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Lizzie O'Leary

Host of What Next: TBD, Slate

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Lizzie O’Leary is the host of What Next: TBD, Slate’s show about technology, power, and the future. Previously, she created and hosted Marketplace Weekend. She has reported for CNN, Bloomberg News, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She is also a contributing writer at the Atlantic.

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Slate live podcast taping: "What Next TBD": Big Tech's midlife crisis

Crosscut Festival 2023
Wed May 3, 2023 | 9:00am

Industry-wide layoffs and tumultuous profits are making us wonder, what exactly is going on with the tech industry? The Washington Post's tech industry analyst joins us to consider whether the industry is going through a midlife crisis — and what could happen next.


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Featuring: Lizzie O'Leary, Will Oremus

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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.