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History
8:00 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Thomas Jefferson: Success, Power And Vision

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale.
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Jon Meacham's new biography of Thomas Jefferson paints the founding father as the most successful political leader of early America, and possibly all of US history. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" discusses Jefferson's passion for his nation in the country's fledgling years and reviews the man's genius and his faults.

Meacham spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on November 28, 2012.

Books
10:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Douglas Smith On The Final Days Of The Russian Aristocracy

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In 1917, the glittering elite of Tzarist Russia were crushed, practically overnight, by the Communist revolution. What happened to the nearly two million people who lived at the top of Russian society? Douglas Smith, awarding-winning historian and author, joins us to talk about "Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy."

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Author Interview
12:02 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Nassim Nicholas Taleb On "Antifragile"

Cover of 'Antifragile' by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

How do we deal with uncertainty and chaos? Ross Reynolds sits down with Nassim Nicholas Taleb and explores the concept of "Antifragile" and what can be gained from disorder. 

Books
9:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Naomi Wolf On Sexuality And Creativity

Author Naomi Wolf.
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Naomi Wolf, author of "The Beauty Myth," has written a cultural and scientific history of the intersection of sexuality and creativity. She joins us to talk about "Vagina: A New Biography."

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Books
1:38 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Nancy Pearl's 10 Favorite Books Of 2012

The Nancy Pearl action figure.
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So many good books, so little time. If you're searching for a book that would make a perfect holiday gift or just looking for your next great read, here are Nancy Pearl's favorite books of 2012.

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Books
10:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Nancy Pearl's Favorite Books Of 2012

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Book commentator extraordinaire Nancy Pearl joins us with her picks for the best books of the year. Grab a pen, jot these titles down and save yourself the time of looking for your next great read. Need a recommendation for a holiday gift book? Call us at 206.543.5869 with a genre and Nancy will send you in the right direction.

Nancy Pearl's list of her favorite books from 2012.

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Author Interview
12:00 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Seattle Writer Domingo Martinez On Coming Of Age In A Texas Border Town

Seattle writer Domingo Martinez is the author of "The Boy Kings Of Texas," which was recently nominated for the National Book Award.  It’s about the cultural tensions he experienced growing up in the border town of Brownsville.  

KUOW's David Hyde talks to Martinez about growing up in a border town, his family, why he moved to Seattle, and why he stayed. 

Psychology
12:00 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Your Surgeon May Be A Psychopath (But Don’t Worry)

The psychopath Hannibal Lecter in the movie "Silence of the Lambs" is ruthless.  But he’s also charming, persuasive and highly intelligent.  Cambridge psychology professor Kevin Dutton says when psychopaths don’t turn violent they can become very successful as CEOs, surgeons, or in other professions. His latest book is "The Wisdom Of Psychopaths."

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Family
10:18 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Andrew Solomon On Parents, Children And Differing Identities

“The apple never falls far from the tree,” the saying goes. But what happens when it does? Our guest today tells the stories of children whose identities are very different from their parents, such as dwarfs who are born to parents of average stature.  How do parents and children navigate these differences?  And what do these children have in common?

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Books
9:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Help, Thanks, Wow: Anne Lamott On Three Essential Prayers

Writer Anne Lamott.
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Prayer takes many forms. Some are ritual, others informal. For generations, religious parishioners have wondered if there is a right way to pray. Writer Anne Lamott ("Some Assembly Required," "Plan B," "Traveling Mercies") believes that prayer comes in three essential types: help, thanks and wow. She joins us to talk about how these simple prayers guide her life.

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Health Care
11:09 am
Thu November 15, 2012

“Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You And How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care”

Does the business of medicine need more accountability? Dr. Marty Makary thinks so and discusses what needs to happen with Ross Reynolds.

Books
9:21 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Nancy Pearl's Sci-Fi Picks

Nancy Pearl
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Librarian Nancy Pearl gives Weekday listeners her recommendations for science-fiction titles (and a few fantasy novels, too). Here are Nancy's picks:

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Books
10:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Nancy Pearl Recommends Science Fiction

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Science fiction is literature that asks “what if?” What if time travel was possible? What if robots took over? What if climate change made Earth uninhabitable? Nancy Pearl joins us with recommendations for science-fiction titles (including  “Angelmaker” by Nick Harkaway) and a conversation about the genre. What sci-fi are you reading? Share your picks with us at 206.543.5869 or weekday@kuow.org.

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Books
9:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

A Mother And Son's Love Of Reading, And Each Other

Journalist Will Schwalbe worked for years in publishing, most recently as vice president and editor-in-chief of Hyperion Books. When his mother Mary Anne was diagnosed with terminal cancer, their relationship turned not to her illness, but their shared love of reading. His new book documents their conversations, the difficulty of sometimes not knowing what to say, and the power of reading to shape us. Will Schwalbe joins us to talk about "The End of Your Life Book Club."

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Books
11:30 am
Fri October 26, 2012

From The White House To Seattle University: Former Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan waves as he leaves the podium, Friday, May 5, 2006, after finishing his last briefing at the White House.
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Scott McClellan was the White House Press Secretary from July 2003 to April 2006, the longest serving press secretary under George W. Bush. He left that post, disillusioned and frustrated, and went on to write a book about his experience. It’s called “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception.”

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