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Week in Review
2:26 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

News From Olympia, State Of The Union, And Super Bowl XLVIII

The Seattle Seahawks will face the Denver Broncos for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Flickr Photo/Joe Parks

State lawmakers signal progress on the DREAM Act. President Barack Obama's outlines his goals in his State of the Union address. And the 12th man gets ready for Super Bowl XLVIII. 

We talk over these stories and more with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and political reporter Robert Mak.

Nancy Pearl
11:34 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Relationship Between Writers And Alcohol

Librarian Nancy Pearl shares her latest book recommendations.
KUOW Photo

Steve Scher talks with Nancy Pearl about two books that explores the relationship between writers and alcohol.

"The Trip To Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking" by Olivia Laing explores the role that alcohol played in the lives of six great American male writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver.

She also recommends an older book, "Drinking, A Love Story" by Caroline Knapp, which helps a reader understand addiction.

Interviews
9:22 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Pioneer Billie Jean King Moved The Baseline For Women's Tennis

Billie Jean King, seen here in 1977, learned to play tennis on the public courts near her Long Beach, Calif., home.
Kathy Willens AP/Press Association Images

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 1:08 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Sept. 12, 2013.

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RadioActive Podcast
9:20 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Stepping Outside Of The Box, And Onto The Stage

Zerrin McLaughlin performs as Columbia in the Rocky Horror Picture Show shadowcast.
Courtesy of Zerrin McLaughlin

We throw toast at the Rocky Horror Picture Show, hear what people on the street think about the movement for LGBTQ rights, and learn about the fight to integrate LGBTQ support groups into local Catholic schools. This month's podcast features stories about people who are stepping outside of their comfort zones and finding supportive communities.

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Olympic Security
8:39 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Departing Northwest Olympians Confident They'll Be Safe In Sochi

File photo of the Roza Khutor Alpine Resort, site of the alpine skiing events for the Sochi Games.
Sergei Kazantsev Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 5:33 pm

The 2014 Winter Olympics begin next week amid persistent concerns about security.

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Super Bowl Fervor
7:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Stocking For Success: Merchandisers Prepare For Super Bowl Win

World Vision distributed shirts and gear from Super Bowl XLII, which incorrectly stated that the New England Patriots had won, to different schools in Nicaragua in March 2008.
Courtesy of World Vision

While football fans are eagerly watching the Super Bowl, stores and manufacturers will be likewise poised for the final outcome to set in motion a landslide of merchandise to cater to the winners.

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Author Interview
4:05 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Novelist Richard Powers Explores Post-9/11 Paranoia

Richard Powers' book, "Orfeo."

Ross Reynolds speaks with novelist Richard Powers about his new book "Orfeo." It's a story of a 70-year-old retired music teacher who finds himself being pursued by the Department of Homeland Security as the "Biohacker Bach."

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KUOW Takes On CPR
12:39 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Public Radio Super Bowl Bet: Denver Vs. Seattle

Public Radio hosts from the Broncos and Seahawks' hometowns -- Seattle's Andy Hurst and Denver's Jay Keller -- talk smack and place bets in anticipation of Super Bowl XLVIII. (Arturo Pardavila III/Flickr)

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 9:28 am

The deluge of hype, buildup, beer and pizza ads will be over on Sunday, because either the Seattle Seahawks or the Denver Broncos will rise victorious out of the swamps of Jersey — raising high the trophy that goes to the winner of Super Bowl XLVIII. Back in the hometowns, the fans are gearing up.

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International Security
10:08 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Nuclear Weapons Today With Joseph Cirincione

Joseph Cirincione is the president of Ploughshares Foundation, a global security foundation.
KUOW Photo/Jeannie Yandel

The Cold War might be over, but the nuclear weapons and the threat of destruction remains.

Joseph Cirincione is the president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. He’s also the author of “Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late.”

He spoke at Town Hall on January 14 about today’s most pressing international security issue — and the steps governments are taking to make the world safer.

Cancelled
8:57 am
Thu January 30, 2014

W. Kamau Bell: After 'Totally Biased,' What's Next?

W. Kamau Bell.
Matthias Clamer Courtesy of FX

Originally published on Sun February 2, 2014 2:30 am

  • W. Kamau Bell, heckled by Barbara Walters: hear the story

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Sochi Olympics
8:33 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Bellingham Skier Overcomes Strength-Sapping Disease To Make Olympic Team

Angeli VanLaanen practices in the superpipe during last week's Winter X Games competition in Aspen, Colo.
Flip McCririck ESPN Images

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 3:43 pm

Nomination to the U.S. Olympic Team completes a remarkable comeback for a pro skier from Bellingham, Wash.

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Seattle Theater
6:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

New Play At Seattle Rep Examines Themes Of Secrecy, Religious Orthodoxy

Samuel Hunter's "A Great Wilderness" will play at Seattle Repertory Theater.
Credit From Seattle Repertory Theater's Facebook page

Playwright Samuel B. Hunter was never a fundamentalist Christian, but his boyhood experience at a Christian school was the inspiration for his new play, "A Great Wilderness."

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Southern Ice Storm
1:51 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Weather Experts: It's 'Wrong' To Call Atlanta Storm Unexpected

Traffic is snarled along the I-285 perimeter north of Atlanta's metro area Wednesday. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has called Tuesday's snow storm "unexpected" — prompting a response from weather forecasters.
David Tulis/AP

Meteorologists are used to people faulting their weather predictions. But when Georgia's Gov. Nathan Deal called Tuesday's crippling winter storm "unexpected," he drew responses from several forecasters. One answer came from the head of the American Meteorological Society, who also lives in Georgia.

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Winter Recipe
12:26 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Lentil Salad With Spicy Mustard Vinaigrette

Sara Dickerman's lentil salad with spicy mustard vinaigrette.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

In the Pacific Northwest we're not pummeled by the Polar Vortex, but winter does drag on. By the end of January, we start to jones for daylight and fresh produce. The fruits and vegetables of summer won't be here anytime soon, but chef and food writer Sara Dickerman has created a salad that will add a little zip to the gray, mid-winter days.

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Food
11:02 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Get Extra Points For Super Bowls Of Dips And Spreads

Laura B. Weiss for NPR

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 12:39 pm

I'm not a big football fan. However, I look forward every year to Super Bowl Sunday. Who can argue with a day that, let's face it, is as devoted to partying as it is to the matchup on the field. So every time another Super Bowl rolls around, we invite a bunch of friends over for some beer, some eats and, of course, some serious game-watching.

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