By John O'Brien
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You can’t make it to every lecture in town, but you can hear plenty here. From KUOW, Seattle’s public radio station, comes a collection of talks recorded all over the Puget Sound region.
||CleanCarmen Maria Machado's 'The Husband Stitch'||There have been so many momentous days recently. Today, for instance, women around the U.S. and the world (and their allies) are participating in the second annual Women’s March. Yesterday, Congress shut down the government due to differences over bor||1/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSure, things are stressful. But how’s the Constitution?||The political climate in the United States is marked by ultra-partisanship. So it’s a good time to ask, how’s the Constitution holding up? A recent event brought together two people with a depth of political and jurisprudent experience to explore th||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIjeoma Oluo: MLK and ‘an anger born from love’||This year will mark the 50 th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today, the United States celebrates the birth of the great non-violence activist and civil rights leader. The federal holiday was signed into law in 1983 by||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Daniel Ellsberg learned to start worrying and hate the bomb||The acronym MAD stands for mutual assured destruction. The concept has been a cornerstone of U.S. military security policy since the creation of nuclear weapons. It's based on the theory that no super-power leader would start a nuclear war knowing||1/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaria Hinojosa on due process, 'crimigration' and detention camps in the U.S.||Maria Hinojosa and her team at Latino USA have been reporting on how Latinos and Hispanics experience and impact the United States since 1992. That ethnic group accounted for more than half of the total U.S. population growth from 2000 to 2014. The Pew||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTom Hanks has two Best Actor Oscars, and it turns out he’s a writer, too||And now for something maybe completely unexpected. Tom Hanks wrote a book. The prolific actor credits writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron with encouraging his writing years ago on the set of “Sleepless in Seattle.” He later wrote a piece about a friend||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanListen to these Native poets read their work||As we begin another new year in these United States of America, it’s an opportune time to listen in to the creative voices of descendants of the original inhabitants of these lands.||1/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKhizr Khan on love, loss and the Constitution||Khizr Khan is an American citizen of Pakistani descent. He is perhaps most famous for the fact that he carries a copy of the U.S. Constitution in his breast pocket and for a speech he gave at the Democratic National Convention in 2016.||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe da Vinci lesson: What really matters is being creative||Looking back at a year that was tumultuous in so many ways, this talk by author Walter Isaacson stands out as something that has almost nothing to do with our modern day trials and tribulations.||12/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKeep Christmas weird in Seattle: Listen to 'A Rogue's Christmas'||For the past eleven years the crew of Town Hall Seattle’s "Short Stories Live" series has presented a celebration of storytelling they call "A Rogue’s Christmas." Curator Jean Sherrard chooses seasonally-appropriate readings. It’s always a festive||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHillary Clinton: ‘I still find hope everywhere’||There’s a rap against Hillary Rodham Clinton: that she’s cold, robotic. That was certainly not the persona she presented on her visit to Seattle this week. If Clinton were a robot, she’d be the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em variety, with a healthy dash of||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPrepare to be charmed by Isabel Allende, even in the midst of winter||Writer Isabel Allende has cast a spell on her readers since at least 1982, when she published her first major work “The House of the Spirts.” Her fiction, noted for elements of magic realism, has struck a deep chord. She has sold nearly 70 million b||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat these Seattleites did in the first year of Trump (besides help write a book)||What’s a progressive citizenry to do? It’s been over a year since President Donald Trump was elected. Liberal Seattleites reacted to that event (they call it “the incident” here) in various ways. The individuals you’ll hear in these talks swit||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanColor blind or color silent? The continuing problem of talking about race||In 1997 Dr. Beverly Tatum published her acclaimed book "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race.” The work explores an enduring American reluctance to acknowledge the realities of racial identit||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDan Savage tries to get Esther Perel high and they talk about infidelity||It’s the holiday season, so oh what fun it is to offer you this moment in time when renowned sex advice columnist Dan Savage met renowned sex therapist Esther Perel for an extremely frank discussion of marriage and infidelity.||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn awe of nature, people and place: Ampersand gets the great Northwest under your skin||Once a year Ampersand magazine hosts an evening of storytelling, poetry and performance that reflects upon the unique nature of life in the Northwest. The magazine comes under the umbrella of Forterra, an organization committed to making our lives here||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLawrence O’Donnell reflects on echoes of a historically tragic year||Author and political commentator Lawrence O’Donnell was a teenager in 1968. He recalls the time in some detail. He was coming of age as someone drawn to politics and directly affected by the Vietnam War.||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThanksgiving for every wrong move. 'Pie & Whiskey' writers get saucy in Seattle||It’s Thanksgiving week, and among the many things one might be thankful for, pie and whiskey could be high on your list. A group of writers led by Kate Lebo and Sam Ligon certainly thought so. They thought so much of that duo that they created the||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean'Civic Saturday' inspires a renewed appreciation of the rights and duties of citizenship||Do we teach civics anymore? Technically, yes, in the public school systems of all 50 states. We often call it government. But are these courses fulfilling the spirit of our country’s founding when it comes to civic responsibility? Thomas Jefferson had||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat’s really going on? Brooke Gladstone helps sort fact from fiction||If you’re a regular listener to WNYC’s On The Media , you know that Brooke Gladstone is a force in journalism. You hear her commitment to accurate, nuanced reporting and analysis in everything that show does. She won’t accept any nonsense, even fr||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I've listened to a few episodes and all of the speakers are very interesting, so the content is great. I'd give 5 stars for the content. Only problem is they break every few minutes to announce the station ID, give a weather update (??? this is a podcast / I don't care what the weather was like in Seattle last month !?!?) and other similarly useless info. So subract a star for that for the overall 4-star review. The content is really first rate though, highly recommended.
2 thumbs up !
So great. (There aren't very many breaks, and they aren't a problem at all). I love this podcast.
Just love it!!
Very interesting topic of discussions. Just love the podcasts.