Watch long-form discussions with some of Washington State’s most fascinating authors and scholars. Topics cover everything from hip-hop to the sociology of clutter, and include both one-on-one conversations and larger panel discussions. Check out our YouTube channel for more.
A More Perfect Union explores the complexities of our democracy in order to help strengthen it. Through radio programs, podcasts, and oral histories, A More Perfect Union examines American democracy’s founding documents: the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence, through a cross-cultural lens.
The radio shows are a partnership between Humanities Washington, KUOW Public Radio, Spokane Public Radio, and Northwest Public Broadcasting. Check out the radio broadcast schedule using the link below. The oral histories, which will be turned into podcasts, will include interviews with Latino/a/x community members in Wenatchee, farming community members in Thurston county, and LGBTQ+ community members in the Tri-Cities and Spokane. The podcasts will be released on President’s Day 2023.
Spark is Humanities Washington’s twice-yearly print magazine featuring interviews with authors and cultural experts, short fiction, poetry, original essays, and information on humanities activities around the state. Spark is also distributed to numerous cultural organizations and venues across Washington. Subscribe to the print issue for free here, or you can view digital copies here.
Cabin Fever Kids is a digital book featuring fun and fascinating questions based on children’s literature, designed for parents and teachers looking to get kids to think more deeply about life’s big issues. The project began as a response to COVID-19 and the resulting school closures, with the aim of helping with home learning or even bedtime reading. The book contains links to a reading of a beloved children’s book, along with open-ended questions about the story for children to discuss—questions rooted in philosophy, critical thinking, sociology, psychology, and other disciplines.
Asians and Pacific Islanders have made countless contributions to America’s culture and communities, yet continue to experience racism and marginalization in everyday life. In an effort to sustain an ongoing dialogue about the contributions and experiences of AAPI communities in our state, Humanities Washington, KUOW, Spokane Public Radio, and Northwest Public Broadcasting created “On Asian America: AAPI Experiences and Identities,” a series of radio programs and events presented during May and June 2021.
In winter and spring 2021, join Humanities Washington for a deep dive into the state of democracy, voting, and civic engagement. Deepening polarization is eroding faith in the electoral and democratic process on which our democracy depends. What can we do to cultivate mutual respect, repair damaged relationships, and reweave a civic fabric frayed from years of growing division?
Re:building Democracy consists of three one-hour radio shows, produced by stations KUOW (Seattle), KPBX (Spokane), and Northwest Public Broadcasting (statewide), and a series of online conversations with experts produced by Humanities Washington. We will also be creating a special edition of Spark magazine focused on civic engagement, to be released in May.