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 produced in-depth audio portraits and documentary series about life and culture in the Puget Sound Region.

In September, 2013, Marcie was part of the team that created The Record, a daily news magazine focussed on the issues and culture of the Puget Sound region.

Ways To Connect

geoduck
Flickr Photo/USDAgov

Marcie Sillman talks with Sean McDonald, a research scientist at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, to find out what impact geoduck farms can have. The demand for Puget Sound's weirdest looking clams has turned growing and harvesting them into a multi-million dollar industry. Now Taylor Shellfish wants to build a new 25-acre geoduck farm in Pierce County, but some environmental groups and residents have concerns.

photo by Teri Pieper

When you think about a dance performance, you may envision something grand and expansive, like “Nutcracker.” Or maybe a sparkly ballroom competition comes to mind, something akin to “Dancing With the Stars.”

Whatever the dance style, these performances are about bodies moving in space. In this case, big spaces.

Rhinos in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. Seattle company is bioengineering rhino horns to cut down on poaching.`
Flickr Photo/Ian Turk (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Pembient co-founder Matthew Markus. The local biotech startup is bioengineering rhino horn powder with the hopes of curbing poaching in Africa.

Marcie Sillman talks to Katha Pollitt, columnist for The Nation, about her book "Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights" and the argument for the pro-choice movement. 

Photo by Angela Sterling

KUOW’s Front Row Center is Back!

Join Marcie Sillman and your fellow listeners for KUOW's Front Row Center. See a show together, then meet up for great conversation afterwards.

First up: Enjoy a discounted Saturday matinee of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Forsythe on March 14 at 2 p.m., and stay afterwards for a conversation with Marcie Sillman, PNB artistic director Peter Boal, and company dancers.

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Gail Godwin's new book, 'Publishing,' is an inside look at the industry.
David Hermon

Gail Godwin is best known as an award-winning novelist, but Nancy Pearl told KUOW's Marcie Sillman that with her new book, Godwin explores her relationship with the publishing industry. The book is called "Publishing."

Marcie Sillman talks with urban planner and former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck about Seattle's Urban Village Strategy for guiding growth. Steinbrueck authored a report on how the strategy has worked over the past 20 years.

Photo of school buses parked in a parking lot.
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Two state representatives want to divide Seattle Public Schools into two smaller districts.

“Seattle public schools is a broken system for many students for many families and something has to change,” said Sharon Tomiko-Santos, a Democrat from South Seattle.

Seahawks Legion of Boom members Jeremy Lane, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman show off the trophy at the Super Bowl parade last January. The organization wans to trademark "boom" and the number 12.
Flickr Photo/Bernie Zimmermann (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with linguist Ben Zimmer about the Seattle Seahawks'  bid to trademark the number 12 and the word "boom."

Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready with Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot.
Courtesy Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Mike McCready, the lead guitarist for Pearl Jam, gave his first performance for the Seattle Symphony when he was just a kid.

"I was 12 years old," he says laughing, "and my band Warrior played a Symphony fund-a-thon underneath the Monorail."

Now McCready gets a chance to make music with the orchestra.

Ms. Marvel designs by Adrian Alphona. Ms. Marvel, described by writer G. Willow Wilson as "kind of a hipster," is the second from the left.
Marvel Comics

G. Willow Wilson’s origin story, in a matter of speaking, started in New Jersey on about 3 acres of land surrounded by old-growth woods, where her parents raised rabbits and chickens and grew corn, blackberries and sweet potatoes.

Marcie Sillman talks to local author Garth Stein about his latest novel "A Sudden Light." Set in a historic estate in Seattle, the novel follows the Riddell family's past and present.   

This story originally aired October 1, 2014.

Courtesy Jason Yeatman

Two years ago Jason Yeatman, a researcher at the University of Washington, stumbled into a secret corridor of the mind.

Washington state capitol
Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about one of the legislature's priorities this session: mental health. 

Courtesy of Seattle City Council

Marcie Sillman talks with news analyst and KCTS contributor Joni Balter about the upcoming departure of two longtime City Council members and what that means for the future of Seattle. 

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