Guy Raz and Robert Siegel (Photo by NPR)
join us for the weekend
NPR's Weekend in Washington is our annual, multi-day convergence of award-winning journalists, innovative leaders from Member Stations and like-minded supporters from across the country. The gathering brings together people who believe passionately in the essential mission of public radio.
Join us and engage with leading NPR journalists as we pull back the curtain on the news and programming that shape the public media landscape. A highlight during the weekend will be an exclusive opportunity to visit NPR's exciting new headquarters in the nation's capital, a space designed to propel our public service mission for decades to come.
November 1-3, 2013
The Willard InterContinental Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Photos from Weekend in Washington 2013
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(Photos by Katja Heinemann)
Schedule Of Events
|11:00 am - 4:00 pm||Tours of NPR Headquarters
(limited space available; transportation will be provided)
|7:00 pm - 9:30 pm||Opening Night Reception & Dinner
at The National Portrait Gallery
Think about the word race. How would you distill your thoughts about race, ethnicity, or cultural identity in just six words? The "Race Card Project," one of NPR's most exciting and original new series (on Morning Edition) takes a deep look at racial issues through this very simple premise—with submissions from listeners. Special Correspondent Michele Norris will talk about the origins of the project and discuss race with the political advisor, counsel and draft speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Clarence B. Jones.
(cocktail attire; transportation will be provided)
Interview with Dr. Clarence B. Jones by Michele Norris
at Weekend in Washington (Courtesy of John Poole)
|7:00 am - 8:00 am||NPR Run of the Monuments
With Senior Vice President for News, Margaret Low Smith.
|8:00 am - 9:00 am||Breakfast & Registration
|9:00 am - 9:15 am||Opening Remarks
|9:15 am - 10:30 am||What Happened to the Arab Spring?
As Egypt descends further into chaos and Syria's civil war shows no signs of abating, the enormous promise of the Arab Spring seems to have been dashed—less than three years after it began. All Things Considered's Robert Siegel explores why, with the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at University of Maryland, Shibley Telhami, the Director of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Michele Dunne, and the Director, President and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center, Jane Harman.
|10:30 am - 11:45 am||StoryCorps 10th Anniversary
StoryCorps has collected more than 50,000 extraordinary stories from Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs, by teaching people to ask each other great questions, and then listen closely: Who has been the most important person in your life? What is your earliest memory? When have you felt most alone? How has your life been different than what you’d imagined? StoryCorps founder David Isay talks with Weekend Edition Saturday's Scott Simon about the 10th Anniversary of the StoryCorps recording project and its growth into a vast archive of interviews from across the country.
|12:00 pm - 1:00 pm||BREAKOUT SESSION
Mighty Justice: Appearing Before the Supremes
At NPR she's just "Nina." But listeners and colleagues alike know her as the dogged chronicler of The Supreme Court, who is able to make the justices' decisions accessible to all. In this session, Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg discusses what it takes to stand before the highest court in the land, with SCOTUSblog co-founder Tom Goldstein, who has argued 28 cases before the court, and the head of Arnold & Porter's Appellate and Supreme Court practice, Lisa Blatt, who has argued 33 cases before the court. They’ll also look at some of the biggest cases coming before the court this term, touching on abortion, campaign finance, and recess appointments.
Media Minefield: Young Journalists Navigate Their Way
The economic model of the traditional newsroom is long gone. Technology continues to evolve at dizzying speed, changing both the way news is consumed and the way it is told. So how can a young reporter prepare him or herself for a career in journalism, and what will a job in the profession look like 5, 10, or 20 years from now? Moderated by Host David Greene with Reporter Ailsa Chang, Producer Claire O'Neill, and Missouri School of Journalism's Knight Chair in Editing, Jacqui Banaszynski.
Code Switch: Talking on the Edge
The members of NPR's Code Switch team are decidedly not "post-racial." Since launching their blog in April, they've garnered a large and devoted following by jumping headlong into discussions about race, ethnicity, culture, and the way many of us hop-scotch between different parts of our own identities. Meet this exciting group of bloggers, hear about their mission, and experience their latest project: the Offend-O-Meter, an enlightening and entertaining device that measures the offensive content of news coverage. Moderated by Vice President for Diversity in News, Keith Woods with Correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates, and Code Switch members Kat Chow, Gene Demby, and Hansi Lo Wang.
The Rise of Citizen Science
Social media is changing the way scientists are carrying out their work. In fields as varied as bird ecology, astronomy and neurology, scientists are now able to rely on vast networks of non-professionals to gather data, test natural phenomena and raise money for their research through crowdsourcing. Moderated by Science Correspondent Joe Palca with SciStarter's Founder, Darlene Cavalier and FasterCures’ CEO and President, Gregory C. Simon.
|1:00 pm - 2:00 pm||Lunch
|2:00 pm - 3:15 pm||Brown is the New Black: Latino Clout in America
There are now more than 50 million Latinos in the United States... enough to move markets and presidential elections. What does this shifting demographic tell us about the future of American business, culture and politics? Moderated by Tell Me More's Michel Martin with The Wise Latina Club's Founding Editor, Viviana Hurtado, LATISM's Founder, Ana Roca Castro, and host and managing editor of his self-titled radio talkshow, Fernando Espuelas.
|3:30 pm - 4:45 pm||The Cyber Battlefield: Technology and National Security
NPR's Counterterrorism Correspondent Dina Temple-Raston leads a discussion with some of the nation's leading experts in the field of cyber warfare and national security. The conversation will cover where the nation's vulnerabilities lie in the digital age, who the likely combatants are, and how national security is evolving to combat the threats—to include government censorship, social media, and cyber espionage. With the Co-chair of the American Bar Association's National Task Force on the Law and National Security, Harvey Rishikof and Microsoft's Principal Security Strategist, Angela McKay.
|6:00 pm - 8:00 pm||Reception and Program: TED Radio Hour
The TED Radio Hour has been one of NPR's most successful launches ever, and already in its first year is one of the star programs in the public radio lineup. Host Guy Raz talks with entrepreneur, author, and humanitarian activist Dan Pallotta about changing the way we think about changing the world through charity. Too many nonprofits, Pallotta says, are rewarded for how little they spend not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments, even if that comes with big expenses.
Please note: both the reception and the program will be held at
NPR Headquarters, 1111 North Capitol Street, NE
Transportation will be provided
|8:30 am - 9:30 am||Breakfast
|9:30 am - 10:45 am||Hidden Toll: The Cost of Bearing Witness
Reporters and Correspondents who cover wars, conflicts and disasters are often seen as courageous and heroic. But their work takes a traumatic toll on them—emotionally, psychologically and sometimes physically. This conversation will cover difficult personal terrain, and stories that unfold far outside of the public's view. Moderated by All Things Considered's Melissa Block, with International Correspondents Kelly McEvers and Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, and the Executive Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Bruce Shapiro.
|10:45 am - 11:45 am||BREAKOUT SESSION
Stories From the Field: Africa, China, and Mexico
Three renowned correspondents come together to share compelling stories from three very different corners of the world. Each correspondent will make a multi-media presentation on a year in the field, featuring anecdotes and analysis, and a unique perspective on what lies ahead. Moderated by Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep with International Correspondents Carrie Kahn, Louisa Lim, and Ofeibea Quist-Arcton.
Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much
Why does poverty persist? Why do the lonely find it hard to make friends? Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? These questions may seem unrelated, but Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan argues in his new book that the answers are connected by scarcity. Using the latest studies in behavioral economics and psychology, Mullainathan shows that people struggling to manage with less than they need—whether money, food, time or friends—come to share certain self-defeating traits. Correspondent Shankar Vedantam talks to Mullainathan about the mindset produced by scarcity.
|12:00 pm - 1:00 pm||"Open Phones" with Ari Shapiro
Ari Shapiro is about to embark on the next chapter in his storied NPR career: as London Correspondent. He started as Nina Totenberg's intern and became a production assistant on Morning Edition. An NPR reporting fellowship helped Ari land a position as NPR's Justice Correspondent, covering national security and counterterrorism (he was the first NPR reporter promoted to correspondent before the age of 30). In 2010 he became White House Correspondent, and spent 2012 on the campaign trail, leading NPR's coverage of Mitt Romney. Take this opportunity to ask Ari anything... even about his birth in Fargo, ND or his double life as a singer in the band Pink Martini.
|1:00 pm - 1:15 pm||Closing & Farewell
|2:00 pm - 3:00 pm||Optional Tours and/or Workshops at 1111
- NPR Labs with the Manager, Strategic Technology and Applications Rich Rarey.
- One Minute Fiction with TED Radio Hour's Guy Raz.
- Cultural Field Trip with Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg.
(subject to change; limited space)
All events will be held at The Willard InterContinental Hotel unless otherwise noted.
All events are business attire unless otherwise noted.