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American Gun History
3:35 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Can You Remember When The Second Amendment Was A Non-Issue?

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Ross Reynolds talks to Michael Waldman about his new book "The Second Amendment: A Biography." Gun control has been a hot topic for years and the debate will play out in Washington this November in the form of two rival initiatives on guns. 

Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, says for decades of American history the Second Amendment was a non-issue. 

Technotopia
3:24 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

New HBO Documentary 'Love Child' Looks At Gaming Addiction

The HBO documentary "Love Child" tells the story of a South Korean couple whose baby starved to death while they spent up to 12 hours a day taking care of a virtual child. (Courtesy of HBO)

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 12:19 pm

In 2010, there were headlines around the world that a South Korean couple had let their 3-month-old daughter starve to death while they spent up to 12 hours a day playing “Prius Online” at a local internet cafe.

Ironically, in “Prius,” players take care of an “anima,” a child-like character, so the couple was neglecting their real life child to care for a virtual one.

But the courts found that the couple suffered from an addiction to the Internet and gave them minimal jail time.

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Johnpaul Jones
8:36 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Memories Of Exclusion Inspire Seattle Architect's Work

President Barack Obama awards the 2013 National Humanities Medal to architect Johnpaul Jones from Bainbridge, Wash., during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, July 28, 2014.
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Seattle architect Johnpaul Jones will receive the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama on Monday. The White House says he will be the second Native American to receive the medal.

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Music And Politics
2:32 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

'The Best Music Is A Blank Slate': Charles R. Cross On Knowing Too Much About Musicians

Musician Ted Nugent's shows at the Emerald Queen Casino were cancelled over remarks he made about President Obama.
Flickr Photo/Jan Kjellin (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Jeannie Yandel talks with Seattle-based music writer and critic Charles R. Cross about why it's almost always better to know less about a musician's personal life and political views. The Puyallup Tribe announced they're canceling rock musician Ted Nugent's shows at the Emerald Queen Casino, saying comments Nugent recently made about President Obama helped push them to cancel the shows.

"Truman Show" Delusion
2:31 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Is Your Entire Life Just a TV Show?

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Ross Reynolds talks with psychologist Joel Gold, who co-authored the book "Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness." The book deals in part with the "Truman Show" delusion: a belief that everyone around you is an actor, and you're the star of a TV show. 

Ignite Seattle
11:19 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Passionate Topic, Packed Auditorium, Five Minutes - Go!

At Ignite Seattle 24 Seijen Takamura asks, "Can bicycles be lonely?"
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Since 2006, Ignite Seattle has given Puget Sounders the opportunity to share their insights into a topic they’re passionate about. It’s the prototype for what has become an international event.

The concept is simple. Have a great idea? Share it. The only catch? You have to do it in front of a packed auditorium, in five minutes.

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Good Reads
3:24 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Nancy Pearl On Non-Fiction That Reads Like Fiction

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Ross Reynolds talks with book lusting former librarian Nancy Pearl about why she says "Factory Man," Beth Macy's non-fiction book about a family furniture company, reads like a page-turning fiction tale.

Music
3:31 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

What About Bob? Explaining The Obsession Of Dylan Fans

Ross Reynolds talks with author David Kinney about this new book "The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob."

Seattle Hip-Hop
8:17 am
Mon July 21, 2014

First Listen: Shabazz Palaces, 'Lese Majesty'

Shabazz Palaces' new album, Lese Majesty, comes out July 29.
Patrick O'Brien-Smith Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 5:41 am

Broadcasting live from the land of legal weed and sliding into the frame like a giant Pacific octopus, here comes Lese Majesty, the third album from Seattle's Shabazz Palaces. It's definitely hip-hop, but... was that a drum? Human? Synthesizer? Sample of an old record? We may never know. MC and producer Ishmael Butler keeps his cards close.

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Smart Women
6:56 am
Mon July 21, 2014

To Meet A 'Mockingbird': Memoir Recalls Talks With Harper Lee

Harper Lee, pictured in 2007 before receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 5:34 am

In 1960, Harper Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird, won the Pulitzer Prize, and overnight became one of America's most beloved writers. But Lee was overwhelmed by the media blitz that followed. She retreated from the public eye, became wary of journalists, and never published another book.

Then, in 2001, a reporter for The Chicago Tribune showed up in Lee's hometown of Monroeville, Ala., to work on a story about the town, which is the model for the fictional setting of Lee's novel.

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Performing Arts
2:22 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

The Racial Undertones Of 'The Mikado'

'The Mikado' presented by Metro Theatre, Vancouver, in 2014.
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Jeannie Yandel talks to Josephine Lee, English and Asian American studies professor at the University of Minnesota, about the checkered history of the Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado."

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Storytelling
10:46 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Rebecca Solnit On The Power Of A Story

Author Rebecca Solnit.
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Human beings have been drawn to stories for thousands of years. They captivate us. We yearn for them — “tell the one about … ” — ad infinitum. Sometimes we get the story right. Sometimes not. Stories break. Stories change. And sometimes it helps to turn a story upside down.

Our guest is writer and historian Rebecca Solnit. Her books explore ecology, landscape, community, art and politics.

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Book Reviews
10:19 am
Thu July 17, 2014

A Supernatural Family Reunion In 'The Book Of Life'

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 5:25 am

One upon a time, historian Deborah Harkness was doing research at Oxford's Bodleian Library when she accidentally discovered a lost book that had belonged to 16th-century astronomer John Dee. A few years later, her first novel, A Discovery of Witches, told the story of Diana Bishop, a historian who accidentally discovers a lost manuscript called Ashmole 782 in the Bodleian Library, and realizes it's a magical text of crucial importance to the daemons and vampires that crowd the streets of Oxford — not to mention the witches (a group to which Diana reluctantly belongs).

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Photography
7:58 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Ocean Waves As You Have Never Seen Them Before

A large wave on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, sucks sand off of the seafloor and into the wave itself. This photo is the cover image of Clark Little's latest coffee table book, Shorebreak.
Clark Little

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 7:33 am

Clark Little photographs ocean waves.

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October Debut
2:02 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Marvel Comics Rewrites Thor Into A Woman

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 7:32 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And our last word in Business is Goddess of Thunder.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Marvel Comics is turning one of its biggest superheroes into a woman. Thor is the hammer-wielding, long-haired protagonist, based on the god of Norse mythology.

INSKEEP: Who's been fighting aliens, demons and even Dracula since 1960s. The new Thor will be the eighth title from Marvel to feature a lead female. The publisher says it's aiming to speak directly to women and girls, not the traditional target audience for comic books.

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