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Cap Times Idea Fest starts this week — get your tickets now!

Cap Times Idea Fest starts this week — get your tickets now!

Cap Times Idea Fest kicks off this Friday, so time is running out to get tickets — don’t delay!

We’re excited about our lineup of more than two dozen sessions and more than 90 speakers on the UW-Madison campus. All that information is available in detail at, but there have been recent major developments you might not have heard about.

We announced late last week that Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez will speak at our keynote event Friday night, for example, interviewed by Cap Times opinion editor Jessie Opoien. The week before we learned that Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro will be joining his twin brother and member of Congress, Joaquin, on stage Saturday to talk about politics, policy and Trump.

And that’s just what’s new.

Epic CEO Judy Faulkner will be talking about the arc of her mammoth health care IT company; noted columnist Ana Marie Cox will interview author and Iditarod dogsledder Blair Braverman for an episode of her “With Friends Like These” podcast; a trio of all-star Washington Post journalists — Carol Leonnig, Alexandra Petri and Catherine Rampell — will talk with colleague David Maraniss about the national political mood going into 2020; and much, much more.

If you’re looking for more information, Cap Times Editor Paul Fanlund recently wrote about the many different ways to approach the festival depending on your interests, and we’ve also posted about off-the-beaten path events like an improvisational comedy performance and a trivia contest.

Also, don’t miss our special pre-festival Cap Times Classic Movie Chat, which our film critic, Rob Thomas, will host after a 7 p.m. screening Wednesday of “All the President’s Men” at Marcus Point Cinema.

Passes for Idea Fest ($40 for the whole weekend, $30 for Saturday only) are available at Campus Arts Ticketing. Purchased passes can be picked up at the Memorial Union box office, 800 Langdon St., during their regular office hours this week or just before the festival starts on either day.

Questions? Email us at

Hope to see you there!

See you soon!

Chris Murphy

Managing Editor

The Capital Times