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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.