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Celeste Headlee

Host of Slate’s Hear Me Out podcast, journalist, and author of “Speaking of Race”

Celeste Headlee

Celeste Headlee is an internationally recognized journalist and radio host, host of Slate’s Hear Me Out podcast, and author of Speaking of Race: Why Everyone Needs to Talk About Racism and How to Do It. In her 20-year career in public radio, Headlee has been the executive producer of On Second Thought at Georgia Public Broadcasting and anchored programs including Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, Here and Now, All Things Considered, 1A, and Weekend Edition. Her TEDx Talk, “10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation,” has been viewed over 34 million times, making it one of the 10 most-watched talks on TED’s homepage.

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Slate presents HEAR ME OUT: Living History

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

Hear Me Out is Slate’s destination for tough, topical discussions with integrity and without clichés. Host Celeste Headlee is joined by Heather Cox Richardson for a conversation about the state of our democracy and the upcoming presidential election.

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Featuring: Celeste Headlee, Heather Cox Richardson

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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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