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Record Store Nostalgia
4:07 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Slideshow: Tacoma's Tower Records

The Tacoma Tower Records Store on 38th Street wasn’t just a store, it was a scene. Complete with cutting edge finds, knowledgeable staff, colorful displays, and intriguing people, music-hungry teens combed the aisles in search of new treasures.
Bill Hansen

KUOW listeners Whitney Keyes and Chris Porter share their memories of Tacoma Tower Records with us.

Whitney Keyes

“I grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and my favorite record store on the planet was the Tower Records near the Tacoma Mall. It was the go-to place to get the hottest 45s and albums -- and check out cute boys!

“I LOVED going down every aisle, alphabetically in my fave music categories, looking at the covers -- front and back of EVERY record.

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Local Music Vendors
12:20 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Map: Do We Still Need Record Stores?

Luz Bratcher Flickr

Tomorrow is a dark day for many a Seattle vinyl enthusiast — Easy Street Records, the lower Queen Anne record store, is closing after serving the Emerald City for more than a dozen years. Many are bemoaning the loss of the Queen Anne record store, but what about you? Do record stores matter to you? I mean, do they really matter? Do you still buy music from stores, and how much?

With music available online through iTunes and services like Spotify, why do we still need record stores? Ross Reynolds talks with local music writer Charles Cross, Sarah Moody from Hardly Art and Eli Anderson from Neumos and takes listener calls.

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Record Store Nostalgia
5:50 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Celebrating Seattle’s Record Stores On Eve Of Easy Street Closure

Easy Street Records in Queen Anne, 2006.
Flickr photo/Laura Musselman Duffy

Seattle record store Easy Street is closing its Queen Anne location on Friday. While many local music lovers try to comfort one another, they’re also waxing poetic about how record stores used to be.

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Seattle Housing Project
12:33 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

From Profanity Hill To Yesler Terrace

Demolition of house in 1940.
Credit Courtesy MOHAI

Rumor has it that somewhere in a forgotten corner of a basement somewhere in Seattle there's a decaying 3-D model of a brand new Yesler Terrace. It was dreamed up in the late 1960s but, like the R H Thomson Expressway or the parking lot that was planned for where the Pike Place Market still stands, it never made it out of the world of imagination and onto the grid of the real world.

In 2013, after six years of planning, it appears another vision of a brand new development will take root where Yesler Terrace now stands. It's not the first transformation this patch of ground has seen though. This is the story of two places that occupy that ground -- one in the present and one in the past.

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Slavery In The Northwest
12:19 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Charles Mitchell: A Slave In Washington State

By the time Washington became a state in 1889, slavery had been abolished for nearly a quarter century. But there are a few documented cases of slavery in the Washington Territory. One is Charles Mitchell, who was born a slave and brought to the territory in 1853.

How did the 12-year-old escaped slave end up in Washington and why did his slavery cause a fight between Canada and the US? Ross Reynolds talks with storyteller Eva Abram to hear the story.

Race & Identity
9:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Gather At The Table: A Dialogue On Race

Sharon Leslie Morgan and Tom DeWolf are authors of 'Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade.'
Credit Kristin Little Photography

When you look at a person, do you "see race?" Sharon Leslie Morgan and Tom DeWolf have been asking that question as they sat down at dinner tables around America. They found the lingering pain of slavery, and some paths to healing. They join us for a conversation about the journey toward racial equality.

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Author Interview
8:40 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Lessons For The Modern World From The Societies Of 'Yesterday'

In The World Until Yesterday, geography professor Jared Diamond asks: What can we learn from traditional societies?
Penguin Group

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 11:27 am

In his new book, The World Until Yesterday, Jared Diamond tells the story of a young schoolboy named Billy who was killed in a traffic accident on his way home from school in Papua New Guinea.

The driver was alert but simply couldn't stop the car when Billy ran across the road. In an outcome that may surprise people in many parts of the world, the incident was peacefully resolved within days.

Five days after the accident, Diamond explains, the employer and friends of the killer sat down for a meal with the relatives of the dead boy.

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The Last Show
9:02 am
Fri December 28, 2012

This NOT Just In: The Last Episode Of J.P. Patches

J.P. Patches and Gertrude from The J.P. Patches Show.
Credit Courtesy of Chris Wedes

Chris Wedes passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer.  Wedes was the host of the long-running JP Patches Show on KIRO TV and one of the region's most beloved figures.  "This NOT Just In" looks back to the final weekday episode of the popular program, back in December 1978.

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A Life-Changing Decision
9:16 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Seattle Woman's Great Aunt Faced Tough Decision On The Titanic

The Titanic
Credit Courtesy of George Behe's Collection

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Most people who boarded the luxury ocean liner didn’t survive the trip. For some, the only thing separating survival and drowning was a split-second decision.

Now, 100 years after the tragedy, a Seattle woman wonders what she would do if she had been in her relative's shoes on the night of the sinking.

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Santa Facts
11:13 am
Mon December 24, 2012

What Do You Really Know About St. Nicholas?

Michael Sciaraffois, costumed as Santa Claus, makes a toy delivery to a home in the Bell Harbor neighborhood of New York, Dec. 18, 2012.
Bebeto Matthews AP Photo

You think you know him: red suit, white beard, jolly old elf, etc. But do you why St. Nicholas became the Patron Saint Of Prisoners? David Hyde talks with Adam English, author of "The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life And Trials Of Nicholas Of Myra."

US Presidents
8:00 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Thomas Jefferson V. Theodore Roosevelt: A 21st Century Presidential Debate

Thomas Jefferson v. Theodore Roosevelt: Great American presidents in a 21st Century debate.
Credit courtesy/Wikipedia

Clay Jenkinson assumes both sides in a debate between two of the country's greatest presidents: Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. Jenkinson is a historian who commonly lectures as different historical figures. He spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on December 1, 2012.

History
7:03 am
Fri December 14, 2012

UW 150: Downtown Real Estate Helps Fund University

University Street sign.
Flickr photo/Michael Hilton

In Downtown Seattle, near where the Fairmont Olympic Hotel now stands, history was made back in 1861. The University of Washington was founded at this spot by a small group of local boosters, with the blessing of the Territorial Legislature. Seattle pioneer Arthur Denny donated the land. A single hall was built that housed the UW during the school's early decades, but the UW outgrew its first campus, and had to move and leave behind the old downtown site.

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History
8:00 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Thomas Jefferson: Success, Power And Vision

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale.
Credit Courtesy/Wikipedia

Jon Meacham's new biography of Thomas Jefferson paints the founding father as the most successful political leader of early America, and possibly all of US history. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" discusses Jefferson's passion for his nation in the country's fledgling years and reviews the man's genius and his faults.

Meacham spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on November 28, 2012.

Books
10:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Douglas Smith On The Final Days Of The Russian Aristocracy

Douglas Smith's
Credit courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

In 1917, the glittering elite of Tzarist Russia were crushed, practically overnight, by the Communist revolution. What happened to the nearly two million people who lived at the top of Russian society? Douglas Smith, awarding-winning historian and author, joins us to talk about "Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy."

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History
5:02 am
Fri December 7, 2012

How We Mourned John Lennon Before The Internet

John Lennon rehearsing "Give Peace A Chance," 1969.
Roy Kerwood Wikipedia

John Lennon was murdered 30 years ago. We'll look back at how Seattleites mourned the death of the former Beatle in a time before the Internet, social media and cell phones.

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