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Tech Culture
11:26 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Spring Break For Geeks: SXSW Interactive Starts Friday

At SXSW 2012, the app "Highlight" was touted but failed to break out like Foursquare or Twitter in years prior.
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Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 12:01 pm

Every year, the South By Southwest music, film and interactive festival gets larger, and navigating the blur of panels, parties and shows gets more daunting. The girth of it all is enough to keep many SXSW old-timers away from Austin this year.

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Sociology
9:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

The Secret To Being A Happy Couple

What is the secret to being happy in your relationship?
Credit Flickr photo/Rodrigo Vargas

What is “normal” in a romantic relationship? More importantly, what’s “normal” for couples who say they're really happy? UW Sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz teamed up with Harvard sociologist James White and wellness entrepreneur Chrisanna Northrup to answer that question. Together they conducted and analyzed the largest human relationship study ever done. We’ll talk with Dr. Schwartz about the “perfect couple.”

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Written Word
10:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Why Write Letters?

For the love of the letter.
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People don’t write letters much anymore. They don’t even mail in bills! As a result, the postal service is cutting Saturday mail service to save money. So, let us pause for a moment to reflect on the letter. What is lost if handwritten letters are no longer written? If you still write letters, why do you? Author Nick Bantock ponders those questions with us. Tell us what you think at weekday@kuow.org or call 206.543.5869.

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Books
9:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

"Fresh Off The Boat" With Eddie Huang

Eddie Huang's "Fresh Off The Boat."
Credit Courtesy/Spiegel & Grau

Eddie Huang stormed through childhood. He fought bigoted kids, defied stereotypes of the "model minority" and partied hard. But he clung to the delights of  his father’s restaurant and the flavors of his mother’s kitchen. Following a stint as a lawyer and a stand-up comic, he returned to his raucous roots, dipped in the flavors of Taiwan, America and the world. Eddie Huang joins us for a conversation about the first-generation immigrant experience he writes about in his new memoir, “Fresh Off the Boat.”

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International Politics
4:07 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Can Israel Live With A Nuclear Iran?

Scheduled for Spotlight at 8 p.m.

Over the summer of 2012, Iran doubled the number of nuclear centrifuges installed in its underground Fordow site despite increased international pressure and economic sanctions. Iran stopped just short of the capacity to produce nuclear fuel. Can Israel live with a nuclear Iran, or could the time be near for a pre-emptive strike? 

Friendships And Family
8:00 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Intersectional Friendships: Debunking Stereotypes About Odd Couples

Odd pair.
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Anna Muraco calls the relationships between gay men and straight women, and straight men and gay women, "intersectional friendships." By interviewing many intersectional friendships, Muraco found the stereotypical reason these relationships are formed is false and limiting in the way we view family, friendship and social norms. Muraco spoke at the University Book Store on January 16, 2013.

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Psychology
8:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

"The Wisdom Of Psychopaths" With Kevin Dutton

'The Wisdom Of Psychopaths' by Kevin Dutton.
Credit Courtesy Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux

"Psychopath" is a weighted, sometimes terrifying word. But psychologist Kevin Dutton makes the argument that not all psychopaths are violent. In fact, some of their qualities -- fearlessness, confidence, charisma -- set them up for success in today's society. Dutton spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on Oct. 30, 2012.

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Sociology
8:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Chaos, Disorder, Uncertainty: A Recipe To Thrive

Nassim Nicholas Taleb at the Digital Life Design conference in 2009.
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How can we thrive in an uncertain world? Nassim Nicholas Taleb identifies a category of things that not only depend on disorder -- they thrive on it. For example: human bones get stronger when subjected to stress, and riots intensify when someone tries to suppress them.

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Life And Culture
10:00 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Our Regrets For 2012

What are your regrets for 2012?
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The Stranger publishes a regrets issue at the end of every year. It's a list of the mistakes, missed opportunities and blunders made throughout the year. What regrets do you have for 2012? What do you wish you had (or had not) done? We want to hear your stories. David Schmader, associate editor at The Stranger, joins us to share his regrets.  

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Medicine
8:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

What Hospitals Don't Tell You

A doctor's stethoscope.
Credit Flickr Photo/Alex Proimos

Medical mistakes are now the third highest cause of death in the United States, writes Dr. Marty Makary. As a surgeon, Makary has witnessed the power of medicine firsthand. But he's also been shocked by the errors that can have tragic circumstances: wrong limbs amputated, children getting the wrong doses of medicine because of bad handwriting, surgical sponges left inside patients.

Makary advocates for a culture that holds hospitals and doctors accountable for these mistakes in order to bring about positive change in this system. He spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on November 15, 2012.

American Culture
8:00 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

State Of The Re:Union: Jacksonville

State Of The Re:Union, hosted by Al Letson.
Credit courtesy NPR and PRX

Jacksonville, Florida is a lot of things: a military town. A church town. A beach town. And it can be all those things because Jacksonville is the largest city in the whole country: 841 square miles of sprawl, highways and strip malls dotted with tiny, unique neighborhoods. How does a place this huge and diverse lurch forward to keep pace with the rest of the country? The quick answer: often, it doesn’t. But once in a while, in small surprising ways, this place can be an incubator for innovation. In host Al Letson’s hometown episode, State of the Re:Union asks: is Jacksonville is moving backward, stuck in neutral, or shifting towards progress?

Culture
8:00 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Ignite Seattle's Quest To Enlighten Us, Quickly

Tyler Pruitt at a hands-on workshop during Ignite Seattle 9.
Flickr photo/Randy Stewart

"Enlighten us, but make it quick."

That's the premise of Ignite Seattle, a regular worldwide event where presenters get five minutes and 20 slides to get a point across. Speakers at this month's event touch on a variety of topics, including artistry, forgiveness and the environment. One woman even talks about a fear of public speaking.

Ignite Seattle took place at Town Hall on November 8, 2012. The talk was moderated by The Seattle Times columnist Monica Guzman.

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Culture
10:01 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Best Of The Conversation

On today's show, we bring you some of our favorite segments of the year. We talk about vulnerability, photography and The Boss.

Is There Power In Vulnerability?

Being vulnerable and open to failure makes us uncomfortable, but according to the research of Brene Brown, we can’t have success without vulnerability. Ross Reynolds discusses the power of vulnerability with University of Houston Professor Brene Brown.

Seattle-Based Artist Goes Small Then Large To Highlight The Big Picture

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Culture
8:00 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

StoryCorps' Dave Isay And The Love Of A Good Story

Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, speaks at the Auditorium Speakers Series hosted by American Library Association.
Flickr photo/ALA

If there's one tradition that's never faded away in our history as people on this earth, it's storytelling. StoryCorps is a massive oral history project whose mission is to record, preserve and share the stories of Americans from all background and beliefs. It was founded in 2003 by radio documentary producer Dave Isay. People tell their stories in mobile booths all around the country, and selected stories air nationally on NPR. Isay spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on February 7, 2012.

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Holiday
12:40 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Religion, Politics And Money: Avoiding Conversation Explosions This Thanksgiving

Family dinners can be a tense affair.
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Being related to someone doesn’t mean that you “relate” to them.  Do you talk to your crazy uncle about politics? What about religion?  Jeannie Yandel hears from listeners about their Thanksgiving blowouts. 

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