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Author Interview
12:00 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Seattle Writer Domingo Martinez On Coming Of Age In A Texas Border Town

Seattle writer Domingo Martinez is the author of "The Boy Kings Of Texas," which was recently nominated for the National Book Award.  It’s about the cultural tensions he experienced growing up in the border town of Brownsville.  

KUOW's David Hyde talks to Martinez about growing up in a border town, his family, why he moved to Seattle, and why he stayed. 

Gardening
10:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Greendays Gardening: Preparing For Winter

Winter is coming. Are your trees and plants ready?
Credit Flickr photo/Mark Grapengater

Just a few more weeks until we winter over. Is your garden ready for winter? Marty Wingate and Greg Rabourn join us to answer your questions.  Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to weekday@kuow.org.

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Books
9:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Jon Meacham On Thomas Jefferson

Jon Meacham
Credit Courtesy/Gasper Tringale

Many books have been written about Thomas Jefferson. The latest, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, seeks in part to rehabilitate Jefferson’s legacy, reinstating him as a consummate politician and an idealist for human liberty, even as he fell short in ending one of America's greatest injustices. How did Jefferson see his role in the evolving American idea? Jon Meacham joins us to talk about "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power."

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Drug Reform
8:00 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Debate: Should Drugs Be Legalized?

Medical marijuana is available in 18 states, and the vote on November 6 legalized the possession of pot in Colorado and Washington. With the highest incarceration rate in the world, and more than $2 trillion dedicated to fighting the "war on drugs," we continue to fill our prisons with drug offenders. Is it worth it? From the series Intelligence Squared U.S., the motion is Legalize Drugs.

Panelists:

Paul Butler, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

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Literary Giants In Decline
2:00 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

How A Few Indistinct Words Burped Up By A Drunk Tennessee Williams Changed One Man's Life

A quote by Tennessee Williams found at the Southernmost Beach in Key West, Florida.
Flickr Photo/Sam Howzit

The writer Allan Gurganus admired Tennessee Williams. One day, Gurganus heard the famous playwright had read one of his stories and enjoyed it. Full of confidence, Gurganus traveled to New Orleans where some friends had arranged for him to meet Williams. But the drunken, Tabasco-stained man he met taught him a lesson he didn’t expect.

WUNC's Dick Gordon brings us Gurganus' captivating story of a literary giant in decline.

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Psychology
12:00 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Your Surgeon May Be A Psychopath (But Don’t Worry)

The psychopath Hannibal Lecter in the movie "Silence of the Lambs" is ruthless.  But he’s also charming, persuasive and highly intelligent.  Cambridge psychology professor Kevin Dutton says when psychopaths don’t turn violent they can become very successful as CEOs, surgeons, or in other professions. His latest book is "The Wisdom Of Psychopaths."

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Family
10:18 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Andrew Solomon On Parents, Children And Differing Identities

“The apple never falls far from the tree,” the saying goes. But what happens when it does? Our guest today tells the stories of children whose identities are very different from their parents, such as dwarfs who are born to parents of average stature.  How do parents and children navigate these differences?  And what do these children have in common?

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International News
10:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Tamim Ansary On Afghanistan's Interrupted History

The US military and its allies are drawing up plans to leave Afghanistan by 2014, but it will be some time before the nation is truly independent. Peace in Afghanistan has been interspersed with foreign invasion for centuries, from the Mongol Empire to today’s war. We talk with writer Tamim Ansary about his new book, “Game Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan,” and what Afghan independence might look like in the future.

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Arts & Entertainment
9:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Conlangs: The Art Of Fake Languages

Constructed languages, or "conlangs," are the made-up tongues that bring the worlds of "Avatar,"  "Lord of the Rings" and "Star Trek" to life. We talk with linguist David J. Peterson, creator of the Dothraki language for HBO's "Game of Thrones," about what goes into creating a language from scratch.

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Culture
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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Culture
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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Holiday
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. 

Food
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.   

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