Rachel Solomon

Rachel Solomon is a producer at KUOW. She always wanted to be a writer, but after sitting in on a live show on her first day as an intern on The Conversation, she felt drawn to the excitement of public radio. Since then, Rachel has filled in on KUOW's talk shows, filed news stories and helped out with pledge drives. She loves the way sound can engage an audience and believes radio is the most powerful medium for storytelling.

A native Seattleite, Rachel holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Washington and has written for The Seattle Times and produced and hosted her own storytelling podcast. For a short time, she also produced the morning news show for KIRO–FM Radio. She is passionate about women's and gender issues, education, and health and nutrition, and guiltlessly reads extensive entertainment news too.

In her spare time, Rachel enjoys watching old movies, swing dancing and other relics of bygone eras.

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Arts
8:00 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Spider-Man, Captain America And X-Men: Marvel's Universe Of Comic-Book Superheroes

Spider-Man #1, Fantastic Four #232 and The Avengers #4.
Credit Wikipedia

Nearly half a century ago, a diverse group of characters began to capture children's hearts: Spider-Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, The X-Men. The epic Marvel universe has been a massive force in pop culture, inspiring countless books, films and becoming a multi-billion-dollar enterprise.

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Math
9:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

The Joy Of Math With Steven Strogatz

Cover of Steven Strogatz's book, "The Joy of X."

How does Google search the Internet? How many people should you date before getting married? And how should you arrange your mattress to get the maximum wear out of it?

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Parenting
11:52 am
Mon October 22, 2012

"How Children Succeed" With Paul Tough

Character, not IQ, is the most important predictor of a child's success. That's what Paul Tough argues in his new book, "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character."


Tough uses research in neuroscience, economics and psychology to advocate a new way of thinking about children's success. He spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on September 20, 2012.

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Government
8:00 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

"The Last Great Senate" With Ira Shapiro

The US Senate just isn't what it used to be. Political insider Ira Shapiro longs for the 1960s and 1970s, where lawmakers passed landmark civil rights legislation, debated the Vietnam War and held Nixon accountable for Watergate. Shapiro's book, "The Last Great Senate," chronicles those golden years and provides a vision for the future. He spoke at Town Hall on September 24, 2012.
 

Books
8:00 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Presidential Popularity Contests With Robert Merry

Robert Merry's 'Where They Stand.'
(Credit/Simon & Schuster)

Who was the best US president? The worst? Biographer Robert Merry plays "rate the presidents" based on popularity and historical judgment. Here are some hints: Abraham Lincoln's at the top and James Buchanan ranks as one of the country's biggest failures.

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