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Seattle is a dynamic and diverse city with fascinating people, unique organizations, innovative businesses, and one of the most beautiful settings of any metropolitan area in the United States. To find out what fuels Seattle's limitless vibrancy and to keep abreast of how the city is growing and changing in the 21st century, Seattle Channel presents the CityStream video podcast.
 
Seattle's own 'action figure librarian' and best-selling author Nancy Pearl sits down each month with top writers from around the country for conversations about books and the process and art of writing. There's no one better qualified than Nancy to discuss books and writing, bringing an informed reader's perspective to lively conversation and in-depth dialogs about all things literary.
 
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As immigrants and refugees adjust to a new life here, many are receiving support from ReWA, the Refugee Women's Alliance. And now, the Seattle Kraken are also doing their part to help newcomers feel connected to the community! Puget Sound is the dominant body of water that unites much of Western Washington, but how much do you really know about the…
 
Naomi Hirahara joins Nancy Pearl to discuss "Clark and Division," her new historical mystery that takes place in the 1940s when a Japanese American family is transitioning to city life after mass incarceration during World War II. Naomi is the author of several mystery series as well as non-fiction and she tells Nancy why she decided to write this …
 
Author Stephen Mack Jones joins Nancy Pearl to discuss his "August Snow" mysteries. Steve reveals the inspiration behind the title hero, August Snow, an ex-police detective who solves crimes for the marginalized in this (so far) three-part crime fiction series based in Detroit. The books sprinkle true events and real places into the fictional stori…
 
Nancy Pearl talks with Daniel James Brown, author of the wildly successful "The Boys in the Boat." His new book, "Facing the Mountain - A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II," chronicles four Japanese American families and their sons, telling the story of World War II in a way you've never heard before. He explains how the book g…
 
Author and journalist Blaine Harden joins Nancy Pearl to discuss his book "A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy of Lies, and the Taking of the American West." The book dismantles a bogus legend that turned failed missionaries Marcus and Narcissa Whitman into great American heroes, justified devastating white conquest, and created a lasting false history …
 
George Floyd's murder sparked a movement, forcing this nation to acknowledge and confront systemic racism. But how much has changed in the year since Floyd was killed? Seattle Times Assistant Managing Editor Naomi Ishisaka tells host Joni Balter, "this is part of an arc of work that's been ongoing... and while momentum has slowed, progress has been…
 
Sonora Jha joins Nancy Pearl to discuss her book "How to Raise a Feminist Son." They talk about how the book is part memoir, part how-to workbook; how growing up in India influenced her identity as a feminist; and how she went about raising her son with feminist values. Plus, find out what Jha is reading and pick up some great book recommendations.…
 
After struggling through the pandemic, social unrest, and an ongoing homelessness crisis, what is the state of downtown Seattle? Bob Donegan, president of Ivar's restaurants tells host Joni Balter that 2020 was grim, but he's encouraged by the crowds returning to the city. The number of visitors to Pike Place Market is a good example. Donegan says,…
 
After several successful works of narrative nonfiction, author David Laskin dove right into writing fiction, and the coming of age 1970s novel "What Sammy Knew" is the result. He and Nancy Pearl discuss the differences between writing fiction and narrative nonfiction, how he workshops his own writing, and his preferred method for writing the part o…
 
The President and Congressional Democrats are moving fast to work through a list of major projects demanded by the American public. Two U.S. House members from Washington state, helping to lead the way, speak to host Joni Balter about the challenges ahead. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Progressive Caucus, says "I just watched the American Resc…
 
A new president has established a different tone, but politics nationally remains as contentious as ever. Is the same true in this state? The leaders of Washington's two major political parties join host Joni Balter to discuss bridging the political divide. The conversation revealed there's still work to be done. "I think Republicans, at this point…
 
After losing both the White House and control of the U.S. Senate, even longtime Republicans are wondering, what's the future of the GOP? Lincoln Project Co-founder Rick Wilson and 2016 GOP nominee for Washington governor Bill Bryant share strong opinions with host Joni Balter on what they see on the road ahead. Wilson says the Republican party is a…
 
One day after Americans cast their ballots in record numbers, we are joined by a prominent Democrat and Republican who share their perspectives on our divided nation. Congressmember-elect Marilyn Strickland tells host Joni Balter, no matter who becomes president, we must find a way to come together to begin solving problems. She says she'll start b…
 
As Senate Republicans push to confirm President Trump's conservative Supreme Court nominee, how will that be received? Senior U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik tells host Joni Balter politics should stay out of the process and we should avoid any temptation to load the court. He says, "...it is a bad idea, frankly, to tinker with the nine we have."…
 
As we celebrate this season of gratitude and forgiveness, Eric Liu adds three things to celebrate: our presence, our openness, and our heritage. Liu says presence matters because it's getting too easy to retreat into small circles of comfort. He says openness is to be celebrated because open and inclusive societies tend to outperform and outlast cl…
 
Eric Liu says we are all "gardeners" of our democracy and our community. He says we ought to pay more attention to our roots and root systems and know what it is we believe and why. Liu believes we are a mixed, intermingled group of gardeners tending a mixed, intermingled plot. He admits it's a complicated concoction, but if we tend it just right t…
 
Civic Seminarian Kristin Leong leads a special presentation of Civic Saturday, introducing guest speaker Aliyah Musaliar, a first-year student at the University of Washington. Musaliar reveals her turmoil as she wrestles with the only question people seem to be focused on: What are you going to be? And that leads to even greater anxiety for Musalia…
 
Eric Liu refers to America's favorite pastime, baseball, to help answer the question, what does it mean to be responsible? He says there are two ways to interpret this. First, what is it we should expect to be blamed for or held to account? Second, what ways are we living up to obligation or expectation? He says both are at play as our political cu…
 
Citizen University visits El Centro de la Raza for a special edition of Civic Saturday. As the country celebrates Black History Month, host Eric Liu cites the readings of abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglas to provide context to the term liberation. But Liu goes a step beyond, exploring the full arc that runs from slavery to liberation to …
 
Citizen University presents a special edition of Civic Saturday from its home turf at Impact Hub Seattle. Host Eric Liu explores the topic of time and citizenship, focusing on three aspects of time that shape our civic lives: tempo, horizons, and patterns. Liu reminds us to move at our own tempos and to be intentional. But he admits that can be a c…
 
Host Eric Liu says "neighbor power" matters. Those who study relationships refer to it as "social cohesion." And according to a recent civic health report, Seattle ranks low on the national scale. Many Seattleites don't know their neighbors or share favors. Liu examines what it means to be a good neighbor and how fostering relationships at the neig…
 
Citizen University TV makes a stop at the Fremont Abbey for a special presentation of Civic Saturday. In his "civic sermon," Eric Liu reminds us, "It's a Free Country." But when he explores that notion it reveals much about who we are as a nation. As Alexis de Tocqueville noted in "Democracy in America," we are both "independent and weak." Liu adds…
 
How do you get city hall to listen to your concerns? As we continue this season's civics lesson, host Eric Liu explains how to get the attention of local powerbrokers and what to do once you have their ear. He highlights successful workers' rights campaigns and talks with Clara Cantor of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, a volunteer organization that…
 
Behind many important social and political movements are community organizers. Citizen University TV host Eric Liu examines an age-old tool of the art of civics with a look at how community organizing can upend the status quo and how simple acts can lead to powerful actions. He reviews the legacy of some well-known local leaders and looks at how pe…
 
Citizen University TV hits the road with a special presentation of Civic Saturday from the Northwest African American Museum. Host Eric Liu hits "rewind" with a fascinating journey back in time, decade by decade. Liu recounts pivotal moments in history when he had the foresight to warn people of what was to come. But his talk is more than a flashba…
 
Citizen rights are frequently top of mind, but host Eric Liu turns our attention to responsibilities. "Civic engagement isn't just voting or saying yes to jury duty. The new civic engagement is running for office," according to the founder of an online service that helps organize campaigns and manage political offices. We'll profile some local scho…
 
Citizen University TV hits the road with a special presentation of Civic Saturday, a series of community gatherings designed to instill a spirit of shared purpose - with liberty, equality and self-government at the heart. And when you add singing, poetry, readings and speeches, you get a lively and unique civic experience. Eric Liu explores the que…
 
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