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Presidential Election
9:36 am
Thu March 13, 2014

‘Game Change 2012’ With John Heilemann And Mark Halperin

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's book "Double Down."

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin are the authors of "Game Change," the best-selling story of the 2008 presidential election that was turned into an HBO movie.

In their new book, “Double Down: Game Change 2012," they apply their political knowledge to the 2012 presidential race. They go beyond the headlines to offer an account of a hard-fought campaign on both sides.

They spoke at the First Presbyterian Church on November 12, 2013, in an event sponsored by Town Hall.

EarthFix Reports
9:06 am
Thu March 13, 2014

EarthFix Conversation: Using Environmental Law To Combat Climate Change

Mary Wood is the founder of the University of Oregon's Environment and Natural Resources Law Program.
Credit Courtesy of University of Oregon

Can environmental laws protect the planet from climate change? They haven't so far, according to University of Oregon law professor Mary Wood. But she says one day they could.

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Books
8:45 am
Thu March 13, 2014

The Truth Is, Philosophy Rules Your World

A 2012 installation in the small Italian village of Corigliano d'Otranto celebrates the philosophies of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle and their search for a better way of life.
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Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 7:28 am

If philosophy's main goal is to figure out what makes life worth living, it is also, by extension, a preparation for dying. Plato knew this and took it to heart. And now we can listen to him again, and learn something useful. The man who gave us philosophy as we know it is back, walking among us, going to TV talk shows, visiting Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., having his brain examined by a naïve reductionist neuroscientist, engaging with our current struggles.

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Coincidence
4:14 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Probability Professor Explains How Miracles Happen

David J. Hand's book, "The Improbability Principle."

Steve Scher explores the probabilities of seemingly improbable events with mathematician David J. Hand. The mathematics professor in London has written, “The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, And Rare Events Happen Every Day.”

Comedic Advice
11:42 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Dave Barry On Parenting: 'We Need To Find A Cure For Puberty'

Comedian Dave Barry has written a new book about raising his daughters.
AP Photo/Mitchell Zachs

Steve Scher talks with humorist Dave Barry about his new book, "You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry On Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About."

Gender Equality
8:53 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Not Enough Hours In The Day? We All Feel A Little 'Overwhelmed'

Milos Luzanin iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 7:50 am

Sometimes there just isn't enough time to get it all done. Washington Post journalist Brigid Schulte has certainly felt that way. "I was working all the time and yet never very good at what I was doing," she tells NPR's David Greene. " ... I felt all this pressure that I was a working mom and so I was always so guilty, and I didn't want to ruin their childhood. So I was up at 2 in the morning to bake cupcakes for the Valentine's party."

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Book Interview
4:06 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Newsgathering: What's The Best Way Of Being Aware

Alain de Botton's book "The News."

Marcie Sillman talks with Alain de Botton about his latest book on modern philosophy and life, "The News: A User's Manual."

Bargain From The Bazaar
2:26 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Why Haroon Ullah Is Optmistic About Pakistan's Future

Haroon Ullah visits the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Steve Scher talks with U.S. diplomat and Seattle native Haroon Ullah about his book “The Bargain from the Bazaar: A Family’s Day of Reckoning in Lahore."

Author Interviews
9:29 am
Mon March 10, 2014

'Boy, Snow, Bird' Takes A Closer Look Into The Fairy Tale Mirror

Helen Oyeyemi's previous books include Mr. Fox and The Icarus Girl.
Piotr Cieplak Penguin Group

Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 4:00 pm

Boy, Snow, Bird reimagines the traditional Snow White fairy tale. Helen Oyeyemi's new novel explores beauty, envy and identity in New England in the 1950s — race and skin color shape the characters' experiences.

The wicked stepmother in this story is named Boy; the fair beauty is Snow. The birth of Snow's half-sister, Bird, reveals a long-buried family secret. Throughout the book, characters are haunted by a sense that things are not as they appear in their relationships and in the outside world.

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Author Interview
3:28 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Henry Winkler’s New Book Series Aims To Help Kids With Dyslexia

Actor Henry Winkler.
Credit Flickr Photo/Elvis Kennedy (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with actor and comedian Henry Winkler and author Lin Oliver about writing children books. The two have released the latest book in the “Here’s Hank” series.

This time, the words are printed using a font that makes it easier for children with dyslexia to read.

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Good Reads
3:26 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Nancy Pearl Introduces New Books On The Shelf

Flickr Photo/Horia Varlan (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher and librarian Nancy Pearl explore some of the recently published books at Seattle Public Library's Northeast Branch.

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Book News
8:50 am
Fri March 7, 2014

The Professionally Haunted Life Of Helen Oyeyemi

Svetlana Alyuk iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 4:03 am

Being haunted seems like it might be an occupational hazard for Helen Oyeyemi. Her books are re-worked fairy tales, the gruesome kind, with beheadings and wicked stepmothers and ghosts and death, death, and more death (though, once dead, her characters don't always stay that way).

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Climate Change
4:26 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

How Humans Are Contributing To The Sixth Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert's book "The Sixth Extinction."

Steve Scher talks with New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert about her book "The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History."

Nutty History
3:22 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Peanuts: From Hog Food To Gourmet Spread

Jon Krampner's book "Creamy and Crunchy."

Steve Scher talks with Jon Krampner, author of "Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food," about how peanuts went from hog food to the organic peanut butter that we spend $8 on today.

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Books News & Features
10:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Re-Released Recordings Reveal Literary Titans In Their Youth

James Baldwin, shown here in 1964, was the first in a series of authors Harry and Lynne Sharon Schwartz recorded.
Jenkins Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 10:19 am

You can listen to plenty of actors performing the works of William Shakespeare. But imagine if you could hear the voice of the young playwright himself — or the older one, for that matter — reading his own writing aloud.

Well, we can't take you back that far. But in the early 1960s, when recorded readings by authors were rare, a young couple in Boston decided to be literary audio pioneers.

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