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Audio Postcard
10:16 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Postcard From Germany: Across The Street From The Gestapo Headquarters

One section of the Berlin Wall has been transformed into the East Side Gallery, with artworks by a variety of artists from around the world.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

While visiting Germany for a journalism fellowship, KUOW’s Ross Reynolds reports on what's changed and what's stayed the same in the 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Live From University Bookstore
8:47 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Garrison Keillor On His New Book 'The Keillor Reader'

Garrison Keillor stopped by the KUOW studios near University Bookstore to take a picture with social media producer Bond Huberman.
Credit KUOW Photo

For the average NPR listener, hearing the name Garrison Keillor may summon up the sound of his voice: deep and soothing, wise and mischievous, but with a palpable tinge of sadness. Keillor spoke at Seattle’s University Bookstore on June 12.

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Psychiatric Boarding
5:17 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State Supreme Court Considers Constitutionality Of Psychiatric Boarding

Credit Flickr Photo/Michael J (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Parking mentally ill patients in the emergency room while waiting for treatment is a common practice, but  also controversial. Psychiatric boarding, as it's known, used to be the exception. But in the last six years, the number of patients who've experienced it has nearly tripled.  Now the state Supreme Court is considering whether boarding is constitutional.

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RadioActive Youth Media
3:58 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

The S-Word And Stuff: Teens On Sex And Health

Rowan Neel writes a sex blog for teens.
KUOW Photo/Isaac Noren

Most people have had the "birds and bees" talk with their parents, and even more of us can recall those awkward moments in health class when we were still young and thought that the opposite sex had cooties.

In this month’s podcast you’ll hear about how one girl took initiative and taught her friends a thing or two about sex. There are teens helping teens everywhere, including here in Seattle where youth volunteer at a much needed teen crisis hotline.

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Religion
3:50 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Women's Advocate Says Excommunication Will Haunt The Mormon Church

Seattle's Mormon Temple, used for rituals and weddings. Mormons attend church in wards on Sundays.
Credit Flickr Photo/Tyler Foote (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Earlier this week Kate Kelly, the founder of a group advocating for women to be ordained into the Mormon priesthood, was excommunicated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for apostasy.

“For Mormons it’s really the equivalent of spiritual death,” said Natalie Kelly, a Seattle-based member of that group, Ordain Women. She is not related to Kate Kelly.

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Voice From Afar
3:31 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Embedded KUOW Reporter Describes The World Cup Atmosphere In Germany

According to Ross Reynolds, currently on a fellowship in Germany, the whole country seems to be in love right now with the World Cup and beer.
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While visiting Germany for a journalism fellowship, KUOW’s Ross Reynolds shares some firsthand observations of the World Cup fever he’s witnessed during his stay in Berlin, where every game — whether Germany is playing or not — is big.

Reynolds said public viewing areas are all over the city, from the giant public viewing space near the Brandenburg Gate created for some 50,000 people, to the small, neighborhood convenience stores that set out chairs and TVs for customers. Wherever you are watching, he said, the beer and Curryvurst probably isn’t too far away.

“Fun fact about the World Cup here,” Reynolds told fellow Record host Marcie Sillman in a phone interview. “It’s being broadcast by the public television network! Imagine if PBS had the franchise on running the World Series; that’s what it’s like here in Germany.”

Arts
2:36 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Evoking A Linen Closet: Sculpturist Collects Blankets, Stories For New Installation

Blanket and story from Marie Watt's Tacoma Art Museum project
Courtesy Tacoma Art Museum/Lisa Terry

When we think about blankets, we usually conjure comforting images: babies swaddled in flannel wraps, colorful afghans hand knit by loved ones, puffy quilts that we snuggle under when the weather is cold.

When artist Marie Watt thinks about blankets, she sees the raw materials for sculpture.

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Culture Code
2:31 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

The Secret Messages In Gay Men's Pockets

Marcie Sillman talks with Jeff Henness, owner of Doghouse Leathers on Capitol Hill, about the history of the "hanky code," a system devised by gay men to communicate sexual preferences.

Summer Of Safety
2:31 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

How Do We Prevent Gun Violence?

Marcie Sillman talks with Jeffrey Swanson about which public policies are effective in reducing gun violence. Swanson is a professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University School of Medicine.

Church Scandal
2:31 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Congregation Of Christian Brothers Crumbling Under Sex Abuse Settlements

Marcie Sillman talks with Jason Berry, author of "Lead Us Not Into Temptation" and contributor to the National Catholic Reporter, about the long history of sex abuse in the Catholic church and one organization that is crumbling in the wake of sex abuse settlements.

Neighborhoods
11:29 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Eight Guns, One Week: South Seattle Fights Street Violence

Concerned neighbors in Othello Park, from left, Sarah Valenta, program coordinator for HomeSight, Daphne Schneider, co-chair of the Othello Park Alliance and Patrice Thomas, Community and Economic Development Assistant at Southeast Effective Development (SEED).
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Twenty-three years ago, acting Captain Steve Strand was patrolling Columbia City on a mountain bike, busting alleyway crack dealers. The officers under his charge are still patrolling on mountain bikes, but the neighborhood landscape has changed.

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Oso Landslide
11:22 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Snohomish County Temporarily Halts Building Near Oso Landslide

State Route 530 recently reopened to two-way traffic past the site of the Oso mudslide.
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Lisa Brooks speaks with Snohomish County Council Chair Dave Somers about a temporary ban on development in two landslide-prone areas near the site of the Oso, Wash., landslide that killed 43 people in March.

Radke In The Morning
8:01 am
Thu June 26, 2014

What You Need To Know To Enjoy Watching The USMNT

U.S. National Soccer Team captain Clint Dempsey, also a member of the Seattle Sounders.
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Clint Dempsey and the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team need only a tie against Germany to advance to the second round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Bill Radke asks BBC soccer analyst Steve Crossman what we need to know to enjoy the match.

Tackling Violence
7:26 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Teary-Eyed Mayor Murray Declares 'Summer Of Safety'

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said comforting families of shooting victims has been one of the toughest parts of his job.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

In the wake of recent gun violence, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the city faces a crisis of confidence in public safety.

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Author Interview
3:49 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Author Deborah Rodriguez Finds Peace In Hairdressing After Leaving Afghanistan

Marcie Sillman speaks with author Deborah Rodriquex about her new book, "Margarita Wednesdays."

Rodriguez' best-selling memoir "Kabul Beauty School" chronicles her years in Afghanistan, and her role in helping women their learn a trade. Rodriguez had to flee Afghanistan shortly after her U.S. book tour and the experience left her with post traumatic stress disorder.

"Margarita Wednesdays" describes how the journey to recovery brought her back into a hair salon.

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