Today from the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival!
We went out in a “blaze” of glory, and met a cool dude named “Sticks.” and THEN:
Dr. Aaron Carroll was out at Aspen Ideas, so it was only right that the Indiana University professor of pediatrics, YouTube sensation, New York Times Upshot contributor and author join us for a few hours as we navigated today’s top stories and a sea of great guests.
Christie Hefner was the CEO and Chairman of Playboy Enterprises for 20 years, now she’s the chair of Hatch Beauty and director of the Action Fund at the Center for American Progress. She, Pete and Dr. Carroll discussed sex, sexism and feminism in the 21st century.
Lawrence Krauss is a Theoretical Physicist and Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, and we love having the New York Times bestselling author on whenever we hit town for Aspen Ideas because he does such a great job of making us feel small, insignificant, and the opposite of smart. Today’s lesson: gravitational waves!
Hour three kicked off with a great little comedy writers panel, with Travon Free (former Daily Show, now of Bill Simmons’ HBO series Any Given Wednesday) and Katie Rich (SNL’s Weekend Update). Pete, Travon and Katie talked about diversity in the writer’s room, the demands of cranking out an endless amount of jokes, and the state of affairs in America 2016. It was a hilarious time, you should definitely check it out.
Finally, we closed out this year’s Aspen Ideas broadcast with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. the Governor called in a few weeks ago to promote his new memoir, but we NEEDED to grab him in person while we were here in Aspen. Pete and the Gov. Hickenlooper talked about what Aspen Ideas brings to the state, Colorado’s legal marijuana decision, and more.
It was a great week, and we hope you enjoyed it. Have a happy 4th of July everyone, and let’s meet back here on Tuesday.
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