June 25, 2012
Danielle Deabler, NPR




NPR brings listeners four days of live coverage from the annual Aspen Environment Forum and Aspen Ideas Festival beginning today. Talk of the Nation kicks off the coverage this afternoon, broadcasting from the Paepcke Auditorium in front of a live audience as the world's top environmental scientists and scholars convene at the Aspen Environment Forum. As the Aspen Ideas Festival begins this week, Talk of the Nation will broadcast from Paepcke on Tuesday, June 26 and from Hotel Jerome Wednesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 28, featuring conversations with thought leaders from the festival.

This year marks the show's second live broadcast from the Aspen Ideas Festival and a first from the Aspen Environment Forum. Throughout the week, Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan will converse with leaders in the environment and conservation; social media; politics; and international affairs addressing today's most relevant and pressing issues. Listeners can call (800) 989-8255, email talk@npr.org or visit NPR.org to submit questions.

The live shows will air daily on Talk of the Nation from 12:00PM-2:00PM MT (2:00PM-4:00PM ET); find local stations and broadcast times at npr.org/stations; audio will be available each day at 6PM (ET) online at NPR.org. A full rundown from each day's show is below.

Talk of the Nation is NPR's midday call-in program that explores politics, pop culture, education, religion, books, health, family and music, and invites listeners to join the conversation. The program has more than 3.2 million weekly listeners and is broadcast on more than 320 NPR Member stations nationwide.

NOTE: Schedule is subject to change.

Monday, June 25
Aspen Environment Forum: Paepcke Auditorium

12-12:20 - Supreme Court Immigration Decision
The Supreme Court today delivered a split ruling on Arizona's tough immigration law, striking down key elements of S.B. 1070 but allowing the controversial "show me your papers" provision to stand. Host Neal Conan talks with David Savage, Supreme Court correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune, about practical and political implications of today's Court decision.

12:20-1:00 - What Are We Seeing?
Host Neal Conan talks with biologist George Divoky about recent changes in arctic Alaska and with research ecologist Craig Allen about how forests are being affected by climate variation and drought. NPR Science Correspondent Richard Harris joins the conversation from NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. to respond to listener observations.

1:00-1:40 - Life in The Field
Biologist and naturalist E.O. Wilson and underwater explorer Sylvia Earle are giants in their fields. They discuss what they've learned over the years and the futures they see in biology and marine studies.

1:40-2:00 - Species Revival
Stewart Brand, author of Whole Earth Discipline and founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, discusses his efforts to bring back extinct animals, from the wooly mammoth to the passenger pigeon.

Tuesday, June 26
Pre-festival: Paepcke Auditorium
Seats filled by people from the local community and Aspen Public Radio.

12-12:40 The Colorado River: Why It Matters
Sandra Postel, is the director and founder of the Global Water Policy Project, and photographer Peter McBride explain why the seventh largest river in the United States is so vital to the world.

12:40-1:00 The Democracy of Storytelling
Acclaimed novelist Colum McCann discusses his storytelling process and the inspiration behind his fiction.

1:00-1:40 Rewriting The Middle East
There's more to the Middle East than what's in the news. Humorist Firoozeh Dumas, a novelist Assaf Gavron and scholar and writer Reza Aslan discuss what literature teaches us about the Middle East.

1:40-2:00 Stories of Immigration
Award-winning author Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil's Highway, discusses stories of immigration and the conversations sparked by the Supreme Court ruling on the Arizona immigration law.

Wednesday, June 27
Aspen Ideas Festival: Ballroom of the Hotel Jerome

12-12:40 - Politics
NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving recaps the week. Vin Weber, former Republican member of Congress and partner of the consulting firm Mercury/Clark & Weinstock, and Anna Greenberg, senior vice president of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, discuss what it will take to win the 2012 presidential election.

12:40-1 - Dina Temple-Raston
NPR's Dina Temple-Raston talks about the story she broke on FBI investigations into Islamist extremists in the military.

1-1:40 - Who Gets What
Kenneth Feinberg, managing partner of Feinberg Rozen, LLP, discuss his role in determining fair compensation for victims of tragedies like 9/11 and the Virginia Tech Massacre.

1:40-2 - Solving Problems with Video Games
Constance Steinkuehler Squire, senior policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, discusses the possibilities for using video games in policy, education, science and more.

Thursday, June 28
Aspen Ideas Festival: Ballroom of the Hotel Jerome

12-12:40 - Exporting Democracy
Robert Kagan, senior fellow in foreign policy at Brookings Institute, and Richard Pildes, professor of constitutional law at New York University School of Law, lead a discussion of America's role in the world and how democracy has become key to legitimacy for modern societies.

12:40-1 Ender - What Do We Believe And Why?
Mark Penn, worldwide CEO of Burson-Marsteller, discusses the results of a poll on American values.

1-1:40 Making Work Work
Ben Waber, president and CEO of Sociometric Solutions, and NPR's Shankar Vedantam discuss how social networks in the workplace influence happiness.

1:40-2 - Behind the Photographs
Musician and DJ Moby discusses the inspiration behind the photographs in his book Destroyed, and his passion for photographing architecture around Los Angeles.