The Atlantic, together with The Aspen Institute, is hosting the Washington Ideas Forum today and tomorrow, billed as a series of “one-on-one interviews with leading newsmakers.”

A lot of big names are participating, from mayors and White House advisers to authors and celebrity-journalists (David Rohde! Spike Lee! Sam Kass, the White House Chef?) The lineup of speakers creates some intriguing juxtapositions, and shows the wide range of ideas and topics on tap:

• 3:07 pm
Melody Barnes, Domestic Policy Adviser, The White House, with Andrea Mitchell, NBC News
• 3:27 pm
David Rubenstein, Co-Founder, The Carlyle Group
• 3:52 pm
Craig Newmark, Founder, Craigslist, with James Fallows, The Atlantic
• 4:02 pm
Arne Duncan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, with Michel Martin, NPR

[…]

• 5:14 pm
Bill Bratton, Former Chief of Police, LAPD and NYPD, with Pierre Thomas, ABC News
• 5:36 pm
Elizabeth Edwards, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, with David Bradley, Atlantic Media Company

The event is taking place at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., but you can also watch the entire proceedings online here. Enjoy! And let us know if you hear an especially good (or bad) idea come out of it.

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Lauren Kirchner is a freelance writer covering digital security for CJR. Find her on Twitter at @lkirchner