Speakers Forum http://kuow.org en Kshama Sawant On Why It's Time For Socialism In Seattle http://kuow.org/post/kshama-sawant-why-its-time-socialism-seattle <p></p><p>Kshama Sawant is the first socialist on Seattle’s City Council. Last year, she ran on a campaign platform of raising the minimum wage to $15, taxing the wealthy and rent control.</p><p>She spoke with The Stranger’s Charles Mudede about why now is the time for socialism in Seattle. This talk was recorded at Town Hall on March 18, 2014. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:45:03 +0000 Rachel Solomon 32371 at http://kuow.org Kshama Sawant On Why It's Time For Socialism In Seattle The Untold Story Of War With Ann Jones http://kuow.org/post/untold-story-war-ann-jones <p></p><p>Battle scars are not always visible.</p><p>Post-traumatic stress disorder affects almost 30 percent of soldiers who serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.</p><p>Journalist Ann Jones researched how war affects people’s minds by following troops in the Middle East. Her new book is called “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars: The Untold Story.”</p><p>In it, Jones also looks at how war touches those close to soldiers: spouses, children, doctors and friends. She spoke at Town Hall on March 18, 2014. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:10:01 +0000 Rachel Solomon 31897 at http://kuow.org The Untold Story Of War With Ann Jones ‘Our Right To Be Cold’ With Sheila Watt-Cloutier http://kuow.org/post/our-right-be-cold-sheila-watt-cloutier <p></p><p>“We have to fight for our right to be cold.”</p><p>Sheila Watt-Cloutier is an Inuit activist who tackles issues indigenous people are facing, including pollution and sustainability. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.</p><p>She spoke at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall on March 11, 2014, as part of the <a href="https://www.grad.washington.edu/lectures/history.shtml">Graduate School lecture series</a>. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:03:36 +0000 Rachel Solomon 31435 at http://kuow.org ‘Our Right To Be Cold’ With Sheila Watt-Cloutier ‘My Beloved World’ By Sonia Sotomayor http://kuow.org/post/my-beloved-world-sonia-sotomayor <p>Sonia Sotomayor is the 111th justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. She’s also its first Hispanic and third female justice. In her memoir, “My Beloved World,” Sotomayor details her childhood struggle with diabetes, her family life and her drive to become a lawyer.</p><p>Sotomayor spoke at Town Hall on March 10, 2014. The talk was moderated by Eric Liu. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:14:24 +0000 Rachel Solomon 30930 at http://kuow.org ‘My Beloved World’ By Sonia Sotomayor ‘The Science Of Self’ With Jennifer Ouellette http://kuow.org/post/science-self-jennifer-ouellette <p>What defines us? What determines our identity?</p><p>Jennifer Ouellette explores how eye color, likes and dislikes, and even hatred of cilantro construct our individual identities. She underwent personality tests and genome sequencing to determine the slight variations that set us all apart.</p><p>Ouellette is a blogger for "Scientific American" and the author of “Me, Myself, and Why: Searching for the Science of Self.” She spoke at Town Hall on February 25, 2014. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:21:54 +0000 Rachel Solomon 30506 at http://kuow.org ‘The Science Of Self’ With Jennifer Ouellette ‘Game Change 2012’ With John Heilemann And Mark Halperin http://kuow.org/post/game-change-2012-john-heilemann-and-mark-halperin <p>John Heilemann and Mark Halperin are the authors of "Game Change," the best-selling story of the 2008 presidential election that was turned into an HBO movie.</p><p>In their new book, “Double Down: Game Change 2012," they apply their political knowledge to the 2012 presidential race. They go beyond the headlines to offer an account of a hard-fought campaign on both sides.</p><p>They spoke at the First Presbyterian Church on November 12, 2013, in an event sponsored by Town Hall. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:36:56 +0000 Rachel Solomon 29987 at http://kuow.org ‘Game Change 2012’ With John Heilemann And Mark Halperin ‘Department Of Hometown Security’ With Majora Carter http://kuow.org/post/department-hometown-security-majora-carter <p>In a way, Majora Carter’s dog is partially responsible for the existence of a Bronx park. More than a decade ago, Carter was pulled by her dog into a vacant, trashed lot and onto the banks of the Bronx River. After securing a USDA Forest Service program grant, Carter worked with community groups over five years to build the award-winning Hunts Point Riverside Park.</p><p>Carter is an urban revitalization strategist who examines the connection between urbanization and the environment. She spoke at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall on January 22, 2014, as part of the UW Graduate School lecture series. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:34:38 +0000 Rachel Solomon 29648 at http://kuow.org ‘Department Of Hometown Security’ With Majora Carter ‘Dog Whistle Politics’ With Ian Haney López http://kuow.org/post/dog-whistle-politics-ian-haney-l-pez <p>Dog whistle politics means using language that appeals to one group of people but may have coded meanings to another. For example, one reason Ronald Reagan did so well with white voters was because he told stories of the “welfare queen” – a woman with “eighty names, thirty addresses, [and] twelve Social Security cards [who] is collecting veteran’s benefits on four non-existing deceased husbands. She’s got Medicaid, getting food stamps, and she is collecting welfare under each of her names. Her tax-free cash income is over $150,000.” Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:31:21 +0000 Rachel Solomon 29127 at http://kuow.org ‘Dog Whistle Politics’ With Ian Haney López Ending Our ‘Big Fat Crisis’ With Deborah Cohen http://kuow.org/post/ending-our-big-fat-crisis-deborah-cohen <p>Candy by the cash register, 24-hour drive-throughs and constant food advertisements have all contributed to America’s obesity epidemic. More than one-third of Americans are obese, and natural scientist Dr. Deborah Cohen has some new ideas for solving this problem.</p><p>In her new book, “A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Influences Behind the Obesity Epidemic — and How We Can End It,” Cohen argues in favor of government regulation of unhealthy foods and stricter restaurant guidelines. She spoke at Town Hall on January 22, 2014. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:19:09 +0000 Rachel Solomon 28700 at http://kuow.org Ending Our ‘Big Fat Crisis’ With Deborah Cohen ‘The Boy Who Shot The Sheriff’ With Nancy Bartley http://kuow.org/post/boy-who-shot-sheriff-nancy-bartley <p>In 1931, Asotin County Sheriff John Wormell was shot and killed by a 12-year-old boy. Herbert Niccolls, Jr., was almost hung by a lynch mob before he was sentenced to life in prison.</p><p>Journalist Nancy Bartley is the author of “The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff: The Redemption of Herbert Niccolls, Jr.” The book reveals Niccolls’ troubled past and early Washington state history. She spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on January 7. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:47:42 +0000 Rachel Solomon 28393 at http://kuow.org ‘The Boy Who Shot The Sheriff’ With Nancy Bartley Online Reputation As Currency With Joshua Klein http://kuow.org/post/online-reputation-currency-joshua-klein <p>In today’s world: Avis discounts car rentals based on its Twitter followers; Carnival Cruise Lines offers upgrades based on Klout scores; Amazon is this-close to pricing goods based on a customer’s online reputation.</p><p>Online reputation is replacing currency, technology Joshua Klein argues. How will this affect our future interactions with each other and with businesses? Klein is the author of “Reputation Economics: Why Who You Know is Worth More Than What You Have.” He spoke at Town Hall on January 9. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 04:03:26 +0000 Rachel Solomon 28002 at http://kuow.org Online Reputation As Currency With Joshua Klein Nuclear Weapons Today With Joseph Cirincione http://kuow.org/post/nuclear-weapons-today-joseph-cirincione <p>The Cold War might be over, but the nuclear weapons and the threat of destruction remains.</p><p>Joseph Cirincione is the president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He’s also the author of “Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late.”</p><p>He spoke at Town Hall on January 14 about today’s most pressing international security issue — and the steps governments are taking to make the world safer. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:08:06 +0000 Rachel Solomon 27573 at http://kuow.org Nuclear Weapons Today With Joseph Cirincione Inside The Teenage Brain With Daniel Siegel http://kuow.org/post/inside-teenage-brain-daniel-siegel <p>The teenage brain can be a mystery to adults. UCLA psychiatry professor Daniel Siegel debunks myths about adolescence to show how teens learn new skills, connect with others and demonstrate limitless creativity.</p><p>Siegel is the author of “Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain.”</p><p>He spoke at Town Hall on December 13, 2013, in a lecture presented by ParentMap. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 05:22:45 +0000 Rachel Solomon 27248 at http://kuow.org Inside The Teenage Brain With Daniel Siegel Dave Isay On The 'Ties That Bind' http://kuow.org/post/dave-isay-ties-bind <p>Ten years ago, Dave Isay began <em>StoryCorps </em>by building a soundproof booth in Grand Central Terminal. People arrived in pairs to interview each other about their lives.</p><p>Today, <em>StoryCorps</em> airs stories weekly on NPR, and more than 30,000 interviews have been recorded and archived in the Library of Congress. Isay has also compiled some of the stories into books. His most recent is called “Ties That Bind: Stories of Love &amp; Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps.”</p><p>He spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on December 17, 2013. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:51:55 +0000 Rachel Solomon 26839 at http://kuow.org Dave Isay On The 'Ties That Bind' Fifty Years After ‘Eichmann In Jerusalem’ With Seyla Benhabib http://kuow.org/post/fifty-years-after-eichmann-jerusalem-seyla-benhabib <p>In 1963, one of the most controversial books of the twentieth century was published. “Eichmann in Jerusalem” presented Adolf Eichmann not as a sociopath — but as an ordinary person who simply believed his actions were normal. The author of this book, political theorist Hannah Arendt, refers to this theory as the “banality of evil.” Arendt was a Jew who fled Germany in the early 1930s.&nbsp;</p><p>Yale professor Seyla Benhabib offers an overview of the controversy surrounding Arendt’s book, and what lessons it can teach us about humanity. Benhabib spoke at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall on October 24, 2013 as part of the Graduate School lecture series. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 23:30:26 +0000 Rachel Solomon 26494 at http://kuow.org Fifty Years After ‘Eichmann In Jerusalem’ With Seyla Benhabib