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Saturday, September 23

8:30am CDT

One on One with Steny Hoyer
The House Minority Whip on Trump, Congress and the Democrats’ road forward

Supported by The Boeing Company

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Robert Draper (mod.)

Writer at Large for The New York Times Magazine
Draper is a writer and author who contributes to National Geographic, GQ magazine and The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of several books, including Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives and Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush... Read More →

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Steny Hoyer

Minority Whip of the U.S. House
Hoyer, D-Maryland, has represented Maryland’s 5th congressional district since 1981. He has served as House minority whip since 2011 after previously serving as minority leader from 2003 to 2007 and as majority leader from 2007 to 2011. As whip, Hoyer is charged with mobilizing... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am CDT
AT&T Center, Ballroom

9:50am CDT

Public Broadcasting and the Public Interest
The CEO of PBS and the executive producer of FRONTLINE on the importance of their work 50 years after the act that enabled it

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Jim Rutenberg (mod.)

Media Columnist for the New York Times
Rutenberg has served as The Times’ media columnist since 2016 after serving as the chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine. He has also worked as a media reporter, White House correspondent and City Hall bureau chief since joining The Times in 2000. Previously... Read More →

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Raney Aronson-Rath

Executive Producer of FRONTLINE
Aronson-Rath has served as executive producer of FRONTLINE since 2015. She first joined FRONTLINE in 2007 as a senior producer and was later named deputy executive producer. Aronson-Rath has produced several FRONTLINE documentaries, including "News War," "Law & Disorder," and "Post... Read More →
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Paula Kerger

President and CEO of PBS
Kerger has served as President and CEO of PBS since 2006, overseeing nearly 350 member stations. During her tenure, she has focused on expanding PBS’ audience across genres and digital platforms. Kerger is also president of the PBS Foundation, which raises private sector funding... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 9:50am - 10:50am CDT
AT&T Center, Ballroom

11:10am CDT

One on One with Susan Rice

The former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former National Security Advisor on the increasingly complicated state of the world

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Indira Lakshmanan

Columnist for The Boston Globe Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics at the Poynter Institute
Lakshmanan writes columns on politics and foreign policy for The Boston Globe and is the Newmark Chair in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute. She covered the 2008 campaign and Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry for Bloomberg News, and previously wrote for... Read More →

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Susan Rice

Former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama
Rice served as national security advisor to President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017. Previously, she served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. From 2002-2009, Rice was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, specializing in foreign policy, transnational security... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm CDT
AT&T Center, Ballroom

1:45pm CDT

Country Over Party
Are they merely words on a T-shirt — or at a time of deep polarization, is it the governing philosophy we need?

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Jon Ralston (mod.)

Editor of The Nevada Independent
Ralston has covered Nevada politics for over 30 years. He has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Reno Gazette-Journal and the Las Vegas Sun, in addition to running his own political blog, Ralston Reports. Ralston is also a contributing editor at Politico Magazine and regularly... Read More →

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Matthew Dowd

Author, Entrepreneur and Chief Political Analyst for ABC News
Dowd serves as chief political analyst for ABC News and is the founder of Paradox Capital, a social impact venture fund. Previously, he served as chief political strategist to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 and President George W. Bush in 2004. Most recently... Read More →
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Mindy Finn

Co-Founder of Stand Up Republic and 2016 Independent Candidate for U.S. Vice President
Finn was the running mate of independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin in the 2016 election. In January, she co-founded Stand Up Republic, a nonpartisan political advocacy organization, with McMullin. In 2008, Finn founded Engage, a political digital media agency, and has led... Read More →
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Mark McKinnon

Founder of No Labels and Creator and Co-Host of Showtime's The Circus
McKinnon has served as a commentator and a media adviser for numerous companies and candidates including former Texas Gov. Ann Richards and former President George W. Bush. He is a cofounder of No Labels, an organization dedicated to promoting bipartisanship in politics. McKinnon... Read More →
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Charlie Sykes

Radio Talk Show Host and Host of the Indivisible Podcast
Sykes is a contributor at MSNBC and a prominent conservative political commentator. He hosted a daily talk radio show for 23 years, leaving to join Indivisible, a national radio show about America in a time of change produced by WNYC. Sykes is also founder and editor in chief of Right... Read More →
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Rick Wilson

Republican Political Strategist and CEO of Intrepid Media
Wilson is a Republican political strategist and media consultant. He has produced television ads for several gubernatorial and Senate candidates, as well as superPACs and corporations. He is also a columnist for The Daily Beast, where he covers national politics. Wilson’s work has... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
AT&T Center, Ballroom

3:05pm CDT

The Story of Harvey

Houston’s police chief on the before, during and after the state’s biggest-ever natural disaster

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Emily Ramshaw (mod.)

Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune
Ramshaw oversees The Texas Tribune’s editorial, technology, events and audience-building operations. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won a Peabody Award, 10 national Edward R. Murrow Awards and top honors from the Online News Association. She is a member of the board of the... Read More →

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Art Acevedo

Chief of the Houston Police Department
Acevedo joined the Houston Police Department in 2016. Previously, he led the Austin Police Department for nearly 10 years, serving as the Department’s first Hispanic chief. Acevedo also serves as first vice president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and previously served as... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm CDT
AT&T Center, Ballroom

4:25pm CDT

One on One with Steve Bullock
Montana’s governor on Big Sky values, succeeding as a red-state Democrat, and broadening his party’s appeal

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Dan Balz (mod.)

Chief Correspondent for The Washington Post
Balz has contributed to the Post’s political coverage as both a reporter and editor since joining the paper in 1978, receiving the Robin Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting and the Gerald R. Ford Award for coverage of the presidency. Balz is also a regular panelist... Read More →

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Steve Bullock

Governor of Montana
Bullock was first elected to serve as Montana’s governor in 2012, and was re-elected in 2016 after defeating Republican Greg Gianforte. Previously, he served as the state’s attorney general and as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School. Bullock also... Read More →

Saturday September 23, 2017 4:25pm - 5:25pm CDT
AT&T Center, Ballroom