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10:01 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Best Of The Conversation

On today's show, we bring you some of our favorite segments of the year. We talk about vulnerability, photography and The Boss.

Is There Power In Vulnerability?

Being vulnerable and open to failure makes us uncomfortable, but according to the research of Brene Brown, we can’t have success without vulnerability. Ross Reynolds discusses the power of vulnerability with University of Houston Professor Brene Brown.

Seattle-Based Artist Goes Small Then Large To Highlight The Big Picture

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8:00 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

StoryCorps' Dave Isay And The Love Of A Good Story

Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, speaks at the Auditorium Speakers Series hosted by American Library Association.
Flickr photo/ALA

If there's one tradition that's never faded away in our history as people on this earth, it's storytelling. StoryCorps is a massive oral history project whose mission is to record, preserve and share the stories of Americans from all background and beliefs. It was founded in 2003 by radio documentary producer Dave Isay. People tell their stories in mobile booths all around the country, and selected stories air nationally on NPR. Isay spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on February 7, 2012.

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Triumphing Over Hard Times
11:00 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Episode 34: Try And Stop Us

RadioActive's fall 2012 graduates at the South Park Community Center. Clockwise from left: Lovely-Frances Domingo (South Park Community Center coordinator), Keilon Anderson, Trey Tuito'Elau, Evan Adams, Antonia Dorn, Kadian Vanloo, Jenny Asarnow (RadioActive instructor), Nathan Friend (RadioActive instructor), Dulce Saucedo
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

The fall 2012 RadioActive students just completed their eight-week workshop where they learned how to make radio stories for the first time. In this podcast, we're featuring several of their incredible stories about triumphing over tough times:

  • A 15-year-old girl accidentally burns her house down. Now she's trying to pick her life up from the ashes. She shares her deeply personal story.
  • A teenage girl loves to care for children with cancer at Seattle Children's Hospital. But the help goes both ways — she has a rare form of leukemia herself.
  • A high school teacher tells a Samoan student that he's only good at football. The student channels his anger at that teacher into a documentary about the stereotypes Samoans face.

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TV Drama Science
2:00 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Donna Nelson On The Science Of "Breaking Bad"

"Breaking Bad" poster, second season

Even pop culture needs to be scientifically accurate. At least, that’s what Donna Nelson believes.

She’s a chemistry professor at the University of Oklahoma, and she acts as "meth consultant" for the Emmy Award-winning show "Breaking Bad."

The show is about a high school chemistry teacher who starts cooking up crystal meth in order to pay for his cancer related medical bills. Donna Nelson says it's important to have scientific details represented as accurately as possible, especially on a fictional TV show. Not only because people are becoming more science literate, but because a failure to get details right can be distracting and misleading.

Nelson talked with the CBC's Jian Ghomeshi about how she got the job, and what she does as a science advisor for "Breaking Bad."

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12:40 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Religion, Politics And Money: Avoiding Conversation Explosions This Thanksgiving

Family dinners can be a tense affair.
Credit Flickr photo/Patrick Gensel

Being related to someone doesn’t mean that you “relate” to them.  Do you talk to your crazy uncle about politics? What about religion?  Jeannie Yandel hears from listeners about their Thanksgiving blowouts. 

12:20 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

How To Deal With Picky Thanksgiving Eaters With The Splendid Table's Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Dealing with picky eaters on Thanksgiving? Drown your tears in delicious pie.
Credit Flickr photo/ Kevin McShane

Your mom despises turkey, your uncle hates ham.  Your brother’s vegan, and your sister is allergic to pumpkin pie.  What do you do about the picky eaters (and people with dietary restrictions) at Thanksgiving?  David Hyde talks to the host of The Splendid Table, Lynne Rossetto Kasper.   

10:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Canada, Culture And Commerce: Tablets, E-Readers And Remaking "Red Dawn"

Vancouver Sun's Vaughn Palmer at KUOW.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton surveys the new crop of Thanksgiving movie releases (including a remake of 1984's "Red Dawn"). Geekwire’s Todd Bishop reviews e-readers and tablets with the holiday shopping season in mind.

9:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Help, Thanks, Wow: Anne Lamott On Three Essential Prayers

Writer Anne Lamott.
Credit Flickr photo/James Hall

Prayer takes many forms. Some are ritual, others informal. For generations, religious parishioners have wondered if there is a right way to pray. Writer Anne Lamott ("Some Assembly Required," "Plan B," "Traveling Mercies") believes that prayer comes in three essential types: help, thanks and wow. She joins us to talk about how these simple prayers guide her life.

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2:58 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Pierce County Votes Down Prop 1: Will The Wheels On The Bus Stop Going Round And Round?

A Pierce Transit coach at a layover stop.
Credit Flickr photo/ Atomic Taco

Pierce County voters said no to Prop. 1 this election and now transit services in Washington’s second most populous county could be cut by up to 53 percent. KUOW’s Jeannie Yandel talks with Pierce Transit Spokesperson Lars Erickson about what will get cut and when. 

Exotic Pets
2:00 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Chito Y Pocho: One Man’s Quest To Befriend A Crocodile

Flickr Photo/sabinelacombe

Chito is not your typical animal lover, he really loves a challenge. Something he always longed for was to be friends with a crocodile. So when he discovered one of the reptiles injured in a lake near his house Chito decided it was his best opportunity to get to know one. NPR's Stephanie Foo brings us the story of Chito, and probably the world’s most beloved crocodile named Pocho.

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12:20 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

New State Senate Majority Leader Ed Murray Faces Big Challenges

Sen. Ed Murray, left, waves with his partner Michael Shiosaki as Rep. Jaime Pedersen, right, stands with his partner Eric Cochran Pedersen at an election night party for proponents of Referendum 74 on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Seattle.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

State Senator Ed Murray is the new majority leader of the Washington state senate.  But he faces some tough challenges, including a $900 million budget hole, a Supreme Court ruling that requires full funding for basic K-12 education and a possible rebellion by conservative Democrats.  David Hyde sits down with State Senator Ed Murray and asks, What's next? 

Pop Culture
11:45 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Author Jennifer Stuller On Superwomen In Modern Mythology

From Wonder Woman to Buffy The Vampire Slayer, what is the role of the modern superwoman in pop culture?
Credit Wikipedia

From Wonder Woman to Buffy The Vampire Slayer, superwomen have broken through the boys' club of superhero mythology. But never for very long.

Writer Jen Stuller looks at the modern superwoman in pop culture in her book, "Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors."

Stuller tackles a wide array of cultural issues through the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.



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10:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Greendays Gardening: Open Phones

Ripe cranberries on a branch.
Credit Flickr photo/ KegRiver

The weather just keeps getting wetter. Is your garden ready for winter? Willi Galloway and Debra Prinzing join us to answer your gardening questions.  Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to

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9:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Your Stories Of Thanksgiving

The kids table, 1975.
Credit Flickr photo/ Anthony Catalano

Soon family and friends will gather, feasts will be prepared and memories will be made. Some from everything going right, some from things going comically wrong. Touching moments. Traditions. Mortifying mistakes. Put yourself in a festive mood and share your stories of Thanksgiving with us at 206.543.5869 or

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12:20 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Tempted By Holiday Discounts, Consumers 'Self-Gift'

People crowd the aisles inside Macy's department store Nov. 25, 2011, in New York after the midnight opening to begin the "Black Friday" shopping weekend.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 2:23 am

Have you ever been out shopping for other people during the holiday season, and the sales were so good you couldn't help but buy something for yourself?

The National Retail Federation calls that self-gifting, and says that this year consumers who do it plan to spend an average of about $140.

Spokeswoman Kathy Grannis says that's the most in the 10 years the NRF has been asking shoppers about the trend.

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