KUOW Presents

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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.

To find stories by KUOW Presents older than October 15, 2012, go to www2.kuow.org and select "KUOW Presents" from the show dropdown menu in the search function.

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Family Memoir
2:00 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

James FitzGerald On "What Disturbs Our Blood"

Cover of "What Disturbs Our Blood" by James FitzGerald.

James FitzGerald was born into one of Canada's most important families. His grandfather John is a titan of public health in Toronto's history, credited with saving many lives with vaccines he developed. James' father, Jack, was a pioneer in the field of allergies. But both of their names were swept under the rug of Canadian history.

It was only in recent years that James uncovered deeply buried family secrets and learned about his father and grandfather's difficult life journeys. In his book "What Disturbs Our Blood," FitzGerald investigates the suicide of his grandfather, its effect on his father, and himself. James FitzGerald talked with the CBC's Sook Yin Lee about why he felt he had to write a book about his father and grandfather in order to redeem his family name.

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Poetry
2:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Poet Alice Derry On Watching Salmon

Chinook Salmon in the fall at Flaming Geyser State Park.
Credit Flickr Photo/Dan Hershman

Watching salmon churn upstream to spawn is a quintessentially Northwest scene. But it’s not a terribly intimate one. Port Angeles poet Alice Derry finds the connection between salmon running and a longtime couple accepting the losses they’ve suffered together in her poem, “Finding the Poem.” KUOW’s Elizabeth Austen guides us through the piece.

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Poetry
2:24 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Alice Derry On Watching Salmon And "Finding The Poem"

"Tremolo," Alice Derry's latest collection of poems.
Red Hen Press

Many Pacific Northwest artists feel compelled to respond to the drama of the salmon fighting their way upstream to spawn. In "Finding the Poem," Port Angeles poet Alice Derry sees in the salmon's efforts a parallel with the way we learn to accommodate each other in a long marriage — and how often it is loss that teaches us, finally, how to do it.

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Architecture
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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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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Poetry
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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Baseball
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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Online Retail Expansion
2:00 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Welcome To Amazon Dot Everything

Credit Flickr Photo/Guillermo Esteves

From a movie production arm to plumbing supplies, Amazon.com has been strategically spreading way beyond its original retail base. And yet Amazon's latest earnings report quoted a loss of profit to the tune of $274 million last quarter. The reason? The company says it's spending big on existing and new businesses. We'll get that story from American Public Media's Ashley Gross.

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Neighborhood Politics
2:00 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Meet Me At Unity Playlot: The Fight For A Tiny Concrete Basketball Court In Chicago's 35th Ward

Credit Flickr Photo/Kilgub

Once upon a time, the people of Chicago's 35th Ward just wanted a small safe place in the neighborhood where their children could play basketball. They thought that a little concrete plot just west of Logan Square would be the perfect place. But the city of Chicago had other plans for that lot. So the neighbors banded together to fight for their little playground. But to do that they had to take on Chicago's intimidating political machine with demonstrations and protests. Ultimately, they had to work to unseat the leader of their ward.

In "Meet Me at Unity Playlot," independent producers Elizabeth Meister and Dan Collison of Long Haul Productions bring us the story of the battle for Unity Park.

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Poetry
3:36 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Poet Dorothy Trogdon On Life “Under The Graphite Sky”

Orcas Island poet Dorothy Trogdon
Blue Begonia Press

Your attitude toward rain and seemingly endless dark skies may be the best litmus test for whether you are a true Northwesterner. Do you resist or embrace the shift toward dark, wet days? In her poems “Under the Graphite Sky” and “Strange How You Stay,” Orcas Island poet Dorothy Trogdon gives us a uniquely Pacific Northwestern view of winter.

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Science
2:00 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Digging Into The Mysterious Mind Of The Octopus With Sy Montgomery

Octopus (Muusoctopus canthylus)
Credit Flickr Photo/neptunecanada

Science writer Sy Montgomery has been described by The Boston Globe as  part Indiana Jones and  part Emily Dickinson. While researching the books, films and articles she produces, Montgomery has been chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Zaire and bitten by a vampire bat in Costa Rica. She has also worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes in Manitoba and handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana.

For Montgomery, there is nothing more mysterious than trying to get into the mind of an animal, particularly the mind of an octopus.  She talked with Wisconsin Public Radio's Jim Fleming, and told him why.

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Self-Reflection
2:00 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Mary Miller's Aha Moment

Cover of Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance"
MCA Nashville

Mary Miller fell in love with a man who flipped houses for a living. But he broke her heart, so she decided to beat him at his own house-flipping game. She was on her way to do just that when a song came on the radio. Its lyrics forced Mary to reconsider everything she was about to do.

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Elections
2:00 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Inspecting The Theater Of Politics

Flickr photo/Tim Green aka atoach

During election season, how much of campaign stops or debates are actually spontaneous? And how much is pre-planned? Who actually designs the political theater we see on the campaign trail? Producers Roman Mars and Andrea Seabrook examine what goes into the theater of politics, and what happens when all that planning and showmanship goes wrong. 

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Health Care
2:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

The Decision Liao Dan Made To Save His Wife

Liao Dan in China had a decision to make.  He could either let his wife die from kidney disease or find a way to save her life.

So he went to the black market and had a fake health insurance card made. After four years, he finally got caught.

Liao and his wife told their story to Radio Netherlands' Jonathan Groubert.

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