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.

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Career Change
2:42 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

How Julia Child Changed Lara Hamilton's Life

The end result of Lara Hamilton's decision to quit her job: Book Larder in Fremont.
(Photo: Lara Hamilton)

Lara Hamilton was about to turn 40 when she realized she wanted to quit her job. She worried about losing a steady paycheck, but she really wanted to find work she loved. She found the courage to act from a surprising source: Julia Child. Lara tells KUOW's Jeannie Yandel how Julia helped her then, and now.

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Music Recommendation
12:26 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Timeless Protest Songs From The Inspirational Elaine Brown

Elaine Brown
(Image courtesy of Pat Thomas)

Local record producer and writer Pat Thomas recently compiled a collection of music written by and for the Black Power movement,  "Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1965–1975." One of the musicians he discovered in putting the album together is a woman named Elaine Brown. She was the head of the Black Panther party during the mid '70s. Today, she's most well known for her activism for prisoners, but Pat thinks her music from the late '60s and early '70s has a message that still applies today.  He recommends listening to "Seize The Time," "The End of Silence" and "Until We're Free."

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Religious Belief
12:38 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Self-Reflection Through Scottish Buddhism

Seattle writer Jay Craig.
(Ballard Writers Collective Photo/Peggy Sturdivant)

Seattle writer Jay Craig created his own religion. Its rules helped him deal with his bipolar disorder, and he thought it was good enough to overthrow Christianity. But when a close friend ended up in a mental institution claiming to be the daughter of God, Jay was forced to take a good, hard look at himself.

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4:21 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Washington State Book Award Winner Christine Deavel Reads From 'Woodnote'

'Woodnote' By Christine Deavel
(Photo: Christine Deavel)

Christine Deavel reads excerpts from the title poem of “Woodnote” (Bear Star Press, 2011). Her collection won the 2012 Washington State Book Award for poetry from the Washington Center for the Book.

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Cultural Beliefs
1:53 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Brenda Peterson: Finding Common Ground

KUOW's Dave Beck speaks with Seattle author Brenda Peterson at the site where Brenda began the nonprofit organization Seal Sitters.
(Photo: Robin Lindsey)

It's sometimes difficult to engage in conversation with people whose beliefs are very different from your own. But Brenda Peterson, a West Seattle author and environmentalist, has found a place on a local beach where she can have those conversations. It's a sanctuary for Brenda where she finds connection with creatures of all kinds. And it's the place where she founded the nonprofit Seal Sitters a few years ago.

Seal Sitters is a volunteer organization that watches after seal pups that show up on Puget Sound beaches. Brenda Peterson speaks with KUOW's Dave Beck. Her new children's book, based on her experiences with Seal Sitters, is called "Leopard and Silkie."

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Northwest Art History
1:22 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

History Isn't Set In Stone: Rediscovering Northwest Women Painters

"Demolition" by Yvonne Twining Humber, 1948.
(Image: Martin–Zambito Fine Art)

A lot of people say 'there's no point in trying to right old wrongs,' 'what's happened has happened,' 'you can't change the past.' But Seattle's David Martin thinks differently. Over the past 26 years he's managed to change Northwest art history by bringing regional artists back from obscurity.

David told KUOW's Megan Sukys that his love affair with Northwest art began with a painting he saw in a Boston art gallery back in the early '80s. It’s called "Demolition," by the late Seattle–based painter Yvonne Twining Humber.

The painting depicts a building in Seattle being torn down after the Depression. At the time, it was a sign of progress. Now, the painting represents the personal relationship David formed with Yvonne, a relationship that helped him find many more artists who were overlooked because of their gender, race or sexual orientation.

In recent years, David has been able to bring the work of these artists to local museums with award–winning shows that have drawn major media interest, including the New York Times. He's also written books about the artists that have been sought out by people around the world.

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Film Recommendation
4:39 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

LeiLani Nishime: Science Fiction Films That Reflect Human Cultural Struggles

'District 9' Film Poster

Science fiction movies introduce us to alternative worlds, and futures. University of Washington Assistant Communication Professor LeiLani Nishime, also thinks the stories that science fiction films tell reflect how humans struggle with our cultural differences. Nishime talked with KUOW's Jamala Henderson about three films she recommends watching: the 1979 film "Alien," the 1999 film "The Matrix" and the 2009 film "District 9." 

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1:57 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Pink Dolphins In The Trees

Pink dolphins swim among flooded trees.
(Photo: Kevin Schafer)

The Amazon River is home to a creature that looks like it was conjured out of a dream: pink river dolphins. They have long, toothy snouts, and adult males can turn bubblegum pink. But what really makes these creatures unique is their habitat. When the Amazon River floods each year, the surrounding forest fills with water. The dolphins are free to swim where no other dolphins do: among the tops of trees.

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12:30 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

You Have To Enter To Win: A Female Pilot Among Men

Stephanie Wallach in her pilot uniform in the 1970's.
(Photo: Stephanie Wallach)

Only 3 percent of commercial airline pilots are women. But if you were flying into Anchorage, Alaska back in 2006, you'd be glad Stephanie Wallach was your pilot. On that flight, Stephanie made an emergency landing in an MD–80 jetliner after an engine failed.

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1:11 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Steven Bender: Films Of The Mexican-American Experience

Steven Bender is a law professor at Seattle University. He writes about the policies and issues involving Mexican–Americans. And, he’s also kind of obsessed with deconstructing popular culture messages about the lives and experiences of Latinos, because he’s seen a lot of negative stereotypes. Professor Bender talked with KUOW's Jamala Henderson about watching three films that present a more nuanced portrayal of Mexicans and the Mexican–American experience.

Cheech and Chong, "Born in East LA"

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12:58 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Sounds Familiar: Chopin's 'Funeral March'

KUOW Swing Years Host Amanda Wilde digs into the history behind the songs that sound familiar. This time out, we explore Chopin's “Funeral March.” Since it first appeared in the early 19th century, the famous tune has found its way into movies, cartoons, and funk and hip–hop music.  Amanda Wilde traces the lineage of Chopin's “Funeral March” with KUOW's Dave Beck. 

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9:14 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Opium University

Ceramic opium pipe bowls; the center one has a toad design.
(N3 Photo/Tom Banse)

University of Idaho is unpacking 1000 pieces of rare opium smoking equipment. An eccentric collector beat his addiction. Now he just wants them out of his house. Correspondent Tom Banse has the intriguing back story of how these so-called "instruments of self-destruction" came to a small Northwest town.

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