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American History
6:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Inside The Presidents Club With Nancy Gibbs And Michael Duffy

Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy's book "The Presidents Club."

Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover were from opposing parties, but they became friends when Truman took office after Franklin Roosevelt's death and needed some advice. This was the start of the 'presidents club,' a shadow organization that began as a joke. These private relationships — and rivalries — among the most powerful men in the country are documented in Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy's book "The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity."

Gibbs and Duffy trace the evolution of the presidents club from the end of World War II to Barack Obama. They spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on May 11, 2012.

This interview originally aired on September 6, 2012.

Relationships
3:56 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Modern Love: Misconceptions Of Soul Mates

Daniel Jones' book, "Love Illuminated."

Marcie Sillman talks with Daniel Jones, editor of The New York Times' "Modern Love" column, about his new book, "Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject (With The Help Of 50,000 Strangers)," and what he's learned about love from other people's stories.

Author Interview
3:02 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Aggrieved Entitlement: New Era For American Masculinity

Michael Kimmel's book, "Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era"

Ross Reynolds talks with Michael Kimmel, a professor of sociology and gender studies at Stony Brook University in New York, about his new book, "Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era." Kimmel says white men have a reason to be angry, but it's often not the reason they think it its.

Nancy Pearl
1:39 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Joys And Dangers Of Re-Reading Old Favorites

Revisiting books years after the first read can be an interesting experience.
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Steve Scher talks with librarian Nancy Pearl about the joys and dangers of re-reading favorite books. Pearl said revisiting a book years after the first read will sometimes force herself to ask, "What did I see in this?” But other times, she is glad to be reunited with an old friend.

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History
2:45 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Operation Paperclip: How US Recruited Nazi Scientists

Annie Jacobsen's book, "Operation Paperclip."

David Hyde talks with journalist and author Annie Jacobsen's latest book "Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America." The book is the account of more than a dozen German scientists recruited by the U.S. government after WWII.

Washington History
10:47 am
Thu February 13, 2014

‘The Boy Who Shot The Sheriff’ With Nancy Bartley

Nancy Bartley's book "The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff."

In 1931, Asotin County Sheriff John Wormell was shot and killed by a 12-year-old boy. Herbert Niccolls, Jr., was almost hung by a lynch mob before he was sentenced to life in prison.

Journalist Nancy Bartley is the author of “The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff: The Redemption of Herbert Niccolls, Jr.” The book reveals Niccolls’ troubled past and early Washington state history. She spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on January 7.

Poet Interview
1:29 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Billy Collins: 'Poetry Has Been Tweeting For Centuries'

Poet Billy Collins with KUOW's Marcie Sillman.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Marcie Sillman sits down with "America's most popular poet" Billy Collins about his new book "Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems." And, he treats us with a reading of one of his new pieces.

This interview originally aired on November 4, 2013.

Book Reviews
9:59 am
Tue February 11, 2014

'One More Thing' Has A Few Too Many Things, But It's Still Funny

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Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 8:25 am

How entertaining is B.J. Novak? With One More Thing, the standup comic, scriptwriter and actor (best known for his work on The Office), takes his talents to the page in 64 fresh, short, offbeat and often hilarious stories, many of which involve updating classics for satirical effect — whether with a rematch between the tortoise and the hare, or by replacing detective Encyclopedia Brown from children's literature with Wikipedia Brown, who is hopelessly distracted by tangential subjects.

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Technology
3:43 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

How Good Ideas Spread: A New Social Science Based On Big Data

Alex “Sandy” Pentland's book "Social Physics."

David Hyde talks with Alex “Sandy” Pentland, a professor and data scientist at MIT, about his new book "Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread — The Lessons From A New Science."

Good Reads
11:34 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Nancy Pearl Goes Undercover

Librarian Nancy Pearl shares her latest book recommendations.
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Steve Scher talks with librarian Nancy Pearl about her latest book recommendations.

"Berlin Game" is a Cold War spy novel by Len Deighton. It is the first of a worthwhile trilogy rounded out by "Mexico Set" and "London Match."

A new book, "Dominion" by C.J. Sansom, portrays an alternate history where Great Britain didn't fight Germany and now is run by the Nazi Party.

She also suggests Sansom's Matthew Shardlake series, which is set in the time of Henry VIII.

Technology & Business
8:03 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Online Reputation As Currency With Joshua Klein

Joshua Klein's book "Reputation Economic."

In today’s world: Avis discounts car rentals based on its Twitter followers; Carnival Cruise Lines offers upgrades based on Klout scores; Amazon is this-close to pricing goods based on a customer’s online reputation.

Online reputation is replacing currency, technology Joshua Klein argues. How will this affect our future interactions with each other and with businesses? Klein is the author of “Reputation Economics: Why Who You Know is Worth More Than What You Have.” He spoke at Town Hall on January 9.

Author Interview
3:51 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

How To Compete Like A Winner

Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman's book "Top Dog."

Ross Reynolds sits down with Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman to talk about competition and their book, "Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing."

This interview originally aired on March 5, 2013.

Author Interview
2:59 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Inside The Real American War In Vietnam

Nick Turse's book "Kill Anything That Moves."

Steve Scher talks with author Nick Turse about his book "Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam." It is about a detailed account of the widespread sanctioned killings that took place during the Vietnam War.

Seattle Hosts American Booksellers Association
7:31 am
Thu February 6, 2014

What Are Indie Booksellers Like At Parties?

Stacks of books on a store table.
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Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 6:36 am

Martha Woodroof has been writing about the First Novel Experience. For this post, she reports on her travels to the American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute in January.

The American Booksellers Association Winter Institute was billed as providing independent booksellers with a chance to get together "...in vibrant Seattle for three-plus days of networking, special events, and professional development."

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Book Ban
8:32 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Oregon School District Considers Ban On Sherman Alexie Novel

File photo of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." An Oregon school district is considering whether to pull the book.
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Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 4:05 pm

A school district in Sweet Home, Ore., is considering whether to pull a book by Northwest author Sherman Alexie from junior high classrooms.

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