Conversations from the Sun Valley Writers' Conference 2009

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 2009, she interviewed four authors at the conference.


Gretchen Morgenson
Gretchen Morgenson
"The thing that I’m constantly mystified by is you can make so much money as an honest banker, as an honest brokerage firm. You can make so much money if you treat your customers well. I do not understand why people take the risk that’s involved in doing the wrong thing, instead of doing the ethical thing."  Learn more . . .

First aired October 5, 2009
Annette Gordon-Reed
Annette Gordon-Reed
"Jefferson is a figure that means a lot to people. Everybody has ‘their’ Jefferson. And if you come to people and give them a bit of information that changes what they think about their Jefferson, they’re going to be resistant to it."  Learn more . . .

First aired December 3, 2009
Abraham Verghese
Abraham Verghese
"Sometimes I worry that the patient in the bed has become a mere icon for the real patient, who’s in the computer. You go to see your doctor and it’s not uncommon these days—you’re sitting there, the doctor’s sitting here, but is turned facing a computer, not making eye contact. All the things that we hold as fundamental tenets of clinical practice are being violated by this obsession with data gathering and data keeping."  Learn more . . .

First aired December 10, 2009
Philip Gourevitch
Philip Gourevitch
"The stories that I’m often most drawn to, they’re stories that are often described...in the press as “unspeakable, unthinkable, unimaginable.” And when I hear those words, I think, “Wait a minute, isn’t that our job as writers, as reporters, to do exactly those things, preferably in the order of imagining, thinking and speaking? Learn more . . .

First aired December 17, 2009