What to expect from the 2023 Crosscut Ideas Festival

Kicking off April 29, the week-long event will feature newsmakers including Andrew Yang, Dahlia Lithwick, Deepak Chopra and Michael Barbaro.

Crosscut Ideas Festival Speakers

Join us for the 2023 Crosscut Ideas Festival! 

The Crosscut Ideas Festival is back and better than ever in 2023 — and you’re invited! The festival is a celebration of big ideas and a gathering for bold thinkers where newsmakers, changemakers and innovators come together to take a fresh look at the biggest issues of our time.

Over one week, the Crosscut Ideas Festival hosts fireside conversations and panels, meetups, art installations, workshops and interactive experiences. The 2023 Crosscut Ideas Festival will take place in a hybrid in-person and virtual format.

Here’s a sneak peek at just a few of the speakers and topics coming to this year’s event in Downtown Seattle.

Deepak Chopra, Michael Barbaro, Susan Glasser, and Andrew Yang are currently slated to appear, with more guests to be added in the coming weeks.

Sessions will cover predictions about the future of political parties; the promise and peril of artificial intelligence; spiritual approaches to the mental health crisis; how CRISPR gene therapy is transforming medicine; and the next wave of Supreme Court decisions poised to further reshape American life.  

This year’s festival will also include live tapings of popular podcasts from news organizations around the country, hosted by some of the most insightful journalists working today.

Our tech-savvy attendees will love The Vergecast podcast's take on the most important industry news. Political junkies will have their plates full with The Assignment featuring CNN’s Audie Cornish, plus The Weeds from Vox. Supreme Court watchers know Slate’s Amicus podcast with Dahlia Lithwick is one of our most popular sessions every year. And last but not least, Rachel Belle returns for a live edition of her James Beard Award-winning food podcast, Your Last Meal.

Learn more about the Crosscut Ideas Festival or buy tickets now at Crosscut.com/Festival.  

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