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English, Human interest, 1 seasons, 80 episodes, 3 days 10 hours 41 minutes
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.
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Local journalists reflect on racist media legacies, and paths forward

‘I got an email being called the N-word just last week as a matter of fact for some of our coverage. I think at the end of the day what we can do is just truly speak the truth.’ -Marcus Harrison Green
26/05/202254 minutes 13 seconds
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A wild literary ride from rural Vancouver Island to Station Eleven and Sea of Tranquility

‘All anybody wanted to talk about was the pandemic, which I resisted for about a week, and then I realized we all need to talk about the pandemic. It's not even like it was the elephant in the room. It's like it was the room. It was unavoidable.’
19/05/202253 minutes 26 seconds
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‘What will I carry forward?’ A journey through wilderness, dementia, and memory

‘It took her some time to find her voice, but when she did she said three careful words, it’s so beautiful.’
12/05/202258 minutes 8 seconds
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One man’s story of the scourge of child sexual abuse

‘In the equation of institutional sexual abuse, the constant is the abuser. There's always going to be a certain percentage of child sex abusers in the population.’
05/05/20221 hour 10 minutes 32 seconds
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Poet reflects on the intersection of Black art and a new generation of racial trauma

‘If black children belong to us, and we need not be mothers or fathers or even black for black children to belong to us, a part of us is always vigilant, and always exhausted.’
20/04/202257 minutes 27 seconds
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Mayor Bruce Harrell looks back on his first 100 days and details his plans moving forward

‘When I talk about public safety, when I talk about I need more officers, I always lead with, but not in a racialized or militarized fashion.’
19/04/202259 minutes 51 seconds
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In honor of women: poetry and music of struggle and joy

One poet asks, ‘Will you not open this door for me? My hand is exhausted from knocking at your door.’
14/04/20221 hour 15 minutes 6 seconds
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DEI ’R’ US: Setbacks and progress on the road to belonging at work

‘It’s not going to happen in my lifetime. We are working to a future that we will not live to see. That’s what this work is about, and the healing is knowing that we’re doing it together.’
06/04/20221 hour 20 minutes 53 seconds
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Can INTOIT moments bridge our partisan divide? Perhaps, if we seek them out

‘It's a different kind of approach and different kind of exchange that I know that we can do because I've seen it, and it's growing. It begins with a different definition of listening. Listening is about showing people they matter.’
31/03/20221 hour 4 minutes 19 seconds
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Telling modern world history with Africa at the center

'This, I argue, is the beginning of the Age of Exploration, the Age of Discovery, and thereby, the start of the modern world.’
23/03/202256 minutes 19 seconds
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New book narrates lessons for organizing across borders and generations

‘Contemporary Asian American Activism: Building Movements for Liberation’
16/03/202258 minutes 44 seconds
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New book traces Black women’s innovative advances across the history of human rights

‘Black women have been deeply engaged in trying to figure out how to get this country to accept, to understand, to learn about human rights.’
09/03/202252 minutes 12 seconds
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An environmental scientist points to Indigenous knowledge for sustainability solutions

‘That's why we lose a lot of our own community members who are not interested in western sciences because they don't see themselves being reflected. I think with Indigenous science we have to reflect ourselves because, otherwise, we are ignoring part of our kinships and also teachings that we have been passed down.’
03/03/202258 minutes 39 seconds
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The highs and lows of a prized and vulnerable freedom

‘Free speech has been perhaps one of the most powerful engines of human equality that we've ever stumbled upon as a species.’
25/02/202256 minutes 54 seconds
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New book explores advances in immune system science

‘We are having exponential growth in our understanding of the immune system. There’s just so much to learn, and our baseline has just been established.’
17/02/202259 minutes 59 seconds
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From prison chain gang to art world notoriety, the life and work of Winfred Rembert

‘We had been married over five years before he decided that he would even mention to me what had happened. I just knew he was having trouble sleeping. And this is the kind of torture that followed him until he died.’
09/02/20221 hour 16 minutes 13 seconds
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Authors reckon with the aftermath of childhood sexual abuse

‘It’s Tim who stands out in my memory, who was always by my side. Until he wasn’t.’
02/02/20221 hour 3 minutes 30 seconds
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Defining disability justice and celebrating ‘crip-centric liberated zones’

‘Crip Kinship: The Disability Justice & Art Activism of Sins Invalid’
27/01/20221 hour 57 seconds
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Paul Auster celebrates the precocious, abbreviated life and work of Stephen Crane

'Crane is now in the hands of the specialists, while the invisible army of so-called general readers, the same people who still take pleasure in reading old standbys such as Melville and Whitman, are no longer reading Crane.’
19/01/202255 minutes 29 seconds
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What are we willing to do to protect Southern Resident orcas?

What it will take to share this region with Qw'e lh'ol mechen, ‘the people that live under the sea’
13/01/202259 minutes 49 seconds
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Trans history and one man’s struggle to correct ‘a ghastly mistake’

‘Dr E. Forbes-Sempill henceforth wishes to be known as Dr Ewan Forbes-Sempill’
07/01/20221 hour 2 minutes 11 seconds
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Anita Hill on her mission to end gender violence and harassment

‘We know it’s a cultural problem. We know it’s a behavioral problem. But it’s not a problem of a few bad apples.’ – Professor Anita Hill
31/12/20211 hour 3 minutes 54 seconds
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Called to investigate, three authors reflect on the body

‘I’m still surprised when I’m noticed. I came to believe I was invisible.’
24/12/202152 minutes 13 seconds
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Gather ‘round for a roguish, timeless Christmas tale

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas
17/12/20211 hour 35 minutes 27 seconds
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Claudia Rankine on the unbearable lightness of whiteness in America

‘The indifference is impenetrable and reliable and distributed across centuries, and I am stupidly hurt when my friends can’t see that.’
12/12/20211 hour 21 minutes 20 seconds
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‘The science isn’t complicated.’ An investigative reporter details the effects of climate change disinformation in public education

‘We’re pumping millions of tons of warming pollutants into the atmosphere every day. The trick is, you don’t need very much of the population to doubt it to stop action.’
03/12/202155 minutes 22 seconds
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Connection and restoration in the PNW, Ampersand-style

‘If you want to take up space, first see how small you are.’
28/11/202152 minutes 39 seconds
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The how and why of Elsa Sjunneson’s fight to end ableism

‘I think sometimes that we are a little bit like ghosts. We’re haunting the world because it’s not entirely ours and we scare people.’
19/11/202151 minutes 5 seconds
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Where a former gun industry executive draws the line on gun culture sustainability

‘I had my son attacked by one of these people and thought, what in the holy hell? How did we get here? It’s this weird mix of strange machismo patriotism, wrapped in a flag, sort of near a bible.’
12/11/20211 hour 2 minutes 30 seconds
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Reined in yet vibrant, Lit Crawl Seattle celebrates writerly spirits

Hugo-centric Lit Crawl Seattle 2021 keeps a celebratory torch burning
05/11/202155 minutes 2 seconds
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Rep. Adam Schiff chronicles his search for small-d democratic sanity during the Trump presidency

‘Most people got to know me over the last four years and have one impression of me as this ardent partisan. Prior to Trump, most of the criticism I got was for working too much across the aisle, and I don’t consider myself a partisan.’
29/10/202156 minutes 6 seconds
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A man, a plan, a sex advice column, 'Savage Love A-Z'

Dan Savage celebrates and reflects as Savage Love turns 30
22/10/20211 hour 37 minutes 10 seconds
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A search for meaning in Minoru Yamasaki's life and architecture

‘Every building is a philosophy in a way. I see all buildings as attempts to try to figure out and express what it means to dwell as a human being on Earth.’
15/10/20211 hour 12 minutes 27 seconds
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A Native American scientist on ‘the question of our time'

‘The land knows you, even when you are lost.’
08/10/20211 hour 21 minutes 9 seconds
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Kat Chow examines the long life of grief in 'Seeing Ghosts'

‘What do we owe in death? What do we owe to our parents?’
01/10/202155 minutes 8 seconds
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‘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.’
17/09/202156 minutes 59 seconds
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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.’
10/09/20211 hour 5 minutes 1 second
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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!’
27/08/202156 minutes 56 seconds
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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.
20/08/20211 hour 3 minutes 3 seconds
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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.
13/08/20211 hour 5 minutes 50 seconds
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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.
06/08/202156 minutes 25 seconds
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Ecologist Suzanne Simard’s life work is highlighted in ‘The Mother Tree’

‘Nothing should be lost. Everything has a purpose. Everything is in need of care.’
30/07/20211 hour 12 minutes 6 seconds
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A democracy worth saving: Author Ben Rhodes on the rise of global nationalism

In his new book After the Fall: Being American in the World We've Made, author Ben Rhodes grapples with the dissolving notion of American exceptionalism in a post-Covid world. Using a global lens, Rhodes presents a glimpse of a highly possible democracy-free future, presently modeled by countries like Hungary, Russia, and China.
22/07/202156 minutes 40 seconds
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'Shame changer': Sex tech CEO disrupts Asian stereotypes with adult films

Make Love Not Porn founder Cindy Gallop says the future of pornography is "social sex" and the end of fetishizing women of color.
16/07/20218 minutes 24 seconds
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'The ingredients for madness': Author Grace M. Cho’s memoir on colonialism, food, and love

Author Grace M. Cho breaks bread with the numerous voices haunting her ‘pained spirit’ in her new novel.
16/07/202158 minutes 12 seconds
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Liberty’s white roots and the racial history of that idea

White Freedom: ‘The belief (and practice) that freedom is central to white racial identity, and that only white people can or should be free.’
09/07/202158 minutes 8 seconds
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Author M. Leona Godin shares the trope-free history of 'blindness'

Godin’s new book sheds an intriguing light on the tropes surrounding those on the spectrum of blindness.
02/07/20211 hour 1 minute 21 seconds
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It takes (escaping) a village: Sebastian Junger on the search for freedom, and community

‘Most nights we were the only people in the world who knew where we were. There are many definitions of freedom, but surely that is one of them.’
25/06/202154 minutes 24 seconds
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In 'On Juneteenth' Annette Gordon-Reed chronicles hardship and joy on the path to Black freedom

‘Origin stories matter, for individuals, groups of people, and for nations. They inform our sense of self, telling us what kind of people we believe we are, what kind of nation we believe we live in.’
18/06/202155 minutes 22 seconds
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The power of self-deception: Why and how our brains deceive us

"In any given moment the human eye takes in about a billion bits of information. The brain discards the vast majority of that information, and processes about 40 bits of information."
11/06/202159 minutes 39 seconds
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'Attractive for an Asian man’: Photographer reframes Asian American masculinity

Chinese American photographer Andrew Kung is reclaiming representation of the all-American man one portrait at a time.
10/06/202114 minutes 5 seconds
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On Asian America: Living in the rural NW, historical and contemporary stories

‘And as she walked by, she said ‘In America, we say excuse me!’ She just looked angry, and I looked around. I was stunned.’
04/06/202151 minutes 18 seconds
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On Asian America: Not backing down

The surge of hate crimes committed against Asian Americans has swelled since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic. It's a sad but known truth that racial hatred against Asians (or racial hatred, in general) isn't just a new phenomenon in the US. But neither is standing up to and confronting that hatred...
28/05/202155 minutes 30 seconds
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On Asian America: Sex, gender and the 'exotic other'

From adult films to a portrait series on Asian men, stereotypes of Asian identity are being disrupted in surprising and creative ways.
20/05/20211 hour 11 minutes 35 seconds
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What’s overheating the planet? Kate Aronoff says capitalism is

‘For better and for worse, our choice now is between eco-socialism or eco-apartheid.’
14/05/20211 hour 36 seconds
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Poet’s search for grace, justice amid historic and current anti-Asian hate

Brian Komei Dempster’s ‘poetry of remembering, and the reverberations of our ancestors.’
07/05/202151 minutes 58 seconds
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Jess Zimmerman subverts the dominant monster myth paradigm

‘These are the bedtime stories the patriarchy tells itself.’
30/04/20211 hour 8 minutes 30 seconds
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Glowing bunnies and climate change denial. What could go wrong?

Nathaniel Rich considers ‘the horrific interconnectedness of all things’
22/04/202159 minutes 58 seconds
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Raising boys the non-toxic way: a how-to manual

‘I want him to be able to have those qualities that I saw men wanting, but not being able to have. Like being able to cry.’
16/04/20211 hour 3 seconds
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A visionary constellation of poetry, five decades in the making

Lyric World presents the celebrated poet Arthur Sze
09/04/202152 minutes 25 seconds
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Bill Gates is bullish on climate change mitigation, but warns ‘We don’t have time to waste’

How to unmake a man-made global disaster
03/04/20211 hour 45 seconds
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Becoming Rebecca Solnit: a room and a life of her own

‘I was trying not to be the subject of someone else’s poetry and not to get killed.’
26/03/20211 hour 19 minutes 23 seconds
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Lawrence Wright looks for America through the lens of Covid-19

How the acclaimed writer and investigative journalist saw it coming
19/03/20211 hour 26 minutes 51 seconds
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Seattle leaders talk gender inequality, and the ‘glass cliff’ problem

On suffering and surviving the slings and arrows of a woman leader’s fortune
12/03/20211 hour 5 minutes 59 seconds
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Essays on life, lineage, and the inheritance of whiteness

White women explore epistemic injustice and healing wisdom
05/03/20211 hour 1 minute 10 seconds
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White advantage. Racialized trauma. Paths forward

‘America doesn’t have a race problem. It has a racism problem.’
26/02/20211 hour 19 minutes 37 seconds
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Re: Building Democracy explores ways to mend our political, social, and cultural divides

‘Class blindness is the tendency for people with social class privilege to be unaware or blind to their advantages.’ -Professor Jennifer Sherman
19/02/202152 minutes 51 seconds
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Lyric World: You Don’t Have to Go to Mars for Love

Poet Yona Harvey on arrivals, departures, and renewals
18/02/202145 minutes 1 second
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Re: Building Democracy explores the state of civic discourse, east of the mountains

‘I think both of us realize that you don’t get anywhere by staying in your corners and being completely polarized. We just know that the more we communicate and talk about things the better it will be, even if we’re not on the same page.’
12/02/202150 minutes 23 seconds
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Scott Turow reflects on his dual roles as a best-selling fiction author and practicing attorney

‘Some speak of the nobility of the law. Stern has not always found that to be true. Too much of the grubby bone shop, the odor of the abattoir, emanates from every criminal courtroom.’
11/02/202154 minutes 5 seconds
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Bridging the American divide: A search for civic responsibility

An exploration of unsettling shifts and signs of hope in word and song
27/01/20211 hour 6 minutes 54 seconds
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Race, reckoning, and redemption: Michael Eric Dyson’s message to White America

“How far are we willing to go? Are we prepared to sacrifice tradition and convention for genuine transformation?”
22/01/20211 hour 20 minutes 20 seconds
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How a UW course captured the impact of an unprecedented year

Reflections on 2020 help point to bridges forward
08/01/20211 hour 8 minutes 56 seconds
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2020 Hugo House Fellows share works of ‘Luminosity’ for the new year

Poets and essayists conjure post-holiday light
31/12/20201 hour 30 minutes 20 seconds
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Neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett discusses ‘that big grey blob’ between your ears

If you’ve ever found yourself wishing you could better understand how the human brain works, then this talk is just for you.
25/12/20201 hour 10 minutes 2 seconds
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Jill Lepore on the ethically challenged birth of the computer age

'These men are going out to build a machine to understand how humans think and feel and would behave, and they don’t understand their wives and they don’t understand their children.'
04/12/202053 minutes 8 seconds
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Where a booming oil market meets wind and solar alternatives, geopolitics happens

‘Peak oil, at this point, it looks like it’s around 2030, which used to sound far away, but it isn’t anymore.’
27/11/202058 minutes 1 second
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The 'Seattle Process' in 2020. Are we becoming ungovernable?

‘Seattle is not silent. Seattle is not submissive. Seattle is not unthinking. Seattle will not be exploited, and Seattle is not obedient.’
20/11/20201 hour 10 minutes 54 seconds
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Dare to Speak. Discourse amid difference

‘We’re in an extremely polarized moment as a country, and we have to find ways to talk about these things.’
06/11/202057 minutes 58 seconds
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'Seismic' literature inspires and changes Seattle through story

“Literature is an unopened umbrella in the rain ... literature is a cathedral.”
23/10/20201 hour 27 minutes 38 seconds