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Science
4:57 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

How Our Choices May Be A Question Of DNA

Douglas T. Kenrick and Vladas Griskevicius' book "The Rational Animal."

The classic observer of human behavior would tell you all of our decisions have a rational basis. But new research indicates that “rational” may not be based on any conscious factors, but instead, is more deeply hardwired in our DNA. Vladas Griskevicius is co author of a new book called “The Rational Animal: How Evolution Made Us Smarter Than We Think.” He talks with Marcie Sillman.

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Same-Sex Marriage
3:38 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Christie's Gay Marriage Decision Has Primary Consequences

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie debates Democratic challenger Barbara Buono at Montclair University in Montclair, N.J., on Tuesday. Christie's decision not to fight gay marriage in the state takes away an issue Buono had been campaigning hard on.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:35 am

Republican Chris Christie's decision Monday to drop his administration's legal challenge to same-sex marriage made perfect sense for the governor of New Jersey,

But for the potential 2016 presidential candidate, whose path would presumably start in Iowa — where the Republican Party is dominated by social conservatives — the calculation is a bit more complicated.

Bob Vander Plaats, Iowa's powerful evangelical conservative, put it bluntly Monday.

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Sports
8:02 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Farewell, Dawgfather: UW Football Legend Dies at 80

Don James, the University of Washington football coach from 1975 to 1992, died on Sunday.
Credit AP Photo/Wally Fong

They called him the Dawgfather.

Don James, the beloved, longtime University of Washington football coach died on Sunday. He was 80. The university said James died at home of complications with pancreatic cancer.

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Women And Faith
7:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

At A Younger Age, Mormon Women Are Eager To Share Their Faith

Alisa Baumgartner chats with fellow missionary Andrea Jackson. Jackson, 19, is taking 18 months off from college to do mission work.
Stina Sieg KJZZ

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 1:29 pm

Tara Carpenter points to a wall map to show where she'll soon spend 18 months proselytizing.

"The left side of Kentucky, just a teeny, tiny bit of Illinois, and I think I'm a little bit in Missouri," she says.

Carpenter, 19, is smiley and outgoing. About a year ago, she was thinking about going on a mission — but only thinking about it, because women in the Mormon Church couldn't be missionaries until 21.

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Tattoos
7:30 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Shedding Stereotypes, More Librarians Show Us Their Tats

Jennifer Galpern, August
Kate Fischer Rhode Island Library Association

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 10:56 am

Is it their love of ink?

There seems to be something about tattoos that appeals to quite a few librarians.

Back in 2009 there was the Texas Library Association's "Tattooed Ladies of TLA" calendar that raised money for libraries damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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News Quiz
4:17 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

The Record's News Quiz

It's Friday and that means it's time for The Record's News Quiz, one of public radio's most popular news quizzes. One lucky contestant will show their news knowledge and if they prevail their photo will grace KUOW's Facebook page. Marcie Sillman hosts.

Foley Passing
4:12 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Judge Quackenbush Remembers Lifelong Friend Tom Foley

Nelson Mandela and Tom Foley, who died today at the age of 84.
Courtesy of Washington State University

As part of KUOW’s continuing coverage of the legacy of former House Speaker Tom Foley, The Record’s Steve Scher speaks with Senior Judge Justin Quackenbush, US District judge for the Eastern district of Washington, and lifelong friend of the late congressman.

Quackenbush and Foley were born in the same Spokane hospital in the same year.  Connected through their fathers, who were also good friends, the two built a solid friendship of their own.  Both men attended law school at Gonzaga University and became deputy prosecutors for the Spokane District Attorney’s office.

When Foley decided to run for Congress in 1964, he chose his friend to oversee his campaign.  Quackenbush continued to serve as Foley’s campaign manager for every campaign until he was nominated as a federal judge by President Jimmy Carter in 1980.

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Book Guru
2:30 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Fall Reading Recommendations

Ben Winters' book "Countdown City," and Joan Silber's book "Fools."

Nancy Pearl talked with KUOW's Steve Scher and recommended two of her favorite recent reads: Countdown City by Ben Winters, and Fools by Joan Silber.

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Sound Of The Day
12:55 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Sounds Of The Day, 10.14.13 – 10.17.13

Cranberries fields are flooded and the berries are then "picked" by a special harvester.
Flickr Photo/Holly Ladd

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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RadioActive Youth Media
10:24 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Bhutani Refugee Bridges A Cultural Gap

Allan Kafley (left, with a friend) is working to help other Bhutani refugees adjust to life in the United States.
Courtesy of Allan Kafley

In Tukwila, Wash., a growing Bhutanese community is slowly adapting to modern American life while at the same time wanting to keep their Bhutani roots alive. Allan Kafley finds himself in a perfect position to help bridge these two worlds.

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What The Pumpkin!?
9:11 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Getting Fresh With Jeannie And Sheryl: Maybe I'm A Corn Maze

Pumpkin patch in Skagit County.
Flickr Photo/sea turtle

Farmers markets are great for fresh fruits and veggies, but for pumpkins, Sheryl Wiser suggests you take off your city shoes, put on some galoshes and head out to the pumpkin patch.

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Poetry Reading
9:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Jennifer Maier On Constructing A "Responsible Person"

Poet Jennifer Maier
Credit Keith Brofsky

In Jennifer Maier's poem, "Responsible Person," a young boy practices constructing a self by building a paper version of the man he hopes to be in the future.

His father and the poem's speaker, "not his mother, the woman after his mother" look on, noting that he looks "like someone // you could count on, one of the numbered / good on which the world depends."

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Storytelling
8:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Stories That Will Make You Cry: Favorites From 10 Years Of StoryCorps

StoryCorps' mobile booth stops in Kansas.
Courtesy of StoryCorps

When Dave Isay first launched the StoryCorps project – an independent archive of interviews between two people – nobody wanted to participate. StoryCorps staff at Grand Central Station would have to grab commuters and convince them to come into the tiny recording booth to share their stories.

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Evolving Work Environments
10:46 am
Thu October 17, 2013

WordPress And The Future Of Work With Scott Berkun

Flickr Photo/Armando Torrealba

WordPress.com is the 15th most-trafficked website in the world. It’s also a unique workplace. Everyone works from home, employees use blogs and chat instead of email, and there are no schedules.

Scott Berkun reports on his year at WordPress, including lessons he learned about leadership, productivity, and the evolution of business. He spoke at Town Hall on September 19.

Actor Interview
9:35 am
Thu October 17, 2013

One Pink Converse, One Blue: Elliott Gould’s Creative Enthusiasm

Actor Elliot Gould in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Back in the early seventies, Elliott Gould liked to wear one pink Converse gym shoe and one blue Converse gym shoe. It’s the kind of goofy and surprising choice a character played by Gould might make. Gould is an American actor whose work defines a naturalistic approach to film acting.

He starred in the TV show MASH and movie "The Long Goodbye," and he's a member of the fabled five-timers club of guest hosts on Saturday Night Live. Gould spoke with The Record's Steve Scher.

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