Why you should care

Because no other festival is bold enough to bring you voices like this.

This is an OZY Special Briefing, an extension of the Presidential Daily Brief. The Special Briefing tells you what you need to know about an important issue, individual or story that is making news. Each one serves up an interesting selection of facts, opinions, images and videos in order to catch you up and vault you ahead.


What is happening? If you’re not in the Big Apple this weekend, you’re missing the event of the summer. The third annual OZY Fest has doubled in size, running on both Saturday and Sunday in Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield. Festivalgoers are dancing, laughing, eating and thinking like never before — all weekend long.

What were the highlights? On Saturday, Young the Giant and Common rocked the crowd — dotted with orange and blue ponchos in the evening rain. Hasan Minhaj’s comedy had festivalgoers in stitches, while Rose McGowan pushed the envelope. “I was told that if I didn’t have long hair, guys wouldn’t want to f— me,” she said of her early days in Hollywood. “And if they didn’t want to f— me, they wouldn’t hire me.” Alex Rodriguez owned up to his steroid-fueled mistakes and appeared at ease with his present and future as an entrepreneur. “I finally looked in the mirror and said, ‘There’s no one to blame but you.’ And I needed to apologize to people.” 

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Common incorporates poetry into his music at OZY Fest.

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What about Hillary? The main stage area was packed for Hillary Clinton’s sit-down with Emerson Collective founder Laurene Powell Jobs. The 2016 presidential hopeful urged the crowd to get out and vote in November, pressed the Senate to slow down the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and slammed Donald Trump’s summit with Vladimir Putin. 

The former U.S. secretary of state also warned that the Russian president was likely to disrupt this year’s midterm election in November. “There are some tech experts in Silicon Valley whom I have met who say that maybe what they will do this time is really disrupt the actual election,” Clinton said. “Shut down the servers you send results to, interfere with the operations of voting machines because too many of them are linked to the internet. We are still very vulnerable.”

Who’s coming Sunday? Passion Pit and Grouplove will bring the music. Michelle Wolf, Chelsea Handler and Scott Rogowsky will bring the laughs. Malcolm Gladwell and Laverne Cox will tell stories that’ll make you think. Kirsten Gillibrand and Karl Rove will spark political debates. And when you need more energy, Roy Choi will bring the food. 

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Emerson Collective founder Laurene Powell Jobs talks to Hillary Clinton about the Trump era, immigration and Russian election meddling.

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Bridging the partisan divide. Whether your Twitter handle sports #resist or #MAGA, you’re welcome at OZY Fest. Potential 2020 presidential hopefuls Gillibrand and Tom Steyer will take the stage on Sunday. Meanwhile, Cynthia Nixon — who’s fired up New York liberals with her primary challenge to incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo — challenged her party: “We must not only elect Democrats; we must elect better Democrats.” Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Mark Sanford, along with activist Grover Norquist, carried the GOP banner — with Norquist pushing hard on the case for gun rights.



This isn’t your mama’s takeout. For fuel, we’re going right to the top. Festivalgoers enjoyed great eats by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster, Kitchen & Table) on Saturday, and Roy Choi (Kogi BBQ) will tempt audiences with fine food and an interactive demo on Sunday. And there’s a whole lot more to tickle your taste buds. Vendors include Destination Dumplings, Yankee Doodle Dandy’s (fried chicken), Kotti Berliner Döner Kebab, Korilla BBQ (that’s Korean burritos) and Noodle Lane (Sichuan style). Stop drooling and get to Central Park. 

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Marcus Samuelsson dishes up delicious treats for festivalgoers.

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Hillary Clinton Bashes Trump on Immigration, Helsinki Summit at OZY Fest in New York City, by Bradford Betz for Fox News

“The former Democratic presidential nominee criticized Trump for not having aides present during his two-hour meeting with Putin, and mentioned that as secretary of state under President Barack Obama, she always had note takers in attendance so “there’s no mistake about what was said.”

Hillary Clinton to Help Immigrants Reuniting With Children, in The Washington Post (via AP’s Sabrina Caserta)

“’I’m going to be tweeting about this in the days to come, but if any of you work for an airline please direct message me because these families will need vouchers and discounted tickets to be reunited over these thousands of miles,’ she told a crowd cheering her Saturday in Central Park …”


OZY’s YouTube Live Stream

Can’t make the Fest? We’re bummed to miss you, but you can catch all the action streaming live all day today on our YouTube and Facebook pages.

OZY Fest 2018: Hillary Clinton Takes to the Main Stage

Catch up on what the former U.S. secretary of state had to say about President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on CNN:


Grab your crystal ball. The publicly released lineup discussed above doesn’t tell the full story. Some unannounced special guests are ready to set this joint on fire. Figuratively … we hope. In the meantime, start placing bets with your friends. We bet you’ll get it wrong.

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