When people have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, they are at risk for wandering. What that really means is they get lost. For an elderly person, that can sometimes lead to death. In Washington in the last five years, at least 10 people with some form of dementia have died after getting lost.
NASA is returning to the moon this summer, but not to plant a flag and hit a golf ball. The space agency is building lasers to send information. Why are lasers the new technology for space communication? Ross Reynolds hears from Don Cornwell, the mission manager for the Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration at NASA.
The News From Space NBC News Digital science editor Alan Boyle discusses the latest news in physical and space science.
20th Anniversary Of The Band, Candlebox Seattle band Candlebox made its debut in 1993, in the golden age of alternative rock in the Northwest. Now, 20 years since their first album release Candlebox is once again touring and creating new music. Lead singer Kevin Martin explains what it was like to make music in the era of Seattle alternative rock and how their music has changed over the years.
Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 12:21 pm
Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed films including Looper and Brick, not to mention directing a few episodes of Breaking Bad, tweeted early this morning: "To me the great hope is one day some little fat girl in Ohio is going to make a summer movie where skyscrapers don't fall over like dominoes."
My KUOW colleague Amanda Wilde, host ofThe Swing Years and Beyond, regularly shares music that sounds familiar. The tune that Amanda brought in this month is music that I can easily imagine Don Draper and otherMad Men giving a big thumbs up.
In order for Amanda to share the music with me, she first had to dust off one of our old KUOW studio turntables. Then she could play the music on a 7-inch vinyl record she had recently tracked down.
Esperanto's a language born out of the dream that if we all spoke the same language, we wouldn't have wars. That might sound a little naïve, when you consider how divided we can be even within the United States - where many people do speak the same language. Still, one can't help thinking: If we could turn on the television and see the personal stories of Iraqis, would the United States have gone to war with that nation?
Some would argue we are starting to understand each other, through English language reporting from news organizations like Al Jazeera, and CNN, which has an Arabic language channel. It's too early to say whether that programming will smooth out the differences between American and Middle Eastern cultures. But even with cable news going international, those broadcasts are just cultural diplomacy for nations that still think in different languages. And the idea of Esperanto still has power.
The Local Esperanto Connection
Seattle has an Esperanto club (it has several, actually). KUOW's Joshua McNichols called up club member Leland Ross to get a local perspective on the international language of Esperanto.
Seattle's Leland Ross on how he'll celebrate World Esperanto Day.
Leland says Esperanto isn't dead. In fact, it's doing better than ever before, thanks to the Internet. He says in the past, an Esperanto speaker would send off letters to an Esperanto-speaking pen pal and would have to wait for a response, but today, you can hop online and immediately chat with someone anywhere in the world.
Leland says one local group of Esperanto enthusiasts have a regular poker night conducted entirely in Esperanto. It isn't world peace, but you've got to start somewhere.
KUOW Presents is going on vacation next week. We'll be back July 29!
Mid-July in Seattle means Seafair events, the actual arrival of summer and – if you lived here in the 1950s and '60s – it meant the annual birthday celebration for the city’s most famous primate, Bobo the gorilla.
One of the most profound duties of child to parent is to honor their last wishes, as best we can. In "Their Bodies," poet David Wagoner addresses the students of the anatomy lab at Indiana University, where his parents donated their bodies.
With the summer sun, more people are hitting the trails and enjoying the outdoors. But just because the weather is nicer doesn’t mean the wilderness is any safer. Lee Callahan shares what it was like to get lost in the woods at night. Then Jason Knight, co-founder ofAlderleaf Wilderness College, talks to Ross Reynolds and callers about how to survive out in the wilderness.
Last week when we were talking about dogs in bars, restaurants and grocery stores the conversation turned to people who are allergic to dogs. One woman called to say her dog was hypoallergenic. But is that a real thing? Veterinarian Dr. Karen Hoffman reveals the truth to Ross Reynolds.
Got a question? Ask Google. Can’t remember a name? Go to your smart phone. But are digital conveniences making us more forgetful? Tom Stafford psychologist at the University of Sheffield in the UK says no. He explains why our brains are just actually adapting.
This 1973 photo of five children playing in a Detroit suburb has gone viral on the Internet. The children were Rhonda Shelly, 3 (from left), Kathy Macool, 7, Lisa Shelly, 5, Chris Macool, 9, and Robert Shelly, 6.
Credit Joe Crachiola / Courtesy of The Macomb Daily
Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 11:57 am
In late July 1973, Joseph Crachiola was wandering the streets of Mount Clemens, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, with his camera. As a staff photographer for the Macomb Daily, he was expected to keep an eye out for good feature images — "those little slices of life that can stand on their own."
Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 10:25 am
For most Northwest baseball fans, the Mariners games against the Astros are where the action is at this weekend. But there's another set of games on Saturday like none you’ve ever seen in America's pastime.
The athletes in this league are blind. That's right: baseball for the visually impaired.
It's a warm afternoon in Spokane. The smell of cut grass and barbecue is in the air. And Bee Yang is up to bat.
A teammate who has partial vision directs Yang to the plate: “Keep going, 20 feet forward, 10, 5, homeplate, tap.”
Discussing The National Debt With Chris Vance Chris Vance, public affairs consultant and co-chair of the Washington chapter of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, was is in Washington this week meeting with Senator Patty Murray and Rep. Doc Hastings and Dave Reichert. Vance and the campaign are urging lawmakers to find solutions to curb the rising debt in order to help the economy continue to grow. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said before a House panel on Wednesday that tight federal fiscal policy and stagnant debate over issues such as a the debt ceiling in Congress “hamper” economic recovery. So how can lawmakers create budgets and policies that continue to help the economy grow? What role does reducing the national debt play in helping the country’s economy?
The Summer Januaries Rachel Erin Sage and Sean Michael Robinson first played music together at a mutual friend's birthday party, where a spontaneous jam session became the birth of their fold duo “The Summer Januaries.” Since then they’ve played arrangements and original compilations at street fairs, farmers markets and pubs around the state and around the world. The Summer Januaries released their first album together in April.
Radio Retrospective: Hollywood Gets Involved In Radio During the early years of radio’s Golden Age, Hollywood thought radio was the enemy. Radio directors, writers and producers, on the other hand, wanted Hollywood stars in their productions. How did Hollywood first make its way onto radio? Katy Sewall and Steve Scher look at the beginnings.
Recommended Eating Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!
"Rapture, Blister, Burn" Do women always have to make a choice between career or family? Gina Gionfriddo’s new play “Rapture, Blister, Burn” is a modern take on that old feminist question. Actress Kristen Potter plays a character who chooses work over kids. Potter tells us whether she feels like she’s had to make that same choice in her real life.
Home Repair Help With Roger Faris Summertime is the best time to do those outdoor home repair projects. Got a question? Home repair expert Roger Faris can probably answer it.