arts & life

Civil Rights
2:43 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

'The War On Poverty' Helped Shape Seattle Activism

Ross Reynolds talks with University of Washington historian Trevor Griffey about Seattle's role in protests that led to the early formation of affirmative action.

Sports
2:43 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

How Football Fleeces The Fans

Gregg Easterbrook's book "King of Sports."

Marcie Sillman and Ross Reynolds speak with sports writer Gregg Easterbrook, author of "The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America," about how the NFL fleeces taxpayers.

Opera
5:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Rigoletto: The ‘Gateway Drug’ Of Opera?

A photo from the 2004 production of Rigoletto at Seattle Opera. The same production opens on Saturday, although with different principals.
Seattle Opera Photo/Rozarii Lynch

If your eyes roll back in your head when you hear the word "opera," maybe you should talk to Sue Elliott. She's the education director at Seattle Opera, and her passion for her subject is obvious. And contagious. Just get her talking about Giuseppe Verdi's classic opera "Rigoletto."

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Faith And Love
3:32 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Gay Former Nun Reflects On Homosexuality And The Church

Taken inside Eastside Catholic High School.
Flickr Photo/binw.marketing

Mary Dispenza came out of the closet more than 20 years ago. At the time, the former nun was directing pastoral nun services at the Seattle Archdiocese. Once Mary came out as gay, the church wouldn’t let her keep her position for long. Dispenza said that watching the gay vice principal of Eastside Catholic High School has been painful, and, after 20 years, a little too close to home for comfort.

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Gardening
3:32 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Garden Dreamin' On Such A Winter's Day

Take advantage of the Northwest's mild winter by getting a head start on your gardening.
Flickr Photo/sea turtle

Marcie Sillman talks with garden writer Marty Wingate about winter planting.

News From Canada
10:47 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Another Crude Oil Freight Train Derails In Canada

Ross Reynolds talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer regarding the latest news from Canada.

Community
9:25 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Love Your Neighbor On Seattle's Appreciation Day

From helping mow lawns to loud garage music, listeners share their stories of good and bad neighbors.
Flickr Photo/Paul Sableman

February 8 is Seattle's 20th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day. In recognition of the event, KUOW listeners have been reaching out all week to share their stories of neighbors, both good and bad.

To get tips on planning an activity for Neighbor Appreciation Day, visit Seattle's Neighbor Appreciation Day page.

RadioActive Youth Media
8:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Deep Dark Secrets Of The (Orchestra) Pit

Maeve McIver-Sheridan in Shorecrest High School's instrument storage room. She plays in pit orchestras.
Credit KUOW Photo / Sophie Ding

Tuning her violin for a performance, Maeve McIver-Sheridan knows that she's preparing for a forgotten and thankless task. "You get to the end of a show and no one acknowledges us," McIver-Sheridan said, "unless my parents are there."

McIver-Sheridan, a senior at Shorecrest High School, plays in a pit orchestra underneath the stage, invisible to the audience. It's a different story from the glamor on stage.

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Chickasaw
7:43 am
Wed January 8, 2014

What Happens When A Language's Last Monolingual Speaker Dies?

A portrait of Emily Johnson Dickerson by artist Mike Larsen.
Courtesy of the Chickasaw Nation

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 12:47 pm

Emily Johnson Dickerson died at her home in Ada, Okla., last week. She was the last person alive who spoke only the Chickasaw language.

"This is a sad day for all Chickasaw people because we have lost a cherished member of our Chickasaw family and an unequaled source of knowledge about our language and culture," Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby said in a news release. The Chickasaw Nation has about 55,000 members and is based in the southern part of central Oklahoma.

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Homelessness
11:35 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Concerns Of A Homeless Student: Math, Graduation, Clean Clothes

Kyra MacFarlane has lost her home dozens of time.
Credit KUOW Photo/Chris Otey

Growing up, Kyra MacFarlane survived on food banks and pawning items for a quick buck with her father and brothers. MacFarlane is one of 27,000 homeless students in Washington state.

Without permanent housing, MacFarlane has struggled with the basics, like hygiene.

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48 And Overcast
10:59 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Atmospheric Conspiracy Behind Our Mild Winter Weather

Lots of rain and clouds, but few arctic storms. Why is the Northwest immune?
Flickr Photo/Jonathan Cohen

The East Coast is getting hammered by a “polar vortex” of low pressure that has moved south from the North Pole.

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Secrets And Lies
11:57 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

The Secret Burglary That Exposed J. Edgar Hoover's FBI

FBI director J. Edgar Hoover is seen in his Washington office, May 20, 1963. The 1971 burglary of one of the bureau's offices revealed the agency's domestic surveillance program.
William J. Smith AP

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 11:23 am

More than 40 years ago, on the evening of March 8, 1971, a group of burglars carried out an audacious plan. They pried open the door of an FBI office in Pennsylvania and stole files about the bureau's surveillance of anti-war groups and civil rights organizations.

Hundreds of agents tried to identify the culprits, but the crime went unsolved. Until now.

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Parent-ese
1:13 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

'Baby Talk' Helps Babies Learn To Speak More Quickly

Flickr Photo/etringita

Marcie Sillman interviews Patricia Kuhl about her new study on the benefits of “parent-ese," or baby talk. Kuhl is a professor and co-director of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington.

EarthFix Reports
9:15 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Oregon Bill Would Limit Household Pesticide Use To Protect Bees

Lori Vollmer, owner of Garden Fever nursery in Portland, removed pesticides containing neonicotinoid chemicals from her store shelves after an estimated 50,000 bumblebees were killed in Wilsonville.
Cassandra Profita

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 1:30 pm

An Oregon lawmaker is looking to restrict household use of four common pesticides that pose risks to bees.

Rep. Jeff Reardon, D-Portland, says given the toxicity of certain pesticides and their track record for killing bees, untrained home gardeners shouldn't be allowed to use them.

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Social Media
7:42 am
Mon January 6, 2014

More Than 300 Sharks In Australia Are Now On Twitter

A shark warning is displayed near Gracetown, Western Australia, in November. An Australian man was killed by a shark near the area that month, sparking a catch-and-kill order.
Rebecca Le May EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 7:35 am

Sharks in Western Australia are now tweeting out where they are — in a way.

Government researchers have tagged 338 sharks with acoustic transmitters that monitor where the animals are. When a tagged shark is about half a mile away from a beach, it triggers a computer alert, which tweets out a message on the Surf Life Saving Western Australia Twitter feed. The tweet notes the shark's size, breed and approximate location.

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