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Speaker's Forum

Series produced by KUOW

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A collection of lectures from respected academics, writers, public radio personalities and activists.

David Lynch, Gloria Steinem, John Edwards....The Puget Sound region is a destination for some of the most interesting speakers in the world. KUOW tapes 'em, then airs 'em - on Speaker's Forum. We include the lesser-knowns along with the uber-famous. Take Thomas Ricks. He's a Washington Post correspondent and the author of "Fiasco." He's one of the most frank and clear speakers you'll hear talk about Iraq. See more info on run times, etc. in "Information for stations."


19 Pieces

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More African Americans are incarcerated, on probation or on parole than were enslaved in 1850. Civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander argues the ma...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2011
  • Length: 49:27
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Thomas Ricks says you need to think of Shakespeare when it comes to Iraq. As in, it's a tragedy, and we're only in the third act. Ricks fears there...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2007
  • Length: 49:30
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Nina Planck calls her book "Real Food" because that's what she wants you to eat- even if it is beef, cream, sausage and whole milk. She says there'...

  • Added: Aug 22, 2007
  • Length: 49:30
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Speaker'sForum: A teacher is forbidden from saying the word "peace" in her classroom. A man has to leave his job simply because his name is Mohamme...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2007
  • Length: 49:30
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John Perkins follows up his "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" with more stories of U.S. corruption abroad. Perkins' new book is called "The Secr...

  • Added: Aug 07, 2007
  • Length: 51:00
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Sasha Abramsky says America is a prison nation. He says that, thanks to twenty-five years of policy changes, prisons are the American story. Abram...

Bought by KPVL


  • Added: Aug 06, 2007
  • Length: 49:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Woe is me. Marriage today just isn't what it used to be. Isn't that the truth? Nope! Not true! Historian Stephanie Coontz knows the facts. Marriage...

Bought by KCUR


  • Added: Aug 01, 2007
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Reza Aslan says America will never "out-fanaticize" religious fundamentalists in the Middle East -- and should stop trying to win wars on their terms.

  • Added: Jul 23, 2007
  • Length: 53:55
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The National Security Agency was once nicknamed "No Such Agency." For years, the U.S. government wouldn't admit it existed. James Bamford is the a...

  • Added: Jul 23, 2007
  • Length: 54:00
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John Edwards speaks to loyalists from each of the "two Americas."

  • Added: Jul 23, 2007
  • Length: 54:00
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David Lynch explains how he gets ideas for his often disturbing films from a feeling of inner bliss.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 23, 2007
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 1
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A woman moves out West for the air. Then the dust rises, and the air makes her daughter deathly ill. Tim Egan tells stories from the Great American...

  • Added: Jul 23, 2007
  • Length: 53:57
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Rafe Esquith says America's public education system has failed kids, and that is why he can't. He teaches Shakespeare to fifth graders at one of th...

  • Added: Jul 23, 2007
  • Length: 54:00
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Kevin Phillips, former Republican strategist and author of "American Theocracy," talks about President Bush's mental health, his religious beliefs,...

  • Added: May 11, 2007
  • Length: 53:59
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Hour 2 of two-hour lecture "If Women Mattered" by Gloria Steinem

Bought by WCPN


  • Added: May 17, 2006
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Hour 1 of two-hour lecture "If Women Mattered" by Gloria Steinem

Bought by WCPN and KERA


  • Added: May 17, 2006
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Lecture by Tikkun editor and author, Rabbi Michael Lerner

  • Added: May 16, 2006
  • Length: 54:00
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Paul Bremer: American overseer in Iraq for 14 months following the U.S. invasion.

  • Added: Apr 18, 2006
  • Length: 54:00
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Kevin Phinney looks at race relations, as seen through the prism of music.

Bought by KUHB


  • Added: Feb 10, 2006
  • Length: 53:53
  • Purchases: 1