"Weekday" producer Katy Sewall (seated, left) her sophomore year, with her date, Per, and friends. Mercer Island High School theme in 1993 was the classic "Stairway to Heaven."
"The Conversation" producer Arwen Nicks (left) at one of the nine proms she attended (or crashed) throughout high school. Her dress was custom made by a friend for ease in changing her look for each prom.
Katy Sewall at prom number two, her junior year, with Joel. She didn't go to prom her senior year because "it wasn't worth spending $150."
General manager Wayne Roth and his lovely date smile for the camera before heading to a formal dance, sophomore year of college.
Stephanie Shandera, KUOW office manager, in her family living room before prom in Yakima, Wash. When asked if she made curfew that night she said, "I was Catholic girl. I followed the rules."
Bond Huberman, KUOW's social media producer, still has her prom dress. Her red tresses, however, are a distant memory. She and her lucky date are off to prom 2000 at the High School of Performing & Visual Arts, Houston, Texas.
Jenna Montgomery, director of digital media, with her prom date at Garfield High School, 1995. Her heels put her a good half-foot taller than her date. Talk about feeling on top of the world!
Web producer Kara McDermott's date asked her to prom by slipping the question into her favorite book, "Pride and Prejudice." She owns 10 copies of the book today and is still friends with the gentleman who took her to Issaquah High School's prom in 2005.
Lila Kitaeff, producer for KUOW's youth media program, and her date Dominic at Garfield's prom, 1996. They almost didn't make the dance; Dominic’s “hoopdiemobile” (affectionately, his car) wouldn't start after dinner.
In 1994, long before Ann Dornfeld covered Garfield High School as KUOW’s education reporter, she was just another GHS junior, dancing to R. Kelly amidst the purple taffeta with her date, Mort.
Program director Jeff Hansen with his date, Roxanne, before prom at Coon Rapids Senior High School. He wasn't in formal wear yet; he had to start his '55 Pontiac by crawling under it with a wrench.
Announcer Lisa Brooks with her date Ralph. They met working summers at Hershey Park. Prom was at a motor inn in Carlysle, Penn. Lisa had a fantastic time!
Underwriting representative Courtney Miller at the Idaho Falls High School junior prom, aptly named "Cool Change." Dig the light beams. Ah, 1980.
Seattle-Area Employment Picture Brightens The region's economic picture appears to be brightening as King County's unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in April. We hear why from Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton.
Call In: What Do You Remember About Prom? It’s prom season. When you were in high school, did you go to prom? What memory stands out years later? Maybe it’s the way you were asked to prom. Maybe it is some little detail you’ll never forget. Maybe what you remember is why you didn’t go to prom. Share your funny, touching, sweet and embarrassing memories of prom with us at 206.543.5869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Radio Retrospective: Not all Sound Effects Jobs Are Created Equal Sound effects artists were in high demand during the golden age of radio. That doesn’t mean they were all equals; there definitely was a pecking order. We’ll find out what it was.
Boy Scouts of America Vote On Gay Scouts Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America are gathered in Texas for a historic vote to decide whether gay youth can participate in the Scouts. Former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna is an Eagle Scout and executive vice president of the Chief Seattle Council of the BSA. He joins us from Dallas.
Nancy Pearl Recommends Summer Books What should you be reading on airplanes, road trips, while lounging on the beach or unwinding during those long summer evenings? Nancy Pearl has a few recommendations to keep your mind and spirit entertained during the summer months.
Home Repair Advice With Roger Faris How’s your home holding up? Maybe you have some projects you have been meaning to get to. Get help this morning from home repair expert Roger Faris who will be on hand to take your calls at 206.543.5869 around 9:30 a.m. You can also email your questions right now to email@example.com.
Did you ever have an imaginary friend? Maybe a furry blue monster who hates stop signs or a chattering fairy that hides in your pocket and steals bites of your breakfast cereal? In the past, many people thought imaginary friends were bad and that they indicated some kind of mental anxiety. In the movies, kids confide in imaginary friends when grown-ups fail to pay attention. But now, we know better: kids with imaginary friends are simply creative.
Scroll through the slideshow to see the imaginary friends that a group of elementary children drew up, along with the students' descriptions of the unique traits of each. And if you think pictures of imaginary friends are cool, wait until you hear them on the radio.
Canada, Culture And Commerce Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer explains why Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Chief of staff has resigned and what happens now. Film critic Robert Horton reviews the new "Star Trek" movie. Then in tech news, Todd Bishop reviews the next Xbox which Microsoft released Tuesday.
Senate Immigration Bill Moves Forward University of Washington professor Matt Barreto joins us to discuss the immigration bill that is moving through the Senate. The amended bill cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee with a bipartisan 13-5 vote and now moves to the Senate floor for a vote.
Planning Meals Vs. Takeout American families throw away a lot of food; about $2,275 worth every year according to a study by the Natural Resource Defense Council. Using shopping lists and planning a week’s worth of meals in advance can cut down on waste, but that requires a new way of thinking. Melissa Lanz joins us with ideas on how to shift our thinking and eating patterns.
Author Nathaniel Philbrick On "Bunker Hill" Nathaniel Philbrick’s award-winning books reveal forgotten moments and characters in American history. His latest effort “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution” looks at the tension-filled city of Boston in the months leading up to the American Revolution. Philbrick’s portrait of the city reveals deep divisions over the issue of independence from Britain. He recounts the little-known story of Dr. Joseph Warren, a young physician whose passion for independence fueled the Patriot cause and led to Warren’s much-lamented death in the Battle of Bunker Hill. KUOW’s Dave Beck speaks with Nathaniel Philbrick.
In some parts of Seattle and San Francisco, developers can build more densely than the law would typically allow if they build what's called a POPOS. That's a Privately-Owned, Public Open Space. It's kind of like a park, only it's not. There are stricter limits on what kind of behaviors will be tolerated. So exactly how public is this public amenity? Today on KUOW Presents, 99% Invisible producer Stephanie Foo tries to get kicked out of one of San Francisco's POPOS.
Seattle's POPOS can be difficult to find. So we've provided a map for you:
Map credit: Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata's office
Alex Stonehill is the director of "Barzan," a documentary that follows one man’s journey from Iraqi refugee to building a home in Bothell to fighting allegations of terrorism. Ross Reynolds talks with Alex Stonehill about making the movie which is playing at the Seattle International Film Festival.
Speight Jenkins And The Appeal Of Wagner May 22 is the birthday of composer Richard Wagner. In honor of his 200th year the Seattle Opera will be hosting a Wagner singalong. The Puget Sound region has become a destination for Wagner fans and he is still beloved by operaphiles. Seattle Opera general director Speight Jenkins talks about the the composer’s appeal.
Greendays Gardening Panel Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, a native plant expert and a vegetable gardening expert. They answer your gardening questions every Tuesday. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or post a comment on our Greendays Facebook page.
City Considers More Permanent Home for Nickelsville For two years, the temporary homeless camp that goes by Nickelsville has been parked in a vacant Southwest Seattle lot among the warehouses and shipping yards off West Marginal Way. This week city officials are taking up legislation that would allow Nickelsville to have a more permanent home. We talk with City Councilmember Nick Licata.
Worth Listening To: A Music Recommendation Are you stuck in a music listening rut? We are surrounded by new music and innovative artists. Branch out! New music recommendations every Tuesday at 9:20 a.m. This time Seattle Weekly classical music writer Gavin Borchert recommends pianist Simone Dinnerstein and roots vocalist Tift Merritt.
Walter Mosley's "Little Green" It’s been more than 20 years since Walter Mosley introduced readers to L.A. detective Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins in his 1990 mystery “Devil in a Blue Dress.” In "Little Green" the iconic private eye Easy Rawlins returns to investigate L.A.'s Sunset Strip circa 1960. A writer of stories of redemption, Mosley describes this latest work as his "one and only novel of resurrection."
The Weather and Hike of the Week What happened to our sunshine? Michael Fagin will give us a forecast and a hike to match it.
Boeing 787 Back In The Air Boeing’s 787 has returned to the sky after a four-month grounding by the FAA when an United Airlines Dreamliner took off this morning from Houston en route to Chicago’s O’Hare airport. Richard Aboulafia, aerospace analyst with Teal Group Corporation explains the impact of the 787 on Boeing and its flight future.
In Search of the Ancient Maya Archaeologist William Saturno has spent decades studying, excavating and documenting the ancient Mayan culture. He was the first person in 2,000 years to see the San Bartolo murals, and he recently discovered proof that the Maya did not believe the world would end in 2012 as commonly thought. What did that feel like? How did ancient Maya become the center of his work? What can we learn from the Mayans?
Medical Interventions and the End of Life As science and technology improves, medicine changes. As Americans, we’ve come to expect that medical interventions can give us a new knee, help us survive cancer and help extend our lives far longer than in the past. But is intervention always a good idea? Retired doctor Jim deMain blogs about how to make decisions on when to end or extend life.
Today is National Bike to Work Day and The Conversation’s Hannah Burn asked people in the neighborhood how they got to work or school today. The Census Bureau reports that in 2011, about half a percent of commuters biked to work in the United States. Seattle seems to trend higher as of the 14 people Burn talked to, 28 percent were cyclists.
We’re in the full swing of spring here in Seattle, and with the season come certain rituals like spring cleaning. A lot of the stuff we get rid of ends up at garage sales and yard sales. David Hyde poses the question: What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever found at a garage sale? Listeners and local garage sale enthusiasts weigh in.
In her book, "Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity," Emily Matcher says more and more people are embracing traditional domestic activities like canning, knitting, baking and gardening. The movement has gained a lot of traction in the northwest. Matcher talks with David Hyde about the pros and cons of the “new domesticity.”
New News In Biotechnology The American Society of Clinical Oncology conference is convening in two weeks. At the conference physicians and drug makers will be discussing the emergence of cancer immunotherapy. Also, local diagnostic companies have been cultivating a rich understanding of the human genome. Their discoveries are leading to new diagnostic tests and treatments. Luke Timmerman, national biotech editor for Xconomy brings us the latest news in biotechnology.
A Conversation With Paul Reiser Paul Reiser is an actor, writer and stand-up comedian. Television fans fondly remember him for the NBC series Mad About You which he co-created and starred in. He’s also author of three books, most recently "Familyhood," about his life as a married father of two boys.
Weekend Weather Forecast Nick Bond joins us with a look at the weekend weather.