A fascinating look at life in Seattle during Great Depression

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🍄 Growing support for legalizing "magic mushrooms" in Washington state

Psychedelic mushrooms

The effort to legalize “magic mushrooms” as a treatment option for the mental health care crisis is growing in Washington. Oregon voters legalized psilocybin, the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms, for use in medical settings, but a similar effort failed in the Washington state legislature recently. As advocates prepare to put the issue before voters this fall, City Inside/Out examines the push to legalize this psychedelic drug for its therapeutic benefits.


Author Rosalyn Story seeks to elevate Black women in history of American music

Nancy Pearl and Rosalyn Story

Writer and concert violinist Rosalyn Story's new book, "Sing Her Name," interweaves the lives of two talented women: a modern-day singing waitress and a fictionalized 19th-century Black opera diva named Sissieretta Jones. Story joins Nancy Pearl to discuss the new novel, her previous books that led to this one, and her passionate interest in elevating unsung Black women to their rightful place in the annals of American music.


Cooking schools survived, adapted & are bringing back scrumptious in-person classes

Chef Tom Douglas

Local restaurateur Tom Douglas’ staff went from 869 to nine when the pandemic hit. Like so many other business owners, he adapted. Online classes with his cooking school Hot Stove Society took off, forcing staff to take on challenges and learn lessons they’re bringing back to the table at in-person classes.


Salvage hearing transcript offers a glimpse into life during Great Depression

1931 Saleable waste hearing

This transcript found in the Seattle Municipal Archives teleports you straight into a 1931 committee hearing where one group argued their case for access to the city dumps’ “saleable waste.” The Great Depression forced Americans to go to extreme lengths to survive, even fighting over who had the right to salvage garbage.


Poetry and Civic Life: Exploring intersections & celebrating expression

Poetry and Civic Life: Exploring intersections. Celebrating expression.

“When people ask what I write, I say, ‘what is necessary.’” How does poetry shape us as a population, a region, as individuals? What does it say that other mediums can’t? Prominent Washington State poets discuss these questions and share their work at a National Poetry Month celebration.


“First of its kind” solar microgrid offers a peek into the future 🌎

Miller Community Center

“Where there is a rooftop in the state of Washington, there is potential free energy.” A Seattle community center is now powered by a new solar microgrid system that could keep the whole facility running in the case of an unplanned power outage. Local leaders hope it will become the new norm.


Join discussion with four-star general as he shares insights on Putin's clash with West

McCaffery and Locke

In the next Seattle University Conversations, hear from retired four-star Gen. Barry McCaffrey as he discusses Russian President Vladimir Putin's confrontation with the West. McCaffrey will be joined by Gary Locke, former ambassador to China and former Washington governor. Register now for this in-person event taking place May 16.


COVID-19 resources

Free at-home tests. Each household is eligible to receive two sets of four free at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government. And, while supplies last, Washingtonians can order up to two COVID-19 test kits per month from the website sayyescovidhometest.org (ordering available in English and Spanish).

Free N95 masks. Visit the federal government's one-stop COVID website to find locations to get free masks.

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