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Books
2:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Seattle Artist Ellen Forney Finds Balance In New Graphic Memoir

Excerpt from "Marbles" by Ellen Forney.
Copyright (c) 2012 by Ellen Forney. Reprinted by arrangement with Gotham Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

When Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 16 years ago, her first concern was for her creative future. The award-winning cartoonist prided herself on the artwork and stories she'd come up with during periods she described as manic. Right after her diagnosis, Forney was reluctant to try the drug treatments her psychiatrist prescribed for her. Would she lose her creative edge on lithium? But after a serious period of depression, Forney set out on the ongoing journey to achieve and maintain a state of mental balance.

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Author Interview
2:56 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

The Complicated World Of Kids And Social Media

Danah Boyd visits the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

David Hyde talks with author danah boyd (who prefers to write her name in lowercase) about her book "It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens" and the misconceptions of online dangers.

Psychology
3:56 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

How Well Do We Understand How Others Think?

Nicholas Epley's book "Mindwise."

Ross Reynolds speaks with University of Chicago psychologist Nicholas Epley about his new book "Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel and Want." Epley's research suggests we have insight into what others are thinking but only up to a point.

Book Interview
2:06 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Memoir Of Amnesia: 'My Brain Was So Starved For Narrative'

David Stuart MacLean's book "The Answer to the Riddle Is Me."

Ross Reynolds talks to Pen/American Award winning writer David Stuart MacLean about his new book “The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia."

The book is based on his This American Life story.

Imagine finding yourself on a train platform in India. A train is just pulling away,  you have no ticket, and you have no idea who you are. You’d probably pinch yourself and hope you'd woke up. But when MacLean found himself in this situation in 2002, it wasn't a dream.

Fan Fiction
1:56 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

What Do 'The Aeneid' And 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Have In Common?

Fan art: "Virgil Reading the Aeneid to Augustus and Octavia," by Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807).
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Fan fiction may seem like a modern Internet phenomenon, but in fact, the genre has plenty of historical roots and mainstream appeal.

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Investigative Journalism
3:38 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

How A Monopoly Took Hold Of America’s Meat Market

Christopher Leonard's book, "The Meat Racket."

Ross Reynolds talks with Christopher Leonard, former national agribusiness reporter for the Associated Press, about his new book "The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business."

Such As Barf
8:47 am
Mon February 24, 2014

A New Shine On Old Problems: How to Clean The Nastiest Stains

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Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 7:01 pm

It's hard to take not one but two genres that are typically thought of as staples of old-fashioned "media for women" – the advice column and the collection of household hints – and make them feel at all relevant to women now, who may or may not have time for all the fussing that perfect housekeeping ideally entails and may or may not live lives in which it's their responsibility, or their priority.

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Nancy Pearl
3:08 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Children's Books: Poem Depot And Thomas Jefferson

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Steve Scher talks with librarian Nancy Pearl about her latest book recommendations for children. She says she admires everything by Maira Kalman, including her new book, “Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything.”

If you're a fan of poems by Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky, Pearl heartily recommends "Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles" by Douglas Florian.

Author Interview
12:51 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Elizabeth Gilbert Returns To Her Fiction Roots

Elizabeth Gilbert's historical fiction "The Signature of All Things."

Marcie Sillman sits down with author Elizabeth Gilbert, whose memoir "Eat, Pray, Love" was turned into a movie, about her return to fiction in "The Signature of All Things."

This interview originally aired on November 8, 2013.

Interpreting Race
3:44 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Understanding Multiracial Asian Americans In Pop Culture

Leilani Nishime's book "Undercover Asian."

Steve Scher talks with University of Washington professor Leilani Nishime about her book, "Undercover Asian: Multiracial Asian Americans in Visual Culture," and about how media portray the demographic.

Author Interview
3:41 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Why It's OK To Fail Well And Fail Often

Megan McArdle's book, "The Up Side of Down."

Steve Scher talks with Megan McArdle about why she thinks it's OK to fail as long as you learn from the experience. She also discusses what she learned about human failure while writing her book, "The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success."

Book Interview
4:17 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

'The Office' Star On Comedy: ‘I Desperately Wanted To Be Cool’

B.J. Novak (left) stopped by the KUOW studios to speak with Ross Reynolds on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds sits down with actor, stand-up comedian and screenwriter B.J. Novak. The 34-year-old Harvard grad, known for his role in the TV show "The Office," has also appeared in movies like Quentin Tarantino’s "Inglourious Basterds" and most recently, "Saving Mr. Banks." Now Novak has published a volume of short stories, short paragraphs and some jokes in his new book, “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories."

Author Interview
3:19 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Roddy Doyle Revists His First Book After 27 Years

Roddy Doyle's book "The Guts."

Steve Scher talks with author Roddy Doyle about why he chose to revisit the fictional character, Jimmy Rabbitte, nearly 30 years later. His new book is, "The Guts."

Revolutionary War
6:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

David McCullough On Constructing '1776'

David McCullough's book "1776."

Steve Scher talks with acclaimed historian David McCullough about his new book, "1776." To construct the story on the Revolutionary War, McCullough used an array of source materials, including hundreds of letters written by George Washington and the diaries of 70 different participants in the war.

This interview originally aired on June 16, 2005.

American History
6:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Inside The Presidents Club With Nancy Gibbs And Michael Duffy

Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy's book "The Presidents Club."

Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover were from opposing parties, but they became friends when Truman took office after Franklin Roosevelt's death and needed some advice. This was the start of the 'presidents club,' a shadow organization that began as a joke. These private relationships — and rivalries — among the most powerful men in the country are documented in Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy's book "The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity."

Gibbs and Duffy trace the evolution of the presidents club from the end of World War II to Barack Obama. They spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on May 11, 2012.

This interview originally aired on September 6, 2012.

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