Working Families

Despite a strong economy, working families in America are struggling. The cost of housing, child care and health care continues to rise and many families are finding it hard to make ends meet.
On Feb. 26 at 9 a.m., The Washington Post will bring together key government officials, academics and advocates for an in-depth look at the plight of working families and low-income workers in the United States. Discussions will include such topics as the rising cost of health care, the gender wage gap, the debate over raising the minimum wage, and what government, businesses and nonprofits are doing to address the issues facing working families.
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Feb. 7, 2020


Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress Claire Danes and the "Homeland" creative team including co-creators and executive producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and director/ executive producer Lesli Linka Glatter, came to The Washington Post on Feb. 7 for a rare in-depth conversation moderated by Robert Costa.
Feb. 6, 2020

The Power of Play: Video Games and Esports

Video games have become a catalyst for non-profit fundraising, a refuge for disabled communities, platforms for protest and forums for global conflict resolution.
On Feb. 6, The Washington Post sat down with video game experts, creators and players to explore this rapidly evolving world.
Jan. 24, 2020

A Very Stable Genius: A Conversation with Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker

On Jan. 24, The Washington Post’s White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker and National Investigative Reporter Carol Leonnig sat down with The Washington Post Live to discuss their new book, "A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America."
Dec. 13, 2019

The 2020 Candidates: Mayor Pete Buttigieg

The Washington Post Live welcomed Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg for an interview with The Washington Post's Robert Costa. Buttigieg began 2019 as a newcomer on the national stage. Six weeks before the election gets turned over to voters, he has emerged as one of the top contenders.
Dec. 13, 2019

Securing Tomorrow: A Conversation with Gen. James Mattis (Ret.) and David Ignatius

The Washington Post Live welcomed General James Mattis (Ret.) for a conversation with Washington Post associate editor and columnist David Ignatius. They discussed Mattis' bestselling book "Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead," the Afghanistan Papers and politics in America.
Nov. 21, 2019

Redefining Corporate Purpose

On Nov. 21, The Washington Post Live examined the provocative concept that American corporations have a significantly broader mandate than the almighty dollar. We gathered a top CEO and other business executives to examine how this proposal will actually play out, from corporate board rooms to Main Street. How will companies turn this aspirational statement into a new plan of action?
Nov. 21, 2019

Oceans in Crisis: Turning the Tides

With rising temperatures, plastic pollution and carbon emissions in dangerous numbers, the health of the planet’s most important life-giving resource is imperiled. On Nov. 21, Award-winning actresses Jane Fonda and Diane Lane sat down with The Washington Post to call attention to the world’s oceans crisis and discuss Fonda's weekly climate change protests on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
Nov. 19, 2019

Dark Waters: A Conversation with Mark Ruffalo, Rob Bilott & Emily Donovan

Award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo joined The Washington Post Live on Nov. 19 for a conversation about his forthcoming film, Dark Waters. The film tells the story of an unexpected crusader Rob Bilott, a corporate defense attorney, who discovers a community has been dangerously exposed for decades to deadly chemicals.
Nov. 15, 2019

A New Line with Robin Givhan and Prabal Gurung

On Nov. 15, fashion designer Prabal Gurung sat down with Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion Critic Robin Givhan to talk about his design philosophy and why he uses the runway as a platform for advocacy.
Nov. 14, 2019

CEO Series Special Edition: Bret Baier and David Rubenstein

David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, and Bret Baier, an award-winning Fox News anchor, sat down with Washington Post Live for a discussion about their new books on U.S. history, the economy, media, politics and more.
Nov. 6, 2019

Veterans in America

On Nov. 6, The Washington Post Live hosted ’Veterans in America,’ an event focusing on issues facing today’s 18-million veterans. Two prominent senators discussed their new plan for easier access to better mental health care for vets. Veteran and Washington Post reporter Alex Horton led a discussion on the obstacles to reintegrating into society for those who served. And David Bellavia, the only living Medal of Honor recipient from the Iraq War, shared his story of heroism.
Oct. 23, 2019

The 2020 Candidates: Beto O'Rourke

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke sat down with The Washington Post Live Wednesday, Oct. 23 as part of The 2020 Candidates series. O’Rourke discussed why he’s made gun control the centerpiece of his campaign and his views on immigration.
Oct. 21, 2019

The 2020 Candidates: Andrew Yang

The Washington Post Live welcomed businessman and Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang on Oct. 21 to discuss his upstart presidential campaign that began as a long shot but now has everyone in politics paying close attention. Yang explained his controversial “freedom dividend” plan, which would give $1000 a month to every American adult over 18 years of age. He’ll also talked about his support for ‘Medicare for All’ and his strategy for winning the Democratic nomination.
Oct. 17, 2019

Chasing Cancer

Groundbreaking new treatments intercepting cancer at stage one. Cancer mortality rates dropping steadily across the United States. Yet a cure for cancer still seems well beyond our grasp.
On Oct. 17, The Washington Post hosted “Chasing Cancer,” a live event featuring nation’s most influential cancer warriors, trailblazers and advocates.
Oct. 8, 2019

The CEO Series: Steve Schwarzman

He’s one of the most powerful businessmen in the world. On Oct. 8, The Washington Post Live hosted Blackstone Group Chairman, CEO and Co-founder Stephen A. Schwarzman for a one-on-one interview about his best-selling new book What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence.
Oct. 7, 2019

Taking Flight

New York to London in 2 hours. Intelligent aircraft and airports. Hybrid-electric drones poised to transform the way we transport goods and services. Investment in smaller jets dramatically expanding regional access all over the world. On Oct. 7, The Washington Post Live traveled to New York City to learn how advances in technology, efficiency and design are reshaping the future of aviation in the air and on the ground.
Oct. 2, 2019

Cybersecurity Summit

Spyware, viruses, and disinformation campaigns are just a few of the threats posed by malicious state actors, rogue hackers and others. Are efforts to protect critical data and improve the country’s cyber capabilities proceeding at a fast enough clip?
On Oct. 2, The Washington Post gathered technologists, government officials, and other leaders in cybersecurity to discuss these issues.
Sept. 16, 2019

Ad Astra: A Conversation with Brad Pitt, James Gray and NASA Officials

On Sept. 16, Brad Pitt sat down with The Washington Post Live to discuss his new film, Ad Astra. He was joined by writer and director James Gray, as well as NASA officials, Dr. Sarah Noble and Lindsay Aitchison.
Sept. 4, 2019

Chasing Cancer: Boston

On Sept. 4, The Washington Post brought together leading oncologists, innovative researchers and cancer survivors for a live event in Boston examining the latest developments in cancer treatment, prevention and detection.
Aug. 19, 2019

The 2020 Candidates: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

On Aug. 19, The Washington Post featured an interview with presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), as she continues her push to qualify for the fall Democratic presidential debates. She discussed her views on gun control, climate change and her strategy to break through the crowded field.
July 22, 2019

The 2020 Candidates: Sen. Amy Klobuchar

On July 22, The Washington Post featured an interview with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, one week before the next televised debate. Senator Klobuchar discussed her campaign agenda and lay out her vision for America.
July 18, 2019

The 2020 Candidates: Sen. Cory Booker

On July 18, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker sat down with The Washington Post Live to lay out his vision for America as he travels the country to win the Democratic Party’s nomination.
July 16, 2019

The 2020 Candidates: Sen. Bernie Sanders

On July 16, The Washington Post Live hosted Vermont Senator and two-time presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The Senator laid out his vision for America, what he learned from his 2016 run, and why he believes he is the most qualified person to take on -- and defeat -- President Donald Trump.
July 10, 2019

Transformers: Cities

On July 10, The Washington Post brought together top innovators, key government officials, cutting-edge urban planners and business leaders to discuss advancements that are poised to have profound effects on urban areas and the people who live in them.
June 26, 2019

The 2020 Candidates: Rep. Seth Moulton

Washington Post Live kicked off debate day with a live interview with Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Seth Moulton. After Moulton’s interview, Donna Brazile and Howard Dean, two former chairs of the DNC, offered a preview of the upcoming Democratic debates.
June 18, 2019

Chasing Cancer

On June 18, The Washington Post brought together the nation’s leading health policymakers, top doctors and researchers for a live event examining the latest developments in cancer prevention, detection and treatment. We addressed topics such as the government’s drug approval policies and breakthroughs in pediatric oncology, and heard inspiring stories from cancer survivors and the loved ones who support them.
June 17, 2019
Free speech in America is under severe scrutiny. It seems every day, words are spoken and retracted, apologies are issued, tweets are deleted – many feel free expression has become imperiled. On June 17, The Washington Post and the Knight Foundation joined forces for the 3rd annual Free to State summit on The First Amendment.
June 13, 2019
On June 13, The Washington Post explored the dramatically changing demographics of America’s military veterans. In the next 25 years, the number of women and Hispanic veterans will double, while African-American veterans will increase by a third. Is the military changing to address these changing dynamics?
June 12, 2019
On June 12, Washington Post Beijing Bureau Chief Anna Fifield spoke with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius about her new book "The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un." She was joined by North Korea experts for an in-depth look at the country’s storied past and uncertain future.
June 11, 2019
Health care in the U.S. is experiencing a period of groundbreaking innovation. On June 11, Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Scott Gottlieb, MD, former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and health venture capital investor; and other health innovators and experts discussed the most innovative solutions to today’s top health challenges.
June 4, 2019
On June 4, The Washington Post brought together key government officials, doctors and health experts to examine the impact of socioeconomic factors on state of health. Speakers discussed how various societal issues affect health and examine how local governments, nonprofits and the private sector are approaching these concerns.
May 23, 2019
The Washington Post Live sat down one-on-one with Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Mayor Buttigieg discussed the issues that are driving his campaign, how he hopes to set himself apart from a crowded field, and why he believes a 37-year-old mayor of a midsize American town is qualified to be the next Commander-in-Chief.
May 16, 2019
On May 16, The Washington Post brought together Golden Globe award-winning actress and mental health advocate Glenn Close and the sponsors of the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act: Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo), for a conversation about addressing the mental health crisis in America.
April 30, 2019
It was long-awaited and highly anticipated, but a fiery debate continues about what the Mueller Report actually said. On April 30, The Washington Post Live hosted the House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California), Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina), and some of the top Post journalists who have been covering this story the last two years.
April 18, 2019
With threats of violence against journalists continuing to rise, safeguarding press freedom has never been more critical to the health of democratic and informed societies and the people who live in them.
On April 18, The Washington Post and Reporters Without Borders held a conversation on freedom of the press around the world.
March 27, 2019
On March 27, The Washington Post traveled to America's tech epicenter, the Bay Area, for the first time to convene the next installment of The Technology 202, a series of conversations about the changing regulatory climate and the relationship between innovation and public policy.
Dec. 6, 2018
The Washington Post held a “Transformers: Defense” summit with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford who discussed key military challenges facing the country and how the Pentagon is modernizing America’s armed forces. Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Dr. Steven H. Walker assessed how the U.S. and other nations are reducing their reliance on the traditional machinery of war fighting and adapting military strategy to next-generation technology.
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