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CNN presents TUG OF WAR: Covering the Crisis in the Middle East

Crosscut Festival 2024
Sat May 4, 2024 | 11:30am

Since the Hamas attacks of October 7 and the outbreak of the war in Gaza, CNN’s Tug of War has taken listeners to the heart of the conflict, as reporters bring us the latest and talk to the people living through it. Host David Rind will talk to international correspondent Nada Bashir about the challenges of reporting on the humanitarian crisis, and how this conflict has changed the Middle East.

David Rind
Nada Bashir
Featuring: David Rind, Nada Bashir

TEXT ME BACK!: Court Roast

Crosscut Festival 2024
Sat May 4, 2024 | 1:30pm

A celebration of the 25-year best friendship between New York Times bestselling author Lindy West and recovering lawyer and democracy expert Meagan Hatcher-Mays. The pair dissects pop culture, politics, snakes, the paranormal and anything else that crosses their minds. They’ll be joined for a raucous roast of the Supreme Court by Los Angeles-based comedian, movie star and icon Guy Branum. 

Lindy West
Meagan Hatcher-Mays
Guy Branum
Featuring: Lindy West, Meagan Hatcher-Mays, Guy Branum

The Wall Street Journal presents THE JOURNAL: Economy Anxiety and the Election

Crosscut Festival 2024
Sat May 4, 2024 | 1:30pm

There’s a striking disconnect between how Americans feel about the economy and the direction the economy is going. How will those feelings shape the 2024 election and how much does the economy really matter in the Biden vs. Trump rematch? Join Kate Linebaugh and Ryan Knutson, co-hosts of podcast The Journal, as they sit down with The Wall Street Journal’s senior political correspondent Molly Ball for a live taping of the show.

The Journal is a daily podcast about money, business and power from The Wall Street Journal and Spotify.

Kate Linebaugh
Ryan Knutson
Molly Ball
Featuring: Kate Linebaugh, Ryan Knutson, Molly Ball

Pushkin presents REVISIONIST HISTORY: Unlocked and Unloaded

Crosscut Festival 2024
Sat May 4, 2024 | 2:45pm

Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell’s journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past — an event, a person, an idea, even a song — and asks whether we got it right the first time. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance. This live edition is the culmination of a six-part series from Revisionist History about everything Americans get wrong about guns with a conversation between host Gladwell with gun control activist David Hogg and trauma surgeon Babak Sarani.

Malcolm Gladwell
David Hogg
Dr. Babak Sarani
Featuring: Malcolm Gladwell, David Hogg, Dr. Babak Sarani

The New Yorker presents CRITICS AT LARGE: Crazy for Crime

Crosscut Festival 2024
Sat May 4, 2024 | 2:45pm

True crime is more popular than ever — but audiences are also reckoning with the ethics of the genre. Patrick Radden Keefe, author of books like Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Family and Say Nothing: A True Story of Memory and Murder in Northern Ireland, has made a career of telling nuanced stories about unconscionable acts and the people who commit them. In this live taping of The New Yorker’s podcast Critics at Large, hosts Alexandra Schwartz, Naomi Fry and Vinson Cunningham talk to Keefe about his work, the state of the genre and writing about terrible things.


Alexandra Schwartz
Naomi Fry
Vinson Cunningham
Featuring: Alexandra Schwartz, Naomi Fry, Vinson Cunningham, Patrick Radden Keefe

KCRW presents LEFT, RIGHT & CENTER: Serious About Satire

Crosscut Festival 2024
Sat May 4, 2024 | 4:00pm

Left, Right & Center is KCRW’s weekly politics show that takes on the tough, divisive issues you’re afraid to talk about with your own family. In this episode, Mo Elleithee, Sarah Isgur and David Greene will debate the impact of political satire from either side of the aisle.


Mo Elleithee
Sarah isgur
David Greene
Featuring: Mo Elleithee, Sarah Isgur, David Greene

The Washington Post presents POST REPORTS: Identity Crisis

Crosscut Festival 2024
Sat May 4, 2024 | 4:00pm

Trust in American institutions has reached record lows, leaving Americans in search of shared values, community and ways to understand where they fit in. At the same time, identity markers have gained more prominence. Where do these changes leave us? Are we creating more opportunities to understand each other, or becoming more fractured?

Post Reports is the daily podcast from The Washington Post.

Elahe Izadi
Martine Powers
Shadi Hamid
Jason Willick
Featuring: Elahe Izadi, Martine Powers, Shadi Hamid, Jason Willick

The Atlantic presents RADIO ATLANTIC: Artificial Intelligence as a Chaos Agent in Elections

Crosscut Festival 2024
Sat May 4, 2024 | 5:15pm

The Atlantic has long been known as an ideas-driven magazine. Radio Atlantic brings that same ethos to audio. This year two events will collide: AI voice replicas accurate enough to fool your best friend will be easier than ever to use; and half the world’s population will undergo an election. Hanna Rosin, host of Radio Atlantic, and Charlie Warzel, an Atlantic staff writer covering technology, discuss AI's potential to harass, commit fraud and sow political discord. And the fun part: We’ll have some special AI guests to discuss it too. 


Hanna Rosin
Charlie Warzel
Featuring: Hanna Rosin, Charlie Warzel

Slate presents A WORD: Race and Politics

Crosscut Festival 2024
Sat May 4, 2024 | 8:00pm

Conversations about race — ones sparked by a crisis that move from shock to empty promises to forgetting — are unproductive. Conversations about race that shine a light on the facts can impact how race plays out in our politics and society. On A Word with Jason Johnson, the veteran political commentator brings incisive wit to thoughtful discussions with leaders, journalists and other change-makers about America’s challenges around race, and offers ideas on the way forward. He sits down with Ta-Nehisi Coates to have just this kind of conversation. 

Dr. Jason Johnson
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Featuring: Dr. Jason Johnson, Ta-Nehisi Coates

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The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival brings together journalists, newsmakers, and innovators from around the country to talk about the issues that are animating our cultural conversations. The festival includes live recordings of television and podcasts from The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Pushkin, NPR and PBS; as well as community meetups, meet-and-greets, food trucks, DJs, and more.

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

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