arts & life

2:27 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Kids In Europe's "Adventure Playgrounds" Allowed To Take Risks

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A tradition in Europe since World War II, "adventure playgrounds" look like junkyards and may be just as dangerous. Adults watch from a distance, making gentle suggestions like "perhaps you might try putting the fire out this way?" The link below will take you to a fascinating radio documentary that calls into questions all our assumptions about childhood risks - and what kids might miss out on when we eliminate all those risks. Warning to parents: this piece may cause you to ache with a vague sense of unease.
July 30th, 2013 | by Erin Davis with help from Viki Merrick Transom is proud to premiere another piece from our Donor Fund-work subsidized by those of YOU who contribute to Transom. Adventure Playgrounds are public spaces for children that encourage managed risk. At a quick glance, they look like junkyards.
Mental Health
9:33 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Mental Health In China With Michael Phillips

China is listed as a country with one of the highest rates of suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mental health services often carry a stigma, though that’s starting to change. The government recently passed the country’s first national mental health law.

Michael Phillips has lived and worked in China since 1985 at the end of the Cultural Revolution. He discussed China’s mental health landscape at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall as part of the graduate school lecture series on October 15.

Under The Sea
9:01 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Photos Down Under: A Light Beams From Puget Sound

Lion's mane jelly
Courtesy of Ann Dornfeld

Puget Sound, a spidery inlet of the Pacific Ocean, has often been derided as murky, toxic and so, so cold.

But Ann Dornfeld, KUOW’s education reporter, has come to love the Sound, where she photographs marine life. Her favorite marine invertebrate is a nudibranch. (Her favorite nudibranch is a Cockerell's dorid.)

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Found On The Web
9:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

The House Of The Future Could Be Made Of Meat

Terraform One's Meat House
Credit Terraform One

To The Best Of Our Knowledge: "Meat Houses"

Mitchell Joaquim of the architecture group Terraform One has been thinking about unusual ways to build homes. What if we could "grow" them, like plants? After pursuing this line for awhile, designing projects that fall somewhere between art and science, someone challenged Joaquim to go further. He'd designed homes out of vegetables, how about a home made of meat?

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Ballet
9:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Choreographer Crystal Pite Brings Work To PNB

Choreographer Crystal Pite at work at Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Credit Courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet/Copyright Lindsay Thomas

Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite might actually be better known in Europe than here on the North American continent. The Vancouver Island native trained in ballet and danced with Ballet British Columbia before moving to Europe to perform with legendary American choreographer William Forsythe.

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Sustainable Architecture
7:09 am
Thu November 7, 2013

A House You Could Heat With A Hair Dryer

The Ritchie family - builder Sloan, wife Jennifer, Paxton and Sienna - outside Seattle's first Passive House
Aaron Leitz Photography

At the forefront of energy saving home construction is movement called Passive House. Passive houses are so air tight, builders say they can be heated with a hair dryer.

Buildings consume an estimated 42 percent of America’s energy – more than any other sector. Moving to a more sustainable future compels more energy efficiency in new building construction

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Neuroscience
3:55 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Can You Be Too Drunk To Remember Smoking Crack?

Flickr Photo/bwats2

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been making headlines after admitting to using crack cocaine, stating that it happened "probably in one of my drunken stupors."

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Humor
3:15 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Miss Universe's National Costume Show Raids International Feather Supply

This photo of Brenda Gonzalez, Miss Argentina, is my prototype national costume. If you grew up wanting to be Miss Universe, this is why. Feathers, metallic bustier: this is it.
Darren Decker Miss Universe Organization

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 7:33 am

Two years back, we noted that Miss USA's costume at the Miss Universe National Costume Show was a mashup of tradition and vulgarity: "like crossing the Delaware to go to Hooters."

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Political Criticism
4:22 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Noam Chomsky On Drone Attacks And The Decline Of US Power

Noam Chomsky and Andre Vltchek's book "On Western Terrorism."

Ross Reynolds interview author Noam Chomsky about his latest book co-written with Andre Vltchek called "On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Attacks."

Science
4:06 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Defending Earth From Asteroids

Flickr Photo/Robert Davies

Ross Reynolds talks with Association of Space Explorers' Rusty Schweickart, former astronaut and founder of asteroid defense organization, B612, about defending this planet from space objects.

Online To Airwaves
3:49 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Vashon's Dream For A Low-Power FM Radio Station

Audio engineer Michael Golen-Johnson, Voice of Vashon co-founder Susan McCabe and jazz DJ Bill Wood.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

David Hyde speaks with Voice of Vashon co-founder Susan McCabe. The online radio station is applying for a new low-power FM station.

Author Interview
3:32 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

40 Years To Combat Hunger

Howard G. Buffet's book "40 Chances."

Ross Reynolds talks with Howard G. Buffet, son of financier Warren Buffet, who has recently published a book titled "40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World," which is about his quest to help those who lack food security all over the world under a tough, self-imposed deadline: 40 years.

Author Interview
2:59 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Why Haven't We Heard Of Ben Franklin's Sister?

Jill Lepore's "Book of Ages."

David Hyde talks with author Jill Lepore about "Book Of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin," an account of Benjamin Franklin's younger sister.

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Food Photography
2:13 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

How To Levitate A Sandwich: 'Modernist Cuisine' Spills Photo Secrets

Modernist chefs often like to deconstruct dishes. Why shouldn't food photographers do the same?
Courtesy of the Cooking Lab

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 8:36 am

Food porn or art? That's for you decide.

But one thing is for certain: The jumbo-sized images in The Photography of Modernist Cuisine are truly awesome.

In one, a ham and cheese sandwich levitates in midair. Then, a Weber grill gets sliced in half lengthwise to expose a pink burger cooking on another page. And blueberries and peas balloon to the size of dinner plates and melons.

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13 For '13
7:05 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Filmmaker Megan Griffiths Loves Seattle And Seattle Loves Her Back

Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths.
Credit Seattle Times Photo/Bettina Hansen

Filmmaker Megan Griffiths always she knew she would come to Seattle. Griffiths spent most of her adolescence in Idaho, and Seattle was the place she'd visit for a concert or to do some shopping. But Griffiths cheerfully acknowledges she knew nothing about Seattle's film community when she decided to relocate to the Northwest.

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