Marcie Sillman

Host, The Record

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
3:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Oh Canada! B.C.'s Concerned Over Our Pot Sales And Rob Ford Returns

Marcie Sillman talks to Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about British Columbia's concerns over our budding pot business. Also, just in time to celebrate Canada Day, Rob Ford comes back from rehab and marches in a parade, only to be heckled by a shirtless jogger. And do you have stereotypes about Canadians? The Ottawa Citizen tried to find out what Canadian cliches work and what were just plain wrong.

Immigration
4:17 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

How Obama's Action On Immigration Reform Could Affect WA

Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW reporter Liz Jones about how President Obama's executive action on immigration policy could affect Washington state.

Good Reads
3:55 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Nancy Pearl's English Walking Tour Inspires Mystery (Reading)

Nancy Pearl's walking tour of England inspired her to pick up a few of her favorite mysteries.
Credit Flickr Photo/UGArdener (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with librarian of the airwaves Nancy Pearl about her suggestions for great mysteries.  Pearl just returned from a 10-day English walking tour. She traced the Thames River from its source all the way to Windsor Castle. The long walk reminded Pearl of some of the British mystery fiction she enjoys.

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Online Speech
3:54 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

When What You Post Online Can Get You In Trouble

Marcie Sillman talks with Andy Sellars, assistant director of Harvard's Digital Media Law Project, about what you can and can't say online.

Law
3:38 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

The Private Industry Side Of Criminal Justice

Marcie Sillman talks with Sarah Stillman, journalist at the New Yorker, about the private companies supplying services in our criminal justice system.

SCOTUS
3:37 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

How Supreme Court Decisions Affect Washington State

Marcie Sillman talks to Marcia Coyle the chief Washington correspondent for the National Law Journal about the Supreme Court's decision on a few recent important cases.

Then, Jim Mischel, co-founder and co-owner of Everett based Electric Mirror, responds to the Supreme Court's 5-4 vote on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores. His company filed an amicus brief with Hobby Lobby. We also hear from Christine Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.

And Jackson Holtz, spokesperson for SEIU Local 775, gives his view about the Harris v. Quinn decision on union dues.

Tech News
3:37 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Facebook Expands Seattle Office Space, Studies Your Emotions

Marcie Sillman talks to Todd Bishop, tech writer and co-founder of Geekwire about the growing tech industry in the Northwest and Facebook's secret study into manipulating the emotions of its users.

Rising Rents
3:37 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Tenants: Know Your Legal Rights

Credit Flickr Photo/Will Merydith (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with attorney Evan Loeffler, who specializes in landlord-tenant relations and real estate litigation, about what tenants can do to protect their financial interests.

Seattle Rental Market
2:52 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Why Are Seattle Area Rents Skyrocketing?

Marcie Sillman talks with real estate appraiser Richard Hagar about what's driving the increase in Seattle area rental prices.

Tech Education
2:52 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Seattle's Next Big Tech Neighborhood: The Central District?

Marcie Sillman talks with the Technology Access Foundation's David Harris about his idea to get more kids and teens of color interested in tech careers: the Central District Hackathon.

Retail Pot
2:51 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Looking Into The (Near) Future Of Washington Marijuana Stores

Marcie Sillman talks with Colorado Public Radio's Ben Markus about the pros and cons of Colorado's legal marijuana stores, and what that could mean for Washington's soon-to-be-open pot shops.

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.
Flickr Photo/harry_nl (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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.

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