But for Barzallo Sockemtickem, now 17, that "classroom" happened to be her room at Seattle Children's Hospital. She has spent many months at Children's, being treated for cancer and working with WITS poet Sierra Nelson.
Barzallo Sockemtickem's poem "Where I'm From" is defiant and tender, and challenges her listener to understand that she won't let her disease define her: "I am from stubbornness / and spitfire. / I am from refuse to give up. / I am not just cancerous."
Her poem was awarded the "Origins" prize from Seattle Arts and Lectures.
Barzallo Sockemtickem was recorded in the KUOW Studios on August 2.
MLB Suspensions Major League Baseball has handed down lengthy suspensions to more than a dozen players for using performance enhancing drugs, among them: former Seattle Mariner (and current New York Yankee) Alex Rodriguez. He was suspended for the remainder of this season and all of next season. A player in the Mariners’ minor league system was also suspended: Tacoma Rainiers catcher Jesus Montero. What do these suspensions say about the state of drug use in baseball?
Technology-Enabled Sexual Landscape Technology has changed when and how kids are exposed to sexual activity. Gone are the dirty magazines under the mattress. On average, kids are exposed to full action, hardcore sexual activity by age 10. How is this changing the behavior and expectations of teenagers? How can you help your kids navigate a technology-enabled sexual landscape?
Climate Change And The Republican Party Former head of the Environmental Protection Agency and former co-chair of the Puget Sound Partnership, William Ruckelsaus explains why the Republican Party needs to take action on climate change.
The Weather and Hike of the Week Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.
Former Seattle Mariner Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez, also known as A-Rod, is suspended for the rest of this season and the next. He can play while he appeals.
Detroit has filed for bankruptcy and the city's creditors have suddenly developed an appetite for fine art.
Many cities don't own art collections outright: exhibitions pass through, pieces are borrowed. But Detroit's most significant pieces of art could fetch $2.5 billion according to an estimate by the Detroit Free Press. That's a big chunk of the city's $18 billion debt.
Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 7:03 am
The Washington Post Co. will sell its flagship newspaper and one of the most respected news organizations in the country to Amazon.com founder Jeffrey P. Bezos, the company announced in a press release. The Post has been a family-owned business for four generations.
Amazon, the company said, will play no role in the purchase. Bezos is making the purchase personally.
You might not think you need a will or estate plan, but consider that chaos that follows when there isn’t one. We’ll ask estate planner and attorney Tim Burkart questions about taking care of your final arrangements. Ross Reynolds also takes questions from callers.
The US government is trying to make amends for historical mismanagement of tribal land by buying back land for tribal governments. It plans to spend $1.9 billion for 10 million acres of land by 2022. Ross Reynolds talks to Gabriel Galanda, a Seattle lawyer and a member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes of Mendocino County, California, about the program and what it could mean for Native Americans.
Bucky Pizzarelli is the patriarch of one of America’s great jazz families. His talented offspring include guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli and bassist Martin Pizzarelli. The Pizzarellis often perform standards from the Great American Songbook together at jazz clubs and music festivals around the world.
Prior to a weekend of performances with the family band at Jazz Alley in Seattle last weekend, Bucky Pizzarelli brought in his signature seven-string guitar and played live music in the KUOW Performance Studio.
News From D.C. Washington, D.C., is on recess. What didn’t get done before they left? CBS News Capitol Hill producer Jill Jackson.
Nancy Pearl On Armchair Travel If you don’t have the time or money to travel this summer, you can still get away. Nancy Pearl takes us on an armchair travel adventure with her recommendations of worldly books to read this summer. Two titles she loves: “The Saddest Pleasure” by Moritz Thomsen and “Travels in a Thin Country” by Sara Wheeler.
Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 4:39 pm
The Port of Port Townsend, Wash., is providing a temporary home to a piece of literary history. But the dry-docked sardine fishing boat once chartered by the writer John Steinbeck faces an uncertain fate.
The 76-foot boat's original name was the Western Flyer. In 1940, John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts (who later inspired the character Doc in "Cannery Row") chartered the wood vessel for a cruise around Baja California.
Clint Dempsey Joins The Sounders Fans of Seattle soccer were treated to a welcome surprise at the start of Saturday's game against Dallas. Clint Dempsey, captain of the US Men's National Team and player for Tottenham in England announced he would be joining the Seattle Sounders. We talk with Steve Clare, president of the North American Soccer Reporters and editor of Prost Amerika Soccer about what this means for the MLS and the Sounders.
Understanding US-Russian Relations The diplomatic relationship between Russia and the United States was strained long before President Vladimir Putin granted a one year asylum to NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden. Dr. Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies at New York University, explains the long history and current conflict between the two nations.
Your Housing Questions Answered Puget Sound housing prices are on the rise. Mortgage rates continue to be historically low. What does that mean when it comes to your living situation. Should you buy a house? Should you sell your house? Should you refinance? When is it wiser to stay renting? Two housing experts are on hand to answer your specific questions. Call us at 206.543.5869 or 1.800.289.5869.
Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 3:49 pm
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New York Yankees' slugger Alex Rodriguez, one of baseball's brightest stars and its highest-paid player, will be suspended through the 2014 regular season because he violated parts of baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the league said today.
A recent study found that even though the French work 16 percent fewer hours than the rest of the world, they can still afford a high standard of living. So what pays for all that bread, cheese and wine? Increased productivity in the workplace.
Ross Reynolds talks to economist Dean Baker about what makes France one of the most productive countries in the world.