Minnesota Public Radio

Washington Ideas Forum –
Presented by The Atlantic and broadcast by American Public Media

On Tuesday, November 13th through Thursday, November 15th, a little more than a week after the 2012 election, The Atlantic will bring together influential politicians, respected business leaders, and well known journalists for two days of speeches and conversations about the future of our country. Confirmed speakers include Bill Gates, Nanci Pelosi, Marco Rubio, Steve Case (co-founder, AOL) and David Rubenstein (co-founder, The Carlyle Group). Journalists like James Fallows and Michele Norris will moderate panels and curated discussions. Topics will include American competitiveness, money and messaging in the presidential election, and the role digital media will play in future elections. They expect to book more big guests as the date approaches. Last year they had a great lineup and we expect this year will be no different.

APM is producing two free one-hour broadcasts featuring the best of the festival, hosted by Kai Ryssdal. The conversations will have high interest and value to public radio audiences. Because they would be so timely, we will turn them quickly for broadcast the day after they happen, with plans to feed them by noon ET Thursday, November 15th and Friday, November 16th. Stations can choose to air them any time within the following week. The Atlantic already has a digital/video partner and want us to focus solely on national broadcast.


Kai Ryssdal



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Program feed schedule

Each show will feed by 12:00 ET Thursday, November 15th and Friday, November 16th.

Programs are available for use up to ten days after they are fed.

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production contact

For questions please contact Steve Nelson snelson@mpr.org

broadcast rights

The entire program as fed must be aired within the broadcast window, no excerpting is allowed. See terms and conditions described in the American Public Media Service Agreement Prior to carrying this series, stations must confirm carriage with American Public Media.