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Controversial Literature
12:24 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Salman Rushdie And The Heroism Of Ordinary People

Salman Rushdie's new memoir, "Joseph Anton."

It was Valentine’s Day 1989 when Salman Rushdie got a call from a BBC reporter. She asked him how it felt to be sentenced to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini. He thought, “I’m a dead man.”

Starting at the age of 41, Rushdie spent almost 10 years living under the threat of murder because of a book he’d written, "The Satanic Verses."

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Television
4:33 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

'The Samaritans:' When 'The Office' Meets International Aid

Steve Scher speaks with Hussein Kurji, creator of the new comedy TV series "The Samaritans," a mockumentary set in Nairobi, Kenya. Kurji talks about the fictional NGO that "does nothing."

Women's Rights
4:26 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Gloria Steinem On What's Next For Feminism

Gloria Steinem
Flickr Photo/Marnie Joyce (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Gloria Steinem, women's rights movement leader and founder of Ms. Magazine, about what modern feminism means and her goals for the next 30 years. She visited KUOW in 2006.

American Music
2:19 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

A Man Apart: Terry Teachout On Jazz Giant Duke Ellington

Terry Teachout's book "Duke."

Ross Reynolds talks with Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout about his book, "Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington."

Ellington is regarded as perhaps the greatest jazz composer of the 20th century. The conductor Andre Previn once compared him to Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev.

This interview originally aired on October 16, 2013.

Technology
11:05 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Weaned On Youth, Silicon Valley Keeps Older Workers On Sidelines

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 3:46 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

I'm Audie Cornish and now to All Tech Considered.

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC)

CORNISH: Botox, plastic surgeries, an obsession with youth. We're not talking about Hollywood. That's the new culture of Silicon Valley, according to writer Noam Scheiber. His article for the New Republic is titled "The Brutal Ageism of Tech." And it describes how the infusion of power and money in Silicon Valley has sidelined older workers.

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Food Comparison
10:37 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Apples Vs. Oranges: Google Tool Offers Ultimate Nutrition Smackdown

Oranges and apples in a row.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 2:31 pm

Leave it to the folks at Reddit to uncover the hidden treasures of the Internet. Recently, they were gabbing about Google's nutrition comparison tool, which was quietly launched at the end of 2013 and escaped us here at The Salt.

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Author Interview
9:31 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Catching Up With Writer George Saunders

Author George Saunders.
Flickr Photo/Jeremy Sternberg (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with acclaimed author George Saunders about his life, work and how he hope to follow the success of his last short story collection, "Tenth of December."

Overcoming Addiction
7:34 am
Mon March 24, 2014

With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery

Courtesy of Beacon Press

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 11:27 am

Since its founding in the 1930s, Alcoholics Anonymous has become part of the fabric of American society. AA and the many 12-step groups it inspired have become the country's go-to solution for addiction in all of its forms. These recovery programs are mandated by drug courts, prescribed by doctors and widely praised by reformed addicts.

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Signs Of Spring
3:31 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Not Bad For A Septuagenarian: UW Cherry Trees Burst With Bloom

Cherry blossoms at the UW Quad.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds speaks with Sara Shores, arborist at the University of Washington, about the annual profusion of cherry blossoms on the UW campus and about how these trees, originally planted at the Washington Park Arboretum in 1939, ended up at The Quad.

The blossoms are expected to reach peak bloom this weekend, Shores said.

Hidden Treasures
3:30 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Nancy Pearl: Wandering The Aisles Of A Secondhand Bookstore

Flickr Photo/Kyle Mahan (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher and Nancy Pearl look for the treasures that can only be found at used bookstores. They visit Magus Books in the University District in Seattle.

Parks Funding
3:29 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Would You Pay $14 A Month For Seattle Parks?

Lighthouse at Discovery Park in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/MarkMolina (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Candace Damon about Mayor Ed Murray's proposal to form a Seattle Parks District. Damon advised the citizens' group that introduced the creation of the district in Seattle.

Neuroscience
11:39 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Exploring The Science Of Humor

Credit Scott Weems' book, "Ha!"

Marcie Sillman talks with neuroscientist Scott Weems about his new book, "Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why."

Philosophy
11:34 am
Fri March 21, 2014

How Plato's Ancient Greece Is Similar To Today's Modern World

Rebecca Newberger's book, "Plato at the Googleplex."

Ross Reynolds talks to philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein about her book, “Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away." She writes about what would happen if the Greek philosopher Plato came back to Earth in 2014 and went on a book tour.

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Documentary
9:08 am
Fri March 21, 2014

'Jodorowsky's Dune': The Greatest Film That Never Was

A design sketch, by H.R. Giger, for the Harkonnen Castle as he envisioned it for Alejandro Jodorowski's Dune.
Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 2:03 pm

"Dune will be the coming of God."

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Movie Reviews
9:08 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Foreign Policy, With A Pugnacious French Twist

Arthur (Raphael Personnaz) is a new hire at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where Alexandre Taillard de Worms (Thierry Lhermitte) is the eccentric foreign minister.
Courtesy of Sundance Selects

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 2:03 pm

A frisky tour of the Gallic equivalent of the U.S. State Department, The French Minister boasts robust pacing, screwball-comedy banter and an exuberant central performance. For most American viewers, though, the movie could use footnotes to go with its subtitles.

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