holidays

Holiday Festivity
8:00 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

A "Word Of Mouth" Christmas

Which is more terrifying: visits with Santa or long drives to see family members?
Credit Michael Clinard

New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth asks the serious holiday questions like is "Die Hard" a classic Christmas film? Also, they explore the science of giving and uncover the shocking history of Monopoly.

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Gardening
10:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Greendays Gardening: Gifts For Gardeners

Looking for a holiday gift for the green thumb in your life? Greg Rabourn and Marty Wingate join us with a few ideas for useful gifts sure to please any gardener.

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Toys
9:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Top Toy Picks For 2012

Welcome to the Weekday toy box.
Credit Flickr photo/Cavale Doom

It's beginning to look like that time of year: frantic gift shopping, wrapping paper paper cuts and collecting wish lists. Are you finding yourself stumped by the expansive toy market? Have no fear, we're here to help! Allen Rickert of Top Ten Toys and Katherine Johnson of the Pacific Science Center stopped by Weekday to share their top toy picks for 2012.

Allen Rickert's Top Toy Picks for 2012:

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Holidays
9:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Weekday's Annual Toy Show

Credit Flickr photo/Jason Mrachina

The holidays are approaching and toys are back in the spotlight. What are the best new toys of the year? Allen Rickert of Top Ten Toys and Katherine Johnson of the Pacific Science Center store join us in our studio, bringing toys of all kinds with them.

We’ll also hear what's on the wish list of a classroom at Garden International Preschool. Bring your inner child and join us at  206.543.5869 or weekday@kuow.org.

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Holiday
12:40 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Religion, Politics And Money: Avoiding Conversation Explosions This Thanksgiving

Family dinners can be a tense affair.
Credit Flickr photo/Patrick Gensel

Being related to someone doesn’t mean that you “relate” to them.  Do you talk to your crazy uncle about politics? What about religion?  Jeannie Yandel hears from listeners about their Thanksgiving blowouts. 

Food
12:20 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

How To Deal With Picky Thanksgiving Eaters With The Splendid Table's Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Dealing with picky eaters on Thanksgiving? Drown your tears in delicious pie.
Credit Flickr photo/ Kevin McShane

Your mom despises turkey, your uncle hates ham.  Your brother’s vegan, and your sister is allergic to pumpkin pie.  What do you do about the picky eaters (and people with dietary restrictions) at Thanksgiving?  David Hyde talks to the host of The Splendid Table, Lynne Rossetto Kasper.   

Culture
9:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Your Stories Of Thanksgiving

The kids table, 1975.
Credit Flickr photo/ Anthony Catalano

Soon family and friends will gather, feasts will be prepared and memories will be made. Some from everything going right, some from things going comically wrong. Touching moments. Traditions. Mortifying mistakes. Put yourself in a festive mood and share your stories of Thanksgiving with us at 206.543.5869 or weekday@kuow.org.

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Food
7:53 am
Thu November 15, 2012

A Plumaged Pilgrimage: How Wild Turkeys Came To The Northwest

Male turkeys are known as “toms.” Photo by John Hafner/National Wild Turkey Federation

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 5:00 pm

The turkey is a quintessentially American bird, exported from the New World like corn and potatoes. But the turkey is not native to the Pacific Northwest. The wild turkeys you may have seen here are part of the bird’s comeback story.

The Northwest's wild turkeys are out-of-state newcomers. In fact, you might have lived here longer than turkeys have. A few were introduced in the 1960s, and then, “In the 1980s and 1990s, wild turkeys were brought into the Pacific Northwest," says This is Mikal Moore, a biologist with the National Wild Turkey Federation.

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Fire Safety
1:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Making Sure You Don't Get A House Fire For Christmas: Fire Safety This Holiday Season

Deep-fried turkey: delicious, but is it safe?
James McCauley Flickr

What are the most common causes of house fires in Seattle and what can be done to avoid fire? Ross Reynolds sits down with Captain Shata Stephenson from the Seattle Fire Marshal’s office and talks about staying fire-free over the holidays.

Culture
9:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Weekday's Annual Haunted Halloween Party

Scary zombies at Toronto Zombie Walk.
Credit Flickr photo/Bahman A-Mahmoodi

You're invited to Weekday's haunted Halloween party. We hope you brought your nerve. (Insert creepy laugh here.) Dress up as anything you wish, and bring your true ghost stories and Halloween treats. Let's revel in the holiday!

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Valentine's Day
7:23 am
Mon February 14, 2011

The Dark Origins Of Valentine's Day

A drawing depicts the death of St. Valentine — one of them, anyway. The Romans executed two men by that name on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 8:42 am

Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty. But the origins of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody — and a bit muddled.

Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient Rome, where men hit on women by, well, hitting them.

Those Wild And Crazy Romans

From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.

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