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Civil Rights
3:37 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Read The Fine Print: Your Home May Have A Hidden Racist Past

Ross Reynolds speaks with James Gregory, director of the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project at the University of Washington, about the history of racial exclusion in early 20th century housing covenants.

Sakura Celebration
11:06 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Japan Gifts UW With 18 Cherry Trees

Members of Seattle Kokon Taiko perform at a dedication ceremony for 18 new cherry trees given to the University of Washington from Japan.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

One of the first signs of spring is when the cherry trees bloom at the University of Washington. The iconic trees on the quad have become a symbol of the University’s ties to Japan. Yesterday, the University celebrated a gift from Japan — 18 new cherry trees to add to the campus.

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Sakura
3:25 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Japanese Cherry Trees Harken Back To Darker Times At UW

One of the 30 young cherry trees the University of Washington dedicated in a ceremony on Tuesday.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

In a ceremony on Tuesday morning, the University of Washington dedicated more than 30 young cherry trees, gifts from Japan.

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Historical Find
3:07 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Naia Provides New Insight On Early Americans

Steve Scher talks to James Chatters, the lead investigator researching Naia, a 13,000 year old skull found in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Naia's skull is one of the best preserved and among the oldest skulls found.

Farming
10:43 am
Fri May 16, 2014

How To Win An Old-Fashioned Plowing Competition

Courtney Polinder plows at the 2013 International Plowing Match while his wife, Heidi, right, helps steer the horses in the furrow. Courtney’s grandfather, Fred Polinder, began competing at the plowing match in 1943.
Sarah Eden Wallace

The horses are beefy, the farmers nostalgic and the legacy long.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
8:53 am
Tue May 13, 2014

The Forgotten History Of Climate-Change Science

It has been a full century since the engine driving climate change was first discovered. It's been more than a half-century since the risks entered the realm of public policy.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 7:01 am

It's a fine mess we've gotten ourselves into. Last week the National Climate Assessment report was released detailing the toll climate change is already taking on the United States in terms of droughts, floods, heat waves and changes in agriculture.

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Data Recording
3:34 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

The Origins Of The Black Box

Black boxes actually aren't generally black, like this one from a boat. They are used to collect voyage data from ships and planes.
Credit Flickr Photo/Adventures of KM&G-Morris

Ross Reynolds talks to Joseph Janes, University of Washington professor from the information school, about the origins of the black box in airplanes. Janes is host of the podcast "Documents That Changed The World."

Makah Indian Reservation
6:47 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Japanese Retrace Path Of History-Making Castaways, 180 Years Later

File photo of the 'Monument to the Three Kichis,' at Fort Vancouver, Washington.
nsub1 Flickr

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:48 pm

After 180 years, it is not too late to say thank you. That is what a Japanese delegation did last week as it retraced the history-making path of three  castaways to the Makah Indian Reservation on the Washington coast.

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Language
9:45 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Segregated From Its History, How 'Ghetto' Lost Its Meaning

The pushcart market in the East Side Ghetto of New York's Jewish Quarter was a hive of activity in the early 1900s.
Ewing Galloway Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 2:32 pm

As you might have gathered from our blog's title, the Code Switch team is kind of obsessed with the ways we speak to each other. Each week in "Word Watch," we'll dig into language that tells us something about the way race is lived in America today. (Interested in contributing? Holler at this form.)

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Author Interview
9:44 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Benny And Jenny: Uncovering The Franklin Sibling Relationship

Author and historian Jill Lepore speaking at event for Kansas City Public Library.
Flickr Photo/Kansas City Public Library

When they were little, they were called Benny and Jenny. They were inseparable. But as they grew up, their lives took different paths. Benjamin Franklin left home; his sister Jane Franklin never did. He taught himself to write; she couldn’t spell. He signed the Declaration and the Constitution; she became a wife, mother, and ultimately, a widow.

But they maintained a correspondence throughout their lives, and historian Jill Lepore says Franklin loved no one more than his sister. Lepore shed light on this story at Seattle’s Town Hall on October 9.

This story originally aired on December 12, 2013.

Bard's Words
9:18 am
Wed April 23, 2014

It's A Foregone Conclusion That You Are Quoting Shakespeare

Flickr Photo/Calamity Meg (CC-BY-NC-ND)

To celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Christopher Gaze takes a moment to remind you how the great playwright lives in the way you talk. Gaze is the artistic director of the annual Bard on the Beach festival in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Radio Retrospective
9:15 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Female Pioneer Credited With Bringing Sound Effects To Radio

Ora Nichols, left, works on the sound effects for "The March of Time" news reenactment.
From Wikipedia

It’s no secret that radio in the early days was a man’s game. Men were the directors, the producers, the composers and the sound effect technicians. But it was a woman who was a major influence in the sound effects profession.

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Documentary
3:40 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Ken Burns On 'The Greatest Speech In American History'

Greenwood School student, Pasha, reciting the Gettysburg Address in Ken Burns' latest documentary.
Credit PBS/Ken Burns

Ross Reynolds talks with filmmaker Ken Burns about his new documentary, "The Address."

The film captures the story of a school for boys with learning differences and disabilities in Vermont where the students are encouraged to recite President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

This Not Just In
3:23 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Mixed Reaction To Lincoln's Death On West Coast

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. He died on April 15, 1865.
Credit Wikipedia/Alexander Gardner

On that Saturday afternoon, April 15, 1865, the news reached Seattle by telegraph. President Abraham Lincoln was shot dead by an assassin at Ford’s Theatre on Good Friday evening.

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Steinbeck's Classic
7:24 am
Mon April 14, 2014

'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless

Dust Bowl farmer drives a tractor with his son near Cland, N.M. (1938). Steinbeck writes: "The tractors came over the roads and into the fields, great crawlers moving like insects, having the incredible strength of insects ... monsters raising the dust and sticking their snouts into it, straight down the country ... through fences, through dooryards, in and out of gullies in straight lines."
Dorothea Lange Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 1:42 pm

Much has been said and written about the Dust Bowl, but if you want to get a visceral feel for how it all began and the way it affected the people who experienced it, you need go no further than the opening pages of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath:

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