The Washington Today Forum (WTF)

Today, The DSR Network is pleased to announce ticket availability for The Washington Today Forum (WTF). The event, will take place at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC on May 21, 2020 and feature panel discussions hosted by your favorite podcast hosts. Panelists will include experts and special guests discussing important issues in national security, foreign policy and domestic politics heading into the 2020 election and beyond.

Participating podcasts include:

  • Altamar
  • The Asset
  • Background Briefing
  • The Daily Beans
  • Deep State Radio
  • Gaslit Nation
  • Just Security
  • LawFare
  • Mueller She Wrote
  • Press the Button
  • Talking Feds
  • Words Matter

Additional podcasts and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets to the event will be $75 if purchased before March 31 and include admission to all discussions, lunch and a cash bar reception in the evening. For a limited time, become a Founding Insider to the DSR Network and receive 20% off your membership, a free, limited edition WTF mug and receive a code to purchase your ticket for $40.

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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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Support Our Podcast and Journalism by Becoming a Member. If you act now, you'll receive 20% off of the price of membership. Use code "support" at checkout. Better still, if you become a Founding Insider, you'll receive a code to attend The Washington Today Forum (WTF) for just $40. The event takes place in Washington DC on September 10, 2020 at the Warner Theatre. We'll be there, along with your other favorite podcasts, including Words Matter, Mueller She Wrote/Daily Beans, LawFare, Just Security, Gaslit Nation, Talking Feds and more!

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