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Seattle Growth Podcast

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Join University of Washington professor Jeff Shulman for a fifth season exploring the far-reaching impacts of Seattle's physical and cultural transformation. In the fifth season, learn more about Seattle's homelessness crisis from those living on the city's streets and those developing potential solutions to the crisis.

Notable guests from earlier seasons of Seattle Growth Podcast include Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens, 3-time NBA All-Star Detlef Schrempf, NBA champion Wally Walker, Sonics legend Slick Watts, Pete Nordstrom, Craig Kinzer, Port Commissioner John Creighton, Paul Lawrence, City Councilmember Tim Burgess, SDOT director Scott Kubly, Tim Burgess, Kshama Sawant, and more.


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S6 Ep12: Building Community through Basketball
Today’s extra episode of Seattle Growth Podcast features an interview with Husky Basketball legend Donald Watts. Watts, owner and player development specialist at Watts Basketball, contributes to this season’s theme of finding community in a dynamic city. Watts shares the work being done to foster a community of children and parents who are interested in basketball as a means to build life skills. Watts also offers valuable lessons from building the Watts Basketball community that can be applied in a variety of contexts.
S6 Ep. 11: Finding Community Among Filmmakers and Film lovers
Vivian Hua, Executive Director of the Northwest Film Forum, shares the work she is doing to build community in the dynamic city of Seattle. She shares insights for other arts & culture leaders and previous some exciting events available to filmmakers and film lovers alike.
S6 Ep 10: Building Community in the CD and Phinneywood
Jeff Shulman continues his look at finding community in a dynamic city. In today’s episode, UW football Hall of Famer Greg Lewis shares his community work at the Meredith Mathews YMCA, where he serves as executive director. Lewis was the first Doak Walker Award winner for the nation’s top running back in college football and was an important piece of the Rose Bowl winning Husky team. Lewis shares why he has chosen to lead a non-profit and the initiatives he hopes will foster a sense of community in the Central District. In the interview, Lewis connects how the experience of stepping onto the field at the Rose Bowl compares to the work he is doing with the YMCA. Today’s episode also features author Cecile Andrews who talks about her circle of simplicity and the work she is doing to bring small groups together for conversation. Andrews has lived in Seattle for decades and is working to build a sense of community in the Phinneywood area. The interviews offer some interesting tidbits of history and give perspectives on where Seattle has been and where it is going. Both guests offer perspectives from different neighborhoods about growth, change, and community.
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Jul 17th, 2016
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Sep 12th, 2019
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