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History
1:25 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

50th Anniversary Of JFK’s Assassination With Author Dean R. Owen

Dean R. Owen's book "November 22, 1963"

November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Journalist Dean R. Owen collected interviews from notable civil rights leaders, White House staff, and others connected to Kennedy for his book, “November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy.”

Owen spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on September 14. He was joined by Patricia Baillargeon, a contributor to his book who served as assistant to Eleanor Roosevelt.

Author Interview
3:06 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Women In Politics Are Always Running

Rebecca Sive's book "Every Day Is Election Day."

Steve Scher talks to Rebecca Sive, author of “Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide To Winning Any Office, From The PTA To The White House."

Author Interview
3:14 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Why Does Morality Sometimes Trump Our Biological Imperatives?

Joshua Greene's book "Moral Tribes."

Marcie Sillman interviews author, philosopher and scientist Joshua Greene about the neuroscience behind morality.

Good Reads
3:14 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Book Picks: Small Presses And Historical Fiction

Compilation "The Pushcart Prize XXXVIII" and James McBride's "Good Lord Bird."

Steve Scher gets the latest book recommendations from Nancy Pearl: "The Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: Best of the Small Presses 2014 Edition” edited by Bill Henderson, and “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride.

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Author Interveiw
4:19 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Hedrick Smith: Who Stole the American Dream?

Hedrick Smith's book "Who Stole the American Dream?"

Ross Reynolds speaks with author Hedrick Smith about his book, "Who Stole the American Dream," which details the struggle of the middle class, in particular the widening gap between those who haves and have nots.

Cartoons And Journalism
3:20 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

One Day Of War In 25 Feet

Joe Sacco's book "The Great War."

Ross Reynolds interviews cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco about his latest book "The Great War" – a one panel, 25-foot long panorama of the first day of the Battle of the Somme on July 1, 1916.

Presidential Biography
11:21 am
Thu November 14, 2013

A History Of Woodrow Wilson With A. Scott Berg

A. Scott Berg's book "Wilson."

It’s been a century since Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration, and the president has a compelling history. He was 10 years old by the time he learned to read, and yet he ultimately became a scholar and the president of Princeton University.

He led the United States through WWI and helped establish the League of Nations. A serious stroke left his entire left side paralyzed, and his disability became the argument for the 25th Amendment.

A. Scott Berg’s new biography of Wilson came out earlier this fall. Berg spoke on September 18 at Town Hall in a talk moderated by KUOW’s Steve Scher.

Good Reads
4:18 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Book Picks

Steve Scher and Nancy Pearl
KUOW Photo/Serene Careaga

Steve Scher talks to Nancy Pearl about "After the River The Sun" and "The Signature of All Things."  Also,  listener Jenna Bean Veatch of Capitol Hill gets a few recommendations for beautiful books.

If you want a recommendation write record@kuow.org with "Nancy Pearl Suggestions" in the subject line.

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Political Criticism
4:22 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Noam Chomsky On Drone Attacks And The Decline Of US Power

Noam Chomsky and Andre Vltchek's book "On Western Terrorism."

Ross Reynolds interview author Noam Chomsky about his latest book co-written with Andre Vltchek called "On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Attacks."

Author Interview
3:32 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

40 Years To Combat Hunger

Howard G. Buffet's book "40 Chances."

Ross Reynolds talks with Howard G. Buffet, son of financier Warren Buffet, who has recently published a book titled "40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World," which is about his quest to help those who lack food security all over the world under a tough, self-imposed deadline: 40 years.

Author Interview
2:59 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Why Haven't We Heard Of Ben Franklin's Sister?

Jill Lepore's "Book of Ages."

David Hyde talks with author Jill Lepore about "Book Of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin," an account of Benjamin Franklin's younger sister.

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Gun Rights
8:42 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Shhh! Seattle Libraries Now Allow Guns, But Please Be Respectful

The Seattle Public Library has reversed its rule banning patrons from bringing in guns.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Librarians have long asked you to “shhh,” and starting Monday, they may also ask you to please stop waving your gun around.

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Good Reads
5:12 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Book Recommendations For Foodies, Thrill-Seekers

Rick Yancey's "The Fifth Wave," and Luke Barr's "Provence, 1970."

Steve Scher sits down with everyone's favorite librarian Nancy Pearl to discuss her latest book recommendations that would make good gifts.

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Author Interview
4:41 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Finding Inspiration Among Tombstones

Author Jennifer Hotes and KUOW's Steve Scher at Lakeview Cemetery, the inspiration behind Hotes' book "Four Rubbings."
KUOW Photo/Amina al-Sadi

Steve Scher interviews local author Jennifer Hotes, who has written a fictionalized version of Seattle's famous Lakeview Cemetery called "Four Rubbings."

Author Interview
3:59 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Bill Ayers: From Chicago Educator To "Public Enemy"

Bill Ayers' book "Public Enemy."

Marcie Sillman sits down with Bill Ayers who has written a memoir called "Public Enemy" about the time when the Chicago-based educator was accused of being a terrorist affiliated with then-Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential primary debate.

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