Robert Glasper doesn’t want to be confined by musical genres. He’s a talented jazz musician, but he’s tired of replaying the old standards from the 1950s and 60s.
Instead, he’s turned to complicated modern pop songs that inspired him as a kid. “Jazz takes from its surroundings and makes something new," he explains. "It’s like a casserole.” Glaser hopes to turn a few of those pop songs into jazz standards, much like John Coltrane did with the once underappreciated Julie Andrews song, “My Favorite Things.”
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Later this year, Washington state voters may get the chance to weigh in on whether genetically modified foods should be labeled as such. Supporters of proposed Initiative 522 say consumers are owed the information about what's in their food. I-522's opponents say there are no known risks to GMOs, so why label them? We look at the science of genetically modified organisms and how I-522 would affect consumers with professor Toby Bradshaw of the University of Washington and Dr. Michael Hansen of Consumers Union.
It’s not news that government can get bogged down by layers of bureaucracy. The solution to cutting the red tape, says California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, is technology. He joins us to talk about his new book "Citizenville," and how to put technology to use to take citizens from observers to collaborators.
The oldest of the baby boomers came of age in the 1960s and are beginning to retire. Their younger cohorts are still putting kids through college and building careers. Baby boomers are a giant portion of the population — 78 million people, by one estimate.
They grew up in an era of rising living standards, but the Great Recession destroyed any sense of financial security — and many nest eggs. Financial planner Tim Maurer outlines a variety of issues boomers face.
Who is a baby boomer, and what defines their financial situations?
What do politics have to do with professional sports? More now than ever according to Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation. Ross Reynolds talks to Zirin about the impact of politics in professional sports and what he learned while researching his new book "Game Over."
Some prisoners in Washington state are currently serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed when they were under the age of 18. Is that just? Last year, the US Supreme Court ruled that a mandatory life-without-parole sentence for juveniles violates the Eighth Amendment. Ross Reynolds explores what Washington state must now do.
When most of people think of reenactors, they think of people dressing in costumes, marching across a battlefield while fake cannons go off. But for a few people around Monroe, Georgia, reenactments mean something completely different: a chance to revisit a historic lynching. They reopen this wound every year not to celebrate the crime, but to pressure local law enforcement to reopen a cold case and apprehend the killers who many believe live among them today.
Many adults loved the Harry Potter series. Of course, adults weren't the target audience. The Hunger Games and the Chronicles of Narnia were also written for young adults, and yet they developed a loyal following among the older set. What other teen books would adults enjoy? Author and regular Weekday commentator Nancy Pearl joins us with some recommendations. What are your favorites? Call us at 800-289-5869. Email email@example.com or send us a tweet @weekdayKUOW.
A new study shows a convincing link between sugar consumption and diabetes. It’s the latest in a line of research that shows processed sugar is bad for our health. We talk with one of the study's authors, Dr. Robert Lustig of the University of California San Francisco, and Dr. David Katz of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.
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Calling them "three outstanding individuals" who will help him tackle some tough problems, President Obama on Monday morning nominated:
-- Gina McCarthy, currently an assistant administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency, to lead that agency. She would succeed the departed Lisa Jackson.
-- Ernest Moniz to be the next secretary of energy, replacing Steven Chu, who like Jackson decided not to stay for Obama's second term. Moniz is director of MIT's Energy Initiative and is a former undersecretary at the department.
Scientists believe a little girl born with HIV has been cured of the infection.
She's the first child and only the second person in the world known to have been cured since the virus touched off a global pandemic nearly 32 years ago.
Doctors aren't releasing the child's name, but we know she was born in Mississippi and is now 2 1/2 years old — and healthy. Scientists presented details of the case Sunday at a scientific conference in Atlanta.
We know, we know. We obviously aren't mavericks when it comes to doing a listener news quiz on public radio, but we are jumping on the band wagon and bringing you a weekly news quiz! Ross Reynolds asks one lucky listener three questions from this week's news.
In 1964 documentary filmmaker Michael Apted started interviewing 14 children from a range of backgrounds in England. Every seven years the “Up” series checked back in with these people following their successes, failures, loves and losses. Apted’s latest installment, “56 Up,” is currently showing at Landmark's Guild 45th Theatre in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood.
With the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) coming out in May, hoarding is set to become an officially recognized mental disorder. To learn more about hoarding, Ross Reynolds talks to Karen Kent, clinical supervisor of behavioral health services at Evergreen Health.