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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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Ask The Dietitian
2:51 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Dietitian Mary Purdy On Avoiding The Midday Slump

Even if it's at your desk, dietitian Mary Purdy stresses a good fiber and protein breakfast to crush the midday slump.
Flickr Photo/Jennifer P.

It is a feeling that is all too common: the post-lunch midday slump. If you are feeling a little sluggish at your desk around 3 p.m. and need a pick me up, what should you do?

Registered dietitian Mary Purdy has a few suggestions to keep you sustained throughout the day. Put down the latte, caffeine is not one of them!

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Memoir
11:09 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Abduction And Escape In Somalia With Amanda Lindhout

Amanda Lindhout's memoir "A House in the Sky."

As a child, Amanda Lindhout dreamed about the exotic places she saw in National Geographic.

In her twenties, she traveled all over the world — usually alone, always on a shoestring budget with just a backpack. She trekked through more than 50 countries, and in 2008 she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia, as a freelance journalist where she was abducted. For 15 months, she survived abuse by imagining herself elsewhere. 

After her release, Lindhout founded the Global Enrichment Foundation, a humanitarian organization dedicated to empowering women in developing countries.

Lindhout spoke about her recent memoir “A House in the Sky,” along with her co-author Sara Corbett at Town Hall on September 16.

10:11 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Kenya's High Tech Solutions For Low Income Problems

Lead in text: 
Kenya had a lot of press coverage during the attack on the Westgate mall last month. The stories revealed deep class divisions in East Africa. Some entrepreneurs from Nairobi's thriving startup economy are using technology to bridge that divide between rich and poor.
The Innovation Trails Ryan Delaney recently returned from a reporting trip to Kenya. This is the first of the stories he filed. You can find the rest of
Books
12:17 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Pen Pal Of Young 'Jerry' Salinger May Have Been First To Meet Holden

J.D. Salinger wrote nine letters and postcards to aspiring Canadian writer Marjorie Sheard.
Graham Haber The Morgan Library & Museum

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 6:47 am

Fans of the reclusive J.D. Salinger are in their element these days.

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Animal Sounds
3:42 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

That's Not What The Fox Says. It Goes Wow-Wow

What does the fox say?
Credit Flickr Photo/US National Archives

"What does the fox say?" — the viral video in which a child’s barnyard sounds book goes “Gangnam Style” — has spurred many parodies,  including one from longtime local drive time show, Bob Rivers on KJR. Their Twisted Tunes team spun the tune into a pep rally ditty for the Seattle Seahawks.

This inspired KUOW host Bill Radke to ponder — and answer — the cosmic question himself. Play the audio clip to find out exactly what a fox says.

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Space Tourism
3:19 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Take A Balloon Trip To Space

Flickr Photo/NASA Goddard Photo and Video

How much would you pay to float above the earth for a few hours? A company called World View Experience is hoping the answer is $75,000.

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Elephant Captivity
3:12 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Task Force Recommends Breeding More Elephants At Woodland Park Zoo

Baby Hansa, born at the Woodland Park Zoo, died of a form of elephant herpes at age six.
Flickr Photo/Tesla314

For years, animal rights groups have been raising concerns about the health and treatment of elephants at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, particularly after the death of six-year-old elephant Hansa. And seven months ago, the Zoo’s board assembled a task force to look at this issue. Their final report says the overall health of elephants at Woodland Park Zoo is good, and they should breed more.

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Mayor Julian Castro
2:46 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Leading The Democratic Push In The Lone Star State

Julian Castro in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Political junkies may remember the 2012 Democratic Party Convention keynote speech given by San Antonio mayor Julian Castro. Many observers speculate that Castro and his twin brother Joaquin Catro, a Texas Congressman, will be part of the vanguard that leads Democrats back to power in the Lone Star State. Mayor Castro talks Texas and D.C. politics with KUOW’s Marcie Sillman.

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