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News From Canada
10:50 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Neil Young‘s Opposition To Oil Sand Mining In Canada

Musician and Canadian Neil Young.
Flickr Photo/NRK P3

Marcie Sillman talks over the news from Canada with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer, including Neil Young’s environmental stance, issues with the flu season, and effects of the latest exchange rate.

India
9:33 am
Wed January 15, 2014

A Burned Baby: The Night That Changed Sister Kurien's Mission

Maher was established to help women and children from impoverished or abusive situations find a new home.
Credit From Maher's Facebook page.

Gaus Said was 6 and working as a mechanic in India when a social worker spotted him and connected him with Sister Lucy Kurien.

“Didi told me, 'You want to go to school?'” he said, using the affectionate name for an older sister in India. “And I was very happy. And I came to Maher. Didi took me with her that night.” Fourteen years later, Said said that night changed his life.

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Hint: Not Here
7:51 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Where In The World Is The Best Place For Healthy Eating?

The U.K. has plenty of fresh produce available, such as these vegetables on display at a garden show in Southport, England. But these healthy options cost more in the U.K. than in any other country in Western Europe.
Christopher Furlong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 1:03 pm

The Dutch are known for their lax drug laws, tall statures and proficient language skills.

Perhaps we should add stellar eating habits to that list, as well.

The Netherlands ranked as the easiest country in the world in which to find a balanced, nutritious diet, the advocacy group Oxfam reported Tuesday.

France and Switzerland shared the second slot. And Western Europe nearly swept the top 20 positions, with Australia just edging into a tie for 8th.

Where did the U.S. land?

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'Thrills, Chills And Daring'
6:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

A Circus Of Middle-Aged Women

Members of Vashon Island's 50 Sense Circus rehearse for a performance.
Credit From 50 Sense Circus' Facebook page.

You've probably seen a circus at some point in your life: maybe it was the traditional three-ring extravaganza, or perhaps a glitzy Cirque de Soleil performance with aerialists.

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Author Interview
3:09 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Joseph Cirincione On The Threat Of 'Nuclear Nightmares'

Author Joseph Cirincione in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Jeannie Yandel

Ross Reynolds talks with author Joseph Cirincione about his latest book “Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late.” 

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South Sudan Conflict
3:05 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Leaving Home, Local Refugee On The Conflict In South Sudan

The conflict in South Sudan has displaced thousands of people from their homes.
Flickr Photo/European Commission DG ECHO

Marcie Sillman speaks with Moses Monynhial Dut, a student and maintenance engineer for Seattle's Smith Tower, about his journey out of South Sudan and how he views the conflict today.

Gifts
12:37 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Weird Stuff World Leaders Give Each Other

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds up a pair of Idaho potatoes as a gift for Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, standing right, at the start of their meeting at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Paris on Monday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 4:33 pm

You say potato, John Kerry says let's give it to Russia.

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Sochi Olympics
10:30 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Northwest Ski Towns Stock Olympic Teams Well Beyond USA

Both Olympic hopefuls racing for the U.S. Virgin Islands have Sun Valley ties. Jasmine Campbell (on left) is most likely to receive the one slot in Sochi allocated to the U.S territory. Sun Valley Ski Academy graduate (2013) Veronica Gaspar on right.
John Campbell

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 9:32 am

Next month, Sochi, Russia will host athletes from more than 85 nations at the Winter Olympics. Some of those countries might surprise you. They get no snow or have no mountains.

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Art Walk
6:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Exploring Seattle’s Vast Underground Public Art Collection

Curator Deborah Paine in the storage facility for Seattle's Portable Works Collection.
Credit KUOW Photo/Arwen Nicks

Seattle's got art. A lot of it. You've probably seen at least some of the city's vast public art holdings: sculptures in public library branches, decorative paving tiles on the sidewalks, the giant murals in the downtown bus tunnel.

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Author Interview
4:30 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Sustainability Guru Talks Local Eating

Vicki Robin's book "Blessing the Hand That Feeds Us"

Ross Reynolds talks with Vicki Robin about her latest book, "Blessing the Hand That Feeds Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth.”  In it, she writes about an experiment she did in 2010 to eat only locally-sourced food within 10 miles of her Whidbey Island home. She is a local leader in the sustainable living movement and one of the founders of Sustainable Seattle.

Technology
4:22 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Gadgets And Business At The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

A view of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show.
Flickr Photo/Red Touch Media

Ross Reynolds and Todd Bishop of GeekWire discuss the future of technology after the Consumer Electronics Show.

Textbook Retail
3:47 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

University Book Store Challenged On Own Turf By Amazon

University Book Store's main location in the University District.
Flickr Photo/brewbooks

Online retail juggernaut Amazon ruffled a few feathers on the University of Washington campus last week by setting up a booth to promote its Amazon Student program – just 20 feet away from the University Book Store’s outpost in the Husky Union Building.

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Ask The Mayor
3:34 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray On Police Reform, Minimum Wage, And The Seahawks

Newly inaugurated Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
Flickr Photo/Joe Szilagyi

Marcie Sillman sits down with new Seattle's Mayor Ed Murray to talk about a range of issues currently facing the city.

Author Interview
3:28 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Gary Shteyngart: From The Soviet Union To US Novelist

Author Gary Shteyngart in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds interviews author Gary Shteyngart about his new memoir: a story of growing up in the Soviet Union, moving to the US as a child and becoming a novelist. It’s called “Little Failure.”

Tibetan School For The Blind
9:35 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Lessons On Blindness, 'For The Benefit Of Those Who See'

A blind child studies at the Braille Without Borders school in Lhasa, Tibet, in 2005. The program was the first of its kind in the country.
China Photos Getty Images

Originally published on Sun January 12, 2014 3:50 pm

In 2005, Rosemary Mahoney was assigned to write a magazine profile of the woman who started Tibet's first school for the blind, Braille Without Borders.

Sabriya Tenberken, who is blind herself, traveled to Tibet as a young woman and found that blind children there had no access to education, which motivated her to set up a program. During college in Germany, where she grew up, Tenberken also developed the first Braille script for the Tibetan language.

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