Speakers Forum http://kuow.org en Counterculture Icon Tom Robbins Tells Us Mostly True Stories http://kuow.org/post/counterculture-icon-tom-robbins-tells-us-mostly-true-stories <p>Today on <em>Speakers Forum</em> best-selling author Tom Robbins returns home to tell some mostly true stories from his new memoir, "Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life."</p><p>It starts with 5-year-old “Tommy Rotten” forcing his mother to take dictation, and leads to a very good Tom Clancy impersonation. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:47:49 +0000 John O'Brien 40866 at http://kuow.org Counterculture Icon Tom Robbins Tells Us Mostly True Stories Gone Girl's Gillian Flynn On Becoming A Novelist (And Scaring The Heck Out Of People) http://kuow.org/post/gone-girls-gillian-flynn-becoming-novelist-and-scaring-heck-out-people <p>Welcome to the scary summer reading edition of <em>Speakers Forum</em>. This week you’ll be encouraged by our guest Gillian Flynn to read her best-selling novel, "Gone Girl," before the movie comes out in October.</p><p>You’ll hear her read the duly infamous “cool girl” passage, and learn the gritty details of her unusual writing technique. And as an added bonus, you’ll get Seattle writer Maria Semple’s take on the Flynn phenomenon. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:44:41 +0000 John O'Brien 40507 at http://kuow.org Gone Girl's Gillian Flynn On Becoming A Novelist (And Scaring The Heck Out Of People) The History Behind One Of The Most Contentious Amendments http://kuow.org/post/history-behind-one-most-contentious-amendments <p>Most Americans don’t question an individual’s right to own a gun, with certain exceptions. But in an age when senseless public shootings make frequent headlines, many question the limits of gun ownership.&nbsp;</p><p>And though a large <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/05/gun-control-elections-2014-polling-106800.html">majority</a> of Americans say they support expanded background checks for gun ownership, Congress can’t come to any agreement on possible legislation. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:30:44 +0000 John O'Brien 39754 at http://kuow.org The History Behind One Of The Most Contentious Amendments The Amazing Human Stories That Made Modern Neuroscience Possible http://kuow.org/post/amazing-human-stories-made-modern-neuroscience-possible <p>Human beings have wondered how our brains work for millennia. And we haven’t been afraid to knock about in there to find out. There is evidence that trepanation, the surgical practice of drilling a hole into the skull in order to cure headaches or mental disorders, was performed in Neolithic times, just at the tail end of the Stone Age. Ouch!</p><p>According to author Sam Kean, the stories of people who survived terrible brain disease and injury are at the heart of how modern neuroscience advanced. Kean spoke at Town Hall Seattle on May 20. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:53:13 +0000 John O'Brien 39360 at http://kuow.org The Amazing Human Stories That Made Modern Neuroscience Possible 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