culture http://kuow.org en Is It Time For Washington To Leave The Union? http://kuow.org/post/it-time-washington-leave-union <p>David Hyde talks with anthropologist Chris Roth about Cascadia Now!, which advocates for British Columbia, Washington and Oregon to secede and form an independent nation. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:27:14 +0000 David Hyde & Matthew Streib 38386 at http://kuow.org Is It Time For Washington To Leave The Union? Coping With A Co-Worker's Body Odor Takes Tact http://kuow.org/post/coping-co-workers-body-odor-takes-tact It's summer. It's sweaty. And sometimes that means people are trailing some pungent body odors that their colleagues can't help but smell. But how do you tactfully inform co-workers that they stink and need to address it? As Cath Ludeman-Hall will tell you, it isn't easy.<p>She was just out of college and a newbie at a staffing firm when she was asked to gently talk to an older worker in a retail warehouse after his colleagues complained that he stank.<p>"The company loved him and wanted to hire him permanently," she remembers. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:27:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 38320 at http://kuow.org Coping With A Co-Worker's Body Odor Takes Tact Washington Labeled Third 'Loosest' State In Union, Socially Speaking http://kuow.org/post/washington-labeled-third-loosest-state-union-socially-speaking <p>Marcie Sillman speaks with University of Maryland doctoral student and National Science Foundation research fellow Jesse Harrington about a new report analyzing the "tightness" and "looseness" of American states in regards to social norms such as sneezing and talking in public places. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:13:33 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Matthew Streib 36224 at http://kuow.org Washington Labeled Third 'Loosest' State In Union, Socially Speaking The Millennial Work-Life Revolution In Seattle http://kuow.org/post/millennial-work-life-revolution-seattle <p></p><p></p><p>The millennial generation is taking control over how they work and how they live. The group, currently about 18 to 33 years old, is adopting technology that is disrupting old structures and writing the playbook on how to take advantage of technological change. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:34:03 +0000 Carolyn Adolph 32591 at http://kuow.org The Millennial Work-Life Revolution In Seattle Of Me I Sing: Americans Construct An Opt-Out Society http://kuow.org/post/me-i-sing-americans-construct-opt-out-society Americans want to go their own way.<p>The right of individuals to question authority is one of the strongest facets of American life. But the ability to strike out on your own has always been balanced against the need for communal action in a complicated, continental country.<p>Right now, the pendulum is swinging more toward individualism.<p>"Individualism and self-reliance — that's one of the core values that people share," says Wayne Baker, author of the new book <em>United America</em>. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:01:00 +0000 editor 31453 at http://kuow.org Of Me I Sing: Americans Construct An Opt-Out Society Is The Seattle Freeze A Real Thing? http://kuow.org/post/seattle-freeze-real-thing <p></p><p>When John Reese moved from northern Illinois to Seattle last year he kept hearing people talking about the Seattle Freeze. So far he hasn’t seen any sign of it. In fact, he says people are nicer here than they are back home. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:27:21 +0000 Jim Gates 30523 at http://kuow.org Is The Seattle Freeze A Real Thing? Ancient Ritual Kept Alive Through Northwest Trees http://kuow.org/post/ancient-ritual-kept-alive-through-northwest-trees <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>There are about 1,000 trees in the Northwest that share something in common. You’d never guess what it is just by looking at them. Some are tiny fruit trees. Others are towering cedars. But, under the soil, they’re connected&nbsp;to the same&nbsp;ancient ritual.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Sarah Waller 14038 at http://kuow.org Ancient Ritual Kept Alive Through Northwest Trees Rethinking The Idea Of Money http://kuow.org/post/rethinking-idea-money <p></p><p>In the book "Rethinking Money," economist Bernard Lietaer and journalist Jacqui Dunne trace the beginnings of our monetary system, including its serious problems and hope for the future.</p><p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 03:00:00 +0000 Rachel Solomon 11303 at http://kuow.org Rethinking The Idea Of Money The Science Of Competition http://kuow.org/post/science-competition <p></p><p>Can we all become more competitive? Journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman argue yes. In their new book, "Top Dog," they use science to analyze the drive to win in each of us, including how to tip the scales in your favor.</p><p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 03:00:00 +0000 Rachel Solomon 10594 at http://kuow.org The Science Of Competition Myths About Hearing Loss, And What You Can Do About It http://kuow.org/post/myths-about-hearing-loss-and-what-you-can-do-about-it <p></p><p><a href="http://www.katherinebouton.com/">Katherine Bouton</a> was going deaf by age 30. During meetings at The New York Times, where she was a section editor, she had trouble hearing what her colleagues were saying during meetings. Shouting, she says, didn't help her hear any better.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 03:00:00 +0000 Rachel Solomon 10212 at http://kuow.org Myths About Hearing Loss, And What You Can Do About It A "Yokohama Yankee" Journeys Into His Family's Past http://kuow.org/post/yokohama-yankee-journeys-his-familys-past <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leslie Helm was born and raised in Yokohama, Japan. Most of his family members are of European descent, and you would be hard pressed to look into his face and see his half-Japanese grandparents reflected back. When he adopted Japanese children, he started exploring his own roots.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leslie Helm takes us along on his journey as a "<a href="http://lesliehelm.com">Yokohama Yankee</a>"&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">—&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a story that outlines the racial and economic tensions that defined US and Japanese relations for much of the&nbsp;</span>19th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>20th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> centuries.</span></p><p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Producer 10485 at http://kuow.org A "Yokohama Yankee" Journeys Into His Family's Past Virginia Wright: The Legacy Of An Art Philanthropist http://kuow.org/post/virginia-wright-legacy-art-philanthropist <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>When you take stock of Seattle’s cultural institutions, you’ll often see the name Bagley Wright attached. More than 50 years ago, Wright helped transform the Seattle Art Museum from a small, family-run operation into what it is today. One of his final gifts to the museum he loved is “Mirror,” a permanent installation on SAM’s northwest facade that both the museum and the artist hope will spur urban conversation in downtown Seattle. Marcie Sillman&nbsp;talks with Virginia Wright about her husband’s legacy at Seattle Art Museum and throughout the city.</p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Producer 10245 at http://kuow.org Virginia Wright: The Legacy Of An Art Philanthropist Undocumented Asian Immigrants In Washington State http://kuow.org/post/undocumented-asian-immigrants-washington-state <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants now in the US – around a quarter million here in Washington state. Unlike other parts of the country, the majority of immigrants in Washington are from Asian countries. Why aren’t Asian undocumented immigrants more visible in protests and in the press? Ross Reynolds talks with <a href="http://www.webelongtogether.org/">We Belong Together</a> co-chair, Pramila&nbsp;Jayapal. </span> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:38:18 +0000 Producer 10217 at http://kuow.org Undocumented Asian Immigrants In Washington State What's Worked, And What Hasn't, In Gun-Loving Switzerland http://kuow.org/post/whats-worked-and-what-hasnt-gun-loving-switzerland Switzerland has an entrenched gun culture that is embraced by most of its 8 million citizens, some of them as young as 10 years old.<p>Every Swiss community has a shooting range, and depending on who is counting, the alpine country ranks third or fourth in the number of guns per capita.<p>"You can walk into a cafe in a town where there is a shooting festival and you'll see rifles hanging on the hat rack. It's just incredible. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:44:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 10023 at http://kuow.org What's Worked, And What Hasn't, In Gun-Loving Switzerland Five Minutes Onstage At Ignite Seattle http://kuow.org/post/five-minutes-onstage-ignite-seattle <p></p><p>If you had five minutes on stage, what would you say? That's the premise of <a href="http://www.igniteseattle.com/">Ignite Seattle</a>, a regular worldwide event where presenters get five minutes and 20 slides to get a point across. Speakers at this month's event touch on a variety of topics, including viral videos, online dating and how to give up cheese. Ignite Seattle 19 took place at Town Hall on February 20, 2013.</p><p>The talk was moderated by The Seattle Times columnist Monica Guzman.</p><p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Solomon 9053 at http://kuow.org Five Minutes Onstage At Ignite Seattle