Why do we make art? and Is it worth the personal cost? are two of the central questions in Christine Deavel's poetry collection "Woodnote" (Bear Star Press, 2011). Deavel is the co-owner of a poetry-only bookstore in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood, and a graduate of the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop. "Woodnote" has even won the Washington State Book award for poetry. But even so, Deavel describes herself as someone who is almost constantly in crisis about why she, or anyone, writes. KUOW's Elizabeth Austen spoke with Christine Deavel about that ambivalence and how it plays out in her work.
When Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 16 years ago, her first concern was for her creative future. The award-winning cartoonist prided herself on the artwork and stories she'd come up with during periods she described as manic. Right after her diagnosis, Forney was reluctant to try the drug treatments her psychiatrist prescribed for her. Would she lose her creative edge on lithium? But after a serious period of depression, Forney set out on the ongoing journey to achieve and maintain a state of mental balance.
Stuart Zobel is the guitarist in the Seattle-based band Choroloco. The band plays music from Brazil called “choro.” Stewart says the infectious rhythms and melodies of the music, and the spirit of community associated with the choro style is what draws him to the music. He says:
Two years ago, a routine November afternoon became anything but routine when “Voice of the Mariners” Dave Niehaus died suddenly at his Bellevue home. As news broke around the region, thousands mourned and the community struggled to come to terms with a huge and unexpected loss. Producer Feliks Banel takes us on an audio journey dedicated to the Voice of the Mariners.
Glenn Greenwald is a columnist on civil liberties and US national security issues for the Guardian. A former constitutional lawyer, he has written for Salon and is the author of three books, "How Would a Patriot Act?" a critique of the Bush administration's use of executive power; "A Tragic Legacy," which examines the Bush legacy; and "With Liberty and Justice For Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful."
The Supreme Court of Washington ruled earlier this year that the state is not meeting its constitutional duty to fully fund public education. What does a well-funded school system look like? We talk with Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University.
Nearly half a century ago, a diverse group of characters began to capture children's hearts: Spider-Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, The X-Men. The epic Marvel universe has been a massive force in pop culture, inspiring countless books, films and becoming a multi-billion-dollar enterprise.
From a movie production arm to plumbing supplies, Amazon.com has been strategically spreading way beyond its original retail base. And yet Amazon's latest earnings report quoted a loss of profit to the tune of $274 million last quarter. The reason? The company says it's spending big on existing and new businesses. We'll get that story from American Public Media's Ashley Gross.
Charles Sabine was a war correspondent with NBC for 25 years, covering conflicts all over the world — including Bosnia, Baghdad, and the Rwanda genocide. His reporting garnered him an Emmy and many other journalism awards. But four years ago his focus completely changed after getting a genetic test that revealed a lethal fate.
Ross Reynolds talks with Charles Sabine about what it is like to know you have deadly and degenerative disease in your future and the risks and rewards of genetic testing.
The 2012 presidential race is in the history books as the most expensive campaign in American history. That is, at least until 2016. The Obama and Romney campaigns spent an estimated $1 billion each on the race. What did all that money accomplish? Bill Allison of the Sunlight Foundation has some insight.
Photographer Matika Wilbur is a member of the Tulalip Tribe raised on the Swinomish Reservation. Her work explores themes of Native American identity and cultural duality, and has appeared in the Royal British Columbia Museum of Fine Arts, The Nantes Museum of Fine Arts in France, the Seattle Art Museum and the Burke Museum. She joins us to talk about her new project to photograph Native Americans from all 562 tribes in the United States.
Once upon a time, the people of Chicago's 35th Ward just wanted a small safe place in the neighborhood where their children could play basketball. They thought that a little concrete plot just west of Logan Square would be the perfect place. But the city of Chicago had other plans for that lot. So the neighbors banded together to fight for their little playground. But to do that they had to take on Chicago's intimidating political machine with demonstrations and protests. Ultimately, they had to work to unseat the leader of their ward.
In "Meet Me at Unity Playlot," independent producers Elizabeth Meister and Dan Collison of Long Haul Productions bring us the story of the battle for Unity Park.
KUOW had reporters stationed throughout the Puget Sound region at several key locations to capture the stories and sounds of election night. From the celebratory hugs to the somber concession speeches, KUOW was there to bring you the latest news and analysis.