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Water Safety
11:19 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Yes, It Feels Like Summer, But That River Is Dangerous

Flickr photo/Ingrid Taylar

Seattle has seen record temperatures this week and more warm weather is forecasted this week. All the heat is making getting in the water very tempting, but The National Weather Service warns, low water temperatures and swift currents could make it difficult and dangerous to swim. In this segment Ross Reynolds interviews Brent Bower, senior service hydrologist at the National Weather Service,  about how to stay safe in the water.

11:13 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Breaking The Taboo Against Talking About Death

Michael Hebb's project, "Let's Have Dinner and Talk About Death."

How do you want to die? Seattle food provocateur and entrepreneur Michael Hebb wants you to talk about it -- over dinner.

Hebb says how we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation Americans aren’t having. The price of end-of-life care can bankrupt a family and often doesn’t improve quality life for the one dying. And it’s much more difficult to navigate end-of-life decisions, and how an individual wants to be remembered, when the conversation never happened.

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Visual Literacy
11:08 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Stephen Apkon On Navigating "The Age Of The Image"

Stephen Apkon's book "The Age of the Image."

Stephen Apkon says we live in a world of images but do not have the visual literacy to understand them.  His new book is "The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens." KUOW's Ross Reynolds chats with Stephen Apkon. 

11:04 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Should Principals Have Veto Authority Over Teacher Transfers?

Flickr photo/Enokson

State senate leaders plan to revive a bill in the upcoming special session that would allow school principals to veto teachers’ school assignments.  Education “reformers” support the change.  Teachers’ unions are opposed. Ross Reynolds interviews both sides.

10:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

The Role Of Doubt In Faith, And Greendays Gardening Advice

The Interfaith Amigos at their TEDxDU talk in 2011.
Flickr Photo/University of Denver

 The Interfaith Amigos On The Role Of Doubt In Faith
Doubt is often part of religion. People often question the who, what, why and how of faith. The Interfaith Amigos share their thoughts and the personal doubts they’ve experienced.  

Greendays Gardening Panel
Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, native plant expert, and vegetable gardening expert.  They answer your gardening questions every Tuesday.   

Arts and Entertainment
9:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Internet Sales Tax, Jan Merlin And A Music Recommendation

Popular hike trail Little Si near North Bend offers a great summit view with less strain than the Mount Si summit.
Flickr photo/Ratha Grimes

 Paying Internet Sales Tax
The Senate voted on Monday on a bill that would end tax-free Internet shopping. Slate’s Matthew Yglesias joins us with a look at the Marketplace Fairness Act and who’s behind the push to collect taxes on your online purchases.

A Conversation With Early Television Actor Jan Merlin
Jan Merlin starred in early television shows like Tom Corbett, Space Cadet and The Rough Riders. He went on to be an Emmy-winning script writer.  He grew to love the escape that theater and film could provide after a profound World War II experience.

New Music Recommendation
Are you stuck in a music listening rut?  We are surrounded by new music and innovative artists. Music blogger Liz Riley Tollefson recommends Drai Zich by The Heligoats, Rotting On The Vine by The Purrs, Inside An Aquarium by BOAT and Buzz, Buzz, Buzz by Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers.

The Weather And Hike Of The Week
It has been hot outside. Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches this week’s weather forecast.

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3:11 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Memoir Recommendations

Librarian Nancy Pearl
KUOW Photo

If you are looking for a good memoir to read, here are a few of Nancy Pearl’s suggestions.

"A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana," by Haven Kimmel

"Cakewalk: A Memoir," by Kate Moses

"The World’s Strongest Librarian," by Josh Hanagarne

"Between Terror and Tourism," by Michael Mewshaw

"Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown," by Paul Theroux

"Stop-Time," by Frank Conroy

"Mountain City," by Gregory Martin

"Going Back to Bisbee," by Richard Shelton

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12:42 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Why Lawyers Defend People Like The Accused Marathon Bomber

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Credit FBI

Last week, attorney Judy Clark took on the defense of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — a man 70 percent of Americans want to see put to death. So what compels lawyers to stand up for such unpopular clients? Here’s a hint: It ain’t all about money. Many lawyers who’ve represented some of the most despised individuals can speak passionately about the importance of their work. A few even find humanity in people who’ve committed murder. Even as our instincts cry out for revenge, these attorneys take pride in withstanding the call of the mob.

Other stories from KUOW Presents, May 6:

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Carbon Neutral
12:12 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Making Seattle Carbon Neutral By 2050

Transportation is a key element in Mike O'Brien's plan for a carbon-neutral Seattle by 2050.
Flickr photo/Neal Jennings

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien wants Seattle carbon neutral by 2050. The plan to make Seattle carbon neutral is bound to be expensive, but O’Brien says carbon neutrality has benefits beyond just reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Mike O’Brien joins Ross Reynolds today to talk about this proposal. 

Seattle Mayor
12:07 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

What Do You Want In The Next Mayor?

The campaign for Seattle mayor is already underway. The new mayor will face a variety of obstacles from transportation and business to poverty and homelessness. What are the key issues you would like Seattle’s next mayor to address? Ross Reynolds takes your calls and is joined by special guests including Sharon Lee, the executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute and Evan Manvel director of policy, planning and government affairs at Cascade Bicycle Club to talk about their wish list for the next mayor. What is on yours?

Suicide Rates
12:01 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Why Are More People Committing Suicide In The US?

A new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that suicide deaths have surpassed car deaths in the United States. According to the same report, suicide rates rose 15% from 1999 to 2010, with an even more dramatic rise among the 35-64 age group. Washington state has seen similar increases. Ross Reynolds speaks with Dr. Thomas Simon, a researcher at the CDC’s Injury Center in Atlanta about why the suicide rate is growing.

Auto Trends
11:51 am
Mon May 6, 2013

What’s The Future Of Cars?

Part scavenger hunt, part city commuting solution, Car-2-Go is one new service to bypass buying a car.
Flickr photo/Elvert Barnes

Our car expert Ashly Knapp says in the not-too-distant future your car will be driving itself. Ross Reynolds sits down with Ashly Knapp to find out more about the latest auto trends. And Ashly Knapp answers your questions about auto-buying.

A Look Back
10:08 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Teenage Diaries Revisited: A Gay Teen's Family, 'Evolved'

Amanda as a teenager (left). She now lives in Manhattan and works as a massage therapist.
Radio Diaries (left), David Gilkey/NPR

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 7:19 am

Name: Amanda Brand

Hometown: Queens, N.Y.

Current city: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: Massage therapist


"My mother's always yelling at me, 'How are you supposed to find a man?'... I tell her, I'm like, 'I'm not interested in men.' "

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10:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Nancy Pearl On Memoirs And This Week In Olympia

Librarian Nancy Pearl action figure.
KUOW Photo

This Week In Olympia
The special session of the Washington state legislature kicks off next week. Everett Herald columnist Jerry Cornfield tells us what sticking points remain as legislators prepare to get back to business.

Nancy Pearl On Memoirs

The Seattle Public Library picked a memoir for their city-wide reading program this year.  What makes a good memoir?  What are the strengths and weaknesses of the genre?  Book commentator Nancy Pearl, muses about memoirs and takes your calls at 800.289.5869. You can also write to us at

News & Analysis
9:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

The Week Ahead In Washington DC, Charles Ives, And Digital Manners

A rise in texting at dinner has given rise to a popular game: Participants place their phones in a stack in the middle of the table at a restaurant. The first person to cave in and answer a call or text pays for the rest of the table.
Flickr Photo/Ted Eytan

The Week Ahead In Washington, D.C.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking up an immigration bill. Amendments are being added to the bill that might threaten whether or not it passes. Also, the fight is on over how the United States should intervene in Syria. CBS News' Jill Jackson looks ahead at this week in Washington, D.C. 

Composer Charles Ives
Charles Ives is remembered as one of America’s most important and influential composers of the 20th century.  Yet this artist’s relationship with composition, musicians and the musical establishment in America was controversial and complex.  He was American to the core, but also a puzzling musical outsider. The UW School of Music hosts a Festival of Ives this week.

How To Behave In A Digital World
Do you text at the dinner table? Can you tag your friends in photos on Facebook without their permission? Should you play Angry Birds at work or in the dentist's office? While the Internet might seem like the perfect place for “anything goes” behavior, there is an etiquette to how and when we use it. Author Daniel Post Senning gives advice on the proper use of our technologies in his new book, "Manners in the Digital World."