This Week In Olympia The special session of the Washington state legislature kicks off next week. Everett Herald columnist Jerry Cornfield tells us what sticking points remain as legislators prepare to get back to business.
Nancy Pearl On Memoirs
The Seattle Public Library picked a memoir for their city-wide reading program this year. What makes a good memoir? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the genre? Book commentator Nancy Pearl, muses about memoirs and takes your calls at 800.289.5869. You can also write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A rise in texting at dinner has given rise to a popular game: Participants place their phones in a stack in the middle of the table at a restaurant. The first person to cave in and answer a call or text pays for the rest of the table.
The Week Ahead In Washington, D.C. The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking up an immigration bill. Amendments are being added to the bill that might threaten whether or not it passes. Also, the fight is on over how the United States should intervene in Syria. CBS News' Jill Jackson looks ahead at this week in Washington, D.C.
Composer Charles Ives Charles Ives is remembered as one of America’s most important and influential composers of the 20th century. Yet this artist’s relationship with composition, musicians and the musical establishment in America was controversial and complex. He was American to the core, but also a puzzling musical outsider. The UW School of Music hosts a Festival of Ives this week.
How To Behave In A Digital World Do you text at the dinner table? Can you tag your friends in photos on Facebook without their permission? Should you play Angry Birds at work or in the dentist's office? While the Internet might seem like the perfect place for “anything goes” behavior, there is an etiquette to how and when we use it. Author Daniel Post Senning gives advice on the proper use of our technologies in his new book,"Manners in the Digital World."
The Ramifications Of Stricter DUI Laws According to the state patrol there are 40,000 people arrested for DUIs each year in Washington state. Many are first time offenders. Some are addicts. Lawmakers and citizens are calling for stricter DUI laws. KUOW’s Patricia Murphy explains the impact on the working poor, the cottage industries built on DUI convictions and how offenders are able to game the system.
Every Day Recipes For Living Gluten-Free Shauna Ahern, the Gluten-Free Girl, says gluten-free cooking can be fast, delicious and healthy. She has written a new cookbook of everyday gluten-free recipes. While eating gluten-free might seem daunting at first, Shauna and her husband Daniel Ahern have put together a book full of recipes for a diverse palate.
Pianist And Composer Chick Corea Pianist and composer Chick Corea has touched almost all the musical bases during a career that has spanned almost five decades. From avant garde to bebop to Latin fusion, Corea has experimented and mastered multiple jazz styles and has won a loyal following of fans and critics.
Pianist and composer Chick Corea has touched almost all the musical bases during a career that has spanned almost five decades. From avant garde to bebop to Latin fusion, Corea has experimented and mastered multiple jazz styles and has won a loyal following of fans and critics.
Seattle Reads: Gregory Martin What would you do if you found out that your 65-year-old father had attempted suicide? Or that he’d been sexually abused by his own father? Or that he’d been a closeted gay man throughout 39 years of marriage? Gregory Martin learned all this one evening, and it changed his relationship with his parents. Martin chronicles his experiences in the memoir "Stories for Boys," this year’s Seattle Reads book.
Radio Retrospective: Comics On The Radio We’re familiar with comics being adapted to the big screen. But you might not know that comic strip adaptations aren’t new. Comics were also adapted into radio dramas. There’s Blondie, Archie Andrews, and Superman, and that’s just the beginning. Listen back to the comics strips of the radio.
A Lunch Recommendation Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!
A Look At The Humanitarian Crisis In Syria President Obama has said that although we have evidence of chemical weapons being used inside of Syria, they don’t know when or who used them. While the administration is considering increasing aid to the country, it has stopped short of providing lethal aid to rebel groups. Two years after the start of the revolution, Syria has descended into a civil war with over 70,000 citizens killed and over one million refugees seeking asylum outside of the country.
Winning The White House In 2016: Rule 5 Are presidents today more empathetic than they were in the past? To win the presidency in 2016, a candidate must seem to deeply care about American citizens. University of Washington department of communication chair and professor David Domke explains why that is the expectation now and how it is different from the past.
Art Of Our City: Mother For You I Made This Dancer and choreographer Ezra Dickinson created a series of solos to honor the woman who guided him to a dance career, his mother. But Ezra Dickinson has a different relationship with his parent than the one most of us have. Dickinson’s mother is schizophrenic, and she spent a good portion of her adult life on the streets. He has woven the solos together into a single performance he hopes will spark conversation about the American mental health system.
BC’s Premier Candidates Meet In First Debate The four candidates who want to be British Columbia’s next premier met for their first TV debate on Monday night. Jobs and the economy topped the agenda. Analysts say the embattled Liberal Party premier didn’t get the knock out she needed to hold on to her job. Vaughn Palmer of the Vancouver Sun joins us to discuss the election.
When Words Don’t Matter: The Non-Verbal In Movies The classic science fiction film from Stanley Kubrick, "2001: A Space Odyssey," told much of its story through image, gesture and sound. The spoken word was often secondary to the plot. According to film critic Robert Horton, a new film, "Renoir," relies on images to convey mood and feeling to moderate success.
Grocery Delivery Services Benefit The Environment A new University of Washington study suggests that deliveries by trucks are actually better for the environment than each of us driving to the store in our own cars. That might be good news for Amazon Fresh. The company has been testing this grocery delivery service in Seattle since 2007. There are indications Amazon is planning to expand Fresh to other markets. Todd Bishop explores how Amazon Fresh and other grocery delivery services are faring.
The Labor History Of May Day On International Workers Day, much of the world celebrates the labor movement. In Seattle, thousands are expected for a rally and march for worker and immigrant rights as well as smaller “anti-capitalist” protests. University of Washington professor George Lovell joins us to talk about May Day’s origins.
Solo Performer And Storyteller, Mike Daisey Mike Daisey is known for his edgy and thought-provoking solo performances. His monologue "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" was downloaded over 100,000 times in the first week of its release. It also caused a rift between Daisey and This American Life host Ira Glass when it was discovered that the script blurred the line between fact and fiction.
Deborah Madison Improves Your Vegetable Literacy You recognize a carrot, no doubt, but do you know what vegetable family it belongs to? The carrot is related to dill, parsley, anise and cumin. That’s why their flavors go together so well. Vegetarian cooking expert Deborah Madison is the chef and author behind “Vegetable Literacy.”
Electric Car Company Under Congressional Scrutiny Fisker Automotive is the latest beneficiary of the Obama Administration’s push for renewable energy to flounder. The electric car startup recently fired 75 percent of its workforce and hired bankruptcy advisers. Congress is asking questions about the propriety of federal loans to the politically well-connected company.
A Conversation With Writer Isabel Allende Isabel Allende is a world-renowned writer, with 19 books in 35 languages. Her latest is "Maya’s Notebook," a tale that revolves around a descent into addiction and a rebirth through the love of family and place.
A Conversation With President Obama’s Sister, Maya Saetoro-Ng A famous sibling can be a blessing or a burden. Maya Saetoro-Ng is the half-sister of President Obama. She uses her perspective as a history teacher to analyze how her brother’s presidency will be remembered.
Seattle Theater’s Power Couple Seattle theater audiences know R. Hamilton “Bob” Wright from his long career onstage acting and of late, directing. Wright’s wife, Katie Forgette, is also a fixture on Seattle stages as an actress and now a playwright. Forgette’s newest play has opened at ACT Theatre directed by husband Bob Wright.
New York comic-strip artist Ben Katchor was the first cartoonist to be awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genuis” grant. Ben Katchor's new book, "Hand-Drying In America," examines urban design with a wryly whimsical sensibility. Ross Reynolds talks New York, life and art with Ben Katchor.
THUD. It’s the sickening sound of a bird hitting your window. You hope it’s just stunned; that it will fly off. But there it is: A motionless lump of feathers on the ground. Before you bury it or toss it in the trash, consider an alternative. Some Seattle residents are donating these avian casualties to science.