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Shows Available from Pirate Television


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Shows are listed in reverse cronological order:

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