June 27-July 3

June 21, 2013

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WORLD Channel Presents Exclusive Look into The Aspen Institute Ideas Festival June 27-July 3

Annual Festival gathers thinkers and leaders from around the world to discuss issues and innovation

DATELINE (June 21, 2013) — The Aspen Institute and public television’s WORLD Channel announce Season Two of The Aspen Institute Presents, a five-part series sent directly from the June 26 – July 2 Aspen Ideas Festival. The series is produced exclusively for WORLD and is hosted by PBS NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan and BBC’s Jon Stewart.

The exclusive broadcasts will draw from a pool of timely, diverse and important discussions that will feature the most compelling conversations with international leaders from government, industry, academia and many other fields. Festival speakers this year include, among many others, Academy Award-winning screenwriter, director, and producer James L. Brooks, former US Representative Gabby Giffords, Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, presidential advisor and strategist Karl Rove, and New York Times’ Nate Silver.

Footage will be captured, edited, and fed within a day, so that programs will air June 27th through July 3rd at 9:00pm ET (check local listings). In addition, daily national alerts and promotions will highlight the day’s debates, interviews, and revelations throughout the Festival. 

Season One of The Aspen Institute Presents aired in September 2012 and marked the first time in the history of the Aspen Ideas Festival that sessions were produced for television.

Now in its ninth year, the Aspen Ideas Festival is the Institute’s flagship public event, which brings together exceptional thought-leaders to discuss key issues of the day from the immigration debate and education to national security.

To view video from the first season:
To download photography from the first season:   

An unedited version of each of the discussions featured in the series will be available on the Aspen Ideas Festival website following the broadcast of each episode:

For continuing episode highlights and related content visit:

Join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter: 
Twitter: @AspenIdeas, #AspenIdeas


About the Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners. For more information, visit

About WORLD Channel

WORLD℠ is a 24/7, full service multicast channel featuring public television’s signature nonfiction documentary, science and news programming complemented by original content from emerging producers. Launched in August 2007, WORLD is produced and distributed by WGBH/Boston, American Public Television(APT) and WNET/New York in association with Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA). WORLD is distributed by APT and is broadcast with coverage reaching nearly two-thirds of the United States.                                 


The Aspen Institute

For general information and interview requests:

Jim Spiegelman, VP of Communications

Jennifer Myers, Director of Public Affairs

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Jamie Haines, VP Communications APT
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