Marcie Sillman

Reporter

Marcie Sillman arrived at KUOW in 1985 to produce the station's daily public affairs program, Seattle After Noon. One year later, she became the local voice of All Things Considered, NPR's flagship afternoon news magazine. After five years holding down the drive-time microphone, a new opportunity arose. Along with Dave Beck and Steve Scher, Marcie helped create Weekday, a daily, two-hour forum for newsmakers, artists and thinkers.

The new century brought new challenges. Marcie and Dave Beck created The Beat, Seattle's only broadcast program to focus specifically on arts and culture. In 2002, after more than 15 years as a daily host, Marcie decided to become a full-time cultural reporter. During her career, more than 100 of her stories have been heard on NPR's newsmagazines, as well as on The Voice of America. In 2005, she became KUOW's first special projects reporter. In this role, she produces in-depth audio portraits and documentary series about life and culture in the Puget Sound Region.

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News From Canada
4:13 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Pipeline Politics, Worker Safety, And Equal Rights Lawsuit

Credit Flickr Photo/Alex Indigo (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Les Leyne of the Victoria Times Colonist about the town of Kitimat speaking up against the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline and restoring public trust in workplace safety.

Leyne also talks about a lawsuit filed in the British Columbia Supreme Court on equal rights against religious freedom at a private evangelical university.

Accidental Jihad
3:54 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Navigating Love, Marriage, And Two Different Cultures

Credit Krista Bremer's memoir, "My Accidental Jihad."

Marcie Sillman talks with author Krista Bremer about her memoir, "My Accidental Jihad." In it Bremer reflects on her marriage to a Libyan-born Muslim and the challenges she faced in a multicultural family.

Agriculture
3:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

What's Killing Off The World's Banana Crop?

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Marcie Sillman talks with Dr. Lori Carris, plant pathologist at Washington State University, about why the United Nations is warning the world of a ferocious disease that's attacking bananas.

Economy
3:09 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

How Collaborative Commons Is The Beginning Of The End For Capitalism

Credit Jeremy Rifkin's latest book, "The Zero Marginal Cost Society."

Marcie Sillman talks with Jeremy Rifkin about his new book, "The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism."

Police Reform
3:06 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Former Cop On SPD Reform: 'A Huge Insult To The Officers'

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Marcie Sillman talks with retired Seattle police officer Steve Pomper about why he thinks the federally mandated reforms to the Seattle Police Department are unnecessary.

Income Inequality
3:01 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

The Political Chess Game Of The $15 Minimum Wage

Fast-food workers and minimum wage advocates marched from SeaTac to Seattle in December as part of a national demonstration for a $15 minimum wage.
Credit KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Ross Reynolds talks with 15 Now Campaign Manager Jess Spear about its proposed Seattle city charter amendment to change the minimum wage to $15.

Then, Marcie SillmanĀ checks in with political analyst C.R. Douglas of Q13 Fox News about the politics behind the $15 minimum wage movement and what we can expect looking forward.

Pulitzer Prize
2:58 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

John Luther Adams Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

The Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall.
Credit Flickr Photo/Derrick Coetzee (CC BY-NC-ND)

Composer John Luther Adams was as surprised as anybody when the Pulitzer Prize committee called him Monday, April 14, to let him know he'd won the prize for his composition "Become Ocean."

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Author Interview
3:34 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Emma Donoghue's New Novel 'Frog Music'

Credit Emma Donoghue's book, "Frog Music."

Marcie Sillman talks with writer Emma Donoghue about her new book, "Frog Music." It was inspired by the unsolved 1876 murder of a woman named Jenny Bonnet in San Francisco.

Donoghue also discusses about how fact inspires her fiction. Her award-winning novel, "Room," was about a 5-year-old boy and his mother who were kept prisoner by their father and husband, respectively, in a backyard shed. The book was based, in small part, on a real life story Donoghue had seen in the news.

Born To Dance
3:13 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Peter Boal: From Dancer To Mentor

Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal teaching a company class.
Credit Pacific Northwest Ballet/Jerry Davis

When Pacific Northwest Ballet artistic director Peter Boal arrived in Seattle in 2005, he was ready to lead Seattle's premier dance company into the 21st century. It was a challenge that excited him, but becoming the head of his own company meant that Boal had to leave behind his own long and celebrated career with New York City Ballet.

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Author Interview
2:59 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Jared Diamond Aims Evolution Education At Youth

Professor Jared Diamond speaking at Leuven University, Belgium, 2008.
Credit Flickr Photo/Groucho

Marcie Sillman talks with author and professor Jared Diamond about an adaptation of his book, "The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal." The adaption targets high school students.

Author Interview
2:12 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

The Norwegian Author You Might Start Hearing More About

Credit Jo Nesbo's book, "Police."

Marcie Sillman interviews Norwegian author Jo Nesbo about the newest book in his crime series about the character Harry Hole called, "Police." It has just been published in English and one of his earlier books is being adapted for film.

This interview originally aired on November 7, 2013.

Food
3:11 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Extra Virginity: Historical Toil Of Olive Oil

Credit Tom Mueller's book, "Extra Virginity."

Marcie Sillman talks with author Tom Mueller about his book, "Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil."

Reporter's Notebook
10:16 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Remembering The Day Kurt Cobain's Music Died

Krist Novoselic and Kurt Cobain, "Nevermind" release at Beehive Records in Seattle on Sept. 16, 1991.
Courtesy of Charles Peterson

It was 20 years ago, but I remember it clearly: April 8, 1994, the day the world found out that Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain was dead.

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Rare Music Scores
11:16 am
Wed April 2, 2014

UW Music Library Scores Big With Large Bequest

First edition score by Peter Tchaikovsky from the William Crawford III Rare Music Collection, University of Washington.
KUOW Photo/Marcie Sillman

William Crawford had a passion. During his lifetime, he collected rare, first edition vocal musical scores. By the time he died in 2013, he had amassed more than 700 scores by such famous composers as Beethoven, Bach and Wagner. Now those scores have found a home in Seattle.

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Elephant Captivity
3:23 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Changes Coming To Woodland Park Zoo's Elephant Program

"Bamboo" is one of the Asian elephants at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Woodland Park Zoo Chief Operations Officer Bruce Bohmke about changes coming to the zoo's elephant program.

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