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2:00 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

New City Hall: How A Modern Building And Its Concrete Furniture Created Controversy In Toronto

Toronto's New City Hall
Credit Flickr Photo/Michael Cavén

New City Hall was the first modern, concrete civic building of its kind in the city of its kind in Toronto Canada.

It was designed by a Finnish architect named Viljo Revell. When the building opened in 1965, it stood out very prominently from Toronto’s traditional Victorian structures. The striking concrete design was carried throughout the building. It was even incorporated into the office furniture. Desks, coffee tables and cabinets all had concrete legs — and nearly everyone hated it, a lot. The public was angry. Controversy ensued. Someone even resigned.

Independent producers Sean Cole and Roman Mars bring us the story of Toronto's concrete New City Hall.

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12:39 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Julia Harrison Sees The World Through Her Sweet Tooth

A sugar calavera, or skull, to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, from PW Kerr's in Seattle.
Julia Harrison

Julia Harrison’s sweet tooth and her training as an anthropologist have led her on some delicious adventures. On her Sweet Travel blog, she writes about how candy and other sweets carry a cultural story within their recipes and history. She tells Ross what she’s learned about Washington state.

51st State
11:14 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Puerto Rico Votes For Statehood

A little girl carries the Puerto Rican flag at the Puerto Rico Parade, New York City, June 2012.
Eric Parker Flickr

Last Tuesday Puerto Ricans cast a public opinion vote to become the 51st state. But what does that mean for those voters and for the rest of the US?

Christina Duffy Ponsa is a law professor at Columbia University and the co-editor of "Foreign in a Domestic Sense: Puerto Rico, American Expansion, and the Constitution." She joins us to talk about Puerto Rico's current status and how things might change with this vote.

State Budget
11:05 am
Tue November 13, 2012

State Representatives On Funding Public Education

How will the state fund basic education?
Flickr Photo/ccarlstead

In January the State Supreme Court ruled that Washington has not met its constitutional duty to fund K-12 education. Representatives Gary Alexander and Ross Hunter serve on the Ways and Means Committee, and they discuss what steps the House is taking to fund basic education.

10:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Thomas Ricks: Time To Shake Up America's Military Brass

Thomas Ricks
Credit (Photo/Center For A New American Security)

Does firing the top brass hold the key to success for America's military? Author, journalist and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security Thomas Ricks argues that the top military leadership of the United States has not lived with the same fear of being relieved of duty the way it once did. Ricks says lax treatment of underperforming generals since World War II has invited subpar performance and a lack of accountability. We talk with Thomas Ricks about his new book, “The Generals.”

Also this hour: Weekday green thumbs Marty Wingate, Willi Galloway and Greg Rabourn join us to answer your flower, vegetable and native plant questions. Need guidance for your garden? Call us at 206.543.5869 or email

Plus, Michael Fagin joins us to recommend a hike to match the week's weather forecast.

9:00 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Full Spectrum: Autism, College, And Work

Alex Brenner, Jordan Howard and Dorian Hinkle (left to right) relax after their final day working at the Federal Way farmer's market for the summer.
Credit KUOW photo/Bryan Buckalew

About one in 120 children in the Washington state public school system have an autism spectrum disorder. That’s a 430 percent increase from a decade ago. In the next decade, many of those teenagers with autism will become adults, but what they will do as adults is anyone’s guess. Autism is often associated with children, but it’s a lifelong condition. Producer Bryan Buckalew introduces us to young adults with autism trying to figure out how to take the next step in a KUOW Program Venture Fund special report. Join the conversation afterward by sharing your thoughts at 206.543.5869 or

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Global Economy
8:00 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

America Abroad: American Entrepreneurship In A Global Economy

America Abroad
Credit PRI

There is bipartisan consensus that unleashing America's entrepreneurial potential is vital to reviving the economy. Yet, there are many challenges facing today’s entrepreneur, from local regulatory and tax burdens to federal visa restrictions. Explore the topic in depth in the first part of a new America Abroad series: American Entrepreneurship in a Global Economy.

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Arts & Life
2:00 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Exploring The Backstories Of Seattle Artists

Cartoonist Ellen Forney
Jacob Peter Fennell

In this special hour-long edition of Art of Our City we explore stories from Puget Sound poets, illustrators, singers and more. They share the inspirations behind their work, and in some cases what they hope people will gain from it.

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2:30 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Poet Christine Deavel On The Choice To Make Art

One of the diaries meticulously kept for over 50 years by Christine Deavel's relative, Sarah. Christine used Sarah's entries from 1914 as source material for her poems.
KUOW Photo/Elizabeth Austen

Why do we make art? and Is it worth the personal cost? are two of the central questions in Christine Deavel's poetry collection "Woodnote" (Bear Star Press, 2011). Deavel is the co-owner of a poetry-only bookstore in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood, and a graduate of the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop. "Woodnote" has even won the Washington State Book award for poetry. But even so, Deavel describes herself as someone who is almost constantly in crisis about why she, or anyone, writes. KUOW's Elizabeth Austen spoke with Christine Deavel about that ambivalence and how it plays out in her work.

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Traditional Brazilian Music
2:23 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

The Brazilian Sounds Of Choro: A Living Tradition

Seattle-based band Choroloco performs live in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Dave Beck

Stuart Zobel is the guitarist in the Seattle-based band Choroloco. The band plays music from Brazil called “choro.” Stewart says the infectious rhythms and melodies of the music, and the spirit of community associated with the choro style is what draws him to the music. He says:

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2:00 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Remembering The Voice Of The Mariners: Dave Niehaus

Two years ago, a routine November afternoon became anything but routine when “Voice of the Mariners” Dave Niehaus died suddenly at his Bellevue home.  As news broke around the region, thousands mourned and the community struggled to come to terms with a huge and unexpected loss. Producer Feliks Banel takes us on an audio journey dedicated to the Voice of the Mariners

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10:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Glenn Greenwald On Liberty And Justice

Glenn Greenwald speaking at the Young Americans for Liberty's Civil Liberties tour at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, October 18, 2012.
Gage Skidmore Flickr

Glenn Greenwald is a columnist on civil liberties and US national security issues for the Guardian. A former constitutional lawyer, he has written for Salon and is the author of three books, "How Would a Patriot Act?" a critique of the Bush administration's use of executive power; "A Tragic Legacy," which examines the Bush legacy; and "With Liberty and Justice For Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful."

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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Your Take On The News

President Barack Obama and family holds hands with Vice President Joe Biden and family following Obama's victory speech to supporters in Chicago early Wednesday, Nov. 7 2012.
Credit AP Photo/Jerome Delay

It’s Friday — time to review the week’s news. Joni BalterEli SandersPeter Jackson and C.R. Douglas join us to wrap up the presidential race and the week's big national, state and local election stories. What’s your take? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to

9:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

What Does Adequate School Funding Look Like?

School lockers.

The Supreme Court of Washington ruled earlier this year that the state is not meeting its constitutional duty to fully fund public education. What does a well-funded school system look like? We talk with Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University.

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8:00 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Spider-Man, Captain America And X-Men: Marvel's Universe Of Comic-Book Superheroes

Spider-Man #1, Fantastic Four #232 and The Avengers #4.
Credit Wikipedia

Nearly half a century ago, a diverse group of characters began to capture children's hearts: Spider-Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, The X-Men. The epic Marvel universe has been a massive force in pop culture, inspiring countless books, films and becoming a multi-billion-dollar enterprise.

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