Aug. 11 at 12:00 p.m. ET

The 2020 Election: The Youth Vote

With the potential of America's youngest voters to sway the 2020 election, March For Our Lives, the youth movement led by student activists from Parkland, Florida, has released a new political ad urging Generation Z to embrace their power. Washington Post Live will examine efforts to get young voters to the ballot box in November and discuss the issues that young Americans care most about ahead of the election. David Hogg, co-founder of March For Our Lives, and the organization's executive director, Alexis Confer, will join Washington Post Power Up anchor, Jacqueline Alemany, for a live interview on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Upcoming Programs
Aug. 12 at 1:00 p.m. ET

The Future Reset: Global Food Systems

Lockdowns and travel restrictions have shown the fragility of global supply chains. With food systems disrupted worldwide, distribution was thrown into disarray and vulnerable populations were left increasingly at risk, exposing stark inequalities. Across the world at large, food and food suppliers are abundant. But COVID-19 has magnified what we have known for many years – our systems for distribution are inefficient and the economically disempowered survive on razor thin margins. On Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 1:00 p.m. ET, join Washington Post Live for The Future Reset: Global Food Systems, a special program in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation. Leading experts, former executive director of the World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin and the director of the Food & Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientist Ricardo Salvador and president and CEO of Heifer International Pierre Ferrari, will come together to discuss how we can create more resilient food systems, as communities, public and private entities innovate, adapt and rise to meet the crisis.
Aug. 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET

America’s Health Future

Health-care challenges in America were substantial even before COVID-19. The lack of cohesive data sharing and a fragmented system often resulted in poor yet expensive care for patients. What has been learned through this unprecedented time is also offering the opportunity to reimagine today’s approach to health care. Washington Post Live will host a program that examines new and innovative ways those in the medical community are exploring to improve how care is provided, from the rapid growth of telehealth, to analytics platforms for data sharing, to new technologies that may vastly improve the way health care is delivered in a post-coronavirus world. Former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Tom Frieden, MD and National Institutes of Health executive Josh Denny, MD will join the Washington Post's Paige Winfield Cunningham for conversations about how COVID-19 and the expansion of mass data during the pandemic could lead to a more integrated health-care delivery system in the future.
Aug. 13 at 3:00 p.m. ET

The Path Forward: Higher Education

As the nation and economy continue to face the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, many colleges and universities are delaying plans to begin their fall semesters with in-person instruction to limit the risk of spreading the virus. With several states now experiencing spikes of coronavirus cases, particularly among young adults, school administrators are examining more cautious strategies to employ such as online learning and canceling athletic events altogether. Washington Post Live will examine the outsized impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. higher education system from students to faculty and what the college experience could look like in the years to come. Spelman College president Mary Schmidt Campbell and Montgomery College president DeRionne P. Pollard will discuss the many challenges and decisions facing American colleges right now. Join the conversation on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Aug. 14 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Race in America with Former Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges

As national support for police reform and racial equality grows, the value of listening to different points of view only increases. On Friday, Aug. 14 at 12:00 p.m. ET, Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart speaks with former mayor of Minneapolis Betsy Hodges about her view that white liberals were often the obstacle to change during her tenure, and how her experience in a traditionally progressive city shaped her ideas on how cities can best move forward. In a Washington Post Live conversation, we’ll ask why she thinks liberals too often “settled for the illusions of change,” and her thought process when faced with an 18-day protest surrounding a Minneapolis police precinct after two officers shot and killed an unarmed Black man in 2015.

2020 National Political Conventions

As President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden gear up to accept their parties’ nominations, the best-sourced reporters covering politics today will host three virtual events each day of both national conventions, interviewing newsmakers, power players, political insiders and more. COVID-19 concerns have changed the rules when it comes to campaigns and conventions. From Milwaukee to Charlotte and beyond, Washington Post Live will be the daily headquarters for the people and ideas driving the election. Follow along on Twitter and Facebook using #Postlive.
Past Programs
Aug. 7, 2020

Race in America: The Historical Monuments Debate

Nationwide demonstrations over police brutality have renewed the debate over how we memorialize America’s past. Monuments, statues, and the names of schools, streets and military bases across the country that honor Confederate leaders and those connected with slavery and oppression have increasingly become a flash point. On Friday, Aug. 7 at 12:00 p.m. ET, Washington Post Live spoke with former mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu about his 2017 decision to remove Confederate monuments and what his experience can tell us about the current debate. He was joined by New Orleans native and world-renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, whom Landrieu credits with challenging him and compelling a reckoning regarding his view of the statues.
Aug. 6, 2020

Coronavirus: Vaccines and Treatments

When Albert Bourla took over as CEO of Pfizer in January 2019, he said he wanted the pharmaceutical giant to be a more focused, innovative, science-based company. Bourla now finds himself at the forefront of developing and testing a COVID-19 vaccine in partnership with Germany's BioNTech. Underway with a late-stage clinical trial for its vaccine, if successful, Pfizer said they could supply up to 100 million doses of the vaccine by the end of 2020. Bourla discussed the timeline for a safe and effective vaccine and the state of the health industry during these uncertain times.
Aug. 5, 2020

A Conversation with Sen. Ted Cruz

As the number of coronavirus cases passes 400,000 in Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has been critical of the new stimulus packages debated on Capitol Hill and argued for a long-term recovery bill to get the American people safely back to work. He also believes Democrats want to keep businesses and schools locked down to hurt President Trump in November. Cruz discussed the COVID-19 health crisis, the ongoing unrest in Portland, tensions with China and the 2020 election.
Aug. 5, 2020

Conservation & Sustainability

Humans are changing the planet in unprecedented ways. Natural resources are being utilized at record levels to support exponential population growth, a faltering food system and a struggling global economy. Washington Post Live welcomed two internationally recognized authorities on climate change – former president of Ireland Mary Robinson and former executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christiana Figueres – to examine what is being done to address human impact on the natural environment and the disproportionate burden placed on vulnerable populations worldwide. Following their conversation, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will talk about preparing a major U.S. city for the effects of global warming and more extreme weather and harnessing technology to ensure a sustainable future. The Washington Post’s Frances Stead Sellers will moderate both discussions with a focus on the ways conservation and sustainability spur innovation.
Aug. 4, 2020

Race in America: A Conversation with Beverly Johnson and Tina Knowles-Lawson

As the national conversation about race continues, Washington Post Live brought together two American style icons to talk about inequality and exploitation in fashion, music and American society at large. Supermodel, activist and CEO Beverly Johnson discussed her trailblazing career, including being the first African American woman on the cover of Vogue. She was joined by designer, activist and philanthropist, Tina Knowles-Lawson, the mother of international superstar Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and singer-songwriter Solange Knowles. Washington Post global opinions editor Karen Attiah moderated the wide-ranging discussion about the power of representation, current movements for social justice and opportunities for meaningful societal change.
Aug. 3, 2020

The Path Forward: The Airline Industry with Delta CEO Ed Bastian

With more than 80 percent of travel at a near standstill, airlines are adapting to a new reality. As some push for a return to business as usual, Delta Air Lines has continued to block middle seats, cap plane capacity and ban passengers who refuse to wear masks. CEO Ed Bastian joined Washington Post columnist David Ignatius on Monday, Aug. 3 at 11:30 a.m. ET to discuss the airline’s commitment to safety despite economic uncertainty, its program for ongoing, company-wide testing and what travel will look like in the future.
July 31, 2020

A Conversation with Chris Christie

As the Republican chief executive of a deep blue state and a U.S. presidential hopeful Chris Christie is no stranger to navigating partisan politics. He will discuss the three crises crippling the nation; the COVID-19 health pandemic, racial equality protests and the economic crisis. Christie joined Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa for a one-on-one conversation on how to get the country back to work and school. 
July 30, 2020

A Conversation with Sen. Tammy Duckworth

An Iraq War veteran, Purple Heart recipient and the current junior senator from Illinois, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D) is also on Joe Biden’s purported vice-presidential shortlist. Washington Post Live hosted Duckworth in conversation with Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on her home state, how she views demonstrations for social justice across the country and her thoughts about the upcoming election.
July 29, 2020

Coronavirus: Critical Choices

The pandemic is surging in the U.S., with record-breaking numbers of coronavirus infections and a climbing death toll. For over six months, policymakers have debated how to stop the spread of the virus, and most safety measures were left up to the states to implement. Leana S. Wen, an emergency physician, visiting professor at the George Washington University’s Milken School of Public Health and the former Baltimore health commissioner, and David J. Skorton, a medical doctor and Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) president and CEO, joined Washington Post senior writer Frances Stead Sellers on Wednesday, July 29 at 12:00 p.m. ET to discuss the critical choices leaders will need to make in order to stop the destruction of COVID-19.
July 28, 2020

The Path Forward: K-12 Schools

As COVID-19 continues to surge across the country, local, state and federal officials are debating how to safely reopen K-12 schools. School districts need funds to implement social-distancing measures and teachers are calling for better testing, contact tracing, and access to personal protective equipment. Washington Post reporter Eugene Scott talked with Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association and Alberto M. Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
July 27, 2020

A Conversation with Mary L. Trump

Mary L. Trump's new bestselling memoir is called , “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man.” She is President Trump’s only niece and a trained clinical psychologist, and in the book describes an ambitious and challenging family environment. There were efforts to block the publishing of the book and President Trump has called her writings “untruthful.” Trump joined Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa for a one-on-one conversation to discuss her book and what brought her to write it at this time.
July 27, 2020

Race in America: Diversity in Corporate America

Diversity has been on the corporate agenda for many years, but it was not until the recent Black Lives Matter protests galvanized the nation that substantial change seems possible across American industry. Fortune 500 companies are committing to new standards and hiring practices. Senior executives are reassessing pipelines to upper management and scrutinizing company culture. Ariel Investments co-CEO John W. Rogers Jr., joined The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart to discuss his career and the work he has done to ensure civil rights in corporate boardrooms, as well as the concrete steps companies can take today to diversify their ranks and create a more equitable society.
July 24, 2020

Leadership During Crisis: Anthony S. Fauci, MD

Anthony S. Fauci has advised six U.S. presidents as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). As U.S. numbers rise with the resurgence of COVID-19, Fauci joined Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa to discuss how to overcome the pandemic and prepare for what’s next while states and local communities decide whether to reopen for the new school year.
July 23, 2020

Leadership During Crisis: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez

 Florida seemed to weather the coronavirus relatively well in its initial stages.  But the trend line has dramatically shifted with Florida now reporting over 350,000 cases and over 5,000 deaths since March 1.  Health experts now say that the Miami area has become the epicenter of the pandemic in Florida. Washington Post Live hosted Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, in conversation with Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty, to hear his strategy for bringing Florida’s most populous county through this crisis. 
July 23, 2020

Race in America: Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

In the wake of mass social upheaval and a global pandemic, concerned leaders are examining the nature of the capitalist system and its relationship to conditions that spurred and intensified these twin crises. Income inequality and the role pervasive institutional and individual privilege plays in creating a growing wealth gap will be addressed when Ford Foundation president Darren Walker joined Washington Post columnist David Ignatius to talk about rethinking modern capitalism.
July 22, 2020

The Path Forward: The Global Economy

As the world emerges from the coronavirus lockdown, the European Union is navigating the economic effects and charting the recovery. Christine Lagarde, the first woman to serve as president of the European Central Bank, joined Washington Post columnist David Ignatius to talk about leading the euro zone’s monetary policy and how the new shape of the post-COVID-19 global economy will affect job security, public health and safety and deglobalization.
July 21, 2020

Leadership During Crisis: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

Earlier this year, Texas seemed to be the model state in taking on the COVID-19 pandemic. But the virus returned with a vengeance this summer. At the epicenter of that battle is Houston, whose hospitals are now nearing ICU capacity. The city’s death toll is up 50 percent from a month ago. Washington Post Live hosted Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner in conversation with Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa about how Houston is faring, how its citizens are coping, and the mayor’s plans to guide his city through this crisis.
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