Conversations from the Sun Valley Writers' Conference 2006

Since 1995, the Sun Valley Writers' Conference has brought together some of the nation's best-known writers, poets, filmmakers and philosophers to engage an audience in provocative and thoughtful conversations.

The event takes place over four days in August on the grounds and rooms of the Sun Valley Lodge and Sun Valley Inn.

Dialogue host Marcia Franklin has been a regular attendee. In 2006, she interviewed four authors at the conference.


Juliette Kayyem
Juliette Kayyem
"I'm not fatalistic about this, but I certainly know what's out there. I think it's likely we will be attacked again, and so knowing that there's that threat out there, and knowing that the government can't be in all places at all times, and knowing that we certainly must take control of our destiny, everyone should have those plans in place."  Learn more . . .

First aired September 14, 2006
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Doris Kearns Goodwin
"[Lincoln] became obsessed with the worry that when you die, your earthly existence comes to an end, and seemed to adopt what I came believe was an old Greek notion, that you could live on if you accomplished something worthy enough so that your story could be told after you died. And that became almost like his lodestar. It carried him through all the depressions in his early life and really through the darkest days of the war. And boy, did he achieve that."  Learn more . . .

First aired December 7, 2006
Haynes Johnson
Haynes Johnson
"I've spent my life writing about civil liberties; I've covered every president since Eisenhower, for God's sake. I've seen good and bad, tragedies and triumphs in our history and wars. But I've not seen a period where we're going through right now. People don't seem to be upset by the basic losing of liberties. That's not a liberal or conservative thing. That's America."  Learn more . . .

First aired December 14, 2006
Justice Stephen Breyer
Justice Stephen Breyer
"I can't make you be part of your own community. But I can tell you this, that if you do not become part of your own community in some way, on a school board, or working in a conservation society, or helping preserve fish, or whatever you like; if you don't participate in the world that you're in outside yourself, I'll tell you, this document, the Constitution that I'm writing about here, this document won't work. Because the people who founded this country expected that the average citizen would participate."  Learn more . . .

First aired December 21, 2006