arts & life

Author Interview
1:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Nicholson Baker's New Novel 'Traveling Sprinkler'

Credit Nicholson Baker's book, "Traveling Sprinkler."

In his new book “Traveling Sprinkler,” novelist Nicholson Baker tells the story of a 55-year-old poet’s obsession with electronic dance music, Debussy, and his ex girlfriend who works as a local NPR radio host. Baker has written nine novels and five books of non-fiction and speaks with The Record's Ross Reynolds.

This interview originally aired on September 30, 2013.

Author Interview
12:56 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Garrison Keillor: Poets Should Try To Make Their Mothers Laugh Sometimes

Credit Garrison Keillor's book, "O, What A Luxury."

Steve Scher talks with Garrison Keillor about his first collection of original poetry, "O, What A Luxury: Verses Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound.”

This interview originally aired on November 6, 2013.

Rare Music Scores
11:16 am
Wed April 2, 2014

UW Music Library Scores Big With Large Bequest

First edition score by Peter Tchaikovsky from the William Crawford III Rare Music Collection, University of Washington.
KUOW Photo/Marcie Sillman

William Crawford had a passion. During his lifetime, he collected rare, first edition vocal musical scores. By the time he died in 2013, he had amassed more than 700 scores by such famous composers as Beethoven, Bach and Wagner. Now those scores have found a home in Seattle.

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Oso Mudslide
10:51 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Capturing Oso Through Photos: 'One Of The Worst Things I've Ever Seen'

Bill Radke talks with photojournalist Joshua Trujillo about his experience covering the Oso mudslide through photography.

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Elephant Captivity
3:23 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Changes Coming To Woodland Park Zoo's Elephant Program

"Bamboo" is one of the Asian elephants at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
Credit Flickr Photo/Cara_VSAngel (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Woodland Park Zoo Chief Operations Officer Bruce Bohmke about changes coming to the zoo's elephant program.

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.

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