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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Joy Of Victory
2:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Teen Contender

Until recently, only men competed in boxing at the Olympics. That ended at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where women climbed into the ring to compete for the first time. Claressa Shields is a 16-year old from Michigan, and she was one of the boxers at the 2012 Summer Olympics. We’ll hear her story today.

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2:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

99% Invisible: The Great Red Car Conspiracy

The Red Car News Boys show on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure.
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When Eric Molinsky lived in Los Angeles, he kept hearing this story about a bygone transportation system called the Red Car. The Red Car, he was told, had been this amazing network of streetcars that connected the city — until a car company bought it, dismantled it, and forced a dependency on freeways. But like most legends, the one that Eric heard about the Red Car is not entirely accurate.

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2:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

In Mexico, Deported American Kids Learn Spanish As A Second Language

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It’s a familiar problem wherever there are immigrants: students may not speak the language of their teachers.

In Mexico, immigrants from US have this problem. Many have never visited Mexico before and don’t speak Spanish.  

They’re the children of deported Americans. And Mexican teachers are reaching out to them – by learning English.

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Modern Day Boom Towns
2:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

How Oil Changed North Dakota

The idea of the “boom town” – a town that suddenly springs up or expands to support a lucrative operation nearby – may seem like something straight out of the Gold Rush days of the mid and late 1800s. But thanks to oil drilling, Williston, North Dakota, has quickly become a modern-day boom town. Resident and reporter Todd Melby tells APM’s Dick Gordon about life in a 21st century boom town.

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4:56 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

The Family Car Trip That Lasted 3 Years

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Michelle Kennedy was in a bad relationship. She had three kids and bills to pay, so she stayed. But when her neglectful partner allowed one of his sled dogs to attack her toddler, she packed up the kids and split. Michelle talks about how she and her kids spend three years living out of their car.

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Family Life
2:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Fugitive Soccer Mom

Sometimes, the past comes back to bite you.
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She was a perfectly normal mom. She had a loving family. She took her kids to sports practices. But all that was just a façade. And in one moment, that façade came crumbling down, revealing the truth: 30 years ago, Mom escaped from jail, changed her name, and never looked back.

Susan LeFevre is the "Fugitive Soccer Mom."

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Tragedy And Coping
4:37 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Breaking The Silence Around Suicide

Author Kim Stafford writes about his brother's suicide in '100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do.'
Credit Courtesy Kim Stafford

Editors' Note: This story contains descriptions of suicide. If you or someone you know might be suicidal, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 800.273.8255 (800.273.TALK).  Support groups and grief counseling for survivors can be found throughout the Puget Sound region.

Portland writer Kim Stafford has struggled to make sense out of the suicide of his brother Bret for 25 years. Though Bret was just 14 months older, Kim always looked to his brother as a leader and teacher. When he shot himself at age 40 in 1988, nobody in Bret’s family knew how much he was struggling.

Members of the Stafford family, even their father and famous poet William Stafford, couldn’t bring themselves to speak or write about Bret's loss. It was largely up to Kim Stafford to break the family silence.  Kim’s new memoir, “100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do:  How My Brother Disappeared,” is the story of his brother’s life and death and its devastating and transformational effect on Kim and his family.

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Family Life
2:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Stephen Rochelle: Keeping Hope Alive

Stephen Rochelle was a high school principal, and he always had a good relationship with his students. But when it came to his own son, Mathew, things got complicated. In Keeping Hope Alive, Stephen Rochelle tells the story of how mental illness made his own son a stranger to him.  

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Personal Family Memories
2:00 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Hidden Kitchen Mama

In some families, the kitchen can be the room in the house that counts the most and that smells the best. It’s where families gather and children are fed, and in some cases, where all good parties begin and end. For Independent radio producers the Kitchen Sisters, it’s the room where the best stories are told. In Hidden Kitchen Mama, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva take us on a tour of stories about people, their mothers and the kitchens where the memories took place.

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2:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Saved By A Penguin

When Elaine Parker went to work in Antarctica, she was excited to get outside and explore. And she particularly hoped to see an Emperor Penguin. Finally, after a year of being cooped up inside, Elaine headed outdoors, into the cold. She did encounter an Emperor Penguin, but she never could have guessed what would happen during that encounter. Elaine tells APM’s Dick Gordon her story.

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Family Traditions
2:00 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Yesterday, Today, And Tomorrow

Curtis DuPuis standing with his grandfather’s canoe
Credit KUOW/Jamala Henderson

As a matter of tradition, Curtis DuPuis’ family didn’t record their stories or write them down. Curtis and his family are members of the Chehalis Tribe and their personal stories and histories were for telling other tribe members only. But Curtis decided to break with that tradition and record the family stories he’d been telling most of his life. He told KUOW’s Jamala Henderson why.

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Cultural History
2:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Teddy Bear Vs. Billy Possum

Teddy bears are cuddly, cute, and you can buy one in just about any toy store in the country. But the strange origin of the teddy bear is less well-known. The story becomes even stranger when you consider that advertisers and toy makers alike planned to make American kids throw their teddy bears in the trash — in favor of cuddly, stuffed possums. 99% Invisible: Billy Possum comes to us from the 99% Invisible Podcast produced by Roman Mars, and Independent producer Jon Mooallem.

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Video In Space
10:00 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Forest Gibson: "Going Far Beyond Your Normal Reach"

Forest Gibson, director of the parody video 'We’re NASA and We Know It.'
Credit Courtesy Forest Gibson

Forest Gibson is a Seattle-based video producer and filmmaker. Forest and the company that he works for, Cinesaurus, have a knack for producing videos that get shared on the web and social media. Cinesaurus' clients include GAP, YouTube and the online humor network Cheezburger. One of the company’s biggest successes was the parody video released in the summer of 2012, “We’re NASA and We Know It.”

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Dancing Away From Suicide
2:00 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Canadian Tre Armstrong On Why Dancing Is Central To Her Life

Tre Armstrong loves to dance. She's a choreographer and an actor. She's also a feisty judge on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. But while dancing is a central part of Tre’s life today, the need to do it actually grew out of experiences from her very difficult childhood. Tre Armstrong talked with the CBC's Sook Yin Lee about how finding new ways to dance kept her going through tough times.

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11:34 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Kathleen Flenniken On Coming To Terms With Hanford

B Reactor at the Hanford nuclear site.
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In childhood, our allegiances, our loves, are often black and white, simplistic. One of the difficult parts of becoming an adult is reconciling ourselves to the failings and flaws in what we have loved and admired. Sometimes the task involves recognizing our own complicity in those failings.

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