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11:56 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Poet Colleen McElroy On "Crossing Oceans"

Author Colleen McElroy
Credit Ingrid Pape-Sheldon

One of the most persistent stories about America — that it was made by immigrants fleeing "the old country" — is also one of the most incomplete. And since stories shape our perception of reality, poet Colleen McElroy is intent on telling another aspect of America's story in "Crossing Oceans."  The poem appears in her most recent collection "Here I Throw Down My Heart" (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012).

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Festival Preview
10:17 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Eagerly Anticipated Films For 2013 SIFF

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The Seattle International Film Festival starts Thursday and will run through June 9 featuring over 400 films from more than 80 countries.

Seattle film critic David Chen can’t wait. Chen is the editor-at-large of Slash Film and co-hosts “The Tobolowsky Files,” a radio program featuring true stories of life, love, and Hollywood as told by actor Stephen Tobolowsky.

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10:00 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Robert Horton's SIFF Picks And News From Canada And Commerce

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Canada, Culture And Commerce
Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada.  Film critic Robert Horton joins us with the films he's looking forward to seeing at this year's Seattle International Film Festival. Then, Jon Talton brings us the latest business news on Microsoft, Boeing and the Dow.

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9:00 am
Wed May 15, 2013

The NBA Meets, The SIFF Festival Opens And The Cost Of Health Care

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The End Of The Seattle/Sacramento Kings Saga?
Months of speculation about the NBA’s return to Seattle could end today. League owners are in Dallas to vote on Chris Hansen’s deal to buy the Sacramento Kings and move the team to Seattle. Meanwhile, a rival group of NBA-backed Sacramento investors is waiting in the wings to keep the team in town. Seattle Times reporter Bob Condotta joins us from Dallas.

Seattle International Film Festival Opens
It’s mid-May, which means summer is around the corner. But before you frolic outdoors, you’ll probably head into a movie theater for the annual Seattle International Film Festival. Organizers bill it as the biggest film festival in North America. Get a sneak preview with the minds behind the madness.

The Cost Of Health Care
Last week the government released costs for 100 common procedures at hospitals around the country.  The numbers varied wildly between geographic regions, but also between hospitals in the same city. University of Washington professor Aaron Katz explains what that means for consumers.

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1:43 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Space Needle Was Once Considered A Monstrosity By Architecture Critics

Knute Berger at his writer's table in the Space Needle.
Credit Tom Reese Photography

Interview with Knute Berger at the base of the Space Needle.

Correction: The original broadcast of this story dated Knute Berger’s year in residence at the Space Needle as 2012. In fact, it was most of 2011.

Seattle's Space Needle turned 50 years old last year. It was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. The public loved it immediately. But the architectural critics of the time were much less enthusiastic. They called it a monstrosity. They called it pretentious. They called it vulgar.

Knute Berger spent much of 2011 sitting at a table in the Space Needle where he worked as its writer in residence. His private area was roped off by those dividers they use to line people up at the movie theater. Sometimes tourists would stop and ogle him, as if he were an exhibit.

Knute sympathizes with those tourists. He’s loved the Space Needle since he first saw it under construction in 1961. He tells us why the critics hated it so much, and how they gradually came to accept it for what it was: an experiment with new materials and an unlikely symbol of optimism from an age when people were building bomb shelters in fear of a Soviet nuclear attack.

Knute Berger is the author of "Space Needle: The Spirit Of Seattle." He and other journalists gather to review the news of the week every Friday at 10:00 a.m. on KUOW.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, May 14:

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1:25 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Reporting From Syria’s War Zone

The civil war in Syria continues in an apparent stalemate. Ross Reynolds talks with BBC Middle East correspondent Paul Wood about the war and recent allegations of chemical weapon use.

1:23 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Council On Foreign Relations President Richard Haass On Syria

The Council on Foreign Relations has a big influence on US foreign policy. Ross Reynolds speaks with Dr. Richard Haass, president of the CFR, about US options in Syria, the fallout from the Benghazi raid and other troubled spots in the world.

Public Transportation
1:18 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

One-Third Of King County Bus Routes Could Be Cut

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King County Metro is facing budget cuts up to 17 percent. The cuts could eliminate almost a third of current bus routes. Metro is hosting a public hearing today at 4:00 in Union Station to hear your opinion.

Ross Reynolds speaks with KUOW’s Reporter Derek Wong about the future of our buses.

Online TV
1:15 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

The End Of Traditional TV?

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More than 5 million US households don’t use traditional cable or satellite options for watching television shows, reports consumer research organization The Nielsen Company. Instead, people stream online.

Low-cost providers like Netflix or HULU are replacing the once beloved boob-tube. Ross Reynolds talks with Monica Guzman, technology columnist for The Seattle Times and GeekWire about how Americans are watching TV.

Toy Toxins
1:09 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Are There Hidden Toxins In Your Child’s Toy?

Flickr photo/Salma Rashad

Over 5,000 children’s products contain toxic chemicals like lead or cadmium according to a list compiled by the Washington Toxic Coalition. Under Washington’s Children’s Safe Products Act, companies are required to report any use of 66 chemicals named in the act.

Ross Reynolds gets one perspective from Erika Schreder, Science Director of the Washington Toxics Coalition.

10:00 am
Tue May 14, 2013

The Challenges Facing Female Veterans And Greendays Gardening Panel

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 The Challenges Facing Female Veterans
Women comprise 14 percent of the military, but VA hospital services and the military system are still primarily male-oriented.

Seattle US Marine veteran, Angela Arellano, and local post-traumatic stress disorder expert, Bridget Cantrell, appear in a new documentary by independent filmmaker Marcia Rock called “Service: When Women Come Marching Home.” They talk about the challenges facing disabled female veterans and how PTSD is addressed. Also, military sexual trauma remains a major issue.

Washington Senator Patty Murray introduced the Combating Military Sexual Assault Act of 2013 last Tuesday. We'll ask them how the act has been received among female veterans.

Greendays Gardening Panel
Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, native plant expert and vegetable gardening expert.  They answer your gardening questions every Tuesday. Call 206.543.5869 with your gardening questions, or email them to us at    

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Arts and Entertainment
9:00 am
Tue May 14, 2013

New Music And Writing Nonfiction

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New Music Recommendation
Are you stuck in a music listening rut? We are surrounded by new music and innovative artists. Branch out with new music recommendations every Tuesday at 9:20 a.m. KUOW’s Dave Beck focuses on William Henry Fry, a Philadelphia-born journalist, composer and outspoken advocate for American music.

Writing Nonfiction With Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean spends a lot of time working on her nonfiction. She spent 10 years researching her most recent book “Rin Tin Tin,” for example. Susan Orlean talks about her process and her passions and what it means to devote yourself to a subject for so long.

Understanding Cyber Security
A rise in the amount of cyber attacks has drawn concern over the safety of private information. Hackers will target anything from The Onion’s Twitter page to the processing systems of energy corporations. Their motivations range from political to criminal, be it stealing confidential information or debilitating essential operations.

In a world that relies more and more on technologies to run and store our lives, cyber security is a paramount concern. UW Professor Tadayoshi Kohno studies technological security and the methods of hackers. He joins us to discuss cyber security.     

The Weather And Hike Of The Week
Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.

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Space Habitats
1:17 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Space Oddity Chris Hadfield Falls To Earth Tonight

One of Chris Hadfield's snapshots of earth from the International Space Station. Shown here is a portion of the Black Sea.
Credit Chris Hadfield / NASA

Today, the Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield begins his return to Earth. But during the past six months he's spent at the international space station, he's become a big celebrity, even for an astronaut. That's because he posts his observations from space on twitter, along with photos of places on Earth as he passes overhead. Yesterday, he tweeted a farewell message to his 800,000 twitter followers. The tweet included a link to him singing a version of David Bowie's song, "Space Oddity."

Other stories on KUOW Presents, May 13:

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11:51 am
Mon May 13, 2013

The Onlies: Seattle High School Students Make Beautiful Music

The Onlies Play Live in KUOW Performance Studio
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Marcie Sillman interviews The Onlies.

When it comes to musical talent, there's no shortage in Seattle. The city boasts a thriving indie rock scene, great jazz and classical musicians, and the country's most popular hip-hop act, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. 

But the string trio The Onlies are little outside the norm. For one thing, Sami Braman, Ryan Calcagno and Leo Shannon play fiddle-inspired old-time and traditional tunes. And for another, despite performing together for a decade, none of the three is old enough to have a driver's license.

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Tuition Increase
11:20 am
Mon May 13, 2013

UW Student Group Backs Tuition Increase For Faculty Pay Raise

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A student advisory group at the University of Washington says it's time for faculty to get raises after a 4-year wage freeze. But if state lawmakers don't fund a raise, the Provost’s Advisory Committee for Students would support a 3 percent tuition increase to pay for it. Evan Smith, who is the President of the Associated Students of the University of Washington, tells KUOW's Ross Reynolds why he supports a tuition increase.