Feature Conversations

Tulalip Tribe
12:05 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

From Vietnam To Fisherman: Tulalip Tribe Chairman Mel Sheldon Talks Life Then And Now

Mel Sheldon is chairman of the Tulalip Tribe, but he wasn’t always in politics. Chairman Sheldon fished for 25 years. Before that he worked as a houseboy at two University of Washington sororities. And before that, Sheldon served as a pilot in Vietnam.

Chairman Sheldon says he likes “life on the edge," he likes being busy and he likes working hard. Ross Reynolds talks with Tulalip Tribe Chairman Mel Sheldon about his life, career and hopes for the future.

Sports Writing
12:40 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Sports Columnist Steve Kelly Shoots, Scores And Retires From Sports Writing

For 30 years, Steve Kelley has been cranking out sports columns for The Seattle Times. But now, at age 63, Kelley says he’s leaving the journalism game to pursue other interests. Ross Reynolds sits down with Steve Kelly to talk Sonics, Seattle sports and what he plans on doing next.

Clean Water
11:54 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Eric Stowe Strives To Make A Splash In China With Clean Water

Splash installed a water system so these students at Dung Liet Primary School in Vietnam could have access to affordable, clean water.
Eric Stowe Splash

Eric Stowe’s Seattle-based nonprofit Splash works to provide clean water to children in China and the developing world. Ross Reynolds talks with Eric Stowe about how he got involved in clean water and the struggles he faces in his work .

Same-Sex Marriage
9:42 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Dan Savage On Marriage

Dan Savage speaking at Western University, March 2012.
Flickr/Better Than Bacon

Dan Savage is a sex columnist, author, advocate and more.  He is behind the It Gets Better project, an archive of hopeful videos aimed at troubled gay youth, and the author of "The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family." Savage talks to Ross Reynolds about marriage and what he plans to do now that same-sex marriage is legal in Washington state.

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Artist Interview
1:21 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Becoming Dale Chihuly

Chihuly as a child, 1942.
Courtesy Chihuly Studio

Dale Chihuly was born in Tacoma, attended the University Of Washington, and went on to revolutionize glass art.  His work is displayed all over the world, though it has been many years since he has blown any glass himself. Ross Reynolds talks to Dale Chihuly about his life and his work.

Immigrant Rights
9:29 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Magdaleno Rose-Avila On Immigration And Refugee Affairs In Seattle

Magdaleno Rose-Avila (left) and Enrique Cerna at CASA Latina's La Fiesta del Sol, October 2012.
Credit CASA Latina / Facebook

Magdaleno Rose-Avila is the first director of Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. He was selected by Mayor Mike McGinn for his decades of experience working with diverse communities in pursuit of human rights.

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Food
12:39 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Julia Harrison Sees The World Through Her Sweet Tooth

A sugar calavera, or skull, to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, from PW Kerr's in Seattle.
Julia Harrison

Julia Harrison’s sweet tooth and her training as an anthropologist have led her on some delicious adventures. On her Sweet Travel blog, she writes about how candy and other sweets carry a cultural story within their recipes and history. She tells Ross what she’s learned about Washington state.

Travel
11:27 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Who Is Rick Steves?

Rick Steves (left) and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn on stage at Hempfest, 2011.
Jen Nance, Office of the Mayor Flickr

Travel guru Rick Steves has made his way into many a knapsack with his essential travel guides, but how did he first begin his travel business and what inspired that career? Ross Reynolds sits down with Rick Steves and goes beyond travel to hear his story. 

Seattle Hip-Hop
11:15 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Ben Haggerty Is Better Known As Macklemore

Macklemore (left) and Ryan Lewis at Sasquatch music festival, 2011. (Flickr Photo: Chris Dube)

Seattle native and MC Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis sit down with Ross Reynolds to discuss their careers, upcoming album and involvement with Washington’s pro same-sex marriage campaign.