What's the Big Idea?
Named best podcast of 2021 by The Atlantic, The Ezra Klein show combines a wonky grasp of facts with a mission to make complex issues understandable. From our polarized politics to how sci-fi can predict the future to the dirty truth about economic sanctions and war in Ukraine, few can talk about the big picture like Klein. WATCH NOW
It Changed Everything
We left a lot behind when the pandemic hit, made mistakes along the way and now the world we face is as complex as it's ever been. We ask one of the nation's leading voices on the pandemic to help us understand what the future holds and how we can get to it safely. Thank you to our session sponsor, Mike & Becky Hughes. WATCH NOW
How to Prepare Workers in a Post-Pandemic World
A special co-curated session in partnership with BECU. WATCH NOW
A Nation on the Brink
RECORDING NOT AVAILABLE. Few have been closer to the threat and the fight to protect democracy here at home than Congressman Adam Schiff. Join us as we discuss the state of the nation, the war in Ukraine and the committee to investigate the January 6th insurrection. Due to a technical difficulty, this session is not available for replay.
Retelling Our American History with Nikole Hannah Jones
The 1619 Project challenged our country to reframe American history to account for the brutal legacy of slavery. It also shook up the conversation about race everywhere, from our national politics to our local schools. Now with her new book, which expands the project, Nikole Hannah-Jones returns with a lot more to say. Thank you to our media partner, The South Seattle Emerald. 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.