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Friday | 7:00 PM

Hogg Memorial Auditorium

Opening Session: One on One with Al Franken

The Democratic Senator from Minnesota on his best-selling book, Al Franken: Giant of the Senate

Saturday | 8:30 AM

AT&T Center, Ballroom

One on One with Steny Hoyer

The House Minority Whip on Trump, Congress and the Democrats’ road forward

Supported by The Boeing Company

Steny Hoyer

Minority Whip of the U.S. House

Robert Draper (mod.)

Writer at Large for The New York Times Magazine

Saturday | 9:50 AM

AT&T Center, Ballroom

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

Raney Aronson-Rath

Executive Producer of FRONTLINE

Paula Kerger

President and CEO of PBS

Jim Rutenberg (mod.)

Media Columnist for the New York Times

Saturday | 11:10 AM

AT&T Center, Ballroom

The Politics of Bathrooms

How the fight in Texas over transgender rights became the latest battlefront in the nation’s culture war

Jessica Shortall

Managing Director of Texas Competes

Lou Weaver

Transgender Programs Coordinator for Equality Texas

Alexa Ura (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune

Saturday | 1:45 PM

AT&T Center, Ballroom

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?

Matthew Dowd

Author, Entrepreneur and Chief Political Analyst for ABC News

Mindy Finn

Co-Founder of Stand Up Republic and 2016 Independent Candidate for U.S. Vice President

Mark McKinnon

Founder of No Labels and Creator and Co-Host of Showtime's The Circus

Charlie Sykes

Radio Talk Show Host and Host of the Indivisible Podcast

Rick Wilson

Republican Political Strategist and CEO of Intrepid Media

Jon Ralston (mod.)

Editor of The Nevada Independent

Saturday | 3:05 PM

AT&T Center, Ballroom

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

Dan Balz (mod.)

Chief Correspondent for The Washington Post

Sunday | 9:00 AM

Hogg Memorial Auditorium

Closing Session: A Conversation with John Cornyn and Ted Cruz

A rare joint sit-down with our senior and junior senators: How Texas is faring in Washington, the state of conservatism and more.

Sunday | 10:30 AM

Hogg Memorial Auditorium

Closing Session: The New Abnormal

Our much-anticipated annual roundtable: Five of the nation’s best political commentators try to make sense of 2017 and look ahead to 2018 and beyond. 

Chris Cillizza

Reporter and Editor at Large for CNN Politics

Ben Domenech

Publisher of The Federalist and Host of "The Federalist Radio Hour"

Virginia Heffernan

Cultural Critic and Co-Host of Slate's Trumpcast

Indira Lakshmanan

Washington Columnist for The Boston Globe

Charles P. Pierce

Writer at Large for Esquire Magazine

Evan Smith  (mod.)

CEO of The Texas Tribune

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