Bill Nye, Gen. John Kelly highlight 2019-20 Arizona Speaker Series

Jun 3, 2019, 6:45 PM
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PHOENIX – The second season of the Arizona Speaker Series quickly sold out after a lineup including Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” former White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly and comedian Jay Leno was revealed Monday.

“It’s some of the most recognizable political leaders, people who could speak to world affairs, people from science, the world of entertainment, journalism,” Gary Lauer, co-founder and host, told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

“We try to have as much diversity as we possibly can.”

Many of the tickets, which are sold only by full-season subscription, were gobbled up by people who subscribed to the inaugural season.

“Close to 90 percent of the people who subscribed last season have come in again this season, so it’s something people really enjoy,” Lauer said.

The series is compiling an online waiting list in case seats become available.

The shows at Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix aren’t recorded or broadcast, making them unique experiences for those in attendance.

Here is the full schedule for the 2019-20 season:

  • Nov. 13, 2019: Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. secretary of state.
  • Dec. 3, 2019: Dr. Robert Ballard, oceanographer best known for discovering the wreck of the Titanic.
  • Jan. 8, 2020: Bill Nye, science entertainer.
  • Jan. 23, 2020: Donna Brazile, former Democratic National Committee chair, and Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee chair.
  • Feb. 19, 2020: Gen. John F. Kelly, former Secretary of Homeland Security and chief of staff for President Donald Trump’s White House.
  • March 5, 2020: Bob Woodward, journalist best known for his work on the Watergate scandal.
  • March 31, 2020: Jay Leno, comedian and former host of “The Tonight Show.”

The inaugural seven-speaker season featured Joe Biden, before he announced his 2020 candidacy for president, former FBI Director James Comey and astronaut Scott Kelly, the twin brother of Arizona U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Nailea Leon contributed to this report.

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Bill Nye, Gen. John Kelly highlight 2019-20 Arizona Speaker Series