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Author Interview
5:02 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Speculative Fiction: Imagining What The World Will Be

Jonathan Porritt's book "The World We Made."

Ross Reynolds talks with fiction author Jonathan Porritt about his new book "The World We Made," in which a history professor describes how the world has changed – between 2014 and 2050.

Author Interview
4:31 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Why, In Fact, Is Grass Green And The Sky Blue?

Authors Joann and Arielle Eckstut at the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Marcie Sillman

Marcie Sillman speaks with authors Joann and Arielle Eckstut about their book "The Secret Language of Color," which explores the answers to colorful questions.

Legal Questions
3:27 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Are We Seeing The Beginning Of The End Of Internships?

Flickr Photo/moominmolly

Marcie Sillman talks with David Yamada, law professor at Suffolk University, about the legal gray area of intern rights, including unpaid internships, in light of Condé Nast ending their internship program.

Food
3:13 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Washington State Only US Source Of Quality Buckwheat For Traditional Soba Noodles

Flickr Photo/Larry Halff

Izumo, Japan, spent last weekend celebrating its famous traditional soba noodle. It can be difficult to make the noodles here in the US: Good buckwheat is hard to find, even though it was once very popular in America. California-based soba expert Sonoko Sakai called all over the country before finally locating good buckwheat right here in Washington state!

Read the full story and listen to audio at PRI.

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Prison
3:03 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

The Challenges Of The Aging Prison Population

Flickr Photo/egwnd

Marcie Sillman talks with Kevin Bovenkamp, assistant secretary for the Health Services Division at Washington's Department of Corrections, about the new challenges prisons are facing with a rapidly aging population including elder care, hospice services and assisted living.

Music Legend Dies
3:00 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Lou Reed: The 'Original Seed' Of Edgy Rock N' Roll

Rock legend Lou Reed performing in 2011.
Flickr Photo/Man Alive!

Lou Reed, songwriter and frontman to the band The Velvet Underground, passed away yesterday. Without Reed and The Velvet Underground, music writer Charles R. Cross said, "There would be no Nirvana, Pearl Jam or any edgy rock 'n' roll."

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Lost Interviews
2:58 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Kurt Cobain's Lost Interview About Identity

In 1993, reporter Jon Savage recorded this interview with Kurt Cobain in preparation for a story he was writing. After the story was published, the cassette languished in storage. Blank on Blank unearthed it and turned it into a cartoon.

12:20 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

How World Series Pitcher Koji Uehara Communicates Without A Common Language

Lead in text: 
English is not necessary if you speak baseball.
He may not speak English fluently, but Koji Uehara doesn't need English to be fluent in the language of baseball. It's as easy as: A, B, C. Or, rather make that: one, two, three. "One finger is a fast ball; sometimes that index finger'll get swirled, that'll mean a two seam fastball; sometimes there'll be a sharp knifing motion, that means cut fastball.
Environment
11:53 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Hydrofracking: The Controversy Behind Mining For Natural Gas

Alex Prud’homme's book "Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know."

Steve Scher sits down with Alex Prud’homme, writer and journalist, to talk about his new book, "Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know."  Prud’homme explains the basics of the controversial method of mining natural gas and outlines both sides of the debate. 

Sound Of The Day
11:14 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Sounds Of The Day, 10.21.13 – 10.24.13

Flickr Photo/Beth Jusino

Each day on The Record we play the sound of your day. Listeners record 30 seconds of a sound they find interesting, write a short story and send it to The Record.

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Black In Seattle
7:57 am
Mon October 28, 2013

'Where Are The Black People?' Struggling To Stay Connected

April Nowak takes her daughters Camille and Simone to play dates with other brown girls in the Puget Sound area.
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

What is it like to be black in the fifth whitest major city in America?

It’s not an easy question to answer.

Seattle’s black population hovers around 8 percent, with more leaving every year.

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Pet Safety
2:54 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

FDA Tries To Prevent Pet Death With New Regualtions On Pet Food

There are already a lot of options for pet food: including all-natural choices. But the FDA is stepping in to make sure that all pet food is safe.
Flickr Photo/Rocky Mountain Feline

Sure all dogs go to heaven, and cats have nine lives, but that doesn't mean we don't want to keep our pets safe while we have them and now the Food and Drug Administration is getting involved.

This morning the FDA proposed new regulations that will, for the first time, govern production of pet food and farm animal feed. Marcie Sillman talks with Daniel McChesney, director of the Office of Surveillance and Compliance at the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine about the new regulations and how they will be implemented both domestically and abroad.

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Recipes
2:53 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Death Becomes Whimsical On Dia De Los Muertos

Melissa Block/NPR

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 4:55 pm

On the Mexican Dia de los Muertos holiday, the living remember the dead. Some believe they are communing with the deceased. While it may sound morbid, Pati Jinich, a Mexican-born blogger, food show personality and author of Pati's Mexican Table, says it's a joyous occasion.

"People get ready to welcome people — those who have deceased and that presumably have license to visit just once a year," Jinich told All Things Considered host Melissa Block.

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Theater
9:25 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Elizabeth Heffron Debuts "Bo-Nita," Her Latest One-Woman Show At Seattle Rep

Playwright Elizabeth Heffron
Credit Courtesy of Seattle Reperator Theatre/Nate Watters

It's been a busy year for Elizabeth Heffron. The Seattle playwright's new one-woman show "Bo-Nita" had its world premier at Seattle Repertory Theatre in late October.

Heffron is working on two other scripts she hopes will get full productions. "Portugal" is about a pair of tank farm workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The second play, "The Weatherman Project" is a collaboration with Kit Bakke, a former member of the Weather Underground.

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Author Interview
4:06 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Sweet Thunder: Ivan Doig's Novel About Power And The Press

Ivan Doig's book "Sweet Thunder."

The clatter of the press churns through Ivan Doig's "Sweet Thunder." Doig's latest novel is the story of a pro-union newspaper in Butte, Montana that goes up against the powerful Anaconda Copper Mining Company. He talks with Steve Scher.

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