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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Nutrition Solutions
11:25 am
Thu October 10, 2013

How To Stay Energized During Fall And Winter

Burdock root is a natural way to keep the energy up in the cold, rainy months of a Northwest winter.
Flickr Photo/beautifulcataya

Are you ready to take the burdock root challenge? Burdock root is a high source of a complex starch that gives us the energy we need to get through the winter. Registered dietitian Mary Purdy says it is a prime example of the sort of food we should be intruding into our diet during the darkening days of fall and winter.

As we bundle up and spend more time inside we might be tempted to turn to pumpkin lattes and bonbons, but that isn’t the best way to tackle our diminished energy. Purdy is the host of the podcast Nutrition Nuggets; she says there are better ways then caffeine and sugar to keep your energy up during the fall and winter months.

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Canada
5:38 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Huh? Canadians Surprised They're Spying On Brazil

Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer speaks with The Record's Marcie Sillman about whether Canadians are paying attention to the partial government shutdown in the US, Canadian spies snooping around in Brazil and the country's national anthem, which has been accused of being sexist.

Science Radio
3:42 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Radiolab's Jad Abumrad And Robert Krulwich On Talking Science

Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich on stage in 2011 at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Jared Kelley

Radiolab is a show about, as the creators simply say, curiosity. It looks into questions on science, philosophy and the human experience. This year, they are touring around the country with their live show, "Apocalyptical." Marcie Sillman talks with hosts Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad about their roots and translating science to radio.

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Seattle Sounders
2:22 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

A Look At The Cascadia Soccer Rivalry

Despite the message of the sign, Portland Timbers fans may have to turn over the Cascadia Cup to Seattle if the Sounders beat or tie the Vancovuer Whitecaps tonight.
Flickr Photo/Ray Terrill

The Seattle Sounders play the Vancouver Whitecaps today. If they win or draw the game they will clinch the Cascadia Cup. The Cascadia Cup was made official in 2004 by the fans of the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps, but its history goes even further back.

Before the Cascadia teams were a part of Major League Soccer they played each other in the North American Soccer League and the United Soccer League. Even then, fans would drive the I-5 corridor to attend sell-out games with their banners and voices primed for cheering.

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Port Commission Election
11:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

The Port Of Seattle: Why You Should Care

Fisherman Pete Knutson at Seattle's Fisherman's Terminal
KUOW Photo/Marcie Sillman

Seattle's international reputation has been burnished by the city's thriving technology industries, by the hip independent music scene, and even by the ubiquity of Starbucks. But 100 years before latte vendors squatted on every city corner, Seattle was a thriving maritime hub. It still is.

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Fall Recipe
9:30 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Cauliflower Sicilian Style!

Food writer Sara Dickerman and Marcie Sillman exploring the versatile cauliflower.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Cauliflower. It's a pretty white vegetable that most of us were served boiled, steamed and frankly, pretty tasteless. But autumn cauliflower has the potential for big flavor, according to former chef and Seattle food writer Sara Dickerman. The trick lies in how you prepare it.

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Writing As Therapy
8:00 am
Sun October 6, 2013

13 For '13: Writer Eli Hastings Fuses Art And Healing

Writer Eli Hastings
Credit The Seattle Times/Dean Rutz

Eli Hastings remembers his first writing experience.  "My mom had given me a diary," he recalled. Hastings was in elementary school, and he scrawled down a little poem, the kind of insulting ditty that schoolboys hurl at one another on the playground.

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Theatre
6:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Playwright Alan Ayckbourn At Seattle's ACT For American Premier

Playwright Sir Alyan Ayckbourn will direct the American premier of his 2003 play "Sugar Daddies" at Seattle's ACT.
ACT - A Contemporary Theatre

After 77 plays, Alan Ayckbourn knows his way around a theater. Ayckbourn has won every possible accolade during his long career, but even a 2006 stroke that left him with limited use of an arm and leg hasn't stopped the prolific writer and director.

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Government Shutdown
2:35 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Rep. McDermott Compares House To Mental Institution

There are more than whispers of a deal to end the shutdown today. Both the Senate and the House are working on proposals. Whether or not they will pass, however, is another question. Marcie Sillman talks with Representative Jim McDermott about the politics inside congress. 

Produced by Hannah Burn

Ask The Dietitian
9:10 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Natural Ways To Avoid Seasonal Illnesses

Oranges and other foods with beta carotene are converted to vitamin A in the body and are recommended by nutritionist Mary Purdy to ward off illness.
Flickr Photo/Ivan Chang

There is no denying it, autumn has arrived with a bang: the rain, the low temperatures, shorter days and everyone huddled inside together creates the perfect germ-spreading storm. While many people are going out to get their flu shots, there are also a variety of natural ways to ward off illness.

We decided to ask an expert, registered dietitian Mary Purdy. Purdy is the host of the podcast Nutrition Nuggets and she joins us to explain how we can keep a healthy immune system.

Travel
11:43 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Seattle's Harriet Baskas Uncovers Hidden Treasures

Harriet Baskas' book "Hidden Treasures: What the Museums Can't or Won't Show You"

Seattle travel writer Harriet Baskas stumbled onto her quest for hidden treasures. More than 20 years ago, Baskas was visiting small museums in the Pacific Northwest. She was interested in the collections they had on display, but the curators she met were just as interested in what they had in the back rooms: treasures they couldn't, or wouldn't, show the public.

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US-Iran Relations
3:37 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Are Iran And The US Ready For Peace?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses a high-level meeting on Nuclear Disarmament during a United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
AP Photo/Mike Segar

Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. Although he and President Obama didn’t shake hands, the two leaders expressed their desire to open a dialogue.

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October's GeekGirlCon
9:26 am
Fri September 27, 2013

What Is A Geek Girl?

A cinema event hosted by GeekGirlCon.
Flickr Photo/GeekGirlCon

On October 19, downtown Seattle will be invaded by geek girls. That’s when the 3rd annual GeekGirlCon kicks off at the Washington State Convention Center. Maybe you’re wondering, what exactly is a geek girl?  And why does she need her own convention?

Amy Peloff has the answers.  She’s assistant director of the University of Washington’s comparative history of ideas program. She teaches classes in gender, sexuality and women’s studies.  She told Marcie Sillman that defining geek girls is a bit like defining pornography. You may not be able to pin down the specifics, but you know it when you see it.

PNB Premier
8:46 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Twyla Tharp Creates New Work For Pacific Northwest Ballet

PNB dancers rehearse Twyla Tharp's "Waiting at the Station."
Pacific Northwest Ballet Photo/Lindsay Thomas

Pacific Northwest Ballet's Studio C is a big rehearsal hall, with the same dimensions as the stage at nearby McCaw Hall where PNB performs. Despite its size, on this afternoon the room feels packed to the gills.

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Creative Ways To Use Greens
9:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Kale: It's Not Just For Salads Anymore

Sara Dickerman and Marcie Sillman explore Kale juice as a delicious way to consume the tough greens.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

When you think of kale, do you conjure visions of raw greens, a little tough and chewy?  Sometimes they're hard to eat, but you dutifully swallow them down because you know they're good for you.

Actually, foodwriter and former professional chef Sara Dickerman begs to differ. Dickerman says one way to consume your vitamins and enjoy them at the same time is to think outside the box when it comes to healthy foods. Take kale, for example.

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