Archive 10: 2017

Shows Available from Pirate Television

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Post-Incarceration, the Long Road Back, TRT :58  recorded 2/15/17
Post-Incarceration, the Long Road Back,  Monday 3/20, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

The program opens with an overview of current initiatives by the WA DoC to address problems of inmate transition from Devon Schrum, who has served more than 20 years with the WA Department of Corrections in a broad array of positions from entry level typist to operating a prison. She is regularly recognized for the ability to design and implement statewide systems. As the Assistant Secretary for the Reentry Division, Devon is working with others to build a statewide approach to recidivism reduction including designing, implementing, and maintaining a continuum of care for the men and women transitioning from confinement into the community. 

After that, two former inmates shared their heart-wrenching and eye opening stories of what it was like to try to start a new life after incarceration and the almost insurmountable obstacles that they faced. The audience members got answers to many questions, for example:
Did you know that Pierce County collects their debts through a debt collection agency?
Where do the monies go after Pierce County receives it?
Can a landlord deny housing after a background check shows you are a former inmate?

This event was hosted by the City Club of Tacoma. Recorded 2/15/17

Joel Berg and Matt Taibbi: Finding Common Ground in America, TRT 1:31  recorded 3/2/17
Joel Berg and Matt Taibbi: Finding Common Ground in America,  Monday 3/13, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

"Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus" is a series of essays by political journalist and bestselling author Matt Taibbi telling the story of Western civilization’s current political tangle and presenting an eerie take on our democracy’s uncertain future. Years before the clown car of candidates was fully loaded, the essential themes of this story were all in place: the power of spectacle over substance; the absence of a shared reality; the nihilistic rebellion of the white working class; the death of the political establishment; and the emergence of a new, explicit form of white nationalism.

Joel Berg’s book, " America We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation", starts with the premise that our most important relationship is with our country. Berg, an author, advocate, and political expert makes the case that we must stop blaming the nation’s problems solely on “the politicians” or “the system” and take personal responsibility to solve them. Berg walks a fine line, offering both a parody of self-help books and a sobering analysis of the nation’s political and economic dysfunction.

The two authors discuss the subjects of their books and participate in a joint Q & A with the audience after they speak.

Thanks to Seattle Town Hall and Third Place Books
Recorded 3/2/17

Jeff Robinson: ACLU v. Donald Trump , TRT 1:04  recorded 2/28/17
Jeff Robinson: ACLU v. Donald Trump,  Monday 3/6, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

ACLU of Washington has been putting on a series of community discussions of important civil rights issues over locally brewed beer. With the election of Trump, the series has morphed into a major event with over 300 participants. This is the first of the newly branded "Flights & Rights" series and features National ACLU Deputy Legal Director, Jeff Robinson who discuss the ACLU’s plan to protect the rights of all people in the era of Trump. Robinson is introduced by ACLU-WA Deputy Director Michele Storms.

Recorded 2/28/17 at 415 Westlake event center

Florence Williams: Your Brain on Nature , TRT :58  recorded 2/15/17
Florence Williams: Your Brain on Nature,  Monday 2/27, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

For centuries, creative thinkers have extolled the benefits of time spent in nature: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees. Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath. Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, journalist Florence Williams has set out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. Combining cutting-edge research with anecdotal evidence from around the world, The Nature Fix demonstrates that our connection to nature is much more important to our cognition than we think and that even small amounts of exposure to the living world can improve our creativity and enhance our mood. Williams’ findings show that time outdoors is not a luxury but is in fact essential to our humanity. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these findings seem more important than ever. REI’s Rob Discher will join her onstage for a moderated Q & A.

Thanks to Seattle Town Hall & University Bookstore
Recorded 2/15/17

Prabhjot Singh: Dying and Living in the Neighborhood, TRT 1:23  recorded 1/26/17
Lance Bennett: Economic and Democratic System Breakdown,  Monday 2/20, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Dr. Prabhjot Singh is on a mission to makes healthcare more accessible. His “a-ha moment” came as he attended the funeral of one of his patients where he saw the man in context of his life and community, rather than the bare facts included on his chart. Singh realized that this man’s death had been the result of the collective failure of many systems—education, mental health, neighborhood safety, job placement, veteran support. In Dying and Living in the Neighborhood, Singh insists that we must discard our top-down approach to the healthcare system and that regardless of our leadership, the solutions won’t come from our government. We must rebuild our system from the neighborhood up. He discusses a variety of issues, including: skyrocketing healthcare costs; increased chronic health issues; and the possible impacts of a Trump presidency on healthcare reform as well as shares details about his work with neighborhood groups and community leaders in Harlem where they successfully implemented a neighborhood-based health system using cutting-edge technologies.

Thanks to Seattle Town Hall and Third Place Books
Recorded 1/26/17

Lance Bennett:  Economic and Democratic System Breakdown, TRT 1:33  recorded 1/17/17
Lance Bennett: Economic and Democratic System Breakdown,  Monday 2/13, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

This is the opening in a series if lectures given by Lance Bennett titled, "The American Global Challenge: Aligning Economy, Democracy and Environment in the 21st Century". Dr. Bennett is Professor of Political Science and the Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication at the UW in Seattle. The full title of the talk is "System Breakdown: Economy and Democracy in Crisis". This unedited version contains the entire talk with Q&A. 

Life quality for growing numbers of people on the planet is threatened by a set of systemic problems. The global economy is not working well for people or the environment. Economic policies across the political spectrum rely on unrealistic expectations about economic growth and resource consumption. America and many other democracies face policy gridlock, breakdowns in representation, and voter anger. How did we get here? What can be done to address these great challenges of our time? This lecture series examines the prospects for realigning our economic, environmental and political systems in light of the outcomes of the 2016 elections:

Professor Bennett is the founder and Director of the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement. CCCE. His areas of interest include press-government relations, youth civic learning and engagement, and the roles of digital media in public life. He is a National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar, and recipient of the Ithiel de Sola Pool and Murray Edelman awards of the American Political Science Association. The University of Washington has recognized his work integrating research, learning, and public service with the James D. Clowes Award for the Advancement of Learning Communities.

Recorded 1/17/17 at Kane Hall, University of Washington
Thanks to the Center for Communication and Civic Engagement

Sarah van Gelder: The Revolution Where You Live, TRT 1:30  recorded 1/23/17
Sarah van Gelder: The Revolution Where You Live,  Monday 1/30, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

The revolution starts now, from wherever we are and need to be (marches in Washington, Standing Rock, and right here). Bainbridge Island writer/activist and co-founder of Yes! Magazine Sarah Van Gelder talks about activism and emerging new alternative economies across the land and her new book, The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America.

Recorded 1/23/17 at Elliott Bay Bookstore

Richard Gammon: Update on Climate Science, TRT 1:30  recorded 1/10/17
Richard Gammon: Update on Climate Science,  Monday 1/23, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Richard Gammon, an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Oceanography, and Adjunct Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington describes recent scientific findings that are likely to prompt amendments to the 2013 forecasts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

Dr. Gammon’s contributions to climate science include measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide at a global network of monitoring sites for NOAA, publishing dozens of articles on greenhouse gas cycles in relation to climate and climate change, and many impactful presentations on climate topics for scientific and lay audience.

Thanks to the University Unitarian Climate Action Team
Recorded 1/10/17

Gary Taubes: The Case Against Sugar, TRT 1:20  recorded 1/6/17
Gary Taubes: The Case Against Sugar,  Monday 1/16, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Sugar is being called the new tobacco. Recent revelations exposed the sugar industry’s backroom cover-up of the harmful effects of this pervasive ingredient. Decades ago scientists were paid thousands of dollars to mislead the public into believing that fat should be avoided, when in fact, sugar causes a multitude of health problems and behavioral issues. Diabetes is more prevalent today than ever before and obesity is at epidemic proportions, especially amongst children. In The Case Against Sugar, science writer Gary Taubes (Why We Get Fat) delves into America’s history with sugar. He explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets. He clarifies the arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about its relationship to weight; and provides perspective for making informed decisions about it. 

Thanks to Seattle Town Hall and University Bookstore
Recorded 1/6/17

Dr. Riyadh Lafta:  Life in Baghdad Today, TRT 1:16  recorded 10/27/16
Dr. Riyadh Lafta: Life in Baghdad Today,  Monday 1/9, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Dr. Riyadh Lafta, a Professor of Medicine at Mustansiriya College of Medicine in Baghdad, Iraq, in collaboration with the University of Washington Department of Global Health has been doing research on the decline in health of Iraqis after the US invasion.

Thanks to Amy Hagopian and the University of Washington Department of Global Health
Recorded 10/27/16

Hanna Brooks Olsen: Why Do We Vote The Way We Do?, TRT :58  recorded 12/13/16
Hanna Brooks Olsen: Why Do We Vote The Way We Do?,  Monday 1/2, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Why did you vote the way you did—and who helped you make your decision? Between fake Facebook news, the domination of cable news personalities, and the rapid shrinking of local media outlets, it’s harder than ever to figure out how we even feel about an issue. Often, we turn to trusted sources…like our friends and family. But what does that mean for our ballots?

Join Town Hall Scholar-in-Residence, policy wonk, and Seattlish co-founder Hanna Brooks Olsen for an original talk on the subject of trust and voting, followed by an interactive conversation about the role of the news, social media, and community spaces (like Town Hall!) in politics, both local and national.

Thanks to Seattle Town Hall
Recorded 12/13/16