arts & life

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Ross Reynolds interviews saxophonist and bandleader Jacob Zimmerman and vocalist Katie Jacobsen about an evening of music from Disney films they’ll be performing with others Saturday night at the Royal Room in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood.

Zimmerman has performed marching band renditions of Disney favorites in the Disneyland All-American College Band. Jacobsen loved Disney music as a kid, and then got into it again when she began giving voice lessons and all the girls wanted to sing Disney songs.

Game Of Homes: Leaving Seattle For The Cheaper Suburbs

May 30, 2014
KUOW Photo/Hannah Burn

This week, we have been airing Game of Homes, a series about finding affordable housing in Seattle. For one family, finding a place to live within their means meant leaving the city altogether.

Andrea VanHorn and her fiancé fled to North Bend, a small town 35 miles east of Seattle. “Wow, there’s a lot of pine trees out here,” VanHorn said when the idea was first suggested.

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The financial crisis of 2008 is widely referred to as the worst fiscal disaster since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It threatened large financial institutions with collapse and resulted in bank bailouts and downturns in stock and housing markets around the world.

One of the largest concert venues in the Northwest is in trouble with the Washington State Department of Health. The Gorge Amphitheater turns into a small city during summer music festivals like Sasquatch and Paradiso.

Ryderwood started as a timber company town. When the loggers pulled out in the early 1950s, an enterprising developer converted the entire six-block by six-block village in southwest Washington into a retirement haven. Now Ryderwood could serve as a social science Petri dish to study bitterness, division and healing.

Game Of Homes: 11 People, Two Tiny Apartments

May 29, 2014
KUOW Photo/Hannah Burn

This week, we have been airing Game of Homes, a series about finding affordable housing in Seattle. For some, like the Pokhrel family, it’s about bunking together. Eleven family members share two apartments on Rainier Avenue in South Seattle.

Elizabeth Warren's book "A Fighting Chance."

Steve Scher talks to Senator Elizabeth Warren about her new book "A Fighting Chance," the rise of the minimum wage and the banking industry.

Pacific Northwest Ballet Photo/Lindsay Thomas

Pacific Northwest Ballet Principal Dancer Kaori Nakamura remembers the day she got her first pointe shoes.

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Affordable housing means spending 30 percent or less of household income on housing, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

RadioActive Interviews Women Of Influence In Every Day Life

May 29, 2014
Courtesy of Joni Sharrah

We all know influential females. In this month's podcast, we highlight two such women who are making a difference in the lives of the people around them. The first is a new mom who gave birth to her son at the age of 19. The other is a sensei who teaches karate in Shoreline.

RadioActive is KUOW's program for high school students. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Leonard Garfield, Museum of History and Industry's executive director, about coal's rich history in the Pacific Northwest.

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Marcie Sillman talks to Colleen McElroy and Jen Marlowe about the legacy and impact of Dr. Maya Angelou on their lives.

McElroy is a writer and lecturer emeritus at the University of Washington. Marlowe is a Seattle writer and activist.

David Guterson's book "Problems with People."

Ross Reynolds speaks with Bainbridge Island author David Guterson about his new collection of short stories "Problems with People," and the 2013 commencement speech Guterson gave at his alma mater, Roosevelt High School,  which drew boos from some in the audience.

The 'Thrill And Addiction' Of Seattle Graffiti Artists

May 28, 2014
Courtesy of Skeez

Seattle’s art scene spreads from music to visuals, from studio to street. Two artists that go by the names of Baso Fibonacci and Skeez are living in the shadows of the misunderstood graffiti and street art world. 

“It’s so much of a thrill and an addiction,” Skeez said. “Even back in high school I’d be running around tagging up the hallways and bathrooms at school because it was my human nature to have to do it.”

KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

You may have heard of financial literacy or media literacy. But what about health literacy: Are you able to get and understand basic health information?

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