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Seattle Growth Podcast

Summary: Join University of Washington professor Jeff Shulman for a fourth season exploring the far-reaching impacts of Seattle's physical and cultural transformation. In the fourth season, learn about the past, present, and future of Seattle's legendary music scene. 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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 S4 Ep.5: Is Growth Crushing the Soul of Seattle Music | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:42

Is there a cultural transformation underway in Seattle? Has the music scene that grabbed the nation’s attention during the 1990s grunge era maintained its identity? Three voices in today’s Seattle music scene share their perspective on the culture of Seattle music and how it is changing in recent years. The episode features: Austin Santiago, owner of BuildStrong Music Group, which has been curating concerts and music culture in Cascadia since 2005 and Vice President at Do206, a website dedicated to highlighting live events in the area. Lydia Ramsey, an Americana singer-songwriter and talent buyer at the Seattle music venue Triple Door. Celene Ramadan, a Seattle musician who has performed as Leeni, Prom Queen, and Snax the Bunny. The voices give insight into the current identity and trajectory of Seattle’s music scene. For comparison, the episode also includes quotes from previous guests including legendary Seattle radio personality Marco Collins, former Grammy executive Ben London, and platinum selling band member Jason Finn. This episode gives unique insight into the process of becoming a musician in Seattle. It provides a window into the evolving culture of the city that spans beyond music and it gives you a chance to meet some of the talented artists in Seattle. Featuring the song Show Me The Stars by Lydia Ramsey and the song Vengeance (Will Be Mine) by Prom Queen.

 S4 Ep. 4: Seattle's Emerging Hip Hop Artists Draze & Dave B | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:02

Draze, who has opened for Snoop Dogg and had his music appear on hit shows such as Empire, shares how Seattle’s transformation has affected his music and him personally. You will also hear from Dave B, who collaborated with Macklemore on the hit song Corner Store, performed in front of a sold-out Key Arena, was seen on national tv performing on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show, and headlined his own sold-out show at Seattle’s Neptune Theater. Today’s episode gives you a rare inside look at the journey a Seattle hip-hop artist takes in the ride to prominence. The two guests also put to words the range of emotions many people are feeling as the city of Seattle undergoes a rapid transformation. Featuring the songs "The Hood Ain't the Same" by Draze and "Sweetest Thing" by Dave B.

 S4 Ep. 3: Seattle's History: Hendrix, Hip-Hop, and More | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:44

This episode continues the season's brief look at Seattle’s rich musical history. Janie Hendrix (CEO of Experience Hendrix) shares how the city’s growth has affected her efforts to honor the legacy of Seattle-born rock and roll legend Jimi Hendrix. You will learn more about the continued impact Jimi Hendrix has on Seattle today. The episode also features an interview with inaugural Seattle Music Commissioner DeVon Manier. Manier is cofounder of Sportn’ Life Music Group and works with Seattle artists such as the Black Tones and Future Shock . He shares stories from his time developing hip-hop artists at the turn of the century and what drove him to participate in the Seattle Music Commission. The interviews listeners a glimpse into Seattle’s musical past and provides insight into what the future holds for our growing city. With appearances by Marco Collins, Jason Finn, Ben London, Draze, and Dave B. Also contains the song Woman in Black by The Blacktones.

 S4 Ep. 2: Seattle’s Sound: Grunge and the 90s | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:51:26

The fourth season of Seattle Growth Podcast brings together diverse perspectives from established and emerging artists, music lovers and music industry leaders to paint a picture of the past, present, and future of Seattle’s iconic music scene. This second episode of the season continues last week’s focus on Seattle’s music community during the 1990s. Whereas Seattle had produced many notable musical artists in prior years, the sounds from the 1990s were distinctly recognized across the globe as emanating from this city. The episode features singer-songwriter Ben London who began his Seattle music career while the Seattle sound, grunge, was exploding nationally. London went on to serve on the development team for the Experience Music Project (now known as MoPOP), to serve as an executive at the Grammys, and to serve as the inaugural chair of the Seattle Music Commission. You will hear what it was like to be “a footnote of flannel” during the Seattle grunge era and to do “all the things that other bands did, except...not sell millions of records.” The episode also features Marco Collins, an influential radio DJ during the early 1990s who record executives from around the world turned to for insight into who would be the next big thing in music.The subject of his own documentary “The Glamour and the Squalor” opens up about what it was like to rub shoulders with Seattle’s rock stars, to help catapult bands to national prominence, and to have the whole world watching what was coming out of Seattle. These two voices help paint a picture of a unique time in Seattle’s music history and provide insight into the city’s future.

 S4 Ep.1: Seattle Music's Past, Present, and Future Pt. 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:47:20

Seattle Growth Podcast brings its spotlight to the music community in our growing city. The story begins in this first episode of season 4 with a look at the 1990s, an almost universally recognized era of Seattle sound. Today’s episode features two-time Grammy nominee, the drummer for the Presidents of the United States of America, Jason Finn. What was it like to be a Seattle musician in this era where one could be catapulted from playing Seattle’s Romper Room to selling millions of records? What was happening in Seattle that enabled local bands to take the national leap? You’ll hear Jason Finn’s perspective on these questions and more. You’ll also hear the fan perspective from Daryl Ducharme, a music lover who worked at Guitar Center during the decade. The interviews will paint a vivid picture of a unique moment in Seattle’s history that will also give insight into our future. With musical intros performed by Draze, Naomi Wachira, and Porscha Shaw.

 Season Preview and Dave B | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:20:11

A preview of Season 4 with an interview with emerging Seattle hip-hop artist Dave B. Professor Jeff Shulman has been interviewing a set of established and emerging artists, music lovers, and music industry leaders and will soon share their stories with you. The episode also includes brief clips from the talented voices of Lydia Ramsey (, Prom Queen (, and Kate Voss (

 Special: Music Arena Wars And Seattle Center Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:00

The arena wars are not over as two groups vie to reshape Seattle’s music scene, Seattle Center, and the future of winter professional sports in Seattle. In this special episode, find out why 33 members of Seattle’s music community weighed in on the arena debate to support one of the two proposals. You will hear from Jason Finn, drummer for the platinum-selling, grammy-nominated band Presidents of the United States. You will hear from David Meinert, whose Onto Entertainment manages the platinum selling musicians, The Lumineers. Today’s episode gives you a better understanding about how Seattle’s music scene can be shaped by the arena proposals.

 Special: Music, Arena Wars, And Seattle Center | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:52:40

The arena wars are not over as two groups vie to reshape Seattle’s music scene, Seattle Center, and the future of winter professional sports. In this special episode, get an update on the process and hear from Wally Walker and Pete Nordstrom how their group’s efforts to bring an NBA franchise to an arena in Sodo can also have an impact on music lovers and musicians in the city. With an appearance by Ben London and featuring the music of Stag.

 S3 Ep. 7: Seattle In Progress? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:10:31

In this third season of Seattle Growth Podcast, UW Foster professor Jeff Shulman set out to better understand the physical transformation of Seattle. Shulman set across Seattle to learn from real estate developers, residents, and activists about the changes under way. What he found may surprise you. The season began as an exploration how much the physical landscape of Seattle is changing, who is driving these changes, how people are affected by these changes, and what people are doing to shape the future of Seattle. Along the way, the voices of Seattle expressed a significant challenge facing the community In this season finale, hear Seattle residents share a common concern about how Seattle is transforming and offer their ideas for action steps that can build progress toward addressing the challenge. Featuring the voices of Damon Bomar, Tim Thomas, Cole Austin, Martin Henry Kaplan, Queen Pearl Richard, Ethan Phelps Goodman, Alisha Cross, Carl Livingston, Joe Ferguson, and Rev. Dr. Phyllis Beaumonte.

 S3 Ep. 6: Is Seattle’s Past Paving Its Future? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:59:41

Seattle’s growth is bringing a physical and cultural transformation. Buildings are changing, businesses are changing, and people are changing at a rapid pace. This episode of Seattle Growth Podcast features three expert opinions on how policies from Seattle’s past are shaping the migration patterns of today that will influence Seattle’s future.

 S3 Ep. 5: Leaving a Growing Seattle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:55

Money and people are moving into Seattle at an unprecedented rate. In an apparent effort to keep pace with the growth, Seattle has led the nation in the number of cranes in the sky two years in a row. Though significant attention is given to the number of people moving in, IRS data shows thousands of people are also moving out. Today’s episode of Seattle Growth Podcast features interviews with two people who have chosen to leave Seattle and an interview with the Director of Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development about what the city is doing to avoid losing more of its long-time residents. If Seattle has changed to a point that these residents feel the need to leave, what might happen you and your life in this city? By understanding why some residents are saying goodbye to Seattle, you can work together to ensure that Seattle maintains a community for you and those you care about as it continues undergoing its transformation. Today’s episode features in-depth interviews with Reverend Dr. Phyllis Beaumonte, Cole Austin, and Sam Assefa.

 S3 Ep. 4: Seattle Natives Tell Their Stories | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:43:20

Three residents with more than a combined century living in Seattle tell their side of the story of Seattle. Seattle’s population has increased an astounding 15.4 percent since the start of the decade. For tens of thousands of newcomers, a bustling, growing Seattle is all they’ve ever known. But tucked within some of those houses, apartments, and condos surrounded by construction cranes are people who grew up in a very different city. The three interviews give you perspective on how the physical transformation under way in Seattle is affecting some of the city’s long-time residents. Given history has a habit of repeating itself, hearing their stories will give you a better understanding of how Seattle’s future growth may ultimately affect you and life in this city. You will also gain insight into the challenges your fellow community members are facing, so that you can be a part of building a mutually beneficial future. The episode features Damon Bomar, Wendy Colgan, and Alisha Cross.

 S3 Ep. 3: The Battle For Seattle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:47:32

Seattle is growing at an extraordinary rate. As more people and money flow into the city, the skyline and neighborhoods are being transformed. What will the future of the Seattle and its neighborhoods look like? Only time will tell as various people and groups jockey for position to have their vision for Seattle unfold. Today’s episode of Seattle Growth Podcast offers guidance into how you can influence the future of Seattle. You will hear from people who have organized, lobbied, or litigated to play a role in determining what Seattle will look like for years to come. Through these examples, you will have a better understanding of how you can have your voice heard as the city changes around you. You will hear from Roger Valdez of Smart Growth Seattle. You will hear from Martin H. Kaplan, an architect and engaged Seattle resident. You will hear from Ethan Phelps-Goodman about Seattle Tech Workers for Housing. Through meeting these change-makers, you will get perspective on the variety of efforts underway to set policy.

 S3 Ep. 2: Real Estate Developers and Future of Seattle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:07

Gain insight into the minds of real estate developers as they reshape Seattle’s streets and skyline. As you look ahead to where you live or might live, these interviews give you insight into the kinds of neighborhoods and properties that attract real estate developers. You will get an inside look into their development process and how you can influence it. You will hear from Liz Dunn of Dunn + Hobbes, which specializes in the adaptive reuse of existing buildings as well as the construction of new urban infill projects. You will hear from Joe Ferguson of Lake Union Partners, which specializes in residential mixed-use and commercial projects. These two interviews give you examples of the variety of developers reshaping the physical landscape of our city.

 S3 Ep. 1: The Physical Transformation of Seattle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:14

People and money are flowing into Seattle at unprecedented rates and the city is undergoing a physical transformation like none other. As Seattle booms, the city has lead the nation in the number of cranes in the sky two years in a row. Anyone who even passes through Seattle can visibly see the physical changes under way. But in those buildings being torn down are people and businesses; lives being changed that we often do not get to see from the outside. The third season of Seattle Growth Podcast gives you insight into the physical transformation of Seattle and the lives it is affecting. You will learn what developers are thinking as they reshape the landscape of our city, how some of your fellow community members are reacting to these changes, and what you can do to influence what Seattle will look like. You will gain insight into Seattle’s history and what that history means for its future. Through this journey, you will have a better understanding of this dynamic city and the role you can play in shaping its tomorrow. In today’s episode of Seattle Growth Podcast, two people share heart-felt stories about how their lives have been impacted by Seattle’s changing physical landscape: Kailash Upadhyay is a business owner whose building was redeveloped. Queen Pearl Richard is a long-time Seattle resident who has seen the buildings and businesses change around her. Ethan Phelps-Goodman, a software engineer who developed, describes how you can learn about and influence further development in the city.


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