Archive 12: 2019

Shows Available from Pirate Television

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Lisa Fithian: Shut It Down, TRT 1:07  recorded 12/3/19
Lisa Fithian: Shut It Down, Monday 12/30/19 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Lisa Fithian has shut down the CIA. She has occupied Wall Street, disrupted the World Trade Organization, and stood her ground in Tahrir Square. She has walked in solidarity with tribal leaders at Standing Rock and defended communities in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Described by Mother Jones as “the nation’s best-known protest consultant,” Fithian has been involved in nearly every major protest event for the past four decades. She is living proof that the best way to radically and rapidly transform the ills of our society is through nonviolent direct action grounded in strong beliefs, creativity, and sheer, unwavering courage. Her new memoir, filled with instruction, inspiration, and no shortage of wisdom, argues that civil disobedience is much more than an act of resistance. It’s a spiritual pursuit that allows us to reclaim our humanity and protect what we love.

Lisa Fithian is an anti-racist organizer who has worked for justice since the 1970s. Using creative, strategic nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience, she has won many battles and trained tens of thousands of activists while participating in a range of movements and mobilizations, including Occupy Wall Street, anti-WTO and corporate globalization protests all over the world, the climate justice movement, and more. Lisa enjoys walking, playing with children, gardening, cooking great food, being in the wild, and raising up new generations to be agents of change. She is grateful to play her part in manifesting a world rooted in respect, justice, and liberation.

Thanks to Third Place Books

Recorded 12/3/19

César Cuauhtémoc: America's Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants, TRT 1:11  recorded 11/9/19
César Cuauhtémoc: America's Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants, Monday 12/23/19 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

For most of America’s history, we did not lock people up for migrating here. Yet over the last thirty years, our country’s federal and state governments have increasingly incarcerated people accused of violating immigration laws. Now almost 400,000 people annually spend time locked up pending the result of a civil or criminal immigration proceeding. Leading scholar César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández joins us to take a hard look at the immigration prison system’s origin and operation with insight from his book Migrating to Prison. 

He tackles the emergence of immigration imprisonment in the mid-1980s, highlighting how enforcement resources were deployed disproportionately against Latinos. Hernández calls out the expansion of private prisons and decries disingenuous links drawn by the political right attempting to connect immigration imprisonment with national security risks and threats to the rule of law. Through powerful stories of individuals caught up in the immigration imprisonment industry, Hernández makes an urgent call for the abolition of immigration prisons and a radical reimagining of the way we determine who belongs in the United States.

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández is an immigration lawyer and a professor of law at the University of Denver. He runs the blog Crimmigration.com and regularly speaks on immigration law and policy issues. He has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and many others.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle.& Elliott Bay Books, Recorded 12/9/19

Web Exclusives WTO+20

Lisa Fithian: Escalating Resistance Mass Rebellion Training, TRT 2:30  recorded 11/30/19
Lisa Fithian: Escalating Resistance Mass Rebellion Training

As Pirate TV winds down to the final broadcast of the year, I can't think of a more fitting way to end it than with Lisa Fithian.  A 58 minute version of her book talk will broadcast nationally beginning Dec. 30th.  You can read up about her in the text of that video {Shut It Down}.  I’m posting these two videos at the same time.

Looking ahead at the new year, it's very clear that time is running out.  The Oil-igarchy that rules us have made it painfully clear that they are determined to keep on with business as usual until they kill us all.  The are not going to let anything stop them.  And once we're all gone, the corporations will still be here.  They will be in a safe somewhere at the bottom of the sea.

Anyone at this point who is betting on electoral politics to save us is little more than delusional.  Even if a miracle was to happen and Bernie was to win with a Democratic majority in the House and Senate, it wouldn’t be near enough.  It never has and never will be.  The only way we are going to survive is by shutting the Oil-igarchs down for good.  –Just like we shut down the WTO.  We don’t have a choice.  That means we need to be united and not only get out in the streets, but stay there.  There are few people who know more about how to do this than Lisa Fithian.

I had the honor of taping WTO+20 events marking 20 years since the Seattle rebellion that stopped the WTO for good.  I was lucky to be right in the middle of all that rebellion.  I have been broadcasting what I can throughout this month and posting the rest as web exclusives.  I saved the best for last.  This two and a half hour Mass Rebellion Training session tells what we need to do and how to do it.  There were many old friends and veterans of countless campaigns that filled the room at this workshop. There needed to be a million more.  You can help by watching this and sharing it far and wide.  For this is essential knowledge.

Thanks to the Community Alliance for Global Justice & Town Hall Seattle. Recorded 11/30/19

WTO+20 Morning Rally at Occidental Park, TRT :50  recorded 12/7/19
WTO+20 Morning Rally at Occidental Park

See icons of the continuing struggle for Fair Trade and learn about the horrific NAFTA 2.0 just passed by the Democratic controlled House.

1 MC Hillary Haden, Executive Director of the Washington Fair Trade Coalition

2 Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen Global Trade Watch 2:47

3 Robin Everett, Organizing Manager, Sierra Club
Ahmed Gaya National Field Director for the Sunrise Movement 8:28

4 Rhonda Ramiro, Chair of BAYAN USA -Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance) 17:33

5 Jim Page, Musician 26:53

6 Manuel Pérez-Rocha, Associate Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies 32:31

7 Larry Brown President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO 39:54

8 Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice President of the AF L-CIO 42:20

Thanks to Washington Fair Trade Coalition, recorded 12/7/19

WTO+20 Workshop Welcome, TRT :12  recorded 12/7/19
WTO+20 Workshop Intro

This is the welcome segment of the Dec. 7th afternoon workshops featuring an introduction by Hillary Haden, Executive Director of the WashingtonFair Trade Coalition and a short address by Arthur Stamoulis, Executive Director of Citizens Trade Campaign (CTC).

Thanks to the Washington Fair Trade Coalition & Town Hall Seattle

WTO+20 Environmental Issues and Trade Workshop, TRT :44  recorded 12/7/19
WTO+20 Environmental Issues and Trade Workshop

We recorded two workshops from the Dec. 7th WTO 20th Anniversary event. This one features Selden Prentice from 350 Seattle with Manuel Pérez Rocha of the Institute for Policy Studies and includes a short video address by Bill McKibben. Selden Prentice is an Environmental Lawyer, and 350 Seattle Policy & Economics Workgroup facilitator who worked for the EPA. Manuel Pérez Rocha is an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington and an Associate of the Transnational Institute (TNI) in Amsterdam. Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist and a co-founder and Senior Advisor at 350.org. In 1988 he wrote The End of Nature, the first book for a common audience about global warming.

This workshop focuses on the horrors of the Investor State Dispute Settlement process, the transnational kangaroo court system established in multilateral trade agreements which enables foreign investors and multinational corporations to sue governments for lost profits when they protect the environmental, labor, farmers, or human rights. Prentice is an expert on what's called the Alternative Dispute Resolution system. 

Thanks to the Washington Fair Trade Coalition & Town Hall Seattle

WTO+20 Food Security Woorkshop, TRT :52  recorded 12/7/19
WTO+20 Food Security Workshop

We recorded two workshops from the Dec. 7th WTO 20th Anniversary event. This one features Karen Hansen-Kuhn, International Program Director at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Heather Day Executive Director of Community Alliance for Global Justice and Manuel Pérez Rocha of the Institute for Policy Studies.
Karen Hansen-Kuhn is an expert on trade and economic justice, which she has been working on since the beginning of the NAFTA debate and is a prolific writer.

This workshop focuses on the effect that multilateral “free-trade” agreements have on farmers, food production, commodity dumping, and how over production causes scarcity.

Thanks to the Washington Fair Trade Coalition & Town Hall Seattle
Recorded 12/7/19

Joseph Stiglitz with Lori Wallach Keynote, TRT 1:46  recorded 12/7/19
Joseph Stiglitz with Lori Wallach Keynote

After a brief action orientation with Lori Wallach (Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch), Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz dove into strategies for managing globalization while addressing countries’ markedly different social and political frameworks.

Thanks to Washington Fair Trade Coalition Recorded 12/7/19


Another World is Possible! WTO+20, TRT 2:04  recorded 11/30/19
Another World is Possible! WTO+20, Monday 12/16/19 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

[This the entire morning session taped Saturday 11/30/19 at Town Hall. As promised we have made a :58 min broadcast version which will be broadcast starting 12/16.]

Today in Seattle, and around the world, social movements are taking to the streets, striking, locking down, and engaging in multiple forms of direct action. These tactics build collective power to transform the intersecting crises of our times into opportunities for equity, healing, and sustainability.

In 1919 over 65,000 workers with held their labor during the Seattle General Strike; in 1999 over 50,000 people took to the streets of Seattle, and shut down the World Trade Organization’s conference.

In 2019 we gather to honor this history, and the power of non-violent direct action, through story-telling, trainings, and movement-building workshops, to make another world possible.

Activists who were part of the mobilization shared stories and lessons learned from the people’s movement which made history by successfully preventing the WTO - one of capitalism’s most powerful global institutions - from further consolidating its power.

In this video of the morning opening dialogue we hear from leaders of today’s movements for justice, from Washington farmworkers to global alliances.

In order of appearance:

Edward Wolcher: Curator of Lectures, Town Hall Seattle

Ken Workman: The great-great-great-great grandson of Chief Seattle; Duwamish Tribal Council Member 3:40

Music by Correo Aereo 14:45

Heather Day: Director of Community Alliance for Social Justice and

Kristen Beifus: Community Organizer at UFCW local 21 20:22

Nancy Haque: Labor/Direct Action Network organizer in ’99, Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon 35:00

Vandana Shiva: Founder of Navdanya, Indian scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate, and anti-globalization author. Author of more than twenty books 45:55

Deborah James: WTO activist in '99, Coordinator of Our World Is Not For Sale network, Director of International Programs, Center for Economic and Policy Research 50:26

Lisa Fithian: Author of Shut It Down: Stories from a Fierce, Loving Resistance 1:04:37

Edgar Franks: Familias Unidas por la Justicia 1:10:10

Paul Cheoketen Wagner: Founder of Protectors of the Salish Sea 1:18:45

Presented by, Community Alliance for Social Justice, UFCW 21 & Town Hall Seattle. Co-Sponsors: Earth Care not Warfare, LELO, Puget Sound Sage, PSARA, Tools for Change, WA Fair Trade Coalition. Recorded 11/30/19

Douglas Smith: When America Saved Russia From Famine, TRT 1:02  recorded 11/14/19
Douglas Smith: When America Saved Russia From Famine, Monday 12/9 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

In 1921, facing one of the worst famines in history, the new Soviet government under Vladimir Lenin invited the American Relief Administration to save communist Russia from ruin. Author Douglas Smith joins us with an account of how a small, daring band of Americans fed more than ten million men, women, and children across a million square miles of territory. Smith’s book The Russian Job chronicles this endeavor—the largest humanitarian operation in history, which saved countless lives, staved off social unrest on a massive scale, and quite possibly prevented the collapse of the communist state.

Smith brings us this story nearly a century later, after decades of the Cold War and renewed tensions in the wake of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, in a time when cooperation between the United States and Russia seems impossible to imagine. Smith resurrects the American relief mission from obscurity, revealing a story filled with espionage, violence, and political intrigue. Smith invites us to revive a near-forgotten account of a US/Russia cooperative effort unmatched before or since, and a striking memory of the world’s ability to overcome ideological differences and confront international crises.

Douglas Smith is an award-winning historian and translator, and the author of six books on Russia including Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs and Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy. Douglas has taught and lectured widely in the United States, Britain, and Europe and has appeared in documentaries for National Geographic, the BBC, and Netflix.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle and Elliott Bay Books
Recorded 11/14/19

Caitlin Zaloom: Indebted, TRT :58  recorded 11/17/19
Caitlin Zaloom: Indebted, Monday 12/2 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

The struggle to pay for college is one of the defining features of middle-class life in America today. Author Caitlin Zaloom takes us into the homes of middle-class families throughout the nation to highlight the hidden consequences of student debt and the ways that financing college has transformed family life. With insight from her new book Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost, Zaloom shares interviews with parents and their college-age children about stressful and intensely personal financial matters.

Zaloom joins in conversation with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds to offer a troubling portrait of an American middle class fettered by the “student finance complex”—the bewildering labyrinth of government-sponsored institutions, profit-seeking firms, and university offices that collect information on household earnings and assets, assess family needs, and decide who is eligible for aid and who is not. Join Zaloom and Reynolds for a discussion that breaks through the culture of silence surrounding the student debt crisis and reveals the unspoken costs of sending our kids to college.

Caitlin Zaloom is associate professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. She is a founding editor of Public Books and the author of Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from Chicago to London.

Ross Reynolds is the Executive Producer of Community Engagement at KUOW. He is the former co-host of KUOW’s daily news magazine The Record and KUOW’s award–winning daily news–talk program The Conversation.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle & Third Place Books
Recorded 11/20/19

Daniel Brook: The Accident of Color, TRT 1:10  recorded 11/17/19
Daniel Brook: The Accident of Color, Monday 11/25 8pm, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

In nineteenth-century New Orleans and Charleston, many cosmopolitan residents eluded the racial categories the rest of America takes for granted. Before the Civil War, these free, openly mixed-race urbanites enjoyed some rights of citizenship and the privileges of wealth and social status. Journalist and author Daniel Brook joins us at Town Hall with accounts from his book The Accident of Color, following this story through Reconstruction and revisiting a crucial inflection point in American history. He highlights a movement that formed to oppose the black-white binary, where mixed-race elites made common cause with the formerly enslaved and allies at the fringes of whiteness in a bid to achieve political and social equality for all.

Brook chronicles this movement’s successes, and recalls how its achievements were ultimately swept away by a violent political backlash and expunged from the history books—culminating in the Jim Crow laws that would legalize segregation for a half century and usher in systems of racial binaries whose effects are still felt today. Brook offers us an unflinching look at the birth of our nation’s narrow racial system forged in the crucible of opposition to civil rights, and illuminates the origins of the racial lies we live by.

Daniel Brook is a journalist and author whose writing has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, and The Nation. His last book, A History of Future Cities, was longlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize and was selected as one of the ten best books of the year by the Washington Post.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle, Recorded 11/17/19

Timothy Wise & Million Belay: The Battle for the Future of Food in Africa, TRT 1:15  recorded 10/30/19
Timothy Wise & Million Belay: The Battle for the Future of Food in Africa, Mon. 8pm 11/18, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Few challenges are more daunting than feeding a global population projected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050—especially at a time when climate change is making it increasingly difficult to successfully grow crops. To explore agricultural avenues open to us in the near future, researcher Timothy A. Wise presents insight from his book Eating Tomorrow, in conversation with sustainable agriculture activist Million Belay. Together, Wise and Belay explore how in country after country agribusiness and its well-heeled philanthropic promoters have hijacked food policies to feed corporate interests.

Wise and Belay reveal how most of the world is fed by hundreds of millions of small-scale farmers, people with few resources and simple tools but a keen understanding of what to grow and how. They assert that we must rely on these same farmers—who already grow more than 70 percent of the food eaten in developing countries—to show the way forward as the world warms and population increases. Listen in with Wise and Belay for a deep dive into the present and future of global agriculture.

Timothy A. Wise is a senior researcher at the Small Planet Institute, and is a senior research fellow at Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute. He previously served as executive director of the US-based aid agency Grassroots International. Wise is also the author of Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico

Million Belay has worked for over two decades on intergenerational learning of bio-cultural diversity, sustainable agriculture, and food sovereignty and forest issues, first as founder of MELCA – Ethiopia, an indigenous NGO and now as coordinator of AFSA-Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa. AFSA advocates for agroecology, and supporting the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples to their land.

Thanks to Community Alliance for Global Justice, Town Hall Seattle and Third Place Books, Recorded 10/30/19

David Barsamian: Rise and Resist, TRT 1:34  recorded 10/22/19
David Barsamian: Rise and Resist, Mon. 8pm 11/11, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Rise and Resist—Activism in the Age of Trump

Armenian-American radio host David Barsamian was deported from India due to his work on Kashmir and other revolts. He is still barred from traveling to the world’s largest democracy. One of America’s most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape with his weekly radio show Alternative Radio and his books with humanitarian figures such as Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy, and Edward Said. Barsamian joins us at Town Hall for a discussion on world affairs, imperialism, capitalism, propaganda, the media, and global rebellions. Sit in for an award-winning journalistic perspective on our modern political landscape.

Thanks to Alternative Radio, Town Hall Seattle, and Elliott Bay Books
Recorded 10/22/19

Democracy in Decline Panel, TRT 1:16  recorded 10/8/19
Democracy in Decline Panel, Monday 11/4, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Democracy In Decline
After Local Media Disappears, What Comes Next?

Americans are losing trust in journalism. With the widespread consolidating and closing of American media outlets, many are worried that democracy supported by a free press may be in danger. Civic Ventures joins with Town Hall to present a panel of experts to examine whether democracy as we know it can survive without a culture of independent investigative journalism. They delve into the rise of media conglomerates trafficking in partisan broadcasting, and explore strategies for supporting and sustaining a local media that’s relevant for 21st century America.

Matt Gertz is a senior fellow at Media Matters, which he joined in 2007. His work focuses on the relationship between Fox News and the Trump administration, news coverage of politics and elections, and media ethics.

Marcus Harrison Green is the former South King County Reporter for the Seattle Times, the co-founder of the South Seattle Emerald, and a former Reporting Fellow with YES! Magazine. He is a recipient of Crosscut’s Courage Award for Culture.

Erica C. Barnett is a longtime Seattle journalist who worked as a writer and editor for alternative weeklies in Austin and Seattle for a decade before co-founding the website PubliCola in 2009. In 2015, she started the local politics website The C Is for Crank.

Moderator David “Goldy” Goldstein is Senior Fellow at Civic Ventures. He is the former host of KIRO radio’s The David Goldstein Show and is the proprietor of HorsesAss.org, one of the most widely read political blogs in Washington State.

Thanks to Civic Ventures and Town Hall Seattle
Recorded 10/8/19

Christof Spieler: Trains, Buses, People, TRT :58  recorded 10/8/19
Christof Spieler: Trains, Buses, People, Monday 10/28, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

In the US, the 25 largest metropolitan areas have fixed guideway rail or bus transit systems. Nearly all of them are talking about expanding—yet according to architecture and engineering expert Christof Spieler, discussions about transit are still remarkably unsophisticated. Spieler brings us his vision of some of the most important discussion in transportation, encapsulated in his book Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit. He focuses the discussion on quality of service (not the technology that delivers it), the role of surrounding infrastructure, the diversity of riders, and the critical importance of ensuring transit systems access the right places. Spieler contends that geography, politics, and history have a tendency to complicate transit planning, and shows us how unique circumstances in individual major cities have resulted in the rise of very different transit systems nationwide. With accessible viewpoints for citizens, professionals, and policymakers alike, Spieler presents us with a comprehensive and understandable evaluation of our nation’s transit networks—their history, their future, what makes them effective, and how they can improve.

Christof Spieler has spent over a decade advocating for transit as a writer, community leader, urban planner, transit board member, and enthusiast. He is Vice President and Director of Planning at Huitt-Zollars and a Lecturer in Architecture and Engineering at Rice University. He was a member of the board of directors of Houston METRO from 2010 to 2018.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle and Third Place Books
Recorded 10/8/19

Peter Pomerantsev: Adventures in the War on Reality, TRT 1:15  recorded 9/10/19
Peter Pomerantsev: Adventures in the War on Reality, Monday 10/21, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Perhaps the most important global trend of the last few years has been the rise and transformation of information warfare. Researcher of media and propaganda Peter Pomerantsev asserts that in the digital age, real military engagement matters less than how it is broadcast—resulting is a constant deluge of lies, shock humor, absurdity, and fear-mongering designed to disorient us and undermine our sense of truth.

Pomerantsev invites us to journey behind the enemy lines of the endless, multinational information war, offering insight from his book This Is Not Propaganda in order to explore the contours of this new global order. He shares information learned from protesters in Serbia, narco-warlords in Mexico, Fox News hosts in America, and the KGB officer who forced his own family into exile. Join Pomerantsev for a surreal envisioning of modern disinformation—and a critical treatise for navigating our new reality.

Peter Pomerantsev is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics, an author and TV producer. He studies propaganda and media development, and has testified on the challenges of information war to the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the UK Parliament Defense Select Committee.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle & Third Place Books
Recorded 9/10/19

Jonathan Safran Foer: We Are the Weather, TRT 1:23  recorded 9/25/19
Jonathan Safran Foer: We Are the Weather, Monday 10/14, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Will future generations distinguish between those who didn’t believe in the science of climate change and those who said they accepted the science but didn’t act? And for those who do accept the reality of human-caused climate change, what does immediate action look like? Author Jonathan Safran Foer takes Town Hall’s stage to explore this central dilemma of our time in a surprising, creative, and urgent new way. He’s joined onstage in conversation with legendary Seattle journalist and radio host Steve Scher to explore insight from Foer’s book We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast. Together, Foer and Scher discuss the ways that humanity has turned our planet into a farm for growing meat. They reckon with Foer’s assertion that catastrophic climate change has resulted from this meat production, and consider how our descendants will judge our actions at this crucial moment. Join Foer and Scher for a discussion on collective action against climate change that starts with what we eat—and don’t eat—for breakfast and lunch.

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the novels Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Here I Am, and of the nonfiction book Eating Animals. His work has received numerous awards and has been translated into thirty-six languages.

Steve Scher is a Seattle-based journalist and radio host. He served at KUOW for 28 years on programs such as Weekday and The Record. He currently hosts and produces the podcast At Length with Steve Scher, and is the Chief Correspondent for Town Hall’s insider podcast In The Moment.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle and Ada's Technical Books
Recorded 9/25/19

Naomi Klein with Teresa Mosqueda: Winning a Green New Deal, TRT 1:33  recorded 9/24/19
Naomi Klein with Teresa Mosqueda: Winning a Green New Deal, Monday 10/7, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

[Note: This program will show on SCM in Seattle 10/7 and will air on Free Speech TV starting 9/30.]

For more than twenty years, Naomi Klein has been the foremost chronicler of the economic war waged on both people and planet—and an unapologetic champion of a sweeping environmental agenda with justice at its center. Klein joins us at Town Hall with insight from On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, a report from the front lines of contemporary natural disaster that offers prescient advisories and dire warnings of what future awaits us if we refuse to act—as well as hopeful glimpses of a far better future.

In conversation with Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, Klein investigates our modern climate crisis not only as a profound political challenge but as a spiritual and imaginative one. She delves into topics ranging from the clash between ecological time and our culture of “perpetual now,” to the soaring history of humans changing and evolving rapidly in the face of grave threats, to rising white supremacy and fortressed borders as a form of “climate barbarism.” Join Klein and Mosqueda for an expansive, far-ranging exploration that sees the battle for a greener world as indistinguishable from the fight for our lives, and a rousing call to action for a planet on the brink.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and international bestsellers, No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, and No Logo.

Teresa Mosqueda is the Position 8 representative on the Seattle City Council in Washington. Mosqueda won a first term in the general election on November 7, 2017. Mosqueda is a former consumer advocate for the Washington Affordable Care Act Exchange Board. She has also worked for the Children’s Alliance and the Washington State Labor Council.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle & Elliott Bay Books Recorded 9/24/19

VFP Peace Videos: Making Waves & Walk the Walk, TRT :58
VFP Peace Videos: Making Waves & Walk the Walk, Monday 9/30, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

[Note: This program will show on SCM in Seattle 9/30 and will air on Free Speech TV starting 10/7.]

Two videos from Veterans for Peace:

Making Waves: The Rebirth of the Golden Rule
This 25 minute documentary covers the history of the Golden Rule historic anti-nuclear peace boat from her first voyage in 1958 through restoration from 2010 to 2015 and her current voyages. The film maker, James “Seamus” Knight of Caneyhead Productions produced the film during the San Diego Fleet Week protest on October 14, 2017 in conjunction with Veterans For Peace, San Diego chapter.

Walking the Walk
In June of 2013 a group of peace activists set out for a walk across Iowa to protest the Predator drone control center planned for the Iowa National Guard Air Base in Des Moines. Beginning at the arms depot at Rock Island Illinois and ending at the National Guard Air Base in Des Moines, the intimate journey of 25 peace pilgrims is documented in the film Walking the Walk: a March Against Drone Warfare. For two weeks and one hundred ninety-five miles, the walkers discuss their mission, their hopes, fears and outrage. Among the walkers are a man just released from prison for attempting to deliver a letter to the commander of a drone base, a businessman who has left a lucrative career to walk and witness for peace, veterans who have witnessed war first hand and a lawyer and former government official deeply concerned with the legality of the United States' drone strike program. In discussions with locals they meet and public presentations in libraries, parks and colleges we hear the issue of armed drone strikes and assassinations discussed in all their ethical complexity. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the world-wide peace action organization Code Pink called the film "Wonderful... Fantastic... Brilliant, it gets out so much info in such a humanizing way. And so beautifully filmed."

Thanks to James “Seamus” Knight of Caneyhead Productions

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Police Terror and Black Liberation, TRT 1:29  recorded 9/5/19
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: Police Terror and Black Liberation, Monday 9/23, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

The summer of 2019 marks the five-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri—an event that sparked tremendous protests, and which stirred a massive rise in mobility and voice from the Black Lives Matter movement. To reflect on five years of progress since this landmark tragedy and explore the present and future of Black Lives Matter, renowned political and social writer Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor gave this talk at Town Hall Seattle in an event for a rising generation of activists. She surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and Black unemployment. Taylor invites us to recall the triumphs and accomplishments of the people leading Black Lives Matter, as well as the challenges the movement has faced and the ground still left to cover. Join us for a stirring and insightful retrospective on the nationwide movement to stand against police violence and push for Black liberation.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes on Black politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States. Her book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation won the 2016 Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book. Her articles have been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Jacobin, New Politics, The Guardian, In These Times, Black Agenda Report, Ms., International Socialist Review, and other publications.
Thanks to Town Hall Seattle and Elliott Bay Books
Recorded 9/5/19

Robert Reich and Pramila Jayapal: Labor Day, TRT 1:30  recorded 9/2/19
Robert Reich and Pramila Jayapal: Labor Day, Monday 9/16, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

What steps can we take in order to better our country by protecting the common interest of our workers? Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich along with Washington’s 7th District Representative Pramila Jayapal gave this talk to a sold out crowd at Seattle’s newly renovated Town Hall for a Labor Day exploration of Reich’s latest book The Common Good. They offer their perspective on the state of American politics and the labor movement, and unpack Reich’s powerful case for the expansion of America’s moral imagination. Rooting his argument in common sense and everyday reality, Reich demonstrates that a common good constitutes the very essence of any society or nation. Societies, he says, undergo virtuous cycles that reinforce the common good as well as vicious cycles that undermine it—one of which America has been experiencing for the past five decades. This process, Reich asserts, can and must be reversed. Join Reich and Jayapal for a chance to weigh the moral obligations of citizenship and carefully consider how we relate to labor, honor, shame, patriotism, truth, and the meaning of leadership.

Robert B. Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. He has written fifteen books, including the bestsellers Aftershock, The Work of Nations, and Beyond Outrage.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal represents Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and surrounding areas including Shoreline, Vashon Island, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds and parts of Burien and Normandy Park. Congresswoman Jayapal is committed to ensuring that every resident of the district has economic opportunity; fairness and equity; and safe and healthy communities.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle and Elliott Bay Books.
Recorded 9/2/19

Mads Jacobsen and Matt Pless in Concert, TRT 1:22  recorded 8/21/19
Mads Jacobsen and Matt Pless in Concert, Monday 9/9, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

One of the great but relatively unknown singer songwriters of our times, Matt Pless [https://www.mattpless.com] was in Seattle and gave this extraordinary performance. On hand to open the show was another great singer songwriter, Mads Jacobsen [https://madsjacobsen.bandcamp.com].

Recorded 8/21/19 at University Heights Center in Seattle

Caroline Fredrickson: How Conservatives Rigged Democracy, TRT 1:06  recorded 6/18/19
Caroline Fredrickson: How Conservatives Rigged Democracy, Monday 8/26, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Despite representing a minority of the American public, conservatives are in power in Washington, DC as well as state capitols and courtrooms across the country. Caroline Fredrickson—president of the American Constitution Society—arrives at Town Hall to outline the process by which these conservative representatives came into power. With insight from her book The Democracy Fix, she contends that while progressives fought to death over the nuances of policy and to bring attention to specific issues, conservatives focused on simply gaining power by gaming our democracy.

Now Fredrickson argues that it’s time for progressives to focus on winning. She shows us how progressives can learn from the Right by having the determination to focus on judicial elections, state power, and voter laws without stooping to their dishonest, rule-breaking tactics. Join Fredrickson for a conversation on how we can work to change the rules of the game to regain power, expand the franchise, end voter suppression, win judicial elections, and fight for transparency and fairness in our political system.

Caroline Fredrickson is the president of the American Constitution Society (ACS) and the author of Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over. She has been widely published on a range of legal and constitutional issues and is a frequent guest on television and radio shows. Fredrickson was chief of staff to Senator Maria Cantwell and deputy chief of staff to then Senate democratic leader Tom Daschle. During the Clinton administration, she served as special assistant to the president for legislative affairs.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle and Third Place Books
Recorded 6/18/19

David Swanson: Nukes- What Are They Good For?, TRT 1:13  recorded 8/4/19
David Swanson: Nukes- What Are They Good For?, Monday 8/26, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

David Swanson gave this keynote address to a gathering of peace activists at the annual Ground Zero Hiroshima/Nagasaki Weekend marking the 74th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombing. The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo WA was established in 1977, just as the Bangor Trident Submarine Base was being built, and sits on land directly adjacent to the base. The actual keynote title was: “The Myths, the Silence, and the Propaganda That Keep Nuclear Weapons in Existence.” 

The next morning on August 5th, 60 people were present at a flash mob demonstration against Trident nuclear weapons at the Bangor submarine base. The demonstration was in the roadway at the Main Gate during rush hour traffic. To see flash mob performance and related videos: https://www.facebook.com/groundzerocenter. 

Over thirty flash mob dancers and supporters entered the roadway at 6:30 AM carrying peace flags and two large banners stating, “We can all live without Trident” and “Abolish Nuclear Weapons.” While traffic into the base was blocked, dancers performed to a recording of War (What is it good for?) by Edwin Starr. After the performance, dancers left the roadway and eleven demonstrators remained. The eleven demonstrators were removed from the roadway by the Washington State Patrol and cited with RCW 46.61.250, Pedestrians on roadways.

About 30 minutes later, and after being cited, five of the eleven demonstrators reentered the roadway carrying a banner with a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which stated, “When scientific power outruns spiritual power, we end up with guided missiles and misguided men.” The five were removed by the Washington State Patrol, cited with RCW 9A.84.020, Failure to disperse, and released at the scene. 

In this talk, the noted author, activist, journalist, and radio host, David Swanson of World Beyond War, presented the argument that war is not good for anything and exposed some of the necessary myths and propaganda that make war and nuclear weapons possible. He also took the time to elaborate on the fear that power structures have of an aroused public, why they depend on our complicity through silence, and what we need to do about it. His books 
include, When The World Outlawed War, War Is A Lie, and War Is Never Just.

Thanks to The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action
Recorded 8/4/19
See also: www.gzcenter.org

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Jennifer Dumpert: Liminal Dreaming, TRT 1:20  recorded 8/14/19
Jennifer Dumpert: Liminal Dreaming

Liminal dreaming occurs at the boundaries of consciousness between waking and sleep. To guide us in harnessing one of the most unusual human experiences, Jennifer Dumpert presents a comprehensive array of practical exercises for accessing and lingering in our liminal dream states. She explores the brain states which together create our experience of dreaming—hypnagogia, the hallucinatory dream state through which we pass as we sink into sleep, and hypnopompia, the mesmerizing dreams we experience as we surface back into waking. Dumpert offers us techniques to harness the power of hypnagogia and hypnopompia and engage our dreaming minds to help us answer personal or intellectual questions or even, she says, encourage the healing process. Join Dumpert to learn about the power of liminal dream states to create an ideal circumstance for deep meditation, provide altered consciousness experiences, and offer each of us insight into the depths of our own psyche.

Jennifer Dumpert is a San Francisco-based writer and lecturer, and the founder of the Oneironauticum, an international organization that explores the phenomenological experience of dreams as a means of experimenting with mind.

Thanks to Cascade Psychedelic Community and Town Hall Seattle
Recorded 8/14/19

David Nickles: Confronting Questions of Psychedelics, TRT 1:11  recorded 7/24/19
David Nickles: Confronting Questions of Psychedelics, Monday 8/19, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Since their introduction to industrial societies, psychedelics have been hailed as catalysts for personal and societal change. Researcher David Nickles delves into recent discoveries surrounding these compounds and the experiences they can bring. He highlights friction around questions of who should control access to these experiences and who gets to craft the social narratives around them.

Nickles delves into the challenges of access, social control, and power dynamics that have crystallized since the psychedelic revolution of the 1960’s. He highlights the ways which profit-motivated corporations and advocates of psychedelic mainstreaming have exerted control over public narratives about psychedelics under the pretense of addressing mental health epidemics. He urges us to examine psychedelics as tools for grappling with widespread social and political maladies—declining global ecosystem, the #MeToo movement, and the ongoing failures of late capitalism—rather than merely the next chic self-improvement product. Join Nickles for a conversation about fighting commodification and exploring culture through a psychedelic lens.

David Nickels is an underground researcher and moderator for The DMT-Nexus community. He has worked on numerous harm reduction projects including KosmiCare, Check-In, TLConscious, DanceWize, and The Open Hyperspace Traveler. He’s offered cultural critiques and commentary on psychedelics and radical politics, as well as novel phytochemical data for psychedelic preparations at venues around the world.

Thanks to Cascadia Psychedelic Community & Town Hall Seattle
Recorded 7/24/19

Down With Work!, TRT 1:25  recorded 5/23/19
Down With Work!, Monday 8/12, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

This event is a panel discussion between a number of leading scholars on the nature of work as part of Red May, a month-long festival of radical art and thought. Their motto is: Take a vacation from capitalism.

Many of us find ourselves frustrated with our 40-hour work weeks, wondering about the purpose and practicality of our jobs, and even whether or not work is necessary. We find ourselves questioning our capitalist society’s conception of work—that it’s normal and necessary to commit massive amounts of personal time and emotional energy to our jobs.

To conduct an inquiry into the activity we least like doing, Kathi Weeks, Michael Hardt, Peter Frase, and Charles Mudede come together for a Red May panel discussion on the value of work in our society. They conceptualize modern civilization without a population committed to lives in the workforce, and weigh benefits and hurdles of alternative models for our society. Sit in for a conversation on the possibility of conceiving, creating, and sustaining a world without work.

Kathi Weeks is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Duke University. Her primary interests are in the fields of political theory, feminist theory, Marxist thought, and utopian studies. She is the author of The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries; Constituting Feminist Subjects; and a co-editor of The Jameson Reader.

Peter Frase is a writer and organizer in New York, studying topics including technology, labor, and eco-socialism. He has written for Jacobin, Commune, In These Times, and other publications. He is the author of Four Futures.

Michael Hardt teaches at Duke University. With Antonio Negri he is author of the Empire trilogy—Empire, Multitude, and Commonwealth—as well as Declaration. Hardt and Negri’s new book, Assembly, was published in September 2017.

Charles Mudede was born near a steel plant in Kwe Kwe, Zimbabwe. Mudede is a filmmaker whose films have appeared at Sundance and Cannes, and he has written for the New York Times, The Stranger, Cinema Scope, Ars Electronica, and others.

Thanks to Red May and Town Hall Seattle, recorded 5/23/19

Doria Robinson: The Struggle for Food Justice, TRT 35:43  recorded 7/13/19
Doria Robinson: The Struggle for Food Justice, Monday 8/5, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM
See also: Event Intro

Recorded SAT July 13, 2019: CAGJ’s 13th Annual SLEE Dinner - Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere

Keynote: Doria Robinson, Executive Director of Urban Tilth, "For the Love of Soil: Dismantling the Extractive Economy with Justice and Food Sovereignty"

Doria Robinson is a leader in both the food sovereignty and climate justice movements. Trained as a Watershed Restoration Ecologist, Doria is the Executive Director of Urban Tilth, a community-based organization rooted in Richmond, California dedicated to cultivating urban agriculture to help the community build a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. CAGJ works closely with Urban Tilth as members of the Western region of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance.

Community Alliance for Global Justice grew out of a mass people's movement that shut down the World Trade Organization in 1999, and continues to work toward transforming unjust trade and agricultural practices. CAGJ’s 13th annual SLEE Dinner (Strengthening Local Economies Everywhere) will highlight the role of food sovereignty and agroecology in leading us to a Just Transition to address the climate crisis.

Rachel Louise Snyder: No Visible Bruises, TRT 1:0  recorded 5/21/19
Rachel Louise Snyder: No Visible Bruises, Monday 7/29, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Whether we call it domestic abuse, private violence, or even intimate terrorism in America domestic violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime. The World Health Organization deemed it a “global epidemic,” and yet too often it remains locked in silence, even as its tendrils reach unseen into so many of our most pressing national issues.

Acclaimed journalist Rachel Louise Snyder takes the stage to deliver a reckoning with this urgent and widespread problem with insight from her powerful new book No Visible Bruises. She’s joined onstage by KUOW’s Sydney Brownstone, and together these two journalists reveal the scale of domestic violence in our country. They frame key stories that demolish common myths—if things were bad enough, victims would just leave; a violent person cannot become nonviolent; shelter is an adequate response; and the insidious notion that violence inside the home is a private matter. Through the stories of victims, perpetrators, law enforcement, and reform movements from across the country, Snyder and Brownstone take us on a sobering exploration of the real roots of private violence, its far-reaching consequences for society, and what it will take to truly address it.

Rachel Louise Snyder’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post,the New Republic, and elsewhere. Her books include Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade, and the novel What We’ve Lost is Nothing. She has been the recipient of an Overseas Press Award for her work on This American Life.

Sydney Brownstone is the online editor for KUOW, and a contributor to The Stranger, Fast Company, Mother Jones, and Village Voice. Brownstone’s writing covers topics of general news, the environment, and sexual assault, and in 2017 her coverage of the Seattle porn scammer Matt Hickey was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle and Third Place Books
Recorded 5/21/19

Senator Risa Hontiveros: Defending Democracy, TRT 1:07  recorded 6/25/19
Senator Risa Hontiveros: Defending Democracy, Monday 7/22, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Philippine Senator Risa Hontiveros gave this talk on the Seattle leg of her recent US tour. Hontiveros is a prominent leader in the fight to defend democracy and oppose corruption and impunity in government. She is a champion of women, LGBTQ, children, disability, Indigenous, student, worker, farmer, and senior citizen rights.

A former journalist, she served as the representative of the Akbayan Citizens Action Party in the House of Representatives of the Philippines from 2004-2010. In 2005, she was nominated for a Nobel Prize for her efforts on peace, diplomacy, and dialogue. Hontiveros was elected Senator in 2016. She is a key opposition figure against the Philippines current controversial drug war and continues to fight for social justice, reform and national progress through legislative work.

Senator Hontiveros toured the US to give an update on the recent Philippines midterm elections (May 13). President Duterte's allies won a sweeping victory, shutting out all opposition candidates. Known as "the Punisher," Duterte is seen by many as a violent, macho-fascist populist. He is widely condemned, locally and internationally, for a drug policy which has lead to extrajudicial killings of over 12,000 people (or more), including 54 children in the first year. Currently there are only four senators who oppose Duterte–including Hontiveros–and all have been accused by the administration of "crimes." Along with justice warriors like Hontiveros and her colleagues, a Filipino youth-lead democratic mass movement is also on the rise to block what is predicted as Duterte's move towards dictatorship.

She warned Filipinos-Americans at packed community forums up and down the U.S. west coast that the next three years will be tough for Philippine democracy and “will get worse before it gets better.”

Senator Hontiveros described the “hit-and-run” ramming of a Filipino fishing boat in the Recto Bank as a “perfect metaphor for the state of affairs in the Philippines” where President Duterte and his allies ignore or harm the public interest with impunity.

Thanks to Akbayan USA and LELO (Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing) Recorded 6/25/19

Lawrence Lessig: Fidelity & Constraint, TRT 1:32  recorded 6/17/19
Lawrence Lessig: Fidelity & Constraint, Monday 7/15, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

The immense age of our nation’s Constitution presents a fundamental challenge for interpreters. After so much time has passed, how do we read such an old document? Legal scholar Lawrence Lessig arrives at Town Hall to explore one of the most basic approaches to interpreting the Constitution—the process of translation. With insight from his new book Fidelity & Constraint, Lessig contends that some of the most significant shifts in constitutional doctrine are products of the evolution of the translation process over time. He describes how judges understand their translations as instances of “interpretive fidelity,” framing their judgements in the context of time. Lessig also highlights what he calls “fidelity to role,” a practice by which judges determine if old ways of interpreting the Constitution have become illegitimate because they do not match up with the judge’s perceived role. Lessig not only shows us how important the concept of translation is to constitutional interpretation, but also exposes the institutional limits on this practice. Sit in for a course on constitutional and foundational theory by one of America’s leading legal minds.

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. He is the author of many books, including: Code 2.0; Free Culture; Remix; Republic, Lost; and most recently America, Compromised.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle
Recorded 6/17/19

Nick Estes: Our History Is the Future, TRT 1:33  recorded 5/7/19
Nick Estes: Our History Is the Future, Monday 7/8, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline

In a book that is history, memory, and manifesto, Nick Estes explains how two centuries of Indigenous resistance created the movement proclaiming, “Water is life.,” how a small protest encampment established to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline grew to be the largest Indigenous protest movement in the twenty-first century. 

Thanks to Verso Books, Elliott Bay Books & Red May Seattle.
Recorded 5/7/19

Lee McIntyre: Defending Science from Denial and Fraud, TRT :58  recorded 6/3/19
Lee McIntyre: Defending Science from Denial and Fraud, Monday 7/1, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

According to Lee McIntyre, attacks on science have become commonplace. Claims that climate change isn’t settled science, that evolution is “only a theory,” and that scientists are conspiring to keep the truth about vaccines from the public are staples of some politicians’ rhetorical repertoire. McIntyre joins us to present The Scientific Attitude, a treatise in defense of science’s processes, claims, and discoveries. McIntyre argues that what makes science distinctive is its emphasis on evidence and scientists’ willingness to change theories on the basis of new evidence.

He explores the implications of scientific fraud; tracks the transformation of medicine from its basis in hunches to its modern form as an evidence-based practice; and studies the positions of ideology-driven denialists, pseudoscientists, and “skeptics” who reject scientific findings. Join McIntyre for a look at how the scientific attitude—the grounding of science in evidence—offers a uniquely powerful tool in the defense of science.

Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University. He is the author of Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior and Post-Truth, both published by the MIT Press.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle
Recorded 6/3/19

Annie Jacobsen: The Secret History of the CIA, TRT :58  recorded 5/28/19
Annie Jacobsen: The Secret History of the CIA, Monday 6/24, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

When diplomacy fails and war is unwise, the president calls on the CIA’s Special Activities Division—a highly-classified branch of the CIA and the most effective black operations force in the world. Almost every American president since World War II has asked the CIA to conduct sabotage, subversion, and even assassination. To unveil the secret world of the president’s guerrilla warfare corps, Pulitzer Prize finalist Annie Jacobsen takes the stage with excerpts from Surprise, Kill, Vanish, her thriller-like exposition of the world of paramilitary and intelligence work.

Jacobsen shares exclusive interviews with members of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service (equivalent to the Pentagon’s generals), its counterterrorism chiefs, targeting officers, and Special Activities Division’s Ground Branch operators who conduct today’s close-quarters killing operations around the world. And every operation they report—however unsettling—is legal. Join Jacobsen for a gripping dive into the complex world of individuals working in treacherous environments populated with killers, connivers, and saboteurs.

Annie Jacobsen is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Area 51 and Operation Paperclip and the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon’s Brain. She was a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle and Elliott Bay Books
Recorded 5/28/19

Chuck Collins: Reversing Wealth Inequality, TRT 1:15  recorded 4/17/19
Chuck Collins: Reversing Wealth Inequality, Monday 6/17, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

We are living in a time of extreme inequality, and few places are more unequal than the United States. America’s 20 richest people now own more wealth than the bottom half of the rest of the population combined. Scholar and activist Chuck Collins argues that these inequalities have their roots in forty years of the powerful and wealthy rigging the entire system in their favor. He proposes a wide range of public policies to roll back decades of accelerating inequality, analyzes the barriers to progress, and shows how transformative local campaigns can be made into a national movement for change.

Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits Inequality.org. He is author of, “Is Inequality in America Irreversible?”; “Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality”; “Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good”; and “99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It”.

Recorded at Straub Hall on the UO campus Oregon Humanities Center 4/17/19 by Todd Boyle

Thanks to the Tzedek Lecture in the Humanities series on The Common Good

Susan Anderson: Sustainable Cities- A Model for Success, TRT 2:16  recorded 5/11/19
Susan Anderson: Sustainable Cities- A Model for Success, Monday 6/10, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

What would a Green New Deal look like? When we think about the seemingly impossible but necessary task of rapidly moving our federal government to address the climate emergency, it might be helpful to know what most people don’t know. That is that many local governments are already well on their way in implementing their climate action plans. Chief among these is Portland Oregon. They began implementing their "Carbon Dioxide Reduction Strategy" in 1993 and have transformed Portland into one of the most livable cities in the USA while they were at it. The one who spearheaded this effort is none other than Susan Anderson, the former director of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. As Susan goes through her slide show you are going to realize that what Portland has done is astonishing. It’s also interesting to note how they did it. They didn’t sell it as addressing climate change which few people, even now fully grasp, they sold it on making Portland a better place to live by saving money for residents, government, and business, creating jobs, addressing pollution and sprawl, improving transportation, making the city more walk able and bike able, and applying high-tech energy solutions. 

This talk was taped at the second annual Cities Climate Summit organized by People for Climate Action on May 11th 2019. I have posted the whole conference here for YouTube viewers so that while you are at it you can find out what Seattle is doing. You can watch the whole thing or scroll to whichever presentation you like:

What is People for Climate Action? -Brian Emanuels
(from Mercer Island PCA) 

3:48-- Why we are showcasing Portland --Claire Waltman

7:36-- Featured Speaker:  Susan Anderson

1:07:52-- Q & A with Susan Anderson 

1:24:44-- Citizens Climate Lobby presentation 
by Gwen Hansen & Ian James

1:37:43-- Looking forward with Megan Smith & Court Olson

2:01:00-- Public officials Q &A with Susan Anderson

Extinction Rebellion: Confronting the Extinction Crisis Parts 1&2, TRT 2:12  recorded 4/25/19
Extinction Rebellion: Confronting the Extinction Crisis parts 1&2, Monday 5/27 & 6/3, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

An Emergency Forum Sponsored by Extinction Rebellion Seattle – featuring Dahr Jamail, climate change journalist and author of “The End of Ice,” Curtis Deutsch, Associate Professor at the School of Oceanography, University of Washington, and co-author of a new study on the role of global warming in causing the Permian mass extinction. Also featured are Shaylon Stolk and Ruth Oskolkoff from Extinction Rebellion Seattle. Moderated by Truthout reporter Curtis Johnson.

Pirate TV will broadcast this event in two parts.

Thanks to Extinction Rebellion Seattle and Plant for the Planet.
Recorded 4/25/19

Nancy MacLean: The Origins of Today’s Radical Right, TRT :58  recorded 5/4/19
Nancy MacLean: The Origins of Today’s Radical Right, Monday 5/20, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Nancy MacLean gave this keynote talk at Fix Democracy First’s 2019 Annual dinner in which she outlined the radical covert plan being implemented by the Koch network to change the rules of our government to make “capitalism safe from democracy” while we are distracted by Trump.

Fix Democracy First (fixdemocracyfirst.org) is a non-profit in the state of Washington fighting to improve our Democratic processes. They have been running initiatives and projects in support of public financing of campaigns, fair elections, overturning Citizen’s United, protecting voting rights and other similar efforts for almost two decades and have recently merged with WAmend and continue to work very closely with allies, partners, and volunteers towards the common goal of getting money out of politics.

Nancy MacLean is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, and the award-winning author of several books. Her most recent book, about which she will speak, is “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Rights Stealth Plan for America.” Booklist called it perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government. The Guardian said: Its the missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half century. The Nation magazine named it the Most Valuable Book of the year.

Thanks to Fix Democracy First
Recorded 5/4/19

Dana Frank: The Long Honduran Night, TRT 1:05  recorded 4/10/19
Dana Frank: The Long Honduran Night, Monday 5/13, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Why are the migrants fleeing Honduras? Dana Frank discusses her new book, “The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup”, which examines Honduras since the 2009 coup that deposed democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya. She interweaves her personal experiences in post-coup Honduras and in the US Congress with a larger analysis of the coup regime and its ongoing repression, Honduran opposition movements, US policy in support of the regime, and Congressional challenges to that policy. Dana Frank gives us the much needed context to help understand the root causes of the immigrant caravans of Hondurans leaving for the US, and the destructive impact of US policy not found in US corporate media.

Dana Frank is Professor of History Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her books include “Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America”, which focuses on Honduras, and “Buy American: The Untold Story of Economic Nationalism”. Her writings on human rights and U.S. policy in post-coup Honduras have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, The Nation, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico Magazine, and many other publications, and she has been interviewed by the Washington Post, New Yorker, New York Times, National Public Radio, Univsion, Latino USA, regularly on Democracy Now!, and on other outlets. Professor Frank has testified about Honduras before the US House of Representatives, the California Assembly, and the Canadian Parliament.

Thanks to
The University of Oregon CLLAS Research Series & the Knight Library
Recorded April 10, 2019 by Todd Boyle

Daniel Immerwahr: How to Hide an Empire, TRT 1:11  recorded 4/23/19
Daniel Immerwahr: How to Hide an Empire, Monday 5/6, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Hear historian Daniel Immerwahr, Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University, talk about what happens to U.S. history when we include the territories (Philippines, Puerto Rico, Hawai'i) as part of the story.
We are familiar with maps that outline all fifty states. And we are also familiar with the idea that the United States is an “empire,” exercising power around the world. But what about the actual territories—the islands, atolls, and archipelagos—this country has governed and inhabited?
Immerwahr, author of How to Hide an Empire, tells the fascinating story of the United States outside the United States. 

Recorded 4/23/19 at Kane Hall, University of Washington

Oliver Nachtwey: Social Decline in the Heart of Europe, TRT :58  recorded 4/18/19
Oliver Nachtwey: Social Decline in the Heart of Europe, Monday 4/29, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

German sociologist Oliver Nachtwey and German political scientist Niko Switek have a conversation on how neoliberalism is causing a social crisis in Germany and the rest of Europe. Upward social mobility represented a core promise of life under the “old” West German welfare state, in which millions of skilled workers upgraded their Volkswagens to Audis, bought their first homes, and sent their children to university. Oliver Nachtwey analyses the reasons for the political and social rupture in postwar German society and investigates the rise in popularity of right-wing populism throughout Europe. Oliver Nachtwey is Associate Professor of Social Structure Analysis at the University of Basel, and a fellow at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt. Niko Switek is DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor for German Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School for International Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington.

Thanks to Goethe Pop Up Seattle and Elliott Bay Books
Recorded 4/18/19

Lynn Fitz Hugh: Food and Climate, TRT :58  recorded 4/13/19
Lynn Fitz- Hugh: Food and Climate, Monday 4/22, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Food production alone conservatively represents 9% of the US carbon foot print. All of us are consumers of food and make food choices that impact our carbon foot print. Learn about how eating an organic, local, plant-based diet and wasting less food can help stop climate change. We will offer a series of choices for you to examine. One third of all food in the US is wasted and the book Drawdown lists eliminating food waste as the third most effective solution to climate change, with the 4th being eating a plant-based diet. We will also look at the social justice issues tied up in food production.

Lynn Fitz-Hugh founded 350Seattle.org as well as Faith Action Climate Team (FACT). She is also this year’s TCAT program chair for the convention.

Recorded at the 2019 South Sound Climate Convention in Olympia Washington 4/13/19 
See also: www.southsoundclimateconvention.org

Salmon People, TRT 1:23  recorded 4/9/19
Salmon People, Monday 4/15, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Northwest Native Opposition to Genetically Engineered Fish

What are the risks from genetically engineered fish to the people and environments of the Pacific Northwest? New Canoe Media tackles this question head-on with their new short film Salmon People. This program documents an event organized by the Community Alliance for Global Justice and features the film and a panel of indigenous and advocacy activists working on Northwest Native food security and justice in the Pacific Northwest. Hear voices from across the Pacific Northwest who are speaking out about the risks of genetically engineered fish then give your Senators a call to support S.282 the Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act.

Speakers include:

Heather Day, moderator, Executive Director and co-founder of Community Alliance for Global Justice. 
Valerie Segrest, Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project
Alan Stay, Office of the Tribal Attorney, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Fawn Sharp, President of the Quinault Indian Nation
Dana Perls, Senior Food and Technology Policy Campaigner with Friends of the Earth


Community Partners: 350 Seattle, Central Co-op, Chinook Book, First Nations at UW, Go Wild Campaign, Green Plate Special, Got Green, Health Alliance International, Indigenous Peoples Institute, LGBTQ Allyship, Loki Fish Company, NAMA-Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, Sierra Club NW, Sno-Valley Tilth, Tilth Alliance, Tulalip News, UFCW Local 21, UW American Indian Studies, UW Anthropology, UW Center for Human Rights, UW Comparative History of Ideas, UW Geography, UW Nutritional Sciences, UW Program of the Environment, Union Cultural Center, Washington State Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice

Presented by Town Hall Seattle, Community Alliance for Global Justice, Center for Food Safety, and Friends of the Earth. Recorded 4/9/19

Militarism Abroad / Militarism at Home, TRT :58  recorded 3/17/19
Militarism Abroad / Militarism at Home, Monday 4/8, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

The Urban Poverty Forum is an effort to open a dialogue around the systemic issues surrounding urban poverty and to unite a diverse community of care—including faith based organizations, nonprofits, and concerned citizens in addressing problems faced by the poorest among us. This video recorded at this year’s 13th annual Urban Poverty Forum, presents Yessenia Medrano from Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Phoenix Johnson, president of Veterans For Peace, Puget Sound Chapter 92.

These speakers come together to focus on the relationship between militarism abroad and militarism at the U.S. border as two manifestations of a moral crisis. Join us for a timely and urgent conversation about imperialism, militarism, and our nation’s evolving legacy of conflict.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle, Real Change, Hugo House, and The Mahogany Project. Recorded 3/17/19

Dahr Jamail: The End of Ice, TRT :58  recorded 3/26/19
Dahr Jamail: The End of Ice, Monday 4/1, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

After nearly a decade overseas, acclaimed journalist Dahr Jamail returned to America to renew his passion for mountaineering—only to find that the slopes he once climbed have been irrevocably changed by climate disruption. He embarked on a worldwide journey to see for himself the consequences of climate change across the globe—from Alaska to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to the Amazon rainforest. Now returning to the Town Hall stage, he presented his findings from his new book The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption.

Jamail reveals reporting from the front lines of this crisis, accompanied by climate scientists and people whose families have a centuries-long history of fishing, farming, and living in the areas he visited and his renewed passion for the planet’s wild places. He invites us to witness a one-of-a-kind account of the catastrophic reality of our situation and the incalculable necessity of relishing this vulnerable, fragile planet while we still can.

Dahr Jamail, a Truthout staff reporter, is the author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq. Jamail has reported from the Middle East over the last ten years, and he has won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility and Third Place Books. Recorded 3/26/19

Robert Tsai: Forging Justice In A Divided Nation, TRT :58  recorded 3/7/19
Robert Tsai: Forging Justice In A Divided Nation, Monday 3/25, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

A leading expert on constitutional law talks about the intersection of law and society. Tracing challenges to equality throughout American history beginning with Trumps recent ban on Muslim travelers, Professor Tsai, author of “Practical Equality: Forging Justice In A Divided Nation” discusses how citizens, lawyers, officials, and others who care about equality can and have used clever legal strategies to overcome injustice even though the courts may be stacked against them.

Robert Tsai is joined in conversation with Megan Ming Francis, a UW political scientist.

Thanks to University Bookstore, recorded 3/7/19

Doug Selwyn: All Children Are All Our Children, TRT :58  recorded 3/5/19
Doug Selwyn: All Children Are All Our Children, Monday 3/18, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Once among the healthiest countries in the world, the United States is now ranked twenty-ninth. Those who bear the brunt of our worsening health are the poor, people of color, and, most of all, our children. All Children Are All Our Children situates our ongoing health crisis within the larger picture of inequality and the complex interplay of systems in the U.S. based on class, privilege, racism, sexism, and the ongoing tension between the ideals of democracy and the realities of corporate capitalism. Caught in the middle of those tensions is public education. All Children Are All Our Children defines what we mean by health, looking at the many factors that support or undermine it, and then identifies steps that can be taken locally in our schools and in our communities to support the health and well-being of our young people and their families, even as we work towards necessary change at the state and national policy level so that all children grow up healthy, happy, and successful–and not just some of them.

Thanks to University Bookstore
Recorded 3/5/19

Oceania Rising: Peace Pivot to the Pacific, TRT 1:55  recorded 2/21/19
Oceania Rising: Peace Pivot to the Pacific, Monday 3/4 & 3/11, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

This a two hour presentation that will be shown in 2 parts on TV but you can watch the whole thing here.

Three Indigenous women speakers from Okinawa, Guam, and Hawai’i recently concluded a speaking tour of the Pacific Northwest to discuss the growing movements against U.S. military bases, and for a demilitarized, nuclear-free, and independent Pacific. This video is from the last stop on the tour. The presentation included talks by-

Kyle Kajihiro, PhD candidate in Geography, University of Hawai’i-Manoa, board member for Hawaiʻi Peace and Justice, founder of DMZ Hawai'i / Aloha 'Aina, formerly working with American Friends Service Committee. Kyle gave the historical overview followed by: 

Tina Grandinetta, PhD Candidate
RMIT, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 
WVWS Delegate, International Women’s Network Against Militarism
Biracial Uchinaanchu Okinawan woman from Hawai’i 

Kisha Borja-Quichocho-Calvo, PhD Candidate 
University of Hawai’i-Manoa, Political Sciences
Chamoru from Guahan Guam

Ruth Aloua
Mahi'ai (farmer), Malu 'Āina Center for Nonviolent Education and Action
Kia'i loko (fishpond guardian), Kaloko Fishpond
Kanaka Maoli from the Kona District, Hawai’i

In response to the growing list of global crisis there has been another inspiring rise in voices of knowledge from matriarchs across indigenous cultures. As they step forward, we have an opportunity to step up and listen to the voices most impacted to co-create sustainable solutions for a future we all deserve and for our future generations. 

We welcome three speakers representing indigenous communities of Okinawa, Guam and Hawai’i who can speak on a lesser discussed topic regarding the militarization of communities and it’s intersectional points with environmental, political, social, racial, health and cultural impact. The growing concerns include radioactive contamination, damage from test bombing, jet crashes, unexploded ordnance, desecration of burials and other Indigenous sacred sites, potential foreign attack, and high social costs such as homelessness and sexual assault.

Thanks to Seattle Veterans for Peace, Zoltan Grossman, Evergreen State College professor of Geography, and the Native American & World Indigenous Peoples Studies for organizing this tour. Also, Woman’s Voices, Woman Speak and the International Women’s Network Against Militarism
Recorded 2/21/19

Christopher Noxon: Good Trouble, TRT :45  recorded 1/23/19
Double Feature pt 1: Christopher Noxon: Good Trouble, Monday 2/25, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Christopher Noxon gave this talk about his new book Good Trouble, a helpful antidote to all the pessimism and name-calling that permeates today’s political and social dialogues. Revisiting episodes from the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, he highlights some essential lessons that modern-day activists and the civically minded can extract and embrace in order to move forward and create change.

Diving into the real stories behind the front lines of the Montgomery bus boycott, the Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins and notable figures such as Rosa Parks and Bayard Rustin, he explores the parallels between the civil rights movement era and the present moment. This thoughtful, fresh approach is sure to inspire conversation, action, and, most importantly, hope.

Christopher Noxon is a journalist who has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Los Angeles Magazine, and Salon. He splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City.

Thanks to University Bookstore
Recorded 1/23/19

Anya Kamenetz: Families and Digital Media, TRT :47  recorded 2/7/18
Double Feature pt 2: Anya Kamenetz: Families and Digital Media

The newest generation of children is exposed to technology more than any who have preceded them. For many, this technological interaction begins at infancy. Does this ubiquity represent a wonderful opportunity to connect around the world or the first step in creating a generation that’s emotionally and socially dependent on screens? Education and technology expert Anya Kamenetz offers us a refreshingly practical look at the subject with her new book The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life. She shares findings from hundreds of surveys of fellow parents on their practices and ideas, cutting through inconclusive studies and overblown claims. Kamenetz hones down to a simple message (a riff on Michael Pollan’s well-known “food rules”): Enjoy Screens. Not too much. Mostly with others. She invites us to discuss the backbone of a philosophy for parents to adjust to the technology in their children’s lives. Kamenetz outlines how a new doctrine of sophisticated yet practical thinking is a necessary cure for an age of anxiety—one that will help parents curb their panic and create room for a happy, healthy family life.

Anya Kamenetz is the lead digital education correspondent for NPR, and has won multiple awards for her reporting on education, technology, and innovation. Previously she worked as a staff writer for Fast Company magazine, and has been a contributor to The New York Times, Washington Post, New York Magazine, Slate, and others. She is the author of three books on education and technology, Generation Debt, DIY U, and The Test.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle, Phinney Neighborhood Association and Phinney Books Recorded 2/7/18

The Seattle General Strike Solidarity Centennial, TRT 1:17  recorded 2/9/19
The Seattle General Strike Solidarity Centennial, Monday 2/18, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

The Seattle General Strike of February 1919 was the first twentieth century solidarity strike in the United States to be proclaimed a “general strike.” It led off a tumultuous era of post-World War I labor conflict that saw massive strikes shut down the nation's steel, coal, and other industries and threaten civil unrest in a dozen cities. 

This presentation was part of an annual event presented by the Labor Archives of Washington and marks the 100th anniversary of the Seattle General Strike. We hear from 3 presenters:

James Gregory a professor of history at the University of Washington who recently coordinated the release of the new centennial edition of, The Seattle General Strike by Robert L. Friedheim

Cal Winslow is a historian and author of Seattle General Strike: The Forgotten History of America's Greatest General Strike and

Dana Frank, historian and author of Purchasing Power: Consumer Organizing, Gender, and the Seattle Labor Movement, 1919-1929.

Thanks to The Labor Archives of Washington, The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, and Seattle Labor Temple. 
Recorded 2/9/19

Kate Pickett & Richard Wilkinson: The Psychology of Inequality, TRT 1:53  recorded 1/31/19
Kate Pickett & Richard Wilkinson: The Psychology of Inequality, Monday 2/11, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

The authors of ground breaking book, The Spirit Level: why greater equality makes societies stronger, the 2009 book that highlighted the corrosive effects of income and wealth inequality, have a new companion volume, The Inner Level: how more equal societies reduce stress, restore sanity and improve everybody's well-being. This new book examines the psychological reasons why inequality is so harmful.

Join us and for a discussion with authors, Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson.

After the talk, there was a panel discussion with local public health leaders and clinicians, including:

Dr. Ben Danielson, Clinic Chief of Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Clinic. 
Dr. Hilary Godwin, Dean of the University of Washington’s School of Public Health.
Dr. Julian Perez, Family Physician with Sea Mar Community Health Centers.
Linn Gould, Executive Director, Just Health Action, a non-profit organization that advocates for reducing health inequities.

Thanks to Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility
and the UW Department of Global Health, Recorded 1/31/19

Download Pickett and Wilkinson’s Spirit Level talk in Seattle from 2010 by going to the PirateTVSeattle.com website and doing an ‘F’ search for ‘Spirit Level’.

Jamie Susskind: Future Politics, TRT 1:27  recorded 10/22/18
Jamie Susskind: Future Politics, Monday 2/4, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

As our technological capabilities expand, humanity finds ourselves confronting one of the most important questions of our time: how will digital technology transform our society? Author and speaker Jamie Susskind steps up to Town Hall’s stage to address this pressing question with perspectives from his book Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech.

Susskind argues that rapid and relentless innovation in a range of technologies—from artificial intelligence to virtual reality—will increasingly control us if left unchecked, setting the limits of our liberty and defining what is forbidden. He calls for a fundamental change in the way we think about politics as informed by inexorably advancing technologies (and their controllers) that will come to hold great power over us. Some will gather data about our lives, causing us to avoid conduct perceived as shameful, sinful, or wrong.

Others will filter our perception of the world, choosing what we know, affecting how we feel, and shaping what we think. Susskind calls us together for a critical discussion of what it means for a political system to be just or democratic under the shadow of a digital-first era—and a meditation on the ways in which we can, and must, regain control.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle & Elliott Bay Books
Recorded 10/22/18

Jeremy Smith: A Hacker Called "Alien", TRT 1:07  recorded 1/18/19
Jeremy Smith: A Hacker Called "Alien", Monday 1/28, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Think the guy who broke into your computer, encrypted and ransomed your data is some teenager in a hoodie living in his parents' basement? Think again. Hacking is big business. Modern day hacking operations comprise large teams of high tech workers who might have been trained at elite universities around the world such as MIT. 

Join us as Missoula based journalist Jeremy Smith, himself an MIT graduate, gives us the rundown through the story of a cybersecurity expert code named “Alien,” an MIT graduate with considerable expertise with hacking (and trespassing) who now runs a boutique hacking firm that protects some of the world’s biggest banks, retailers and government agencies. Along the way, Jeremy gives us some tips on how to protect ourselves. Jeremy’s new book is, Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called "Alien".

Thanks to Elliott Bay Books
Recorded 1/18/19

Renee Linnell: The Burn Zone, TRT :58  recorded 10/15/18
Renee Linnell: The Burn Zone, Monday 1/21, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

How does a woman who graduates Magna Cum Laude with a double degree who has traveled to nearly fifty countries alone before they turned thirty-five, was a surf model, a professional Argentine Tango dancer, had started five different companies and was getting an MBA from NYU end up brainwashed in a cult?

If this could happen to a person that gifted and well educated who could lose everything they own and end up broken and suicidal, what’s that have to say about mind control and the real reasons why people fall victim to it? What’s it have to say about human psychology and cognition and what’s it have to do with what’s currently going on in the most highly indoctrinated country in the world? Most importantly, how does one get themselves or loved ones out? What does it take to realize you've been brainwashed and once you do how do you go about deprogramming yourself?

Thanks to East West Bookstore
Recorded 10/15/18

David Shields: Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump, TRT :58  recorded 1/7/19
David Shields: Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump, Monday 1/14, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

Seattle writer and University of Washington professor David Shields’s new book is one of the more novel takes on the president who has been upon us for nearly two whole years now. "Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump" is David Shields’s novel take on all of this—though it is not a novel.

Although Trump lost the popular vote, why would 50 million Americans vote for such a seeming imbecile in the first place? No matter how disastrous his actions or how increasingly obvious his prevarications, what explains the seemingly endless devotion of his cult-like following? Might there be a method to his madness? What are the psychological underpinnings of this? What are the psychological underpinnings of Trump?

David Shields is interviewed by KUOW's Ross Reynolds.

Thanks to Elliott Bay Bookstore
Recorded 1/7/19

Kai-Fu Lee: The Era of AI, TRT 1:23  recorded 9/27/18
Kai-Fu Lee: The Era of AI, Monday 1/7, Thurs. 1pm, Sat. Morning 12am on SCM

The United States has long been the global leader in Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Kai-Fu Lee—one of the world’s most respected experts on AI—reveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US at an astonishingly rapid pace. He joins us with insight from his provocative book AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order to envision China and the US forming a powerful duopoly in AI—one that is based on each nation’s unique and traditional cultural inclinations.

Dr. Lee predicts that Chinese and American AI will have a stunning impact on traditional blue-collar industries—and a devastating effect on white-collar professions. He outlines how millions of suddenly displaced workers will need to find new ways to make their lives meaningful, and how government policies will have to deal with the unprecedented inequality between the haves and the have-nots. Join Lee for a sobering prognosis on the future of global advances in AI and the profound changes coming to our world sooner than we think.

Thanks to Town Hall Seattle, The World Affairs Council, and The Collective
Recorded 9/27/18