Newseum’s “Speaking Freely” Interview Series from SXSW Now Available

Mayor Muriel Bowser on D.C.’s Tech Scene

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser describes why she traveled to SXSW and why she’s focused on promoting the capital’s tech industry. (@MayorBowser)

Interviews recorded live from the South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW) March 12-14, 2016, with nearly 60 tech innovators, journalists, policymakers and communicators are now available on the Newseum’s YouTube channel. The three days of “Speaking Freely” interviews capture the exchange of ideas and spotlight on new technology for which SXSW has become iconic.

“Speaking Freely” hosts Gene  Policinski and Sonya Gavankar interviewed leaders and innovators from inside the WeDC House about matters of free expression and the First Amendment. Policinski is chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute, and Gavankar is a frequent host of Inside Media and other Newseum programming.

A special highlight of the interview series features Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron in conversation with Newseum CEO Jeffrey Herbst on the porch of the WeDC House for a discussion on the future of news.

“Speaking Freely” also includes conversations with two mayors (Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales); Chairman Michael McCaul of the House Committee on Homeland Security; Director Michelle K. Lee of the United States Patent and Trademark Office; “The Young Turks” host Cenk Uygur; and media theorist Douglas Ruskkoff, among many other robust interviews.

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