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New Yorker Cartoonist
3:28 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Roz Chast On Caring For Her Elderly Parents: 'Spoiler Alert! They Die'

Credit Roz Chast's book "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?"

Marcie Sillman speaks with Roz Chast, a featured cartoonist in the New Yorker, about her latest work of art is about taking care of her very elderly parents.

Feature Interview
3:11 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

'I Am Home Now,' Says Gerald Hankerson, Former Lifer

Gerald Hankerson
Seattle.gov

Marcie Sillman talks with Gerald Hankerson, director at Main Street Alliance, president of the local NAACP and former lifer at the Washington state penitentiary.

I Like ...
3:10 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

My Posse's At The Symphony? Sir Mix-A-Lot Goes Classical

Hip hop artist Anthony Ray, aka Sir Mix-A-Lot.
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot about his upcoming performance with the Seattle Symphony.

Update: The performance was a hit, with women from the audience getting on stage and dancing to Mix's classic, "Baby Got Back."  

Idealist Communities
3:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

The History Of Anarchy On Puget Sound

Credit Justin Wadland's book "Trying Home."

David Hyde speaks with Justin Wadland, a librarian at the University of Washington, about his new book, "Trying Home: The Rise and Fall of an Anarchist Utopia on Puget Sound."

Ballet
3:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Leta Biasucci: The Young Ballerina Behind The Sparkles

Pacific Northwest corps de ballet dancer Leta Biasucci in George Balanchine's "Diamonds."
Courtesy Pacific Northwest Ballet/Lindsay Thomas

Most people see only the sparkly side of ballet: the live performances, with dancers in costume, pointe shoes tied, orchestra in the pit. Whether it’s the annual holiday production of “Nutcracker” or an edgier, contemporary work, many of the dancers at Pacific Northwest Ballet see performances as a reward for their hours of rehearsal.

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River Health
3:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

'DamNation' Documentary Explores The Snake River Dam Controversy

The Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River in Washington.
Flickr Photo/Roberta Schonborg

Steve Scher talks to the filmmaker Travis Rummell, dam engineer Jim Waddell and Jim Ahern, a Lewiston, Idaho, native,  about the new documentary "DamNation." The film discusses the change in attitudes towards dam and river health.

Language
1:14 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Linguistic Victory For Seattle Park Tax Opponents

David Hyde speaks with Erica C. Barnett of PubliCola about a Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission ruling on the language in a proposed park tax hike for Seattle. 

Cyber-Spying
12:26 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Microsoft To Government Spies: Back Off

Edward Snowden's revelations have resulted in the loss of at least $22 billion to U.S. tech companies, according to one analyst.
Flickr Photo/Sam Agnew

The Obama administration must restore trust in U.S. technology companies and uphold America’s fundamental liberties, Microsoft’s chief counsel wrote in a strongly-worded blog post.

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Police Chief Confirmation
10:43 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Kathleen O'Toole: Police Recruit 'The Wrong Type Of People'

Kathleen O'Toole chats with Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess before sitting down to talk with the Public Safety Committee.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Seattle Police Chief nominee Kathleen O’Toole met with the City Council Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. It was one of several question and answer sessions O’Toole will attend as part of her confirmation process.

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Health Care Exclusions
3:24 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Washington To Pursue Fuller Health Care Coverage For Transgender State Employees

Danielle Askini, advocacy director for the Gender Justice League.
Credit Courtesy of Danielle Askini

Marcie Sillman speaks with Danielle Askini, advocacy director for the Gender Justice League, about their efforts to remove health care exclusions affecting transgender people from Washington state employee plans.

Activism
3:24 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Geoffrey McGrath: The Inadvertent Spokesman For Gay Rights

Geoffrey McGrath delivers a petition bearing more than 125,000 signatures, urging Amazon to stop donating money to the Boy Scouts on May 21.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattleite Geoffrey McGrath about his path from a hiking/biking software engineer  to international spokesperson for gay rights after his membership from the Boy Scouts of America was revoked for his sexual orientation.

Seattle Symphony
3:21 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Dave Beck Contemplates The Challenges Of A 21st Century Symphony

Attracting a younger crowd is a big challenge for the Seattle Symphony.
Flickr Photo/@HyeonsikMoon (CC-BY-NC-ND)

When the League of American Orchestras' annual meeting kicks off in Seattle on June 6, the almost 1,000 conventioneers will have more than classical music on their minds. American symphony orchestras are thinking about survival in an era where potential audiences have the world available at the tap of a smart phone.

Classical musician and radio host Dave Beck of Seattle's KING-FM jokes "there are lots of people in classical music audiences whose hair is even grayer than mine."

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RadioActive Youth Media
3:20 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

How Weight Loss Pulled These Identical Twin Sisters Apart

High school seniors and twin sisters Andrea Dyer (left) and Amanda Dyer have struggled with not fitting in. Body image is a big part of that.
Credit Credit KUOW Photo/Alicia Quarles

    

It's hard enough trying to convince yourself that you're beautiful. It's even harder when that standard of beauty is living down the hall from you.

"When I am by myself, I find myself as beautiful," said Andrea Dyer, "but when I compare myself to others, which would be mostly my twin sister, I find myself comparing all the things that they are better than me in. So recently that has been taking a toll on me."

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News From Canada
3:19 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

U.S. Ambassador To Canada Asks For Partnership In Combatting Climate Change

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman speaks at Canada 2020 on June 2.
Flickr Photo/Canada 2020 (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks to columnist Vaughn Palmer about U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman's request for a partnership between the two countries in combating climate change. Plus, how the U.S. decision on coal-burning power plant affects the coal-port expansion and an update on the Victoria sewage plant.

Marijuana Retail
3:18 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Marijuana Businessman Sues Wenatchee For Right To Open Retail Store

Wenatchee issued a marijuana ban counter to Washington state law, one businessman is now suing to open a retail store in the city.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

David Hyde talks with Seattle attorney Hilary Bricken about a lawsuit against the city of Wenatchee, which has banned marijuana businesses. Bricken's client, Shaun Preder, is suing to open a marijuana retail store.

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