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Music History
2:45 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

How Jewish Composers Created Iconic Christmas Music

Irving Berlin was a Jewish composer who created one of the most popular songs of all time: "White Christmas."
From Wikipedia.

Steve Scher talks with Amanda Wilde, host and producer of KUOW's The Swing Years,  about how immigrant Jewish popular music composers shaped America’s perceptions of Christmas through music.

Retail Shopping
2:45 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Move Over Choo Choo Trains, Seattle Kids Like Ferries

Top Ten Toys in Seattle.
From Top Ten Toys' Facebook page.

Steve Scher visits Top Ten Toys in Greenwood to talk with owner Allen Rickert, who says this is a good year for ferry toys and Seattle-themed coloring books.

Retail Shopping
2:44 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

The Stores Are Watching You

Flickr Photo/Fujin

Jeannie Yandel talks with freelance journalist Max Strasser about the many ways in which retailers are collecting data on your habits.

Health Exchange
3:34 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Health Care Sign-up Deadline Looms As Payment Deadline Extended

Flickr Photo/Alex Proimos

Marcie Sillman sits down with KUOW reporter Ruby de Luna to talk about the Monday health exchange deadline for coverage beginning on Jan. 1.

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Puzzles
3:19 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

What Is 9 Letters Long And Turns 100 Tomorrow?

Flickr Photo/Philippa Willitts

Marcie Sillman discusses the origin of the first crossword puzzle with puzzle author Merl Reagle in honor of the crossword's 100th birthday on Saturday.

Good Reads
3:17 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Nancy Pearl’s Suggestions For Literary Gifts

KUOW Photo

Steve Scher talks to Nancy Pearl about tricks in picking out a book as a gift for a loved one. Her first suggestion — imagine the person reading the book.

You can also hear a special hour-long listener call-in and see a full list of Pearl's and listeners' reading suggestions from Monday.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:45 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Amid Protests Of Vice Principal's Resignation, Youth Mark Changing Catholic Church

Students at Eastside Catholic High School held a sit-in on Thursday in solidarity for the vice principal who was asked to resign.
Flickr Photo/binw.marketing

David Hyde talks with Seattle PI columnist Joel Connelly about changing attitudes towards same-sex marriage in the Catholic church.

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Religion
2:38 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

The Three Interfaith Amigos On Light

Imam Jamal Rahman, Pastor Don Mackenzie, and Rabbi Ted Falcon
Flickr Photo/University of Denver

Marcie Sillman discusses holidays and light with the Three Interfaith Amigos: Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman.

The Week In Review
2:02 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

New Force Guidelines For Police, High Pot Consumption, And More From The Week In News

Flickr Photo/Crash Zone Photography

This week, Seattle Police announced new use of force guidelines that will take effect Jan. 1. Also starting in the new year, customers will be able to buy pot over the counter, and a report this week indicates that locals are consuming a lot more pot than the state had initially estimated.

We review these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger. Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank checks in from Christmas City, U.S.A.

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Tribal Instincts
11:37 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Joshua Greene's book "Moral Tribes."

As humans, we’re designed to work together with certain groups of people while fighting off others. In modern times though, our tribes have been forced closer to others, sparking clashes. What is a practical way to solve these problems? And how can different tribes move forward together?

Psychologist Joshua Greene traces the roots of morality and conflict in his new book, “Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them.” He spoke at Town Hall on November 15.

Holiday Special
6:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

The Enlightened Message Of Scrooge

Flickr Photo/Stuart Anthony

Charles Dickens’ story “A Christmas Carol” is a holiday favorite. It was performed earlier this month in front of a live audience at Seattle’s Center for Spiritual Living under the title “The Enlightened Message of Scrooge.”

This show will air on KUOW December 23 at 9:00 p.m.

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Ask The Dietitian
3:31 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

New Year's Resolution Advice From Dietitian Mary Purdy

Dietitian Mary Purdy.
Courtesy of Mary Purdy.

Marcie Sillman discusses advice to help you stick to your New Years resolution with nutritionist and registered dietitian Mary Purdy.

Great Tales
3:23 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

The Story Behind The Storyteller

StoryCorps founder David Isay.
Flickr Photo/American Library Association

David Hyde talks to David Isay, founder of the radio and story telling project StoryCorps.

Cooking
3:23 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Sleep Soundly, We've Got Holiday Breakfast Ideas

Flickr Photo/Gabriel Li

Marcie Sillman talks with chef Sara Dickerman about what to serve your overnight holiday guests for breakfast.

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Mental Health
3:23 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Coming Out Of The Depression Closet

Flickr Photo/Piermario

Steve Scher sits down with psychiatrist Thomas Patamia with suggestions on how to talk about depression with your family.

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