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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Seattle Mayor's Race
12:40 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Would You Reelect Mayor McGinn?

Should Mayor McGinn get a second term?

Mayor Mike McGinn has a press conference at 12:30 p.m. If he announces a run for a second term would you want him reelected? Ross Reynolds talks to KUOW listeners about how the mayor has done so far and if they would want him back.

Second Amendment
12:20 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

The New Push For Gun Control

Former Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former Astronaut Mark Kelly, are launching a new gun control group.  Their specific proposals to combat gun violence include comprehensive background checks for private sales and stricter controls on high-capacity magazines and assault weapons. 

What do you think? Is gun control the answer?  Ross Reynolds talks with UCLA law professor Adam Winkler, Second Amendment Foundation spokesman Dave Workman, and Washington Cease Fire executive director Beth Flynn about the latest push for further gun control.

More from KUOW
12:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Not So Extraordinary Rendition? Comparing Bush And Obama Policies

Guards from Camp 5 at Joint Task Force Guantanamo escort a detainee from his cell to a recreational facility within the camp, Oct. 2011.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Kilho Park, DVIDSHUB Flickr

When Barack Obama became president he announced a ban on torture and an end to the CIA’s secret prison network.  But how exactly is the Obama administration handling terrorism suspects detained abroad?  And what’s the difference from the Bush administration?

Ross Reynolds talks with American University law professor, Stephen Vladeck, about how the two administrations compare when it comes to the issue of rendition.

Pop Culture
10:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce: Woody Allen And "Cliff" Redux

Illustration of Woody Allen by Felix Jackson, Jr.
Credit Flickr illustration/Felix Jackson, Jr.

Victoria Times-Colonist columnist Les Leyne brings us the latest news from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton considers Woody Allen's classic comedies of the 1970s. Then, Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton reviews the aftermath of the "fiscal cliff" deal.

Shell Under Scrutiny
9:05 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Interior Dept., Coast Guard To Probe Shell’s Arctic Drilling Mishaps

Shell's Kulluk oil rig, aground in the Gulf of Alaska.
U.S. Coast Guard

The Obama administration launched a sweeping inquiry into Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling program on Tuesday. The probe, to be completed within 60 days, will look at the company’s mishaps in Alaska and in Puget Sound.

The announcement from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar comes a week after Shell’s Kulluk oil rig ran aground in the Gulf of Alaska.

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Books
9:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Nancy Pearl Recommends Self-Help Books

Weekday host Steve Scher and Nancy Pearl at Weekday Live in 2011.
Credit KUOW Photo/Serene Careaga

What makes a good self-help book? Book commentator and author Nancy Pearl joins us to think about it. Her favorite is “The Dance of Anger” by Harriet Lerner. What's yours? Call us at 206.543.5869 or email weekday@kuow.org.

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Gun Violence Prevention
8:30 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Seattle To Hold First Gun Buyback In 20 Years

Seattle Police Deputy Chief Nick Metz announced the gun buyback at a news conference with former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice, Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine behind him.
Ann Dornfeld

Seattle and King County officials today announced the city’s first gun buyback program in 20 years. The goal is to reduce gun violence, both intentional and accidental.

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Clay Masters joined the Iowa Public Radio newsroom as a correspondent in 2012.  He covers the statehouse when the legislature is in session, and reports on a variety of topics the rest of the year. Clay is an award-winning multi-media journalist whose radio stories have been heard on various NPR and American Public Media programs. His television documentaries have aired on PBS stations across the country. He’s also a regular contributor to NPR’s arts desk, covering indie music news.

Clay is a Nebraska native and worked for Nebraska Public Radio and Television (NET) before coming to IPR. He was one of the founding reporters of Harvest Public Media, the CPB-funded Local Journalism project covering agriculture in the Midwest.

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