arts & life

Snow Dump
7:52 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Washington Snowpack Building Toward Normal

Lake Mowich with Mount Rainier in the background had little snow in the beginning of the winter season. February is helping the Cascade Mountain range catch up with its snowpack.
Credit KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

On a clear day in Seattle, Nick Bond can size up the mountain snowpack on his bike ride to work at the University of Washington. However, in his role as the state’s climatologist, Bond crunches the data to get a much more precise picture. That’s because a lot of people care about snowpack.

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Performing Arts
7:37 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Choreographer Uses Blackface To Confront Racial Attitudes Past And Present

Donald Byrd's "Minstrel Show, Revisited."
Credit Courtesy Spectrum Dance Theater/Nate Watters

When choreographer Donald Byrd first presented "The Minstrel Show" more than 20 years ago, he wasn't ready for the way audiences would react. He recalls one performance in La Jolla, California, when people started yelling at each other across the theater.

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Interpreting Race
3:44 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Understanding Multiracial Asian Americans In Pop Culture

Leilani Nishime's book "Undercover Asian."

Steve Scher talks with University of Washington professor Leilani Nishime about her book, "Undercover Asian: Multiracial Asian Americans in Visual Culture," and about how media portray the demographic.

Author Interview
3:41 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Why It's OK To Fail Well And Fail Often

Megan McArdle's book, "The Up Side of Down."

Steve Scher talks with Megan McArdle about why she thinks it's OK to fail as long as you learn from the experience. She also discusses what she learned about human failure while writing her book, "The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success."

Food Transparency
1:14 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, And The Industry Is Listening

Do these chickens look medicated?
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 4:34 am

In an age when consumers want transparency in how their food is produced, meat producers are under the microscope.

And the meat industry is responding: Antibiotic-free chicken is showing up everywhere you look.

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News From Canada
9:25 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Canadian Embassy In Ukraine Closes, NAFTA Summit, And Sochi Olympics

President Barack Obama, left, Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, center, and the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, shake hands at the end of a news conference concluding the North American Leaders Summit in Toluca, Mexico.
AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo

Ross Reynolds talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the week's big stories from Canada.

Sochi Olympics
8:58 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Northwest Snowboarder Races For Russia At Olympic Games

Vic Wild
Russian Federation

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:05 am

A Pacific Northwest snowboarder is predicted to be a medal contender when snowboard giant slalom racing begins Wednesday at the Winter Olympics.

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Book Interview
4:17 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

'The Office' Star On Comedy: ‘I Desperately Wanted To Be Cool’

B.J. Novak (left) stopped by the KUOW studios to speak with Ross Reynolds on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds sits down with actor, stand-up comedian and screenwriter B.J. Novak. The 34-year-old Harvard grad, known for his role in the TV show "The Office," has also appeared in movies like Quentin Tarantino’s "Inglourious Basterds" and most recently, "Saving Mr. Banks." Now Novak has published a volume of short stories, short paragraphs and some jokes in his new book, “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories."

Author Interview
3:19 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Roddy Doyle Revists His First Book After 27 Years

Roddy Doyle's book "The Guts."

Steve Scher talks with author Roddy Doyle about why he chose to revisit the fictional character, Jimmy Rabbitte, nearly 30 years later. His new book is, "The Guts."

Obituary
2:55 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Remembering Chad Kellogg: 'It Was An Honor To Climb With Him'

Mountaineer Chad Kellogg died climbing in Argentina on Friday, Feb. 14.
Credit Courtesy of Outdoor Research

Last Friday, mountaineer legend Chad Kellogg was killed climbing Mount Fitz Roy in Argentina.

His death has been a blow to the local climbing community.

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Transportation Monopoly
2:27 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington State Ferries: Born From A Rates War

The Lincoln was one of the ferries employed by Vashon Island residents when they established their own independent ferry service.
Credit Courtesy of Steven J Pickens

In 1948, at the height of discontent over a Puget Sound transportation controversy, a group of agitated locals, nicknamed the “Vashon vigilantes,” prevented the ferry Illahee from docking.

A local business man, two candidates for governor and a network of traversing boats came to a head over a seemingly simple issue: how much to charge to cross the waterways between cities and islands.

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Academic Benefits
2:14 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Music Education For Creativity, Not A Tool For Test Scores

Advocates are pushing for the virtues of music education that can't be measured numerically.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 4:58 pm

In a mobile classroom — basically a trailer outfitted with a desk and some chairs — music teacher Chris Miller works with a group of active kindergartners dressed in green and khaki school uniforms. He teaches them the basics: musical concepts, artists and styles of music.

"Everybody repeat after me," he says. "Wade in the water." Kids sing back, "Wade in the water."

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Lucha Libre
2:11 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Mexican-Style Wrestlers Fight For Less Regulations

El Fénix speaks at a Latino press conference in October.
Courtesy of Amanda Ovena

David Hyde speaks with El Fénix, a local lucha libre wrestler, about a bill in Olympia that seeks to lessen safety and security regulations on the Mexican-style wrestling.

Blue And Green Highway
2:06 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington State Ferries: Replacing Aging Icons

A welder at Vigor Industrial works on a new ferry for the Washington State Ferry System.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Cherie LaMaine is a ferry walker on the Edmonds-Kingston line: She makes laps around the deck as the boat glides from port to port.

The habit started with her husband when he needed to make frequent trips to Swedish Hospital. “We would still walk, holding hands,” LaMaine said. “He couldn't walk too fast, but it was great.”

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Local Edge
8:52 am
Tue February 18, 2014

From Inline Skates To Ice Skates To The Olympics

Youth inline skaters line up to practice sprint starts at Pattison's West in Federal Way, Wash.
Tom Banse/Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:33 am

At the winter Olympics in Sochi, the U.S. has collected no medals so far in speedskating, an uncharacteristic result. The Americans' best remaining hope for hardware rests with short track speedskater J.R. Celski and the men's relay team.

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