We talk to a lot of fascinating people on The Conversation: comedians, journalists, politicians, ex-felons, librarians, writers and even pirates. Today, we rebroadcast three interviews with some amazing individuals who have overcome hard times to pursue their dreams.
Alaska journalist Tom Kizzia spent a decade following the Pilgrims, a modern-day Alaska pioneer family. With his wife and fifteen children, Papa Pilgrim masqueraded as a homespun Christian family man. Over time, however, Kizzia reveals that this father was actually a sociopath.
Kizzia spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on August 8.
Gloria Steinem, founder of Ms. Magazine, leader of the women’s movement and journalist, visited KUOW in 2006. Steve Scher talked with Steinem about what modern feminism means and her goals for the next 30 years.
In 2006, Seattle and Tacoma saw a sudden surge in gang violence. Rival gangs were battling over street corners and engaging in drive-by shootings. Steve Scher talked with Lt. Eric Sano of the Seattle Police Department, Gabriel Morales who trains law enforcement officials to prevent gang violence, and Dennis Turner, a former gang-member-turned prevention specialist in Pierce County. Steve asks why these gangs were proliferating, what can be do to prevent them and we hear personal stories of gang life.
It may well be the subject every parent dreads: the sex talk. But Amy Lang, founder of Birds + Bees + Kids, is here to make it easier. Marcie Sillman talked with Lang back in 2006 about strategies to talk to kids about sex.
Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 12:30 pm
Two chimpanzees living in the Northwest are competing in a national art contest. The chimps and their caretakers are trying to win a $10,000 first prize for their respective sanctuaries.
The abstract artwork entered by Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Cle Elum, Washington was created using children's finger paint enhanced with sunflower seed shells. "It's kind of a mixed media piece," says sanctuary outreach director Diana Goodrich. She says the chimp artist is a retired biomedical study subject named Jamie.
Most of us have fond memories of our childhood friends, but what about our friends that weren’t real? Imaginary friends come in many shapes and sizes, and they often provide handy scapegoats. Steve Scher talked with Marjorie Taylor, professor and head of psychology at the University of Oregon and author of "Imaginary Companions." He also talked to Stephanie Carlson, professor of child development at the University of Minnesota, about where our imaginary friends come from and why they leave.
At the end of 2009, legendary Gourmet Magazine printed its last issue. Steve Scher talked with then-editor and author Ruth Reichl just four days before the announcement of the magazine’s end about how and what Americans are eating.
Robert Olen Butler On Vietnamese Expat Communities
Robert Olen Butler is the author of “A Good Scent from a Stranger Mountain,” a collection of short stories about Vietnamese expats. In his book, Butler recalls many stories from Vietnamese expats around the world and the often, as he deems them, temperamental dynamics of these communities. Steve Scher talked with Butler back in 1992.
Steve Allen was an American television personality, musician, composer, comedian and writer. He was the first host of “The Tonight Show,” and one New York Times article dubbed him "The Father of All Talk-Show Hosts." Allen passed away in 2000. Steve Scher talked with Allen in 1993 about television, creativity and making people laugh.
As part of Weekday’s How-To series, Steve Scher sat down with two surgeons: Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, chairman of neurological surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Dr. Eric Froines, then-chief of general surgery at Capitol Hill Specialty Center Group Health Permanente. Scher asked what the life of a surgeon is like and what it feels like to repair human brains, and took a field trip to a live surgery.
In late 2002, the prospect of a war in Iraq was looming. British-Indian author and essayist Salman Rushdie sat down with Steve Scher. Rushdie discusses his concerns about the potential of a war in Iraq and his thoughts on terrorism.
Seattle music is more than just grunge. The city is the birth place to a diverse scene and an eclectic group of musicians. From jazz to rap to indie to funk, Seattle has nurtured generations of bands and musicians. The Conversation explores the many sounds of the city’s musical history from Seattleite turned rock star, Duff McKagan, to current chart-toppers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
When it comes to publishing authors’ works, Seattle may be the next New York City. Amazon and other tech companies have transformed publishing with e-readers, social media and new financial models, making the old New York book publishing house less relevant, according to tech reporter Emily Parkhurst.
In 2004, an 11-year-old girl in Redmond wrote a letter to Nordstrom complaining that the choice of clothing available to her was too revealing; midriff shirts, low-riding pants. Today many still worry about the revealing clothing options for young girls. KUOW’s Steve Scher talked with Dr. Pepper Schwartz, professor of sociology at the University of Washington, and Laura Portolese Dias, an instructor of business administration now at Central Washington University, about where these trends come from and where to find modest clothing for children.
Frankie Avalon surfed in every beach party movie he made while Annette Funicello looked on lovingly. The movie "Blue Crush" profiled a bunch of girls who surfed competitively. Even Elvis surfed in one of his movies. But none of them surfed in the Pacific Northwest, which has the best swells in the world according to a study by legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau. The Pacific Northwest also has notoriously cold water, but that's not the worst of a surfer's worries compared to the strong currents and undertows. Marcie Sillman talked with Bobby Arzadon, owner and founder of the Perfect Wave Shop in Kirkland, and Eric Fleming, then middle school art teacher and longboard surfer, about surfin’ in the PNW.
Authors Terry Brooks and Greg Keyes have sold millions of copies of books. Both writers have legions of fans around the nation and the world, and both are part of a parallel universe of fantasy and science fiction: "Star Wars," "Star Trek," "The Lord of the Rings;" the list could go on and on. In 2004, Steve Scher talked with Brooks and Keyes about writing, working with George Lucas and the lasting allure of fantasy.
War is often remembered through history textbooks. Shortly before Veteran’s Day 2004, Weekday took a look at war through the eyes of soldiers and their families. Steve Scher talked with two Medal of Honor recipients: retired Air Force Col. Joe M. Jackson and retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady.
Many of us have experienced "the wave" at a baseball game, and most of us have marveled at fish swimming in schools or starlings whirling around in the evening sky. In 2009, Steve Scher talked with Julia Parish, associate director of the school of aquatic and fishery sciences at the University of Washington, about why animals move together.
In this past month, Washington state cut funding for the smoking cessation hotline. Humorist David Sedaris has a different approach to quit smoking. Instead of calling the hotline, Sedaris moved to Japan. His story "The Smoking Section" is just one of 17 essays in his book “When You Are Engulfed in Flames.” Steve Scher talked with David Sedaris back in 2008 about smoking and other tales.
Hear ye, hear ye! 'Tis the last RadioActive podcast of Summer 2013! Hosts Rachel Lam and Amina Ibrahim take a little trip down memory lane. It's a journey to where unruly foliage and lost birds litter the view, to those moments when things felt beyond our control.
The Seattle City Council is developing a bike-sharing program for the city. Under the current plan, around 500 seven-speed bikes and helmets will be available to rent from kiosks in parts of Seattle.
Some bike-sharing advocates say the helmet requirement is a big problem, because nobody who rents a bike will also want to rent a helmet. But it’s illegal to bike in King County without one. Should King County keep the helmet rule? Would you rent a bike and a helmet? Ross Reynolds hears from listeners.
The tragic news of a bus driver being shot earlier this week in downtown Seattle inspired us to ask listeners to share their stories about bus drivers; stories about nice bus drivers just doing their jobs and stories about heroic bus drivers that went above and beyond the call of duty. Ross Reynolds talks to listeners about their best bus drivers.