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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.