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Television
2:58 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

How Does Amazon's 'Transparent' Reflect A Community?

Credit Amazon's new show "Transparent."

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Leo Segovia and Alison Davison, two local transgender people associated with the Ingersoll Gender Center, about Amazon's new show Transparent.  The show focuses on transgender people and is part of the company's bid to gain a share of the online television market.

Trick Or Treat
2:58 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Perils Of Helicopter Parenting On Halloween

Flickr Photo/Jim Loter (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Peter Gray, research professor at Boston College, about how allowing children freedom while trick-or-treating helps them mature. Gray is the author of "Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life." 

RadioActive Halloween
2:35 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Why Do We Love Spooky Things?

The Georgetown Morgue, home of KUBE's Haunted House
Credit Flickr / vmax137

It’s that scary time of the year again, and RadioActive gets spooked out.

Kendra Hanna asks young writers at 826 Seattle and author Neil Gaiman why kids love scary stories.

Then Esa Tilija goes inside a haunted house for the first time. Don't act vulnerable!

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Code Switch
6:18 am
Wed October 29, 2014

The Struggle Of Being Asian-American For Halloween

The author (right) and his sister, one awkward Halloween day.
Courtesy of Steve Haruch

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:05 am

The other night, at a large outdoor Halloween-themed party, I saw a young white girl, probably about 3 or 4, dressed up in a long, purple kimono. I felt an involuntary uneasiness. I wanted to ask her parents who she was supposed to be — maybe it's a character in some cartoon I don't know about, I thought — but I didn't want to embarrass anyone. Which is to say, Problematic Dress-up Season is in full swing.

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Foundation Of Philosophy
2:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

50 Great Teachers: Socrates, The Ancient World's Teaching Superstar

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:28 am

Today, NPR Ed kicks off a yearlong series: 50 Great Teachers.

We're starting this celebration of teaching with Socrates, the superstar teacher of the ancient world. He was sentenced to death more than 2,400 years ago for "impiety" and "corrupting" the minds of the youth of Athens.

But Socrates' ideas helped form the foundation of Western philosophy and the scientific method of inquiry. And his question-and-dialogue-based teaching style lives on in many classrooms as the Socratic method.

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Sex Workers' Rights
2:43 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Why Does The Government Compile Lists Of Exotic Dancers?

Credit Melinda Chateauvert's book "Sex Workers Unite"

Marcie Sillman talks with Melinda Chateauvert, author of "Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk," about the intersection of issues brought up by a Tacoma man's petition for Pierce County to tell him the names and addresses of local exotic dancers.

Business
1:39 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Behold The Entrenched — And Reviled — Annual Review

Nearly 90 percent of companies do formal evaluations at least once a year, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.
Zack Blanton iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 7:24 pm

Performance review season is nearing, and if that makes you break out into a cold sweat, you're not alone. Studies show between 60 percent and 90 percent of employees, including managers, dislike the performance evaluation.

Some companies are starting to look at alternatives, but the performance review is pretty entrenched.

"They're fraudulent, bogus and dishonest," says Samuel Culbert, a management professor at UCLA who does research in dysfunctional management practice. "And second, they're indicative of and they support bad management."

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School Shooting
2:25 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

After Tragedy In Marysville, The Search for Why

Hundreds gather at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School gym to mourn the shooting that took place last Friday.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Ross Reynolds speaks with Dr. Peter Langman, author of "Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters," about how communities search for explanations after a school shooting.

Defying Death Threats
12:22 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

A Congolese Mother Of Six Is Honored For Her Death-Defying Journalism

Congolese editor Solange Lusiku Nsimire says journalism is a powerful way of building and preserving her troubled country's "collective memory."
Sylvain Muyali Courtesy of IWMF

"Journalism is my calling, the print media is my struggle and independence is my motto," says 42-year-old Solange Lusiku Nsimire, a Congolese editor and mother of six.

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Citizen Journalism
12:07 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

'They Kill You Twice': The Risks of Twitter Journalism In Tamaulipas

In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, an armored truck riddled with bullet holes sits at a military base in Ciudad Mier, in Tamaulipas state, Mexico. The military says they confiscate vehicles that are abandoned by their drivers after armed fights among cartels or with the military, so that gangs cannot reuse vehicles parts. (Eduardo Verdugo/AP)

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 12:04 pm

In Tamaulipas, a state in northern Mexico, organized crime is the de facto government. Murders of journalists are not uncommon, and media organizations censor themselves in fear of cartel retaliation.

Basic information in this kind of environment is a rare commodity, so citizens like Maria del Rosario Fuentes Rubio sometimes take to social media to warn their fellow citizens of dangerous areas to avoid. Rubio was murdered by a drug cartel last week.

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Elections 2014
2:55 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Why Do We Care About Guns So Much?

Guns line the walls of the firearms reference collection at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Credit AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Marcie Sillman talks with Robert Spitzer, author of  "The Politics of Gun Culture," about the place guns have in our culture. 

Health And Healing
2:28 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Fighting The Stigma Of Ebola With Hugs

Patient Nina Pham is hugged by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, outside of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., on Friday. Pham was discharged after testing free of Ebola.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

When Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, hugged Dallas nurse Nina Pham on Friday it was as much to combat the stigma surrounding the deadly virus as to celebrate her being free of Ebola.

Fauci said it was an honor to treat Pham and get to know "such an extraordinary individual." Pham said she felt "fortunate and blessed" and put her trust "in God and my medical team."

Pham later met with President Obama in the Oval Office. The president and the nurse also hugged as news photographers captured the moment.

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Cowboy Calamari
6:41 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Do You Have The Guts To Celebrate World Tripe Day?

Chef Matt Bennett came up with Cowboy Calamari for World Tripe Day.

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 8:07 pm

An Oregon chef is asking if you have the guts to celebrate World Tripe Day on Friday.

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Perceptions
6:35 am
Fri October 24, 2014

VIDEO: Talking While Female

NPR

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 5:12 am

Ask a woman if anybody has ever complained about her voice and, chances are, you'll get a story. Watch the above animated video, and you'll see what we mean.

Your voice is too squeaky, it's too loud, it lacks authority, it sounds childish, it's grating or obnoxious or unprofessional.

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Carnivorous Cooking
3:45 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

'Test Kitchen': How To Buy The Safest Meat And Make The Juiciest Steaks

To make the best (and safest) burger, America's Test Kitchen recommends grinding the meat at home and packing it loosely.
Courtesy of America's Test Kitchen

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 11:10 am

When shopping for meat, sometimes the options can be dizzying — what's the difference between an organic, free-range or air-chilled chicken? The Cook's Illustrated Meat Book offers insights.

It's about how to shop for, store, season and cook meat and poultry — and how to prevent contaminating your kitchen with bacteria from the raw meat.

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