Seattle Voices

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About Seattle Voices

Seattle Voices' host Eric Liu engages in one-on-one conversations with some of the most interesting, provocative and inspiring people in Seattle. Eric will introduce us to people from all walks of life, from politics to the arts, to sports and music. Seattle Voices features guests with vision and energy who are making Seattle's public life more vibrant.

Eric Liu is the host of Seattle Voices. The concept for the show grew out of the many conversations he engaged in while writing his book "Guiding Lights: How to Mentor -- and Find Life's Purpose," which tells the stories of life-changing mentors, teachers and coaches from many walks. Eric is also the author of "The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker," a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary Matters of Race, and he edited the Norton anthology "Next: Young American Writers on the New Generation." Eric served as a speechwriter for President Clinton in the first term and as White House deputy domestic policy adviser in the second. After the White House, he was an executive at the digital media company RealNetworks. He's also been a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC and CNBC. Eric lives in Seattle, where he teaches at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs and serves on the boards of numerous civic organizations, including the Washington State Board of Education, the Seattle Public Library, the Seattle Center Fund, and the League of Education Voters.

Seattle Voices with Joe Guppy
Seattle Voices with Joe Guppy

Psychotherapist Joe Guppy discusses his new memoir “My Fluorescent God,” in which he confronts his most compelling case – his own. It was a few stomach pills he took in 1979 that pushed him over the edge into paranoid psychosis and straight into the mental ward of Seattle`s Providence Hospital. Guppy talks with host Eric Liu about the raw, often wryly comic memoir in which he describes his spiritual and psychological journey in rebuilding his sanity and discovering the Seattle arts scene. Guppy was a writer/performer on the comedy show Almost Live, where he met his wife Art Zone host Nancy Guppy.