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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. 

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
Get tickets

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?

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.

Ross Reynolds interviews Mara Liasson at a KUOW event on March 31, 2016.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds interviews Mara Liasson, NPR’s national political correspondent. She’s covered presidential elections since 1992 and was  NPR's White House correspondent for all eight years of the Bill Clinton administration. In this conversation on March 31, she talks about the dilemma Donald Trump poses the Republican Party and the prospects of a showdown between Trump and Hillary Clinton for president.

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