Speakers Forum

Speakers Forum

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Readings, debates, lectures and so much more. Hear fascinating talks by authors, intellectuals, officials and regular folks with important stories recorded live all around Seattle.
Dating game off? Drop your defenses (and other tips)
Feb 21 • 70 min
John and Julie Gottman want to help your love life. And they know what they’re talking about.
Seattle series keeps a classic genre intriguing, boozy and fun
Feb 18 • 78 min
Noir at the Bar highlights the enduring worth of crime fiction
Angry much? Soraya Chemaly says women should be
Feb 15 • 59 min
Author and activist Soraya Chemaly is angry about patriarchy. She says her anger is both resentful and hopeful. Hear why.
More than a Dream speech. Challenging status quo thinking about MLK
Feb 8 • 38 min
Michael Eric Dyson’s keynote for “a triumphant King in the age of a tragic Trump”
1 week, plus a little mortification, makes for 10 unique stories
Feb 6 • 59 min
Give them a week, they’ll give you 10 sound-rich, ear-opening local stories
Howard Schultz makes his case for a possible presidential run
Feb 2 • 59 min
Coffee mogul Howard Schultz sticks his toe in the presidential pool
Veteran journalist Dan Rather on the meaning of American patriotism
Feb 1 • 59 min
Our times are more perilous than the Watergate era, says Rather.
As hate crimes rise, a journalist confronts American anti-Semitism
Jan 24 • 59 min
“(((SEMITISM))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump.”
Voices from the 2019 Seattle Womxn’s March
Jan 22 • 46 min
Themes included healing and thriving, peace through justice and local calls to action.
Reflections on Trump as an ‘American con man,’ by author David Shields
Jan 18 • 59 min
Author David Shields discusses the peculiar nature of our 45th President, a man he says is “wired to come undone.”
Ijeoma Oluo to King County: To follow in MLK’s footsteps, stop failing communities of color
Jan 16 • 18 min
‘To honor Martin Luther King, Jr., engage with communities of color.’ Ijeoma Oluo on truth, love and the legacy of MLK.
A monstrous crime. A disputed conviction. Death row and its aftermath
Jan 11 • 60 min
Damien Echols survived a death sentence with friends like Eddie Vedder and High Magick.
Is this the new normal for journalism?
Jan 4 • 52 min
Is this the new normal for journalism?
Segregation isn’t in our distant past. In many neighborhoods, it endures
Dec 27, 2018 • 60 min
When we think of segregation in the U.S. we often think of the past. We look to post-Civil War history and the Civil Rights movement. The legacy of those events receives due attention, but our history of residential segregation, not so much.
‘Tis the season for Rogue storytelling
Dec 20, 2018 • 62 min
‘Tis the season for Rogue storytelling
Our economy is based on capitalist ideals. Or is it?
Dec 14, 2018 • 57 min
If Amazon accounted for 44 percent of all U.S. e-commerce last year, who can compete with that?
Finding the truth in a cat video world
Dec 7, 2018 • 58 min
Finding the truth in a cat video world
‘No Planet B’: A call to action on climate change
Nov 30, 2018 • 58 min
‘No Planet B’: A call to action on climate change
Identity politics, human dignity and the trouble with Trump
Nov 28, 2018 • 59 min
Identity politics, human dignity and the trouble with Trump
Seattle stories that humanize mental health struggles
Nov 21, 2018 • 62 min
For the second year now, NAMI Washington has presented a storytelling event in Seattle called The Brainpower Chronicles.
NPR favorite Peter Sagal on what’s chasing him when he runs
Nov 17, 2018 • 61 min
Something prompted NPR’s Peter Sagal to take up running around the age of 40. That journey is the subject of his new book “The Incomplete Book of Running.”
Ampersand Live: Stories for the Northwest proud
Nov 16, 2018 • 105 min
What can we do to create and preserve a sustainable life here? “Shall we save the orca? Shall we solve for climate change? Shall we hang on to what we love about our place?” The answer may start with an Ampersand.
Once upon a time, it was a beautiful day in the neighborhood
Nov 11, 2018 • 59 min
The first full-length biography of Fred Rogers sheds light on a brilliant career and the dearth of quality, educational children’s television programming.
Khaled Hosseini in Seattle: The reality of refugees beyond fiction
Nov 3, 2018 • 50 min
Khaled Hosseini in Seattle: The reality of refugees beyond fiction
Sally Field in Seattle: ‘Democracy is messy’
Oct 23, 2018 • 50 min
Sally Field in Seattle: ‘Democracy is messy’
Conjoined twin slaves and addiction: Poems from ‘Gramma’
Oct 11, 2018 • 57 min
Conjoined twin slaves and addiction: Poems from ‘Gramma’
‘Uninterested audience? Maybe you’re just boring’
Oct 5, 2018 • 43 min
Johnson shares a few of his strategies when having difficult and divisive conversations with his fellow Americans.
Is the marketplace messing up social change?
Sep 27, 2018 • 51 min
Author Anand Giridharadas on what happens when wealth meets social change
2018 Smoke Farm Symposium: Watersheds, dementia and ‘fake news’
Sep 20, 2018 • 49 min
Get out of town for talks on our in-between times
‘Look, we’re living in bizarre times,’ says John Kerry in Seattle
Sep 18, 2018 • 59 min
Former Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry embraces the straight talk mantle.
‘Retreat, or perish in place’: First-hand accounts of sea level rise
Sep 16, 2018 • 52 min
As sea levels rise and coastal populations increase, more people are subject to flooding. Author Elizabeth Rush compiled research and the stories of people affected by sea level rise for her new book “Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore.”
Justice Sonia Sotomayor shares her life story with young readers
Sep 10, 2018 • 43 min
From ‘the projects’ to the Supreme Court: Justice Sonia Sotomayor shares her life story with young readers
A second life: The poetry of Iraqi-American Dunya Mikhail
Sep 9, 2018 • 56 min
A second life: The poetry of Iraqi-American Dunya Mikhail
The soccer scandal that stretched across the world and into the White House
Sep 2, 2018 • 54 min
The soccer scandal that stretched across the world and into the White House
Barn-raised Smoke Farm talks provoke summertime reflection
Aug 23, 2018 • 57 min
This week on Speakers Forum we open a time capsule from last summer. It comes from the annual Smoke Farm Symposium. We were drawn there several years ago when the creators gave us a recording of some fascinating talks, punctuated by rainfall on the roof…
Welcome to SeaCouver! Envisioning the Northwest of the future
Aug 18, 2018 • 58 min
In the struggle to shape what life on earth will be like years from now, visionary futurists inspire us with dread and hope at turns. Author Brenda…
A novel idea from an environmental activist: Secession
Aug 12, 2018 • 51 min
Northwesterners and people around the world have been inspired by Bill McKibben’s prolific environmental activism. McKibben took some time off from his…
Bees: The ‘hippie wasps’ we all need
Aug 5, 2018 • 52 min
It seems there’s a “how things work” theme on Speakers Forum recently. Last week it was tides , this week, bees. Our guide is Thor Hanson, an uber…
It took a village, and a pediatrician, to expose the Flint water crisis
Jul 22, 2018 • 54 min
The city of Flint, Michigan represents the height of American ingenuity, productivity and economic progress — and also the mirror opposite.
Robin DiAngelo: ‘I think you’re racist. I think I am, too.’
Jul 15, 2018 • 54 min
The term “white fragility” was coined by the Seattle-based educator and author Robin DiAngelo. She defines it as “a state in which even a minimum amount…
‘We caught this kind of lightning in a bottle’: An Obama White House memoir
Jul 8, 2018 • 56 min
Ben Rhodes was a 24-year-old aspiring writer living in New York on 9/11. What happened that day made him want to be part of the response. As you’ll hear…
Seahawks’ Michael Bennett: ‘I’ll be black forever’
Jul 5, 2018 • 56 min
Michael Bennett is a man who needs little introduction. He is famous as a professional football player, a philanthropist and an activist. Now, add…
Roxane Gay: Men need to read these dispatches from rape culture
Jun 28, 2018 • 53 min
Recent polling shows that almost half of American women say they’ve been sexually assaulted. With that startling statistic in mind, KUOW presents this…
3 fascinating orca facts we didn’t know before
Jun 21, 2018 • 57 min
In honor of Orca Awareness Month in Washington state, here are three facts about orcas we didn’t know before, courtesy of a talk by Prof. Jason Colby of…
The rise and fall of a Seattle megachurch through the eyes of an anthropologist
Jun 14, 2018 • 56 min
What happened during the creation and growth of Mars Hill Church made waves in Seattle and beyond. A charismatic minister, Mark Driscoll, preached in a…
Take psychedelics (not too many), change your mind
Jun 6, 2018 • 54 min
Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the author of “The Botany of Desire” chose to experiment with and write about psychedelic drugs. They are edible after all. Still, like many people, Michael Pollan wasn’t exactly keen to fool around with…
From pooing in public to the Seattle Superman: Ignite Seattle aims to surprise
May 31, 2018 • 55 min
Ignite Seattle is an unusual event. The organizers like to surprise the audience when they can — like that time a couple got married on stage. Thrills like that aside, there’s something thoughtful and genuine in every talk. More often than not, we learn…
From refugee to celebrated storyteller: Viet Thanh Nguyen’s American journey
May 24, 2018 • 56 min
Viet Thanh Nguyen is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. He was awarded that honor in 2016 for his debut novel “The Sympathizer.” Then he received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2017.
Author Leslie Jamison distills recovery from ‘the whiskey-and-ink mythology’
May 22, 2018 • 51 min
On her website, Leslie Jamison writes: “I’ve worked as a baker, an office temp, an innkeeper, a tutor, and a medical actor. Every one of these was a world; they’re still in me.” On her way through those worlds, Jamison dealt with alcohol addiction. She…
Nomi Prins condemns government, banks in ‘Collusion’
May 18, 2018 • 51 min
Author Nomi Prins used to be a Wall Street banker. Now she writes with a critical eye about how banks and economies work. One example: how in 2017, U.S….
Barbara Ehrenreich explores modern mortality, what we get wrong about living well
May 10, 2018 • 53 min
It sometimes seems as if author Barbara Ehrenreich has seen it all and done it all. From “Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers” to …
Sen. Patty Murray and Gary Locke break down current politics
May 8, 2018 • 51 min
The Civic Cocktail series brings political, business and community leaders to Seattle for a drink and a line of questioning from reporters and attendees…
Madeleine Albright sounds the alarm on fascism in new book
May 3, 2018 • 50 min
The work of diplomacy is subtle, but the actions of world leaders are sometimes the opposite. Famed American diplomat Madeleine Albright confronts the…
Washington state schools grapple with #EducationSoWhite
Apr 26, 2018 • 50 min
Last year, a hashtag became an event in Seattle: #EducationSoWhite 2017 gave voice to and started a conversation about the lack of diversity among…
Ms. Warren Goes to Washington: A Progressive Senator’s Life Story
Jun 6, 2014 • 50 min
This week on Speakers Forum, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren tells the story of her life and her vision of a progressive America. Warren is known…