Jane Ciabattari is the author of the short-story collection Stealing The Fire. Her reviews, interviews and cultural reporting have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Daily Beast, the Paris Review, the Boston Globe, The Guardian, Bookforum, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Columbia Journalism Review, among others. She is a former president of the National Book Critics Circle.

Foreign Adoption
6:03 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Iron Curtain Falls Around Russian Adoptions

Police in Moscow detain a demonstrator who protests Russia's new ban on American adoptions.
Associated Press

A Washington family is scheduled to return home Saturday with days to spare before a new Russian law bans American families from adopting Russian children.

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Family Life
2:00 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

The Last Mile: The Car Ride That Changed A Life

When 15-year-old Noah St. John’s two moms go for a long car ride it’s because they’re having a fight, and they don’t want to argue in front of Noah. But one night, Noah’s two moms head to the car — and they ask Noah to come along. Noah shares the story of that anxiety-inducing car ride in front of a live audience for NPR.

Other Stories On KUOW Presents:

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Krista joined KAZU in 2007.  She is an award winning journalist with more than a decade of broadcast experience.  Her stories have won regional Edward R. Murrow Awards and honors from the Northern California Radio and Television News Directors Association.  Prior to working at KAZU, Krista reported in Sacramento for Capital Public Radio and at television stations in Iowa.  Like KAZU listeners, Krista appreciates the in-depth, long form stories that are unique to public radio. She's pleased to continue that tradition in the Monterey Bay Area.

Michael Schaub is a writer, book critic and regular contributor to NPR Books. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Portland Mercury and The Austin Chronicle, among other publications. A native of Texas, he now lives in Portland, Ore.

After High School
10:53 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Episode 35: Dance, Rap, Or Study? Three Teens' Answers To "What Are You Going To Do With Your Life?"

Deepa Liegel as the Sugar Plum Fairy with Richard Peacock in the Cornish Junior Dance Company's 2012 production of the 'Nutcracker.'
Credit Colleen Dishy

In this month’s RadioActive podcast, hosts Bryce Ellis and Daniel Metz hear stories about high school students who aren’t "sluffin" when it comes to their futures (if you don’t know what "sluffin" means this show has got your definition).

One of the kids in these stories goes down the traditional four-year college route, while the others travel off the beaten path:

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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Your Take On The News

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., during a news conference on the fiscal cliff. Washington, DC, Dec. 20, 2012.
Jacquelyn Martin AP Photo

It’s Friday — time to review the week’s news with Eli Sanders, Knute Berger and David Horsey. Talks on taxes and spending are getting down to the wire in Washington, DC, and even Starbucks is urging cooperation to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. Will there be a deal before the December 31 deadline?

We'll also take a look back at the region's big stories of 2012, from history-making decisions on marijuana and marriage equality, to Seattle's steps toward police reform and a deal for a third pro sports stadium. What stories caught your attention? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to weekday@kuow.org.

The Last Show
9:02 am
Fri December 28, 2012

This NOT Just In: The Last Episode Of J.P. Patches

J.P. Patches and Gertrude from The J.P. Patches Show.
Credit Courtesy of Chris Wedes

Chris Wedes passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer.  Wedes was the host of the long-running JP Patches Show on KIRO TV and one of the region's most beloved figures.  "This NOT Just In" looks back to the final weekday episode of the popular program, back in December 1978.

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Music
9:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

The Song That Sings The Year

Illuminated music.
Phil Hilfiker Flickr

What is the song that sings 2012 for you? Is it a timeless favorite or a new track that captures your mood? Adele, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber topped the pop charts. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” was inescapable for a minute there.

Who topped the charts in your life? We want to hear about the one song that best sums up your experiences in 2012. Share your songs and music-related stories with us at 800.289.5869 or weekday@kuow.org

We'll also get our regular weekend weather forecast from Nick Bond.

Political Prose
8:00 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Politics In Verse With Calvin Trillin

Author Calvin Trillin poses in his Greenwich Village apartment in New York in 2006.
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

America's deadline poet Calvin Trillin presents this talk about the 2012 presidential election -- in verse. With wry humor, Trillin discusses politics, campaigns and poetry, including the frustrating difficulty of trying to rhyme words with presidential candidate names. He spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on December 10, 2012.

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