The Washington Today Forum (WTF)

We’re all going through an extremely difficult time and we’re looking forward to the day that we can all be together again. On September 10, 2020, the DSR Network, together with other popular podcasts and blogs, including Daily Beans, Just Security, The Lawfare Podcast, Talking Feds, Words Matter, Gaslit Nation and others, is proud to bring you The Washington Today Forum (WTF). Taking place at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington DC, this one-of-a-kind event will bring together the hosts of your favorite podcasts, along with special guests to discuss how to reclaim our democracy and some sense of normalcy in these uncertain times. The event will include opportunities to interact with the hosts of your favorite podcasts, lunch and a cash bar reception at the conclusion of the event. Tickets to the event are $100 but you can be purchase at a discount of $75 through May 31. As a listener to our podcast, you can take an additional $10 off the price of admission by clicking Get Tickets below and entering the code DeepState10 at checkout. Better still, if you become a new Founding Insider, you’ll receive 20% off membership, a special edition Podcon2020 mug and a code to purchase a ticket to the event for just $40! Existing Founding Insiders will receive the code to purchase their tickets for $40.

More than ever, the DSR Network is committed to bringing you the analysis and expertise that you have come to rely on these past several years. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you in September.

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Program Information (Subject to Change)

“Will American Democracy Make It Out of 2020 Alive?”

7:30 a.m. – Registration Begins

9:00-9:15 a.m. – Opening Remarks

9:15-10:00 a.m. – “Where Are We? How Did We Get Here?” Hosted by Joe Lockhart and Katie Barlow

Our first session will frame the moment from the unique Washington insiders perspective of the hosts of the “Words Matter” podcast and two guests who are themselves deeply knowledgeable about how modern American politics really works.

10:00-10:45 a.m. – “We Hate to Say We Told You So…” Hosted by Sarah Kendzior and Andrea Chalupa

Although we are shocked daily by the Trump Administration, none of what has transpired should have come as shock to anyone. Now, as we look forward, we need to think clearly about what the past suggests may be in store for us in the future. Nobody is better positioned to do that than two of the first to warn of the Trump threat, the hosts of “Gaslit Nation” and their two special guests.

10:45-11:00 a.m. – Break

11:00-12:00 noon – Trump and Russia: The Amazing Counterintel Backstory You Still Don’t Know” Hosted by Ian Masters and Max Bergmann

Donald Trump’s ties to Russia have been in the news since he first discussed running for the presidency. But, despite the Mueller investigation and constant press scrutiny, much of the story and its consequences remain untold. And now there is a real risk of the White House, empowered post-impeachment, burying the facts further. This exceptional panel dives deep to reveal new perspectives on this vital relationship.

12:00-1:00 p.m. – “The Pax Americana Was a Good Idea While It Lasted” Hosted by Deep State Radio

The Trump Administration has had a dysfunctional and chaotic national security process. But one area of consistency has been its commitment to dismantling the international order the U.S. work to build for 75 years following World War II. Institutions, treaties, alliances, even active American leadership have been rolled back. The regular team from the country’s leading national security and foreign policy focused podcast discuss what damage is lasting and what to expect in the months and years ahead.

1-2:00 p.m. – Lunch

2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m. – Luncheon Keynote Conversation: “November 3, 2020: Scenarios & Nightmares”Moderated by Edward Luce

We bring together a number of American politics most notable voices for a discussion of what might happen this coming election day—and in the immediate wake of the election.

2:45-3:45 p.m. – “The War Against the Rule of Law” Hosted by Ryan Goodman and Harry Litman

Working on behalf of the president, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Attorney General Robert Barr have placed the president above the law and undercut key checks and balances enshrined in the Constitution. This panel of experts examines the consequences and envisions the longer term effects of these steps. Co-hosts come from one of the leading websites covering these issues, “Just Security” and from a top legal podcast, Talking Feds.

3:45-4:00 p.m. – Break

4:00-4:45 p.m. – “The Many Shoes that Have Yet to Drop” Hosted by AG and Jordan Coburn

The Mueller Report and the impeachment process were not the end. Many cases loom against the president and his men. The hosts have been covering these issues closely and without pulling their punches since they established their closely followed podcasts, “Mueller She Wrote” and “The Daily Beans.”

4:45-5:30 p.m. – “Unmaking the Presidency” Hosted by Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey

“Lawfare” creators Ben Wittes and Susan Hennessey have written a new book called “Unmaking the Presidency.” In it, they explore the deep and lasting damage done by Donald Trump to the office he holds. This discussion will explore their conclusions and the latest developments from the White House.

5:30-6:15 p.m. – Closing Keynote Conversation: “January 20, 2021: Imagining a New Beginning” Moderated by David Rothkopf

This concluding panel will present a look at the job of work before the country starting next January from two of the leaders with the greatest responsibility for getting that job done.

6:15-7:30 p.m. – Reception

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