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Community Engagement At KUOW

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This is where KUOW listeners meet: to discuss important issues in their communities, to celebrate cultural differences, to hear moving stories up close. For real-time updates on our events, community conversations and other happenings, follow KUOW on Facebook and Twitter

Have an idea for a unique event KUOW could help with? Email engage@kuow.org. 

Why We Stayed

Nov 16, 2017

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Theatre Off Jackson
7:00 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show
$5, Tickets Available Soon

We know people want to move to Seattle. But for many of us, Seattle isn’t a brand-new place. Maybe we grew up here, maybe we moved here years ago. And we see Seattle changing, but we’ve decided to stay. And those stories  - stories about why we stay - need to be heard too.

Join Front Row Center at 'Howl's Moving Castle'

Nov 15, 2017

Join Marcie Sillman for the fourth Front Row Center of our 2017-2018 season at Book-It Repertory Theatre's "Howl's Moving Castle" on December 3 at 2:00 p.m. 

Join us for 'Second Wave Celebration'

Nov 8, 2017

Wednesday, Nov. 29
WeWork Holyoke Building
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Join Front Row Center at 'Her Story'

Oct 23, 2017
Courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet/Angela Sterling

Join Marcie Sillman for the third Front Row Center of our 2017-2018 season at Pacific Northwest Ballet's "Her Story" on Saturday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m.

"Her Story" stages the American premiere of the piece "Plot Point," created by Crystal Pite. Set to music from Alfred Hitchcock’s "Psycho," it contrasts figures presented in familiar narratives with counterparts of fierce physicality.

KUOW is rolling out season two of terrestrial, and we want you to come celebrate with us!

Come and hang out to get a sneak peek of season two, a chance to hang out with host Ashley Ahearn, and a FREE whiskey tasting, courtesy of Westland Distillery.

In conversation with Sally Jewell | terrestrial

Aug 1, 2017
KUOW Graphic/Lisa Wang

Sally Jewell is back home in the Pacific Northwest after a tour of duty as the Secretary of the Interior under President Barack Obama.

She'll sit down with terrestrial host Ashley Ahearn to talk about her time in the Obama Administration, which included the fight at Standing Rock over Native American rights,  the Bundy occupation of the Malheur Widlife Refuge and other hot topics. 

Floribert Mubalama speaks with Julia Donk about his experiences as an immigrant on  July 22, 2017 as part of KUOW's Ask An Immigrant event.
KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

Questions surrounding immigration are regular parts of the news cycle these days. We hear stories of immigrants being harassed, detained and deported. We hear stories of families separated.

Many of us may not have the opportunity to talk to immigrants about their experiences. KUOW created a space for those questions recently at an "Ask an Immigrant" event in Bellevue. 

KUOW’s "Ask a ___" events create a safe and respectful environment for people to explore each other's views. 

Season one wrap party | terrestrial

Jul 18, 2017

KUOW just wrapped up the first season of terrestrial, so come celebrate with us!

We'll be hanging out at Fremont Brewing's Urban Beer Garden from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., so swing by anytime to meet host Ashley Ahearn, chat about your favorite episodes, and enjoy a drink with your fellow terrestrials.

Join KUOW for 'Interrupting Whiteness'

May 25, 2017

What is the role that white people can play in dismantling white supremacy and its related oppressions? How can Seattle, as a majority white city, confront the legacy of racism in the Pacific Northwest? 

Madhura Nirkhe at ACT Theatre
KUOW Photo/Sonya Harris

The Storywallahs series provides a stage for Puget Sound residents with roots in India and South Asia to tell stories. This time around the theme concerned the question of belonging. In the era of "making America great again," these stories help illuminate what it means to be great in the first place. 

News Quiz at the Neptune with Bill Radke

Apr 12, 2017

News Quiz at the Neptune with Bill Radke
Wednesday, May 24
The Neptune Theatre
6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show
$18.50
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KUOW presents News Quiz at the Neptune with your host Bill Radke! With special guest: Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings.

Come test your news knowledge and win big prizes! With celebrity guests Sherman Alexie, Luke Burbank and Lindy West, and all recorded in front of a live audience!

Storywallahs: Belonging

Apr 4, 2017

Storywallahs: An Evening of Storytelling
Sunday, April 23
ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street, Seattle WA 98101
6:30 p.m. doors, 7:00 p.m. show
$12

Buy tickets here

This show’s theme: Belonging

Ask a Muslim participants at the New Holly Gathering Hall on April 2, 2017.
Courtesy of Baron Visuals

What if you lived in a place where people often looked at you with suspicion? How would you get past that — the stares, the mistrust, or worse? Given the chance, what would you want people to know about you?

KUOW has been hosting a series of “Ask a ___” events. The goal is to create a safe and respectful environment for people to explore each other's cultures. 

Join KUOW for 'Why Does Art Matter?'

Mar 23, 2017
Courtesy of Tino Tran

What role does art play in society and how does it shape us? 

Join Councilmember Lisa Herbold, KUOW and the Office of Arts & Culture as we explore art in today’s world. 

How to Be a Girl Listening Party

Mar 1, 2017
KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

On a recent Sunday, KUOW and University of Washington's Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies partnered to host the How to Be a Girl Listening Party.

Join us for a 'How to Be a Girl' listening party

Feb 9, 2017

Take a break from screens and join KUOW for our first-ever podcast listening party!

Come and listen to a few episodes of the How to Be a Girl podcast, then dig deeper with thoughtful discussion afterwards. Free snack foods will be provided.

Event Details
Sunday, February 26 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Cloud Room
FREE | RSVP Here.

Where do Seattle artists put their fears?

Feb 3, 2017
KUOW Photo/Caroline Dodge

They bundle them up and feed them to the buzzard. Or they shred them.

Artist Timothy White Eagle brought this buzzard to KUOW and the Office of Arts & Culture's event "The Great Work Begins" on Monday, January 30th. White Eagle asked attendees to take a pinch of ceremonial tobacco, think actively on their fears, and wrap them with the tobacco into a small square of cotton. After tying the parcel with red string, the bundle went into the buzzard's carcass. 

Join KUOW at Seattle Shakespeare Company

Jan 20, 2017

Join Marcie Sillman for the fifth Front Row Center of our 2016-2017 season at Seattle Shakespeare Company’s "Bring Down the House" on Sunday, February 12.

KUOW Photo: Lisa Wang

Last year KUOW teamed up with Seattle Asian Art Museum, Pratidhwani, South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) and Tasveer to launch the Storywallahs series. Theses events provide a stage for storytelling on a theme.

This time around the stories concern first days: What was it like to arrive in the United States for the first time? This gathering of reflections will surprise and inspire you.

What’s worse than a divisive election year?

For some, talking about it with extended family at Thanksgiving.

That’s why we set up a mock Thanksgiving table at Solstice Café in the U District last week. We invited community members into a safe space—or at least somewhere they wouldn't be interrupted—to share what’s really on their mind after this divisive election season. 

We asked them: “What are you nervous to discuss with your family this Thanksgiving?” Listen to some of the responses in this video: 

KUOW Storywallahs: First Day

Oct 25, 2016
Taken at the second Storywallahs event; the theme was Coming Home.
KUOW Photos/Bond Huberman

It’s time for another Storywallahs!

This show’s theme:  First Day

KUOW is teaming up once again with Seattle Asian Art Museum, Pratidhwani, South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) and Tasveer. This political year has been a whirlwind of discussion — good and bad — around the topic of immigration and newcomers.

Are you Indian/South Asian with a good story about your first day in Seattle or the United States? What happened? Come tell your 5 minute story in front of a fun and friendly crowd!

How do we all thrive in a Region of Boom?

Oct 14, 2016
Domonique Meeks cites the power of storytelling at Region of Boom Live.
KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

Based on KUOW's series on growth in our region, Region of Boom Live brought together a wide array of speakers to answer the question: how can we create a community where all can thrive?

Speakers were asked to present in the PechaKucha format, where each presenter shows 20 images for 20 seconds each, with images advancing automatically as they speak. 

In this rough election season, don't watch the debates alone. KUOW Public Radio and Humanities Washington invite you to watch the presidential debates with us at Greenwood’s Naked City Brewery & Taphouse! Play games and win trivia prizes with KUOW's Ross Reynolds and Humanities Washington’s Zaki Barak Hamid, but mainly come to watch/commiserate/laugh/sob/gasp in delight or horror.

Join us on September 26, October 9, and October 19. No tickets or registration required.

Events begin at 5:30 PM, debates begin at 6:00 PM.

Zaki Barak Hamid, Sam Reed, Matthew Manweller, Ross Reynolds, Diane Tebelius and Slade Gordon.
KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

He came. He saw. He won the nomination. What does Donald Trump’s unique form of Republicanism mean for the party faithful in our state?

KUOW and Humanities Washington invited a panel of GOP standard bearers to discuss that and other long-range questions as this election cycle draws to a close. Is Trumpism a blip on the radar for the party of Lincoln, or the way of the future?

Listen to the panel discussion below.

The Grand Old Party: From Reagan to Trump

Aug 15, 2016

The campaign message 'It’s morning in America' helped lead to a landslide victory for President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and embodied the optimism people came to associate with the Republican party.

Thirty years later, a darker message — sometimes referred to as 'midnight in America' — has become the rallying cry around this year's party’s nominee, Donald Trump.

Mohamed Bakr talks with Glenda Johnson (left) at KUOW's Ask a Muslim event on July 24, 2016 at the New Holly Gathering Hall.
KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world today. In 2010, researchers counted 1.6 billion Muslims around the globe; approximately 23 percent of the world population. 

There are 3.3 million Muslims in the United States; approximately 1 percent of our population. In the wake of 9/11, President George Bush said this about Muslim Americans:

From left: Rob McKenna, Matt Manweller, Chris Vance, John Carlson and Ross Reynolds.
KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

It’s been a long road, but the race to the White House is coming down to the wire.

Ross Reynolds gathered a panel of prominent Republicans to share reflections on the state of their party. The wide-ranging discussion began with a question: What does it means to be a Republican in today’s political landscape, on a local and national level?

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