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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


  • The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival will take place May 4, 2024.
  • Location: Amazon Meeting Center, 2031 Seventh Ave., Seattle, WA 98121



  • When you arrive, please enter via the main doors, which are on the south side of the building, accessible from Sixth and Seventh Avenues.
  • Please have your government-issued photo ID ready in order to expedite the check-in process.
  • All guests must have a name associated with their ticket and be pre-registered before they arrive.
  • All attendees will pass through a metal detector upon arrival. 
  • We encourage you not to bring a bag.
  • Please review the list of prohibited items on our festival FAQ page below.



  • The Amazon Meeting Center is located at 2031 Seventh Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
  • Amazon’s Day One and Doppler parking garages are both adjacent to the Meeting Center. Parking is free.
  • The Doppler entrance is accessible from both Sixth Avenue or Lenora Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, and Day One is accessible from Sixth Avenue. The venue is also easily accessible from the Virginia & Sixth and Seventh & Blanchard bus stops and the Westlake & Seventh streetcar stop.
  • We recommend taking public transportation or rideshares such as Uber or Lyft whenever possible.



  • There will be a snack station with coffee (in the morning) and grab & go snack foods near the session rooms.
  • Please bring your own reusable water bottle to fill at the fountains in the venue.
  • There will be two food trucks from noon to 8 p.m.



  • Are all events ADA-accessible?
    • All Cascade PBS Ideas Festival events are ADA-accessible, and ALDs are available upon request. 
    • If you would like to discuss accessibility considerations, please contact, or call 206-443-4834 by April 5, 2024. It is important to us that everyone who wants to participate is able to do so. 
  • How do I become a member?
    • Members receive special benefits at the Cascade PBS Ideas Festival! Sign up today.
  • How do I become a sponsor?
    • If you’re interested in becoming a Cascade PBS Ideas Festival sponsor, please email Jonah Fruchter, Director of Corporate Underwriting, at
  • How do I volunteer?



  • How do I buy tickets?
  • What’s included in my tickets?
  • What is the refund policy?
    • Cascade PBS Ideas Festival tickets are fully refundable up to April 24, 2024, after which we will be unable to offer refunds. 
  • What are the member benefits?
    • Members receive early access to purchase tickets, priority entry lines at the Cascade PBS Ideas Festival and a select speaker book.  
  • What is the cost?
  • Are my tickets tax-deductible?
    • Cascade PBS Ideas Festival tickets are not tax-deductible. 
  • Are there any student discounts?
    • There are no student discounts.
  • Can I volunteer to gain access to the festival?
  • Are there opportunities for those who cannot afford a ticket to attend?








  • Weapons of any type (edged, pointed, blunt)
  • Firearms of any type (including non-functional, replica, or “toy” guns)
  • Any projectile weapon (including, but not limited to, crossbows, airsoft guns, BB guns, paintball guns, pellet guns)
  • Explosives (including firecrackers and fireworks)
  • Personal-defense weapons (including Tasers, stun guns, mace and pepper spray)
  • Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia
  • Outside alcohol
  • Banners, pamphlets, signs and/or flags or any other material deemed disruptive to the conference



Please stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have started testing positive in the five days prior to the Festival. Masks are optional throughout the venue, and proof of vaccination is not required. The venue strongly recommends masks for entry, regardless of vaccination status.  


About the Cascade PBS Ideas Festival Programming

The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival aims to foster open and respectful dialogue about important issues. It’s our mission to offer a program that provides a wide spectrum of viewpoints, experiences, and affiliations, and welcomes members of many communities. We are sensitive to the fact that some opinions and conversations may make audience members feel uncomfortable. As a public media organization, we are responsible to act as a neutral mediator. We do not endorse the policies or opinions of our guests. However, we believe that the best way to bridge our divides is to hear from people with whom we might disagree, even vehemently, and to ask each other hard questions. When participating in these events, we require that our guests and our audience do so according to our code of conduct.




Where can I watch the recordings?

All sessions will debut at 7pm on Cascade PBS and steaming on here


When can I watch the sessions after the festival?

Fri May 10
Tug of War: Covering the Crisis in the Middle East

Sat May 11
Text Me Back!: Court Roast

Sun May 12
The Journal: Economy Anxiety and the Election

Mon May 13
Hear Me Out: Living History

Tues May 14
Critics at Large: Crazy for Crime

Weds May 15
Left, Right & Center: Serious About Satire

Thurs May 16
Post Reports: Identity Crisis

Fri May 17
Revisionist History: Unlocked and Unloaded

Sat May 18
Radio Atlantic: AI Elections 1.0

Sun May 19
A Word: Race and Politics