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Publishing Showdown
2:53 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Amazon Vs. Hachette: Two Local Authors Weigh In

Authors Maria Semple and Robert Dugoni have differing views over the Amazon/Hatchette feud.
Flickr Photo/Neon Tommy (CC-BY-NC-ND) and Mark Coggins (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle area novelists Maria Semple ("Where'd You Go Bernadette") and Robert Dugoni ("The Jury Master"), who are on either side of a literary feud between Amazon and Hachette, a major publishing house. 

Hachette authors say Amazon is retaliating by making it harder for people to buy their books. Amazon supporters say they want to keep prices low for consumers.

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News From Canada
2:52 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Canada's 'Prince Of Pot' Looking For Political Revenge

Marcie Sillman talks to Les Leyne, legislative reporter for the Victoria Times Colonist, about the news from Canada. Marc Emery, the self proclaimed "Prince Of Pot" was released from U.S. prison and has arrived back in Canada. Also, test results have come back favorably for the Mt. Polley mine dam breach in British Columbia.

2:51 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Poet Michelle Peñaloza Maps Seattle Heartbreaks

Poet Michelle Peñaloza's Landscape/Heartbreak project has given her a uniquely intimate perspective on Seattle.
Credit Dawn Tyler

Ever since she moved to Seattle from Eugene a little over a year ago, poet Michelle Peñaloza has been inviting volunteers to walk with her from Hugo House in Capitol Hill to a place in the city where their hearts were broken. 

Along the walk, each person tells Peñaloza the story of the heartbreak. She records and maps the conversation using her phone’s GPS system, and transforms some of the walks and conversations into poems.

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Performing Arts
1:24 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Tony Kushner Reflects On The Power Of 'Angels In America'

Angels in America, Tony Kushner's 1985 epic play, kicked off the Intiman Theatre season this week.
Credit Intiman Theatre

Tony Kushner was an aspiring playwright with only a single play produced when the artistic leaders of San Francisco's Eureka Theatre asked if he would write something for them.

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Good Reads
4:22 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Nancy Pearl On Historical Mysteries

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Ross Reynolds interviews Nancy Pearl about her latest book recommendation, "Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire," by Ruth Downie.

Research Project
4:05 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Tracking Cells From Well To Diseased

Marcie Sillman talks to Dr. Leroy Hood, president of the Institute for Systems Biology, about the the 100k Wellness Project. The project, which started a year ago, hopes to track what happens at the cellular level when a person goes from well to diseased. 

Pomme d'Affaire
4:05 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Too Many Apples, Too Few Hands In Washington

U-pick isn't a very practical solution to the problem of harvesting labor shortage.
Flickr Photo/Andrea Parrish-Geyer (CC-BY-NC-ND)


Ross Reynolds talks with Karen Lewis, who is trying to come up with a better way to harvest apples when there's not enough people to pick them. Lewis is a tree fruit specialist at the Washington State University.

Mental Health
3:38 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Why Middle Aged White Men Have A Higher Risk For Suicide

Marcie Sillman talks with Sue Eastgard about suicide prevention and how that differs between gender. Eastgard is the director of training for Forefront, a University of Washington suicide prevention organization.

Seattle Housing
2:52 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Under New Housing Proposal, Rents Will Rise Even If Income Doesn't

Ross Reynolds talks with Andrew Lofton, Seattle Housing Authority executive director, about a new proposal that would change how tenants are charged for rent. Also, Marcie Sillman gets reaction to the proposal from Jonathan Grant, executive director of the Tenants Union of Washington State.

Author Interview
2:49 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Novelist Amy Bloom On Finding The Way Through Chaos

Credit Amy Bloom's novel "Lucky Us."

Ross Reynolds interviews novelist Amy Bloom about her new book "Lucky Us." It's about two half-sisters, one a starlet, the other a sidekick, finding their way in the chaos of the years around World War II.

Bloom says the inspiration for the book was the character of Gus, an German-American man who is unjustly accused of working for the Nazis. Gus finds himself sent to an internment camp in North Dakota and then deported to Germany, a country he never lived in. Yet he maintains an amazing equilibrium.

He's proof of Bloom's line, "Some people can survive getting hit by a bus, others can not survive a bee sting."

'Planet Of The Apes'
2:18 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

How A Seattle Orangutan Inspired Hollywood

Towan the orangutang watches actress Karin Konoval work at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
Courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo, Karin Konoval

Ross Reynolds talks with actress Karin Konoval about her portrayal of "Maurice," the orangutan in the last two installments of the "Planet of the Apes" franchise. She was inspired by her work with Towan, an orangutan at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. His keeper, Laura McComesky, also speaks about how the zoo is helping conservation efforts to protect endangered orangutans.

2:08 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Why 'Run, Walk, Bike' For A Cure Brings In The Big Bucks

Ross Reynolds talks to Tim Calkins, a marketing professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, about the trend of fundraising events that ask participants to "run, walk or bike" for a cure.

Tech News
2:07 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

The 'Cold War' Brewing Between Amazon And Hachette

Credit Flickr Photo/Guillermo Esteves (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds and Todd Bishop of Geekwire discuss the latest tech news. Amazon is in a battle with Hatchete over books and with Disney over the pre-order option on movies yet to be released. Also, data from an app suggests that, yes, there does appear to be a "Seattle freeze."

Election Turnout
3:32 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Is Voting Still Too Hard?

Credit Flickr Photo/Vox Efx (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with political science professor Michael Alvarez about why less than 30 percent of eligible voters in Seattle voted in the August 5 primary. They discuss how to better engage the average voter, which includes something suspiciously like OKCupid.

Crisis In Somalia
3:30 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Somali-Americans Worry About How They Will Support Their Families Abroad

Ross Reynolds talks with Degan Ali, executive director of the African charity and development agency, Adeso, about the difficulties Somali-Americans face when sending money to their homelands.

Somalia doesn't have any banks, so transfers are more informal. American banks are increasingly refusing to facilitate the transfers for fear that money will go to the terrorist group, al-Shabaab. But 40 percent of the Somali economy relies on money transfers, which supports people suffering from famine and the fallout of war.