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Child Brides
6:47 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Can Child Marriages Be Stopped?

Christina Asima says she had no choice but to marry last year at age 12 to help care for younger siblings after her mother abandoned the family. But she says her husband was abusive, so she left him, and now must look after her 8-month-old son, Praise, alone.
Jennifer Ludden NPR

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 3:05 pm

Christina Asima seems tired for a 13-year-old. I meet the shy-mannered girl in the remote farming village of Chitera, in the southern African nation of Malawi. She wears a bright pink zip-up shirt and a blue print cloth wrapped up to her chest. Snuggled in that, hugging her side, is a chubby-cheeked baby boy.

My gut assumption is that the infant must be Christina's little brother. I know 8-month-old Praise is actually her son. Still, it's startling when, as we speak, she shifts him around front to nurse.

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Music Interviews
11:03 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

'Foreverly' Yours: Billie Joe Armstrong And Norah Jones Get Close

Foreverly, a new album from Norah Jones and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, was released today.
Marina Chavez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 10:11 am

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Podcastees And Twitterers
3:02 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

John Hodgman On Flying, Seattle Socialists And 'The Twitter'

John Hodgman, left, and John Roderick perform Friday night at the Neptune Theatre in the University District.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Comedian John Hodgman and songwriter John Roderick came by KUOW’s studios to promote their show at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Neptune Theatre in the University District. What followed, however, was a wonderfully meandering conversation that focused on ribbing our dear host Steve Scher.  

Highlights are below, but honestly, you should listen, because you will laugh out loud.  

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Good Reads
2:39 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Picks: Poetry And Football

"The Art of Losing" and "The System"

Steve Scher sits down with everyone's favorite librarian Nancy Pearl for her book recommendations of the week including the collection “The Art Of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing” edited by Kevin Young, and “The System: The Glory And Scandal Of Big Time College Football” by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyain.

World Population
2:38 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

The Demographic Surprise Inside The Population Explosion

A crowd of people in Lalibela, Ethiopia.
Flickr Photo/gordontour

Steve Scher talks with New Yorker reporter Elizabeth Kolbert and professor Steven Philip Kramer about under-population trends cropping up in some developed countries.  

Thanksgiving Special
1:43 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

StoryCorps Love Stories With Dave Isay

Flickr Photo/las-initially

If there's one tradition that's never faded away in our history as people on this earth, it's storytelling. StoryCorps is a massive oral history project whose mission is to record, preserve and share the stories of Americans from all background and beliefs. It was founded in 2003 by radio documentary producer Dave Isay.

People tell their stories in mobile booths all around the country, and selected stories air nationally on NPR. All of the stories are preserved in the Library of Congress, with the hope that it will one day become a public, searchable database. Isay spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on February 7, 2012.

Personal Finance
1:34 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Cash America Found Guilty: Regulators Crack Down On Payday Lenders

Flickr Photo/Scurzuzu

Ross Reynolds talks with Washington Post economy reporter Danielle Douglas about how regulators are cracking down on payday lenders. 

Skycicles
1:10 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Evel Knievel Redux: Daredevils Woo Twin Falls To Recreate Canyon Jump

Snake River Canyon. Evel Knievel’s 1974 launch ramp is the hump on the rim, top right.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 8:32 am

A passel of daredevils aim to succeed where the king of stunt performers once famously failed. They want to attempt Evel Knievel's jump over the Snake River Canyon.

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RadioActive Youth Media
11:25 am
Fri November 22, 2013

A Cheez-It Feast, And Other Reasons To Be Thankful

Hosts Yafiet Bezabih and Maddie Ewbank ready with their edible sound effects.
KUOW Photo/Jenny Asarnow

RadioActive's Yafiet Bezabih and Maddie Ewbank challenge our chef-in-residence Sarah Rosenthal to make a Thanksgiving meal out of mac and cheese, Oreos, Cheez-Its, salsa, and more cheese. Plus, hear the story of an inspirational nun from India: Sister Lucy Kurien helps thousands of destitute women and children through her organization, Maher.

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Economy And Politics
3:59 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities Are Becoming Powerhouses

Flickr Photo/Henry Alva (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to Bruce Katz, vice president of the Brookings Institution and co-director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, about how cities are becoming a fix to the economy and to politics.

Hollywood Heroines
3:48 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Katniss Everdeen: The New Superwoman?

Katniss Everdeen, the heroine from book series and film franchise the "Hunger Games."
From the "Hunger Games" Facebook page.

Steve Scher talks with film historian Caetlin Benson-Allott, assistant professor of English, film and media studies at Georgetown University, about a new genre of Hollywood heroines.

Congress
3:46 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

The Art Of The Filibuster

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Steve Scher talks with historian Julian Zelizer, professor at Princeton University, about the US Senate Democrats' vote to avoid Republican filibusters.

Author Interview
3:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

An Unflinching Portrayal Of Foibles And Follies

Ann Patchett's essay collection "This is the Story of a Happy Marriage."

Steve Scher talks with author Ann Patchett about her newest collection of essays "This is the Story of a Happy Marriage."

Author Interview
3:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Teaching And Cooking In The French Kitchen

Patricia Well's book "The French Kitchen Cookbook."

Steve Scher talks with cookbook author Patricia Wells about teaching cooking in Paris and Provence and her new book “The French Kitchen Cookbook.”

Homelessness
3:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

With Real Change News, Bellevue's Homeless Population Hidden No More

A man sells Real Change in Seattle; soon vendors will be more common in Bellevue locations as well.
Flickr Photo/Chris Blakeley

Steve Scher talks with Alan Preston, managing director of Real Change News, about bringing the newspaper — which is sold by homeless people — to Bellevue.

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