best of http://kuow.org en Counting Down 2012: Part 2 http://kuow.org/post/counting-down-2012-part-2 <p></p><p>The end of the year brings the opportunity for reflection and a chance to look back as we prepare for the year ahead. In that spirit, we listen back to the "Year in Weekday" — some of the stories, big and small, that had our attention in 2012. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 5999 at http://kuow.org Counting Down 2012 http://kuow.org/post/counting-down-2012 <p></p><p>The end of the year brings the opportunity for reflection and a chance to look back as we prepare for the year ahead. In that spirit, we listen back to the "Year in Weekday" — some of the stories, big and small, that had our attention in 2012. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 5808 at http://kuow.org Counting Down 2012 Ann Powers' Top Albums And Songs Of 2012 http://kuow.org/post/ann-powers-top-albums-and-songs-2012 Every year as I make my lists of best releases, I feel like that cartoon bodybuilder at the beach, ridiculously flexing in hopes of gaining some fluttery attention. How silly! My ego is all wrapped up in proving my superior powers of discernment, and here's the big competition, where my picks prove that I have more muscle than than my peers. Some years defeat the critic's effort to show off, however: consensus is so strong about a few releases that we all have to strike the same adoring poses. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 18:57:00 +0000 editor 5012 at http://kuow.org Ann Powers' Top Albums And Songs Of 2012 Nancy Pearl's 10 Favorite Books Of 2012 http://kuow.org/post/nancy-pearls-10-favorite-books-2012 <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">So many good books, so little time. If you're searching for a book that would make a perfect holiday gift or just looking for your next great read, here are Nancy Pearl's favorite books of</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> 2012.</span></p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:38:52 +0000 Nancy Pearl 4514 at http://kuow.org Nancy Pearl's 10 Favorite Books Of 2012 Nancy Pearl's Favorite Books Of 2012 http://kuow.org/post/nancy-pearls-favorite-books-2012 <p></p><p></p><p>Book commentator extraordinaire <a href="http://nancypearl.com">Nancy Pearl</a> joins us with her picks for the best books of the year. Grab a pen, jot these titles down and save yourself the time of looking for your next great read. Need a recommendation for a holiday gift book? Call us at 206.543.5869 with a genre and Nancy will send you in the right direction.</p><p><a href="http://www.kuow.org/post/nancy-pearls-10-favorite-books-2012">Nancy Pearl's list of her favorite books from 2012.</a></p><p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 18:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 4406 at http://kuow.org Nancy Pearl's Favorite Books Of 2012 The Year In Music http://kuow.org/post/year-music <p></p><p></p><p>What kind of year was 2012 musically? Which artists rose to the top? What musical trends did you hear? We review the year in music with <a href="http://www.theveraproject.org/">The Vera Project</a>'s Beth Warshaw-Duncan, Liz Riley of <a href="http://www.threeimaginarygirls.com/">Three Imaginary Girls</a> and writer/DJ/hip-hop artist <a href="http://kexp.org/dj/LarryMizellJr">Larry Mizell</a>. What musical discoveries did you make this year? Share them with us at 206.543.5869 or weekday@kuow.org.</p><p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 4405 at http://kuow.org The Year In Music