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Aspen Ideas to Go Podcast: What’s Character Got To Do With It?

October 8, 2015  • Tricia Johnson, Guest Blogger

The “Aspen Ideas to Go” podcast is a weekly show featuring fascinating speakers who have presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs offered by the Aspen Institute — including Aspen Words, the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series, and various events around the country. For a curated listening experience subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or listen to each episode on the Aspen Ideas website.

David Brooks writes about character. Aaron Sorkin writes about characters. The opinionator and consummate storyteller join in a conversation about how Sorkin’s connection to and love of character distinguishes his writing and his craft. They also discuss Sorkin’s new movie, Steve Jobs.

Aaron Sorkin is a screenwriter, playwright, and film and television producer. His screenplays include the film adaption of MoneyballThe Social Network, A Few Good Men, Malice, The American President, and Charlie Wilson’s War.

David Brooks is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times. He also writes frequently about culture and social sciences. Brooks is the bestselling author of four books, most recently “The Road to Character”.

Tricia Johnson is editorial director of public programs at the Aspen Institute.