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'Girl In The Road' Is A Dizzying Journey

May 22, 2014

Can you write about the future these days without it being apocalyptic? It's not clear whether Monica Byrne was trying to answer that question in her debut novel, The Girl in the Road — but she does it anyway. Taking place near the end of the 21st century in India and Africa — as well as on a high-tech bridge that spans the Indian Ocean between the two — the book isn't short on misery, tragedy or violence. It certainly isn't optimistic. At the same time, it gracefully dodges the apocalypse-mongering that's become all but de rigueur in near-future science fiction.

Meet the Posts — no relation to Emily and her rules of etiquette. The stressed family of New Yorkers in Emma Straub's breezy summer read, The Vacationers, are the kind of people who pack their troubles on top, for easiest access, when they head off on a trip together.

The supercomputers at the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center have crunched long-term trends to produce an outlook for June, July and August. For most of the Northwest, the forecast gives a strong probability of above-normal temperatures.

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Steve Scher talks to Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about the British Columbia Legislature's apology to Chinese Canadians. Nearly 100 laws, regulations and policies were passed and implemented from 1871 to the end of WWII that discriminated against Chinese immigrants in Canada.

Life Of A Sneakerhead: One To Rock, One To Stock

May 21, 2014
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Hieu Phan, 18, is a “sneakerhead” – he collects shoes that are rare and have trading value.

Phan remembers watching reruns of the Olympics with his dad when he was very young. When Michael Jordan was on the bench lacing up his sneakers in the second quarter, his shoes caught Phan's eyes. It was a special moment for him, but not as special as when he finally got his own pair of the same shoes Jordan had been wearing: Air Jordan Olympic 7.

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One of the first signs of spring is when the cherry trees bloom at the University of Washington. The iconic trees on the quad have become a symbol of the University’s ties to Japan. Yesterday, the University celebrated a gift from Japan — 18 new cherry trees to add to the campus.

Over three days, the annual pilgrimage of 25,000 rollicking concertgoers to the Sasquatch Music Festival turns central Washington's picturesque Gorge Amphitheater along the Columbia River into the largest city in Grant County.

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Ross Reynolds talks to John Miller, assistant executive director at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, about how research into risks associated with school sports is changing attitudes and activities in Washington state and beyond.

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Steve Scher talks to University of Washington professor John Marzluff as he explains the best practices for dealing with crows during the spring “hatching season.” The birds can be particularly protective while their babies are learning to leave the nest. 

Nancy Pearl Picks For Books That Peddle Adventure

May 20, 2014
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Steve Scher talks with "Book Lust" author Nancy Pearl about some books about biking that have put her in a traveling frame of mind.

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Superstar architect Rem Koolhaas and his Rotterdam-based firm OMA almost didn't build Seattle's iconic downtown library building.

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Macklemore posted an apology on his website late Monday. He said he picked out items that he could use to disguise himself so he could move freely around an event. "I wasn't attempting to mimic any culture, nor resemble one. A 'Jewish stereotype' never crossed my mind," his post reads.

Can The Promise Of Opportunity Reduce Crime?

May 19, 2014
Robert Crutchfield's book "Get a Job."

Steve Scher talks to UW Sociology professor Robert Crutchfield about the research in his new book ,"Get A Job: Labor Markets, Economic Opportunity, And Crime."

One argument for raising the minimum wage is that better pay will tie a person to the work in a positive way. More pay could give a worker hope that they will be able to  build a better life for themselves and their family. Research shows that  kids will pick up on that hope and be less likely to commit crimes. 

Crutchfield  has worked as a parole agent and a juvenile probation officer. His research focuses on the connections between labor markets, economic opportunity and crime. Basically, he says, a good job reduces crime. 

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Marcie Sillman talks to clinical nutritionist Mary Purdy about the nourishment needed for training.

Purdy explains why you need nourishment after long workouts. You need to replenish your glycogen stores (the principle storage form of glucose, which your body uses for energy) with carbohydrates. Protein is also important, to help rebuild and repair your muscle.

The game announcers called it "the play of the game." We'd be foolish not to agree.

During last night's Blue Jays-Rangers game, a boy catches a foul ball. Without a thought, he turns around and gives the ball to a much older girl, who flashes a major smile.

You're thinking, wow, what a smooth operator. But the replay reveals the kid is slicker than you imagined. Just watch:

h/t: Deadspin.

Steve Scher talks to James Chatters, the lead investigator researching Naia, a 13,000 year old skull found in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Naia's skull is one of the best preserved and among the oldest skulls found.

Colson Whitehead's book "The Noble Hustle."

David Hyde talks to Colson Whitehead, MacArthur Genius Award winner and author of the new book "The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky and Death."

Metro Parks Tacoma

Ross Reynolds speaks with Jack Wilson, executive director of Metro Parks Tacoma, about how a Parks District differs from a Parks Department. Tacoma has had a parks district since April 1907; Seattle voters will decide whether to establish a Seattle Park District in August 2014.

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Ross Reynolds interviews Bryan Storkel, the co-director of a new documentary called "Fight Church" about cage fighting Christian ministers, and Preston Hocker, one of those ministers who is known as the "Pastor of Disaster." 

How To Win An Old-Fashioned Plowing Competition

May 16, 2014
Sarah Eden Wallace

The horses are beefy, the farmers nostalgic and the legacy long.

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Bill Radke interviews Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden about the 'ramps to nowhere' on State Route 520 near the Washington Arboretum. They were built 40 years ago, intended for a highway from Duwamish to Bothell that never materialized. As the new SR 520 is being built, the question of what to do with the ramps has resurfaced.

David Hyde speaks with Atlantic writer Hanna Rosin about the emerging movement to create playgrounds that foster independence and creativity, and to the Recreation Supervisor on Mercer Island, which started one of the first “Adventure Playgrounds” in the U.S.  

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After almost three decades on the job, Seattle Repertory Theatre Managing Director Ben Moore will retire at the end of June.

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Tony Kushner is the author of "Angels in America," a two-part play inspired by the tragic rise of the AIDS epidemic. "Angels" debuted on Broadway in 1993, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony award for Best Play that same year.

Seattle’s Intiman Theatre will be staging a production of "Angels" this summer, opening August 12.

Kushner spoke with writer, editor and It Gets Better project co-founder Dan Savage at Town Hall Seattle on May 10.

The nonprofit organization Playworks has trained several dozen schools in Washington -- including Bellevue Public Schools -- how to turn recess from the traditional free time into an organized activity period.
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The recess for the youngest students at Ardmore Elementary School in Bellevue doesn’t look like your typical recess.

Alec Baldwin, you were salmoning!

The actor was ticketed in New York on Tuesday for riding his bicycle the wrong way on a one-way street.

Cyclists use the term "salmoning" to describe a biker going against the stream on a one-way bike lane. Surely the definition can be broadened to include Baldwin's infraction.

Ralph Nader's new book "Unstoppable."

David Hyde speaks with Ralph Nader about Seattle's minimum wage debate and his new book: “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle The Corporate State.”

From Wikipedia

Ross Reynolds speaks with Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, about the Internet of Things, and how it will connect with our bodies, our homes, our communities, our goods, and even the dirt beneath our feet.

IoT refers to the idea of equipping all objects with minuscule identifying devices or machine-readable identifiers. A Pew Research Center report predicts IoT will thrive by 2025.

Graduation Season? More like Disinvitation Season.

As students across the country prepare for pomp and circumstance, college and university administrators are grappling with a series of commencement speech boondoggles.

This year alone, nearly a dozen big-name commencement speakers — including the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — have been invited to speak at graduation ceremonies, only to withdraw or have their invitations rescinded in the wake of campus protests.

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In "50th & Sunnyside" and "Poem of Our Good Fortune," poet and Seattle native J.W. Marshall  proves that getting out of your car — whether to become a pedestrian or a bus rider — changes everything.

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