Recently, billionaire Warren Buffett confessed that he used to be terrified of public speaking. In college he avoided registering for classes that involved speaking in front of the class. Maybe you share this problem with Warren Buffet. David Hyde talks speaking tips with University of Washington lecturer Matt McGarrity, who started speaking for college radio audiences at age 13. Now he’s director of the University of Washington Speaking Center. His new online course will reach students from the UW campus to India and Madagascar.
Don't Patent Human Genes In a unanimous vote the United State Supreme Court has said you may not patent human genes. The biotech company Myriad Genetics patented BRCA 1 and BRCA 2, the genes that have been found to be linked to breast and ovarian cancer. Dr. Mary-Claire King first found evidence of the existence of the BRCA 1 gene while working at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. King will explain what the Supreme Court’s decision means for the science and research community.
Science News, It's Not Just Nobel Anymore Many have heard of the Nobel Prize, but it is no longer the only big prize scientist receive. There has been a rise in scientific awards that come with a million dollar bonus. Science journalist Zeeya Merali explains how these new awards can benefit and hurt the scientific community.
Letters From Famous Fathers What would you put in a letter to your son or daughter? How do you transcend the moment and pen words of advice or love that they can carry with them all their lives? Paul Stetler asked himself those question when he sat down to write a letter to his son. He was inspired by a letter his dad had written to him years ago. It became the subject of a new play Stetler has curated called "Dear Dad." The play features the intimate letters of famous American fathers, from John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan to John Steinbeck and Jackson Pollock.
There are lots of great dads out there. Not all of them are human. Lissa Ongman is an animal scientist who grew up in Woodinville, Wash. She's known two great models of fatherhood in her life. One was her own dad. The other came from a place she never expected.
Children's book author Maurice Sendak is a kind of father figure for many of us. He had a profound sympathy for children and never belittled their emotions. He daylit their anxieties and coaxed them into poetic form in books like Where the Wild Things Are, In The Night Kitchen, and Outside Over There (a book that frightens many adults).
In 2009, a pair of Newsweek reporters interviewed an 81-year-old Sendak. The result was a good article. But the interview itself never aired, so we're playing it on KUOW today. There's an animated version, too:
Today, we concluded the WGBH series on Human Trafficking. Noel Gomez is a local activist trying to end sex trafficking here in Seattle. She's the founder of the Organization Of Prostitution Survivors. She told us two stories back in 2010:
Since the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban against gay youth members in May, a handful of churches around the Puget Sound area have decided to cut ties with the organization. Meanwhile, some churches have indicated they are awaiting guidance from national leadership before they make any changes to their existing charters with Scouting units.
Understanding The Facts Behind Human Trafficking Is Seattle the number one place for sex trafficking in the country? Is Washington state third in the country? That’s what some people are hearing. Facts and figures are used to inform the public and lawmakers about human trafficking but misinformation can be passed on as well. KUOW’s Sara Lerner joins us to explain how we get the right and wrong information about human trafficking.
Reflections On Commencement Seattle’s Tom Doelger has been teaching English to high school students at Lakeside School since 1985. This time of year he’s often called on to speak to graduating students and their families. Doegler's reflections on life’s crossroads are always drawn from his own personal experiences. Doegler's path to teaching was an unlikely one. He underwent a jarring life transition as he moved from the glamorous world of 1970s Aspen, Colo. ski patrol to a job teaching writing to middle schoolers. Doelger speaks with KUOW’s Dave Beck about his book “On Occasion: Tom Doelger Speaks.”
The Woman Behind “Let’s Pretend” There weren’t a lot of female directors during the Golden Age of Radio. Nila Mack was one of the few who earned herself an office on the 14th floor of CBS beside Edward R. Murrow.
Recommended Eating Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!
Art Of Our City You may not know his name, but you’ve probably seen Seattle-based artist Buster Simpson’s work. On First Avenue, you’ll find a couple of stone benches made by Simpson more than three decades ago, partly so the Belltown homeless people would have a place to sit. He’s installed some creative downspouts on buildings on Belltown’s Vine Street, part of an unrealized project that would crack open the asphalt that covers the street and turn Vine into a green belt that runs into Elliot Bay. Buster Simpson almost always works in public, and almost always addresses issues that affect our natural and built environment. The Frye Museum has mounted a 40 year retrospective. It’s called “Buster Simpson: Surveyor.”
Dan Savage On Faith, Sex, Love And Politics Dan Savage is an author, activist and nationally syndicated columnist. He writes the weekly “Savage Love” column and hosts Savage Lovecast, one of the most downloaded podcasts on iTunes. In 2010, Savage and his husband Terry Miller launched the It Gets Better online video project to help LGBT teens. In his latest book “American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics,” he explores issues such as health care, gun control, marriage equality and more.
Have you ever wandered through a farmers market and found yourself staring at a beautiful vegetable and thought, “Man, I have zero idea what that is.” If so, it’s time to pull out a pad and paper. David Hyde kicks off a brand new segment called "Getting Fresh with Ross and Sheryl" featuring Sheryl Wiser of the Cascade Harvest Coalition and manager of the Puget Sound Fresh program.
The Rise In Heroin Use There has been an alarming rise in the number of young people using heroin according to a newly released UW study. What is causing the increase? Heroin users are hard to monitor. What numbers were crunched to give us these latest statistics? Caleb Banta-Green researched and authored the report on “Heroin Trends Across Washington State.”
Nancy Pearl Recommends Mysteries Book commentator Nancy Pearl stops by with a brief book recommendation for your summer reading. This week she recommends "The Last Policeman" by Ben Winters and "Crashed" by Timothy Hallinan.
What's In The Fridge? Americans waste a lot of food, partly because we don’t know how to reinvent our leftovers. The Chef in the Hat regularly helps us imagine new cooking ideas. So look in your fridge, and tell us what you have on hand. Then call 206.543.5869 and Thierry Rautureau will tell invent a new meal for you tonight!
In "Epiphanette," Woodinville poet Dennis Caswell speculates on what happens to the "carefree cognitive tumbleweed" of his baby daughter's mind when it "is struck by the SUV of enlightenment" in the form of a little epiphany.
Already she baby-knows: A dance you learn; the dancer you're stuck to. from "Epiphanette"
A Trip To The SPD Evidence Warehouse Crime is in the news every day, and each case has evidence that has to be stored somewhere. The Seattle Police Department’s evidence warehouse is full of guns and drugs as you might expect, but it also houses the unexpected. Items like a massage table, a brass bed, skis and arrows. Katy Sewall takes a peek behind the scenes.
Jerick Hoffer AKA Jinkx Monsoon Fresh off his win on the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and ahead of a performance in Hairspray at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, we talk with actor, singer and performer Jerick Hoffer, stage name Jinkx Monsoon.
Greendays Gardening Our expert gardening panel knows flowers, native plants and vegetables. Have a question? They offer guidance for your garden every Tuesday. Email your question to Weekday.
“Alive and Well” At SIFF The documentary “Alive and Well” takes viewers inside the lives of seven people who have been affected by Huntington’s disease. From those who carry the gene to family members turned caregivers, the film tells the story of what it’s like to live with a genetic, neurological disorder. Huntington’s disease is degenerative, slowly breaking down the nerve cells of the brain. A person with a parent with Huntington’s has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the gene mutation. Director Josh Taft and executive producer Liz Weber explain their motivation for making the film.
Islam’s “Spiritual Gems” Nearly a quarter of the world’s population looks to the Qur’an for spiritual guidance. What does the Islamic holy book have to say about life? Katy Sewall talks with Jamal Rahman, author of “Spiritual Gems of Islam.”
Weather and Hike of the Week Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.
In some states you still have to get a blood test before you get married, but no state requires you to get a credit check before getting married. How important is it to sit down with a bottle of wine and talk debt before you walk down the aisle? David Hyde talks to financial expert Jane Bryant Quinn who says it should be at the top of your list. She’s the author of a book called "Making the Most of Your Money Now."