The 3rd or 4th week of September is the best time of year to watch Aspen’s colorful aspens become colorful in Aspen.
Today on StandUP!
This is the last live broadcast from the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival, but tomorrow we will be airing a “Best of Fest” highlight some of the many great guests we had this week. Tune in while you drive/grill/eat/sleep.
First up today was Shadi Hamid, Fellow for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, whose most recent book is “Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East.” Shadi and Pete took a tour of Middle East politics, with long layovers in Syria and Iran.
In hour two, Pete had a chance to meet David Frum face-to-face. Though the former George W. Bush speechwriter and current Senior Writer at The Atlantic, the two have never been in the same room together. Frum and Pete went back and forth on myriad issues, and Pete even tried to get David to try, or at least smell, one of Colorado’s newly legal products. No dice. Here, Frum talks Donald Trump:
Then, we said hello to a fellow New Yorker attending #AspenIdeas, Professor of Business Ethics at NYU’s Stern School of Business, Jonathan Haidt. Known for his TED talks and his bestselling book “The Righteous Mind,” Pete and Jonathan talked about America’s political divide and whether Wall Streets business ethics are as bonkers as they seem, or if our perspective is just skewed.
At the top of hour three, we welcomed Martin Walsh, Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts. Some of my favorite people are mayors, and true to form, Mayor Walsh and Pete had a great conversation. Topics ranged from Boston’s seemingly endless well of sports-based pride, environmentalism and sustainability, and how America’s recent focus on race relations is being received and discussed:
Out last guest of the day, and the week in Aspen, was Heather McGhee, President of Demos, a public policy organization and think tank. Heather actually shined quite a bit of light on the role a group like Demos plays in politics and how sometimes the best way to approach and issue or pundit is in terms of “Inside the Beltway” and “Outside the Beltway.” Hint: One is more reasonable and prone to common sense, the other is a straight up agenda pusher.
Wow. That’s it. Game over. Have fun on Independence Day. Let’s meet back here Monday.
Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to figure out if those were firecrackers or gunshots.