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Tech Future
2:59 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Internet Of Things: Connecting All Objects With Mini Devices

The Internet of Things as visualized by an artist.
From Wikipedia

Ross Reynolds speaks with Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, about the Internet of Things, and how it will connect with our bodies, our homes, our communities, our goods, and even the dirt beneath our feet.

IoT refers to the idea of equipping all objects with minuscule identifying devices or machine-readable identifiers. A Pew Research Center report predicts IoT will thrive by 2025.

Commencement
1:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

As More Speakers Get The Boot, Who's Left To Send Off Graduates?

Several high-profile commencement speakers have resigned in the wake of student protests this graduation season.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:59 pm

Graduation Season? More like Disinvitation Season.

As students across the country prepare for pomp and circumstance, college and university administrators are grappling with a series of commencement speech boondoggles.

This year alone, nearly a dozen big-name commencement speakers — including the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — have been invited to speak at graduation ceremonies, only to withdraw or have their invitations rescinded in the wake of campus protests.

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Poetry
2:36 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

The Street-Level View From Poet J.W. Marshall

Poet and bookstore owner J.W. Marshall
Credit Courtesy of Rebecca Hoogs

In "50th & Sunnyside" and "Poem of Our Good Fortune," poet and Seattle native J.W. Marshall  proves that getting out of your car — whether to become a pedestrian or a bus rider — changes everything.

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Bibliophilia
2:33 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Nancy Pearl Finds Library Passion In Pictures

Suzzallo Library on the University of Washington's campus is an oasis for bibliophiles.
Flickr Photo/B Gallatin (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks to book hugger Nancy Pearl about a book that shares her passion for libraries. Also, she re-introduces us to an author she considers one of the best to ever put pen to paper.  

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No Time For Play
7:21 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Seattle-Area Kids Don’t Get Enough P.E., But Who Is Keeping Track?

Fourth-graders at Schmitz Park Elementary in West Seattle play capture the flag in their outdoor P.E. class.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

At a playfield in West Seattle, physical education teacher C.J. Sealey referees with a piercing whistle. Sealey aims to get these kids moving – after all, state law demands that elementary and middle school students get at least 100 minutes of P.E. every week.

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Canine Curiosities
12:02 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Turnspit Dogs: The Rise And Fall Of The Vernepator Cur

A turnspit dog at work in a wooden cooking wheel in an inn at Newcastle, Carmarthen, Wales, in 1869.
Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 3:45 pm

In an old hunting lodge on the grounds of an ancient Norman castle in Abergavenny, Wales, a small, extinct dog peers out of a handmade wooden display case.

"Whiskey is the last surviving specimen of a turnspit dog, albeit stuffed," says Sally Davis, longtime custodian at the Abergavenny Museum.

The Canis vertigus, or turnspit, was an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain in the 16th century. The small cooking canine was bred to run in a wheel that turned a roasting spit in cavernous kitchen fireplaces.

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Equality In Sports
3:22 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

How The First Openly Gay NFL Player Could Open Doors For Others

Michael Sam runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in February. He was drafted to the St. Louis Rams last weekend.
AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Ross Reynolds talks with Dave Zirin, sports editor at The Nation, about Michael Sam — the first openly gay football player to be drafted by a National Football League team.

Outdoor Activity
2:00 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

With Warmer Weather, It'll Soon Be Time To Take A Hike

Getting antsy for hiking season? Seabury Blair has recommendations.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Steve Scher talks with Seabury Blair Jr., a local author of hiking books, about where to go in the Cascades and on the Olympic Penninsula when you get an itching to head for the hills.

Blair is author of Day Hike! Olympic Peninsula, part of the Day Hikes! series of books from Sasquatch Press.

Health Reform
11:11 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Parents Discover That Even Obamacare Has Gaps

The Clarks, from left to right: Jenni, Luke, Jonathan and Micah. Micah, 2, was rushed to Children's with groin pain - his family later learned that Children's wasn't included in their new health plan.
Credit Photo Courtesy Jenni Clark

Not all health plans are the same, as Washington consumers have learned the hard way.

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Comedy
10:28 am
Mon May 12, 2014

The Pains Of Parenting, And Other Life Lessons From Louis C.K.

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 5:49 am

Louis C.K. has made a career in comedy by going places others won't. He can be shockingly crude and deeply insightful in the same sentence.

In his Emmy-award winning TV show called Louie, the comedian basically plays himself — a divorced standup comic in New York with two kids. Season 4 of the show kicked off last week.

Louie is "right where I started him, really," he tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "Some stuff happened, but he ended up back where he was, which sort of is the way things work. It's a zero-sum game, at times."

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Sexual Abuse
10:28 am
Mon May 12, 2014

A Voice For Abuse Survivors Within The Catholic Church

Marie Collins (left) and Vatican spokesman father Federico Lombardi leave at the end of a press conference at the Vatican on May 3, 2014. Collins, a clergy abuse survivor, was chosen as a member of Pope Francis' abuse advisory board.
Riccardo De Luca AP

Originally published on Sun May 11, 2014 8:47 am

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

For decades Marie Collins has advocated on behalf of sex abuse victims and spoken out against the way the Catholic Church has handled the crisis.

Collins was selected by Pope Francis to sit on the new commission he set up to try to right past wrongs and to make recommendations for dealing with pedophile priests in the future.

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Astoria, Port Angeles, Nanaimo
8:20 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Large Cruise Ships Call On Small Northwest Ports To Fill Out Itineraries

The Norwegian Pearl at port in Astoria, Oregon in May 2013.

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 5:17 pm

Cruise season has begun in the Pacific Northwest with the arrival of gleaming cruise ships. They'll be steaming back-and-forth to Alaska all summer from Vancouver and Seattle.

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Art and Tech
3:25 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Flight Path: Bees, A Hackathon And Sea-Tac Airport

Beekeepers manage hives at Sea-Tac airport as a plane flies overhead.
Rod Hatfield

Did you know there are bees at Sea-Tac Airport? Twenty beehives are already in place in green space around the airport. And tonight, a two-day hackathon gets going that’s centered around the idea of bees and flight. It’s connected to a new art installment that’s going in at Sea-Tac: “Flight Path.”

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Mother's Day
2:45 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Looking Back: A Young Irish Mom's Painful Decision

In 1988, Sian Cullen was an Irish teenager who had fallen in love with an older guy. Their relationship was brief and she got pregnant. Cullen, now a hairstylist in Seattle, told KUOW's Isolde Raftery about the biggest decision of her life: Whether to give up her newborn for adoption.

Mother's Day
2:41 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Seattleites Share Fond Mom Stories

Flickr Photo/Dr Case

In honor of Mother's Day, we sent Producer Posey Gruener to Green Lake Park in Seattle to gather fond recollections of moms.

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