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The Small Business Solution to Inequality

The coronavirus pandemic’s economic impact devastated small businesses across the country and amplified long-standing inequities. Black- and Latino-owned businesses were hit hardest. The economic ripple effects from the pandemic threaten to wipe out decades of investments in local communities, including thousands of jobs, if these businesses don’t survive. What will it take to keep the doors open while laying the groundwork for future endeavors and investments? This session is underwritten by PayPal.

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September 21 - 24, 2020

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In 1857, The Atlantic was founded to explicate and illuminate the American idea. That mission is as urgent today as it was then.

Join us as we examine the magnitude of the events of 2020, who we are as a nation, and what we might become. The Atlantic’s marquee festival will bring brave thinking and bold ideas to life with four days of can’t-miss conversations, evening headliners, and more.

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM ET

The Big Story: Election 2020

There is no bigger story than the upcoming presidential election. Can Donald Trump do it again? How will the economy, the pandemic, and racial divisions impact how Americans vote, either in person or by mail? Join The Atlantic's Politics team for a conversation on the state of the race and the future of American politics.

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Emma Green
Emma Green Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Adam Harris
Adam Harris Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Peter Nicholas
Peter Nicholas Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Ron Brownstein
Ron Brownstein Senior Editor, The Atlantic
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM ET

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM ET

Equity, Inclusion, and a New World of Work*

Profound disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic have challenged employers and their workforce in ways that could not have been predicted or imagined. Join this expert panel for a compelling discussion on the future of work, how employers can support their multigenerational workforce during these unprecedented challenges, and how to foster equity and organizational growth and opportunity as we recover and rebuild. *This session is produced by our underwriter AARP, and not by The Atlantic's editorial team.

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Speakers
Jean Accius*
Jean Accius* Senior Vice President, Global Thought Leadership, AARP
Alastair Fitzpayne*
Alastair Fitzpayne* Executive Director, Future of Work Initiative, The Aspen Institute
Scott Frisch*
Scott Frisch* Chief Operating Officer, AARP
Spencer Overton*
Spencer Overton* President, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Susan Weinstock*
Susan Weinstock* Vice President, Financial Resiliency Programming, AARP
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET

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1:30 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Women of Washington

The events of 2020 have challenged leaders in every field: from the halls of Congress to the corporate corner office. In the next installment of the “Women in Washington” series, join The Atlantic to hear from women leaders in government, science, economics, and the media on how they are navigating the pandemic and the calls for social justice, and their vision for the future of America.

Underwritten by Exxon
Speakers
Suzanne Clark
Suzanne Clark President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Weijia Jiang
Weijia Jiang White House Correspondent, CBS News
Rachel Scott
Rachel Scott White House Correspondent, ABC News
Nora Kelly Lee
Nora Kelly Lee Senior Editor, The Atlantic
Annie Lowrey
Annie Lowrey Staff Writer, The Atlantic
A'shanti Gholar
A'shanti Gholar President, Emerge
Nancy Bocskor
Nancy Bocskor President, The Nancy Bocskor Company
Kelly O'Donnell
Kelly O'Donnell NBC News White House Correspondent
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM ET

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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Power of Purpose: Bridging the Racial Divide

This has been a year of unprecedented turmoil that has exposed significant inequalities throughout society. Corporations, more than governments, have heeded the call for change. What is the role of the private sector in bringing change? What can corporate America do to end systemic racism and economic inequality? The Atlantic will explore the power of companies large and small to make a difference.

Underwritten by US Bank
Speakers
Rashad Robinson
Rashad Robinson President, Color Of Change
Lisa Sherman
Lisa Sherman President and CEO, The Ad Council
Gillian White
Gillian White Managing Editor, The Atlantic
Melonie Parker
Melonie Parker Chief Diversity Officer & Global Director, Employee Engagement, Google
Annie Lowrey
Annie Lowrey Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Greg Cunningham*
Greg Cunningham* Chief Diversity Officer, U.S. Bank
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM ET

Ideas Stage

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Speakers
Adrienne LaFrance
Adrienne LaFrance Executive Editor, The Atlantic
Alex Wagner
Alex Wagner Contributing Writer, The Atlantic
Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith Actress and Playwright
Ed Bastian
Ed Bastian CEO, Delta Air Lines
Gillian White
Gillian White Managing Editor, The Atlantic
Jeffrey Goldberg
Jeffrey Goldberg Editor in Chief, The Atlantic
José Andrés
José Andrés Founder, World Central Kitchen
Quita Beeler Highsmith*
Quita Beeler Highsmith* Chief Diversity Officer, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group
Stacey Abrams
Stacey Abrams Founder, Fair Fight Action
Stephanie Ruhle
Stephanie Ruhle MSNBC Anchor, NBC News Senior Business Correspondent
Tim Cook
Tim Cook CEO, Apple
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM ET

Bill of Health

The United States spends more on health care than any other developed country. Insurance, hospital visits, medication, and lab testing—all cost more here. What would it take to reduce the country’s health-care costs without sacrificing the quality of care?

Underwritten by Lilly
Speakers
Georges Benjamin
Georges Benjamin Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Niall Brennan
Niall Brennan President and CEO, Health Care Cost Institute
Cynthia Cardona
Cynthia Cardona Senior Adviser, Eli Lilly and Company
Representative Veronica Escobar
Representative Veronica Escobar Democrat, From Texas
Matt Eyles
Matt Eyles President and CEO, America's Health Insurance Plans
Bruce Y. Lee
Bruce Y. Lee Professor, Health Policy and Management, City University of New York
Molly Smith
Molly Smith Vice President for Coverage and State Issues Forum, American Hospital Association
Ross Andersen
Ross Andersen Deputy Editor, The Atlantic
Jeanne Meserve
Jeanne Meserve Journalist and AtlanticLIVE Contributor
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM ET

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM ET

Social Distance

From the beginning of the novel coronavirus, The Atlantic has worked to make sense of the latest science and health news and help readers navigate life during a pandemic. That work has come to life in our weekly podcast, Social Distance, where we’ve discussed the latest in medicine, science, and society as we grapple with how the pandemic has changed us. Join hosts James Hamblin and Katherine Wells in conversation with Atlantic staff writer and the COVID Tracking Project at The Atlantic's co-founder, Alexis Madrigal, to explore the next steps in the pandemic and answer your questions.

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Alexis Madrigal
Alexis Madrigal Staff Writer, The Atlantic
James Hamblin
James Hamblin Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Katherine Wells
Katherine Wells Executive Producer
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET

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1:30 PM - 2:30 PM ET

The State of Higher Ed: The Fall Semester and the Value of College

This fall’s semester could change the course of higher education as we know it. From seminars to sports, the higher-ed campus will be very different. How will colleges and universities emerge from the pandemic? How will that impact the cost of an education and the ability of more Americans to afford one?

Underwritten by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Speakers
Anant Agarwal
Anant Agarwal Founder and CEO, edX
Mary Pat McMahon
Mary Pat McMahon Vice Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs, Duke University
Philip Regier
Philip Regier University Dean for Educational Initiatives and CEO, EdPlus at Arizona State University
Ruth J. Simmons
Ruth J. Simmons President, Prairie View A&M University
Sue Ellspermann
Sue Ellspermann President, Ivy Tech Community College
DeRionne Pollard
DeRionne Pollard President, Montgomery College
Alexander N. Cartwright
Alexander N. Cartwright President, University of Central Florida
Sue Desmond-Hellmann
Sue Desmond-Hellmann Chief Strategy Advisor and former CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Adam Harris
Adam Harris Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Ron Brownstein
Ron Brownstein Senior Editor, The Atlantic
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM ET

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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Reimagining the American Dream

The American dream has been derailed in 2020. The coronavirus pandemic exposed deep economic divides in the country. The killing of George Floyd exposed inequalities in justice. What will it take to provide all Americans a chance for opportunity? What does the reimagination of the American dream look like?

Speakers
Father Greg Boyle
Father Greg Boyle Founder, Homeboy Industries
Audrey Henson
Audrey Henson Founder and CEO, College to Congress
Sloane Davidson
Sloane Davidson Founder and CEO, Hello Neighbor
Lonnie Bunch
Lonnie Bunch Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
Sean Goode
Sean Goode Executive Director, Choose 180
Ron Brownstein
Ron Brownstein Senior Editor, The Atlantic
Gillian White
Gillian White Managing Editor, The Atlantic
Jodi Rosenbaum
Jodi Rosenbaum CEO and Founder, More Than Words
Jennifer Tee
Jennifer Tee Deputy Director, Facing Homelessness
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM ET | Atlantic Subscriber Event

The Atlantic Crossword

How fast can you solve The Atlantic's daily crossword puzzle? Would a little help from the puzzle master himself help? Join The Atlantic's Caleb Madison for a conversation about what makes a good puzzle, how to build one, and the future of games at The Atlantic.

Underwritten by
Speakers
Caleb Madison
Caleb Madison Crossword-Puzzles Editor, The Atlantic
Adrienne LaFrance
Adrienne LaFrance Executive Editor, The Atlantic
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM ET

Ideas Stage

Our marquee stage will feature newsmaking conversations and interviews with some of the biggest names in politics, media, business, tech, and the arts. We’ll cover the most consequential issues of our time, exploring who we are as a nation, and what we might become.

Speakers
Alex Wagner
Alex Wagner Contributing Writer, The Atlantic
Alexis Madrigal
Alexis Madrigal Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Alicia Garza
Alicia Garza Principal, Black Futures Lab
Alison Stewart
Alison Stewart Host, WNYC's All of It
Anthony Fauci
Anthony Fauci Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Arthur Brooks
Arthur Brooks Contributing Writer, The Atlantic
Billy Porter
Billy Porter Actor, Singer
Chris Evans
Chris Evans Actor, Producer, and Co-founder, A Starting Point
Jeffrey Goldberg
Jeffrey Goldberg Editor in Chief, The Atlantic
Jemele Hill
Jemele Hill Contributing Writer, The Atlantic
Joe Kiani
Joe Kiani Co-founder, A Starting Point
Mark Kassen
Mark Kassen Co-founder, A Starting Point
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET | Atlantic Subscriber Event

The American Crisis

The past four years have been among the most turbulent in our history—and would have been so even without a global pandemic and waves of nationwide protest against police violence. How did we get here? A collection of recent journalism by Atlantic staff writers and contributors, The American Crisis explores the factors that led us to the present moment and undertakes a damage assessment: what we’ve already lost, and what we still might lose. Join editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg and key Atlantic voices to discuss the book, and what we can take from it as we look ahead to the 2020 election.

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Speakers
Adam Serwer
Adam Serwer Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Jeffrey Goldberg
Jeffrey Goldberg Editor in Chief, The Atlantic
Cullen Murphy
Cullen Murphy Editor at Large, The Atlantic
Adrienne LaFrance
Adrienne LaFrance Executive Editor, The Atlantic
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM ET

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

The Small Business Solution to Inequality

The coronavirus pandemic’s economic impact devastated small businesses across the country and amplified long-standing inequities. Black- and Latino-owned businesses were hit hardest. The economic ripple effects from the pandemic threaten to wipe out decades of investments in local communities, including thousands of jobs, if these businesses don’t survive. What will it take to keep the doors open while laying the groundwork for future endeavors and investments?

Underwritten by PayPal
Speakers
Larry Ivory
Larry Ivory Chairman, National Black Chamber of Commerce
Josh Silverman
Josh Silverman Chief Executive Officer, Etsy
Ramiro Cavazos
Ramiro Cavazos President and CEO, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Jeanne Meserve
Jeanne Meserve Journalist and AtlanticLIVE Contributor
Annie Lowrey
Annie Lowrey Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Alex West Steinman
Alex West Steinman Co-founder and CEO, The Coven
Chris Montana
Chris Montana CEO, Du Nord Craft Spirits
Franz Paasche*
Franz Paasche* Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications, PayPal
Connie Evans*
Connie Evans* President & CEO, Association for Enterprise Opportunity
Jeanette Bolden*
Jeanette Bolden* Owner, 27th Street Bakery
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET

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1:30 PM - 2:30 PM ET

The State of K–12 Education

As schools begin the fall semester and grapple with the dynamics of teaching during a pandemic, could this be a pivotal moment to begin repairing America’s fractured education system? How are schools, teachers, and students adapting to the new reality of education? What lessons have been learned from the pandemic? What systemic changes are needed to create a more equitable education system? The program is produced in partnership with Chalkbeat: https://www.chalkbeat.org/

Underwritten by Nestle
Speakers
Randi Weingarten
Randi Weingarten President, American Federation of Teachers
Richard Barth
Richard Barth CEO, KIPP Foundation
Susan Saulny
Susan Saulny Journalist and AtlanticLIVE Contributor
Sal Khan
Sal Khan Founder and CEO, Khan Academy
Betty Rosa
Betty Rosa Interim Commissioner of Education and President, University of the State of New York
Reema Amin
Reema Amin Reporter, Chalkbeat
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM ET

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3:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Perception Hacking: Threats Real and Imagined, Ahead of 2020 Election*

Influence operations will only accelerate between now and January 2021. How do we make sure people are ready for these threats without inadvertently amplifying them? When we see foreign interference around every corner, creating the perception of large influence operations might be easier, faster, and cheaper that running an actual deceptive campaign. What can technology platforms and newsrooms do to prepare? Join Nathaniel Gleicher and David Sanger for a conversation on the state of influence operations and our collective defenses against them. *This session is produced by our underwriter Facebook, and not by The Atlantic's editorial team.

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Speakers
David E. Sanger*
David E. Sanger* National Security Correspondent and Senior Writer, The New York TImes
Nathaniel Gleicher*
Nathaniel Gleicher* Head of Security Policy, Facebook
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM ET

Ideas Stage

Our marquee stage will feature newsmaking conversations and interviews with some of the biggest names in politics, media, business, tech, and the arts. We’ll cover the most consequential issues of our time, exploring who we are as a nation, and what we might become.

Speakers
Alison Stewart
Alison Stewart Host, WNYC's All of It
Ayesha Curry
Ayesha Curry Founder, Eat.Learn.Play
Bill Gates
Bill Gates Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Brian Chesky
Brian Chesky Co-founder and CEO, Airbnb
Danielle Allen
Danielle Allen Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and James Bryant Conant University Professor
Derek Thompson
Derek Thompson Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Ed Yong
Ed Yong Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Eng	Lim Goh
Eng Lim Goh SVP & CTO of AI, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Ethan Hawke
Ethan Hawke Actor, Showtime's The Good Lord Bird
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton Former Secretary of State, and Democratic Presidential Candidate
Hugh Evans
Hugh Evans Co-Founder, Global Citizen
James Fallows
James Fallows Staff Writer, The Atlantic
James McBride
James McBride Author, The Good Lord Bird
Jeffrey Goldberg
Jeffrey Goldberg Editor in Chief, The Atlantic
Joshua Caleb Johnson
Joshua Caleb Johnson Actor, Showtime's The Good Lord Bird
Priyanka Chopra Jonas
Priyanka Chopra Jonas Actor, Producer, Activist, and Global Citizen Ambassador
Shirley Li
Shirley Li Staff Writer, The Atlantic
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM ET

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12:00 PM - 12:45 PM ET

The Big Story: America's Place in the World

For nearly four years, the United States has been governed by a nationalist president who has taken foreign policy in a different direction from his predecessors—and, thus, in a different direction from what most international leaders have come to expect. Join foreign-affairs experts from The Atlantic for a conversation on where America’s standing in the global order is headed.

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Speakers
Anne Applebaum
Anne Applebaum Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Prashant Rao
Prashant Rao Senior Editor, The Atlantic
Tom McTague
Tom McTague Staff Writer, The Atlantic
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM ET

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1:30 PM - 2:30 PM ET

The Equity of Health

The global coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated the racial divides in health, as people of color of all ages have been shown to be more susceptible to the virus. How can government policy makers, business leaders, and public-health advocates make sure that everyone—no matter their skin color, income, or hometown—has a healthy future?

Underwritten by Genentech
Speakers
Uché Blackstock
Uché Blackstock Founder and CEO, Advancing Health Equity
Hal Paz
Hal Paz Chancellor for Health Affairs, The Ohio State University; CEO, Wexner Medical Center
Alicia Fernandez
Alicia Fernandez Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Quita Beeler Highsmith*
Quita Beeler Highsmith* Chief Diversity Officer, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group
John Donvan
John Donvan Journalist and AtlanticLIVE Contributor
Edith Perez*
Edith Perez* Chief Medical Officer, Bolt Biotherapeutics
Fabian Sandoval*
Fabian Sandoval* Chief Executive Officer & Research Director, Emerson Clinical Research Institute
Gerren Wilson*
Gerren Wilson* Head of Inclusion & Partnering, Chief Diversity Office, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group
Representative Jodey Arrington
Representative Jodey Arrington Republican from Texas
Sandra Elizabeth Ford
Sandra Elizabeth Ford District Health Director, DeKalb County Board of Health
Representative Terri Sewell
Representative Terri Sewell Democrat from Alabama
Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee
Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee Director, Indian Health Service
Vann Newkirk
Vann Newkirk Senior Editor, The Atlantic
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Race + Justice

Amid a national conversation about race, what has emerged is an understanding that the Americans who interact with police, are arrested, or are in jails are predominantly Black and brown men and women. What has to happen to reform, if not rebuild, a criminal-justice system that has for too long been based on racial inequity?

Underwritten by Safety + Justice Challenge
Speakers
Garrett Bradley
Garrett Bradley Filmmaker, Time
Lauren Williams
Lauren Williams Senior Editor, The Atlantic
Bria Gillum
Bria Gillum Program Officer, Criminal Justice, MacArthur Foundation
Chesa Boudin
Chesa Boudin District Attorney, San Francisco
Larry Krasner
Larry Krasner District Attorney, Philadelphia
Janeé Harteau
Janeé Harteau Former Chief of Police, Minneapolis
Ron Brownstein
Ron Brownstein Senior Editor, The Atlantic
Vanita Gupta*
Vanita Gupta* President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Jeff Pegues
Jeff Pegues Chief Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent, CBS News
Phillip Atiba Goff
Phillip Atiba Goff Co-founder and CEO, Center for Policing Equity
Wesley Bell
Wesley Bell Prosecuting Attorney, St. Louis County, Missouri
Joo-Hyun Kang
Joo-Hyun Kang Director, Communities United for Police Reform
Melba Pearson
Melba Pearson Former Assistant State Attorney, Miami-Dade County
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM ET

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4:30 PM - 5:00 PM ET

Boys State Film Panel

What happens when a thousand high-school seniors from Texas are tasked with forming a more perfect state government? The result is a riveting new documentary that was a Grand Jury Prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival. Join the filmmakers and a star of Boys State to discuss the film, how national political divisions play out through the process, and what gives them hope.

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Speakers
Emma Green
Emma Green Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Jesse Moss
Jesse Moss Director, Boys State
Amanda McBaine
Amanda McBaine Director, Boys State
Steven Garza
Steven Garza Film Subject, Boys State
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM ET

Ideas Stage

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Speakers
Alexander Hardy
Alexander Hardy CEO, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group
Bob Woodward
Bob Woodward Author, "Rage" and Associate Editor, The Washington Post
Caryl Stern*
Caryl Stern* Executive Director, Walton Family Foundation
Cast of Ain't Too Proud
Cast of Ain't Too Proud The Life and Times of the Temptations
Governor Larry Hogan
Governor Larry Hogan Republican from Maryland
Ibram X. Kendi
Ibram X. Kendi Founding Director, Boston University Center for Antiracist Research
Jeffrey Goldberg
Jeffrey Goldberg Editor in Chief, The Atlantic
Jemele Hill
Jemele Hill Contributing Writer, The Atlantic
Kristen Soltis Anderson*
Kristen Soltis Anderson* Partner and Co-Founder, Echelon Insights
Lauren Williams
Lauren Williams Senior Editor, The Atlantic
Laurene Powell Jobs
Laurene Powell Jobs Founder and President, Emerson Collective
McKay Coppins
McKay Coppins Staff Writer, The Atlantic
Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi Host and Producer, Hulu's Taste the Nation
Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee Host, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II President, Repairers of the Breach
Yoni Appelbaum
Yoni Appelbaum Senior Editor, The Atlantic

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