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.


Conquer your fears — with science!
Dec 10 • 80 min
Understanding hazardous products
André Aciman revisits his heralded lost love story
Dec 9 • 64 min
And indeed there will be time to wonder, ‘Do I dare?’
Lindy West pens new book, with a warning: The Witches Are Coming
Dec 5 • 79 min
Author and humorist Lindy West reclaims the power
College at any cost?
Dec 2 • 60 min
Caitlyn Zaloom is an anthropologist and associate professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. When a favorite student came to her in tears over her college debt, Zaloom sought to better understand what was going on.
Gloria Steinem still has hope for the U.S.
Nov 29 • 78 min
“We are linked, not ranked.” Journalist and author inspires activists of all ages
This Seattle teen spent lunchtime in the bathroom. ‘It felt safer than sitting alone in the cafeteria’
Nov 24 • 55 min
Azure Savage on how Seattle schools fail students.
Ampersand Magazine live show: Edgy and nerdy
Nov 21 • 113 min
Ampersand Live gives voice to ‘the power of nature and the beauty of community’
‘This hatred has to stop.’ A survivor’s story
Nov 20 • 82 min
Mrs. Eva Schloss turned 90 years old this year. The story of what happened to her as a young girl betrays the likeliness of that longevity.
‘Woke’ capitalism? Anand Giridharadas isn’t buying it
Nov 14 • 95 min
‘We don’t have a bad apple problem, we have an bad orchard problem ’ Anand Giridharadas remarks to a Seattle audience.
Stories from a changing Seattle
Nov 6 • 78 min
Laureate Claudia Castro Luna calls up tales of The Emerald City
David Barsamian’s call to focus your rage
Nov 6 • 95 min
‘Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has and it never will.’
‘Planetary arsonists,’ Naomi Klein calls some world leaders. But she has hope
Oct 31 • 96 min
In 2018, the intergovernmental panel on climate change released a report that detailed that unprecedented transformation in every aspect of society was needed to curb the effects of climate change. It gave a timeline of 12 years. We now have 11 yrs. The…
Seattle’s homeless crisis: A debate hosted by KUOW
Oct 30 • 100 min
Is the homelessness crisis really killing Seattle?
Timothy Egan’s journey of faith — by foot
Oct 27 • 67 min
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.
Using data to fight inequities in policing
Oct 25 • 86 min
Status quo-breaking research maps police violence
Susan Rice: ‘We can’t take five and a half (more) years of this’
Oct 23 • 89 min
The former National Security Advisor discusses life, leadership, diplomacy and Trump
What we know about human consciousness
Oct 21 • 75 min
Allen Institute Chief Scientist leads efforts to understand consciousness
Hillary and Chelsea Clinton share stories of ‘Gutsy Women’
Oct 21 • 75 min
Girls kept asking who their heroes were, so they wrote a book
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on ‘the fight of our lifetimes’
Oct 17 • 87 min
She discusses her new best-selling expose ‘Blowout’
Parent as if your kid’s adulthood depends on it
Oct 15 • 81 min
It does. Julie Lythcott-Haims shares insights into successful adult-rearing
Think Black: A son reflects on his father’s role in the computer revolution
Oct 11 • 76 min
The underpinnings and footholds of corporate racism at the dawn of the digital age
Ijeoma Oluo on Seattle: ‘We are NOT a liberal city’
Oct 9 • 102 min
More than talk, Ijeoma Oluo wants action and what is owed to people of color
Climate change is real. What role do you play?
Oct 8 • 52 min
‘Our actions and the problems they create are connected, all around the world.’
A farm. A barn. A sylvan symposium for our times
Oct 3 • 51 min
Smoke Farm 2019 continues a conversational tradition
Rock star poet sings ‘The Tiny Journalist’ blues
Sep 26 • 87 min
Naomi Shihab Nye from Neve Shalom/Wāħat as-Salām to Al-ki, Bye and Bye
Earnest storytelling about living in Cascadia
Sep 23 • 85 min
An evening of words and ideas on our relationship to nature and each other
Samantha Power on ‘the right kind of U.S. leadership’
Sep 20 • 87 min
‘It’s no secret that the cause of internationalism… has been a bit bruised’
Sister Helen: ‘People think I’m a saint…until they know me’
Sep 17 • 63 min
‘No religious leaders protested the killing that night. But I was there. I saw it with my own eyes. And what I saw set my soul on fire.’
1 doctor, 2 million patients: Mental health care in Africa
Sep 13 • 82 min
The U.S. and Mozambique might not be as different as you might think.
Why Black Lives Matter still matters, and what to do about it
Sep 11 • 92 min
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on the fight for black liberation and the root causes of racism and oppression
Can we work toward a sustainable, equitable, democratic economy?
Sep 9 • 77 min
Marjorie Kelly says yes, we can. And explains how
Robert Reich and Pramila Jayapal take on the ‘3 supremacies’
Sep 5 • 92 min
Robert Reich and Pramila Jayapal mark Labor Day at Town Hall Seattle
It’s a potentially sinister day in the neighborhood
Sep 3 • 71 min
Ann Leckie lets her imagination run wild, again
Migrant children and the snuffed torch of Lady Liberty
Aug 30 • 61 min
When Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley first caught wind of what the Trump administration’s plans were for deterring immigration, he was in disbelief. He traveled to a Texas facility that was reported to be boarding children to investigate. That visit resulted…
Human composting: An environmental ending that’s gaining ground
Aug 27 • 65 min
‘We really get to return to nature, and I think that’s pretty cool.’
Opioids : an American tale
Aug 22 • 73 min
“According to The CDC, In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses, making it a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Of those deaths, almost 68% involved a prescription or illicit opioid.”
2018 Smoke Farm Symposium: Watersheds, dementia and ‘fake news’
Aug 15 • 49 min
Get out of town for talks on our in-between times
David Brooks and the moral response to ‘a national valley of distrust and disconnection’
Aug 8 • 82 min
David Brooks considers the ways human nature and ingenuity can help us rise above disunion
Real-life scientific connections in the Star Trek franchise: A talk
Aug 1 • 70 min
Biologist Mohamed Noor takes a Seattle audience on a journey of exploration to boldly go where no one has gone before…or at least those not a part of the scientist community.
You butt-dialed your mom with this supercomputer
Jul 25 • 55 min
It took a village to birth the digital revolution
Three women, many stories about sex and desire
Jul 22 • 56 min
Author Lisa Taddeo was getting questions, such as, “What the f**k are you doing in the middle of Indiana?”
Killer whales go through menopause, too, but the other orcas respect them
Jul 18 • 86 min
Coming to terms with the millennia-long struggle to normalize and respect menopause
How social media ate news media’s lunch, and what to do about it
Jul 16 • 83 min
It’s a brave new world for news media. The advertising revenue that kept newspapers afloat has dwindled. Reporters are being laid off.
She needed answers about pregnancy. So she wrote them herself
Jul 10 • 46 min
So Angela Garbes did her own research and wrote a book about it
A defense of liberalism in illiberal times
Jul 9 • 76 min
Adam Gopnik waxes philosophical on the historic arc of a high ideal
They defend the science. But who defends the scientists?
Jul 3 • 78 min
A philosopher fights back against post-truth and science denial
Student voices shine through Seattle Arts & Lectures program
Jun 30 • 73 min
Hear the results of writerly mentorship from area students
Eve Ensler’s journey to recovery from an unconscionable abuse
Jun 27 • 80 min
Author Eve Ensler was the victim of prolonged sexual, physical and mental abuse at the hands of her father.
‘More guns than people’: America’s firearm culture
Jun 25 • 77 min
Author Thom Hartmann argues that the intent inherent in the concept of “a well regulated militia” was warped in relatively recent years, resulting in an epidemic of gun violence.
Imbolo Mbue: ‘America is suffering from a lack of curiosity’
Jun 19 • 49 min
Author Imbolo Mbue has come a long way from when she imagined America was what she saw on television programs like Beverly Hills 90210 and The Cosby Show.
Is catastrophic wild fire and smoke exposure our new normal?
Jun 19 • 55 min
Forest fires threaten our region. This PacSci panel discussion considers solutions
Jodie Patterson speaks to Seattle on raising her transgender son
Jun 15 • 51 min
A mother charts her and her son’s declarations of self
Retiring the ‘poop emoji’ pillow and other Seattle tales at Ignite#39
Jun 14 • 56 min
Bravery meets humor as speakers share quirky stories.
Civic Cocktail: Journalists discuss wildfire season, LGBTQIA after Stonewall
Jun 9 • 58 min
Vital civic discussions, with an optional cocktail
Tiny Beautiful Things finds a great big beautiful stage
Jun 7 • 40 min
The healing advice, power and art of Dear Sugar
Tertia Optio and the CIA’s history of targeted killing
Jun 6 • 55 min
Annie Jacobsen takes a close look at “the tip of the tip of the spear”
John Waters tells the filthy truth about everything, almost
Jun 4 • 59 min
Enjoy this roller coaster of a conversation with a one-of-a-kind cinema legend
Doug Baldwin and Macklemore discuss social change at the 2019 Crosscut Festival
May 31 • 59 min
Conversations from the Crosscut Festival: Valerie Jarrett, Doug Baldwin and Macklemore
Partisan bickering, meet fellowship and belonging, the Eric Liu way
May 23 • 87 min
Eric Liu’s new book, a collection of civic sermons, is ‘Become America’
Adam Savage made a toolbox for creativity — with his brain
May 19 • 60 min
The famed Mythbuster loves to create. Hear how he manages that process
The bittersweet story of ‘our greatest friend among the insects’
May 18 • 75 min
Dr. Thomas Seeley on the crucial importance of honey bees.
‘There will be no privacy.’ The internet, tech moguls and you
May 17 • 59 min
Journalist Kara Swisher sees into the future of technology. That may scare the hell out of you, or give you hope.
Moby in Seattle: ‘Famous people are not that interesting’
May 14 • 63 min
When, why and how Moby fell apart — and pulled it back together.
Why the ‘Seattle is Dying’ conversation won’t die
May 10 • 59 min
Civic Cocktail takes on KOMO’s controversial look at homelessness in our fair city
Meet the Clintons, again
May 5 • 85 min
Listen in to the Seattle stop of the political power couple’s national tour
Is there still time make a difference on climate change?
May 4 • 52 min
A talk by Bill McKibben
Stacey Abrams has an outsider’s view of government. Hear how she’s working her way in
May 3 • 64 min
Abrams fell short in her attempt to become the first African-American woman to govern an American state. She’s not letting that get her down.
Poetry month: ‘A lovesong to a planet in crisis’
Apr 30 • 63 min
Poets call for climate action
Maybe (definitely) listen to this talk about talking to someone
Apr 25 • 64 min
Therapist Lori Gottlieb got by with a little help from HER therapist, then wrote the book
The acoustics for the new Seattle Center Arena may blow your mind
Apr 24 • 87 min
Concert lovers and loud Seattle sports fans alike: This KeyArena replacement is for you
Michio Kaku expands our cantaloupe-sized brains
Apr 19 • 70 min
Famed theoretical physicist conjures the future of humanity.
Leader of the pack Abby Wambach is still a game-changer
Apr 17 • 67 min
Retired soccer great shares leadership lessons
Life after being fired: Preet Bharara
Apr 11 • 60 min
Preet Bharara and how the President of the United States ‘created a space” for him to write his book.
Black women, anger management and the rebranding of Michelle Obama
Apr 4 • 55 min
How exactly did Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Shondra Rhymes handle“postracial racism” ?
Confessions of an Uber driver and a former dominatrix at Ignite #38
Mar 29 • 54 min
Ignite #38 talks ranges from colorism, to uber driver confessions to dating tips from a former Dominatrix.
Meet Pete: The Millennial mayor who wants to be president
Mar 21 • 58 min
Tackling a mayorship can be like “changing channels every five minutes between ‘The Wire’, ‘Parks and Recreation’, and, occasionally, ‘Veep,’” said Pete Buttigieg
“I think it’s important to use the word ‘lie.’” How veteran journalists approach news in the Trump era
Mar 14 • 59 min
News reporting is a crucial and costly endeavor. Here, veteran journalists discuss what it takes
How Sydney Brownstone learned to be a ‘rape reporter’
Mar 11 • 61 min
The #MeToo movement has opened a door to more and better reporting on rape and sexual assault issues.
‘Fake news,’ press freedom and the business of journalism now
Mar 7 • 56 min
Journalist Jill Abramson on newsmaking and truth-telling in a fact-challenged society.
It takes a village to heal a traumatized child
Mar 1 • 61 min
Doctors Ben Danielson and Shawn Ginwright talk trauma, capitalism and healthcare.