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Save the Date: Sept. 23-25, 2016!

The Texas Tribune Festival will return to the University of Texas at Austin on Sept. 23-25, 2016!

The annual Festival brings together some of the biggest names in politics and public policy to explore and discuss the state’s and nation’s most pressing issues.

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Announcement: Texas Tribune Festival 2016

Mark your calendars! The sixth-annual Texas Tribune Festival will be held Sept. 23-25, 2016 on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

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A Look Back at #TTF 2015

From lively political discussions in each Festival panel to exciting special events throughout the weekend, the fifth-annual Texas Tribune Festival was undoubtedly our best yet! Relive all the action with video, audio and photos from the many Festival highlights and events.


You can now watch videos from numerous featured keynote sessions, including our opening keynote with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, our closing keynote with the Honorable Julián Castro, an interview with U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and many other panel discussions listed below.

One on One with Dan Patrick
Featuring Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in conversation with The Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith

Big Cities, Big Challenges
Featuring mayors Steve Adler, Nelda Martinez, Annise Parker and Ivy Taylor in conversation with Texas Standard host David Brown 

Can the Center Hold?
Featuring former U.S. Sens. Evan Bayh and Kay Bailey Hutchison; former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros; and John H. Sununu, a former Governor of New Hampshire and White House chief of staff, in conversation with Sirius XM’s Julie Mason

One on One with Joe Straus
Featuring Texas House Speaker Joe Straus in conversation with The Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith

Homeland Security Begins at Home
Featuring U.S. Reps. Joaquin Castro, Henry Cuellar, Blake Farenthold, Beto O’Rourke and John Ratcliffe in conversation with The Texas Tribune’s Julián Aguilar

One on One with Nancy Pelosi
Featuring U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in conversation with The Texas Tribune’s Abby Livingston

Their Last Sine Die
Featuring state Reps. Joe Farias, Patricia Harless and Jim Keffer in conversation with The Quorum Report’s Harvey Kronberg

America’s Place in the World
Featuring U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul in conversation with The New Yorker’s Lawrence Wright 

You’re Welcome, America: Texas in 2050
A presentation by Steve Murdock, former state demographer and former director of the U.S. Census Bureau

One on One with Lawrence Lessig
Featuring 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig in conversation with The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty 

Really, How Conservative Was the 84th Session?
Featuring state Sens. Paul Bettencourt and Konni Burton and state Reps. Stephanie Klick, Matt Rinaldi and Jonathan Stickland in conversation with The Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith

Make 2016 Great Again
Featuring The New York TimesAmy Chozick, Snapchat’s Peter Hamby, The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza and The Washington Post’s David Weigel in conversation with The Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith

One on One with Julián Castro
Featuring the honorable Julián Castro in conversation with The Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith


Listen back to nearly all the 2015 Texas Tribune Festival sessions via Soundcloud and relive your favorite moments from each panel!


Browse through photos from all four days of the Festival, available now on Flickr.

Thank You!