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Readings, debates, lectures from around Seattle, and so much more. Hear fascinating talks by authors, intellectuals, officials and regular folks with important stories recorded live.

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Readings, debates, lectures from around Seattle, and so much more. Hear fascinating talks by authors, intellectuals, officials and regular folks with important stories recorded live.

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It's like TedxPNW all year round

By Pnwfan - Nov 11 2015
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In depth compelling topics; take a listen.

Just love it!!

By Ngneha - May 07 2011
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Very interesting topic of discussions. Just love the podcasts.

iTunes Ratings

39 Ratings
Average Ratings
28
7
2
0
2

It's like TedxPNW all year round

By Pnwfan - Nov 11 2015
Read more
In depth compelling topics; take a listen.

Just love it!!

By Ngneha - May 07 2011
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Very interesting topic of discussions. Just love the podcasts.
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Speakers Forum

Latest release on Aug 07, 2020

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Readings, debates, lectures from around Seattle, and so much more. Hear fascinating talks by authors, intellectuals, officials and regular folks with important stories recorded live.

Rank #1: Drop that cheese puff! Food sustains us, and we live more sustainably, if we make good food choices

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Author Sophie Egan talks about her new book How to Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet, at Town Hall Seattle.

Apr 17 2020

1hr 7mins

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Rank #2: The system: It’s about class and power

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Robert Reich joins us from his home office

Apr 24 2020

1hr 15mins

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Rank #3: 'Woke' capitalism? Anand Giridharadas isn't buying it

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‘We don’t have a bad apple problem, we have an bad orchard problem ’ Anand Giridharadas remarks to a Seattle audience.

Nov 14 2019

1hr 35mins

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Rank #4: MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on ‘the fight of our lifetimes'

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She discusses her new best-selling expose ‘Blowout’

Oct 17 2019

1hr 27mins

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Rank #5: Ampersand Magazine live show: Edgy and nerdy

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Once a year, Ampersand Magazine puts on a live show. The event culls ideas, artists and initiatives the Ampersand staff found swirling up in another spin around the sun.

The hope is to put on “a somewhat edgy, somewhat nerdy, always engaging showcase for a dozen diverse voices.” As you’ll hear, they more than succeeded. The mix of music and truth and storytelling is just what we need this time of year.

Ampersand Magazine is a production of Forterra, a powerhouse land conservation non-profit with a broad mission to promote sustainability in our natural, built and social realms. This year’s program was curated by Seattle musician Tomo Nakayama. The full program includes the following participants:

  • Michelle Connor | CEO & President, Forterra
  • Ken Workman | 4th generation grandson of Chief Sealth
  • Paul Chiyokten Wagner | Musician
  • Anna Brones | Illustrator/Author
  • Whitney Mongé | Singer/Songwriter
  • Natalie Mutter | Dancer
  • Stefan Gruber | Animator
  • Neil Welch | Saxophonist
  • Greg Lundgren | Museum of Museums
  • Dakota Camacho | Multi-Disciplinary Artist
  • Tamara Power-Drutis | Storyteller
  • Black Stax | Musical Duo
  • Inye Wokoma | Visual Artist
  • Shin Yu Pai | Poet
  • Sera Cahoone | Singer/Songwriter
  • Judy Twedt | Climate Scientist
  • House Band: Tomo Nakayama, Alina To and Chris Icasiano


Ampersand Live 2019 took place on November 7 at The Moore Theatre. Seattle Channel provided our recording.

Mar 08 2020

1hr 53mins

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Rank #6: Ijeoma Oluo on Seattle: ‘We are NOT a liberal city’

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More than talk, Ijeoma Oluo wants action and what is owed to people of color

Jul 26 2020

1hr 42mins

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Rank #7: Lindy West pens new book, with a warning: The Witches Are Coming

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Author and humorist Lindy West reclaims the power

Dec 05 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #8: The real deep state issue, according to Ezra Klein

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‘It’s working exactly as designed’

Feb 12 2020

1hr 9mins

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Rank #9: Samantha Power on ‘the right kind of U.S. leadership’

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‘It’s no secret that the cause of internationalism… has been a bit bruised’

Sep 20 2019

1hr 27mins

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Rank #10: What we know about human consciousness

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Allen Institute Chief Scientist leads efforts to understand consciousness

Oct 22 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #11: Stories from a changing Seattle

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Laureate Claudia Castro Luna calls up tales of The Emerald City

Nov 06 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #12: American Oligarchs: Inside Trump, Kushner family histories

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Andrea Bernstein’s saga of ‘relentless corruption’

Feb 05 2020

1hr 13mins

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Rank #13: Timothy Egan's journey of faith — by foot

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Timothy Egan wasn’t sure he was up for the pilgrimage he’d decided to make. Less than 20 miles in, his feet were swollen and he missed his family.

Oct 28 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #14: ‘Tis the season for rascally tales from Short Stories Live

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A seasonal rogue by any other name wouldn’t sound as sweet

Dec 20 2019

1hr 26mins

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Rank #15: NPR’s Daniel Estrin pulls back the curtain on his reporting from the Middle East

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'Come on the bus. Why aren't you coming?' -Grandson to Granpa

Jan 31 2020

1hr 8mins

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Rank #16: Go west, young man, but elope with the Senator’s daughter first

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Steve Inskeep explores the life and times of Jessie and John Frémont

Jan 23 2020

1hr 4mins

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Rank #17: It’s a train, on a bridge, that floats. It’s complicated

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An engineering first: answering the challenge of East Link

Feb 03 2020

1hr 21mins

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Lyric World presents poetry of loss and collective grief

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‘Elegies ceased being / elegant.’

Aug 07 2020

55mins

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Race and justice in journalism, with Nikole Hannah-Jones

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In this conversation, journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones discusses how reporters and editors of color are underrepresented in newsrooms. She addresses the idea of objectivity in journalism, which she refers to as the “objectivity fallacy,” and how it impacts journalists of color. The question of reparations for descendants of enslaved people is also explored, with reference to Hannah-Jones’ recent essay What Is Owed.

Jul 31 2020

1hr 12mins

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Ijeoma Oluo on Seattle: ‘We are NOT a liberal city’

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More than talk, Ijeoma Oluo wants action and what is owed to people of color

Jul 26 2020

1hr 42mins

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Pramila Jayapal achieved political power through empathy and advocacy

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Representative Pramila Jayapal read from her new book and was interviewed by Seattle Times columnist Naomi Ishisaka on July 1. Town Hall Seattle presented the livestreamed event.

Jul 17 2020

1hr 16mins

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‘A crisis of welcome.’ Sonia Shah on The Next Great Migration

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Sonia Shah’s latest book is The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move. She talked about her book in this Town Hall Seattle live streaming event on June 29. 

Jul 10 2020

52mins

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What’s in store in the coming election? NPR reporters help us look ahead

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Excerpts from KUOW's YouTube series Inside 2020, concerning the November elections.

Jul 03 2020

59mins

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Solastalgia and you. ‘The pain was necessary to know the truth.’

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Dr. Jennifer Atkinson shares strategies for handling existential distress caused by environmental change

Jun 26 2020

59mins

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A friendship today could keep the doctor away

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Before you delete that friend or family member off your social media, you might want to consider your health.

Jun 17 2020

1hr 30mins

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‘I know it’s going to sound crazy:’ How one man exposed government surveillance

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“I’m a member of the intelligence community… I have an explosive story about a threat to democracy."

Jun 12 2020

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Barack Obama calls for action on police brutality and killings, with focus on youth and mayors

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In this event livestreamed on June 3rd, President Obama was joined by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; Rashad Robinson of Color of Change; Minneapolis City Council Representative Phillipe Cunningham, and youth leader Playon Patrick. Campaign Zero co-founder Brittany Packnett Cunningham moderated the event. My Brother's Keeper Alliance Executive Director Michael Smith introduced the program.

Jun 05 2020

1hr 26mins

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Have we reached ‘the beginning of the great change?’ This professor is hopeful we have

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Have we reached ‘the beginning of the great change?’ Professor Rebecca Henderson is hopeful we have

May 29 2020

59mins

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Author Casey Schwartz on distraction, stimulants, and her love of paying attention

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Focus, people! On paying attention

May 22 2020

53mins

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What are you smoking? Clearing the air about cannabis

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These chemists are cutting through the haze to analyze our pot habits.

May 15 2020

1hr 17mins

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Death with dignity: A conversation with NPR’s Diane Rehm

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According to longtime NPR host Diane Rehm, “talking about death in the U.S. is the last taboo.” And its something she says needs to change.

May 07 2020

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Clifford Thompson confronts race and indifference in the Trump era

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Writer Clifford Thompson had made a sort of peace with being a black man in America. Then white people, and the Electoral College, made Donald Trump president.

Perplexed by that turn of events, Thompson looked for a way to fathom what had happened. He was inspired by the example of writer Joan Didion to employ memoir and reportage. He started by interviewing three Trump supporters at length. He compared what he learned from them to the experience and writing of other black Americans. 

The result is his collection of essays What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man's Blues. In it, Thompson comes to the partial conclusion that the main problem isn’t ignorance and bigotry, but indifference.

May 01 2020

58mins

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The system: It’s about class and power

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Robert Reich joins us from his home office

Apr 24 2020

1hr 15mins

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Drop that cheese puff! Food sustains us, and we live more sustainably, if we make good food choices

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Author Sophie Egan talks about her new book How to Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet, at Town Hall Seattle.

Apr 17 2020

1hr 7mins

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Ignite Seattle enlightens us, and they make it quick!

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At this sold out Ignite Seattle 41, we hear stories about bicycles and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment; why you might want a goat as a pet; the time Willie Weir lived in a billboard; one family’s experience of worldschooling, and much more.

Apr 10 2020

1hr 11mins

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Violence, suffering, survival, and metamorphosis in Paisley Rekdal’s ‘Nightingale’

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Paisley Rekdal read from and discussed her work in this Seattle Arts & Lectures event at Hugo House on February 6. WITS poet Zoë Mertz read “A Poem For My Future Child” to open the program. Kym Tuvim’s performance of the opening song has been moved to the end of the program. KUOW’s Sonya Harris provided our recording.

Apr 08 2020

1hr 20mins

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Respect for horses a path to healing at recovery ranch

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Equine animals have roamed the earth for over 40 million years. Homo sapiens, a scant 300 thousand.

The image of power, pride, and soulfulness horses represent has deep meaning. They hold a unique place in our history, stories and myths. Yet, it has only been 6 thousand years since we began domesticating them. How they think and behave is still a legendary mystery to us. Most of us.

Ginger Gaffney is a respected horse trainer, and the author of Half Broke: A Memoir. It’s the story of her time working with horses and residents at an alternative prison facility-- a New Mexico ranch run by the Delancey Street Foundation.

Gaffney says she is shy: “I grew up an extreme introvert, and like many introverts, I felt an early comfort and kinship with animals. As far back as I can remember the language of movement has been my native language. Whether I am in a round pen or a crowded room, I’m scanning the intimacies of bodily movement.”

Here, she tells the story of “the most dangerous horse situation I had ever encountered” and the chance at redemption the ranch embodies.

The story of what the people and horses who find themselves at this ranch can achieve serves as a remarkable lesson of recovery.

Gaffney was joined by former Delancey Street resident Ayla Jarvis.

Ginger Gaffney and Ayla Jarvis spoke at the Seattle Public Library Central Library on February 25. Elliott Bay Book Company co-presented the event. KUOW’s Sonya Harris provided our recording.

Please note: This recording contains brief language of an adult nature.

Apr 03 2020

1hr 13mins

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iTunes Ratings

39 Ratings
Average Ratings
28
7
2
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2

It's like TedxPNW all year round

By Pnwfan - Nov 11 2015
Read more
In depth compelling topics; take a listen.

Just love it!!

By Ngneha - May 07 2011
Read more
Very interesting topic of discussions. Just love the podcasts.