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Author Interview
3:28 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Henry Winkler’s New Book Series Aims To Help Kids With Dyslexia

Actor Henry Winkler.
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Steve Scher talks with actor and comedian Henry Winkler and author Lin Oliver about writing children books. The two have released the latest book in the “Here’s Hank” series.

This time, the words are printed using a font that makes it easier for children with dyslexia to read.

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Good Reads
3:26 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Nancy Pearl Introduces New Books On The Shelf

Flickr Photo/Horia Varlan (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher and librarian Nancy Pearl explore some of the recently published books at Seattle Public Library's Northeast Branch.

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Mud Room
10:05 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Why Do Earthworms Love To Come Out In The Rain?

Some experts think earthworms surface after the rain because a moist surface makes an easier commute.
Credit Flickr Photo/Allan Henderson (CC By 2.0)

This week when I’ve asked my kids about their school day, their answers have been all about worms. Their recess playgrounds have been lively with earthworms surfacing, as they typically do during a rainy week like we had. When I was a kid, they told us worms surfaced so they wouldn't drown.

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2014 Paralympic Games
9:54 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Washington Skiers In Sync For Sochi Paralympics

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Bill Radke talks with alpine skiers Mark Bathum of Mercer Island and Cade Yamamoto of Quincy about their sport. The 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, kick off March 7.

Movie Reviews
8:51 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Wes Anderson's New Hotel Proves Pretty Grand Indeed

Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes, with Saoirse Ronan and Tony Revolori) is a hotel concierge in an Eastern Europe falling under Hitler's shadow — a man pining for the Old World sensibility that's fading all around him.
Bob Yeoman Fox Searchlight Pictures

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 5:07 am

Chances are you've already made up your mind about Wes Anderson. Either you're willing to go with the meticulous symmetry of his dollhouse compositions, the precious tchotchke-filled design sensibility and the stilted formality of his dialogue, or you check out of his storybook worlds in the first five minutes. On the evidence of his eighth feature, The Grand Budapest Hotel, it's clear no one is more aware of his idiosyncracies than Anderson himself — and he's not apologizing.

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Movie Reviews
8:51 am
Fri March 7, 2014

'300': An Empire Rises, Dripping In Gore And Glamour

The goth-glam Artemisia (Eva Green) is one of the more memorable characters in 300: Rise of an Empire — and not just because she's commander of the Persian navy.
Warner Bros. Pictures

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 6:21 am

Talk about meeting cute: The first time they're alone together, the protagonists of 300: Rise of an Empire rip each other's clothes off. But then Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and Artemisia (Eva Green) can't decide if they want to make love or war.

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Book News
8:50 am
Fri March 7, 2014

The Professionally Haunted Life Of Helen Oyeyemi

Svetlana Alyuk iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 4:03 am

Being haunted seems like it might be an occupational hazard for Helen Oyeyemi. Her books are re-worked fairy tales, the gruesome kind, with beheadings and wicked stepmothers and ghosts and death, death, and more death (though, once dead, her characters don't always stay that way).

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Sports
3:51 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Five Athletes With Northwest Ties In Sochi For Paralympic Winter Games

Paralyzed veteran Sean Halsted trained for Sochi in Sun Valley last winter.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 8:57 pm

American and European politicians are boycotting the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi to protest Russian moves in Ukraine. But athletes with physical disabilities from Idaho, Oregon and Washington plan to compete in the Olympic host city as scheduled starting this weekend.

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Climate Change
4:26 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

How Humans Are Contributing To The Sixth Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert's book "The Sixth Extinction."

Steve Scher talks with New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert about her book "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History."

City Planning
3:25 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Latest Plans For Seattle Waterfront Include A Pool On A Floating Barge

Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with architect James Corner about his vision for Seattle waterfront's future.

Nutty History
3:22 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Peanuts: From Hog Food To Gourmet Spread

Jon Krampner's book "Creamy and Crunchy."

Steve Scher talks with Jon Krampner, author of "Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food," about how peanuts went from hog food to the organic peanut butter that we spend $8 on today.

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Agriculture
3:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Demise Of The Alpaca Bubble

Flickr Photo/Shelby Root (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Rich Sexton, chair of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at the University of California, Davis. Sexton explains the making of the alpaca boom and why it's now bursting.

Chinese American
11:36 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Eric Liu: Chinese State Media Editorial On Locke 'Laughable'

The former Washington governor Gary Locke served as the U.S. ambassador to China from 2011 to 2014.
Flickr Photo/Linda Cotton (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University and former speech writer for President Bill Clinton, about the offensive editorial published in the Chinese state media about the departure of Ambassador Gary Locke.

Downtown Harbor
11:08 am
Thu March 6, 2014

To Reshape Seattle's Waterfront, Planners Look To Past

By the end of the 1920s, Seattle's waterfront was crowded with docks and its skyline was getting taller. This photo, taken from Colman Dock around 1931, is part of a panorama view of the city. The tallest landmarks are the Exchange Building (left) and Smith Tower (right).
Credit Courtesy of Museum of History & Industry

Historians point to the early months of 1852 as the time that downtown Seattle was founded. One Sunday in late winter of that year, members of the Denny Party, a group of settlers from Illinois who’d arrived at Alki a few months earlier, paddled across Elliott Bay.

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Books News & Features
10:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Re-Released Recordings Reveal Literary Titans In Their Youth

James Baldwin, shown here in 1964, was the first in a series of authors Harry and Lynne Sharon Schwartz recorded.
Jenkins Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 10:19 am

You can listen to plenty of actors performing the works of William Shakespeare. But imagine if you could hear the voice of the young playwright himself — or the older one, for that matter — reading his own writing aloud.

Well, we can't take you back that far. But in the early 1960s, when recorded readings by authors were rare, a young couple in Boston decided to be literary audio pioneers.

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