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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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Revolutionary War
6:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

David McCullough On Constructing '1776'

David McCullough's book "1776."

Steve Scher talks with acclaimed historian David McCullough about his new book, "1776." To construct the story on the Revolutionary War, McCullough used an array of source materials, including hundreds of letters written by George Washington and the diaries of 70 different participants in the war.

This interview originally aired on June 16, 2005.

American History
6:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Inside The Presidents Club With Nancy Gibbs And Michael Duffy

Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy's book "The Presidents Club."

Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover were from opposing parties, but they became friends when Truman took office after Franklin Roosevelt's death and needed some advice. This was the start of the 'presidents club,' a shadow organization that began as a joke. These private relationships — and rivalries — among the most powerful men in the country are documented in Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy's book "The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity."

Gibbs and Duffy trace the evolution of the presidents club from the end of World War II to Barack Obama. They spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on May 11, 2012.

This interview originally aired on September 6, 2012.

Relationships
3:56 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Modern Love: Misconceptions Of Soul Mates

Daniel Jones' book, "Love Illuminated."

Marcie Sillman talks with Daniel Jones, editor of The New York Times' "Modern Love" column, about his new book, "Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject (With The Help Of 50,000 Strangers)," and what he's learned about love from other people's stories.

Author Interview
3:02 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Aggrieved Entitlement: New Era For American Masculinity

Michael Kimmel's book, "Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era"

Ross Reynolds talks with Michael Kimmel, a professor of sociology and gender studies at Stony Brook University in New York, about his new book, "Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era." Kimmel says white men have a reason to be angry, but it's often not the reason they think it its.

The Week In Review
2:53 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Death Penalty Debate, Bertha Costs, And No Place Like Home

Governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, that he is suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state, but the moratorium does not commute the sentences of people currently condemned to death.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File

Governor Jay Inslee puts a halt to executions and initiates a debate about the future of capital punishment in Washington state. Meanwhile, state transportation officials continue to explore the cost overruns as repairs to Bertha are expected to take months. And the housing community reviews Seattle's affordability issue.

Steve Scher talks with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and news analyst Joni Balter about this week's top stories.

Nancy Pearl
1:39 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Joys And Dangers Of Re-Reading Old Favorites

Revisiting books years after the first read can be an interesting experience.
Flickr Photo/Sarah Browning (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with librarian Nancy Pearl about the joys and dangers of re-reading favorite books. Pearl said revisiting a book years after the first read will sometimes force herself to ask, "What did I see in this?” But other times, she is glad to be reunited with an old friend.

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Paleontology
10:56 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Make It A Grande: Mammoth Tusk Find Likely Seattle's Largest

Plumber apprentice Joe Wells touching what Burke Museum officials believe is the largest, most intact mammoth tusk, ever found in the region.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 10:11 am

The tusk from a mammoth that lived 16,000 years ago in the Seattle area unearthed earlier this week appears to be the largest, most intact ever found in the region.

It's thought to be from a Columbian mammoth, a subgroup of woolly mammoths, and is considered to be a pretty rare find. Construction workers stumbled on it as they were digging the foundation for an apartment complex in the city's South Lake Union neighborhood.

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Sochi Olympics
9:15 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Sun Valley's Farrington Says Gold Medal 'Opens A Lot Of Doors'

Kaitlyn Farrington (middle) won the goal medal in the snowboard halfpipe on Wednesday.
Sarah Brunson U.S. Snowboarding

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 5:31 pm

Sun Valley, Idaho native Kaitlyn Farrington maintained her composure as the Star Spangled Banner played in front of a big, cheering crowd at the medals ceremony.

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StoryCorps
9:12 am
Fri February 14, 2014

A Fiery Valentine's Day For Two Firefighters In Love

Sophy Medina and Thomas Olsen with their son, Luca. The couple spent their first Valentine's Day together fighting the same fire — before ending up in the hospital.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 8:00 am

New York City firefighters Sophy Medina and Thomas Olsen don't work together very often, but their first Valentine's Day as a couple was an exception. They worked the same fire that night — and then ended up at the same hospital with minor injuries.

"There really wasn't much romantic about the night it was," Tommy tells Sophy, now his fiancee, on a visit to StoryCorps. "I kept coming over. I sat in your bed and was talking to you."

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Sochi Olympics
7:36 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Winter Games Downright Spring-Like, But Still 'Super Fun' For Northwest Nordic Skiers

Former Sun Valley skier Simi Hamilton competes in the skate sprint Tuesday.
Sarah Brunson U.S. Ski Team

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 10:10 am

It's so warm in the mountains above Sochi that U.S. Olympic cross country skiers are going sleeveless, hatless and gloveless.

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Poetry
7:20 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Nathan Cummings On Becoming A National Student Poet

First Lady Michelle Obama with the 2013 National Student Poets (from left: Michaela Coplen; Sojourner Ahebee, Nathan Cummings, Louis Lafair, and Aline Dolinh) in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Sept. 20, 2013.
Credit Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

Elizabeth Austen features Nathan Cummings, a senior at Mercer Island High School, as he reads his poem "Proteus" and describes what being named as one of five National Student Poets in 2013 has meant to him.

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Video Games
2:54 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

New Video Game Centers Around Government Surveillance

The new video game, "Republique," begins with with a phone call from a woman named, Hope.
Camouflaj's Facebook page

Ross Reynolds talks with video game creator Ryan Payton and business director Jeffrey Matthews about their new game, "Republique," out of the Bellevue-based studio, Camouflaj.

History
2:45 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Operation Paperclip: How US Recruited Nazi Scientists

Annie Jacobsen's book, "Operation Paperclip."

David Hyde talks with journalist and author Annie Jacobsen's latest book "Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America." The book is the account of more than a dozen German scientists recruited by the U.S. government after WWII.

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