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Literary Controversy
3:30 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Fifty Years After ‘Eichmann In Jerusalem’ With Seyla Benhabib

Hannah Arendt's book "Eichmann in Jerusalem," which was one of the most controversial books of the last century.

In 1963, one of the most controversial books of the twentieth century was published. “Eichmann in Jerusalem” presented Adolf Eichmann not as a sociopath — but as an ordinary person who simply believed his actions were normal. The author of this book, political theorist Hannah Arendt, refers to this theory as the “banality of evil.” Arendt was a Jew who fled Germany in the early 1930s. 

Yale professor Seyla Benhabib offers an overview of the controversy surrounding Arendt’s book, and what lessons it can teach us about humanity. Benhabib spoke at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall on October 24, 2013 as part of the Graduate School lecture series.

Food
2:44 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

What It Takes To Grow A Meal

Flickr Photo/The Heathman Kirkland

Marcie Sillman talks with Kurt Timmermeister about his newest book, "Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal."

Free Agent
2:44 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

The Role Of 'Basketball Diplomacy' In North Korea

Dennis Rodman bows to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seated above in the stands, before an exhibition basketball game with US and North Korean players at a stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Wednesday.
AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon

When former basketball star Dennis Rodman implied to CNN that Kenneth Bae, a Lynnwood, Wash., man imprisoned in North Korea, had committed a crime, Bae’s sister lashed out.

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Civil Rights
2:43 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

'The War On Poverty' Helped Shape Seattle Activism

Ross Reynolds talks with University of Washington historian Trevor Griffey about Seattle's role in protests that led to the early formation of affirmative action.

Sports
2:43 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

How Football Fleeces The Fans

Gregg Easterbrook's book "King of Sports."

Marcie Sillman and Ross Reynolds speak with sports writer Gregg Easterbrook, author of "The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America," about how the NFL fleeces taxpayers.

Opera
5:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Rigoletto: The ‘Gateway Drug’ Of Opera?

A photo from the 2004 production of Rigoletto at Seattle Opera. The same production opens on Saturday, although with different principals.
Seattle Opera Photo/Rozarii Lynch

If your eyes roll back in your head when you hear the word "opera," maybe you should talk to Sue Elliott. She's the education director at Seattle Opera, and her passion for her subject is obvious. And contagious. Just get her talking about Giuseppe Verdi's classic opera "Rigoletto."

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Faith And Love
3:32 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Gay Former Nun Reflects On Homosexuality And The Church

Taken inside Eastside Catholic High School.
Flickr Photo/binw.marketing

Mary Dispenza came out of the closet more than 20 years ago. At the time, the former nun was directing pastoral nun services at the Seattle Archdiocese. Once Mary came out as gay, the church wouldn’t let her keep her position for long. Dispenza said that watching the gay vice principal of Eastside Catholic High School has been painful, and, after 20 years, a little too close to home for comfort.

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Gardening
3:32 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Garden Dreamin' On Such A Winter's Day

Take advantage of the Northwest's mild winter by getting a head start on your gardening.
Flickr Photo/sea turtle

Marcie Sillman talks with garden writer Marty Wingate about winter planting.

News From Canada
10:47 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Another Crude Oil Freight Train Derails In Canada

Ross Reynolds talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer regarding the latest news from Canada.

Community
9:25 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Love Your Neighbor On Seattle's Appreciation Day

From helping mow lawns to loud garage music, listeners share their stories of good and bad neighbors.
Flickr Photo/Paul Sableman

February 8 is Seattle's 20th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day. In recognition of the event, KUOW listeners have been reaching out all week to share their stories of neighbors, both good and bad.

To get tips on planning an activity for Neighbor Appreciation Day, visit Seattle's Neighbor Appreciation Day page.

RadioActive Youth Media
8:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Deep Dark Secrets Of The (Orchestra) Pit

Maeve McIver-Sheridan in Shorecrest High School's instrument storage room. She plays in pit orchestras.
Credit KUOW Photo / Sophie Ding

Tuning her violin for a performance, Maeve McIver-Sheridan knows that she's preparing for a forgotten and thankless task. "You get to the end of a show and no one acknowledges us," McIver-Sheridan said, "unless my parents are there."

McIver-Sheridan, a senior at Shorecrest High School, plays in a pit orchestra underneath the stage, invisible to the audience. It's a different story from the glamor on stage.

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Chickasaw
7:43 am
Wed January 8, 2014

What Happens When A Language's Last Monolingual Speaker Dies?

A portrait of Emily Johnson Dickerson by artist Mike Larsen.
Courtesy of the Chickasaw Nation

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 12:47 pm

Emily Johnson Dickerson died at her home in Ada, Okla., last week. She was the last person alive who spoke only the Chickasaw language.

"This is a sad day for all Chickasaw people because we have lost a cherished member of our Chickasaw family and an unequaled source of knowledge about our language and culture," Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby said in a news release. The Chickasaw Nation has about 55,000 members and is based in the southern part of central Oklahoma.

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Homelessness
11:35 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Concerns Of A Homeless Student: Math, Graduation, Clean Clothes

Kyra MacFarlane has lost her home dozens of time.
Credit KUOW Photo/Chris Otey

Growing up, Kyra MacFarlane survived on food banks and pawning items for a quick buck with her father and brothers. MacFarlane is one of 27,000 homeless students in Washington state.

Without permanent housing, MacFarlane has struggled with the basics, like hygiene.

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48 And Overcast
10:59 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Atmospheric Conspiracy Behind Our Mild Winter Weather

Lots of rain and clouds, but few arctic storms. Why is the Northwest immune?
Flickr Photo/Jonathan Cohen

The East Coast is getting hammered by a “polar vortex” of low pressure that has moved south from the North Pole.

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Sochi Olympics
9:37 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Cross Country Ski Duo Bring Sibling Power To Winter Olympics

U.S. Ski Team teammates and siblings Sadie and Erik Bjornsen.
Robert Whitney

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 4:06 pm

Athletes headed to next month's Winter Olympics in Russia can be expected to leverage any advantage that nature or nurture provides: Experience, a bigger body, or a higher tolerance for pain.

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