Tour Begins in Austin on Sept. 28 with Special Guest Sen. Ted Cruz

NEW YORK (September 4, 2019) – Emmy Award winner Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes,” will take his hit podcast “Why Is This Happening?” on tour beginning this fall, making stops in four arenas across the country: Austin in September, Los Angeles in October, Chicago in November and New York in December. On “Why Is This Happening?,” Hayes interviews the nation’s top thinkers, leading newsmakers and cultural influencers to explore important questions on wide-ranging topics including politics, environment, education, and more.

On September 28, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) will join Hayes for a live, one-on-one interview at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin. After that, Hayes will travel to Los Angeles on October 21 for a conversation with Academy Award-winning writer and director Adam McKay and author Omar El Akkad. General ticket sales, special guests, and additional details will be announced in the next few weeks. Click here for updates.

Hayes and his MSNBC team, along with the editors at NBC News THINK, launched the podcast “Why Is This Happening?” in May 2018. Since then, it has remained a Top 100 podcast (source: iTunes Charts) and quickly established itself as a “must listen” for political junkies and inquiring minds across the country. In November 2018, “Why Is This Happening?” presented its first live podcast event with special guest Ta-Nehisi Coates at a packed Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn. Hayes also sat down with Stacey Abrams to a sold-out Gramercy Theater in New York City in February 2019. “Why Is This Happening?” is MSNBC’s #1 original podcast and has more than 12 million downloads.

Additionally, MSNBC introduced back-to-back special summer Friday “All In with Chris Hayes,” in which Hayes hosted his Emmy Award-winning show in front of a live studio audience at 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s Studio 6A beginning on August 23. The last studio audience program for “All In” is this Friday, September 6 from 8 p.m. ET to 9 p.m. ET.

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