Conversations from the Sun Valley Writers' Conference 2010

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 2010, she interviewed four authors at the conference.


Ishmael Beah
Ishmael Beah
"No child starts a war . . . . [E]ven when a child volunteers to fight on their own, there is a coercive element behind it . . . [I]t's either that or death. Children should not be prosecuted at all, because children can be given a second chance to live their lives again."  Learn more . . .

Aired December 2, 2010
Pico Iyer
Pico Iyer
"I think 70% of people in this country don't have a passport. And even at times, 50% of our legislators. And the US is the most powerful country in the world with the greatest influence. And I think it's dangerous if the country that most wants to change and govern the world is the country that's least interested in seeing and listening to other countries."  Learn more . . .

Aired December 9, 2010
Strobe Talbott
Strobe Talbott
"Your generation, my generation — the same generation — is the first generation really to know that we do live in an era when, for man-made reasons, the climate is changing in potentially dangerous ways. And we're the last generation that can really do something about it. That's a huge responsibility on us. Learn more . . .

Aired December 16, 2010
David Kennedy
David Kennedy
"My basic concern is that we have evolved a level of disconnect between civil society and the military that for this country is unprecedented . . . . [T]he military is engaged on the front line. And they're giving blood and life and effort and service, and civilian society hardly feels it. We can deploy the military as a society without breaking a sweat."  Learn more . . .

Aired December 23, 2010