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NBC News and MSNBC broadcasting live from Austin during Texas Tribune Festival

NBC News and MSNBC broadcasting live from Austin during Trib Fest

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NBC News and MSNBC are coming to town. Photo courtesy of Texas Tribune Festival

The Texas Tribune Festival has already released its 2019 speaker lineup, party details, and super secret headliners, but they have one more surprise ready to ... uh, broadcast. On August 30, NBC and the festival announced NBC News and MSNBC will be joining the three-day political party, including a live broadcast from Austin.

For the second year in a row, NBC and MSNBC anchors, reporters, and talking head politicos will head to the official NBC News stage. Michael Beschloss, David Fahrenthold, Maria Teresa Kumar, Matt Miller, Mike Murphy, Ashley Parker, Nick Rasmussen, Jake Sherman, Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto, George Will, and Ben Wittes are among those expected to attend.

The NBC News stage will play host to many of the buzziest Trib Fest events. On the morning of Saturday, September 29, Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) joins NBC News correspondent Garrett Haake in conversation. Another Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), will joining NBC News and MSNBC National Political Correspondent Steve Kornacki in conversation following O'Rourke's chat.

Later that day, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joins Chris Hayes for a live taping of the Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes podcast while yet another Democratic presidential candidate (and former HUD secretary) Julian Castro sits down with Katy Tur, anchor of MSNBC Live.

And what will surely be the Texas Tribune Festival equivalent of "can't-miss TV," MSNBC anchor/NBC News correspondent Stephanie Ruhle will sit down with Pete Buttigieg on Friday, September 27, for a conversation at the Paramount Theatre.

In addition to taking part in festival activities, Up with David Gura will broadcast live on Saturday, September 28, directly from the festival. And trivia heads will want to mark Friday, September 27, at 6:30 pm on the calendar. NBC News' Steve Kornacki hosts his second annual Trivia Night with Steve Kornacki at Scholz Garten.