The Seattle classical music community lost one of its most respected leaders Thursday. Toby Saks was a cellist, music professor at the University of Washington and the founder of the Seattle Chamber Music Society. Her death at age 71 from pancreatic cancer came just after the completion of the annual summer festival that she has overseen for more than 30 years.
Melany Vorass Herrera harvests stinging nettles from Seattle's Golden Gardens Park. It's technically illegal, but like many other cities, Seattle is starting to promote careful urban foraging.
Melany's husband Carlos Herrera catches a trout at Seattle's Haller Lake, just off Aurora Avenue North. Carlos has spent much of his life studying the water quality in urban lakes. "These stocked trout are safe to eat," he says.
Melany handles stinging nettles carefully in the kitchen.
Gail Savina, founder of Seattle’s City Fruit, shows off figs she plans to harvest later from ornamental trees in a residential neighborhood. City Fruit harvested about 20,000 pounds of fruit for Seattle food banks last year.
Foraged dinner for Melany Vorass Herrera and her husband Carlos Hererra: wild stinging nettle pesto, trout from a local lake, butter-fried invasive snails (escargot) and muffins with locally-harvested wild mulberries.
Cities like Seattle are really good at certain things. Like making widgets and designing spacecraft. Activities that take up a lot of space, like farming, are left to the farmers. For the most part, our food is trucked in from the Skagit Valley, shipped in from Florida, flown in from Chile -- places where land and labor are cheaper. But that divorce – between cities and farms – leaves cities vulnerable. All that movement of food between cities and farms relies on infrastructure. And infrastructure can fail, sometimes catastrophically.
What is the sound of Seattle? Metro buses? Drum circles? Every city has distinctive sounds, and collectively, they form a kind of soundtrack beneath the "movie" of your life.
Arseny Avraamov was interested in the sounds of his hometown Moscow. He thought of those sounds as instruments, and he used those instruments to conduct a live symphony called “The Symphony of Sirens.”
Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, August 1:
If a Hollywood filmmaker decided to make a movie version of composer Richard Wagner's epic "Ring Cycle," he would probably have the latest computer wizardry at his fingertips. But the "Ring" is performed live onstage, featuring more than 15 hours of music spread out over four nights of opera.
Call-In: Lessons Learned From Your Worst Road Trip The most memorable road trips are often those that don’t go well. What lesson did you learn from your worst road trip? We want to hear the funny, the horrifying, the enlightening stories you gathered on the road; call us at 206.543.5869 or 800.289.5869.
Radio Retrospective: The Rare Female Detective During radio’s golden age, detective shows were a very popular genre. There were well over 120 detective shows about men, and only about 44 featuring a woman. Who were those women, and were the shows any good?
Recommended Eating Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. The weather has been nice around Seattle lately, how about a picnic? Dickerman gives tips on where to stock up. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!
We've all had regrets. Some of them are trivial: grades, what we said, that $6 popcorn we got at the movies. Some of them are more serious: relationships, career choices, irrevocable actions. But if we could go back and change it all, would we?
To find out, hosts Ian Dangla and Kendra Hanna talk to fellow RadioActivian Maddie Ewbank, who had an accident with a water balloon in front of her whole school. Then they hear from Amina Al-Sadi, a producer at KUOW, who woke up one day and realized she was on the wrong career path, only to have that same realization again after switching majors. Finally, the University District courses with regret as people reflect on what they would change about their lives if they had the opportunity. Give it a listen. You won’t regret it. Hopefully.
When writer Chris Grabenstein plots his mysteries, the murders happen in the corny nooks of New Jersey's Jersey shore. After all, there's something delightfully cheesy about a beach town.
"I guess I'm a cheesy guy. I like this kind of stuff," Grabenstein says. "Ever since I was a kid I loved tourist towns."
The author points out shop names as we walk along his stretch of the shore. There's the Sunglass Menagerie, an ice cream shop called Do Me A Flavor, Shore Good Donuts and How You Brewin' coffee. I'll spare you the rest — Long Beach Island has 18 miles of this stuff.
Providing Equal Health Care The Human Rights Campaign released its 2013 Healthcare Equality Index. The HEI is a survey of how health care facilities treat patients from the LGBT community. Both UW Medicine and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance were recognized for being a “leader in LGBT health care equality." What does it mean to provide LGBT patient-centered care? Nicki McCraw, the assistant vice president of human resources for UW Medicine explains.
Art Of Our City This year could be the last time audiences see Seattle Opera’s current production of the Ring Cycle. The four-part opera marathon is the story of Norse gods and goddesses, love and greed. The final opera, “Twilight of the Gods," ends with the destruction of the world as the gods and goddesses know it. What does it take to end the world? Seattle Opera technical director Robert Schaub knows. He’s the man who helped turn the artistic vision into stage reality. Schaub took Marcie Sillman behind the scenes and then sat down to talk about theater magic.
The Interfaith Amigos On The Role Of Ritual All of us have rituals we engage in. Maybe you eat lunch at the same restaurant every day. Maybe you celebrate the holidays each year in a similar manner. How important is ritual to the human experience? The Interfaith Amigos muse on this subject.
Ever since the ballad of John Henry, the man who raced against a steam drill to see which could lay railroad tracks the fastest, we've had a fascination with pitting humans against machines. People like Henry lost the battle long ago, at least when it comes to labor. Next, computers outwitted us in math and then chess. The arts have held out the longest. Surely a computer couldn't replicate the unmistakably human sound of a Stradivarius violin? Think again.
The Department of Natural Resources issued an updated burn ban to include all lands protected by the DNR in Washington state. The ban will be in effect until September 30 and includes prescribed burns and campfires, even in developed campgrounds under state, local or private control.
Balancing work and the rest of your life can be incredibly hard, especially in the contemporary work environment. A recent study found that almost 40 percent of men and 25 percent of women in professional jobs work more than 50 hours a week. How do you find that perfect balance between work and life? Ross Reynolds hears from callers and talks to writer David Roberts about what he calls the “medium chill” lifestyle. Roberts is a senior staff writer at Grist.
For 31 years journalist James Bamford has been writing about the National Security Agency and the threats he sees it posing to our privacy. Even after all the recent revelations about NSA spying on citizens, the agency knows much more than you think. The NSA listens in while Ross Reynolds and Bamford discuss the role of government surveillance.
Heading to the farmers market this week? Pick up some blueberries! They are the world’s super fruit, high in antioxidants and other nutrients. Ross Reynolds talks to Sheryl Wiser of the Puget Sound Fresh program at the Cascade Harvest Coalition about what to do with blueberries.
Wildfires Continue To Burn Central WA Two massive wildfires burning in central Washington have swallowed up nearly 132 square miles and forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes. The largest of the two wildfires is burning near Wenatchee. Last night, Kittitas County officials declared a state of emergency as the fire grew to over 92,000 square miles. The other major wildfire is burning near Goldendale in south-central Washington. We hear an update from Albert Kassel at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
Al-Jazeera America Launches In Seattle Longtime KING 5 television reporter and anchor Allen Schauffler signed off this week, but not for good. Schauffler has joined the new Al-Jazeera America network as a correspondent based in Seattle. We talk with him about his time at KING and his new assignment with the cable news network.
Preserving The Fruit Of Summer The fruit flavors of summer don’t linger too long. Paige Irwin and Amy Pennington share tips, tricks and recipes to keep fruits at your fingertips all year long.
Summer camp can be a magical place for kids, full of craft time, first kisses, freedom from parents and sleeping under the stars. Of course, it can also mean snakes, mean kids and wedgies. Did you go to summer camp? Did anything memorable happen? Can you still sing your old camp song? Break out the s’mores, gather around the fire and we’ll swap stories.