Today on StandUP!
Day Two of our week-long broadcast from the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado!
Check out the first half-hour if you like stories about playing catch with celebrities or fly fishing or eating too much marijuana. Check out the rest of the show if you like those things but ALSO very, very, great guests.
President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, Jeffrey Rosen, joined us in the back-half of hour one. The main topic of discussion was the Supreme Court. Here, Mr. Rosen weighs in on whether the dominant influence in the court is Chief Justice John Roberts or perpetual swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy:
In hour two, we caught up with journalist, filmmaker, public health advocate and SiriusXM host Perri Peltz. An Aspen resident, Perri is perennially involved in the Aspen Ideas Festival and she shared an inside look at a panel she will be moderating with Ta-nehisi Coates and others.
Then, Pete welcomed Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans, like Charleston, South Carolina, has a long and complicated history that is greatly intertwined with America’s slave-owning past. Last week, Mayor Landrieu made headlines when, at a conference, he formally apologized for the role his city played in the slave trade. Here, Mayor Landrieu tells Pete that it takes more than removing a flag to remove the disease of racism.
Hour three brought us two great heavy-hitters from The Atlantic, which is fitting since The Atlantic is the main presenter of Aspen Ideas Festival.
James Fallows is the National Correspondent for The Atlantic, an author and a pilot to boot! Today, he and Pete dug deep down on the Iran Nuke Deal and other major new items, like what it’s like to have your plane searched after flying in from a pot-friendly state.
Steve Clemons is the Washington at-large editor for The Atlantic but also Senior Fellow and Founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. Steve is an Aspen Ideas insider, with all the hot tickets and programs to check out. He also makes a killer joke at Pete’s expense near the end of the show. Definitely worth a listen.
Tomorrow, we talk to Richard Haass from the Council on Foreign Relations and NPR’s Michele Norris, among others.
Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to drive to Chisholm, Minnesota to pick up Moonlight.