It's the first draft of history. Or, rather, The First Draft Of History. Known as "F'DOH" internally.
Vital conversations, Thursday and Friday, between top journalists and top newsmakers, including Gen. David Petraeus, Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner, the chairman of AOL....
Also: Larry Summers, Carol Browner, John McCain, Vikram Pandit, Eric Schmidt and David Axelrod.
The company is making money off of this, but all the events will be open to everyone and livestreamed -- nothing off the record. We are determined to grow wheat and not chaff, thank you very much, and while some of the sessions will probably be non-essential, others will be interviewing. We've got a bunch of the best interviewers and given them a lot of time and asked their subjects to do more than just recycle the type of answers they'd give on Sunday shows. Also: it's Michael Kinsley's debut performance as a member of the Atlantic family.
That's the idea, anyway. We'll see whether it works. There's always a bit of self-congratulation in events like these, and I know we are sensitive to it as an organization, but the line-up we've pulled together (along with the Newseum and the Aspen Institute) is pretty impressive.
http://firstdraftofhistory.theatlantic.com/ -- please follow along all day.