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4:09 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Ira Glass On The Future Of Radio

Ira Glass, host of "This American Life."
(AP Photo/Showtime, Monty Brinton)

With NPR’s popular Car Talk hosts retiring, public radio approaches a crossroads. Which way to go? Hit the archives to keep popular programs on the air, or create more new shows? The creator and host of This American Life has some ideas. We talk with Ira Glass about the present and future of public radio.

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Human Rights
2:54 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

"Half The Sky" Author Sheryl WuDunn On The Fight For Gender Equality

Young girl in Kolkata, India from the Independent Lens presentation of "Half the Sky" (Photo/Josh Bennett)

Is gender inequity the biggest issue of our time? Around the world, it’s not unusual for young girls from poor families to be kept out of school. In India, the mortality rate for girls under age five is 50 percent higher than it is for boys. Pulitzer Prize–winning author of “Half the Sky” Sheryl WuDunn talked with us earlier this year about education, poverty, maternal mortality, sex trafficking and gender inequality, and what can be done to help.

Books
2:49 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

FOUND Magazine’s Davy Rothbart

FOUND Magazine's Davy Rothbart. (Photo/Dan Busta)

FOUND Magazine creator and This American Life contributor Davy Rothbart joins us to talk about 10 years of FOUND and his new collection of essays, "My Heart Is An Idiot." Then, Marcie Sillman speaks with choreographer Amy O’Neal about her new solo performance at Velocity Dance Center.

Film
1:11 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Steven Bender: Films Of The Mexican-American Experience

Steven Bender is a law professor at Seattle University. He writes about the policies and issues involving Mexican–Americans. And, he’s also kind of obsessed with deconstructing popular culture messages about the lives and experiences of Latinos, because he’s seen a lot of negative stereotypes. Professor Bender talked with KUOW's Jamala Henderson about watching three films that present a more nuanced portrayal of Mexicans and the Mexican–American experience.

Cheech and Chong, "Born in East LA"

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Arts
4:40 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Actor And Storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky and KUOW's Steve Scher on stage at Seattle's Neptune Theater during Weekday Live.
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Character actor Stephen Tobolowsky is well-known for his roles as Ned Ryerson in "Groundhog Day" and Sandy Ryerson in TV’s "Glee."  Lately, he’s become highly regarded as a storyteller for his podcast and radio show The Tobolowsky Files, and a new book, "The Dangerous Animals Club." Stephen Tobolowsky joins us.

Music
12:58 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Sounds Familiar: Chopin's 'Funeral March'

KUOW Swing Years Host Amanda Wilde digs into the history behind the songs that sound familiar. This time out, we explore Chopin's “Funeral March.” Since it first appeared in the early 19th century, the famous tune has found its way into movies, cartoons, and funk and hip–hop music.  Amanda Wilde traces the lineage of Chopin's “Funeral March” with KUOW's Dave Beck. 

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Theater
10:49 am
Tue October 2, 2012

New Play At Seattle Repertory Theatre Honors Pullman Porters

A Pullman porter helps passenger onto train.
Wikipedia photo/unknown

For most of the 20th century, luxury travel meant train travel. And if you were lucky enough to afford it, you spent the night in a private Pullman sleeping car.

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Music
9:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

A Conversation With Dave Matthews

Dave Matthews performs in Milan, Italy, in 2010.
(Photo/Cifo aka Big Cif)

Musician Dave Matthews has a new album called “Away From The World.” He's just home from tour and joins us to muse on everything from the upcoming presidential election to avoiding wheat. Tune in for an off-the-cuff conversation between Dave and Steve, and pledge your support for KUOW.

Books
10:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Nancy Pearl's Books To Pass Along

Librarian Nancy Pearl.
KUOW Photo

Many of us pass along books we love to family and friends. If you could only pass along one book — one you truly love — which book would it be? Librarian Nancy Pearl gives Weekday her list of books that should be passed along to loved ones.

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Lifestyle
9:14 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Opium University

Ceramic opium pipe bowls; the center one has a toad design.
(N3 Photo/Tom Banse)

University of Idaho is unpacking 1000 pieces of rare opium smoking equipment. An eccentric collector beat his addiction. Now he just wants them out of his house. Correspondent Tom Banse has the intriguing back story of how these so-called "instruments of self-destruction" came to a small Northwest town.

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Family
4:40 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Homeless Mom: It Costs $700 A Month To Live In A Van

The back of Elizabeth Jay's Dodge Ram minivan doubles as her living room and bedroom.
KUOW Photo/Sarah Rosenthal

When Elizabeth Jay tallies up her living expenses each month, they come to about $700. That doesn't include rent, because Jay is homeless: she lives in her van.

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