KUOW Presents

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Joshua McNichols

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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5:14 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

SE Hinton's "The Outsiders" Introduced Dark Teenage Fiction To The World

A quote from SE Hinton's 1967 bestseller, "The Outsiders"
Credit Flickr/surra hurt

Back in 1967, a scandalous book about street thugs shot to the top of the bestseller lists. Its author was a 17-year-old woman who was nearly failing her high school English class. Why did her book become such a huge success? It offered the perfect combination of gritty realism and hormones.

Hear the story of "The Outsiders," from its humble beginnings, to its star-studded Hollywood movie adaptation, to a modern reinterpretation by an all-queer cast.

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North Korea
2:00 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

The North Korean Techno Party

Detail of a mosaic in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Credit yeowatzup / Flickr

The staff at the North Korean Embassy in Malaysia knew how to throw the best parties. But of course, all the loud music and cool eye shades just obscured what was really going on behind the embassy walls.

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Classical Music
5:14 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Schubert And The Minimalists: Savoring The Journey

Seattle Weekly music writer and composer Gavin Borchert.
Credit Courtesy/Gavin Borchert


The old saying “it’s about the journey, not the destination” is one that comes to mind when listening to the music of Franz Schubert. Seattle Weekly music writer and composer Gavin Borchert has been thinking a lot lately about Schubert and the distinctive way the composer’s music slowly unfolds over time. To Gavin’s ears, Schubert, an early 19th century composer, has a strong kinship with American minimalist composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. That kinship is explored in a new recording called “The Knights:  A Second of Silence.”

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Unpaid Internships
4:50 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

The Movie Studio Intern Who’ll Never Work In Hollywood Again

Interns compete in the "Intern Olympics" at an advertising agency in St. Louis, Missouri.
Credit Flickr/lolololori

Many industries depend on a steady stream of unpaid interns. In the movie industry, interns are lured by the chance to work alongside big stars or important directors. The dangled promise of a future career keeps them glued to their computer workstations late into the night.

Eric Glatt found himself in such a position. He looked into the law, and began to suspect his employer’s reliance on interns was illegal. So he sued. Hear his story today on KUOW Presents.

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Civil Rights
2:00 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Gay And Black, Bayard Rustin Was A Little Too Complicated For The Early Civil Rights Movement

A Portrait of Bayard Rustin
Credit Flickr/Felix Jackson, Jr.

Many people have not heard of Bayard Rustin. Rustin is the man who taught MLK about non-violence, a strategy he’d learned from Gandhi. Rustin organized the 1963 March on Washington. But he was discouraged from being a public spokesperson for civil rights because he was gay. Many activists at the time felt the movement wasn’t big enough to include homosexuality.

We hear about the pattern of public humiliation that kept Rustin out of the history books. And about how he finally found peace when the culture caught up with him.

Other stories from KUOW Presents on Thursday, January 31:

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5:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

A Poet's View On Parenting And Chronic Illness

Poet Suzanne Edison
Credit Seedison.com

Poet Suzanne Edison knows the ups and downs of chronic illness too well. Her daughter has juvenile myositis, a rare autoimmune disorder. Today she reads two poems about the way her child’s illness affects her parenting: “Betrayal” and “Bloodwork.”

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Rites Of Passage
2:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Quinceañeras: A Cherished, But Costly Tradition

A young woman celebrates her quinceañera at Northgate Mall.
Credit Flickr photo/wonderlane

For many young Latina girls, there’s no rite of passage more important than the fiesta quinceañera. Traditionally it’s a party that celebrates a girl’s transition to a young woman when she turns 15. But it’s much more than a party. It’s more like a debutante ball, and it can cost as much as a wedding. Now, financial advisors are cautioning parents to take it easy.

We’ll sneak you into the party and let you steal a peek at the bill.

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5:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Poet Suzanne Edison On Parenting A Chronically Ill Child

Poet Suzanne Edison
Credit Seedison Designs

Learning that your child has a serious, chronic illness is like falling off a cliff, without knowing how — or if — your feet will ever find the ground again, says poet Suzanne Edison.

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Aeronautical Hijinks
2:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Take A Left At The Kremlin

Too many people had seen the arrival of Mathias Rust for Soviet officials to hush up the incident. The press was allowed to run with it, even though it was an embarrassment for the country. For this reason, Mathias Rust believes his arrival helped Gorbachev open the press.
Credit unknown newspaper, 1987 (fair use)

Every country has its outlaw heroes. Billy The Kid. Joan of Arc. Pancho Villa. In West Germany, there’s an outlaw hero you may not have heard of. His name’s Mathias Rust. And like most outlaw heroes, he seems to represent a certain old-school morality in a world gone bad. At the height of the cold war, the teenaged Rust was convinced the world was headed for global war.

Maybe he was a little full of himself, but Rust thought he could change things. So he rented a single engine plane and flew it past Russian air defenses. He made it all the way to Moscow, where he buzzed Lenin’s tomb and landed near Red Square. He earned some time in a labor camp, but in the end, the Russians couldn’t help cracking a smile. They pardoned him.

Hear him describe his amazing stunt on KUOW Presents.

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Online Piracy
5:26 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

The Day The Internet Went Dark And How It Changed History

A protester in Madrid, Spain, wears a Guy Fawkes mask associated with the hacker group Anonymous. A hacker claiming association with the group took down MIT's website to post a memorial to Internet activist Aaron Swartz.
Credit flickr/gaelx

A little over a year ago, Wikipedia, Google and thousands of other websites went dark. They were protesting an Internet privacy act being considered in Congress. It was the largest protest ever conducted on the Internet. And it worked.

One of its organizers was Aaron Swartz. Swartz advocated for the Internet to be free. His quest for free information got him in trouble.  He was caught trying to leak academic papers to the public. The US Department of Justice tried to make an example out of him. But he committed suicide.

Today, we hear an in-depth report on Swartz’s most successful campaign: the online protest that stopped SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, from becoming law.

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More from KUOW
11:24 am
Thu January 24, 2013

What Soviet-Era Design Reveals About The Cold War

Credit Rizzoli

Michael Idov has a soft spot for Soviet-era design. The puppets, tape recorders and architecture may be awkward -- they may even have a certain ugliness -- but they reveal something about the Soviets: Sputnik was not enough. The Russians also needed toys.

Hear Idov talk about the unsung icons of Soviet design.

Other Stories heard on KUOW Presents, January 24, 2013:

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South American History
8:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

My Childhood As A Chilean Rebel

Flag of Chile
Credit flickr/Majo´s Photos

Vancouver's Carmen Aguirre just wanted a normal childhood. Then her mom moved the whole family to Bolivia so they could join the Chilean resistance in the fight against the dictator Pinochet. And you thought your family had secrets!

Other Stories On KUOW Presents On January 23, 2013:

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History Of Recreational Drugs
10:35 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Sherlock Holmes, The Junkie

Sherlock Holmes faces enemies -- and the public's increasing disapproval of his cocaine addiction
Credit Scott Monty / Flickr

When the fictional character Sherlock Holmes took up his recreational cocaine habit, the drug was still considered a responsible alternative to alcohol. It was a thinking person’s drug. But the public perception of cocaine changed and in response, Holmes’ creator painted the great detective’s coke addiction in increasingly darker tones.

When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle revived his character from the dead for Collier’s Magazine, he could not ignore Holmes’ former addiction. That troubled past gives Holmes a complexity that inspires readers to this day.

Hear the story of Sherlock Holmes, the junkie.

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2:19 am
Fri January 18, 2013

KUOW Studio Performance: Beck's "Song Reader"

Pop singer Beck’s latest record isn’t actually recorded at all. It’s a binder full of sheet music. The idea behind it hearkens back to the days before mass-produced recorded music, when people bought popular songs on sheet music and gathered to play the songs together. Local composer Wayne Horvitz loves that idea, so he’s getting musicians from all over Seattle together to play some of the pieces Saturday night. He talks with KUOW’s Dave Beck. 

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2:16 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Want to Hear Beck’s New Music? Do It Yourself!

Wayne Horvitz and Robin Holcomb perform tunes from Beck's 'Song Reader.'
Wayne Horvitz

In the days before records were mass-produced, people learned about popular songs through sheet music.  The pop musician known as Beck (no relation to KUOW’s Dave Beck) was so intrigued by that idea that his latest album isn’t even a recording at all. 

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