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Aspen Ideas Festival

The Aspen Institute's 2007 Ideas Festival, held in early July, gathered scientists, artists, politicians, historians, educators, activists, and other great thinkers. MPR's Midday broadcast several of the presentations.

  • Justice Breyer reflects on writing dissents
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, former Bush administration Solicitor General Theodore Olson and Harvard political philosophy Professor Michael Sandel discussed the High Court's recent rightward drift as part of the 2007 Aspen Ideas Festival.Midday, July 11, 2007
  • Rove defends the president's policies
    With President Bush's approval ratings hovering at record lows, White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove offered a spirited defense of the president's policies on everything from Iraq to immigration at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Sunday.Midday, July 10, 2007
  • A conversation with Bill Clinton
    Managing editor of Time magazine, Rick Stengel, interviewed former President Bill Clinton over the weekend at the third annual Aspen Ideas Festival.Midday, July 9, 2007
  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin PowellPowell talks about Iraq
    It's been four years since former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell went before the United Nations and made the case for the war in Iraq. Powell talked with PBS host Jim Lehrer on July 5 at the Aspen Ideas Festival about what he thinks the United States should do now in Iraq.Midday, July 6, 2007
  • What's the big idea?
    The Aspen Ideas Festival brings provocative thinkers, artists and leaders to Aspen, Colorado to present, debate and discuss their ideas. This year, some of those speakers, from U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-PA to Baptist preacher Calvin Butts to opera singer Jessye Norman, opened the festival answering one question: what's the big idea?Midday, July 5, 2007
  • Sean WilentzThe story of democracy
    Princeton University historian and author Sean Wilentz traces the early roots of America's political tradition in a speech he gave July 4, 2006, at the Aspen Ideas Festival.Midday, July 3, 2007
  • Aspen offers a Tour de Lance
    Seven-time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival about his successful career as a cyclist, how to discourage doping, his battle with cancer, and the secret ingredients to a good sports drink (hint: Armstrong says they're all the same!)Midday, July 13, 2007
  • Fighting global warming
    Former Vice President Al Gore says global warming has become a "planetary emergency." He discussed his concerns during a recent conversation with venture capitalist John Doerr at the Aspen Institute.Midday, August 9, 2007

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