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Gay Rights
12:42 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

New Dan Savage Biography

Dan Savage speaking at Western University, March 2012.
Flickr/Better Than Bacon

Mark Oppenheimer has written extensively about both sides of the gay marriage argument, and in August he moderated The Dinner Table Debate between Dan Savage and Brian Brown. Now he has self-published a short biography on Dan Savage in e-book format, titled “Dan Savage: The First Gay Celebrity.” He joins Ross to talk about Dan Savage, gay marriage, and self-publishing.

Gardening
10:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Greendays Gardening

Ceanothus El Dorado
(Photo/Marty Wingate)

Weekday green thumbs Marty Wingate, Willi Galloway and Greg Rabourn join us to answer your flower, vegetable and native plant questions. Need guidance for your garden? Call us at 206.543.5869 or email weekday@kuow.org.

Books
9:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg On America's Favorite Insult

'Ascent of the A-Word' by Geoffrey Nunberg.
(Credit/PublicAffairs)

In “Ascent of the A-Word,” linguist and "Fresh Air" commentator Geoffrey Nunberg considers a word that has divided, offended and fascinated its users for the last 60 years. What is its essence? And what does it say about our values, impressions and relationships with other people? Nunberg joins us to discuss one of the culture’s most commonly hurled vulgarities and its place in society.

Theater
5:47 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

"The Ramayana" Premieres At Seattle's ACT Theatre

Cast members from ACT's production of "The Ramayana."
ACT Photo/Copyright LaRae Lobdell

“The Ramayana” is a sacred text for millions of Hindus.  Now Seattle’s ACT Theatre has adapted the epic saga of good and evil for the stage.  Playwrights Yussef El-Guindi and Stephanie Timm used an English translation of the original Sanskrit, and synthesized 24,000 verses into three hours of theater.

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Visual Arts
5:37 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Women Artists Take Over Seattle Art Museum

"The Blue Room," Suzanne Valadon,1923.
Courtesy Centre Pompidou, Paris

Nobody would argue over the fact that women have made significant contributions to the art world.  But a major new exhibition at Seattle Art Museum not only highlights contemporary women artists; it puts them front and center. 

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Crime
12:34 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Washington’s Most Wanted

To the world, Richard was Washington state’s Most Wanted, a thief and a murderer. But Richard’s chaplain Chris didn’t see him that way. To Chris, Richard was a sweet, well-meaning man who just wanted to be seen. Chris tells his story today.

Other stories from KUOW Presents:

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Home Repair
10:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Home Repair With Roger Faris

Favorite tools in a home-repair toolbox.
(Flickr photo/Gordon Ross)

Need a hand with a do-it-yourself home improvement project? Our home repair expert Roger Faris is here to answer your questions. Call us at 206.543.5869 or weekday@kuow.org.

Also this hour, we speak with attorney David Mann. He’s representing Seattle longshoremen and warehouse workers who say they’ll file a lawsuit to block a third sports arena in Sodo. Plus, we hear a poem from Dean Young and take a listen back to some of our interview with satirist Christopher Buckley (“They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?”).

Career Change
2:42 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

How Julia Child Changed Lara Hamilton's Life

The end result of Lara Hamilton's decision to quit her job: Book Larder in Fremont.
(Photo: Lara Hamilton)

Lara Hamilton was about to turn 40 when she realized she wanted to quit her job. She worried about losing a steady paycheck, but she really wanted to find work she loved. She found the courage to act from a surprising source: Julia Child. Lara tells KUOW's Jeannie Yandel how Julia helped her then, and now.

Other stories from KUOW Presents:

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Music Recommendation
12:26 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Timeless Protest Songs From The Inspirational Elaine Brown

Elaine Brown
(Image courtesy of Pat Thomas)

Local record producer and writer Pat Thomas recently compiled a collection of music written by and for the Black Power movement,  "Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1965–1975." One of the musicians he discovered in putting the album together is a woman named Elaine Brown. She was the head of the Black Panther party during the mid '70s. Today, she's most well known for her activism for prisoners, but Pat thinks her music from the late '60s and early '70s has a message that still applies today.  He recommends listening to "Seize The Time," "The End of Silence" and "Until We're Free."

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Travel
11:27 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Who Is Rick Steves?

Rick Steves (left) and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn on stage at Hempfest, 2011.
Jen Nance, Office of the Mayor Flickr

Travel guru Rick Steves has made his way into many a knapsack with his essential travel guides, but how did he first begin his travel business and what inspired that career? Ross Reynolds sits down with Rick Steves and goes beyond travel to hear his story. 

Seattle Census
9:52 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Living In A White City

Map based on 2010 census date. Red = non-Hispanic white, blue = African-American, green = Asian-American, orange = Hispanic, yellow = other. Each dot represents 25 residents. (Flickr Photo: Eric Fischer)

Seattle is one of the whitest cities in the country according to the most recent census. But what does that mean? What's it like to live in such a white city? We talk to you about the latest figures.

Religious Belief
12:38 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Self-Reflection Through Scottish Buddhism

Seattle writer Jay Craig.
(Ballard Writers Collective Photo/Peggy Sturdivant)

Seattle writer Jay Craig created his own religion. Its rules helped him deal with his bipolar disorder, and he thought it was good enough to overthrow Christianity. But when a close friend ended up in a mental institution claiming to be the daughter of God, Jay was forced to take a good, hard look at himself.

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Cultural Beliefs
1:53 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Brenda Peterson: Finding Common Ground

KUOW's Dave Beck speaks with Seattle author Brenda Peterson at the site where Brenda began the nonprofit organization Seal Sitters.
(Photo: Robin Lindsey)

It's sometimes difficult to engage in conversation with people whose beliefs are very different from your own. But Brenda Peterson, a West Seattle author and environmentalist, has found a place on a local beach where she can have those conversations. It's a sanctuary for Brenda where she finds connection with creatures of all kinds. And it's the place where she founded the nonprofit Seal Sitters a few years ago.

Seal Sitters is a volunteer organization that watches after seal pups that show up on Puget Sound beaches. Brenda Peterson speaks with KUOW's Dave Beck. Her new children's book, based on her experiences with Seal Sitters, is called "Leopard and Silkie."

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History
4:32 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Founding The University Of Washington, One Student At A Time

The original University of Washington, built in 1861 by Daniel Bagley and Arthur Denny, near what's now the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.
Wikipedia/public domain

The University of Washington is a respected institution of higher learning, serving more than 92,000 students on campuses in Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma. But it didn’t quite start out this way; in its first 25 years, the school went broke and even shut down for a brief time. It barely had enough students and faculty to fill a large room.

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Seattle Hip-Hop
11:15 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Ben Haggerty Is Better Known As Macklemore

Macklemore (left) and Ryan Lewis at Sasquatch music festival, 2011. (Flickr Photo: Chris Dube)

Seattle native and MC Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis sit down with Ross Reynolds to discuss their careers, upcoming album and involvement with Washington’s pro same-sex marriage campaign. 

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