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Nov 14, 2019
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Douglas Smith
How America Saved Russia From Famine

In 1921, facing one of the worst famines in history, the new Soviet government under Vladimir Lenin invited the American Relief Administration to save communist Russia from ruin. Author Douglas Smith joins us with an account of how a small, daring band of Americans fed more than ten million men, women, and children across a …

Nov 14, 2019
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America Scores presents
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America Scores Fall Poetry Slam

America SCORES inspires urban youth to harness their creative potential and build the confidence to make a difference in the world. They invite us to a poetry slam celebration of elementary school students delivering powerful spoken word poetry performances from memory. Join parents, family, coaches, and fellow students to urge on these amazing young poets …

Nov 13, 2019
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Town Hall Seattle and KEXP present
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Death and Music
with John Richards and Dr. Amy Richards

Music can be a powerful tool for helping us cope with the loss of the ones we love—especially when our community comes together to experience that music live. KEXP’s morning show host John Richards invites us to a special community evening on death and music at Town Hall. Richards shares his inspirations for his annual …

Nov 12, 2019
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Azra Raza with LeRoy Hood
The Human Costs of Treating Cancer

According to oncologist Azra Raza, we have lost the war on cancer. We spend $150 billion each year treating it, yet—a few innovations notwithstanding—a patient with cancer is as likely to die of it as one was fifty years ago. Most new drugs add mere months to one’s life at agonizing physical and financial cost. …

Nov 12, 2019
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Mo Rocca with Steve Scher
Mobituaries—Great Lives Worth Reliving
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Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries. He has relished the chance to read about the remarkable lives of world leaders, captains of industry, innovators, and artists. But according to Mo, not every notable life has gotten the sendoff it deserves. He sets out to right that wrong with Mobituaries, his book profiling the people who …

Nov 11, 2019
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Town Hall Seattle and Northwest Harvest present
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Just Food
A Conversation about Food as a Right in Washington

Hunger isn’t just the absence of food, it’s the absence of justice. When our systems are broken, the most vulnerable in our state suffer the most. Food justice aligns itself with the primary goals of social justice—demanding equal opportunity and access to basic rights and needs. To show us a way forward in promoting food …

Nov 11, 2019
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Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth with Eric Horvitz
Designing Ethical Algorithms

Over the course of a generation, algorithms have gone from mathematical abstractions to powerful mediators of daily life. Algorithms have made our lives more efficient, but some experts contend that they are increasingly violating the basic rights of individual citizens. Professors Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth delve into the complexities of this topic with insight …

Nov 10, 2019
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Steinway & Sons and the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington present
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Michi Hirata North
Beiju Celebration

Michi Hirata North made her piano debut in 1938 as an eight-year-old prodigy. She quickly gained a reputation as one of the most outstanding young Japanese pianists and she continued to perform nationwide solo concerts and as a guest pianist with various orchestras. 80 years later, Michi has gained international acclaim and performed in concert …

Nov 9, 2019
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Caroline Wright
How To Talk To Kids About Death

How do you talk to kids about death? Author Caroline Wright wondered the same thing when she was diagnosed with an aggressive, terminal brain cancer as a mother to her young sons. Now, having lived a year past her prognosis and written a children’s book to help children know the undying love of a parent, …

Nov 8, 2019
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Dan Hooper
Our Universe’s First Seconds
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Scientists in the past few decades have made crucial discoveries about how our cosmos evolved over the past 13.8 billion years. But there remains a critical gap in our knowledge: we still know very little about what happened in the first seconds after the Big Bang. Astrophysicist Dan Hooper reveals new understanding about this mysterious …

Nov 6, 2019
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US Geological Survey presents
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Pacific Northwest Earthquake Forum

People in the Pacific Northwest know to be prepared for earthquakes. But what can the current state of earthquake science tell us about readiness? US Geological Survey brings four local experts to Town Hall’s stage for a forum discussion on seismic activity in our region. They offer us insight into the study of faults and …

Nov 6, 2019
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StolenYouth presents
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StolenYouth - The Vulnerability Pipeline

Every year more than 500 children and youth are bought and sold for sex in King County, some as young as 11 years old. To raise awareness in our community about the growing problem of child sex trafficking, local nonprofit StolenYouth invites us to their annual ‘town hall’ discussion. This year, StolenYouth focuses on the …

Nov 5, 2019
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Earshot Jazz presents
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Emmet Cohen Trio

Multifaceted jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is in the vanguard of his generation's advancement of music. Earshot Jazz brings Cohen to Town Hall’s stage to lead his namesake ensemble, the Emmet Cohen Trio. Possessing a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette, and an extensive repertoire, Cohen plays with the command and passion of an …

Nov 5, 2019
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Highline School District presents
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Dr. Marc Brackett
Permission To Feel

How can we hone our emotional intelligence to empower us in our daily lives? Highline School District presents emotional intelligence researcher Marc Brackett with insight from his new book Permission To Feel. Brackett inspires a new mindset around the power of emotions to transform our lives. Using science, passion, and lively storytelling, Brackett acts as …

Nov 3, 2019
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear with Marcos Martinez
Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration

As his campaign rhetoric in the 2018 midterms demonstrated, no issue matters more to Donald Trump than immigration. And no issue—with the possible exception of his opposition to Robert Mueller’s investigation of his 2016 campaign—better defines his administration. Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear have covered the Trump administration from its earliest days. Now …

Nov 2, 2019
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Earshot Jazz presents
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Seattle Jazz Showcase
Bill Anschell Standards Trio, LaVon Hardison, Tarik Abouzied/Joe Doria/Cole Schuster

In the second of two showcases of Seattle’s best, Earshot Jazz presents the commanding pianist Bill Anschell along with bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer Byron Vannoy. Then, dynamic vocalist LaVon Hardison and Tarik Abouzied deliver an uplifting, funky trio featuring organist Joe Doria and drummer Cole Schuster. Between sets, saxophonist Stuart MacDonald takes the stage …

Nov 2, 2019
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Everyone For Veterans and What They Signed Up For present
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Veterans Day Open Mic
A Veterans Day Event

Honor Veterans Day with an open-mic sharing session presented by Everyone For Veterans. Listen and learn from veterans and their families as they share pride, grief, and quiet appreciation of their experiences with war and the lives that they’ve made since. Veterans are encouraged to step forward and address their community directly. Participate in a discussion …

Nov 1, 2019
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Earshot Jazz presents
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Flat Earth Society

Earshot Jazz presents Flat Earth Society, the mammoth 18-piece Belgian juggernaut ensemble unleashing jazz of unrivaled spirit and verve. They arrive at Town Hall for a wildly innovative, complex, and incendiary performance that remains as tight as a fine classical orchestra. Often compared to Vienna Art Orchestra or Willem Breuker Kollektief, Flat Earth Society mixes …

Nov 1, 2019
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Town Hall and University of Washington Communication Leadership Program present
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Jenny Odell with Austin Jenkins
Reclaiming Our Attention in an Age of Distraction
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Artist and critic Jenny Odell sees our attention as the most precious—and overdrawn—resource we have. Town Hall joins with UW Communication Leadership Graduate Program to present Odell on Town Hall’s stage, in conversation with political reporter Austin Jenkins. Odell and Jenkins address the dilemma of life in an age of constant distraction. They advocate for …

Oct 31, 2019
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STG presents
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Andrew Rea
Binging with Babish Cookbook

Andrew Rea is one part chef, one part filmmaker, and a generous dash of irreverent YouTube personality. Self-taught both behind and in front of the camera, his cooking show Binging with Babish is enjoyed by millions of burgeoning chefs and foodies around the globe. Seattle Theatre Group brings Rea to Town Hall to celebrate the …

 

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