Arts & Life


2:30 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Poet Christine Deavel On The Choice To Make Art

One of the diaries meticulously kept for over 50 years by Christine Deavel's relative, Sarah. Christine used Sarah's entries from 1914 as source material for her poems.
KUOW Photo/Elizabeth Austen

Why do we make art? and Is it worth the personal cost? are two of the central questions in Christine Deavel's poetry collection "Woodnote" (Bear Star Press, 2011). Deavel is the co-owner of a poetry-only bookstore in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood, and a graduate of the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop. "Woodnote" has even won the Washington State Book award for poetry. But even so, Deavel describes herself as someone who is almost constantly in crisis about why she, or anyone, writes. KUOW's Elizabeth Austen spoke with Christine Deavel about that ambivalence and how it plays out in her work.

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Traditional Brazilian Music
2:23 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

The Brazilian Sounds Of Choro: A Living Tradition

Seattle-based band Choroloco performs live in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Dave Beck

Stuart Zobel is the guitarist in the Seattle-based band Choroloco. The band plays music from Brazil called “choro.” Stewart says the infectious rhythms and melodies of the music, and the spirit of community associated with the choro style is what draws him to the music. He says:

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8:00 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Spider-Man, Captain America And X-Men: Marvel's Universe Of Comic-Book Superheroes

Spider-Man #1, Fantastic Four #232 and The Avengers #4.
Credit Wikipedia

Nearly half a century ago, a diverse group of characters began to capture children's hearts: Spider-Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, The X-Men. The epic Marvel universe has been a massive force in pop culture, inspiring countless books, films and becoming a multi-billion-dollar enterprise.

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12:13 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

"The Big Screen"

Ross Reynolds talks with film historian critic and commentator David Thomson about why he decided to undertake nothing less than the story of the movies in his new book, “The Big Screen.”

3:36 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Poet Dorothy Trogdon On Life “Under The Graphite Sky”

Orcas Island poet Dorothy Trogdon
Blue Begonia Press

Your attitude toward rain and seemingly endless dark skies may be the best litmus test for whether you are a true Northwesterner. Do you resist or embrace the shift toward dark, wet days? In her poems “Under the Graphite Sky” and “Strange How You Stay,” Orcas Island poet Dorothy Trogdon gives us a uniquely Pacific Northwestern view of winter.

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9:21 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Nancy Pearl's Sci-Fi Picks

Nancy Pearl
KUOW Photo

Librarian Nancy Pearl gives Weekday listeners her recommendations for science-fiction titles (and a few fantasy novels, too). Here are Nancy's picks:

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Elections 2012
11:51 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Is The Nation Better Off Than It Was Four Years Ago?

On the eve of the election, Ross Reynolds takes the pulse of listeners and asks, "Is the nation better off today than it was four years ago?"

10:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Nancy Pearl Recommends Science Fiction

Credit KUOW Photo

Science fiction is literature that asks “what if?” What if time travel was possible? What if robots took over? What if climate change made Earth uninhabitable? Nancy Pearl joins us with recommendations for science-fiction titles (including  “Angelmaker” by Nick Harkaway) and a conversation about the genre. What sci-fi are you reading? Share your picks with us at 206.543.5869 or

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12:47 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Audio Tour: Accessible Home By Karen Braitmayer

Karen Braitmayer in her kitchen.
KUOW Photo/David Hyde

Ross Reynolds gets a home tour from architect Karen Braitmayer and hears about what it's like to design homes for people in wheelchairs.

12:37 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

MC5 Guitarist Wants Music Behind Bars

Guitarist Wayne Kramer, founder of the band the MC5, plays one of the instruments that will be provided to jail inmates as part of the Jail Guitar Doors USA initiative, Jan. 2012.
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Wayne Kramer was the guitarist of the protopunk 60s band, the MC5. When the band broke up, Kramer drifted into addiction and drug dealing which landed him in a federal prison with a four-year term. Today he works on a program called Jail Guitar Doors, working to get music into prisons.  Ross Reynolds talks with Wayne Kramer about music programs in prison.

2:39 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Spooky Scary! KUOW Listeners Share Halloween Stories

"I wore this face paint to the thrift store this afternoon and a little girl saw me, turned to her mother and said, 'Mommy! Mommy! I saw a monster!'"
Flickr/Katie Cowden

This Halloween Ross Reynolds hears from listeners about their best costumes, best scares and favorite parts of Halloween.

12:00 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Why We Love Horror Movies

Last year we spoke with author Jason Zinoman who wrote, "Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror," and took some calls. To celebrate Halloween we've decided to bring you some highlights from that interview and a little more.

12:00 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

The Biblical Case For Same-Sex Marriage

Gene Robinson was the first openly gay bishop in a major Christian denomination. We’ll hear his personal story and find out why he thinks Christian critics of same-sex marriage are misreading the Bible.

Electoral Politics
8:00 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

The Devil You Know: Election Year Horror Stories

The Truth

Just in time for Halloween and this year's election, The Truth offers a special hour of horror stories that take place within the world of electoral politics. The Truth is a podcast that makes movies for your ears. The stories are entirely fictional, created with rich sound and professional-level acting, from Peabody-award winning producers Jonathan Michell and Kerrie Hillman.

8:37 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Does Hell Exist?

The new documentary "Hellbound" looks at the emerging debate among evangelical Christians about whether hell exists.  Filmmaker Kevin Miller interviews a variety of people for the movie including Seattle evangelical pastor Mark Driscoll of the Mars Hill Church.