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Humorous History
2:57 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

The US Constitution: Loved By Many, Read By Few...Except Colin Quinn

Colin Quinn on his solo comedy tour "Unconstitional."
Mike Lavoie

Steve Scher talks with comedian Colin Quinn about what he learned when he decided to sit down and read the entire US Constitution. Quinn's solo show about the Founding Fathers is "Unconstitutional."

Author Interview
3:49 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

United States And Pakistan: An Epic History Of Misunderstanding

Husaon Haqqani's book "Magnificent Delusions."

Marcie Sillman talks with Husain Haqqani, the former Pakistan Ambassador to the US, about his new book "Magnificent Delusions."

Before Grunge
3:13 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

When A Small Seattle Label Convinced Kurt Cobain To Play On

Sub Pop co-founder Bruce Pavitt onstage behind Nirvana at LameFest UK in December 1989, as Kris Novoselic prepares to put a bass guitar out of its misery.
Courtesy of Bazillion Points Books/Steve Double

In June 1989, Sub Pop Records rented out the Moore Theatre in Seattle to showcase three of its up-and-coming bands: Mudhoney, Tad and Nirvana. The manager sent security home early because he didn’t think anyone would show up.

The manager was wrong: It was the first sold-out show by a local group. The lack of control and the chaos from a crazy crowd resulted in Sub Pop being blacklisted from the Moore for the next 10 years.

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Author Interview
2:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

America's Mirror: Appreciating The Art Of Norman Rockwell

Deborah Solomon's book "American Mirror."

Ross Reynolds talks with author Deborah Solomon about her book "American Mirror: The Life And Art Of Norman Rockwell."

Author Interview
3:58 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Michelle Alexander On How Incarceration Is "The New Jim Crow"

Michelle Alexander's book "The New Jim Crow."

Ross Reynolds talks with Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness", about the US criminal justice system and racial control.

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Author Interview
2:27 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

An Inside Look At The Bush-Cheney Years In The White House

Peter Baker's book "Days of Fire."

Marcie Sillman interviews New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker about his chronicle of the Bush/Cheney administration called "Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House."

History
12:00 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Looking Back: Thanksgiving Flood Sinks Old I-90 Bridge

The Lacey V. Murrow Floating Bridge across Lake Washington lists and sinks while undergoing renovation in November 1990. No one was hurt, but several construction vehicles sank along with the old concrete pontoons.
Photo courtesy Washington State Department of Transportation

The Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge that connected Seattle to Mercer Island sank to the bottom of Lake Washington 23 years ago this weekend.

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Author Interview
3:38 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

How The United States Became United

Simon Winchester's book "The Men Who United the States."

David Hyde speaks with writer Simon Winchester about his new book, "The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible."

JFK Remembered
1:43 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Seattle Historian: JFK Rose 'Above Our Cynicism'

Knute Berger, a Seattle historian and columnist, remembers John F. Kennedy in an interview with Deborah Wang.
Credit Crosscut Photo

Local historian Knute Berger was just a kid when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Berger's parents were Republicans -- they hadn't voted for Kennedy. But for Berger, Kennedy was a kind of hero.

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Legends
12:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

T'Was The Night Before Thanksgiving When DB Cooper Jumped ...

Renderings of the hijacker who came to be known as D.B. Cooper.
FBI Photo

If you don’t know the story of D.B. Cooper, the short version goes like this:

On Nov. 24, 1971, a man referred to as D.B. Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727 on a flight between Portland, Ore., and Seattle. He extorted $200,000 in ransom, and parachuted from the plane. No one has ever seen him since.

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JFK Remembered
7:42 am
Fri November 22, 2013

KOMO Anchor: 'I'm There Trying To Ad Lib That The President' Has Been Shot

Bryan Johnson as a young reporter at KOMO.
KOMO

Longtime KOMO-TV and radio reporter Bryan Johnson covered many memorable stories during his more than 50 years as a Seattle broadcaster, but no event was more memorable than the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

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Congress
3:46 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

The Art Of The Filibuster

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Steve Scher talks with historian Julian Zelizer, professor at Princeton University, about the US Senate Democrats' vote to avoid Republican filibusters.

History
1:25 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

50th Anniversary Of JFK’s Assassination With Author Dean R. Owen

Dean R. Owen's book "November 22, 1963"

November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Journalist Dean R. Owen collected interviews from notable civil rights leaders, White House staff, and others connected to Kennedy for his book, “November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy.”

Owen spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on September 14. He was joined by Patricia Baillargeon, a contributor to his book who served as assistant to Eleanor Roosevelt.

Trailblazers
2:06 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

The Women In Kennedy's White House

President John F. Kennedy poses with his staff in the Oval Office. The group pooled their funds to buy Kennedy his presidential chair. Jean Lewis stands over Kennedy’s left shoulder. (Courtesy JFK Library)

This month in Washington, D.C., a group of Kennedy-era staffers met for a reunion, including some women who worked for Kennedy the White House.

While Kennedy’s womanizing is well documented, not much is known about his policies on women’s issues or the women who worked for him.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Deborah Becker of WBUR has the story of some of these trailblazers.

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50 Years Later
1:54 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

50 Years After Assassination, Kennedy Books Offer New Analysis

President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, are greeted by an enthusiastic crowd upon their arrival at Dallas Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963.
AP

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 3:27 pm

In the 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the public has never tired of books about the charismatic young president and his tragic death.

This year, the market has been particularly flooded with Kennedy books — from glossy photograph collections to serious biographies and histories to a new round of books devoted to conspiracy theories.

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