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Superheroes
11:26 am
Thu October 31, 2013

The Untold Story Of Marvel Comics With Sean Howe

Sean Howe's book "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story."

Nearly half a century ago, a diverse group of characters began to capture children’s hearts: Spider-Man, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and the X-Men. The epic Marvel Comics universe has been a massive force in pop culture; inspiring countless books, films and becoming a multi-billion dollar enterprise.

Sean Howe chronicles the rise of this phenomenon in “Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.”  Howe spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on October 17, 2012.

Black In Seattle
10:40 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Black In Seattle Live Twitter Chat

Tonya Mosley, creator of the Black In Seattle series.

Black In Seattle series producer Tonya Mosley (@tonyamosley) moderated a live Twitter chat last night. Local guests Enrico Benjamin and Alex Wells joined her to discuss what it's like to be a black man in Seattle.

Miss anything? Catch up on all the pieces from Mosley's series and highlights from the chat below, and follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter to add your questions and insights.

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Series: Black In Seattle
6:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Finding A (Black) Man: Dating Woes For Seattle's Black Women

Marquetta Riley
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

In 2002, Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large wrote about the black experience in Seattle in which black women complained about how few black men there were to date. One woman said to "bring your own black men (or women) to date because Seattle is hard on black women's dating aspirations."

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World Series
2:56 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Tacoma's Jon Lester Shines In the World Series

Jon Lester, born and raised in Tacoma, has a shot at a World Series title with the Boston Red Sox tonight.
Flickr Photo/Keith Allison

Marcie Sillman interviews Rick Barnhart, the high school baseball coach of Jon Lester at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, about what it's like to see his former player compete in the World Series. Lester is a starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and will capture the World Series title tonight if Boston beats the St. Louis Cardinals.

MLS Cup
2:55 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

The Seattle Sounders Face Their First Test In The Playoffs

Seattle Sounders captain Mauro Rosales will need to lead the team to victory tonight against Colorado in order to advance to play rival Portland in the playoffs on Saturday.
Flickr Photo/Jim Culp

Marcie Sillman previews the Seattle Sounders playoffs campaign with Steve Clare, president of the North American Soccer Reporters and editor or Prost Amerika Soccer. The Sounders have been in a slump, going winless in their last seven matches, and face the Colorado Rapids tonight at home in a game that they must win in order to advance in post-season.

Black In Seattle
8:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Black Man, White City: 'It's Unnecessarily Stressful'

Tariq Sahali
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

On a map, Seattle is a blue dot – often described as liberal and tolerant. But it’s not always comfortable for black men who say they experience racial profiling and discrimination.

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Author Interview
5:08 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

One Family, Lots Of History

David Laskin's book "The Family."

Steve Scher talks with David Laskin about his book, “The Family: Three Journeys Into the Heart of The Twentieth Century," in which he delves into his own family history to find stories of emigration, destruction and renewal.

Organ Donation
3:47 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Would You Sell Your Kidney For $10,000?

Flickr Photo/un_owen

Marcie Sillman speaks with Dr. Braden Manns, a Canadian nephrologist, who found that offering financial incentives could solve the donor shortage problem.

Adoption Laws
3:36 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

How Do We Better Protect Adopted Children In Washington?

Rep. Mary Helen Roberts

Marcie Sillman talks with Rep. Mary Helen Roberts about  her plans to change Washington's adoption laws to better protect children from abuse. Her last bill died in committee, but she has plans to continue her efforts in the 2014 legislative session.

Black In Seattle: Web Special
11:11 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Black In Seattle: 'Perceptions May Be Different Than Reality'

Seattle Fire Department Chief Gregory Dean
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

This week, we’ve been airing stories by reporter Tonya Mosley centered around the question: What is the black experience in Seattle? Below, hear Web exclusive interviews from more people Mosley interviewed for her series, Black In Seattle

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Black In Seattle
10:35 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Response To 'Black In Seattle: Struggling To Stay Connected'

Benita Thomas, right, described what led her to the decision to move away from Seattle in Tonya Mosley's first piece in the Black in Seattle series.
KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

Tonya Mosley's Black in Seattle series on KUOW immediately struck a chord with her first piece that asked a fraught question: Where are the black people? For a large and progressive metro area, Seattle actually lags behind other cities and the country as a whole in its black population.

Listeners and readers added their own insight as to what Seattle offers and what it is missing for the black community.

Follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter and add your questions and insights. Don't have a Twitter account? Eavesdrop on the chat in real-time.

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Black In Seattle
10:30 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Busing Blues: When Seattle Sent Black Kids To White North End

As part of a Seattle Public Schools program, students were bused from different neighborhoods to improve racial mixes.
Courtesy of MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, 2000.107

On a recent Thursday evening, Amalia Martino rushed from work to catch the last few minutes of her daughter Sophia’s soccer game. She pointed out her daughter on the field, laughing a little: “My daughter is the brown one.”

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Driving
11:55 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Reverse Commutes Now Often A Daily Slog, Too

Reverse commuters, include Kathy LeVeque (in the foreground), wait for an approaching outbound Metra commuter train at the Mayfair neighborhood stop on Chicago's northwest side.
David Schaper NPR

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 4:49 am

It is still as dark as night as Jim Rix steps out of his red brick Chicago bungalow and gets into his car, parked on the street. It's 6 a.m., and the 53-year-old engineer is getting an early start on his 35-mile commute out to Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago's southwest suburbs.

"Depending upon weather and time of day, it can take 45 minutes to two hours to get to and from work," Rix says.

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Technology
11:55 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Etsy's New Policy Means Some Items Are 'Handmade In Spirit'

Rae Padulo creates handmade ceramics, like these holiday ornaments, for her Etsy-based company, mudstar ceramics. She's disappointed with the site's new policy to allow outsourced manufacturing. "There's nothing wrong with factory-made," she says, but "that's not what Etsy started out to be."
Courtesy of Rae Padulo

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 4:49 am

Under online marketplace Etsy's new policies, vendors can now use an outside manufacturer to help make their goods.

That is not going down well with some longtime sellers, who are calling the new policies a turnaround from the site's original mission.

"Their moniker is, you know, a place to buy handmade. It doesn't say a place to buy factory-made," says Rae Padulo, a potter who began selling dishes and ornaments on Etsy in 2009.

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Art
5:52 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Turning Language Into Beautiful, Functional Design

The Bemis building terracotta sign that inspired type designer Andrea Leksen.
Credit Nate Harrison Photo

Artists often take inspiration from the world around them, and for Andrea Leksen, a local graphic designer and typography professor, inspiration came in the form of five letters.  Engraved on a terracotta panel on the side of a building in SODO, the letters B-E-M-I-S with their high-waists and flowery serifs struck Leksen and prompted her to begin a new project.

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