How does the human digestive system actually work? Why can competitive eaters eat so much, so fast? Why do we like certain food textures better than others? Science writer Mary Roach is the author of books including “Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife" and "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers." She answers these questions and more in her latest book, “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal."
Our spring membership drive continues with two of our favorite recent interviews. First, we listen back to our conversation with actor and comedian David Alan Grier. He joined us in the studio to talk about his 30-year career in entertainment, from the theater to television's "In Living Color" to Broadway. Then, we revisit our talk with restaurateur Eddie Huang about food, hip-hop and the experience of growing up a first-generation immigrant in the US.
During our spring pledge drive, we hope to inspire you to act by pledging your support to KUOW. Books, of course can inspire action, too. The destruction of books in the novel “Fahrenheit 451” spurred the characters to start memorizing texts! What book spurred you to action? What did you do? Maybe you got involved in a movement, changed jobs or traveled somewhere you never planned to go. Public radio librarian Nancy Pearl takes your calls at 800.289.5869 and your emails: email@example.com. Also this hour: The Everett Herald's Jerry Cornfield gives a look ahead at the week in Olympia.
When you take stock of Seattle’s cultural institutions, you’ll often see the name Bagley Wright attached. More than 50 years ago, Wright helped transform the Seattle Art Museum from a small, family-run operation into what it is today. One of his final gifts to the museum he loved is “Mirror,” a permanent installation on SAM’s northwest facade that both the museum and the artist hope will spur urban conversation in downtown Seattle. Marcie Sillman talks with Virginia Wright about her husband’s legacy at Seattle Art Museum and throughout the city.