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Over its past five seasons, Notebook on Cities and Culture has taken you to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, Osaka, Kyoto, Seoul, and Busan, to name only a few extremely interesting Pacific Rim cities. Next season, the show has another one in its sights for its most in-depth exploration yet: a year in Seattle.

Just think of that name, and you think of the city of rain, the city of grunge, the city of Microsoft and Amazon, the city of the Space Needle, the city of Buddy Bradley, the city of Archie McPhee, the city of sleeplessness — the city 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.

So it’s time 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, academics, architects, planners, cultural creators, internationalists, observers of the urban scene, and more.

Once we raise the budget, the season will go along as planned. But don't stop there! For every $200 we raise over the $6000, the season will include an additional episode. In other words, if we raise $10000 rather than $6000, you'll get 72 Seattle interviews rather than 52.

Risks and challenges

The main challenges this season include scheduling a series of trips to Seattle (from Notebook on Cities and Culture HQ in Los Angeles), and then scheduling each individual interview within them. However, those represent expansions of the challenges successfully met in the show's first, second, third, fourth, and fifth seasons, which themselves required a great deal of negotiation, rescheduling, improvisation, and last-minute substitution to pull off. At least one episode per week should appear, for at least one year. Should any technical or logistical issues — recording gear failure, multiple guest sicknesses, flight cancellations — delay the completion of episodes at the established pace, we'll still record and post, in the fullness of time, a total at least 52, no matter what.

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