More Snow, More Energy
8:05 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Idaho Power Uses Cloud Seeding To Enhance Winter Snowpack

Idaho Power's Derek Blestrud and Brandal Glenn study the type of snow thats falling as a result of cloud seeding.
Aaron Kunz

Cloud seeding has been around for decades. It started out as a way to make rain for growing crops. But these days in the Mountain West, it’s used as a way to make more snow.

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Coast Guard Rescue
7:58 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Shell's Seattle-Bound Oil Rig Evacuated, Lost, Recovered In Gulf Of Alaska

A Coast Guard helicopter crew conducts hoists of the first six of 18 crewmen from the mobile drilling unit Kulluk 80 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska, 12/29/12. Rescue was prompted after there were problems with the tow Friday.
Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis US Coast Guard

UPDATE: The Kulluk ran aground late Monday night, with 150,000 gallons of diesel and oil on board.

A floating oil rig that was abandoned on Saturday in heavy seas in the Gulf of Alaska is being towed away from land — a second time.

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Poetry
11:34 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Kathleen Flenniken On Coming To Terms With Hanford

B Reactor at the Hanford nuclear site.
Credit Wikimedia

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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Before her arrival in Rhode Island, Catherine was news director at WHQR in Wilmington, North Carolina. She was also news director at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri where she was a faculty member at the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism.

Catherine has won several regional Edward R.

Arctic Drilling
3:13 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Oil Rig Adrift In Alaska

The tug Nanuq and the tug Aiviq (not pictured) tow the mobile drilling unit Kulluk in 15 to 20-foot seas, 80 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska, 12/29/12. The tug Aiviq lost the initial tow Thursday and suffered several engine failures.
Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis US Coast Guard

An oil rig that was on its way to a Seattle shipyard from Alaska went adrift in the Gulf of Alaska on Sunday. John Ryan told Ross Reynolds about it on The Conversation.


More from KUOW
12:40 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Cheers And Jeers: Alcohol In America

Leopold Brothers, a distillery in Ann Arbor, makes absynthe using wormwood.
Andrew Morrell Flickr

Coming up on Spotlight, December 31 at 8:00 p.m.

In this hour of BackStory, we're all about the boozin'. Along the way, we ask when and why consumption and production has ebbed and flowed. We look at why rum became the drink of choice among revolutionary troops, why American Indians were rejecting alcohol two centuries before the rest of the country, and follow the long march toward Prohibition.

Originally produced a few years ago, this episode has been revised to include new segments and reflect fresh insight into the subject.

Looking Back
12:27 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

What Defines 2012 For You?

Here's wishing you many tripple-word scores in 2013.
Sally Mahoney Flickr

It’s the time of year when media outlets do stories on the top 10 news stories of the year. But we don’t live our lives in the news. What are the top stories from your personal life in 2012? A birth, a death, a graduation, a move? Did you finish that book, get that small business rolling? Learn to make sushi? What are the hallmark events of 2012 in your life? Ross Reynolds reviews the year with KUOW listeners.

Year-End Review
10:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Counting Down 2012: Part 2

The end of the year brings the opportunity for reflection and a chance to look back as we prepare for the year ahead. In that spirit, we listen back to the "Year in Weekday" — some of the stories, big and small, that had our attention in 2012.

Year-End Review
9:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Counting Down 2012

What was your favorite story from 2012?
Credit Flickr/Dan Moyle

The end of the year brings the opportunity for reflection and a chance to look back as we prepare for the year ahead. In that spirit, we listen back to the "Year in Weekday" — some of the stories, big and small, that had our attention in 2012.

The Conversation's Top 5
8:00 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Top 5 Shows In 2012: David Hyde's Favorite Conversations

Nancy Pearl action figure.
Credit KUOW Photo

  Here are five programs we did in 2012 that I loved. Each is an interview about a Seattle person. And they all have big, bold personalities. Who knew?

1. Who Is Nancy Pearl? 

You’ve heard librarian Nancy Pearl share her picks for great books and stories on NPR and KUOW. But what is Nancy Pearl’s own story? What does she do when she’s NOT reading books? Much is revealed when she sits down with Ross Reynolds.

2. Who Is David Brewster? 

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