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Carl Zimmer

New York Times columnist & author of 14 books on science

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Carl Zimmer writes the Matter column for The New York Times, and has also frequently contributed to The Atlantic, National Geographic, Time, and Scientific American. He is the author of 14 books about science, including Life's Edge and She Has Her Mother's Laugh. He is a three-time winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science Journalism Award, among a host of other awards and fellowships.

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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.

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Celebrate the best of PNW community and culture while supporting public media. Enjoy a night of entertainment with a culinary tour of the region curated by premier chefs and restaurateurs, Hear from The Daily host Michael Barbaro, and bid on a unique items in a PBS and Northwest-themed auction.