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Author Interview
10:45 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Benny And Jenny: Uncovering The Franklin Sibling Relationship

Author and historian Jill Lepore speaking at event for Kansas City Public Library.
Flickr Photo/Kansas City Public Library

When they were little, they were called Benny and Jenny. They were inseparable. But as they grew up, their lives took different paths. Benjamin Franklin left home; his sister Jane Franklin never did. He taught himself to write; she couldn’t spell. He signed the Declaration and the Constitution; she became a wife, mother, and ultimately, a widow.

But they maintained a correspondence throughout their lives, and historian Jill Lepore says Franklin loved no one more than his sister. Lepore shed light on this story at Seattle’s Town Hall on October 9.

Good Reads
3:38 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Picks From The Different Worlds Of Graphic Novels

Everyone's favorite librarian, Nancy Pearl, as an action figure.
Credit KUOW Photo

Steve Schers gets this week's reading recommendations from Nancy Pearl. Her picks for graphic novels include the fantasy “Castle Waiting” by Linda Medley, Joe Sacco’s  World War I epic“ The Great War” and two memoirs by Lat, “Kampung Boy” and “Town Boy.”

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Town Hall Seattle
2:32 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Telling Stories Through Comics And Science

Ellen Forney and David Montgomery
Credit From Ellen Forney's Facebook page, University of Washington

Marcie Silman discusses the art of storytelling with University of Washington geologist David Montgomery and Ellen Forney, cartoonist and author of "Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me."

Author Interview
3:51 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Dogfight: The Deeply Personal Battle Between Apple And Google

Fred Vogelstein's book "Dogfight."

David Hyde talks with Wired contributing editor Fred Vogelstein about his new book "Dogfight: How Google and Apple Went to War and Started a Revolution."  The book chronicles the contentious relationship between Apple's Steve Jobs and Google's Eric Schmidt and shows how it has shaped smartphone and tablet technology.

Author Interview
3:49 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

United States And Pakistan: An Epic History Of Misunderstanding

Husaon Haqqani's book "Magnificent Delusions."

Marcie Sillman talks with Husain Haqqani, the former Pakistan Ambassador to the US, about his new book "Magnificent Delusions."

Before Grunge
3:13 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

When A Small Seattle Label Convinced Kurt Cobain To Play On

Sub Pop co-founder Bruce Pavitt onstage behind Nirvana at LameFest UK in December 1989, as Kris Novoselic prepares to put a bass guitar out of its misery.
Courtesy of Bazillion Points Books/Steve Double

In June 1989, Sub Pop Records rented out the Moore Theatre in Seattle to showcase three of its up-and-coming bands: Mudhoney, Tad and Nirvana. The manager sent security home early because he didn’t think anyone would show up.

The manager was wrong: It was the first sold-out show by a local group. The lack of control and the chaos from a crazy crowd resulted in Sub Pop being blacklisted from the Moore for the next 10 years.

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Author Interview
2:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

America's Mirror: Appreciating The Art Of Norman Rockwell

Deborah Solomon's book "American Mirror."

Ross Reynolds talks with author Deborah Solomon about her book "American Mirror: The Life And Art Of Norman Rockwell."

Critical Mass
3:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Vanity Fair Writer James Wolcott Has Front Row Seat For American Culture

James Wolcott's book "Critical Mass."

Marcie Sillman talks with Vanity Fair contributing writer James Wolcott about his new book of essays and reviews, "Critical Mass."

Author Interview
2:59 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

How Willpower Is Like A Muscle

Roy Baumeister and John Tierney's book "Willpower."

Ross Reynolds speaks with psychologist Roy Baumeister and science writer John Tierney about their book “Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.”

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Author Interview
3:58 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Michelle Alexander On How Incarceration Is "The New Jim Crow"

Michelle Alexander's book "The New Jim Crow."

Ross Reynolds talks with Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness", about the US criminal justice system and racial control.

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Author Interview
4:11 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Fox News And Rupert Murdoch's Other Legacies

David Folkenflik's book "Murdoch's World."

David Hyde speaks with NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik about his book “Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires.”

Author Interview
3:31 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Sherman Alexie Returns To His Base: 'White, Liberal Women Of Independent Bookstores'

Poet and novelist Sherman Alexie in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Poet Sherman Alexie knows who to credit for his success as a writer.

“Independent bookstores are the reason why I have a career,” he told Steve Scher on KUOW’s The Record. “When this started out, a book of poems and stories by a Spokane Indian would have never fit anybody’s algorithm. This was a very specific case of a very specific group of people: The white liberal women of independent bookstores promoting my career."

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Author Interview
2:27 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

An Inside Look At The Bush-Cheney Years In The White House

Peter Baker's book "Days of Fire."

Marcie Sillman interviews New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker about his chronicle of the Bush/Cheney administration called "Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House."

Author Interview
3:38 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

How The United States Became United

Simon Winchester's book "The Men Who United the States."

David Hyde speaks with writer Simon Winchester about his new book, "The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible."

Author Interview
3:32 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

How We Can Be More Creative According To The Kelley Brothers

David and Tom Kelley's book "Creative Confidence."

Ross Reynolds talks with brothers David and Tom Kelley about the importance of creativity. The brothers run the design firm IDEO and wrote a book titled: "Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us."

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