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Author Interview
10:31 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Actress Annabelle Gurwitch On Aging And Turning 50

Credit Annabelle Gurwitch's book, "I See You Made an Effort."

Marcie Sillman talks with author and actress Annabelle Gurwitch about aging in Hollywood and the tribulations of life at the edge of 50.

Good Reads
2:40 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Nancy Pearl: 'Understories' And 'The Land Of Steady Habits'

Credit Tim Horvath's book, "Understories," and Ted Thompson's book, "The Land of Steady Habits."

Steve Scher sits down with librarian Nancy Pearl to talk about two books.

Pearl says Tim Horvath's collection of short stories, "Understories," showcases a good example of elastic realism. The stories are rooted in reality but stretched into unexpected and odd places.

Ted Thompson's book, "The Land of Steady Habits," is a character-driven novel with exciting writing around the theme of living with and escaping from your past.

U.S. Supreme Court
9:14 am
Thu March 27, 2014

‘My Beloved World’ By Sonia Sotomayor

Sonya Sotomayor's book, "My Beloved World."

Sonia Sotomayor is the 111th justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. She’s also its first Hispanic and third female justice. In her memoir, “My Beloved World,” Sotomayor details her childhood struggle with diabetes, her family life and her drive to become a lawyer.

Sotomayor spoke at Town Hall on March 10, 2014. The talk was moderated by Eric Liu.

Book Interview
3:47 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Teju Cole On Being A Perpetual Insider And Outsider

Teju Cole's book, "Every Day Is For The Thief."

Steve Scher talks with fiction writer Teju Cole about his new book, "Every Day Is for the Thief." Cole will be at the Elliot Bay Bookstore tonight at 7 p.m.

Books
3:02 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

In Karen Russell's World, Sleep Is For The Lucky Few

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Atavist Books

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:14 am

Getting much sleep lately? The citizens of Karen Russell's dystopian novella, Sleep Donation, haven't been getting any. It's the near future, and America has been suffering from an insomnia crisis where hundreds of thousands of cases are terminal. And so an agency called Slumber Corps has been established to battle the problem.

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Thinning Of Middle Class
12:30 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

US Will Return To Historic Levels Of Inequality Says One Economist

Tyler Cowen's book "Average is Over."

Here in the Puget Sound region and across the country, the economy is making slow and steady progress in recovering from the Great Recession of 2008. But moving forward, many questions still remain. A crucial one involves the growing inequality gap. Economist Tyler Cowen says the U.S. will return to historic levels of inequality and in turn, we'll see a thinning out of the middle class.

His latest book is called “Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond The Age Of The Great Stagnation.” Cowen talked with Marcie Sillman.

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Controversial Literature
12:24 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Salman Rushdie And The Heroism Of Ordinary People

Salman Rushdie's new memoir, "Joseph Anton."

It was Valentine’s Day 1989 when Salman Rushdie got a call from a BBC reporter. She asked him how it felt to be sentenced to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini. He thought, “I’m a dead man.”

Starting at the age of 41, Rushdie spent almost 10 years living under the threat of murder because of a book he’d written, "The Satanic Verses."

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American Music
2:19 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

A Man Apart: Terry Teachout On Jazz Giant Duke Ellington

Terry Teachout's book "Duke."

Ross Reynolds talks with Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout about his book, "Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington."

Ellington is regarded as perhaps the greatest jazz composer of the 20th century. The conductor Andre Previn once compared him to Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev.

This interview originally aired on October 16, 2013.

Author Interview
9:31 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Catching Up With Writer George Saunders

Author George Saunders.
Flickr Photo/Jeremy Sternberg (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with acclaimed author George Saunders about his life, work and how he hope to follow the success of his last short story collection, "Tenth of December."

Hidden Treasures
3:30 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Nancy Pearl: Wandering The Aisles Of A Secondhand Bookstore

Flickr Photo/Kyle Mahan (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher and Nancy Pearl look for the treasures that can only be found at used bookstores. They visit Magus Books in the University District in Seattle.

Neuroscience
11:39 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Exploring The Science Of Humor

Credit Scott Weems' book, "Ha!"

Marcie Sillman talks with neuroscientist Scott Weems about his new book, "Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why."

Philosophy
11:34 am
Fri March 21, 2014

How Plato's Ancient Greece Is Similar To Today's Modern World

Rebecca Newberger's book, "Plato at the Googleplex."

Ross Reynolds talks to philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein about her book, “Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away." She writes about what would happen if the Greek philosopher Plato came back to Earth in 2014 and went on a book tour.

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Author Interview
4:02 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Astoria: Product Of West Coast Empire Exploration

Peter Stark's book, "Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire."

David Hyde talks to author Peter Stark about his new book, "Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire."

Author Interview
3:15 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

How Private Funding For Science Is A Dangerous Trend

Philip Mirowski's book, "Science Mart."

David Hyde talks with Philip Mirowski, author of "Science Mart: Privatizing American Science," about why he thinks the move to privately funded science is undermining the quality of the research.

"The types of science that are being done are changing, and the way in which science is being done is changing," Mirowski said. "In fact, the quality of some of the science is being affected by it too."

Java History
3:08 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

How Coffee Sobered Up The Modern World

Mark Pendergrast's book, "Uncommon Grounds."

Ross Reynolds talks with Mark Pendergrast, author of "Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World," about early coffee houses and why some leaders wanted to ban the popular caffeinated drink.

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