9 Oct.


Politicon, the non-partisan “Unconventional Political Convention” announced Alyssa Milano, Henry Winkler, Carter Page, Candace Owens and Lou Diamond Phillips will be speaking at this year’s Politicon and cable news outlet, MSNBC, will be serving as an official media partner of the upcoming convention taking place October 20-21 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

MSNBC will take over a main stage in Politicon’s Democracy Village to host live programming, interactive fan experiences and more. In Democracy Village, fans will have the opportunity to meet some of their favorite MSNBC stars, check out interactive photo opportunities, grab a custom-made tote bag from the MSNBC print press, snag a cup of “Morning Joe” coffee, register to vote with HeadCount and more. MSNBC will also be hosting a series of talks, panels and Q&As. Top MSNBC and NBC News on-air hosts and correspondents speaking at Politicon this year include:

  • Lawrence O’Donnell, Host of MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell”
  • Joy Reid, Host of MSNBC’s “AM Joy” and MSNBC Political Analyst
  • Ari Melber, Host of MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber” and MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent
  • Kasie Hunt, Host of MSNBC’s “Kasie DC” and NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent
  • Jacob Soboroff, MSNBC Correspondent
  • Gadi Schwartz, Co-host of NBC News’ “Stay Tuned” and NBC News Correspondent
  • Morgan Radford, NBC News Correspondent
  • Richard Lui, MSNBC Anchor
  • Ken Dilanian, NBC News National Security Reporter

Additionally, NBC News will feature its Election Confessions franchise at the event. Attendees will be able to anonymously “confess” their thoughts and wishes about the 2018 midterm elections at the Election Confessionsvoting booths. Between now and November 6, anyone can also visit ElectionConfessions.com to submit their “confessions” online. These “confessions” will be curated for an interactive digital special on NBCNews.com and read by anchors on air on NBC News and MSNBC.

Actress and activist Alyssa Milano will be participating in two panels on Sunday, October 21, one titled “The Time Is Now: #TimesUp and Beyond” where she will be discuss her work in the #TimesUp and #metoo movement and the second,“#Enough,” that will focus on her work with #NoRA and the role of guns in our society

Actor Henry Winkler, who recently won an EMMY for his role in “Barry,” will interview counter-terrorism and intelligence consultant Malcolm Nanceon Sunday Oct. 21 for an in-depth conversation entitled, “The Russian Menace,” that will cover contemporary Russian relations, their role in American politics, and threats to our elections.

Former President Trump Aide Carter Page will be interviewed by RT America host Scottie Nell Hughes in a talk titled “Sex, Spies and Videotape: Russian Hysteria in Context” where he will give the inside story of his experience of being suspected by the FBI of acting as a foreign agent to Russia.

Actor Lou Diamond Phillips will appear on Sunday as part of the panel “AAPI: Crazy Political Asians” alongside Richard Lui, Speaker Anthony Rendon, Brad Jenkins, Gautam Raghavan and John Chiang to talk about the role identity politics has in gaining political power.

The first round of confirmed Politicon participants includes well-known names from across the political and entertainment spectrum, including: Kathy Griffin, Michael Avenatti, Tucker Carlson,Dennis Rodman, Tomi Lahren, Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA),The Young Turks, Ana Navarro, Ben Shapiro, Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Chris Christie, Clay Aiken, Grace Parra, Guy Benson, James Carville, Michael Steele, and Sally Kohn.

More participants will be announced later this month and tickets are available online at www.politicon.com.

At the fourth annual gathering, Politicon attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a full weekend of debates and panels, radio and TV broadcasts, podcasts, Q&A’s comedy shows, book signings, interviews, and meet and greets. With 10 stages you’ll be able to get up close and personal with political heavyweights, revel in the endless humor, and maybe even interact with a few of history’s greatest leaders, just two weeks before the Midterm Elections.

Last year, more than 10,000 fans flocked to the 3rd annual Politicon. This year, even more political junkies are expected as we return to the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 20-21, 2018.