U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds up a pair of Idaho potatoes as a gift for Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, standing right, at the start of their meeting at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Paris on Monday.
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An assistant shows the block with a red button marked "reset" in English and "overload" in Russian that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a 2009 meeting in Geneva.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin plays with his dogs Buffy (right) and Yume at his residence Novo-Ogariovo, outside Moscow on March 24, 2013. Bulgarian shepherd dog Buffy was presented to Putin by his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov, while Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda offered Putin the puppy Yume as a gift during the G20 in Mexico in June.
Both Olympic hopefuls racing for the U.S. Virgin Islands have Sun Valley ties. Jasmine Campbell (on left) is most likely to receive the one slot in Sochi allocated to the U.S territory. Sun Valley Ski Academy graduate (2013) Veronica Gaspar on right.
Seattle's got art. A lot of it. You've probably seen at least some of the city's vast public art holdings: sculptures in public library branches, decorative paving tiles on the sidewalks, the giant murals in the downtown bus tunnel.
Ross Reynolds talks with Vicki Robin about her latest book, "Blessing the Hand That Feeds Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth.” In it, she writes about an experiment she did in 2010 to eat only locally-sourced food within 10 miles of her Whidbey Island home. She is a local leader in the sustainable living movement and one of the founders of Sustainable Seattle.
Online retail juggernaut Amazon ruffled a few feathers on the University of Washington campus last week by setting up a booth to promote its Amazon Student program – just 20 feet away from the University Book Store’s outpost in the Husky Union Building.
In 2005, Rosemary Mahoney was assigned to write a magazine profile of the woman who started Tibet's first school for the blind, Braille Without Borders.
Sabriya Tenberken, who is blind herself, traveled to Tibet as a young woman and found that blind children there had no access to education, which motivated her to set up a program. During college in Germany, where she grew up, Tenberken also developed the first Braille script for the Tibetan language.
Nancy Pearl is looking forward to reading at least three books coming out in 2014. Of course, this is only the start of her 2014 reading list.
In fiction, the popular Jo Walton has another science fiction novel, “My Real Children.” In non-fiction, “Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War,” by Amanda Vaill and “Flappers: Six Women Of A Dangerous Generation,” by Judith Mackrell.
David Hyde gets some historical perspective on revenge politics from Kenneth C. Davis, historian and author of "Don't Know Much About History," in light of the New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's recent traffic scandal.
David Hyde talks with Robert Thompson, Director of the Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture Trustee at Syracuse University about racial diversity on television. From The Cosby Show to In Living Color to Scandal, for the last three decades shows starring and produced by African-Americans have been huge hits; but primetime television still remains mostly white.