Notebook on Cities and Culture’s Yearlong Podcast Exploration of Seattle Is Kickstarting Now


Just about as long as I’ve written here at Open Culture, I’ve also hosted and produced Notebook on Cities and Culture, a world-traveling podcast dedicated to in-depth conversations with interesting people about the work they do and the world cities they do it in. Over five seasons so far, I’ve recorded each and every interview “on location,” from Los Angeles to Kyoto to London to Portland to Mexico City to Copenhagen to Vancouver to Seoul. Next comes the show’s sixth and most in-depth season yet: A Year in Seattle.

Think of that name, and you think of the city of rain, of grunge, of Microsoft and Amazon, of the Space Needle, of Frasier Crane, of Buddy Bradley, of Archie McPhee, of sleeplessness, of Starbucks. But having spent my own adolescence hanging out there, I know Seattle as even more than that, and it’s only grown more interesting since I’ve grown up. Now to explore the Notebook on Cities and Culture way, through a year of in-depth conversations with Seattle’s novelists, journalists, comic artists, filmmakers, broadcasters, explorers, gourmets, academics, architects, planners, cultural creators, internationalists, observers of the urban scene, and more.


As with every season, I’m raising the budget for Notebook on Cities and Culture‘s Year in Seattle on Kickstarter. If feel so inclined, you can have a look at its Kickstarter page and find out how you can help make it a happen, receive postcards from Seattle, or even get your project or message mentioned at the top of every show.

And as a special preview, I’ve just posted an interview with comic artist Peter Bagge, creator of the legendary alt-comic series Hate, author of the graphic novels Apocalypse NerdOther LivesResetWoman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, and just about as Seattle a figure as they come. There are 51 more where that came from — but only if we can successfully Kickstart the season by this Saturday morning at 10:00, Pacific time.

Colin Marshall hosts and produces Notebook on Cities and Culture as well as the video series The City in Cinema and writes essays on cities, language, Asia, and men’s style. He’s at work on a book about Los Angeles, A Los Angeles Primer. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.

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