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Good Reads
5:12 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Book Recommendations For Foodies, Thrill-Seekers

Rick Yancey's "The Fifth Wave," and Luke Barr's "Provence, 1970."

Steve Scher sits down with everyone's favorite librarian Nancy Pearl to discuss her latest book recommendations that would make good gifts.

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History
2:31 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Don't Blame The Farmers: The Real Story Behind Daylight Saving Time

Michael Downing's book "Spring Forward."

Marcie Sillman gets the story of daylight saving time from Michael Downing, the author of "Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time." Its start was due to the lobbying of retailers in opposition of US farmers.

Food Stamps
2:01 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Reductions To SNAP Puts Pressure On Food Banks

Tukwila Pantry Executive Director Joe Tice stocks the tables with canned goods in 2011.
Flickr Photo/USDAgov

Steve Scher talks with Jeannie Falls, executive director of Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank, about how SNAP reductions will affect food bank operations.

Series: Black In Seattle
10:53 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Response To "Black In Seattle: Dating Woes"

Naomi and Roland Truitt, from the first part in the "Black In Seattle" series.
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

Tonya Mosley's Black in Seattle series concluded Thursday with a look at the challenges black women have in finding partners, called he "marriage freeze."

Listeners and readers added their own insight on the series and their experiences finding love in Seattle.

Follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter and add your questions and insights.

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Government Assistance
10:27 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Food Stamp Benefits Shrink As Congress Debates Further Cuts

Cuts to food stamp benefits could lead to more reliance on food banks like the University District Food Bank in Seattle.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

In Washington state, food stamp recipients are being notified that their benefits will be reduced in November. Federal stimulus funding has provided a boost to benefits since 2009, but that funding just expired.

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Sleepless Seattle
8:56 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Beyond Singles: A Sneak Peak At Movies And TV Shot In Seattle

MOHAI's Celluloid Seattle features movies and TV shows shot in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

You know that "Singles" and "Sleepless in Seattle" were shot in Seattle, but what about Cameron Crowe’s "Say Anything"? Or "Humpday" and "It Happened at the World’s Fair," starring Elvis (in Technicolor)?

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Poetry
8:42 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Peter Munro's 'Hard Weather Prayers'

Poet and marine fisheries scientist Peter Munro
Credit John Rand

"I don't really distinguish between science and poetry; they're kind of like two different languages," said Peter Munro, a fisheries scientist and writer.

"Hard Weather Prayers" reveals his fluency in both languages. The 15-section poetic sequence finds a metaphor for spiritual alienation in the harsh weather of southeast Alaska, an area Munro knows first-hand from growing up in Sitka, as well as his field work at sea.

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Author Interview
4:41 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Finding Inspiration Among Tombstones

Author Jennifer Hotes and KUOW's Steve Scher at Lakeview Cemetery, the inspiration behind Hotes' book "Four Rubbings."
KUOW Photo/Amina al-Sadi

Steve Scher interviews local author Jennifer Hotes, who has written a fictionalized version of Seattle's famous Lakeview Cemetery called "Four Rubbings."

Fiction Podcast
4:17 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Community Radio Enters The Supernatural With "Welcome To Night Vale"

A loyal "Welcome To Night Vale" fan used the show's trademark image to inspire a pumpkin carving.
Flickr Photo/Rowan

Steve Scher talks with Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the creators of a podcast that centers around a small desert town where many strange and unusual events occur: Welcome To Night Vale.

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Jury Duty
4:16 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Behind The Twelve (Unbiased, Diverse) People That Decide Trials

Preparing for the view from the jury bench? There's a lot more to it than you might think.
Flickr Photo/Cannabis Defense Coalition

Steve Scher talks with Seattle University law professor Anna Roberts about implicit bias, jury nullification, discrimination and the usefulness of a diverse jury.

Ask The Dietitian
4:16 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

The Importance Of Hydration, Even When It's Not Hot Out

Flickr Photo/assortedstuff

Marcie Sillman talks with dietitian Mary Purdy about why it's so important to remember to stay hydrated during the fall and winter months.

Halloween
4:16 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Inside A Candy Shop

Nothing is quite so inviting as the colorful displays of sweets in a candy shop.
KUOW Photo/Amina al-Sadi

Steve Scher stopped by local candy shop The Confectionery at University Village to ask the experts what candy they enjoy on Halloween.

Neuroscience
4:16 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Brainy Babies: ‘Invisible Bungee Cords’ Explain Early Learning

It's so natural to play patty cake or invite an infant to mimic you - but what's going on in their brains at the time?
Flickr Photo/Evan Long

Stick your tongue out at a newborn, and it will attempt to stick its tongue back at you. Wave your hand, and the baby may wave back. Behavioral psychologists have known for some time how babies love to imitate, but new research from the University of Washington and Temple University sheds light on the neural processes happening within the brain.

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Author Interview
3:59 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Bill Ayers: From Chicago Educator To "Public Enemy"

Bill Ayers' book "Public Enemy."

Marcie Sillman sits down with Bill Ayers who has written a memoir called "Public Enemy" about the time when the Chicago-based educator was accused of being a terrorist affiliated with then-Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential primary debate.

1:06 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

The Rise And Fall Of The Cul-De-Sac

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Once a symbol of freedom from the city, now despised amongst urban hipsters. Why have culs-de-sac fallen out of favor? Because they don't work very well, but also because wealth has shifted away from suburbs and into cities.
When people critique cul-de-sacs, a lot of the time, they're actually critiquing the suburbs more generally. The cul-de-sac has become sort of like the mascot of the suburbs- like if suburbia had a flag, it would have a picture of a cul-de-sac on it.

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