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 email@example.com.
Tucson sits in the borderlands, the desert landscape where America and Mexico meet. This place is crisscrossed by boundaries, visible and invisible — from the US border wall that cuts the Sonoran desert in half, to live-wire political divides in Tucson itself. In this episode, we tell stories about what happens when people cross borders, risking their lives and their reputations to take a chance on the other side.
Sometimes a terminal illness can take such a toll that the person suffering from it decides to end their sickness by ending their life. Fran Schindler knows how awful and lonely that choice can be. So she sits with sick people who take their own lives so they don’t have to die alone. She calls herself a Final Exit Guide. Fran talks with WUNC’s Dick Gordon about her work.
The New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik takes food very seriously. But he thinks the Slow Food Movement is too pious. Gopnik discusses his experience with extreme locavorism, the history and meaning of restaurants, and other topics The Table Comes First: Family, France, And The Meaning Of Food.
A series of Pacific storms will pass over Western Washington throughout this holiday week. The storms will bring heavy rain to the Seattle area and inches of snow and avalanche warnings to the mountains. David Hyde checks in with state and local officials about what we can anticipate over the next few days, and how to best plan your holiday travel.
The biggest holiday feast of the year for many is just days away. Are you prepared for Thanksgiving? If you have questions or your menu could use some last-minute help, here's a chance for expert advice. Chefs Kerry Sear and Kenyetta Carter join us with cooking tips, tricks and recipes. Call us at 206.543.5869 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also this hour: The sweeping destruction of Superstorm Sandy reminded us how quickly natural disasters can change lives. A new film by Ken Burns on PBS looks at the example of the Dust Bowl, "the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history." Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tim Egan (“The Worst Hard Time”) joins us to reflect on the lessons of the Dust Bowl. Also, we dig into the numbers of how Washington state funds education with Marguerite Roza of the Center for Reinventing Public Education.
Sound recordist Martyn Stewart says he started working for Mother Nature at an early age, “fighting for the planet and her critters.” Stewart has captured the sounds and plights of animals around the world for more than 150 films, documenting everything from fox hunts in the UK to dolphin slaughters in Japan. His latest film is “Dawn to Death: The Dolphins of Taiji.”
Also this hour: we sift the details of the Hostess bankruptcy with Fortune magazine's David Kaplan and talk with veteran broadcaster Bryan Johnson, who retired from Seattle’s KOMO 4 earlier this month after 53 years with the station.
As a kid, Tracie McMillan's favorite food was Hamburger Helper. Until she got to college, she considered people who ate "good food," snobs. She became interested in how food and class relate in America while reporting on poverty.
Republicans will hold a 38-seat lead in the US House of Representatives. But Democrats lead by 0.6 percent in the popular vote. What is the deal? Some experts say the gap can be explained by partisan gerrymandering – the strategic redrawing of congressional district lines to benefit one political party.
Ross Reynolds talks with researcher Nicholas Goedert from Washington University in St. Louis.
The Seattle City Council is voting on the city budget next Monday. They’ve made some changes in Mayor McGinn’s original proposal. Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn about the upcoming budget vote.
Mina Miller is a Seattle pianist who founded the organization Music of Remembrance 15 years ago. Her passion for the organization springs in part from her family history. Mina comes from a Holocaust family.
President Barack Obama is meeting today with members of Congress to try to avoid the fiscal cliff. The president says he’ll let Bush-era tax cuts for families earning over $250,000 a year expire. House Republicans are opposed.
Seattle entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer would pay more if the tax cuts expire and he thinks he should. Ross Reynolds speaks with Hanauer, business owner Mark Peterson, and policy analysts Mark Guppy and Marilyn Watkins, and he asks listeners to weigh in with their opinion: Are the rich taxed enough?