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KUOW Presents connects listeners to a diversity of stories and perspectives from around the Pacific Northwest and around the world on topics that matter to our daily lives.

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Family Life
2:00 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

The Last Mile: The Car Ride That Changed A Life

When 15-year-old Noah St. John’s two moms go for a long car ride it’s because they’re having a fight, and they don’t want to argue in front of Noah. But one night, Noah’s two moms head to the car — and they ask Noah to come along. Noah shares the story of that anxiety-inducing car ride in front of a live audience for NPR.

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Personal Experience
2:00 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Growing Up In A Neighborhood Where You Don't Trust The Police

NYPD officers
Credit Flickr/Bryan Hutcheson

Radio Rookie Edwin Llanos grew up in New York neighborhoods where officers frequently stopped and frisked kids. Because of that, a lot of those kids didn't trust cops to help them when they needed help.

New York civil rights groups want the NYPD to change its stop-and-frisk policy. Edwin thinks such a policy change might help police gain more people's trust. He found one 2009 study by the Southern Economic Journal that suggested kids who don’t trust the police look to gangs for protection.

A few years ago when Edwin got into a tough situation, he wasn't sure who to turn to. In his WNYC Radio Rookie piece "Who's Going to Protect Me?" Edwin gives us an unflinching look into his world, and the conflicting messages that surround him when it comes to knowing who to trust for help.

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A Life-Changing Decision
9:16 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Seattle Woman's Great Aunt Faced Tough Decision On The Titanic

The Titanic
Credit Courtesy of George Behe's Collection

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Most people who boarded the luxury ocean liner didn’t survive the trip. For some, the only thing separating survival and drowning was a split-second decision.

Now, 100 years after the tragedy, a Seattle woman wonders what she would do if she had been in her relative's shoes on the night of the sinking.

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Personal Story
2:00 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Portrait Of The Bully As A Young Man

Schoolyard bullying
Credit Flickr/Thomas Ricker

Jeff's reputation as a bully was something of a legend in the coastal town where he grew up.  Eight years later, and with a chance to start over again, Jeff knows why he bullied -- but he also knows why it might still work for him. Can someone grow out of bullying? And what would it take for bullying to seem less useful in the first place? In "Portrait Of The Bully As A Young Man," independent radio producer Jones Franzel takes on these messy life questions to get an honest and unflinching look at what it means to be a bully. This piece is presented by Blunt Youth Radio's Incarcerated Youth Speak Out Project.

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Author Interview
2:00 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Author Katherine Boo Takes Us “Behind The Beautiful Forevers”

Cover of 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers'

The Book “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” takes us on a journey into the heart of a squatter’s settlement in Mumbai India, where the main economy is trash picking. Its author, Katherine Boo, spent three years among the residents of the Annawadi slum. It’s a sprawling settlement of more than 300 tin-roof huts and shacks that exists in the shadow of Mumbai’s International Airport. From within this “sumpy plug of slum” Boo unearths stories of the people who live there, both tragic and poignant. We learn about the residents’ efforts to raise families, how they struggle to earn a living, and survive. Katherine Book talked with American Public Media's Dick Gordon, about why she felt so compelled to tell this story.

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History Of A Landmark
2:00 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

The Rise And Fall Of The Purple Hotel

The Purple Hotel, Lincolnwood, IL
Credit Flickr/Eric Allix Rogers

In suburban Chicago, there’s a landmark building that stands out from all the others. The most obvious reason the building stands out is its color — it’s purple. Really purple. The other, less obvious reason the building stands out? It was once the swankiest hotel in the area, hosting everyone from Michael Jordan to Barry Manilow. Then, it slowly became the most notorious building in the area, for hosting … less swanky people and events. Independent producer Roman Mars brings us the surprising history of the purple hotel.

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Holiday Music
2:00 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

A Charlie Brown Christmas, 50 Years Later

Fantasy Records

Let's admit it: Most Christmas music stinks.  Subjected to the same cloying songs about sleigh rides and snowmen, otherwise upstanding citizens seek comfort from well-fortified eggnog. But 50 years ago, composer Vince Guaraldi created a different sort of Christmas album. It's called "A Charlie Brown Christmas." It was the soundtrack to a television special of the same name. Many of its songs have become jazz standards. And half a century later, even humbugs seem to enjoy it.

Hear from some of the folks who were around when this iconic album was created: Jeane Schulz, the cartoonist's widow; Jerry Granelli, the drummer; and Lee Mendelsohn, the producer.

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Gun Violence
2:00 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Ex Baltimore Top Cop's Unconventional Approach To Gun Violence

Credit flickr / A. Currell

When Fredrick Bealfield became a cop, he went after the drug dealers. After all, his city seemed overrun with them. It took him years to decide drugs weren’t the real problem. The problem, he says, was people using guns to commit crimes.

When he became Baltimore’s top cop, he took this realization with him. He told his force to let the person with the bag of weed get away. Instead, he told police to go after the man with the gun. He claims this unconventional strategy lowered the murder rate in Baltimore dramatically.

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The Final Frontier
2:00 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Forest Gibson On How Video Production Reconnected Him To His Childhood Dream

Buzz Aldrin's space suit in a science museum in London.
Credit Flickr/Scott Wylie

When Forest Gibson was a kid he dreamed of exploring space. As an adult, he put aside that dream the same way he put aside the toy rockets he used to launch into the Yakima sky. Then this past August, he made a goofy video spoofing NASA and the Curiosity rover landing on Mars. Forest tells KUOW’s Dave Beck how his viral video connected him to space in a way he never could have imagined.

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Science Of Emotion
2:00 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Richard Davidson On "The Emotional Life Of Your Brain"

Richard Davidson teamed up with the Dalai Lama to study emotional health of the brain.
Credit Flikr/Bruce Bortin

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson is a leading expert on the science of mindfulness. He's teamed up with the Dalai Lama to put Buddhist monks in brain scanners to help him develop a new scientific model for studying emotion. He tells us how his scientific work ended up changing his own life.

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The End Of The World
2:00 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

An Astrobiologist's Advice For The Apocalypse

Mayan sun disc
Credit Flickr/Casey Mirch

According to the Mayan calendar the world could end later this month — on December 21, 2012. If you’re worried about this alleged apocalypse and you don’t know what to do next, who do you turn to for counsel? Many people have been asking David Morrison for advice. He writes NASA's "Ask An Astrobiologist" column. Morrison tells APM’s Dick Gordon about some of the apocalypse questions he’s answered, and divulges his own plans for the 21st.

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History Of Food
2:00 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Nutmeg: No Innocent Spice

Nutmeg processing plant in Gouyave, Grenada.
Credit Flickr/Lee Coursey

Whether it’s sprinkled on a latte or baked into spice cookies, nutmeg is a pretty omnipresent seasoning during the holidays. But the history of this warming spice is centuries long. It’s also surprisingly sad and gruesome. Grab some eggnog and settle in as NPR’s Allison Aubrey explores the dramatic story of nutmeg.

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Technology
2:00 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Our Cyborg Future

Would you volunteer for cybernetic implants?
Credit Flickr/Anomalily

Soon — sooner than most of us think — we’ll have tiny computers embedded in our brains. And this step is an advancement, a sign of a new era in evolution. That’s according to inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil. He talks with Wisconsin Public Radio about the fusion of biology and machine technology he sees in our future.

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Culture
2:00 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Exploring Bonn, Germany's More Recent Identity And Purpose

Bonn, Germany
Credit Flickr/Matthias Zepper

Cities are pretty robust organisms. They tend to survive even when put under tremendous stress and strain. Local industries rise and fall, people immigrate and emigrate, but most of these changes happen over long periods of time. What happens to a city when its purpose is stripped away virtually overnight?

Bonn was the quiet, unlikely capital of West Germany. Then it became official seat of government of a United Germany. But when the Cold War ended, the seat of the German government was moved back to its historic home of Berlin.

Today the city of Bonn is still finding its new identity and purpose. But there are hidden clues in the urban landscape that can remind us of what Bonn used to be. Independent producer Roman Mars brings us the story.

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Author Interview
3:15 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Beth Coleman On "Hello Avatar"

Cover of "Hello Avatar" by Beth Coleman.

Coming up on KUOW Presents on Friday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m.

For many of us there is a distinction between a virtual world and the real world. But writer Beth Coleman argues otherwise. In her book "Hello Avatar: Rise of the Networked Generation," Coleman examines a crucial aspect of our cultural shift from analog to digital and what she calls the “x-reality” that crosses between the virtual and the real. We hear her conversation with Wisconsin Public Radio's Anne Strainchamps.

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