You sang it in elementary school, summer camp or church, and you probably still remember the lyrics. Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” is arguably the most iconic American folk song, though history has glossed over the political messages hidden in some of the seldom-sung verses. Robert Santelli unravels the song in this talk recorded at the Elliott Bay Book Company on May 23, 2012.
On The Job: Bear Keeper Katy Sewall gets up close and personal with the grizzly bears at Woodland Park Zoo.
Lemolo Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox met while teaching kayaking during the summer in Poulsbo. A few years later they started the dream-pop band Lemolo and began opening for local group The Head And The Heart. In 2012 they self-released their debut album "Kaleidoscope" and have played Sasquatch, Bumbershoot, Neumos and the Showbox. They talk about their music and perform in studio.
President Obama Visits Africa President Obama is making his third and longest trip to Africa, his first visit since winning reelection. The president intends to “reinforce the US' commitment to expanding economic growth” in Africa. We talk with Witney Schneidman, nonresident fellow with the Africa Growth Initiative.
Art Of Our City: Dueling Queensrÿches Fans of the Seattle band Queensrÿche have a lot be psyched about this week: a brand new album and two live shows. Queensrÿche performed last night at The Crocodile, and they’ll perform again this Saturday night at The Moore. Problem is, it’s actually two different bands, both using the name Queensrÿche. Following a huge fight last summer, the band split in two. What’s going on here? Decibel Magazine editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian helps us sort it out.
Seattle Transgender Pride The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this week, paving the way for same-sex married couples to receive the same federal rights and protections afforded to heterosexuals. The ruling is celebrated within the LGBT community as a huge step towards equality. But for transgender people – the T in LGBT – discrimination and inequality is still a very real and pressing threat across the country.
What Is Your "Walking Into A Room" Theme? When you think of Darth Vader, you undoubtedly hear "The Imperial March" playing as he swoops in, black robes flowing behind him. His theme song is as distinct to him as his dark clothing and red light saber. It sets the mood of the room before he even enters it, and it tells you a lot about him and his personality, without having to say a word. So if a theme song played every time you walked into a room, what song would you choose? Tell us what your song is and why by leaving a message on our feedback line at 206.685.2526 or by emailing Weekday.
The New York Times and Slate Magazine journalist Jon Mooallem is the author of "Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America." Mooallem collaborated with the Portland-based band Black Prairie to create a soundtrack for the book. David Hyde talks to Mooallen about the ever-worsening fate of polar bears, and then Black Prairie provides the musical backdrop with a live, in-studio performance.
Sub Pop Records may have started small but the label has always made a big impression. Sup Pop, which began as a fanzine and evolved into a record label in the late 1980s, is considered the epicenter of the grunge movement. Megan Jasper, vice president at Sub Pop, gives Ross Reynolds a tour of the office.
Jazz vocalist Jane Monheit first visited us in the KUOW studios just after we moved into our then new facility on University Avenue in 1999.
Public radio listeners and music lovers have followed Monheit's career for more than a decade now. She made a sensational debut recording shortly after graduating from the Manhattan School of Music in the late 1990s.
Science News: Understanding Scientific Data Earlier this year research conducted by epidemiologist Katherine Flegal suggested that people who are “overweight” might live longer than those who are considered “thin” or “obese.” Her paper angered many in the public health sector whose research has long suggested that extra weight hurts a person’s health. One in particular, Dr. Walter Willett, the head of nutrition at Harvard’s School of Public Health, called Flegal’s study a “pile of rubbish.” Science writer Virginia Hughes explains the study and why it is being criticized.
Stone Gossard's New Album: "Moonlander" Ten weeks prior to its release date, Seattle musician Stone Gossard began releasing songs off his new album "Moonlander" one week at a time. It is his second solo album since 2001. In addition to his solo career, Gossard continues to make music with Pearl Jam. Gossard joins us to discuss music, his career and his new album.
This hour on The Conversation we’re taking a long, strange trip through Seattle’s musical history. We’ll start before rock 'n roll was invented; when Seattle had a vibrant, professional music scene, thanks in part to powerful unions. We’ll learn about Jimi Hendrix’s early days when he got by as a backup guitarist for the likes of Little Richard. Also, author Charles R. Cross tells us how Ann and Nancy Wilson from the Seattle band, Heart, went from middle-class Bellevue teenagers to international stars.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley on Kanye West
What happened over the weekend? At 8:34 on Friday night, Kanye West tweeted. He said he'd be premiering a song in a half hour and we'd have to do what he said to hear it – we'd have to go to a particular address and stand outside with other people and watch a video projected onto the side of a building. Of course, the first video of the video was up within minutes, so most people didn't have to do any such thing.
When it comes to musical talent, there's no shortage in Seattle. The city boasts a thriving indie rock scene, great jazz and classical musicians, and the country's most popular hip-hop act, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
But the string trio The Onlies are little outside the norm. For one thing, Sami Braman, Ryan Calcagno and Leo Shannon play fiddle-inspired old-time and traditional tunes. And for another, despite performing together for a decade, none of the three is old enough to have a driver's license.
This Week In Olympia The state legislature begins its special session today. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a look at what to expect.
What Makes A Good Death? Retired pulmonary and critical care doctor, Jim deMaine, has seen his fair share of good and bad deaths. He shares his views on making a good and peaceful exit.
The Music Of The Onlies Samantha Braman, Riley Calcagno and Leo Shannon have been playing fiddle since they were 6, 4 and 5, respectively. Now 10 years later they’ve released their first full-length CD, "Setting Out To Sea." As freshmen at Garfield High School, The Onlies play their folk string music at concerts, festivals, weddings, dances; busking from Port Townsend to Portland, Ore. They’ve been a band for five years, creating original fiddle-driven music as well as traditional Celtic, old-time, American and Canadian inspired tunes.
Seattle is known for many things: coffee, the tech industry, and of course, rain. But hip-hop is not on that list. We asked people on the street which rap artists come from Seattle, and the only ones they could think of were Macklemore and Sir Mix-A-Lot. None had heard of a rapper who has lived here his whole life, M-Eaze.
Seattle Parks Plan Seattle officials want to hear from you about the future of the city’s parks. They're holding meetings this month to get public input on a parks plan that will guide where the city directs its resources in the years to come. We hear more from City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw.
Art Of Our City A new live music and film project explores the line between ambition and bad luck as it applied to the Donner Party. "We Are All Failing Them" is a new commission by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum (teaser below). It’s a song cycle performed live to film. We talk with composer Robin Holcomb about the latest venture in her wide-ranging career.
Neal Thompson On Robert “Believe It Or Not!” Ripley A 1936 newspaper poll declared Robert Ripley the most popular man in America. How did a young, awkward newspaper cartoonist become a worldwide adventurer synonymous with the strange and unusual? Official Ripley biographer Neal Thompson joins us.
Paying Internet Sales Tax The Senate voted on Monday on a bill that would end tax-free Internet shopping. Slate’s Matthew Yglesias joins us with a look at the Marketplace Fairness Act and who’s behind the push to collect taxes on your online purchases.
A Conversation With Early Television Actor Jan Merlin Jan Merlin starred in early television shows like Tom Corbett, Space Cadet and The Rough Riders. He went on to be an Emmy-winning script writer. He grew to love the escape that theater and film could provide after a profound World War II experience.