arts & life

Author Interview
3:14 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Underlying Social Message Of Pranksters

Credit Kembrew McLeod's book, "Pranksters."

Ross Reynolds talks with Kembrew McLeod, a professor of communication studies at the University of Iowa, about his book, "Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World."

McLeod argues that pranksters are more than mischief makers and entertainers. They have an underlying social message and prompt public discussion.

He recounts pranks going back four centuries including Benjamin Franklin and Seattle's own Megan Jaspers from Sub Pop Records.

Arts & Entertainment
1:27 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Making Masterpiece: Rebecca Eaton On The PBS Fave

Rebecca Eaton's book "Making Masterpiece."

Marcie Sillman talks with Rebecca Eaton, PBS Masterpiece's 25-year executive producer, about her book, "Making Masterpiece," which describes the lows of budget cuts and the highs of hits like Downton Abbey.

This interview originally aired on November 5, 2013.

Author Interview
12:49 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Malcolm Gladwell: 'Why Do We Call David The Underdog?'

Writer Malcolm Gladwell waits in KUOW's green room before an interview with The Record's Ross Reynold's.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

David and Goliath: the improbable victory, a one in a million outcome that never should have happened.

But New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell argues that diminutive David had the upper hand.

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Sports History
1:53 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Untold Story Of African American Baseball In Washington State

Credit Flickr Photo/gfpeck (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Chieko Phillips, exhibitions manager at the Northwest African American Museum, about its new exhibit, "Pitch Black: African American Baseball in Washington."

Pakistanis Celebrate Culture
1:41 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Local Pakistanis Gather To Celebrate National Holiday

Kiran Shereyar prepares children for their song on Pakistan Day in Redmond
KUOW Photo/Naveed Alam

On March 22, the Seattle-area Pakistani community gathered to celebrate a day with historic significance in Pakistan.

The date, March 23, commemorates a 1940 meeting of Muslim leaders who pledged to create a separate homeland, a movement that resulted in modern-day Pakistan. It's now a national holiday in Pakistan.

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Gender Equality
11:11 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Jimmy Carter's Call To Action On Women's Rights In Seattle

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

David Hyde speaks with former President Jimmy Carter about growing up in Georgia, politics and his new book, "A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power."

Author Interview
10:31 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Actress Annabelle Gurwitch On Aging And Turning 50

Credit Annabelle Gurwitch's book, "I See You Made an Effort."

Marcie Sillman talks with author and actress Annabelle Gurwitch about aging in Hollywood and the tribulations of life at the edge of 50.

Healing Ritual
8:59 am
Mon March 31, 2014

The Last Curandera: A Generation Of Immigrants Says Goodbye To An Old Tradition

Esther Davilla's daughter, Maria Ortiz, receives a cleansing ritual from her mother where a collection of herbs and an uncooked egg are dipped in Orange Blossom fragrance and dragged across her forehead, arms and legs.
Credit KUOW Photo/Alisa Reznick

Skagit Valley is home to thousands of Mexican immigrants. Many make their livings working as farmhands. They've brought with them some of their traditions from their homeland. But as the years pass and younger generations move in, some of those traditions die off. One Mexican family in Burlington is trying to keep an old ritual alive.

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Competitive Drive
2:15 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

For Women, Being A Jock May Also Signal Political Ambition

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y., high-fives her teammate Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala. during the annual Women's Congressional Softball Game last June.
Maddie Meyer The Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 3:59 pm

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York tries to play tennis a couple of times a week. Sports have been part of her life for a long time, going back to high school when she played tennis and soccer.

Later, at Dartmouth in the late 1980s, Gillibrand served as co-captain of the squash team. What the future senator did not do in college was participate in student government. "I'd gone to one or two young Democratic events, and interestingly, it was almost all male — and all of the men were very aggressive," she says. "And so I didn't really feel like I fit in."

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Good Reads
2:40 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Nancy Pearl: 'Understories' And 'The Land Of Steady Habits'

Credit Tim Horvath's book, "Understories," and Ted Thompson's book, "The Land of Steady Habits."

Steve Scher sits down with librarian Nancy Pearl to talk about two books.

Pearl says Tim Horvath's collection of short stories, "Understories," showcases a good example of elastic realism. The stories are rooted in reality but stretched into unexpected and odd places.

Ted Thompson's book, "The Land of Steady Habits," is a character-driven novel with exciting writing around the theme of living with and escaping from your past.

Program Venture Fund
9:52 am
Fri March 28, 2014

'A Weighty Subject:' A Family Comes To Terms With A Trans Child

A drawing by Bridget, who came out as trans when she was four years old.
Credit KUOW Photo/Rosette Royale

Her eyes focused on the arcade screen, Bridget awaits her moment of transformation.

The 9-year-old is playing the video game Ms. Pac-Man, where the title character eats a magic pellet that turns her into a super being. As Bridget grips the joystick, the sunlight streaming in through a nearby window highlights her features: She has a face full of freckles, glinting, grey eyes and brown hair that tumbles past her shoulders.

“I’m good at this,” she says of the game.

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Individualism
5:01 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Of Me I Sing: Americans Construct An Opt-Out Society

Parents are being encouraged to keep their children from taking standardized tests in school.
Shannon DeCelle AP

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 12:01 pm

Americans want to go their own way.

The right of individuals to question authority is one of the strongest facets of American life. But the ability to strike out on your own has always been balanced against the need for communal action in a complicated, continental country.

Right now, the pendulum is swinging more toward individualism.

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The Rise Of Carbs
12:27 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Why We Got Fatter During The Fat-Free Food Boom

The 1990s were rife with low-fat packaged snacks, from potato chips to cookies.
Youtube and RetroJunk

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 8:24 am

If you want to trace Americans' fear of fat, the place to start is the U.S. Senate, during the steamy days of July 1976.

That's when Sen. George McGovern called a hearing to raise attention to the links between diet and disease.

And what was the urgency? The economy was booming, and many Americans were living high on the hog. A 1954 Capitol Hill restaurant menu offers a glimpse of what lunch looked like then: steak with claret sauce, buttered succotash and pineapple cheesecake. But soon, that prosperity began to cast a dark shadow within the halls of Congress.

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Seattle Comics Author
2:58 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Making A Superhero From Scratch: A Writer’s Origin Story

G. Willow Wilson writes the comic series, Ms. Marvel, featuring Marvel's first Muslim superhero.
Credit Courtesy Photo/Amber French

Marcie Sillman talks with writer G. Willow Wilson about her new Ms. Marvel series featuring a teenage Muslim superhero named Kamala Khan.

G. Willow Wilson’s origin story, in a matter of speaking, started in New Jersey on about 3 acres of land surrounded by old-growth woods, where her parents raised rabbits and chickens and grew corn, blackberries and sweet potatoes.

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Organized Labor
2:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Ruling Says College Football Players Are University Employees, Can Unionize

Northwestern University logo.
Credit Flickr Photo/Terry Johnston (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with writer Buzz Bissinger about the National Labor Relations Board decision to allow football players at Northwestern University to form a labor union.

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