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Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St NW

On April 14th, TEDxFoggyBottom will feature the innovative ideas of our community’s risk-takers and unconventional change-makers. With our 2018 theme of Fear Itself, we aim to re-examine the concept of fear by presenting talks and performances that cast it in different lights: as a hindrance, a motivator, a biological response, a source of entertainment, and even as an immovable given.

Over the next few weeks, we will highlight speakers who have committed to TEDxFoggyBottom 2018.

JOHN KIRIAKOU, Whistleblower

John Kiriakou is formerly a CIA officer, senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and counterterrorism consultant for ABC News. In 2007, Kiriakou blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program, telling ABC News that the CIA tortured prisoners, that torture was official U.S. government policy, and that the policy was approved by then-President George W. Bush. He was the 6th whistleblower indicted by the Obama administration, and served 23 months in prison. Now, Kiriakou is a noted columnist, radio talk show host, and celebrated author.

Tickets for the general public are $20 each and will not be available at the door. To purchase tickets, please visit

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