80 episodes

Join University of Washington professor Jeff Shulman for a fifth season exploring the far-reaching impacts of Seattle's physical and cultural transformation. In the fifth season, learn more about Seattle's homelessness crisis from those living on the city's streets and those developing potential solutions to the crisis.

Notable guests from earlier seasons of Seattle Growth Podcast include Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens, 3-time NBA All-Star Detlef Schrempf, NBA champion Wally Walker, Sonics legend Slick Watts, Pete Nordstrom, Craig Kinzer, Port Commissioner John Creighton, Paul Lawrence, City Councilmember Tim Burgess, SDOT director Scott Kubly, Tim Burgess, Kshama Sawant, and more.

Seattle Growth Podcast Jeff Shulman

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 53 Ratings

Join University of Washington professor Jeff Shulman for a fifth season exploring the far-reaching impacts of Seattle's physical and cultural transformation. In the fifth season, learn more about Seattle's homelessness crisis from those living on the city's streets and those developing potential solutions to the crisis.

Notable guests from earlier seasons of Seattle Growth Podcast include Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens, 3-time NBA All-Star Detlef Schrempf, NBA champion Wally Walker, Sonics legend Slick Watts, Pete Nordstrom, Craig Kinzer, Port Commissioner John Creighton, Paul Lawrence, City Councilmember Tim Burgess, SDOT director Scott Kubly, Tim Burgess, Kshama Sawant, and more.

    Zan Fiskum and Alec Shaw- Seattle Music During the Pandemic

    Zan Fiskum and Alec Shaw- Seattle Music During the Pandemic

    On today's episode: Zan Fiskum, a Seattle singer-songwriter who burst onto the national music scene as a finalist on the recent season of The Voice. Alec Shaw, an emerging artist in Seattle's music community. Both talk about Seattle's music scene, adapting to COVID-19, and their upcoming performance in the St. Jude Songwriters Showcase.

    • 41 min
    S6 Ep. 13: A Tale of a Small Business Owner, Artist, & Community Organizer

    S6 Ep. 13: A Tale of a Small Business Owner, Artist, & Community Organizer

    Today’s extra episode of Seattle Growth Podcast features an interview with a small business owner, an artist, and someone who wants to see a positive shared future for the people of Seattle as the city transforms. The episode tells a story of a community-led effort to make the Rainier Farmer Market a desirable place to visit and buy fresh produce. Gavin Amos, associate strategic coordinator for the Central Area Collaborative, shares how he connected Kevin Nguyen, owner of the Rainier Farmer Market, with artist Henry Luke to utilize the power of art to engender a sense of belonging for South End restaurants. Together, they have raised thousands of dollars and come together as a community to demonstrate an appreciation of the shared space. The interviews share perspectives on what changes in Seattle are most striking. The story also highlights challenges small businesses face and how the community can come together to address them.

    • 50 min
    S6 Ep12: Building Community through Basketball

    S6 Ep12: Building Community through Basketball

    Today’s extra episode of Seattle Growth Podcast features an interview with Husky Basketball legend Donald Watts. Watts, owner and player development specialist at Watts Basketball, contributes to this season’s theme of finding community in a dynamic city. Watts shares the work being done to foster a community of children and parents who are interested in basketball as a means to build life skills. Watts also offers valuable lessons from building the Watts Basketball community that can be applied in a variety of contexts.

    • 31 min
    S6 Ep. 11: Finding Community Among Filmmakers and Film lovers

    S6 Ep. 11: Finding Community Among Filmmakers and Film lovers

    Vivian Hua, Executive Director of the Northwest Film Forum, shares the work she is doing to build community in the dynamic city of Seattle. She shares insights for other arts & culture leaders and previous some exciting events available to filmmakers and film lovers alike.

    • 21 min
    S6 Ep 10: Building Community in the CD and Phinneywood

    S6 Ep 10: Building Community in the CD and Phinneywood

    Jeff Shulman continues his look at finding community in a dynamic city. In today’s episode, UW football Hall of Famer Greg Lewis shares his community work at the Meredith Mathews YMCA, where he serves as executive director. Lewis was the first Doak Walker Award winner for the nation’s top running back in college football and was an important piece of the Rose Bowl winning Husky team. Lewis shares why he has chosen to lead a non-profit and the initiatives he hopes will foster a sense of community in the Central District. In the interview, Lewis connects how the experience of stepping onto the field at the Rose Bowl compares to the work he is doing with the YMCA.
    Today’s episode also features author Cecile Andrews who talks about her circle of simplicity and the work she is doing to bring small groups together for conversation. Andrews has lived in Seattle for decades and is working to build a sense of community in the Phinneywood area.
    The interviews offer some interesting tidbits of history and give perspectives on where Seattle has been and where it is going.
    Both guests offer perspectives from different neighborhoods about growth, change, and community.

    • 51 min
    S6 Ep 9: Community for Young Professionals

    S6 Ep 9: Community for Young Professionals

    Seattle has an abundance of professional opportunities. Today’s episode shares stories from communities being formed to facilitate connections among professionals who are willing to support and help one another.

    With an increasing number of innovative products being developed in Seattle, there are opportunities for Foster graduates and others to lead the development of products as product managers. Lewis Lin, author of Be the Greatest Product Manager Ever, describes the community he has built to help people prepare for product management interviews. He shares valuable lessons about how he built the 9,000 member community that can be applied to other people or organizations hoping to bring people together for a common purpose.

    As people are moving to Seattle from around the country, there is an opportunity to guide newcomers to social and professional events. In today’s episode, Ahmad Corner shares why he founded Young Professionals of Seattle based on the principle that people are at the heart of what makes businesses and communities work well. He and Jamie Shindler describe lessons they learned in bringing over 13,000 young professionals together in Seattle.

    If you are looking for a community that’s right for you, you just might find it in today’s episode of Seattle Growth Podcast. If you are looking to build your own community, you will hear lessons of how to start and nurture a group that can be applied to a variety of contexts.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

BandofBros ,

Thank you

I listen from out of town and I enjoy the depth of each interview, and the variety of perspectives Jeff provides listeners.

gmaass ,

Timely, great perspectives on Seattle's growth issues

I skipped last season as I hate professional sports, but am really enjoying the music focused season and what keeps/drives people away. Previous seasons were really good as well. Really sketchy production values, but Jeff is a UW professor and has more important things to do than learn about compression, eq, and editing.

isaacada1 ,

Solid Listening

For those that want to learn about the history of Seattle to learn how it came to be in its present form, this is the show for you. Great interviews and discussions with movers and shakers in the city.

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