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Shows Available from Pirate Television


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nationally syndicated on Free Speech TV.  In addition it is broadcast on Seattle Community Media and several  Public Access stations in the US.  Pirate TV challenges the Media Blockade by bringing you alternative information and independent programming that is unavailable on the Corporate Sponsor-Ship.  The show features talks, interviews and documentaries.  The purpose of Pirate TV is to put back what corporate media filter out.

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Shows are listed in reverse cronological order:

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