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Author Interview
2:02 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Brian Lamb On The Future Of C-Span

Credit Brian Lamb's book "Sundays at Eight"

David Hyde talks to Brian Lamb about his new book "Sundays At Eight: 25 Years Of Stories From C-Span" and the future of the television network.

Good Reads
8:14 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Nancy Pearl Recommends Armchair Travel Books

Your surroundings disappear as you take off to new destinations through a great book.
Flickr Photo/Joe Thorn (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman gets book hugger Nancy Pearl's recommendations for a good book to take you to an exotic location from the comfort of your favorite reading chair.

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Author Interviews
11:32 am
Tue June 3, 2014

'The Director' Offers A Glimpse Into The Digital Underground

David Ignatius is a columnist for the Washington Post who has covered both the CIA and the Middle East. The Director is his ninth book.
W.W. Norton

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 8:09 am

A year ago this week, The Guardian and The Washington Post first published stories that came out of revelations from NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

The leaks brought new focus onto U.S. intelligence agencies themselves — and how they keep their secrets safe. The same themes come up in a new spy thriller from author and veteran Post columnist David Ignatius.

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Book Recommendations
11:30 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Summer Reads Don't Have To Be Disposable!

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 11:55 am

As you start packing books (or your e-reader) for summer vacation, do you go for trashy novels? Here & Now literary critic Steve Almond says you don’t have to. Some of his favorite summer reads have great plots and great writing. He shares some of his favorites with host Robin Young.

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Financial Crisis
9:54 am
Fri May 30, 2014

'Stress Test': Before, During And After The Panic Of 2008

Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner and President Barack Obama at the G20 London Summit, 2 April 2009.
Flickr Photo/Downing Street (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The financial crisis of 2008 is widely referred to as the worst fiscal disaster since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It threatened large financial institutions with collapse and resulted in bank bailouts and downturns in stock and housing markets around the world.

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Minimum Wage
3:16 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Wants Americans To Have A 'Fighting Chance'

Credit Elizabeth Warren's book "A Fighting Chance."

Steve Scher talks to Senator Elizabeth Warren about her new book "A Fighting Chance," the rise of the minimum wage and the banking industry.

In Memorium
4:09 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Local Artists Remember Maya Angelou's Impact On Their Lives, Work

Maya Angelou answers questions at her portrait unveiling at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery on April 5, 2014.
Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery

Marcie Sillman talks to Colleen McElroy and Jen Marlowe about the legacy and impact of Dr. Maya Angelou on their lives.

McElroy is a writer and lecturer emeritus at the University of Washington. Marlowe is a Seattle writer and activist.

Author Interview
4:08 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Bainbridge Author's 'Problems With People'

Credit David Guterson's book "Problems with People."

Ross Reynolds speaks with Bainbridge Island author David Guterson about his new collection of short stories "Problems with People," and the 2013 commencement speech Guterson gave at his alma mater, Roosevelt High School,  which drew boos from some in the audience.

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Author Interview
4:10 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Author Julia Glass Strives To Be A Good Ancestor

Marcie Sillman talks with award-winning author Julia Glass about her life as an artist, her hopes for the future and the characters she just can't seem to quit.

Author Interview
3:33 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Ruth Reichl's Path From Food Magazine To Food Fiction

Credit Ruth Reichl's book "Delicious!"

Marcie Sillman talks with author and former Gourmet Magazine editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl about her new foray into fiction.

Good Reads
3:29 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Nancy Pearl's Book Picks For Different Life Journeys

Credit Andrew Solomon's book "Far from the Tree."

Steve Scher interviews everyone's favorite librarian, Nancy Pearl, about Andrew Solomon's “Far From The Tree: Parents Children and The Search For Identity.” She calls it an important book about parents who have to learn to accept their different, difficult and sometimes very troubled children.

For a journey of a different kind, she also recommends the graphic novel “Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey,” by Nick Bertozzi.

Creative Problem Solving
4:12 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Thinking Like A Freak, Economically Speaking

Steven D. Levitt (left), Arwen Nicks and Stephen J. Dubner in the KUOW studios.
Credit KUOW Photo

Arwen Nicks talks with best selling authors Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner about their most recent book, "Think Like A Freak."

Author Interview
10:18 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Nomi Prins On The History Of Wall Street And The White House

Credit Nomi Prins' new book, "All the Presidents' Bankers"

In Nomi Prins' new book "All the Presidents' Bankers," she delves into over a century of close ties between the White House and Wall Street. Using archival correspondence, she explores the ways a small group of influential people, elected and not, has shaped American policy at home and abroad. The book details economic expansion, contraction and crises from the panic of 1907 to today, in the context of what Prins calls America’s genealogy of power.

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Book Reviews
9:46 am
Thu May 22, 2014

'Girl In The Road' Is A Dizzying Journey

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 4:03 am

Can you write about the future these days without it being apocalyptic? It's not clear whether Monica Byrne was trying to answer that question in her debut novel, The Girl in the Road — but she does it anyway. Taking place near the end of the 21st century in India and Africa — as well as on a high-tech bridge that spans the Indian Ocean between the two — the book isn't short on misery, tragedy or violence. It certainly isn't optimistic. At the same time, it gracefully dodges the apocalypse-mongering that's become all but de rigueur in near-future science fiction.

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Books
9:46 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Full Of Warmth And Wisdom, 'Vacationers' Is A Frothy Beach Read

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Riverhead Books

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 4:03 am

Meet the Posts — no relation to Emily and her rules of etiquette. The stressed family of New Yorkers in Emma Straub's breezy summer read, The Vacationers, are the kind of people who pack their troubles on top, for easiest access, when they head off on a trip together.

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