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Readings, debates, lectures from around Seattle, and so much more. Hear fascinating talks by authors, intellectuals, officials and regular folks with important stories recorded live.

    ‘Weep. Scream. Hate. Disbelieve. Go numb. Breathe.’ Hard-earned lessons about loss and grief

    ‘Weep. Scream. Hate. Disbelieve. Go numb. Breathe.’ Hard-earned lessons about loss and grief

    ‘A Little Book of Self-Care for Those Who Grieve began as notes scratched out over many midnights; thoughts formed as I lay sleepless, or in the aftermath of painful dreams.’

    • 56 min
    Chinks in the armor: An investigative call to reform the Secret Service

    Chinks in the armor: An investigative call to reform the Secret Service

    ‘The agents say they’ll put themselves between a bullet and the president. They’ll take a bullet for the president. Well, they felt like more and more they were just dodging a bullet.’

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Lies, the First Amendment, and the limits of free speech

    Lies, the First Amendment, and the limits of free speech

    ‘If people hear something that’s false, and they’re immediately told it’s false, then they will remember it in some sense or in some part of their mind as true for the long-term. That’s insidious!’

    • 56 min
    Anna Qu’s fierce memoir grapples with child labor, immigration, and love

    Anna Qu’s fierce memoir grapples with child labor, immigration, and love

    As a teen, Chinese American author Anna Qu was forced by her mother to work in their family's garment factory in Queens, New York. At home she was the family’s maid, and faced punishment for doing things like schoolwork. Qu contacted Child Protective Services to report her mother, but due to bureaucratic bumbling she was left her to fend for herself. Now as an adult, Qu reckons with life, family, and not so easy answers to past trauma in her memoir.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Civic Saturday aims to rekindle our faith in civic discourse

    Civic Saturday aims to rekindle our faith in civic discourse

    Social Distancing may be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean folks are eager to come together just yet. The potential unity among Americans, involving civil civic discourse, continues to prove a bumpy road, to say the least. But according to the speakers in this talk, it’s a journey still worth committing to, having ‘faith’ in, and suffering through, together.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Sasha Issenberg tells the surprising story of how marriage equality was won

    Sasha Issenberg tells the surprising story of how marriage equality was won

    It has been just over six years since the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling. In his new, exhaustively researched book The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage, author Sasha Issenberg shares many of the stories and successful strategies that led to marriage equality.

    • 56 min

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