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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Local Music
10:35 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Macklemore On Bringing His Unusual Perspective Mainstream

Macklemore and friends.
Credit macklemore.com

Ben Haggerty (Macklemore) had no idea his quirky songs would become, for several weeks anyway, the most popular music in America, but lightning has now struck twice. And Macklemore's become an unlikely defender of same-sex marriage and a critic of consumer culture. Macklemore talks about his unsual perspective and bringing politics to his music.

More stories from KUOW Presents, Wednesday, February 27:

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Grief & Coping
4:19 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Cheryl Strayed On Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail
Credit Flickr/ asafantman

Author Cheryl Strayed’s mother had just died. Like many in our region, she turned to nature for solace. And hiked a big part of the Pacific Crest Trail. The PCT is a place where you can keep on walking until your mind finds stillness, or at least until you're eaten by a bear.

Want more Cheryl Strayed? Hear Ross Reynolds interview her on KUOW.

Other Stories on KUOW Presents, Tuesday, February 26:

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Oscar Snubs
10:39 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Missing Oscar This Time, Late Ayatollah May Have Another Chance

The "Cardboard Khomeini" spotted in Hollywood.
Credit Flickr/ maryatexitzero

“Iranian State TV Declares 'Argo' Oscars Win A Victory For Iran.” That was the headline this morning on the satirical website known as the Pan Arabia Enquirer. But if the late Ayatollah Khomeini missed a posthumous Oscar for his role in the movie "Argo," he may have another chance coming up.

The author Salman Rushdie’s life is ripe for a screenplay. His story began when the Ayatollah effectively placed a hit on him. Then, it was into the attic for Rushdie. Hear the author tell his own story here, before Hollywood gets involved.

Other Stories From KUOW Presents, Monday, February 25:

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8:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Words We Can't Say On The Radio

Credit Flickr/DD4RC

Different periods in history have different swear words. How people throw them around says something about our who we are as a culture. Because we reserve the harshest epithets for the kind of person we most fear becoming.

Hear NPR’s linguist Geoffrey Nunberg get bleeped on the radio, today on KUOW Presents.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, Thursday, February 21:

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2:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Accused And Exonerated: A Story Of Rape

A couple with matching ankle monitors.
Credit Flickr/HammHawk

Brian Banks spent five years in prison after being falsely accused of rape. After his release, he tried to return to the football career that had looked so promising before his conviction. But the electronic monitor on his ankle and the stigma of his crime proved insurmountable barriers.

Then, his former accuser suddenly tried to friend him on Facebook. She admitted she’d made the whole thing up and suggested they let bygones be bygones. Now, Brian only had to get her to admit the truth to a judge.

Other stories on KUOW Presents, Wednesday, February 20:

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Gun Control
2:00 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

The Truth About Guns In The Wild West

Detail of diorama showing the gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Credit Flickr/Ross Griff

The "wild west" may have an undeserved reputation. If you believe what you see in old movies, you'd think gunslingers routinely shot each over for the slightest offenses. But according to historians, shoot-outs like the famous one at the O.K. Corral were rare, and towns like Tombstone, Ariz., and Dodge City, Kan., had some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation.

Other stories on KUOW Presents, Tuesday, February 19:

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Exceptional Children
2:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Marathon Boy

A child in Delhi, India.
Credit Flickr/mctrent

Two-year-old Budhia Singh was sold into slavery in India, then purchased by a philanthropist who routinely rescues slave children from a life of beggary. Soon, Budhia exhibited a gift for running. He seemed destined to become India's greatest runner.  But when he became a kind of folk hero, the pressure became difficult to bear. His story today on KUOW, adapted from the documentary, “Marathon Boy.”

Other stories on KUOW Presents, Monday, February 18:

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Unexpected Romance
2:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

The Tree Climber

Credit Flickr/Kwong Yee Cheng

Lyana Strelkoff made a list of what she wanted in a man. And that list certainly didn't describe Dean. Then, she fell out of a tree and instantly became paralyzed from the waist down. You won't be surprised by what happens, especially since this is Valentine's day. But the way this story is told - well, hearing it is like falling out of a tree. WHOMP!

Other stories from KUOW Presents, Thursday, February 14:

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Brazillian Music
1:41 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Jovino Santos Neto: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Jovino Santos Neto, piano, and Paul Taub, flute, play the little-known flute music of Jovino's mentor, Hermeto Pascoal.
Credit Cornish College of the Arts Photo

In 1977, Cornish College of the Arts faculty member Jovino Santos Neto was coming back home to Brazil after university studies in Canada. Jovino was planning to do graduate work in biology in the Amazon rain forest. But on a whim, Jovino decided to first knock on the door of the famous Brazilian composer, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal.

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Immigration Reform
2:00 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Marriage As A Path To US Residency: Not So Easy As In The Movies

If you had to place your kids in the car at 3:30 in the morning to commute from Tijuana to San Diego every day, they might look something like this.
Credit Flickr/Jose Chavarry

Marry an American, get residency in the US: It's a myth many Americans still believe, promulgated by sitcoms and romantic comedies. But the true story is much more complicated. And it has left thousands of families trying to remain united as borders divides them. Hear the story of one family that commutes everyday from Tijuana to San Diego. They leave at 3:30 in the morning, their kids asleep in the back seat. Clearly this is not the romantic comedy they expected. 

Other stories heard on KUOW Presents, Wednesday, February 13: 

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8:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Poet Alice Derry On Mourning A Complicated Relationship

Port Angeles poet Alice Derry's fourth collection is 'Tremolo.'
Credit Red Hen Press

Mourning begins in a kind of thick non-seeing,
only later clarified, gradually lightening,
until we recognize what our lives must carry.

So begins "The Planet Closest To Us," Alice Derry's frank and moving poem about grieving the loss of someone who it was not always easy to love -- her mother. Derry reads her poem, and talks about the unexpected gift in her mother's passing.

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Gun Control
2:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Gun Rights: The Issue That Switched From Left Wing To Right Wing

Black Panthers demonstrating at Seattle's federal courthouse, 1969.
Credit MOHAI/Seattle P.I. Collection/Tom Barlet

Back in the 1960s, it was urban radicals who fought for the right to bear arms, and it was largely white conservatives who fought for tighter gun control. How times have changed.

The forgotten history of the gun rights debate, today on KUOW.

Other stories heard on KUOW Presents, Tuesday, February 12:

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2:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Religion Through The Back Door

A wind-up nun toy.
Credit Flickr/Michael Connell

Karen Armstrong came to religion through the back door. She had tried coming through the front, joining a convent as a teenager. But the spiritual experiences her mentors expected her to have just fell flat. She gave up the church and found her mind grew more open. But lately, she’s been revisiting her spiritual side and looking for balance.

Other stories heard on KUOW Presents, Monday, February 11:

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2:00 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

The Secret Princess

A young girl strikes a fierce Princess Mononoke pose.
Credit Flickr/cobalt123

Many young girls fantasize about secretly being a princess. When Sarah Culberson grew up, she left those childish fantasies behind. But then she discovered the fantasy was true. Not only did her heart pump royal blood, but her people needed her.

Other stories heard on KUOW Presents, February 7, 2013:

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Lost Traditions
2:00 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

The Woman With The Tattooed Face

Alethea's face bears a traditional Inuit tattoo.
Credit Courtesy/Unikkaat Studios Inc.

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril grew up in Nunavut, one of the most remote places in remote Northern Canada. After going to film school near Toronto, Alethea wanted to reconnect with her Inuit roots. So after studying old photos and talking with countless elders, she made a decision that was simultaneously old-fashioned and radical: She tattooed her face. Hear how her parents reacted.

Other stories heard on KUOW Presents, February 6, 2013:

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