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Radio Retrospective
2:52 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

When Actors Were The Anchors

Screenshot of "The March of Time" show.
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Modern moviegoers are used to experiencing trailers, concession advertisements and, of course, a reminder to turn off their cell phone before the main attraction hits the screen.

But it wasn’t always that way. Until the 1950s, you got a good dose of news before you escaped into a Hollywood fantasyland. Beginning in 1935, “The March of Time” started replacing silent news reels in movie theaters, and it was a welcome change.

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Book Interview
2:50 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Art Helps One Holocaust Survivor Heal

Susan Beilby Magee's book "Into The Light."

Marcie Sillman talks with Susan Beilby Magee about her book "Into The Light."

The book is about the emotional and artistic journey of artist Kalman Aron. He's painted portraits of everyone from Ronald Reagan to André Previn. He is also a survivor of the Holocaust, and he tells his story and shares his art with Magee.      

History
2:44 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Can The Mammoth Walk Amongst Us Again?

Mammoth fossil at the Sam Noble Natural Museum in Oklahoma.
Flickr Photo/Ted of DGAR (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Harvard geneticist George Church about reviving extinct species.

Rather than trying to clone mammoths, scientists are taking their DNA and analyzing them in hopes of producing an Asian elephant that looks and behaves just like its extinct ancestor.

Academy Awards
11:27 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Solomon Northup's Descendant Expresses Pride For '12 Years A Slave'

Steve McQueen's film "12 Years a Slave" is nominated for nine Academy Awards.

The 86th annual Academy Awards is this Sunday, and one of the films expected to take home the Oscar is Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave.”

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Fossil Find
10:24 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Holy Mammoth! Tusk Arrives At The Burke Museum

Construction workers discovered this fossilized tusk (wrapped in plaster) on February 12, 2014. They contacted paleontologists at the Burke Museum who confirmed the find. The tusk has since been transferred to the Burke for preservation and research. The smaller tusk above was found in Alaska.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

Scientists are hoping to learn more about a fossilized mammoth tusk that was uncovered two weeks ago at a construction site in Seattle’s South Lake Union area. The tusk has since been transferred to the Burke Museum for preservation and research.

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Ingersoll Gender Center
2:55 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Local Transgender Rights Pioneer Marsha Botzer On Her Life's Work

Flickr Photo/ Cloganese (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds sits down with Marsha Botzer, founder of the Ingersoll Gender Center, to discuss her work in the Puget Sound LGBTQ community. They also talk about MOHAI's new exhibit Revealing Queer with the co-curator Erin Bailey.

Political Unrest In Kiev
3:34 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Why Ukraine Is 'Unique' Among Post-Soviet Countries

Activists pay respects to protesters killed in clashes with police, during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest.
AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky

Ross Reynolds talks with associate professor Scott Radnitz about the growing tension in Ukraine and why there has been a rise in violence. Radnitz explains how the situation in Ukraine differs from the other post-Soviet countries.

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Arts & History
10:53 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Paying Homage To The Monarch Apartments

Steve Scher talks with Jake Uitti and Caleb Thompson, editors of The Monarch Review, about the significance of the Monarch Apartments in Seattle. It has housed many local artists, writers and musicians over the years. Uitti and Thompson started the publication to support the artists' community and pay homage to the 109-year-old crumbling building.

Daredevils
9:17 am
Thu February 20, 2014

One Anniversary, Two Teams Trying To Recreate Evel Knievel Canyon Jump

The rocket that Scott Record, left, and Scott Truax plan to use to recreate Evel Knievel’s Snake River Canyon jump is about 60 percent complete.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 10:21 am

Two teams want to re-enact Evel Knievel's famous jump over the Snake River Canyon in Idaho.

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Congressional Gold Medal
9:28 am
Wed February 19, 2014

After Tour, Medal For WWII Japanese-American Soldiers Returns Home

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team, shown here in a 1944 photo taken in France, returned home from World War II as one of the most decorated U.S. military units.
Courtesy of National Archives

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 9:55 am

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Transportation Monopoly
2:27 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington State Ferries: Born From A Rates War

The Lincoln was one of the ferries employed by Vashon Island residents when they established their own independent ferry service.
Credit Courtesy of Steven J Pickens

In 1948, at the height of discontent over a Puget Sound transportation controversy, a group of agitated locals, nicknamed the “Vashon vigilantes,” prevented the ferry Illahee from docking.

A local business man, two candidates for governor and a network of traversing boats came to a head over a seemingly simple issue: how much to charge to cross the waterways between cities and islands.

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Blue And Green Highway
2:06 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington State Ferries: Replacing Aging Icons

A welder at Vigor Industrial works on a new ferry for the Washington State Ferry System.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Cherie LaMaine is a ferry walker on the Edmonds-Kingston line: She makes laps around the deck as the boat glides from port to port.

The habit started with her husband when he needed to make frequent trips to Swedish Hospital. “We would still walk, holding hands,” LaMaine said. “He couldn't walk too fast, but it was great.”

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Revolutionary War
6:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

David McCullough On Constructing '1776'

David McCullough's book "1776."

Steve Scher talks with acclaimed historian David McCullough about his new book, "1776." To construct the story on the Revolutionary War, McCullough used an array of source materials, including hundreds of letters written by George Washington and the diaries of 70 different participants in the war.

This interview originally aired on June 16, 2005.

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.

Paleontology
10:56 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Make It A Grande: Mammoth Tusk Find Likely Seattle's Largest

Plumber apprentice Joe Wells touching what Burke Museum officials believe is the largest, most intact mammoth tusk, ever found in the region.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 10:11 am

The tusk from a mammoth that lived 16,000 years ago in the Seattle area unearthed earlier this week appears to be the largest, most intact ever found in the region.

It's thought to be from a Columbian mammoth, a subgroup of woolly mammoths, and is considered to be a pretty rare find. Construction workers stumbled on it as they were digging the foundation for an apartment complex in the city's South Lake Union neighborhood.

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