Speakers Forum

Speakers Forum

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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.


Pandemic parenting. It gets better? A tool kit
Oct 16 • 68 min
‘Kids need to feel safe, they need to feel secure, they need to be seen, and they need to be soothed. Talk to them about what make them feel safer, or what makes them feel soothed.’
Claudia Rankine on the unbearable lightness of whiteness in America
Oct 9 • 81 min
‘The indifference is impenetrable and reliable and distributed across centuries, and I am stupidly hurt when my friends can’t see that.’
Margaret Atwood revisits totalitarian fears in her new book ‘The Testaments’
Sep 24 • 68 min
As we approach a spooky time of the year (No, I’m not referring to the US election season) we may be finding ourselves slowly drawn towards unnerving but entertaining cautionary tales. One of those stories just may be the award-winning TV show The…
It was an economic theory with little traction, then the pandemic hit
Sep 11 • 58 min
Modern Monetary Theory and you, with Stephanie Kelton
Erica Barnett shakes-up and stirs the conversation around alcoholism and addiction
Sep 2 • 59 min
When Seattle based reporter Erica Barnett took her first sip of alcohol as a young teen, she had no idea just how impactful that moment would later become. Nor did she realize how inadequate rehabilitation centers, inspirational self-help mottos, and…
Eve Ensler’s journey to recovery from an unconscionable abuse
Aug 28 • 80 min
Author Eve Ensler was the victim of prolonged sexual, physical and mental abuse at the hands of her father.
How to break the ice with boys and girls on the ‘birds and bees’
Aug 21 • 67 min
Peggy Orenstein helps us have ‘the sex talk(s)’
How’s our country’s health care? Not the worst, or the best
Aug 13 • 75 min
Ezekiel Emanuel explains why, and what needs to change
Lyric World presents poetry of loss and collective grief
Aug 6 • 55 min
‘Elegies ceased being / elegant.’
Race and justice in journalism, with Nikole Hannah-Jones
Jul 31 • 72 min
The 1619 Project is a New York Times undertaking led by reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones. It was launched in 2019, on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Black people in America.
Ijeoma Oluo on Seattle: ‘We are NOT a liberal city’
Jul 26 • 102 min
More than talk, Ijeoma Oluo wants action and what is owed to people of color
Speakers Forum: Jayapal and the politics of empathy and advocacy
Jul 17 • 76 min
Use the Power You Have: A Brown Woman’s Guide to Politics and Political Change
‘A crisis of welcome.’ Sonia Shah on The Next Great Migration
Jul 10 • 52 min
‘Migration is not a catastrophe… it’s actually the solution.’
What’s in store in the coming election? NPR reporters help us look ahead
Jul 3 • 59 min
Mary Louise Kelly, Tamara Keith and Ayesha Rascoe go Inside 2020
Solastalgia and you. ‘The pain was necessary to know the truth.’
Jun 25 • 59 min
Dr. Jennifer Atkinson shares strategies for handling existential distress caused by environmental change
A friendship today could keep the doctor away
Jun 17 • 90 min
Before you delete that friend or family member off your social media, you might want to consider your health.
‘I know it’s going to sound crazy:’ How one man exposed government surveillance
Jun 11 • 62 min
“I’m a member of the intelligence community… I have an explosive story about a threat to democracy.”
Barack Obama calls for action on police brutality and killings, with focus on youth and mayors
Jun 5 • 86 min
A time for ‘grief and anger, resolve and action’ to create a more just and equitable world
Have we reached ‘the beginning of the great change?’ This professor is hopeful we have
May 28 • 59 min
Have we reached ‘the beginning of the great change?’ Professor Rebecca Henderson is hopeful we have
Author Casey Schwartz on distraction, stimulants, and her love of paying attention
May 22 • 53 min
Focus, people! On paying attention
What are you smoking? Clearing the air about cannabis
May 14 • 77 min
These chemists are cutting through the haze to analyze our pot habits.
Death with dignity: A conversation with NPR’s Diane Rehm
May 7 • 59 min
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.
Clifford Thompson confronts race and indifference in the Trump era
May 1 • 58 min
His new essay collection explores “the cold heart of the trouble”
The system: It’s about class and power
Apr 23 • 75 min
Robert Reich joins us from his home office
Drop that cheese puff! Food sustains us, and we live more sustainably, if we make good food choices
Apr 17 • 67 min
Author Sophie Egan shares thoughtful ways to build a conscious food pantry
Ignite Seattle enlightens us, and they make it quick!
Apr 10 • 71 min
If you had five minutes on stage, what would you say?
Violence, suffering, survival, and metamorphosis in Paisley Rekdal’s ‘Nightingale’
Apr 7 • 80 min
‘A haunting and haunted collection’ splits us open
Respect for horses a path to healing at recovery ranch
Apr 3 • 73 min
‘They were complete trouble, but they were beautiful.’
E.J. Dionne to liberal and moderate anti-Trumpers: Pick a lane
Mar 26 • 62 min
Dionne’s latest book is Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country. As the subtitle suggests, he’s urging anti-Trumpers to come together or risk re-electing him.
Feminism v. Patriarchy (Psst! It’s not Women versus Men)
Mar 19 • 53 min
Confronting the “drip, drip, drip of everyday sexism.”
Drawing the line on progress, for certain citizens
Mar 12 • 48 min
The legacy of redlining in Seattle
Indigenous Reparation and Recognition in Seattle
Mar 10 • 89 min
Coming to terms with a region’s responsibility to first people
Ampersand Magazine live show: Edgy and nerdy
Mar 8 • 113 min
Ampersand Live gives voice to ‘the power of nature and the beauty of community’
Let’s do the Entropic 2-step again!
Mar 1 • 58 min
Brian Greene says it’s why we’re here in our little pocket of order
In the Dream House: A writer’s journey through and past abuse
Feb 28 • 90 min
SAL wants us to know Carmen Maria Machado
The rule of law according to Preet
Feb 26 • 68 min
A primer on justice in the age of Trump
A world where poetry meets magic and wonder
Feb 19 • 77 min
On being witness to ‘the mystery each of us is’
Speakers forum: Black voices, origins, and futures
Feb 18 • 75 min
“Part oral history, part poetry, all imagination.”
Telling fact from fiction in the information age
Feb 16 • 82 min
Who and what can you trust?
No ‘public school’ left behind: Diane Ravitch confronts school privatization
Feb 13 • 78 min
Diane Ravitch was once an avid supporter of charter schools, affiliated with various right wing think tanks. She came to a turning point when she could no longer stay quiet about the fact that charter schools were floundering. A former Assistant Secretary…
The real deep state issue, according to Ezra Klein
Feb 12 • 69 min
‘It’s working exactly as designed’
American Oligarchs: Inside Trump, Kushner family histories
Feb 4 • 73 min
Andrea Bernstein’s saga of ‘relentless corruption’
It’s a train, on a bridge, that floats. It’s complicated
Feb 3 • 81 min
An engineering first: answering the challenge of East Link
NPR’s Daniel Estrin pulls back the curtain on his reporting from the Middle East
Jan 31 • 68 min
‘Come on the bus. Why aren’t you coming?’ -Grandson to Granpa
What is the point of an oath?
Jan 29 • 60 min
Civic engagement: A responsibility of citizenship
Tricia Rose on ‘hoping in the context of hopelessness’
Jan 28 • 43 min
A cautionary tale: ‘Fighting for justice is not easy work’
Go west, young man, but elope with the Senator’s daughter first
Jan 23 • 64 min
Steve Inskeep explores the life and times of Jessie and John Frémont
Author tackles workplace sexism women face: ‘You belong at the table’
Jan 21 • 35 min
Mikaela Kiner discusses responding to bias and being an advocate for women in the work setting.
Fretting about your kids not reading enough? These NYT editors offer their counsel
Jan 17 • 63 min
Raising children in a time when technological advances skew traditional modes of learning can be challenging. But many children prefer screen technology to books. Before you’re tempted to take away the tech to boost a young child’s vocabulary, you might…
Everyday superheroes tell their stories
Jan 8 • 75 min
Ignite Seattle always inspires
Migrants: Locked up and forgotten? How U.S. citizens hold the key
Jan 3 • 75 min
According to immigration lawyer César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, the dissolving of immigration prisons in the US is a good first step towards mending our immigration system.
One last holiday hit before the new year arrives
Dec 31, 2019 • 64 min
Brad Craft reads Truman Capote’s ‘A Christmas Memory’
Tradition is the key to progress for these Native storytellers
Dec 27, 2019 • 72 min
In an age of technology and speedy progress, traditions can even be seen as a roadblock towards change and societal growth. But according to the speakers of this talk, traditional storytelling is a key asset to forward, progressive thinking.
Seattle storytellers share seasonal spirit
Dec 23, 2019 • 90 min
You’ll have to make your own Stargazy Pie
‘Tis the season for rascally tales from Short Stories Live
Dec 19, 2019 • 86 min
A seasonal rogue by any other name wouldn’t sound as sweet
Listen in on Seattle’s civic version of church
Dec 18, 2019 • 53 min
Civic Saturday celebrates active citizenship
Here we are. But where is here? Terry Tempest Williams holds space for anger and healing
Dec 13, 2019 • 57 min
On the living earth, erosion, death and following the light
Conquer your fears — with science!
Dec 10, 2019 • 80 min
Understanding hazardous products
André Aciman revisits his heralded lost love story
Dec 9, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 79 min
Author and humorist Lindy West reclaims the power
College at any cost?
Dec 2, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 55 min
Azure Savage on how Seattle schools fail students.
‘This hatred has to stop.’ A survivor’s story
Nov 20, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 78 min
Laureate Claudia Castro Luna calls up tales of The Emerald City
David Barsamian’s call to focus your rage
Nov 6, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 100 min
Is the homelessness crisis really killing Seattle?
Timothy Egan’s journey of faith — by foot
Oct 27, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 89 min
The former National Security Advisor discusses life, leadership, diplomacy and Trump
What we know about human consciousness
Oct 21, 2019 • 75 min
Allen Institute Chief Scientist leads efforts to understand consciousness
Hillary and Chelsea Clinton share stories of ‘Gutsy Women’
Oct 21, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 87 min
She discusses her new best-selling expose ‘Blowout’
Parent as if your kid’s adulthood depends on it
Oct 15, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 76 min
The underpinnings and footholds of corporate racism at the dawn of the digital age
Climate change is real. What role do you play?
Oct 8, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 51 min
Smoke Farm 2019 continues a conversational tradition
Rock star poet sings ‘The Tiny Journalist’ blues
Sep 26, 2019 • 87 min
Naomi Shihab Nye from Neve Shalom/Wāħat as-Salām to Al-ki, Bye and Bye