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Tax the Rich! Town Hall with Kshama Sawant & Trump-Proof Seattle, TRT 155 recorded 5/18/17
Tax the Rich! Town Hall with Kshama Sawant & Trump-Proof Seattle, Monday 5/29, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

For those who missed it, this is the long version [complete 2 hr] of the town hall at Washington Hall, Seattle 5/18/17. This event was organized by Councilmember Kshama Sawant, Seattle Transit Riders Union/Trump-Proof Seattle, the Greater Seattle Neighborhood Action Coalition, & 350 Seattle who are organizing for a city income tax to address the massively unfair tax system in Washington State and make the overly abundant number millionaires and billionaires pay more of their fair share. These town halls are being organized in every city council district. This one features Socialist Alternative Councilmember from District 3, Kshama Sawant and several guest speakers addressing different aspects of the issue. In order of appearance:

Daniel Goodman, Kshama Sawant, Ty Nolan, Reverend Jeffrey, KJ Moon, Katie Wilson, Ramy Khalil, Kelly Lyons, Jesse Hagopian, Ximena Velazquez-Arenas, Betiel Desta & Abdinasir Elmi, Kailyn Nicholson, and Scott Myers.

Jeb Wyman: The Invisible Scars of Ordinary Soldiers, TRT 1:04 recorded 9/17/16
Jeb Wyman: The Invisible Scars of Ordinary Soldiers, Monday 5/22, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

The untold, invisible wounds of war have far-reaching effects. For many soldiers, sharing their stories can be cathartic. Seattle Central College professor Jeb Wyman found that to be true while teaching former Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. This launch event for What They Signed Up For will highlight stories from servicemembers and expose some of the hidden costs of war. Hear about the deaths of soldiers, wounds inflicted by roadside bombs, civilian casualties, starting over after conflict, and the haunting experiences of war, from veterans whose stories appear in the book. Wyman will explain the project, how it has helped the veterans he’s encountered, and explain what the average citizen can—and should—do about this psychological toll. 

Thanks to Seattle Town Hall, recorded 2/17/16

Hedrick Smith: Aftershocks From the Populist Earthquake of 2016, TRT 1:10  recorded 5/1/17
Hedrick Smith: Aftershocks From the Populist Earthquake of 2016, Monday 5/8, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

November 2016 brought a political earthquake, and our country is still feeling the aftershocks. Far from the usual polar clash of left vs. right, conservative vs. liberal, Republican vs. Democrat, it was the most dramatic populist rebellion in American politics since the election of Andrew Jackson, and both major parties were shaken by mass mutinies against “the power elite.” Hedrick Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter, returns to Town Hall to consider whether President Trump and the Republican majorities in Congress will be able to deliver on their promises of a better deal for working- and middle-class Americans; or will the fractious style of the new President and the conflicting ideologies at work within the Republican Party will do the opposite—widen divisions in American society, increase economic inequalities and sharpen public demands for more basic reforms in our political system.

Hedrick Smith is the author of several best-selling books including, Who Stole the American Dream?

Thanks to Elliot Bay Books and Seattle Town Hall
Recorded May 1st, 2017


David Callahan: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy, TRT 1:06  recorded 4/20/17
David Callahan: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy, Monday 5/1, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

When “doing good” starts to look like protecting one’s self interest, it’s a tricky business. While famous philanthropists like Bill Gates and Charles Koch are closely scrutinized, thousands of wealthy donors are at work below the radar promoting a wide range of causes. In The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age, author and lecturer David Callahan charts the rise of new power players and the ways they are shaping our society. In conversation with Paul Shoemaker, the founding president of the international philanthropy group Social Venture Partners, Callahan will discuss the how this elite sect is impacting education, the environment, science, LGBTQ rights, and, in particular, government policy. Callahan makes the case that the influence of big givers is just beginning, as new waves of billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg establish their own initiatives and foundations. Based on extensive research and interviews with countless donors and policy experts, this is not an argument for or against philanthropy, but an investigation of a power shift in American society that has implications for all of us.

Recorded 4/20/17
Thanks to Seattle Town Hall and Elliott Bay Books


Thomas Frank: Why Democrats Loose, TRT 1:19  recorded 4/18/17
Thomas Frank: Why Democrats Lose, Monday 4/24, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Thomas Frank’s Listen Liberal: Or What Ever Happened to the Party of the People, published in March of 2016, was named as one of “6 Books to Help Understand Trump’s Win” by the New York Times. Frank (bestselling author of What’s the Matter with Kansas? and The Wrecking Crew) made a name for himself for his scathing critiques of Republicans. Now he turns his attention to his own party, arguing that liberals have lost sight of their goal to be a party that champions equity. To support his claim he points out that, after years of occupying the White House, the Democrats have done little to advance traditional liberal goals: expanding opportunity, fighting for social justice, and ensuring that workers get a fair deal. Indeed, the decline of the middle class has only accelerated. Wall Street gets its bailouts, wages keep falling, and the free-trade deals keep coming. In this low point for the Democratic party, Frank reminds them of their historic stance and contends that renewing those commitments is the only way to reverse the ever-deepening rift between the rich and the poor in America.

Thanks to Seattle Town Hall and Elliott Bay Books
Recorded 4/18/17


Ganesh Sitaraman with Paul Constant: A Constitution for Economic Equality, TRT 1:02  recorded 3/22/17
Ganesh Sitaraman: A Constitution for Economic Equality,  Monday 4/17, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Many Americans worry about the economic divisions in our country. In The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution, law professor Ganesh Sitaraman describes the founding generation of our country as a society of almost unprecedented economic equality. In conversation with Paul Constant of Civic Ventures and The Seattle Review of Books, he will discuss the intent of our founders and the fact that the Constitution they created does not include safeguards against capitalist extremes. Despite the belief that equality was essential for the preservation of our democracy, the U.S. Constitution lacks provisions to prevent the upper class from seizing power. Now that the wealthy are doing just that, Sitaraman asserts that Americans face a choice: Will we accept rising economic inequality or will we rebuild the middle class and reclaim our republic?

Thanks to Seattle Town Hall and Elliott Bay Books
Recorded 3/22/17

Alison McDowell: Future Ready Schools, TRT 1:19  recorded 3/25/17
Alison McDowell: Future Ready Schools,  Monday 4/10, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

This extraordinary event features Jonathan Rosenblum and Steve Early, two labor organizers and reporters who have written books about recent U.S. labor battles. In conversation with Lynne Dodson, secretary treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the two authors discuss the successes and the challenges of the movements they have covered and the role of Labor in the age of Trump.

Seattle-based Rosenblum’s Beyond $15 reveals an insider’s view of SeaTac’s fight for a $15 minimum wage. Rosenblum shares firsthand accounts from the grassroots movement, including the face-to-face confrontations between corporate leaders and airport workers and the challenges of uniting a diverse, largely immigrant workforce.

Early’s book Refinery Town tells the story of Richmond, California, home to one of the largest oil refineries in the state. This working class town, made up of 100,000 largely nonwhite residents, fought big oil to reclaim their community after decades of poverty, substandard housing, and poorly funded public education.

Thanks to Seattle Town Hall and Elliott Bay Books
Recorded 3/21/17

Rosenblum, Early, and Dodson: Labor Movements that Work, TRT 1:19  recorded 3/21/17
Rosenblum, Early, and Dodson: Labor Movements that Work,  Monday 4/3, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

This extraordinary event features Jonathan Rosenblum and Steve Early, two labor organizers and reporters who have written books about recent U.S. labor battles. In conversation with Lynne Dodson, secretary treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, the two authors discuss the successes and the challenges of the movements they have covered and the role of Labor in the age of Trump.

Seattle-based Rosenblum’s Beyond $15 reveals an insider’s view of SeaTac’s fight for a $15 minimum wage. Rosenblum shares firsthand accounts from the grassroots movement, including the face-to-face confrontations between corporate leaders and airport workers and the challenges of uniting a diverse, largely immigrant workforce.

Early’s book Refinery Town tells the story of Richmond, California, home to one of the largest oil refineries in the state. This working class town, made up of 100,000 largely nonwhite residents, fought big oil to reclaim their community after decades of poverty, substandard housing, and poorly funded public education.

Thanks to Seattle Town Hall and Elliott Bay Books
Recorded 3/21/17

Camille Paglia: Free Women, Free Men, TRT 1:07  recorded 3/20/17
Camille Paglia: Free Women, Free Men,  Monday 3/27, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

The groundbreaking author of "Sexual Personae" will talk about her new collection of essays, "Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism" that both celebrates and challenges modern feminism.

When Camille Paglia first burst onto the scene with her best-selling "Sexual Personae," she established herself as a smart, fearless, and often dissenting voice among feminists. Now, for the first time, her best essays on the subject are gathered together in one concise volume. Whether she’s declaring Madonna the future of feminism, asking if men are obsolete, calling for equal opportunity for American women years before the founding of N.O.W., or urging all women to love football, Paglia can always be counted on to get a discussion started. The rock-solid intellectual foundation beneath her fiery words assures her timeless relevance. 

Paglia is the University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. A regular contributor to Salon.com, she is the author of "Glittering Images;" "Break, Blow, Burn;" :Sexual Personae;" "Sex, Art, and American Culture;" and "Vamps & Tramps."

Recorded 3/20/17 Thanks to Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Books

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
Prabhjot Singh: Dying and Living in the Neighborhood,  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