“The Ramayana” is a sacred text for millions of Hindus. Now Seattle’s ACT Theatre has adapted the epic saga of good and evil for the stage. Playwrights Yussef El-Guindi and Stephanie Timm used an English translation of the original Sanskrit, and synthesized 24,000 verses into three hours of theater.
Nobody would argue over the fact that women have made significant contributions to the art world. But a major new exhibition at Seattle Art Museum not only highlights contemporary women artists; it puts them front and center.
To the world, Richard was Washington state’s Most Wanted, a thief and a murderer. But Richard’s chaplain Chris didn’t see him that way. To Chris, Richard was a sweet, well-meaning man who just wanted to be seen. Chris tells his story today.
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Also this hour, we speak with attorney David Mann. He’s representing Seattle longshoremen and warehouse workers who say they’ll file a lawsuit to block a third sports arena in Sodo. Plus, we hear a poem from Dean Young and take a listen back to some of our interview with satirist Christopher Buckley (“They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?”).
Lara Hamilton was about to turn 40 when she realized she wanted to quit her job. She worried about losing a steady paycheck, but she really wanted to find work she loved. She found the courage to act from a surprising source: Julia Child. Lara tells KUOW's Jeannie Yandel how Julia helped her then, and now.
Local record producer and writer Pat Thomas recently compiled a collection of music written by and for the Black Power movement, "Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1965–1975." One of the musicians he discovered in putting the album together is a woman named Elaine Brown. She was the head of the Black Panther party during the mid '70s. Today, she's most well known for her activism for prisoners, but Pat thinks her music from the late '60s and early '70s has a message that still applies today. He recommends listening to "Seize The Time," "The End of Silence" and "Until We're Free."
Travel guru Rick Steves has made his way into many a knapsack with his essential travel guides, but how did he first begin his travel business and what inspired that career? Ross Reynolds sits down with Rick Steves and goes beyond travel to hear his story.
Map based on 2010 census date. Red = non-Hispanic white, blue = African-American, green = Asian-American, orange = Hispanic, yellow = other. Each dot represents 25 residents. (Flickr Photo: Eric Fischer)
Seattle writer Jay Craig created his own religion. Its rules helped him deal with his bipolar disorder, and he thought it was good enough to overthrow Christianity. But when a close friend ended up in a mental institution claiming to be the daughter of God, Jay was forced to take a good, hard look at himself.
It's sometimes difficult to engage in conversation with people whose beliefs are very different from your own. But Brenda Peterson, a West Seattle author and environmentalist, has found a place on a local beach where she can have those conversations. It's a sanctuary for Brenda where she finds connection with creatures of all kinds. And it's the place where she founded the nonprofit Seal Sitters a few years ago.
Seal Sitters is a volunteer organization that watches after seal pups that show up on Puget Sound beaches. Brenda Peterson speaks with KUOW's Dave Beck. Her new children's book, based on her experiences with Seal Sitters, is called "Leopard and Silkie."
The University of Washington is a respected institution of higher learning, serving more than 92,000 students on campuses in Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma. But it didn’t quite start out this way; in its first 25 years, the school went broke and even shut down for a brief time. It barely had enough students and faculty to fill a large room.
With NPR’s popular Car Talk hosts retiring, public radio approaches a crossroads. Which way to go? Hit the archives to keep popular programs on the air, or create more new shows? The creator and host of This American Life has some ideas. We talk with Ira Glass about the present and future of public radio.
Is gender inequity the biggest issue of our time? Around the world, it’s not unusual for young girls from poor families to be kept out of school. In India, the mortality rate for girls under age five is 50 percent higher than it is for boys. Pulitzer Prize–winning author of “Half the Sky” Sheryl WuDunn talked with us earlier this year about education, poverty, maternal mortality, sex trafficking and gender inequality, and what can be done to help.
FOUND Magazine creator and This American Life contributor Davy Rothbart joins us to talk about 10 years of FOUND and his new collection of essays, "My Heart Is An Idiot." Then, Marcie Sillman speaks with choreographer Amy O’Neal about her new solo performance at Velocity Dance Center.