Weekend In Washington 2012 (General)

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NPR's Weekend in Washington brings together public radio enthusiasts and supporters from across the country for an "insider's look" at NPR. This annual, multi-day event includes activities with NPR journalists, unique entertainment, and behind-the-scenes experiences, providing you captivating close encounters with the news and newsmakers.

Held from November 9th to 11th, immediately after the Presidential election, Weekend in Washington 2012 will delve into its outcome and explore what the future holds for the economy, technology, politics, and policy.

November 9-11, 2012
The Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C.


Schedule Of Events (Last Updated 10/26/2012)

November 9

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Opening Night Reception & Dinner
at The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

Weekend Edition Saturday's Scott Simon provides opening remarks on the state of the nation three days after results from the presidential election are in. Followed by a conversation & performance with From the Top's Christopher O'Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz.
(cocktail attire; transportation will be provided)

November 10

7:00 am - 8:00 am NPR Run of the Monuments
5K with Senior Vice President of News Margaret Low Smith
and All Things Considered's Guy Raz
(workout attire)
8:30 am Registration Opens
9:00 am - 10:00 am Breakfast & NPR President's Notebook
NPR President and CEO Gary E. Knell looks back on his first year at the helm and discusses where he sees NPR headed
10:00 am - 11:15 am And the Next President of the United States is...
Correspondents Mara Liasson, Dina Temple-Raston, Michele Kelemen and John Ydstie discuss some of the biggest policy and leadership challenges facing the 2012 POTUS: national security, international relations and the economy. Moderated by Tell Me More's Michel Martin
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Breakout Session: What's The Big Idea?
Equality, Law & the Supreme Court

Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg talks with former Solicitors General Walter Dellinger and Theodore Olson about affirmative action, same sex marriage, voting rights and other momentous issues before The Court this term

Breakout Session: What's The Big Idea?
The Changing Conversation About Race

More than half of American babies born in 2011 were children of color. Matt Thompson, head of NPR's new initiative to cover race, ethnicity and culture and Latino USA's Maria Hinojosa look at how shifting demographics will affect the very way we think about race

Breakout Session: What's The Big Idea?
Technology & The Future of Privacy

Technology Reporter Steven Henn leads a conversation on new innovations in face recognition technology and the legal & ethical challenges they raise with two leading privacy experts: University of Washington Law's Ryan Calo and Carnegie Mellon University's Alessandro Acquisti

Breakout Session: What's The Big Idea?
Social Media & the New Human Relationship

Science Desk Correspondent Joe Palca looks at how new technologies are changing the very nature of human interaction, with author of "The Man Who Lied to His Laptop," Stanford University Professor Clifford Nass, and Director of University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Lab, Jennifer Golbeck
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch & Short Program
All in the Family: Join Religion Correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty and her brother David Bradley, Owner of the Atlantic Media Company, for a discussion about family, religion and the media, and the interplay between them
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm Breakout Session: Feed Your Soul
Why Moviegoers in Minsk Matter More Than You at the Multiplex

For every dollar "The Hobbit" earns at American box offices this Christmas, it will earn more than two dollars overseas. Morning Edition's Renee Montagne and NPR film critic Bob Mondello will explore how Hollywood's transition from American taste-maker to international taste-satisfier affects the choices you have at the theater

Breakout Session: Feed Your Soul
All Grown Up: "Teenage Diaries" Revisited

In 1996, the "Teenage Diaries" series began giving young people tape recorders to report on their own lives. Independent Producer Joe Richman leads a conversation with former teen participants of the All Things Considered segment about their new diaries, airing in November. Introduction by All Things Considered's Chris Turpin

Breakout Session: Feed Your Soul
Is Your Waistline Contagious? Synthesizing the Science & Psychology of Weight Loss

Science Correspondents Shankar Vedantam and Allison Aubrey delve into the latest research on how stress, sleep, metabolism, genes – even "social viruses" – conspire to affect your weight. And they’ll answer the question: Can chocolate make you thin?

Breakout Session: Feed Your Soul
NPR Books Presents!

Moderated by Weekend Edition Sunday's Rachel Martin
with Robert Caro
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm The Future of Radio
Chief Content Officer & Executive Vice President Kinsey Wilson and Senior Vice President of News Margaret Low Smith present on what radio may look and sound like in ten years and beyond
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Planet Money Presents: Murder on the Euro Express
The dream of European unity is dying. And it isn't from natural causes. NPR’s Planet Money team tackles the financial murder mystery. You'll be part of the investigation as NPR's Robert Smith and Zoe Chace uncover the clues, interview the suspects, and hunt down Europe’s economic killer
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm First Look: Ask Me Another
Enjoy a drink and a laugh while sharpening your wits with NPR's newest hit show: Ask Me Another, a heady brew of puzzles, word games, and trivia. Join host Ophira Eisenberg and resident musician Jonathan Coulton as they put your favorite NPR hosts and reporters in the puzzle hot seat

November 11

8:00 am - 9:00 am NPR Morning Workshop: How I Got the Story
Covering Aurora

An inside look into how a breaking story unfolds in the newsroom. Hear from the team that covered one of the most tragic stories of the year: the shootings in Aurora, Colorado. With Lead Editor Jason DeRose, Producer Sam Sanders, and Colorado Public Radio Reporter Ben Markus

NPR Morning Workshop: How I Got the Story
NPR In Pictures

NPR has become a leader in multimedia and interactive storytelling. Meet some of the award-winning photographers and videographers helping to expand NPR's reach to online, to mobile, and to bigger and bigger screens, and see their work. Presentation led by Supervising Senior Producer for Multimedia Keith Jenkins, with Multimedia Editor Coburn Dukehart and Multimedia Producers Claire O'Neill and John Poole

NPR Morning Workshop: How I Got the Story
Anatomy of an Investigation

NPR is one of the only news organizations still committed to serious investigative reporting. Take a behind-the-scenes look at this year's potent series on the resurgence of Black Lung Disease, with Rural Affairs Correspondent Howard Berkes. He'll discuss his work with Media Correspondent David Folkenflik, and give a preview of a story still under investigation
9:00 am Breakfast Opens
9:30 am - 10:00 am Homegrown Talent
Weekend Edition Sunday's Audie Cornish and All Things Considered's Guy Raz reflect on their humble beginnings as NPR interns
10:00 am - 11:00 am Stories From the Field
Kelly McEvers covers the Middle East. Frank Langfitt covers China. Jason Beaubien covers Global Health. Each of these Correspondents will make a presentation on a year in the field, sharing compelling stories and a unique perspective on what lies ahead. Talk of the Nation's Neal Conan moderates the audience Q&A
11:15 am - 12:30 pm Iran: Red Lines, Deadlines, and Diplomacy
Iran may very well be the defining international issue of the coming year. Does diplomacy still have a chance? Will Iran's current economic turmoil generate an internal political backlash? A conversation on this critical story, led by All Things Considered's Robert Siegel, with The Brookings Institute's Martin Indyk, President of the National Iranian American Council, Trita Parsi, and U.S. Institute for Peace Senior Fellow, Robin Wright
12:30 pm - 12:45 pm Closing & Farewell

View the schedule from last year's program

All events will be held at The Mayflower Hotel unless otherwise noted.
All events are business attire unless otherwise noted.