Each year the Library hosts readings, lectures, and discussions by authors and other public figures. You may listen to many of these programs by subscribing to the Library's authors & events podcast or by downloading one of the audio programs listed below. Our archive goes back more than 10 years and includes thousands of podcasts of memorable Library events.
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Paid Parental Leave - Panel Discussion
Listen to a panel discussion and learn about the paid family leave policy that will be considered by state legislators in 2017. Panel guests include Marilyn Watkins of the Economic Opportunity Institute; Rich Fox, President of the Seattle Restaurant Alliance; and Danielle Hulton Co-Owner of Ada's Technical Bookstore and Cafe.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 32.63MB] [Play time: 01 hr 11 min]
Advancing Racial Equity & Engaging the Community’s Voice: Reverend Starsky Wilson
In the wake of Michael Brown, Jr.’s tragic death in 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri, what can other cities and regions do to advance racial equity and authentically work together to support and empower communities? Listen in to a conversation with Reverend Starsky D. Wilson, president & CEO of Deaconess Foundation and co-chair of the Ferguson Commission. Appointed by Missouri’s governor in 2014, the Ferguson Commission made recommendations in 2015 to help the region address issues exposed by Brown’s death including changes in policing, the courts, child well-being and economic mobility. -- Karen Toering of Social Justice Fund Northwest moderates a discussion and audience Question and Answer session with Reverend Wilson. Discussion topics include the role of the media in shaping conversations about race and how to engage diverse community voices when working towards equity and equitable outcomes for all.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 36.14MB] [Play time: 01 hr 18 min]
LGBT Business Builder
Listen to this podcast about programs and assistance available to LGBT-owned small businesses, and how to register as a certified LGBT-owned small business with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (LGBTBE), businesses are able to build relationships with America's leading corporations, generate prospective business and clients, and collectively team with each other for contracting opportunities. As corporate America becomes more inclusive and further diversifies its supply chain, certification offers the opportunity for LGBT-owned businesses to differentiate themselves from their competitors.
Listen to Audio (mp3) [file size: 76.44MB] [Play time: 02 hr 46 min]