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Bumbershoot
2:32 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Are Music Festivals Getting Too Big And Corporate?

Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with music journalist and author Charles R. Cross about music festivals in the Pacific Northwest. Have they become too big and corporate?

History
11:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

When Fishing Was The Common Language During Strained US-Soviet Relations

A copy of Life Magazine details the joint fishing venture between the US-Societ Union during the Cold War.
Courtesy of Lincoln County Historical Society

In the competitive world of fishing, joining forces can be tough work. It’s even more difficult if the two parties are superpowers at the height of Cold War tensions.

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RadioActive Youth Media
10:12 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Kathleen’s Encore: Former Opera Singer Says 'Having It All Is Highly Overrated'

Kathleen Gillette and her family in the mid-1990s.
Credit Courtesy of Kathleen Gillette

Kathleen Gillette has had a passion for singing for as long as she can remember. She was always "very excited about bringing a piece of music to the audience. I loved it. I just loved it.”

Life is about making difficult choices. Sometimes you make them, and other times it’s not up to you. For Gillette, life pulled the stage out from under her.

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Life Story
9:47 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Counterculture Icon Tom Robbins Tells Us Mostly True Stories

Credit Tom Robbins' book "Tibetan Peach Pie"

Today on Speakers Forum best-selling author Tom Robbins returns home to tell some mostly true stories from his new memoir, "Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life."

It starts with 5-year-old “Tommy Rotten” forcing his mother to take dictation, and leads to a very good Tom Clancy impersonation.

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Bumbershoot
9:53 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Seattle Rocker Embraces The F-Word: Failure

Musician Carrie Akre of the 90s band, Hammerbox.
Credit Jess Van Nostrand, The Project Room

Seattle was at the epicenter of the international music scene in the early 1990s. You've probably heard the stories about the bands that got big record deals, like Soundgarden, Mudhoney and Nirvana.

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Who's Bad?
7:35 am
Wed August 27, 2014

An Autistic Teen's Guide To Impersonating Michael Jackson

Impersonating Michael Jackson made it easier for Lorenzo Manuel to deal with the social pressures of middle school.
Courtesy of Lorenzo Manuel

It was homecoming dance at Roosevelt High School, and the Roosevelt football team had just been crushed. As it started getting late, the energy sunk even lower. People were mostly slow dancing; it was all Taylor Swift at that point.

Just then, a familiar tune started to play. The thinning crowd began to roar. A spotlight came on. As the first lyrics of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" shook the room, a skinny kid with short brown hair and a sparkly glove began to dance.

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Good Reads
2:32 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Charles Mudede's Book Picks For Microbes, Capitalism And Mysteries

Flickr Photo/Lockhaven (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with journalist and writer Charles Mudede about his suggestions for books to read before the summer ends: "The Ameoba in the Room," by Nicholas Money; "Willing Slaves of Capital," by Frederic Lordon; and the short stories of G.K. Chesterton.

Author Interviews
9:23 am
Mon August 25, 2014

In A Foster Home, Two Boys Become 'Kinda Like Brothers'

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 5:30 am

Before Coe Booth was a writer, she was a caseworker with child protective services in New York City, where she worked with teenagers and families in crisis. She was, at times, responsible for removing children from their homes and placing them with foster families. The foster parents would often have children of their own.

"I was always wondering: What would it be like for those kids to have these new kids come and leave and come and leave and not want to attach to them?" she tells Tess Vigeland, guest host of NPR's weekends on All Things Considered.

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Federal Way Seller
9:22 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Book News: First Superman Comic Soars To $3.2 Million At Auction

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 4:39 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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'Without Warning'
9:21 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Comic Book Aims To Boost Earthquake Preparedness

Dark Horse Comics produced a 12-page booklet to educate the public about earthquake preparedness.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 3:35 pm

Emergency managers in Oregon have a new tool to educate the public about earthquake preparedness. It's a comic book. And it's co-produced by one of the nation's top comic book publishers.

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Action Comics #1
2:40 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Federal Way Man Auctions Most Valuable Comic Ever

Credit The cover of "Action Comics: Number 1"

Ross Reynolds talks with Darren Adams, owner of the Federal Way comic book store Pristine Comics, about why he's auctioning off the most valuable comic of all time: "Action Comics #1" from 1938.

Scary Reads
9:44 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Gone Girl's Gillian Flynn On Becoming A Novelist (And Scaring The Heck Out Of People)

Credit Gillian Flynn's novel, "Gone Girl."

Welcome to the scary summer reading edition of Speakers Forum. This week you’ll be encouraged by our guest Gillian Flynn to read her best-selling novel, "Gone Girl," before the movie comes out in October.

You’ll hear her read the duly infamous “cool girl” passage, and learn the gritty details of her unusual writing technique. And as an added bonus, you’ll get Seattle writer Maria Semple’s take on the Flynn phenomenon.

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Author Interview
10:26 am
Thu August 21, 2014

The Origins Of American Hipsters

Credit Justin Martin's book, "Rebel Souls."

Marcie Sillman talks with author Justin Martin about his book, "Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians."

Photo Exhibit
2:57 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Beatlemania: Seattle Style

Paul McCartney and John Lennon at Seattle Center Coliseum, Aug. 21, 1964
Museum of History and Industry/Timothy Eagan

August 21, 1964.

That's the day the Beatles came to Seattle for the very first time.

The Fab Four played 12 songs — 29 minutes total — at the Seattle Center Coliseum. Despite the concert's brevity, by all accounts the 14,000 fans in attendance went wild.

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Video Killed The ...
9:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

How Seattle's Scarecrow Video Is Like A Kung Fu Movie

Matt Lynch works for Scarecrow Video
Credit Joshua McNichols / KUOW

Video stores are dead, they say.

Then how – and WHY – did the Seattle video store Scarecrow Video just raise $100,000 in a Kickstarter campaign?

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