This Week In Olympia The special session of the Washington state legislature kicks off next week. Everett Herald columnist Jerry Cornfield tells us what sticking points remain as legislators prepare to get back to business.
Nancy Pearl On Memoirs
The Seattle Public Library picked a memoir for their city-wide reading program this year. What makes a good memoir? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the genre? Book commentator Nancy Pearl, muses about memoirs and takes your calls at 800.289.5869. You can also write to us at email@example.com.
Seattle Reads: Gregory Martin What would you do if you found out that your 65-year-old father had attempted suicide? Or that he’d been sexually abused by his own father? Or that he’d been a closeted gay man throughout 39 years of marriage? Gregory Martin learned all this one evening, and it changed his relationship with his parents. Martin chronicles his experiences in the memoir "Stories for Boys," this year’s Seattle Reads book.
Radio Retrospective: Comics On The Radio We’re familiar with comics being adapted to the big screen. But you might not know that comic strip adaptations aren’t new. Comics were also adapted into radio dramas. There’s Blondie, Archie Andrews, and Superman, and that’s just the beginning. Listen back to the comics strips of the radio.
A Lunch Recommendation Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!
NBA Says No To Seattle The NBA has thrown cold water on Chris Hansen’s plans to bring the Sonics back to Seattle. The league’s relocation committee voted unanimously to keep the Kings in Sacramento. Art Thiel writes that Seattle can be to the NBA what Los Angeles is to NFL. Seattle still waits at the altar for an expansion team.
Jon Talton: Not Just An Economics Columnist Jon Talton frequently analyzes business in the Pacific Northwest on Weekday, but he’s not just an economics columnist. He’s also a mystery writer. "The Night Detectives" is his 10th novel. It takes us from the familiar haunts of Phoenix to the seedy side of San Diego with his main character, David Mapstone.
Jay Inlsee’s Bottom Line Governor Jay Inlsee says his bottom line is ending tax breaks and adding new tax revenue to the state budget. He will get that chance to draw that line in the special legislative session he has called for in two weeks.
The Weather And Hike Of The Week Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.
Forty-nine states now have laws on bullying. Schools have policies and punishments. But Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon says there’s a risk that searching for solutions to bullying can do more harm than good.
Ross Reynolds sits down with Bazelon to talk about Washington policies and her new book, "Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering The Power of Character and Empathy."
The Sound Of The Big Bang What does the Big Bang sound like? That question inspired Dr. John Cramer, physicist at the University of Washington, to try and recreate the sound emanating through space after the Big Bang. Using data and a complex computer program, Dr. Cramer was able to synthesize a 100-second recording representing the first 760,000 years of the evolution of the universe.
Brian Kimberling: Author Of "Snapper" In 13 connected tales, Brian Kimberling tells the story of Nathan Lochmueller, an aimless college grad who wanders through his early 20s and into the world of songbird research. Kimberling himself spent two years as a professional bird watcher in southern Indiana. He joins us to talk about his debut novel, "Snapper."
A Future Of Less Work With More Rewards Traditional retirement may not be in the future for many workers, but neither is the notion of a 40-hour work week at unloved jobs. Planning for a transition to important but less time-consuming work is a growing business. It's creating new jobs and offering new pathways for people who plan on working well beyond the current retirement age.
Skulls are potent symbols of death, life and danger, and they also can tell a fascinating story about natural history. Ross Reynolds talks with writer Simon Winchester about his new book about skulls and a man that obsessively collects them.
Our spring membership drive continues with a visit from author Maria Semple. Her novel “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” — about a reclusive L.A. transplant and her family trying to navigate the cultural nuances of their new home of Seattle — is out in paperback and headed to the big screen. She joins us to talk about writing, movie making and the latest Seattle news.
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Northwest novelist Jonathan Evison talks about how he buried his first three novels before achieving his first success. Ross Reynolds talks with Evison about that and his most recent book, "The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving."
Journalist Ray Suarez just finished writing a new book called "Latino Americans." The way he sees it, American history as it's currently taught tends to ignore Latinos. He hopes to change that. His book starts in the 17th century and goes up until yesterday, when he sent the book off to his publisher. Suarez gives Ross Reynolds the long view of "Latino America." Below are highlights from the interview, along with excerpts from his 2010 speech, "The Browning of America."
During our spring pledge drive, we hope to inspire you to act by pledging your support to KUOW. Books, of course can inspire action, too. The destruction of books in the novel “Fahrenheit 451” spurred the characters to start memorizing texts! What book spurred you to action? What did you do? Maybe you got involved in a movement, changed jobs or traveled somewhere you never planned to go. Public radio librarian Nancy Pearl takes your calls at 800.289.5869 and your emails: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also this hour: The Everett Herald's Jerry Cornfield gives a look ahead at the week in Olympia.
Many adults loved the Harry Potter series. Of course, adults weren't the target audience. The Hunger Games and the Chronicles of Narnia were also written for young adults, and yet they developed a loyal following among the older set. What other teen books would adults enjoy? Author and regular Weekday commentator Nancy Pearl joins us with some recommendations. What are your favorites? Call us at 800-289-5869. Email email@example.com or send us a tweet @weekdayKUOW.
What are our hidden biases or blind spots, and how can they divert us from doing what we think is right? Ross Reynolds interviews University of Washington psychology professor Anthony Greenwald, co-author of the new book "Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People."
Betty Friedan, co-founder of National Organization for Women (NOW), speaks during the Women's Strike for Equality event in New York on Aug. 26, 1970, the 50th anniversary of women's suffrage.
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Leading supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment march in Washington on Sunday, July 9, 1978, urging Congress to extend the time for ratification of the ERA. From left: Gloria Steinem, Dick Gregory, Betty Friedan, Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman, D-N.Y., Rep. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Rep. Margaret Heckler, R-Mass.
In 1963, Betty Friedan called it "the problem that has no name" and then proceeded to name it — and the name stuck. The problem was "The Feminine Mystique," which was also the title of her groundbreaking book, published 50 years ago.
Since its first publication in 1963, millions of people have read The Feminine Mystique. These days, many people read it in college — often in women's studies classes. Even so, when we talked with some young women in downtown Washington, D.C., many knew little or nothing about it.
Daffodils are pushing through the soil, though temperatures are still soggy and cold. Time to start getting those winter gardens ready for spring. Our gardening panel returns (on a new day – Monday!) to answer your questions. Call us at 206.543.5869 or toll free 800.289.5869. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.