As the pandemic hit, the world struggled to understand what had been previously unimaginable. Seattle’s Trevor Bedford, an infectious disease specialist with Fred Hutch, stepped in with up-to-the-minute explanations on Twitter. He earned a MacArthur grant to go with his meteoric rise on Twitter. We talk to him about being in the middle of the storm, and how it's changed the way he works. WATCH NOW
Our Healthcare System is Sick
The COVID-19 pandemic Is breaking the U.S. health care system — but that’s only a symptom of the underlying disease. Let’s talk about what’s not working and how we can fix it. WATCH NOW
The Meaning of Life and Death
If you are human, you are going to die. Death is the inevitable price we pay for being alive. But humans are getting better at pushing back our expiration date.We talk with two authors; one focused on the scientific work to define life, and another who explores our efforts to extend our lives. WATCH NOW
Whatever Happened to Happiness?
How do you define true happiness? Is it contentment or joy or success? Is it the absence of sadness or pain? The host of the Happiness Lab podcast suggests it's all these things — and perhaps something deeper. WATCH NOW
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About the Festival
The Crosscut Ideas Festival is a celebration of big ideas and a gathering for bold thinkers. 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.