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Michael K. Honey with La TaSha Levy

5/17/2018
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Fifty years ago, a single bullet robbed us of one of the world’s most eloquent voices for human rights and justice—Martin Luther King Jr. Humanities professor Michael K. Honey convened us for a modern application of King’s advocacy for racial harmony with insight from his book To the Promised Land. He was joined in conversation with La TaSha Levy, who teaches American Ethics Studies and courses on African American history at the University of Washington-Seattle. Honey and Levy explored...

Duration:01:11:44

Nomi Prins

5/14/2018
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The 2008 financial crisis unleashed a chain reaction that turbo-boosted the influence of central bankers and triggered a massive shift in the world order. Economic writer and journalist Nomi Prins joined us to illuminate the machinations at the core of this rising tide of financial instability, drawing on observations from her latest book Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World. With signature verve and insight, Prins outlined how central banks and institutions like the IMF are...

Duration:01:00:02

Ashley Dawson

5/10/2018
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How will climate change affect our lives? Where will its impacts be most deeply felt? Are we doing enough to protect ourselves from the coming chaos? Professor of English and environmental organizer Ashley Dawson argued that highly developed urban cities are ground zero for climate change. In his book Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change he highlighted the elevated risk of dense metropolises, which contribute the lion’s share of carbon to the...

Duration:01:20:53

BirdNote Live! Podcast

5/3/2018
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Birds are with us everywhere. They animate our stories, inform our art and music, and reveal startling truths about the world we share. Join BirdNote’s Michael Stein and Mary McCann with special guests Barbara Earl Thomas and Dr. J. Drew Lanham for BirdNote Live!, an evening of conversation by, for and about birds. BirdNote celebrates how stories about birds connect us with each other, and how caring for birds and the places they live can inspire the next generation. Join us for this...

Duration:00:53:51

Annelise Orleck with Heidi Groover

4/30/2018
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In May of 2014, thousands of fast food workers in 230 cities across the globe went on strike, protesting for a living wage, workplace protections, and the right to unionize. Today that fight persists in the form of the #FightFor15 movement, whose efforts have resulted in cities around the nation (including Seattle, New York City, and Los Angeles) instituting a rise to a $15 minimum wage. History professor and activist Annelise Orleck chronicled the fight for a living wage and the results...

Duration:00:48:22

Åsne Seierstad

4/26/2018
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As headlines blur and death tolls rise, it can become difficult to maintain a human perspective on the impact of military conflict on lives of individuals and families in war-torn regions. To reconnect with this human perspective we turn to figures such as acclaimed Norwegian journalist Åsne Seierstad, known for her deeply incisive accounts of everyday living conditions in active warzones. She took our stage to tell the story of a family of Somali immigrants in Norway whose two teenage...

Duration:00:57:38

Histories of Capitol Hill and What We’ll Build Next

4/23/2018
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Residents of Seattle’s Capitol Hill know of the neighborhood’s history of renovation, and of the many populations who have found it difficult to find housing. Now Erik Molano—Town Hall’s Inside/Out Neighborhood Resident for Capitol Hill and the Central District—presents a celebration of Capitol Hill’s history and an examination of what it means to preserve heritage in the age of development. Poets, activists, and historians shared the stage to weave a tapestry of time and culture, delving...

Duration:01:20:15

Adam Winkler

4/19/2018
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In 2010, a controversial Supreme Court decision granted American corporations nearly all the same constitutional rights as ordinary citizens. With insight from his book We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights, constitutional law expert Adam Winkler chronicled a corporate civil rights movement two hundred years in the making. He presented us with a history of the battle over constitutional protections for business, and a groundbreaking portrait of a corporate...

Duration:00:42:46

Nancy MacLean with Nick Licata

4/16/2018
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Disagreements between the American right and left have led many journalists and activists to investigate the factors at work deep within our political factions. Nancy MacLean, the William Chafe Professor of history and Public Policy at Duke University, joined us with a deep-delving interrogation of the American right and presents a decade of research and insight from her book Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. MacLean shared her account...

Duration:00:51:32

Living With Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in WA

4/9/2018
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The purpose of law is to serve our communities by leveling the playing field and creating a more just society. Documentary photographer Deborah Espinosa believes that the only way to know if a law is serving us is to listen to those most impacted. Living with Conviction: Sentenced to Debt for Life in Washington State is a multi-media and civic engagement project about how the State of Washington sentences people not just to prison, but to a lifetime of debt. Failure to make monthly...

Duration:01:09:57

Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno

4/5/2018
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Starting in the late 1990s, paramilitary groups with close ties to drug cartels carried out a bloody expansion campaign throughout much of Colombia. Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno joined us with insight from her book There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia, sharing her account of massacres committed by paramilitary groups fueled by drug profits all in the name of defending the country from brutal Marxist guerrillas. She discussed details of grievous humanitarian...

Duration:00:49:54

In Residence—Evolving Masculinity: A #MeToo Era Conversation and Workshop

4/2/2018
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The #MeToo movement is illuminating many ways in which men cause harm, consciously or otherwise, by not having a clear understanding and respect of boundaries and consent. Since the rise of #MeToo, many have grown to connect the phrase “be a man” with emotional repression and disconnection—and view the traditional culture and expressions of masculinity in patterns of dominance, violence, and power. Jordan Giarratano, founder of feminist martial arts dojo Fighting Chance Seattle, joined us...

Duration:01:02:19

Morgan Simon

3/26/2018
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Impact investment—the support of social and environmental projects with a financial return—has become a hot topic on the global stage. So much so, says investment professional Morgan Simon, that it has become poised to eclipse traditional aid by ten times in the next decade. But the field is at a tipping point, and Simon joined us to pose an integral question: Will impact investment empower millions of people worldwide, or will it replicate the same mistakes that have plagued both aid and...

Duration:01:01:05

#EducationSoWhite 2018

3/22/2018
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This year’s panel of dynamic education leaders will examine the impact of the culture gaps in our schools separating students and teachers. Topics that will be fueling this event include: the fact that 90% of teachers in Washington State are white although almost half of our students are kids of color, the achievement gap, ideas for solutions in recruiting and retaining teachers of color, equitable restorative justice practices, the school-to-prison pipeline, inclusion—not just...

Duration:01:03:01

Casting A Wider Net

3/19/2018
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Across the globe, millions of people depend on fisheries for their food security and livelihoods. Yet estimates suggest that between 20 to 50 percent of the global fish catch is either illegally caught, mislabeled, or never reported. Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is valued at an estimated $15.5 to $36.4 billion a year, and the illicit nature of IUU fishing activities makes it difficult to understand the full scope of the problem. Town Hall partnered with The Stimson...

Duration:01:03:48

Amy Chua with Bill Radke

3/15/2018
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Humans are tribal; we need to belong to groups. But according to international law professor Amy Chua in her book Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations, Americans are often spectacularly blind to the power of tribal politics—and that blind spot has continually undermined American foreign policy. Chua took our stage to outline how Washington’s foreign policy establishment and American political elites alike remain oblivious to the group identities that matter most to...

Duration:00:59:58

Robert Reich

3/12/2018
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Societies and nations undergo virtuous cycles that reinforce and build the common good, as well as vicious cycles that undermine it. In his new book The Common Good, acclaimed author Robert Reich contends that over the course of the past five decades America has been in a slowly accelerating vicious cycle—one that can and must be reversed. With the warmth and lucidity that have made him one of our most important public voices, Reich made the case for a generous and inclusive understanding...

Duration:00:59:28

Dapper AF

3/8/2018
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If the future is fluid, do lesbians still need to get coming out haircuts? Does the color of your bandana even mean anything anymore? Address these questions and more with this fierce panel of queer style innovators. Join us for an exploration of what it means to be unapologetically dapper in this city of flannel and fleece while learning about the intersection of fashion, history, and identity in the ever-evolving LGBTQ+ community. Panelists: SassyBlack is a space aged singer,...

Duration:00:58:52

12th Annual Urban Poverty Forum

3/5/2018
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The Urban Poverty Forum is an annual educational event that brings speakers together around a common theme: to open a dialogue about the systemic issues surrounding urban poverty. Unite with a diverse and caring community including faith-based organizations, non-profits, and concerned citizens in addressing problems faced by the poorest among us. Join community leaders in a panel discussion on the successes, challenges and perceptions around police de-escalation tactics. The event includes...

Duration:01:00:55

Steve Coll

3/2/2018
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Prior to 9/11, the United States had been carrying out small-scale covert operations in Afghanistan, in cooperation (and sometimes opposition) with Pakistani intelligence agency I.S.I.. While the U.S. was trying to quell extremists, a highly secretive and compartmentalized wing of the I.S.I. known as “Directorate S” was covertly training, arming, and seeking to legitimize the Taliban. In his book Directorate S, journalist Steve Coll makes painfully clear that the United States doomed the...

Duration:01:07:35

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