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"Spite Mounds," 1910. The most famous image of the Denny Regrade is often described as depicting "spite mounds." But writer David Williams says, at least in one case, it wasn't spite at all that kept these mounds standing. Just paperwork.
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There’s an easy explanation for all of mountain-moving ambition of Seattle’s forefathers.

“They were crazy,” geology writer David Williams told KUOW’s Ross Reynolds.

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Ross Reynolds talks with University of Washington PhD student Kaeli Swift about her research into why crows gather around their dead. Read more about the crow research at the UW.

Jeannie Yandel talks to Mike Regis, director of procurement at Northwest Harvest, about his friend and former colleague Ruth Velozo.

Velozo was one of the founders of Northwest Harvest and served as their executive director for 21 years. 

Lloyd McClendon, right, was fired from the Seattle Mariners after two seasons.
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Ross Reynolds speaks to Art Thiel, co-founder of Sports Press Northwest, about why the Seattle Mariners new general manager Jerry Dipoto is getting rid of manager Lloyd McClendon after just two seasons.  

"Ken Meeks, PWA," by Alon Reininger
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Tacoma Art Museum has opened a new exhibit called "Art AIDS America." It includes what co-curator Jonathan David Katz calls the first work of AIDS art, an abstract piece from 1981 by Israeli-born artist Izhar Patkin.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "The Luncheon of the Boating Party," finished in 1881. Renoir was a founder of the impressionist painting movement but moved on to other styles.

Was Pierre-Auguste Renoir a “far more complex and thoughtful painter than generally assumed” who influenced a generation of avant-garde artists, or was he “the most overrated artist east, west, north and south of the river Seine”?

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Jeannie Yandel speaks with Maia Bellon, director of the Washington State Department of Ecology, about Governor Jay Inslee's proposal for revised water quality standards.

Kim Malcom sits down with Angelina Godoy, director of the University of Washington's Center for Human Rights, and UW law student Mina Manuchehri, a lead researcher at the Center. They discuss why the UW is suing the CIA over documents Manuchehri requested under the Freedom of Information Act about an alleged massacre in El Salvador. 

Guns line the walls of the firearms reference collection at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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More mental health treatment and gun control won't necessarily prevent mass shootings, but a new California law might help, says a public health researcher.

Sen. Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson fishes with his son, Peter, on an unnamed lake in an undated photo.
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The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund paid for state, federal and local parks without any taxes, relying on royalty money from federal oil and gas leases. Or at least it did until Republicans recently killed it by letting the funding expire.

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Jeannie Yandel talks to Dr. Stanley Herring, co-director of UW Medicine's Sports Health and Safety Institute, about the safety of high school football players and other teen athletes. Herring is also medical director of Spine, Sports and Orthopedic Health at UW Medicine and a team doctor for the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Mariners. 

Herring said he would allow a child to play football, or another sport, only under these terms: The program has well-trained coaches; there is an emergency medical action plan in place; coaches, parents and athletes were educated about the risk of all injuries – not just concussions; and there was a plan for practices and games that limited unnecessary exposure to injury.

Nancy Pearl
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Marcie Sillman gets a reading recommendation from librarian Nancy Pearl, who suggests that if you are a fan of Terry Pratchett, you may like "The Murdstone Trilogy: A Novel," by Mal Peet.

Flowers at a memorial for the 2014 Seattle Pacific University shooting.
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Jeannie Yandel talks with Seattle Pacific University student Chris Howard about his experience dealing with the aftermath of the 2014 shooting at SPU in light of the recent school shooting at Umpqua Community College in  Roseburg, Oregon.

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After the massacre at an Oregon community college, the local sheriff made a stand about the gunman. "You will not hear anyone from this law enforcement operation use his name,” said Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin.

But Mark Memmott, NPR's supervising senior editor for standards and practices, told KUOW’s Ross Reynolds that “the ‘who’ is an important part of the story.”

Program manager Linda Kruger prepares for the opening of the Evergreen Treatment Service clinic in Hoquiam.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Molly Carney, executive director of Evergreen Treatment Services, about a pilot program that will expand access for heroin and opioid treatment.