The day of our big interview with DSK has arrived. You’ll be able to watch the live-stream right here at the Newsmaker blog. Here’s the schedule of events: Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer will be introducing both Chrystia and Strauss-Kahn at 12:05pm. Chrystia will then interview DSK on-stage at the Newseum’s Knight Studio for 40 minutes and then open the discussion up to the on-site audience at 12:45pm. We’ll wrap up promptly at 1pm.
Following the DSK discussion, Chrystia will moderate a live debate between two prominent video-bloggers: Pat Garofalo, Economic Policy Editor at the Center for American Progress, and Michael C. Moynihan, Senior Editor of Reason magazine and Reason.com. For about fifteen minutes Garofalo and Moynihan will offer their take on DSK’s remarks and argue what the best way forward is for the U.S. economy.
We’ve collected all the great suggestions for questions that you’ve left in the comments here and that used #askdsk on Twitter. By far the most popular topic of questions was Ireland, and with all of this week’s developments in Europe–from today’s IMF Executive Board vote on the Irish rescue package to talk that the EU-IMF stabilization fund could be used to buy distressed European government bonds to this week’s EU summit on a permanent crisis-management mechanism–there is much to discuss . The IMF has called for a “comprehensive” solution to the European crisis, but is at odds with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has ruled out bolder emergency measures like issuing pan-European bonds. Find out what DSK thinks in a little bit.
Before, during, and after the Newsmaker, we welcome your participation and feedback. Check out our live blog, where Reuters.com homepage editor Jim Ledbetter will be holding down the fort; Flickr, where we’ll be uploading picture of the event; and Twitter, where @TRNewsmaker will be live-tweeting.