Artist fills 10,000 bottles with polluted water for exhibition

Brother Nut filled 10,000 emptied bottles of Nongfu Spring water, a well-known brand of bottled water in China, with the polluted water that villagers have been drinking.
Dec 4, 2018

An Evening with Thomas Jefferson: “The Crucible of Our Democracy”

Join Clay Jenkinson, host of NPR’s “The Thomas Jefferson Hour”, in a performance as Thomas Jefferson in “A Crucible of Democracy”. Humanist scholar, first winner of the National Humanities Medal, Jenkinson’s much acclaimed performances are both thoughtful and mesmerizing, as he gets to the heart of the author of the Declaration of Independence, foibles and […]
Oct 15, 2017

Seattle reacts to Trump’s plans for Dakota Access Pipeline

The Tuesday rally against Trump's action included a protest in front of Wells Fargo, one of the financiers of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Jan 25, 2017
At the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, water activists Jenneh Corkern, left, 17, and Grace Clipson, 15. (Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times)

Liberian-born teen takes on global water access

Jenneh Corkern, who grew up in a Liberian orphanage without clean water, has inspired other Seattleites to fundriase for global water access.
Apr 24, 2015
A newly installed water system in Ilamu Muja, Ethiopia. Many small towns and villages in Ethiopia lack access to basic water and sanitation of any kind. Photo by Alex Stonehill.

Not buying it: keeping world’s water safe, public and out of the bottle

Concerned about global water issues? Turn your attention right here to Washington state.
Jul 30, 2013

Women, water and what it means to ‘have it all’

For millions of women and girls in poor countries, collecting water for their families each day is not just a chore—it’s a symbol of gender oppression.
Mar 22, 2013

Who gives a crap about World Water Day?

As if high school isn’t awkward enough, I’m sitting among tittering teenagers in Chief Sealth’s auditorium listening to a man yell about poop.

What international aid can learn from Zappos

After 10 years of wear, I finally had to admit that my favorite Merrell clogs needed replacing. So I went online to Zappos.com to find a new pair. I am a big fan of Zappos, and not just because they have flattered me with a VIP membership. I can sort by size, color, brand, even […]
Apr 16, 2012
Las Vegas strip sunrise

Full disclosure on my weekend in Vegas

Las Vegas must be heaven for those who don’t get the chance to travel much: Paris, Venice, New York, even Giza. All the wonders of the world packed into one place. When my aunt suggested we go there for a family reunion of sorts a couple weeks ago, I recalled what a friend once told […]
Mar 28, 2012

5 questions for Water 1st, Seattle’s million-dollar water NGO

The Northwest is a hub for what has been variously called the nonprofit-industrial complex or aid-industrial complex. The multi-billion dollar Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is just opened a huge new campus across from Seattle Center. From Federal Way, the evangelical behemoth World Vision coordinates its operations around the world. The health group PATH works […]
Jan 10, 2012