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Friday, May 3


United States Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano Fireside Chat
As Secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama, Napolitano oversaw the maturation of a relatively new department that was often the focus of national debate. Now one decade older, the debate has only intensified as a new president has tested the bounds of the agency, emboldening its Immigration and Customs Enforcement division and challenging the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Napolitano put into place. Expect an honest assessment of her old workplace.

Presented in Partnership with Town Hall Seattle

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David Plotz

CEO, Atlas Obscura
David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura (www.AtlasObscura.com), the Brooklyn-based media and travel company. He is also host of the popular Slate Political Gabfest podcast. Before joining Atlas Obscura in 2014, Plotz was Editor in Chief of Slate, where he won two National Magazine... Read More →

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Janet Napolitano

Former Secretary of Homeland Security, United States
Janet Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations at the federal and state levels. She served as secretary of Homeland Security from 2009-2013. Before that, she was the governor of Arizona, previously serving as attorney general... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 8:15pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, May 4


Christine Todd Whitman Fireside Chat
As the head of the Environmental Protection Agency in the early aughts, Whitman served at the pleasure of one Republican president. Now the former Republican governor of New Jersey appears to be trying to get under the skin of another. Following President Trump’s defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin last July, Whitman penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Time calling the commander-in-chief unfit for the office. More recently, she has been calling on the president and her party to recognize manmade climate change. Is she getting through? We’ll ask.

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Enrique Cerna

Senior Correspondent, Crosscut
Enrique Cerna is senior correspondent for Crosscut and KCTS 9. He joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. Since then, he has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs as well as local documentaries on... Read More →

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Christine T. Whitman

President, Former EPA Administrator, Former NJ Governor, The Whitman Strategy Group
Christine Todd Whitman is the President of The Whitman Strategy Group (WSG), a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues.Governor Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from January... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am


Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley Fireside Chat
Earlier this year, the junior senator from Oregon joined a rarefied group: Democrats who considered a run for the presidency, but decided against it. Instead, Merkley will be seeking re-election to the Senate where he hopes to thaw the “deep freeze” that he says has rendered the deliberative body largely inert.  Merkley, who is among the most progressive members of the Senate and is the only senator to endorse Bernie Sanders in 2016, will share how he plans to fix it.

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Philip Rucker

White House Bureau Chief, The Washington Post
Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post, leading its coverage of the Donald Trump presidency. He and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Prize and the George Polk Award for their reporting on Russia‚Äôs interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential... Read More →

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Jeffrey Merkley

U.S. Senator, D-Oregon, U.S. Senator, Oregon
As Oregon’s U.S. Senator, Jeff’s goal is to make Washington work for working Americans. He is fighting to create good jobs for working Oregonians, protect consumers from predatory practices, and ensure that all Oregonians have access to high-quality, affordable education. Jeff... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:20pm


Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Fireside Chat
She has been in congress for less than 3 years, but Pramila Jayapal is already shifting the conversation in the other Washington. As the co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus at the dawn of newfound Democratic power in the lower house, the civil rights activist-turned-politician has been instrumental in elevating Medicare for All and the Green New Deal. Expect to hear about those efforts and what it means to be a powerful progressive in the Trump era.

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Melissa Santos

Staff Reporter, Crosscut
Melissa Santos is Crosscut’s staff reporter covering state politics and the Legislature. She came to Crosscut from The Seattle Times editorial board, where she wrote columns and opinion pieces focusing on state government. Prior to that, she spent eight years as a reporter at The... Read More →

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Pramila Jayapal

Congresswoman, United States Congress
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal represents Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and surrounding areas including Shoreline, Vashon Island, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds and parts of Burien and Normandy Park.Congresswoman Jayapal is committed to ensuring that every... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm


Macklemore & Doug Baldwin
Some activists need to use blow horns, but others are fortunate enough to already have the world’s attention. Colin Kaepernick, for example, showed how a single act -- and the commitment to repeat it -- can change the conversation. But how does one turn fame into societal gain? Prominent social justice activist and author DeRay McKesson will lead a conversation with hip-hop artist Macklemore and Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin about how the two socially active figures choose a cause, make positive change, and keep working through it all. 

This session sponsored by Alaska Airlines.

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DeRay Mckesson

Organizer, Activist, Author, Pod Save The People
DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity and justice. Born and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Bowdoin College and holds honorary doctorates from The New School and the Maryland Institute College of Art.DeRay has advocated... Read More →

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A lifelong Seattle resident, Macklemore has always believed in using his platform, resources and creative pursuits to have an impact on social justice issues. Along with Ryan Lewis, Macklemore launched The Residency program in 2015, which has since become one of the preeminent opportunities... Read More →
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Doug Baldwin Jr

Athlete, Activist, Humanitarian, Seattle Seahawks
Doug Baldwin Jr. graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Science, Technology and Society before signing with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2011. During his career he has become a Super Bowl Champion and a 2-time Pro Bowler. In 2017, Baldwin helped... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 2:45pm - 3:35pm


Advisor to President Obama Valerie Jarrett Fireside Chat
A longtime personal advisor to the Obamas, Valerie Jarrett was on staff for the entirety of Barack Obama’s two terms as president. Yet, there is far more to glean from her life than the intimate details of the erstwhile first family. As told in her new memoir, Finding My Voice, Jarrett found purpose in the historic administration of Chicago mayor Harold Washington. She will talk about what she learned in those city hall years and, of course, the Obamas.

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Jamelle Bouie

Columnist, New York Times
Based in Charlottesville, Virginia and Washington D.C., Jamelle Bouie is a columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News. He covers campaigns, elections, national affairs, and culture. Prior to the Times, Jamelle was chief political correspondent for Slate magazine... Read More →

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Valerie Jarrett

Senior Advisor, President Barack Obama
Valerie B. Jarrett is a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn, a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and President of the Board of When We All Vote. She also serves on the boards of Ariel Investments, 2U, Lyft, the John F. Kennedy Center... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm