What Caused Henrietta Lacks’ Aggressive Cancer? Researchers Now Know The New York Times bestseller “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” tells the story of a young woman who died from aggressive cervical cancer and her amazing immortal cells which have been reproduced since 1951. A new study by the University of Washington has pieced together what caused her cancer, called “a perfect storm of what can go wrong in a cell.” We talk with study author Jay Shendure.
Art Of Our City: Cartoonist Ellen Forney Ellen Forney is an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator. Her work has been published by Fantagraphics and appears regularly in the pages of The Stranger. Forney has just published a graphic memoir. “Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michaelangelo and Me” chronicles Forney’s diagnosis with bipolar disorder, and her long journey to finding mental balance.
Sleep Less, Eat More? Scientists have known for a long time that lack of sleep can lead to weight gain. A new study sheds light on why. The study in Nature Communications finds that lack of sleep causes people to crave unhealthy, high-calorie foods like potato chips and makes it harder for people to control their impulses. We talk with study co-author Matthew Walker of the University of California.
How Wagner Came To America This month, opera lovers from around the world will flock to McCaw Hall to take in Seattle Opera’s internationally acclaimed production of Richard Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelungen.” But where did a music lover go in the 1890s to take in some world-class Wagner? Would you believe Coney Island? Cultural historian and Wagner expert Joseph Horowitz tells KUOW’s Dave Beck the story of Laura Langford, the Brooklyn newspaper editor, suffragist, clairvoyant and Wagner disciple who founded a series of outdoor Wagner concerts at the famed Coney Island amusement park.
For centuries, biographers relied on handwritten letters to bring historical figures to life, from Ghandi to Catherine The Great. But email, texts and Outlook have changed how historians work. For example, we know from emails how Microsoft executives reacted to Apple’s early success with iTunes: “We were smoked.”
Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, August 7:
The ongoing immigration debate in Congress often spotlights the job market for people living in the U.S. illegally. Not long ago, that market included one of the country's top organic herb farms — until an immigration bust forced the business, based in Washington state, to clean up its payroll.
Ted Andrews, owner of HerbCo International, says he's learned some tough lessons during the transition to a legal workforce. Lesson No. 1: "There are events that can destroy a business in the snap of a finger," he says. "This was one of them."
Singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson led a long and diverse career in the music business. He is best known for his pop ballad take on the Randy Newman song, “Living Without You.” But he got famous writing arty rock music and hanging out with the Beatles. Ross Reynolds explores the eclectic career of Henry Nilsson.
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Today on the program, Captain Wonder Man (Srikar Penumaka) and Graphite Girl (Madeline Ewbank) bring you stories of superheroes! First you’ll hear from Southcenter Mall-goers about their desired superpowers, courtesy of Captain Wonder Man. Then we give Batman (Carlos Nieto) a call and hear about the truth behind “great responsibility.” Finally Lois Lane (Kendra Hanna) dishes about the time she broke up with Superman.
Les Layne from the Victoria Time Colonist explains what the people of Lac Megantic have learned about the catastrophic train crash that happened there on July 16. Film critic Robert Horton joins us with a look at the last films of great directors and actors. Then, Jon Talton brings us the latest business news including what the housing recovery means for consumers and the market.
Primary Results We reflect on the results of yesterday’s primary. What happened? How do the results affect the November election? Call us with your reaction at 206.543.5869.
Being Allowed To Die: A Case Study On When To Remove A Ventilator Imagine having to decide when to remove an injured loved one from a ventilator. Some of you have had to make that decision and doctors have to make it too. Every situation is unique and it’s not simply a medical decision. It can be ethical and emotional too. Jim deMaine is a retired pulmonary and critical care doctor who frequently gives talks to patients about planning for end-of-life issues. He joins us to talk about two patients who wanted to be taken off the ventilator and allowed to die.
On The Job: Avain Vet Parrots, like all pets, need to check-ups and that means a trip to the Avian Vet. As part of our “On the Job” series, Katy Sewall visited the Bird & Exotic Clinic of Seattle.
Imagine a tiny, filthy-at-first kitchen, shockingly bad ingredients and the requirement to prepare two meals a day, five days a week for up to 80 young men. That’s what Darlene Barnes found when she applied for the position of house cook at Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity at the University of Washington. She was new to the area and wanted to continue her career in cooking. But what she got was so much more than a job.
Ross Reynolds talks with Darlene Barnes about her new memoir, “Hungry: What Eighty Ravenous Guys Taught Me about Life, Love, and the Power of Good Food.”
Tonight millions of Americans will participate in National Night Out. It’s a country-wide effort to build community and fight crime. Streets are closed off for block parties and neighbors are encouraged to get to know each other. For many, it’s the only time they mingle with the neighbors all year. What about you? Do you know your neighbors? Ross Reynolds talks to callers about their neighbors — good and bad.
Gender bias and sexual harassment are relatively common in philosophy departments compared to other humanities fields, and less than 20 percent of philosophy faculty members are women. But our guest today says the University of Washington philosophy department is different. KUOW’s Ross Reynolds talks to Sara Goering, a philosophy professor and graduate program director at the University of Washington, about what’s being done to end lingering sexism in philosophy.
The Business Of Newspapers Jeff Bezos, Chief Executive of Amazon.com just bought the Washington Post for $250 million. Billionaires have been buying up newspapers, from Bezos to the owner of the Boston Red Sox who just bought The Boston Globe. Why invest in an industry that is struggling? And what does this mean for the medium itself? Hanson Hosein, director of the Masters of Communication in Leadership at the University of Washington, explains the business of media.
Puget Sound Orcas The Pacific Legal Foundation in Sacramento proposed a petition last year to de-list orcas from the Endangered Species list. They were petitioning on behalf of California farmers facing water restrictions in areas salmon inhabit. This week the federal government reconfirmed that the Puget Sound orcas are in fact endangered because they are a distinct population, not a part of the larger North Pacific population. KUOW’s Ashley Ahearn explains the lawsuit.
On The Job: Boudoir Photography In the 1980s, women captured their seductive side at a “glamour shots” studio at the mall. In modern Seattle, women are having boudoir pictures taken. Christina Mallet is the photographer behind Katrinka’s Secret. Producer Katy Sewall shadows her on the job.
Greendays Gardening Panel Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, native plant expert, and vegetable gardening expert. They answer your gardening questions every Tuesday.
But for Barzallo Sockemtickem, now 17, that "classroom" happened to be her room at Seattle Children's Hospital. She has spent many months at Children's, being treated for cancer and working with WITS poet Sierra Nelson.
Barzallo Sockemtickem's poem "Where I'm From" is defiant and tender, and challenges her listener to understand that she won't let her disease define her: "I am from stubbornness / and spitfire. / I am from refuse to give up. / I am not just cancerous."
Her poem was awarded the "Origins" prize from Seattle Arts and Lectures.
Barzallo Sockemtickem was recorded in the KUOW Studios on August 2.
MLB Suspensions Major League Baseball has handed down lengthy suspensions to more than a dozen players for using performance enhancing drugs, among them: former Seattle Mariner (and current New York Yankee) Alex Rodriguez. He was suspended for the remainder of this season and all of next season. A player in the Mariners’ minor league system was also suspended: Tacoma Rainiers catcher Jesus Montero. What do these suspensions say about the state of drug use in baseball?
Technology-Enabled Sexual Landscape Technology has changed when and how kids are exposed to sexual activity. Gone are the dirty magazines under the mattress. On average, kids are exposed to full action, hardcore sexual activity by age 10. How is this changing the behavior and expectations of teenagers? How can you help your kids navigate a technology-enabled sexual landscape?
Climate Change And The Republican Party Former head of the Environmental Protection Agency and former co-chair of the Puget Sound Partnership, William Ruckelsaus explains why the Republican Party needs to take action on climate change.
The Weather and Hike of the Week Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.
Former Seattle Mariner Alex Rodriguez has been suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez, also known as A-Rod, is suspended for the rest of this season and the next. He can play while he appeals.