In 2021, Crosscut Festival will return in a virtual format, featuring sessions and events streaming online. This special year of the festival will be available at no-cost. The Headliners Night (May 3) is an exclusive festival prologue to celebrate and support great public media and journalism in the Pacific Northwest and beyond; featuring appearances by PBS Newshour anchor, Judy Woodruff, European travel expert Rick Steves, and more exciting guests to be announced. Festival programming will include a week of virtual conversations available online and select sessions will be broadcast on KCTS.
Speakers from across the nation and around the region will join us to consider issues in politics, social justice, the economy, science, the environment, and the arts. This year’s speakers include: Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain (editors of Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America 1619-2019), U.S. Congressional Speaker-of-the-House Nancy Pelosi, Judy Woodruff (PBS News Hour), Rick Steves, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Use the Power You Have), Robert Reich (The System), Robert M. Gates (Exercise of Power), Bill Nye, Alicia Garza (The Purpose of Power), Henry Olson, Carmen Best, Soledad O’Brien, Errin Haines (Editor at Large for The 19th), Robin DiAngelo (White Fragility and the forthcoming Nice Racism), Dr. Jason Johnson (MSNBC and Slate), Peter Singer (Animal Liberation), Sen. Jon Tester (Grounded), Heather Cox Richardson (How the South Won the Civil War), Sen Chris Murphy (The Violence Inside Us), Michael Harriot (of The Root), Dahlia Liethwick (Slate), Abraham Lustgarten (ProPublica), Adam Jentleson, Sonia Shah (The Next Great Migration), Jillian C. York (Silicon Values), Ross Douthat (The Decadent Society), Richard Florida, Kristen Kobes Du Mez, Andrew Marantz (New York Times), Kirsten Powers (CNN), Heather McGee (The Sum of Us), Leah Stokes (Short Circuiting Policy) and many more.