Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Annie Lennox campaigns for HIV/AIDS at Aspen Ideas Festival


The annual Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado is a melting pot of discussion, brainstorming and inspiration.  It was my first time at the event - and my first visit to the mountain resort, which did not disappoint.  It was also an opportunity to meet and interview singer/songwriter Annie Lennox.  For the past decade she has been an outspoken HIV/AIDS activist campaigning to raise awareness of the disease.

Our TV interview will air in the coming weeks, but here's the audio from a LIVE radio piece I did with Lennox, on BBC 5 Live's Up All Night with Rhod Sharp. We were also joined by Annie's husband Dr Mitch Besser - who founded the non-profit group mothers2mothers charity, which focusses on HIV transmission between mother and child.

The interview was also featured on the BBC News website.

And to illustrate the tremendous diversity of discussion at Aspen, Zia Yusuf, CEO of Streetline, a company which is developing smart technology, talks about the cities of the future. They're becoming intelligent - using an app called Parker, which helps people find a vacant parking space, without driving around for hours.