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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. 

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?

The Republican Party is going through big changes this year. What does it mean to be a Republican in 2016?

Join KUOW’s Ross Reynolds at Resonance Events in Bellevue to talk about "the elephant in the room."

Update: Listen to the full event

Ross Reynolds will be talking with current Republican Senatorial candidate Chris Vance, former Republican Attorney General of Washington Rob McKenna, State Representative Matthew Manweller, and morning host at 570 KVI and political activist John Carlson about what it means to be a Republican in today’s political landscape, on a local and national level.

Donald Morehead talks about life as a homeless person in Seattle at an event from Seattle Public Library and KUOW on June 3, 2016.
Courtesy of Seattle Public Library/Alex Garland

The Jungle is a three mile-long homeless camp under Interstate 5. It’s been in the news frequently since a deadly shooting there on January 26.

Many of us have driven over it, maybe without thinking about the hundreds of people who live there. What brought them there? What’s it like? And why do many residents prefer it to homeless shelters?

KUOW Summer 2016 Listening Tours

Jun 2, 2016
KUOw Photo/Kara McDermott

How does growth impact you?

This summer, KUOW reporters and producers will be traveling to eight neighborhoods across the Puget Sound to explore how growth is changing and challenging our region.

We want to hear about the tradeoffs, the compromises, the opportunities and threats -- how growth affects the way you live. And beyond growth, what else is happening in your neighborhood that we should know about? What's the untold story of your neighborhood?

Join us at the KUOW Listening Tour nearest to you.

A Community Talk About The Jungle

May 26, 2016
Tents lined up in the Jungle, which extends north and south under Seattle's Interstate 5 corridor.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Friday, June 3
Seattle Public Library - Central Branch
1000 4th Ave, Seattle WA 98104 (See map
7:00-9:00 p.m. 

Free admission. 

Join KUOW for a deeper dive into the encampment called "The Jungle," including the city's efforts to clean it up, and what the alternatives are for people who live there.

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