Patent Trolls Explained This week President Obama proposed a series of reforms to crack down on “patent trolls.” One proposal would require patent holders to disclose their ties to other companies. We talk with professor Sean O’Connor of the University of Washington School of Law about whether or not patent trolls can be tamed by Congress.
New Science Meets Our Favorite Dinosaurs The creatures that have run, soared, slithered, paddled, pulsed and gyrated across water, sea and sky captivate our imaginations. Continuing research brings new theories, new data and new fossils to study. Brian Sweetek writes about our evolving understanding in “My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs.”
Radio Retrospective: Who Played It Better? Shows like “The Shadow” and “The Lone Ranger” had decade long runs during radio’s Golden Age. If an actor playing the title role resigned, executives hired someone new to play the part. Who played it better? We attempt to answer that question by listening to different actors playing the same role.
Recommended Eating Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!
What’s The Fate Of The M’s Leadership? Five years ago, Seattle Mariners’ General Manager Jack Zduriencik was hired to completely revamp a struggling franchise. Half a decade on, progress has been hard to find. The team is sitting near the bottom of their division. They’ve scored the second fewest runs in the American League. And their core of young hitters has been a huge disappointment. Weekday discusses the future of the Mariners with help from Larry Stone, who covers major league baseball for The Seattle Times.
Khaled Hosseini: "And The Mountains Echoed" In 2003, Afghan-born author Khaled Hosseini set the literary world ablaze with his best-selling novel “The Kite Runner.” Along with his 2007 follow-up “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” Hosseini has sold more than 38 million books around the world. His latest novel, “And The Mountains Echoed,” which spans six decades and several continents, tells the story of an Afghan family torn apart by time and distance. Told from the perspective of many characters, the sprawling narrative delves deep into what it means to be bonded by family.
This Week In Olympia The state legislature begins week four of the special session today. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a look at what to expect.
An Interview With Actor Kyle MacLachlan “Who Killed Laura Palmer?” You may remember that phrase from the 1990 TV show "Twin Peaks" – which was set and filmed here in the Northwest. The short-lived series was a cultural phenomenon during its two year run – due in part to eccentric FBI agent Dale Cooper, played memorably by Yakima-native Kyle MacLachlan. In the 1980s, MacLachlan began his career starring in the David Lynch films "Dune" and "Blue Velvet." His other credits include "The Doors," "Showgirls," "Sex and the City" and "Desperate Housewives." More recently, he’s portrayed the mayor of Portland, in the sketch comedy series "Portlandia."
"The Boys In The Boat" Author Daniel James Brown In 1936, as the US was starting to recover from the Great Depression, a group of University of Washington students won the right to represent the country at the Berlin Olympic Games. The story of how the Husky varsity crew team beat the competition and took home a gold medal has become legend in rowing circles. Writer Daniel James Brown looks behind the news event to the story of how this group of young men came together as a unified crew.
Dance Of The Planets If you’ve looked up to the night sky lately you might have noticed the three brightest planets in our solar system, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury, orbiting close to each other. If not, this might be your last chance for a while to see “The Dance of Planets.” UW astronomy lecturer Toby Smith explains to us why the rotation of planets is significant and what other astronomical phenomenon we can watch for this year.
Art Of Our City SuperFly Film making at the Seattle International Film Festival is a program that pairs up adult mentors with school-aged aspiring filmmakers. Many local filmmakers say the program helped launch their careers. This year’s crop of young filmmakers will screen their work on Saturday evening. Find out how 12-year-old Solomon and his mentor BC Campbell worked together.
The Mission Is Never Over Ten years ago on May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush declared major combat over in Iraq. That wasn’t accurate and according to Captain Ed Hrivnak, retired Air Force Flight Nurse, the announcement had a deep seated psychological impact on the troops serving. Hrivnak has written "Wounded," a book based on the journal he kept while caring for wounded servicemen at the start of the invasion of Iraq.
Fellow crewman Greg Spooner rests briefly about two weeks into the journey.
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Jordan Hanssen celebrates his birthday on August 4, 2006. His fellow crewmembers managed to create a card in secret, no small feat considering the close quarters. They also saved him an extra ration of dessert to accompany his birthday flare.
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Jordan Hanssen cleans the underside of the boat in a dry suit midtrip.
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The crew leave New York harbor, racing from the onset.
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In New York harbor, the crew use an anchored ship as a wind break.
University of Puget Sound graduate Jordan Hanssen and three other men attempted to row a boat 3,569 miles across the Atlantic from Senegal to Miami. The journey would have set a Guinness World Record for the longest unassisted, human-powered row — had they made it. But the boat capsized, and the rowers were rescued by the Coast Guard. Ross Reynolds interviews Hanssen about the adventure.
Pepto-Bismol pink is a color sometimes used in prisons to calm inmates. People with names that start with K are more likely to donate to victims of Hurricane Katrina than Hurricane Rita. Professional cyclists pedal faster when people are watching.
A variety of external factors influence our thoughts, feelings, and decisions, says Adam Alter, a professor of psychology at NYU and the author of “Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave.”
He spoke about the degree to which our environment shapes who we are at Seattle’s Town Hall on April 2, 2013.
Boy Scouts of America Vote On Gay Scouts Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America are gathered in Texas for a historic vote to decide whether gay youth can participate in the Scouts. Former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna is an Eagle Scout and executive vice president of the Chief Seattle Council of the BSA. He joins us from Dallas.
Nancy Pearl Recommends Summer Books What should you be reading on airplanes, road trips, while lounging on the beach or unwinding during those long summer evenings? Nancy Pearl has a few recommendations to keep your mind and spirit entertained during the summer months.
Home Repair Advice With Roger Faris How’s your home holding up? Maybe you have some projects you have been meaning to get to. Get help this morning from home repair expert Roger Faris who will be on hand to take your calls at 206.543.5869 around 9:30 a.m. You can also email your questions right now to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senate Immigration Bill Moves Forward University of Washington professor Matt Barreto joins us to discuss the immigration bill that is moving through the Senate. The amended bill cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee with a bipartisan 13-5 vote and now moves to the Senate floor for a vote.
Planning Meals Vs. Takeout American families throw away a lot of food; about $2,275 worth every year according to a study by the Natural Resource Defense Council. Using shopping lists and planning a week’s worth of meals in advance can cut down on waste, but that requires a new way of thinking. Melissa Lanz joins us with ideas on how to shift our thinking and eating patterns.
Author Nathaniel Philbrick On "Bunker Hill" Nathaniel Philbrick’s award-winning books reveal forgotten moments and characters in American history. His latest effort “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution” looks at the tension-filled city of Boston in the months leading up to the American Revolution. Philbrick’s portrait of the city reveals deep divisions over the issue of independence from Britain. He recounts the little-known story of Dr. Joseph Warren, a young physician whose passion for independence fueled the Patriot cause and led to Warren’s much-lamented death in the Battle of Bunker Hill. KUOW’s Dave Beck speaks with Nathaniel Philbrick.
City Considers More Permanent Home for Nickelsville For two years, the temporary homeless camp that goes by Nickelsville has been parked in a vacant Southwest Seattle lot among the warehouses and shipping yards off West Marginal Way. This week city officials are taking up legislation that would allow Nickelsville to have a more permanent home. We talk with City Councilmember Nick Licata.
Worth Listening To: A Music Recommendation Are you stuck in a music listening rut? We are surrounded by new music and innovative artists. Branch out! New music recommendations every Tuesday at 9:20 a.m. This time Seattle Weekly classical music writer Gavin Borchert recommends pianist Simone Dinnerstein and roots vocalist Tift Merritt.
Walter Mosley's "Little Green" It’s been more than 20 years since Walter Mosley introduced readers to L.A. detective Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins in his 1990 mystery “Devil in a Blue Dress.” In "Little Green" the iconic private eye Easy Rawlins returns to investigate L.A.'s Sunset Strip circa 1960. A writer of stories of redemption, Mosley describes this latest work as his "one and only novel of resurrection."
The Weather and Hike of the Week What happened to our sunshine? Michael Fagin will give us a forecast and a hike to match it.
She wanted their daughter to get a nice Catholic education. He wanted to send her to learn about Scientology on a cruise ship. Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise are a very public example of interfaith marriage, but they represent some trends Naomi Schaefer Riley discusses in her new book, “’Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America.”
Most notably, 45 percent of marriages in the United States are between people of different religions — and these unions can often lead to unhappiness. By conducting interviews with married (and divorced) couples, Riley explores why interfaith couples tend to be less happy than others and why certain combinations are more likely to lead to failed marriages. She spoke at Seattle’s Town Hall on April 10, 2013.
When Monica Wesolowska’s newborn child wouldn’t stop crying, he was taken in for observation. Soon Wesolowska and her husband had to make a tough decision about their son’s life. She shares her experiences and insight with David Hyde.
In the decades leading up to the civil war, white Americans uncomfortable with the rising numbers of free blacks came up with a plan. Get rid of them. Specifically, convince them to resettle in Liberia. It was America's original "self-deportation" scheme. But things didn't go exactly according to plan.