Author Interview
2:39 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Reporter George Packer On Peril In Iraq And Inequality At Home

Reporter George Packer.
Credit Wikipedia Photo/Larry D. Moore

Ross Reynolds speaks with George Packer, reporter for The New Yorker perhaps best known for his 2005 book on the Iraq war, "The Assassins Gate." Packer talks about why the Iraqi army crumpled before ISIS and the dangers facing Iraqis who have aided the U.S. Despite their perilous situation, the U.S. government has been slow in issuing visas allowing them to come to the U.S.  

He also talks about his newest book, "The Unwinding: An Inner History of the United States." It tells the story of growing inequality in America by looking at the lives of some famous people like Oprah Winfrey and people you’ve never heard of, including a lobbyist, a community activist and a bio-fuel entrepreneur.

Good Reads
2:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Nancy Pearl On The Stories Of Women Warriors

Credit Helen Thorpe's "Soldier Girls"

Marcie Sillman talks books with stalwart librarian Nancy Pearl, who recommends "Soldier Girls," by Helen Thorpe. It's a look at three military women, why they served and what that service meant to them.

Author Interview
2:24 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Novelist David Mitchell On His Most Important Work

Ross Reynolds speaks with novelist David Mitchell about what he says is the most important book he's done: a translation of a memoir by a young autistic Japanese boy. In the book, "Why I Jump," the boy explains the behaviors that may seem strange to outsiders. Mitchell himself has a child with autism. He talks about what he learned from doing the translation.

Museum Secrets
2:21 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Behind The Scenes At The Burke Museum

Contemporary Northwest Coast sea monster mask.
KUOW Photo/Marcie Sillman

Just past the front door of the Burke Natural History Museum, on the University of Washington campus, you’ll find a little alcove. It’s the perfect place to linger on a rainy day.  

Under display cases of sparkling crystals and other mineral specimens, you’ll see sets of slim drawers. Open one, and after you let out a squeak of surprise, you can marvel at the bodies of insects, birds and other small creatures those drawers contain.

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Author Interview
2:21 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Novelist David Mitchell On 'The Bone Clocks'

Novelist David Mitchell
Credit Wikipedia Photo/Mariusz Kubik

Ross Reynolds speaks with novelist David Mitchell. Paris Review describes his  books, which include "Cloud Atlas", "Black Swan Green" and the newly released "The Bone Clocks," as ambitious, formally complex, imaginatively powerful, and immaculately written. 

Mitchell talks about why he brings back characters in book after book, and how he finds the concentration to write such intricately designed narratives.

Archaeological Find
12:28 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Who's Buried In The 'Magnificent' Tomb From Ancient Greece?

Archaeologists inspect a female figurine inside a recently discovered, fourth-century B.C. tomb, in the town of Amphipolis, northern Greece on Sept. 7. The occupant of the tomb is unknown, but there's speculation that it could be someone who was closely linked to Alexander the Great.
Greek Culture Ministry AP

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 4:17 am

Early last month, on a hill outside a tiny, windy village of almond and tobacco farmers in northeastern Greece, veteran archaeologist Katerina Peristeri announced that she and her team had discovered what is believed to be the biggest tomb in Greece.

The "massive, magnificent tomb," Peristeri told reporters, is likely connected to the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia, which, in the fourth century B.C. produced Alexander the Great.

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Banned Books Week
1:42 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Seattle Comic Artist On Her Experience With Censorship

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle comic book artist Roberta Gregory during Banned Books Week about what it’s like to have her own work censored. 

11:02 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Can We Discuss Those Fouettes? Seattle’s Carrie Imler Is Fierce

Carrie Imler in Jyrie Kylian's "Forgotten Land" at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Imler, known for her athleticism, has spent nearly 20 years with the ballet company. Her colleagues call her "fierce."
Pacific Northwest Ballet Photo/Angela Sterling

Quick! What's the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word ballerina?

Graceful, delicate?

Would you believe fierce?

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Permits And Fees
7:18 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Media Vow To Fight Rule Requiring Permit To Film On Public Land

A view of the Middle Fork Salmon River in the Frank Church, River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho.

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 5:36 pm

The U.S. Forest Service is developing a rule that would let it decide whether the media could film or take photos in wilderness areas.

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Good Reads
2:55 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Nancy Pearl Reads Up On Middle East Culture

Ted Rall's book, "After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back As Honored Guests," and Ari Shavit's book, "My Promised Land."

Marcie Sillman talks with everyone's favorite librarian, Nancy Pearl, who has been inspired by current Middle East politics to read up on the culture and history of the region. She recommends "After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back As Honored Guests," by Ted Rall, and "My Promised Land," by Ari Shavit.

Author Interview
3:22 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Novel Tackles Family's Life With Alzheimer's

Credit Matthew Thomas' book "We Are Not Ourselves."

Marcie Sillman talks to author Matthew Thomas about his first novel "We Are Not Ourselves."

Autobiographical Comic
7:52 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Finding A Voice — Again — In The Pages Of A Comic Book

Recall and Given recasts the story of David Rector and Roz Alexander-Kasparik as a superhero comic.
Roz Alexander-Kasparik

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 8:15 am

This is a story about love. It's a story about bad things happening to good people, about memory and perseverance — and comic books. But most of all, it's a story about a voice. A mellow, smooth voice, just right for late-night jazz.

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My Big Break
7:52 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Mafia Wife, Getaway Driver, Stuntwoman: From The Underworld To Hollywood

In order to secure a career as a stuntwoman, Georgia Durante would show up on Hollywood film sets asking for work. At first, directors ignored her. Then they saw her drive.
Courtesy of Georgia Durante

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 8:20 am

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Georgia Durante's life has taken some unexpected turns. She was a model for Kodak — a "Kodak Girl" — who went on to do TV and commercial work as a stunt driver. In the '90s, she appeared in Chevrolet ads and was the stunt double for Cindy Crawford in a Pepsi commercial.

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Street Performance
2:51 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Seattle Celebrates 40 Years Of Busking Without Getting Busted

A busker in Pike Place Market.
Flickr Photo/Paul Elliott (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Forty years ago, busking, or playing music in the street for money, became legal in Seattle. Now, it's officially "Busking Week" to celebrate, and KUOW caught up with local musician Josh Philpott as he played guitar downtown.

Port Townsend Film Festival
2:49 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

John Sayles: Indie Filmmaking Before Indie Was Hip

Film director John Sayles is in town with his partner in life and film, Maggie Renzi, ahead of the Port Townsend Film Festival. The two spoke with KUOW’s Marcie Sillman about their unique journey in filmmaking.

Sayles traces his interest in filmmaking back to his childhood. His family would head to a drive-in theater for hours of entertainment.

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