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Jun 30, 2019
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Nada Bakos
The Life of a CIA Terrorist Hunter

In 1999, 30-year-old Nada Bakos moved from her lifelong home in Montana to Washington, DC, to join the CIA. Through determination and an affinity for intelligence work, she rose through the ranks of the CIA as an analyst and Targeting Officer and found herself on the front lines of America's war against Islamic extremists. Nada …

Jun 29, 2019
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Earshot Jazz presents
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Courtois, Erdmann, Fincker: Love of Life
Supported by the French Embassy in the U.S.

Longtime friends of Town Hall, Earshot Jazz present Love of Life, a creative project by three of Europe's top musical improvisers. Cellist Vincent Courtois, revered for virtuosity at the edge of classical composition, brings us an acoustic trio with two tenor saxophonists exploring tonal mid-range in works based on the writings of Jack London. Sit …

Jun 28, 2019
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Charles Fishman
America's Impossible Mission to the Moon
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When President John F. Kennedy announced on May 25, 1961 that the United States would land a man on the Moon by 1970, no one was more surprised than the engineers at NASA. On the day of the historic speech, America had a total of fifteen minutes of spaceflight experience. In fact, Soviet canines had …

Jun 27, 2019
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The Moth Seattle presents
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The Moth Seattle GrandSLAM

The Moth presents the GrandSLAM, the culmination of ten open mic StorySLAM competitions. The champions of ten previous StorySLAM nights return to the stage to compete with brand new stories for the title of GrandSLAM champion. Take a seat ringside at the ultimate battle of wits and words, and witness a storytelling showdown that ranges …

Jun 27, 2019
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Walt Odets
Reimagining Gay Men's Lives
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It goes without saying that even today, it’s not easy to be gay in America. While young gay men often come out more readily, even those from the most progressive of backgrounds still struggle with the legacy of early-life stigma and a deficit of self-acceptance, which can fuel doubt, regret, and self-loathing. Clinical psychologist Walt Odets …

Jun 26, 2019
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Ed Levine with J. Kenji López-Alt
A Food Lover's Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption
Audio,Video

In 2005, freelance food writer Ed Levine sought an unlikely dream: to control his own fate and create a different kind of food publication that would unearth the world's best bagels, the best burgers, the best hot dogs—the best of everything edible. Levine joins us, in conversation with his Chief Culinary Advisor J. Kenji López-Alt, …

Jun 26, 2019
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Jonna Mendez
The Secret CIA Tactics That Won The Cold War
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Stories of Cold War era espionage have inspired countless stories and films—but actual Cold War operatives can often deliver truths that are stranger than fiction. Former CIA spymaster Jonna Mendez arrives at Town Hall to tell her story—both she and her husband Antonio worked as CIA operatives to spy on Moscow in the late 1970s …

Jun 24, 2019
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Sandbox Radio and Town Hall Seattle present
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Sandbox Radio: BUSTING OUT

Seattle-based Sandbox Radio recreates the classic experience of old-fashioned radio magic, but with lots of modern touches. This all-new episode presents new plays, songs, poetry, adaptations of classic literature, and much more—all scored with live music and sound effects. Listen in for an episode of this incredible locally grown live show produced and directed by …

Jun 23, 2019
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Thom Hartmann
The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment
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Thom Hartmann, often considered the most popular progressive radio host in America, invites us to an in-depth, historically informed discussion of one of the most controversial portions of the U.S. Constitution—the Second Amendment. Hartmann joins us at Town Hall with insight from his book The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment to examine …

Jun 23, 2019
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Town Hall Seattle and Seattle Chamber Music Society presents
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Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival Preview
Music from the Heart of Europe: Enescu, Dvořák , & Kodály

Seattle Chamber Music Society’s (SCMS) Summer Festival brings together the finest musicians in the world, offering twelve exceptional chamber music concerts and a fun Family Concert during the month of July. To prepare us for this incredible festival, SCMS and Town Hall present a special preview discussion celebrating the work of Central European composers, including …

Jun 22, 2019
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Mollie West Duffy and Liz Fosslien
The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions At Work
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How do we handle emotions in the workplace? What used to be taboo is now front and center when we talk about a day in the life of the modern worker. Join Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy, the authors of No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work, for a wide-ranging …

Jun 21, 2019
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Bach to Bates
An ambitious convergence of musical canon and cutting-edge modern repertoire

Named Musical America’s Composer of the Year in 2018, Mason Bates (creator of the Grammy Award-winning opera hit The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs) has become one of the most-performed modern composers of the 21st century. For the final concert in our Town Music series we’re presenting a night of pieces by Mason Bates alongside a …

Jun 20, 2019
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Louise Aronson
Elderhood—Redefining Aging
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Since the beginning of the 20th century, worldwide life expectancy has steadily increased to the highest point in history. Yet popular culture often treats old age like a disease—a condition to be dreaded, disparaged, neglected, and denied. Renowned geriatrician Louise Aronson takes the stage at Town Hall for a conversation on rethinking what it means …

Jun 20, 2019
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Post-Prison Education Program presents
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POSTPONED: The Biggest Lie Ever Told

According to Washington State Department of Corrections' data, more than 34% of Washington State prisoners suffer serious mental illness. The Post-Prison Education Program offers former prisoners access, support, and resources for achieving post-secondary education and reducing the risk of recidivism. Lauded author and mental health reform advocate Pete Earley, who joins us at Town Hall …

Jun 19, 2019
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Town Hall Seattle and Elliott Bay Books presents
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James Ellroy
This Storm
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It is January, 1942, and torrential rainstorms in L.A. unearth a body in Griffith Park. The cops rate it a routine dead-man job—but they're grievously wrong. Lauded writer James Ellroy arrives on the rain-slick streets of Seattle to present his latest noir thriller This Storm on Town Hall’s stage. He offers us commentary on his …

Jun 18, 2019
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Adam Gopnik
The Moral Adventure of Liberalism
Audio,Video

Not since the early twentieth century has liberalism, and liberals, come under such relentless attack, from both right and left. Some say that the crisis of democracy in our era has produced a crisis of faith in liberal institutions and, even worse, in liberal thought. Adam Gopnik, staff writer at The New Yorker, offers us …

Jun 18, 2019
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Caroline Fredrickson
The Democracy Fix
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Despite representing a minority of the American public, conservatives are in power in Washington, DC as well as state capitols and courtrooms across the country. Caroline Fredrickson—president of the American Constitution Society—arrives at Town Hall to outline the process by which these conservative representatives came into power. With insight from her book The Democracy Fix, …

Jun 17, 2019
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Frank Langfitt
The Shanghai Free Taxi
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The Chinese economic boom, with its impact on the environment, global trade, and the tech industry, has been one of the most important stories of the 21st century. Yet few Americans realize that the boom is largely over, and that the new reality in China—unequal growth, political anxiety, and a newly empowered strongman president—looks eerily …

Jun 17, 2019
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Lawrence Lessig
Fidelity and the American Constitution
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The immense age of our nation’s Constitution presents a fundamental challenge for interpreters. After so much time has passed, how do we read such an old document? Legal scholar Lawrence Lessig arrives at Town Hall to explore one of the most basic approaches to interpreting the Constitution—the process of translation. With insight from his new …

Jun 16, 2019
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Anna Fifield
The Great Successor—Understanding Kim Jong Un
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North Korea is one of the oddest and most isolated political regime in the world—one that is broken yet able to summon a US president for peace talks, bankrupt yet in possession of nuclear weapons. To understand this unique nation and its significance in our modern political landscape, journalist Anna Fifield contends that we must …

 

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