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Hustle And Bustles
3:01 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Seattle Arts Institutions Host Rare Sale Of Owl Headpieces And 'Figaro' Cast-Offs

Melinda Rose models the head of an owl costume from the Seattle Opera's Rusalka. The rest of the costume was too small.
KUOW Photo/Matthew Streib

Ross Reynolds discusses the once-a-decade sale last weekend in which the Seattle Opera, Teatro ZinZanni, Village Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre and the Pacific Northwest Ballet gave the public a rare opportunity to buy their elaborate costumes.

Arts And Culture
2:52 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Keeping Scarecrow Alive: The Continued Value Of Video Stores

The sign at Scarecrow says "open" -- and many hope it will stay that way as the iconic video store transitions into a nonprofit.
Credit Flickr Photo/Java Colleen (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to professor Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University, about the rise and fall of video stores and what their value is in the community.

Good Reads
2:38 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

A Book Pick To Get You As Obsessed With Ants As Sherman Alexie

Author Sherman Alexie in the KUOW studios.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Arwen Nicks gets book recommendations from authors Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter.

Alexie has recently become an unofficial ant expert after reading Mark W. Moffett's "Adventures Among Ants," saying that they are the only other species to go to war.

Walter's pick is a novel by Jenny Offil called "Dept. of Speculation."

Popular Culture
2:43 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Ads Reflect Culture, Whether We Like It Or Not

This undated image provided by Nordstrom shows a model in a wheelchair advertising boots in the company’s annual July anniversary catalog, which is its biggest sale event of the year.
Credit Nordstrom handout

Jeannie Yandel talks with Jean Kilbourne, creator of the film series, "Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image Of Women," about Nordstrom's decision to include disabled models and what that tells us about society.

War In Afghanistan
3:26 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

'Kill Team' Soldiers From JBLM Profiled In New Documentary

A still from the trailer for "Kill Team"
Credit YouTube

Marcie Sillman talks with filmmaker Dan Krauss about his new documentary, "The Kill Team." The film features the story of Private Adam Winfield, who attempted to warn the military of war crimes against innocent civilians in Afghanistan. He later plead guilty to involvement in a killing and was sentenced for three years in prison.

Publishing Showdown
2:53 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Amazon Vs. Hachette: Two Local Authors Weigh In

Authors Maria Semple and Robert Dugoni have differing views over the Amazon/Hatchette feud.
Flickr Photo/Neon Tommy (CC-BY-NC-ND) and Mark Coggins (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle area novelists Maria Semple ("Where'd You Go Bernadette") and Robert Dugoni ("The Jury Master"), who are on either side of a literary feud between Amazon and Hachette, a major publishing house. 

Hachette authors say Amazon is retaliating by making it harder for people to buy their books. Amazon supporters say they want to keep prices low for consumers.

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Poetry
2:51 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Poet Michelle Peñaloza Maps Seattle Heartbreaks

Poet Michelle Peñaloza's Landscape/Heartbreak project has given her a uniquely intimate perspective on Seattle.
Credit Dawn Tyler

Ever since she moved to Seattle from Eugene a little over a year ago, poet Michelle Peñaloza has been inviting volunteers to walk with her from Hugo House in Capitol Hill to a place in the city where their hearts were broken. 

Along the walk, each person tells Peñaloza the story of the heartbreak. She records and maps the conversation using her phone’s GPS system, and transforms some of the walks and conversations into poems.

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Performing Arts
1:24 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Tony Kushner Reflects On The Power Of 'Angels In America'

Angels in America, Tony Kushner's 1985 epic play, kicked off the Intiman Theatre season this week.
Credit Intiman Theatre

Tony Kushner was an aspiring playwright with only a single play produced when the artistic leaders of San Francisco's Eureka Theatre asked if he would write something for them.

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Good Reads
4:22 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Nancy Pearl On Historical Mysteries

KUOW Photo

Ross Reynolds interviews Nancy Pearl about her latest book recommendation, "Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire," by Ruth Downie.

Obituary
4:45 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Robin Williams: A Supreme Talent Who Was Always On

Robin Williams performs during the Sixth Annual Stand Up for Heroes charity event at the Beacon Theatre in New York in 2012.
Mike Coppola Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 8:16 am

For many years, Robin Williams seemed like a talent who had no off switch.

From his standup comedy work to TV roles to talk show appearances to Oscar-caliber movies and performances on Broadway, Williams was a dervish of comedy — tossing off one-liners, biting asides and sidesplitting routines in a blizzard of accents, attitudes and goodhearted energy.

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Author Interview
2:49 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Novelist Amy Bloom On Finding The Way Through Chaos

Credit Amy Bloom's novel "Lucky Us."

Ross Reynolds interviews novelist Amy Bloom about her new book "Lucky Us." It's about two half-sisters, one a starlet, the other a sidekick, finding their way in the chaos of the years around World War II.

Bloom says the inspiration for the book was the character of Gus, an German-American man who is unjustly accused of working for the Nazis. Gus finds himself sent to an internment camp in North Dakota and then deported to Germany, a country he never lived in. Yet he maintains an amazing equilibrium.

He's proof of Bloom's line, "Some people can survive getting hit by a bus, others can not survive a bee sting."

'Planet Of The Apes'
2:18 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

How A Seattle Orangutan Inspired Hollywood

Towan the orangutang watches actress Karin Konoval work at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
Courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo, Karin Konoval

Ross Reynolds talks with actress Karin Konoval about her portrayal of "Maurice," the orangutan in the last two installments of the "Planet of the Apes" franchise. She was inspired by her work with Towan, an orangutan at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. His keeper, Laura McComesky, also speaks about how the zoo is helping conservation efforts to protect endangered orangutans.

RadioActive Youth Media
10:41 am
Fri August 8, 2014

RadioActive: Music For All Ages And Lessons From Opera Singers

RadioActive Producers Noah Phillips-Reardon (L) and Ernesto Morfin celebrate finishing this podcast!
Credit KUOW Photo / Jenny Asarnow

Come with Noah Phillips-Reardon and Ernesto Morfin and hear two musical stories in this final podcast of RadioActive's Summer 2014 Workshop. Noah finds out why some shows in Seattle aren't all ages, and Ernesto learns life lessons from an opera singer. 

RadioActive is KUOW's program for high school students. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook.

Author Interview
10:30 am
Fri August 8, 2014

The History Behind One Of The Most Contentious Amendments

Credit Michael Waldman's book "The Second Amendment: A Biography"

Most Americans don’t question an individual’s right to own a gun, with certain exceptions. But in an age when senseless public shootings make frequent headlines, many question the limits of gun ownership. 

And though a large majority of Americans say they support expanded background checks for gun ownership, Congress can’t come to any agreement on possible legislation.

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SIFF
2:34 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Local Filmmaker Follows 'Old Goats' With Dementia Tragi-Comedy

Ross Reynolds speaks with Issaquah-based filmmaker Taylor Guterson about his new film, "Burkholder," which opens at SIFF on Friday. 

Guterson doesn't use a script. He suggested situations and let the actors improvise lending a documentary feel to many scenes.

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