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Culture & Entertainment
9:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Greg Proops, The Smartest Man In The World

Comedian Greg Proops.
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Greg Proops is a comedian who is best known for his appearances on the improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? In addition to his stand-up and improv work, he’s acted in film and television and has done voice work for such projects as "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and Bob the Builder. Greg is currently the host of the weekly podcast The Smartest Man In The World, a podcast he records live around the US and parts of Europe. 

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Competitive Culture
8:00 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

The Science Of Competition

Queen prepares to make her move.
Credit Flickr Photo/Mary Beth Griffo Rigby

Can we all become more competitive? Journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman argue yes. In their new book, "Top Dog," they use science to analyze the drive to win in each of us, including how to tip the scales in your favor.

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Land Use Issues
12:08 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Big House On A Small Lot: The Land Use Debate Rises Up

A recent trend has emerged in Seattle’s single family neighborhoods: new houses, on undersized lots. The trend came about after developers discovered a loophole — or what some call an opportunity — to get exceptions for undersized lots established as separate building sites before 1957. Some of these new houses popped up in what neighbors assumed was just a backyard. Some of them are three stories high. Ross Reynolds talks with Montlake resident Erin Miller who hopes to put an end to this trend and breaks down the argument with Roger Valdez and Mark Hinshaw. 

Arts & Entertainment
10:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

A Conversation With The Cast Of "The 206"

'The 206.'
Credit Facebook/The 206 TV

We bring you more of our favorite Weekday guests this hour as our spring membership drive rolls on. Earlier this year we spoke with the team behind Seattle sketch comedy show, The 206. We listen back to our conversation with Almost Live! alums John Keister and Pat Cashman and 206-er Chris Cashman. The show premiered on KING 5 in January and returns from a brief hiatus later this month.

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Arts & Entertainment
9:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Favorite Interviews: Comedian David Alan Grier And Chef Eddie Huang

Chef Eddie Huang's 'Fresh Off The Boat.'
Credit Courtesy/Spiegel & Grau

Our spring membership drive continues with two of our favorite recent interviews. First, we listen back to our conversation with actor and comedian David Alan Grier. He joined us in the studio to talk about his 30-year career in entertainment, from the theater to television's "In Living Color" to Broadway. Then, we revisit our talk with restaurateur Eddie Huang about food, hip-hop and the experience of growing up a first-generation immigrant in the US.

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Roots Of Extremism
8:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

If A Tree Falls: The Story Of Eco-Terrorist Daniel McGowan

Scene from the film 'If A Tree Falls: A Story Of The Earth Liberation Movement.'
Credit Courtesy/Marshall Curry Productions, LLC

Daniel McGowan is a convicted terrorist. That means we can't sympathize with him, right? Not so fast, says filmmaker Marshall Curry. His documentary, "If A Tree Falls," paints an intimate portrait of the man who used arson as political protest with the Earth Liberation Front, a group the FBI considers America's number one domestic terrorist threat.

Other Stories on KUOW Presents, Thursday, April 4:

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Art & Technology
12:58 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir
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Eric Whitacre is as close as a choral composer can be to a superstar. He sees lots of fan videos on YouTube of people singing his songs. That got him wondering. What would happen if he got all those people singing together, at the same time, on the Internet? This is how Eric Whitacre created the world’s largest virtual choir.

More stories on KUOW Presents, Wednesday, April 3:

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Books
12:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Simon Winchester: SKULLS

Chinese water deer, also known as the vampire deer.
Courtesy of Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers

Skulls are potent symbols of death, life and danger, and they also can tell a fascinating story about natural history. Ross Reynolds talks with writer Simon Winchester about his new book about skulls and a man that obsessively collects them.

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Savings Accounts
12:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Living Off The Banking Grid

It’s estimated that about 8.2 percent of US households don’t use bank accounts. Not only that — 20.1 percent of households are considered “underbanked,” meaning they use bank accounts but still opt for payday loans, check-cashing services and other alternatives. This is according to a recent survey by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

So why aren’t people using banks? Ross Reynolds talks to some of the un- and underbanked.

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Tech Fashion
10:39 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Technology You Can Wear

David Karp wearing Google Glass at the Tumblr party at SXSW.
Flickr Photo/Scott Beale

There’s been a lot of buzz about wearable technology — computing capabilities you can wear — for at least a decade. Digital wrist bands that monitor physical activity are becoming more common. Products like Google Glass, Apple iWatch and Nike+ FuelBand are in the pipeline. The problem is, in terms of fashion, wearable tech has always been a little too geeky. But that may be changing.

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Economy
10:00 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce

Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. Everett Herald film critic Robert Horton contemplates "Room 237," a look at the theories about the hidden meaning of Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining." Plus, Seattle Times columnist Jon Talton considers a Puget Sound economy without Boeing and the lessons of the canceled Lake Union Fourth of July fireworks.

Arts & Entertainment
9:00 am
Wed April 3, 2013

A Conversation With Author Maria Semple

Our spring membership drive continues with a visit from author Maria Semple. Her novel “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” — about a reclusive L.A. transplant and her family trying to navigate the cultural nuances of their new home of Seattle — is out in paperback and headed to the big screen. She joins us to talk about writing, movie making and the latest Seattle news.

 Show your support by becoming a member with your call to 206.543.9595.

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Sports History
3:54 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Bill Mullins On The Seattle Pilots And Stadium Politics

In 1969, Major League Baseball arrived in the Pacific Northwest, when the Seattle Pilots played one ill-fated season before taking off to become the Milwaukee Brewers. Seattle wouldn’t get another professional team until 1977, when the Mariners were born. What happened? The answer has a lot to do with money and politics. Bill Mullins tells the story in “Becoming Big League: Seattle, the Pilots and Stadium Politics." Plus, the Mariners beat Oakland 2-0 last night to win their seventh straight opening day game. Sportspress Northwest's Art Thiel joins us with an outlook on their chances this season.

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Poetry
2:44 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Marjorie Manwaring Offers A Poem Of Second Chances

'Search for a Velvet-Lined Cape' from Mayapple Press
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As spring edges out winter and previously bare tree limbs are suddenly effusive with blossoms, there's a sense that almost anything -- or anyone -- deserves a second chance. In her poem "A Quiet," poet Marjorie Manwaring meditates on alternative endings and the possibility of redemption.

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Marijuana Law
2:17 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

For Legal Pot Sellers, A Big Tax Problem

Erica Freeman of Choice Organics weighs medical marijuana for a customer.
Grace Hood for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 6:56 pm

An obscure tax code provision crafted for drug dealers is giving state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries a headache.

In Colorado, federal income tax rates for dispensaries can soar as high as 70 percent because of a tax code section that does not allow businesses to claim certain deductions.

The section is known as 280E, and it was originally written for illegal drug traffickers. But today it's a thorn in the side of licensed dispensary owners like Erica Freeman.

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