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When the Americans entered World War II in 1944, reporters joined their ranks. Women, however, were not allowed.

Roz Chast's book "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?"

Marcie Sillman speaks with Roz Chast, a featured cartoonist in the New Yorker, about her latest work of art is about taking care of her very elderly parents.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot about his upcoming performance with the Seattle Symphony.

Update: The performance was a hit, with women from the audience getting on stage and dancing to Mix's classic, "Baby Got Back."  

The History Of Anarchy On Puget Sound

Jun 5, 2014
Justin Wadland's book "Trying Home."

David Hyde speaks with Justin Wadland, a librarian at the University of Washington, about his new book, "Trying Home: The Rise and Fall of an Anarchist Utopia on Puget Sound."

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Most people see only the sparkly side of ballet: the live performances, with dancers in costume, pointe shoes tied, orchestra in the pit. Whether it’s the annual holiday production of “Nutcracker” or an edgier, contemporary work, many of the dancers at Pacific Northwest Ballet see performances as a reward for their hours of rehearsal.

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Steve Scher talks to the filmmaker Travis Rummell, dam engineer Jim Waddell and Jim Ahern, a Lewiston, Idaho, native,  about the new documentary "DamNation." The film discusses the change in attitudes towards dam and river health.

David Hyde speaks with Erica C. Barnett of PubliCola about a Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission ruling on the language in a proposed park tax hike for Seattle. 

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When the League of American Orchestras' annual meeting kicks off in Seattle on June 6, the almost 1,000 conventioneers will have more than classical music on their minds. American symphony orchestras are thinking about survival in an era where potential audiences have the world available at the tap of a smart phone.

Classical musician and radio host Dave Beck of Seattle's KING-FM jokes "there are lots of people in classical music audiences whose hair is even grayer than mine."

How Weight Loss Pulled These Identical Twin Sisters Apart

Jun 4, 2014
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It's hard enough trying to convince yourself that you're beautiful. It's even harder when that standard of beauty is living down the hall from you.

"When I am by myself, I find myself as beautiful," said Andrea Dyer, "but when I compare myself to others, which would be mostly my twin sister, I find myself comparing all the things that they are better than me in. So recently that has been taking a toll on me."

Thalma Lobel's book "Sensation."

Marcie Sillman talks with psychologist Thalma Lobel about her new book, "Sensation: The New Science Of Physical Intelligence."

Brian Lamb's book "Sundays at Eight"

David Hyde talks to Brian Lamb about his new book "Sundays At Eight: 25 Years Of Stories From C-Span" and the future of the television network.

The Evolution Of Misogyny, As A Word

Jun 4, 2014
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After the UC Santa Barbara shootings, Merriam-Webster editors noted that searches for the word “misogyny” skyrocketed.

People in Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown of Hailey, Idaho, say they're “shocked” by how quickly the captive soldier's homecoming has turned into a national controversy.

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Marcie Sillman gets book hugger Nancy Pearl's recommendations for a good book to take you to an exotic location from the comfort of your favorite reading chair.

David Hyde talks with Brendan Nyhan, political science professor at Dartmouth College about why people keep on believing, even when the facts tell us not to. An example he provides is the challenge in countering the perception that vaccines cause autism

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle actor Shawn Telford about his first feature film, "BFE."  It's the story of disaffected youth in a small Idaho town. The film had its local premier at the Seattle International Film Festival.

For centuries, Native Americans from Boise to Wenatchee to the southern Oregon coast have harvested Pacific lamprey, colloquially called eels. The ugly-looking critter resembles an eel, but it is actually a primitive fish with a distinctive, toothy suction cup mouth.

June 6 is the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Western Europe. And this year’s D-Day will be especially meaningful for World War II veterans in Oregon as the state's long-awaited World War II Memorial will open on that day.

Can You Taste An Old Growth Forest In This Beer?

Jun 3, 2014

You can see some of the differences between an old growth forest and one that's been logged.

On a hike through an old growth forest near Portland, Matt Wagoner of the Forest Park Conservancy points out some of the most obvious ones: Older, taller, coniferous trees, dead trees both standing and fallen, and a wide variety of plants and animals living inside of and on top of that dead wood.

"One of the things that really defines old growth forests is biodiversity," Wagoner says.

A year ago this week, The Guardian and The Washington Post first published stories that came out of revelations from NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

The leaks brought new focus onto U.S. intelligence agencies themselves — and how they keep their secrets safe. The same themes come up in a new spy thriller from author and veteran Post columnist David Ignatius.

Summer Reads Don't Have To Be Disposable!

Jun 3, 2014

As you start packing books (or your e-reader) for summer vacation, do you go for trashy novels? Here & Now literary critic Steve Almond says you don’t have to. Some of his favorite summer reads have great plots and great writing. He shares some of his favorites with host Robin Young.

KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

When I returned from maternity leave earlier this month, my boss Jenna showed me to the lactation room.

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Roger Valdez of the pro-growth group Smart Growth Seattle about how the last comprehensive plan helped create growth in South Lake Union and what the next comprehensive plan for 2035 should be doing.

Perhaps no Seattle neighborhood has changed more than South Lake Union. What was once low rise and low income is now shiny high rises and Amazon. They spoke at Stackhouse, an apartment complex developed from an old laundry building.

Mount Rainier is one of the most popular climbing destinations in the nation, but this weekend, it became the scene of a terrible tragedy -- the second worst climbing tragedy in the mountain's history. Six climbers apparently fell to their deaths.

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Katie Kuffel was losing her nerve.

Six climbers who were descending from near the top of Mount Rainier have perished in the worst accident on the snow-capped volcano in decades. 

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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times reporter Geoff Baker about what ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer's bid to buy the LA Clippers means for Seattle's chances to land an NBA team.

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David Hyde speaks with cultural historian, musician and writer Peter Bacon Hales about Jimi Hendrix's cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower," which is the subject of a chapter in his new book, "Outside The Gates Of Eden: The Dream Of America From Hiroshima To Now."

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Ross Reynolds interviews saxophonist and bandleader Jacob Zimmerman and vocalist Katie Jacobsen about an evening of music from Disney films they’ll be performing with others Saturday night at the Royal Room in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood.

Zimmerman has performed marching band renditions of Disney favorites in the Disneyland All-American College Band. Jacobsen loved Disney music as a kid, and then got into it again when she began giving voice lessons and all the girls wanted to sing Disney songs.

Game Of Homes: Leaving Seattle For The Cheaper Suburbs

May 30, 2014
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This week, we have been airing Game of Homes, a series about finding affordable housing in Seattle. For one family, finding a place to live within their means meant leaving the city altogether.

Andrea VanHorn and her fiancé fled to North Bend, a small town 35 miles east of Seattle. “Wow, there’s a lot of pine trees out here,” VanHorn said when the idea was first suggested.

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