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2016 Schedule of Events
At NPR Headquarters, 1111 North Capitol St. NE
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Inside HQ: Conversations
Join All Things Considered Host Kelly McEvers for Embedded, the session that takes you behind one of NPR’s newest and most popular podcasts. Be prepared to embed and go deep with Kelly as she shares her personal experiences from the field and learn more about what it takes to produce a hit podcast!
Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Undermines Tomorrow's Medicine
American taxpayers spend $30 billion annually funding biomedical research. By some estimates, half of the results from these studies can't be replicated elsewhere, and oftentimes, the science is simply wrong. In his soon-to-be-released book, "Rigor Mortis," veteran NPR Science Correspondent Richard Harris looks at how faulty research hampers the quest for new medical treatments – and what to do about it. Join him in this session as he shares a sneak peak of vivid anecdotes, personal stories and interviews from the new book.
Breaking the Internet with Broccoli: Innovations from NPR’s Washington Desk
NPR’s Washington Desk has been innovating for more than a year to effectively cover what has been an election cycle unlike any other. We’ve launched a brand new politics podcast, have run real-time fact-checking on debate nights and will produce live multimedia coverage on election day. Join Washington Desk Digital Editor/Producer Amita Kelly and Senior Washington Editor Beth Donovan to hear the ways we’ve reimagined political coverage in a digital age.
Inside the Story Lab, Outside the Box
Ever wonder how NPR journalists come up with exciting new ways to tell everyday news stories? Whether it’s in the form of a podcast, multimedia project or ongoing series, many of the newsroom’s original storytelling techniques are born inside NPR’s Story Lab—a new initiative that supports innovation in programming across all of NPR's platforms. In this session, Christopher Turpin, VP of News Programming and Operations, Senior Producer Michael May and All Things Considered Producer Connor Donevan will take you “into the lab” to explore the future of innovation and the expanded role of Story Lab at NPR. You'll also get a behind-the-scenes look at a new All Things Considered series that was developed within the Lab.
In an effort to continue providing millions of public radio listeners with the most comprehensive news coverage, NPR depends on partnerships with Member stations who have their finger on the pulse of their communities. Indeed, Member stations add color and local perspective to NPR content every day, and their contributions to the national conversation are critical. In this session, Washington Desk Editor Brett Neely and Collaborative Coverage Senior Editor Bruce Auster are joined by NPR Ed Editor Acacia Squires to talk about their relationship with Member stations—how they’re finding new ways to produce coverage together and building teams who share expertise on topical beats to deliver smarter stories for our shared audiences.
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Inside HQ: Conversations
Inside Joe’s Big Idea
NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca explores the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors in his ongoing series, Joe’s Big Idea. In this session, he introduces you to Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum, a bioengineer who was recently named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow (aka the “genius” award) for her work in developing diagnostic technologies to combat global health disparities. Joe’s Big Idea Producer Rebecca Davis will join the discussion to give you an insider’s view at creating the ongoing series.
#AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Sylvia Poggioli
Sylvia Poggioli is the Senior European Correspondent for NPR's international desk covering political, economic and cultural news in Italy, the Vatican, Western Europe and the Balkans. Sylvia is sitting down with public radio enthusiasts to talk about her experiences in Europe. In this interactive session, take the opportunity to ask Sylvia the questions you’ve always wanted to know—but make ‘em good! You only have 50 minutes with this veteran international correspondent!
All Things Hollywood!
The NPR Arts Desk is taking over D.C. with All Things Hollywood. Join NPR West’s Arts & Culture Senior Editor Nina Gregory; NPR West’s Arts Desk Correspondent Mandalit del Barco and NPR's first full-time TV Critic Eric Deggans as they look beyond celebrity glitz to talk about how entertainment media – TV, movies, streaming and more – is changing the world. Forget about Brangelina; our experts will dissect how to make sense of a fragmenting media universe, the coolest media technology you have to try next, your next binge-watching obsession on TV and the new movies that you’ll be talking about for months!
The Making of Hidden Brain: Lessons from Year One
When the Hidden Brain podcast launched in September 2015, it was something of an experiment for NPR. What would a weekly podcast about human behavior sound like, and could it be financially sustainable? One year later, Hidden Brain now garners well over 500,000 downloads per week and has proven to be a magnet for corporate sponsors and philanthropic supporters. Join Host Shankar Vedantam and Supervising Producer Tara Boyle to discuss the evolution of Hidden Brain, and where the show is headed in the year to come.
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Inside HQ: Conversations
Around the Globe in 50 Minutes
NPR’s international correspondents remain committed to covering the world’s most critical stories—no matter where those stories unfold. Take a quick tour around the globe with Executive Editor Edith Chapin and International Desk Senior Supervising Editor William Dobson as they highlight the year’s most important international news events and NPR’s strategy for storytelling from every corner of the world.
Relinquishing the Wheel: The Future of the Self-Driving Car
The auto industry is spending billions of dollars to push autonomous driving, despite the reluctance of the American consumer. NPR West’s Business Desk Correspondent Sonari Glinton shares his thoughts on how autonomous vehicles have the potential to save millions of lives and dollars each year, while also exploring the potential risks and rewards of owning these self-driving cars.
Behind the Scenes of Invisibilia Season 2
A detailed discussion from our talented hosts about the process of producing Season 2 of Invisibilia! Our Invisibilia Hosts Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin will share stories from their exploration of the invisible forces that control human behavior and interview NPR’s Global Health and Development Correspondent Nurith Aizenman during this session.
NPR One: The Future of Listening
NPR One is securing the next generation of listeners by reaching new and diverse audiences where they are on the mobile devices they love. The app is also helping to provide the most comprehensive news to listeners by automatically connecting them to content from their local station—ensuring a steady flow of national news coupled with local programming directly from their neighborhoods. Join NPR One Editorial Lead Tamar Charney and Digital Services Managing Director Stephanie Miller to learn more about the app that is changing the way listeners access public radio.
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
At the National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW; Cocktail attire
An Evening with Anthony Hamilton & Andra Day
R&B singer Anthony Hamilton and singer/songwriter Andra Day both have the extraordinary ability to tap into the human spirit, while providing their listeners with a soundtrack for love, loss, freedom and redemption. Growing up, both artists found their sound while singing in their hometown church choirs—but today, their inspiration comes from personal experiences and the issues that affect their communities. Weekend Edition Host Rachel Martin sits down with both Andra and Anthony in this intimate interview to explore their respective musical roots, creative processes and how they’re using their influence as musicians to promote social change.
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Breakfast and Registration
9:00 am - 9:20 am
9:30 am - 10:45 am
The Long Game: Wrapping Up the Election Cycle and Looking Toward the Future
For more than a year, NPR’s Washington Desk has been covering this extraordinary and controversial election cycle. Only days after “Decision 2016,” join veteran correspondents Mara Liasson and Ron Elving, Reporter Scott Detrow and Congressional Reporter Sue Davis as they explore what the new president will face in their first 100 days, the state of the 115th Congress and the future of our national political life on the whole.
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Getting Messy with Hidden Brain Live!
"Clean your room!" "Tidy up!" "Get organized!" It might seem self-evident to every parent, manager and drill sergeant that a successful life depends on being orderly, disciplined and organized. But they're all wrong, according to Tim Harford, author of the new book, Messy. He asserts that instead of preaching the virtues of tidiness, parents, managers and leaders ought to encourage messiness: Disorder, not order, is the source of creativity and resilience. NPR’s Social Science Correspondent Shankar Vedantam talks with Harford about the potential benefits of untidiness in this live taping of Hidden Brain, one of NPR’s newest and most popular podcasts.
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
The NPR Sound: How to Make Audio Tell Your Story
For many years, Science Correspondent Christopher Joyce and Producer Bill McQuay created compelling audio for NPR's Radio Expeditions, a documentary program on natural history and disappearing cultures. The duo had an incredible knack for producing soundbites that took audiences from their cars to the world's most inaccessible places. Their recent series, “Close Listening: Decoding Nature Through Sound” won this year’s National Academy of Sciences Award. In this session, learn how they use sound to stimulate the minds and imaginations of public radio listeners.
Hidden Figures: An Interview with Margot Lee Shetterly
In 1969, a group of African American women calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and the Apollo 11 flight to the Moon. These three women are the focus of "Hidden Figures," the newly released book that recounts their pivotal role in helping NASA catch up in the Space Race. In this session, hear from author and Arthur P. Sloan Fellow Margot Lee Shetterly in conversation with NPR Arts Desk Reporter Neda Ulaby as she shares a sneak peek of the true story that has been made into a major motion picture.
Innovating in the Golden Age of Podcasts
NPR has been a leader in podcasting for over ten years, and in that decade the medium has exploded. Since the launch of our first podcast in 2005, NPR has become one of the leading producers of podcasts in the country. The format has proved to be an excellent match for the high-quality, intimate storytelling that is at the core of NPR’s journalism. Today, our more than 30 podcasts – covering science, music, pop culture, comedy and news – regularly reach over 8.5 million monthly listeners, and are counted among the most popular podcasts in the country. Join NPR’s VP for Programming and Audience Development Anya Grundmann for a discussion around the future of our long-form, audio storytelling.
WiW Listening Party Hosted by Generation Listen
Generation Listen has created a lot of buzz over the last few years with listening parties popping up all across the nation. These intimate gatherings are bringing younger, more diverse audiences together to experience the power of public radio and good storytelling in hip, new ways. For the first time ever, the Generation Listen crew and All Things Considered Host Ari Shapiro are throwing an on-site listening party at Weekend in Washington—and you’re invited! Come prepared to listen, discuss Generation Listen’s growth and progress and experience the power of public radio!
Terror & Policing in Our Communities: A National Conversation
In recent months, a number of high profile news stories have shocked the nation, including several police-involved shootings and domestic terrorism incidents. These events have dominated the news cycle and sparked conversations, debates and oftentimes protests around the country. Join us for a discussion with National Desk Correspondent Debbie Elliott, Washington Desk Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson and National Desk Reporter Hansi Lo Wang, moderated by Senior National Editor Vickie Walton-James. Hear how these journalists cover controversial issues like police brutality, domestic terrorism, the ongoing Black Lives Matter Movement and how these topics shape public discourse and policy decisions.
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
A Political Analysis with NPR’s Washington Desk
A discussion with NPR Political Editor Domenico Montanaro and NPR White House Correspondent Tamara Keith about the results from the 2016 Presidential Election and how they will affect both major parties moving forward. Chief Political Correspondent of the Washington Examiner and Fox News Contributor Byron York, Senior Spokesperson, Hillary for America Karen Finney and MSNBC Contributor Maria Teresa Kumar will analyze polling data and examine how the changing face of America has influenced this historic election cycle.
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Public Radio Potpourri
Newsgathering is fast-paced and changes at a moment's notice. We're taking a cue from our newsroom and keeping a finger on the pulse of local and national news events! In this session, we'll interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you one of the latest stories from the field. Stay tuned for updates.
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
At the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
At the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Good Girls Revolt with Linda Holmes
In 1969, while a cultural revolution was sweeping through the free world, newsrooms around the country remained stagnant. At the time, only men were hired as writers, while women were given support roles and research positions with no real opportunity for promotion. To that end, a group of 46 women joined together to file the first female class action suit for sex discrimination in 1970. The revolutionary act sparked a movement that encouraged women to sue some of the largest media organizations in the nation. Good Girls Revolt, a new Amazon Original Series exclusively on Prime Video, is based on this historical movement. The series follows a group of young female researchers, Jane Hollander (Anna Camp), Patti Robinson (Genevieve Angelson), Cindy Reston (Erin Darke), at "News of the Week," who simply ask to be treated fairly. Their revolutionary request, led by lawyer Eleanor Holmes Norton (Joy Bryant) will spark convulsive changes and upend marriages, careers, sex lives, love lives, and friendships. The pilot is inspired by the landmark sexual discrimination cases chronicled in Lynn Povich's book, The Good Girls Revolt. Join Pop Culture Happy Hour host and Monkey See blogger, Linda Holmes for a screening of the pilot, along with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, writer Lynn Povich and actresses Anna Camp, Erin Darke, Genevieve Angelson and Joy Bryant.
8:00 am - 9:00 am
9:00 am - 9:30 am
Opening Remarks and a Tribute to David Gilkey
A tribute in remembrance of Former NPR Photographer and Video Editor David Gilkey’s remarkable work and his dedication to photojournalism and international storytelling presented by Quil Lawrence, NPR Veterans Correspondent.
9:30 am - 10:45 am
Dealing with a Resurgent Russia
Russia has roared back into the center of international affairs, with its military intervention in Syria and its “asymmetric” war in Ukraine. It has also been widely accused of meddling in U.S. politics. How did we get here? How can the next President manage a resurgent Russia and build up relations with an authoritarian leader, who sees the U.S. as the source of the world’s woes? Those are some of the questions we will examine with NPR’s Diplomatic Correspondent Michele Kelemen, Former NPR International Correspondent Corey Flintoff, New York Times Correspondent Steven Lee Myers and Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University Angela Stent.
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Health Care On The Hill
The next president will inherit the Affordable Care Act—and with it, the ongoing debate surrounding the controversial legislation. While some view it as successful in reducing the uninsured rate to an all-time low, others see it as a measure that eliminates choice and increases the role of government. In this session, NPR’s Joe Neel moderates a panel with Scott Horsley, Alison Kodjak, and Kaiser Health News’ Julie Rovner, discussing the law’s possible trajectories, both in Congress and at the state level, plus analyzing the implications the act will have on President Obama’s legacy.
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
Closing and Farewell