Speakers Forum http://kuow.org en Passionate Topic, Packed Auditorium, Five Minutes - Go! http://kuow.org/post/passionate-topic-packed-auditorium-five-minutes-go <p>Since 2006, Ignite Seattle has given Puget Sounders the opportunity to share their insights into a topic they’re passionate about. It’s the prototype for what has become an international event.</p><p>The concept is simple. Have a great idea? Share it. The only catch? You have to do it in front of a packed auditorium, in five minutes. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:19:24 +0000 John O'Brien 38950 at http://kuow.org Passionate Topic, Packed Auditorium, Five Minutes - Go! Rebecca Solnit On The Power Of A Story http://kuow.org/post/rebecca-solnit-power-story <p>Human beings have been drawn to stories for thousands of years. They captivate us. We yearn for them — “tell the one about … ” — ad infinitum. Sometimes we get the story right. Sometimes not. Stories break. Stories change. And sometimes it helps to turn a story upside down.</p><p>Our guest is writer and historian Rebecca Solnit. Her books explore ecology, landscape, community, art and politics. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:46:39 +0000 John O'Brien 38462 at http://kuow.org Rebecca Solnit On The Power Of A Story Author Simon Sinek On Why Leaders Eat Last http://kuow.org/post/author-simon-sinek-why-leaders-eat-last <p>"Well, that makes total sense!"</p><p>That’s what you might say after listening a while to our guest Simon Sinek this week on <em>Speakers Forum</em>.</p><p>It’s the little things he points out, like why checking your cell phone constantly during your kid’s baseball game (or your meeting with a colleague) is a bad idea. The little things add up, sometimes resulting in the makings of a leader. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:24:53 +0000 John O'Brien 38071 at http://kuow.org Author Simon Sinek On Why Leaders Eat Last Damn Right We're Trans* http://kuow.org/post/damn-right-were-trans <p>What&nbsp;sex&nbsp;were you assigned at birth, boy or girl? It’s a simple question. Too simple sometimes. Not everyone fits neatly into the role they were assigned. Boys and girls are not all the same. A <a href="http://transequality.org/Resources/TransTerminology_2014.pdf">transgender</a> person is someone “whose gender identity, expression or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth." Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:40:34 +0000 John O'Brien 37753 at http://kuow.org Damn Right We're Trans* Garrison Keillor On His New Book 'The Keillor Reader' http://kuow.org/post/garrison-keillor-his-new-book-keillor-reader <p></p><p>For the average NPR listener, hearing the name Garrison Keillor may summon up the sound of his voice: deep and soothing, wise and mischievous, but with a palpable tinge of sadness. Keillor spoke at Seattle’s University Bookstore on June 12. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:47:45 +0000 John O'Brien 37210 at http://kuow.org Garrison Keillor On His New Book 'The Keillor Reader' A Discussion Of U.S. Torture With Brigadier General David R. Irvine http://kuow.org/post/discussion-us-torture-brigadier-general-david-r-irvine <p></p><p>In the aftermath of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq questions remain concerning how the U.S. waged those wars. Among them, did we follow the Geneva Conventions, or did we abuse the rights of our enemies? And how are we responsible for our actions as a nation at war?</p><p>In a recent event titled “<a href="http://www.wsrcat.org/">Exposing the Truth of U.S. Torture,</a>” a panel of concerned citizens examined questions of our rights and obligations in wartime. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:56:48 +0000 John O'Brien 36767 at http://kuow.org Confronting Menopause In A RV On The Way To Burning Man http://kuow.org/post/confronting-menopause-rv-way-burning-man <p>We've all done it — that crazy RV trip to Burning Man. It leads to all sorts of problems. In hindsight, maybe not a great idea, but you make the best with what you've got, right? Well, perhaps, if you’re anything like our guest this week. Her trip proved to be the start of an arduous journey, but it makes for a great story.&nbsp;</p><p>Sandra Tsing Loh’s new book is “The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones.” In it she takes on her experience of menopause. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:50:31 +0000 John O'Brien 36266 at http://kuow.org Confronting Menopause In A RV On The Way To Burning Man Ms. Warren Goes to Washington: A Progressive Senator’s Life Story http://kuow.org/post/ms-warren-goes-washington-progressive-senator-s-life-story <p>This week on <em>Speakers Forum</em>,&nbsp;Massachusetts <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Warren">Senator Elizabeth Warren</a> tells the story of her life and her vision of a progressive America. Warren is known as an advocate for consumer protection. She was largely responsible for the hard-won establishment of the <a href="http://www.consumerfinance.gov/">U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.</a> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:43:51 +0000 John O'Brien 35941 at http://kuow.org Ms. Warren Goes to Washington: A Progressive Senator’s Life Story 'Stress Test': Before, During And After The Panic Of 2008 http://kuow.org/post/stress-test-during-and-after-panic-2008 <p>The <a href="http://timeline.stlouisfed.org/index.cfm?p=timeline">financial crisis of 2008</a> is widely referred to as the worst fiscal disaster since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It threatened large financial institutions with collapse and resulted in bank bailouts and downturns in stock and housing markets around the world. Fri, 30 May 2014 16:54:49 +0000 John O'Brien 35499 at http://kuow.org 'Stress Test': Before, During And After The Panic Of 2008 Nomi Prins On The History Of Wall Street And The White House http://kuow.org/post/nomi-prins-history-wall-street-and-white-house <p></p><p>In Nomi Prins' new book "All the Presidents' Bankers,"<em> </em> she delves into over a century of close ties between the White House and Wall Street. Using archival correspondence, she explores the ways a small group of influential people, elected and not, has shaped American policy at home and abroad. The book details economic expansion, contraction and crises from the panic of 1907 to today, in the context of what Prins calls America’s genealogy of power. Fri, 23 May 2014 17:18:43 +0000 John O'Brien 35088 at http://kuow.org Nomi Prins On The History Of Wall Street And The White House Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Tony Kushner's 'Angels In America' Comes To Seattle http://kuow.org/post/pulitzer-prize-winning-playwright-tony-kushners-angels-america-comes-seattle <p>Tony Kushner is the author of "Angels in America," a two-part play inspired by the tragic rise of the AIDS epidemic. "Angels" debuted on Broadway in 1993, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony award for Best Play that same year.</p><p>Seattle’s Intiman Theatre will be staging a production of "Angels" this summer, opening August 12.</p><p>Kushner spoke with writer, editor and It Gets Better project co-founder Dan Savage at Town Hall Seattle on May 10. Thu, 15 May 2014 16:07:09 +0000 John O'Brien 34580 at http://kuow.org Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Tony Kushner's 'Angels In America' Comes To Seattle Barbara Ehrenreich Talks 'Living With A Wild God' http://kuow.org/post/barbara-ehrenreich-talks-living-wild-god <p><a href="http://barbaraehrenreich.com/barbara-ehrenreich-bio/">Barbara Ehrenreich</a> is a journalist and activist known for her wry, acerbic, probing and prolific writings. She writes essays and articles related to social injustice and books on subjects she says don’t make money but fascinate her.</p><p>In 2001, Ehrenreich was undergoing breast cancer treatment and putting her papers in order simultaneously. She calls the timing “viciously appropriate.”</p><p>Among the many boxes from a lifetime of writing she re-discovered a journal she’d kept as an adolescent. Moved by the questions she found there — "Why are we here? What’s going on in the universe? What is all this about?" — she promised to try to better understand her youthful experience if she recovered.</p><p>The result is her latest book, "<a href="http://www.npr.org/books/titles/300513080/living-with-a-wild-god-a-nonbelievers-search-for-the-truth-about-everything">Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth about Everything.</a>" She calls it a “sort of philosophical memoir, or a metaphysical thriller.”</p><p>Ehrenreich spoke with KUOW’s Marcie Sillman at Town Hall Seattle on April 21. Thu, 08 May 2014 18:06:32 +0000 John O'Brien 34169 at http://kuow.org Barbara Ehrenreich Talks 'Living With A Wild God' 'Wish You Happy Forever' With Jenny Bowen http://kuow.org/post/wish-you-happy-forever-jenny-bowen <p></p><p>In 1996 Jenny Bowen was in Los Angeles living a comfortable and, she said, not very meaningful existence.</p><p>Reading the New York Times one Saturday morning, she and her husband were disturbed by a photo of a little girl in a Chinese orphanage. Bowen’s determination to do something about what she’d seen would change her life, and ultimately the lives of orphans across China.</p><p>Bowen founded the <a href="http://halfthesky.org/en/about/team/350">organization Half the Sky</a> to better the lives of orphan children living in China’s welfare institutions. Half the Sky operates programs for orphans from birth to adulthood.</p><p>All offer loving care, stimulation, education, all the kinds of things a child who lives in a family may have. The Chinese government has invited Half the Sky to train every child welfare worker in the country.</p><p>Jenny Bowen spoke at Town Hall Seattle on April 1. She is also the author of a book, "<a href="http://halfthesky.org/en/about/team/350">Wish You Happy Forever.</a>" Thu, 01 May 2014 17:30:44 +0000 John O'Brien 33763 at http://kuow.org 'Wish You Happy Forever' With Jenny Bowen Benny And Jenny: Uncovering The Franklin Sibling Relationship http://kuow.org/post/benny-and-jenny-uncovering-franklin-sibling-relationship <p>When they were little, they were called Benny and Jenny. They were inseparable. But as they grew up, their lives took different paths. Benjamin Franklin left home; his sister Jane Franklin never did. He taught himself to write; she couldn’t spell. He signed the Declaration and the Constitution; she became a wife, mother, and ultimately, a widow.</p><p>But they maintained a correspondence throughout their lives, and historian Jill Lepore says Franklin loved no one more than his sister. Lepore shed light on this story at Seattle’s Town Hall on October 9.</p><p><em>This story originally aired on December 12, 2013.</em></p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:44:47 +0000 Rachel Solomon 23921 at http://kuow.org Benny And Jenny: Uncovering The Franklin Sibling Relationship 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