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There's a cheeky reference to a troubled Seattle droid in this shot. See it? If not, click through to the next image.
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Right now in the lobby of the Sheraton in downtown Seattle is an ambitious project six months in the making: A gingerbread village made of hundreds of pounds of candy and cookies capturing the struggle of rebels, Jedi and Imperial forces.

A cable television host is in hot water with the state of Oregon. Pete Nelson of the Animal Planet show "Treehouse Masters" has been fined for operating without a contractor's license.

As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Tim Gunn is famous for his catchphrase — "Make it work!" — his snazzy outfits and his calm, can-do attitude. As a mentor to designers on Project Runway, his unflappable demeanor soothes many a stressed-out contestant.

But Gunn wasn't always so self-possessed.

Rainn Wilson: 'I was on the chess team. Model United Nations. Computer club. Debate club. I played xylophone in the marching band, and the Shorecrest High School Highlanders wear kilts.  So I was a skinny, xylophone player in a dress.'
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Rainn Wilson – Dwight Schrute on The Office – grew up in the Seattle area and attended the University of Washington. He spoke recently with KUOW Ross Reynolds about nerd-dom, the Baha'i faith and his new book, "The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith and Idiocy."

'Sesame Street' has included children and a new character with autism.
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Jeannie Yandel talks to Dr. Wendy Stone is a professor of psychology and director of the READi lab at the University of Washington. Dr. Stone was a consultant for Sesame Street as they created their first character with autism, Julia. Julia is also a character in their digital storybook, "We're Amazing, 1,2,3!"  

The Federal Communications Commission is trying to consolidate broadcast TV spectrum in order to free up more bandwidth for wireless data transmission. The initial bids to buy back the airwaves used by some Northwest TV stations reach hundreds of millions of dollars.

Judie Zersen, 75, auditioned because of "a passionate desire" to meet Norwegian family.  Zersen missed a chance to visit Norway, back in the 1960s, and it's been a great regret. "But now it's possible."
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They came from Bellingham and Poulsbo and Ballard. They're as young as 19 and as old as 75.

They're all at the ACT Theater in Seattle because they’re Norwegian Americans who want to be cast on the seventh season of “Alt For Norge” – a reality TV show whose name loosely translates as “Anything For Norway.”

It’s a two-time Norwegian Emmy winner, but its cast is all-American. On the show, 12 Norwegian Americans who've never been to the homeland face off in heritage competitions like cross-country skiing or Norwegian swearing.

Filmmaker Terence Brown at age 11. He's wearing an iron-on shirt that says "Loverboy #1." Loverboy was his favorite band then.
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“I just don’t want to grow up,” says the girl in Terence Brown’s documentary "The Before Project," which takes a poignant and sometimes painful look at our fleeting childhood through the eyes of fifth-graders at Seattle’s Loyal Heights Elementary School.

Brown interviewed the school’s graduating class of 50 kids, trying to capture what it's like to be 11 and about to go off to middle school. He told Jeannie Yandel of KUOW’s The Record that despite the kids’ tender age, “There wasn’t nearly the confusion that I might have expected.”

NASA astronaut Michael Barratt with floating tomato in Zvezda service module of the International Space Station.
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Ross Reynolds interviews Michael Barratt, a Camas, Washington born astronaut who flew on the last Space Shuttle mission, about how real space travel compares to the movie versions. He's already seen the new Matt Damon film "Martian" twice. Barratt also talks about how his upbringing on a farm was good preparation for going into space.

An emotional and raw Joe Biden didn't sound like a man ready to run for president during his Thursday night interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Depictions of possible poaching caused Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Police to investigate and then clear the History Channel reality TV show "The Woodsmen."

After 16 years of honing a unique brand of political satire that has been much copied, but rarely equaled, Jon Stewart signed off for his final episode of The Daily Show with a list of guests who either helped create the jokes or were on the receiving end of them over the years.

"Guess what?" Stewart opened. "I've got big news. This is it."

The 52-year-old comic announced last winter that he would be stepping down from the Comedy Central powerhouse, with Trevor Noah set to take over the hosting duties.

Jon Stewart hosts his last episode of Comedy Central's The Daily Show on Thursday, wrapping up a 16-year run in which he turned the once-obscure fake news show into a cultural phenomenon.

The Daily Show eviscerated politicians and media elites with video montages and Stewart's biting commentary, but in 2010 Stewart told Fresh Air's Terry Gross that the show made him more "emotional" than political.

So what will you watch now? 5 suggestions.

Aug 6, 2015
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Tonight, after more than 16 years and 2,500 episodes, Jon Stewart is stepping down as host of “The Daily Show.”

Stewart steered the show through four US presidential elections, 9/11 and the 2008 economic collapse. His show could easily be credited with making sarcasm and political satire a second language in the US.

For many fans, it’s difficult to imagine a new face behind the desk. Some have even resorted to begging.

The Goddess Kring, aka Shannon Nicole Kringen, was a regular on Seattle public access TV.
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Think back to a time before the Internet, before Netflix … a time when cable TV had a mere 57 channels. It was the 1980s and ’90s, the heyday of public access television, a wild and wooly experiment we haven’t seen the likes of before or since.

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