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Politicon began as a live event – the Unconventional Political Convention – with a full weekend of panels, debates, town halls, Expos, podcasts, Q&A’s, book signings, comedy and more. Politicon brought together some of the biggest names in politics and entertainment for an unorthodox and highly entertaining weekend of political discourse. Across several stages, attendees got an up close and personal with political heavyweights, while reveling in endless humor and exhilarating conversation.

For four years, the convention was held in the Los Angeles area, then moved to Nashville in 2019. 

In 2020, right before the world changed around us, Politicon started the podcast “How the Heck Are We Gonna Get Along!”, based on one of the most popular panels at the convention. Hosted by Clay Aiken, the podcast features a bi-partisan panel or single guest in discussion, to find out if our country still has a fighting chance at finding some common ground.

Later in 2020, “Politics War Room,” hosted by Al Hunt and James Carville joined the Politicon podcast family. In 2021, “#SistersInLaw”, “iGen Politics” and “The Mary Trump Show” were added, and in 2022 “Booked Up with Jen Taub” was launched.

Past participants of the live events include Kamala Harris, Chelsea Handler, James Carville, Ann Coulter, Gov. Sarah Palin, America Ferrera, Kathy Griffin, Rep. Ted Lieu, Trevor Noah, Tomi Lahren, Roy Wood Jr., Ben Shapiro, Dennis Rodman, Henry Winkler, Rosario Dawson,  Michael Steele, Sen. Barbara Boxer, Jake Tapper, April Ryan, Newt Gingrich, Alyssa Milano, and Eddie Izzard. Past media outlets include CNN, MSNBC, Pod Save America, Politico, Breitbart, Huffington Post, The Young Turks,  Vice News and The Washington Post, all engaging in lively, intelligent, direct, and often hilarious debate and conversation.

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