“Alive and Well” At SIFF The documentary “Alive and Well” takes viewers inside the lives of seven people who have been affected by Huntington’s disease. From those who carry the gene to family members turned caregivers, the film tells the story of what it’s like to live with a genetic, neurological disorder. Huntington’s disease is degenerative, slowly breaking down the nerve cells of the brain. A person with a parent with Huntington’s has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the gene mutation. Director Josh Taft and executive producer Liz Weber explain their motivation for making the film.
Islam’s “Spiritual Gems” Nearly a quarter of the world’s population looks to the Qur’an for spiritual guidance. What does the Islamic holy book have to say about life? Katy Sewall talks with Jamal Rahman, author of “Spiritual Gems of Islam.”
Weather and Hike of the Week Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.
In some states you still have to get a blood test before you get married, but no state requires you to get a credit check before getting married. How important is it to sit down with a bottle of wine and talk debt before you walk down the aisle? David Hyde talks to financial expert Jane Bryant Quinn who says it should be at the top of your list. She’s the author of a book called "Making the Most of Your Money Now."
Nude cyclists broke out the body paint on Friday for Bellingham’s annual Naked Bike Ride. Seattle will get its chance to do the same on June 22, for Fremont’s annual Solstice Parade. The Fremont Arts Council, which organizes the event, obviously doesn’t have a problem with public nudity. But are bare-bodied cyclists breaking any laws? David Hyde talks to criminal defense attorney Lance Fryrear about Seattle’s public nudity laws.
This Week In Olympia State lawmakers are in deep budget negotiations in the final days of the special legislative session. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a look at what’s happening this week in Olympia.
Cellist Joshua Roman Cellist Joshua Roman is back in town for a world-premiere performance at Town Hall Seattle, where he’s artistic director of the TownMusic series. He talks with us ahead of a performance tomorrow night with his JACK Quartet.
Sounds Of Our Everyday Everyday Weekday listeners send us the sound of their day. From a chatty sheep to the crunch of a walk through the snow, we find a variety of natural sounds in our everyday urban environment. Members of the Seattle Phonographers Union explain what attracts us to these sounds in the first place and how we can better appreciate the symphony of our everyday sonic landscape.
Sub Pop Records may have started small but the label has always made a big impression. Sup Pop, which began as a fanzine and evolved into a record label in the late 1980s, is considered the epicenter of the grunge movement. Megan Jasper, vice president at Sub Pop, gives Ross Reynolds a tour of the office.
Jazz vocalist Jane Monheit first visited us in the KUOW studios just after we moved into our then new facility on University Avenue in 1999.
Public radio listeners and music lovers have followed Monheit's career for more than a decade now. She made a sensational debut recording shortly after graduating from the Manhattan School of Music in the late 1990s.
Kal Penn is best known for his stoner role as Kumar in the "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” films. But Penn is also a former member of President Obama’s administration, where he worked on youth, art, and Asian American outreach.
A couple of years ago, Democratic politicians at the state and national levels set heady goals for battery powered cars. For example, in his 2011 State of the Union speech, President Obama said, "With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015."
Patent Trolls Explained This week President Obama proposed a series of reforms to crack down on “patent trolls.” One proposal would require patent holders to disclose their ties to other companies. We talk with professor Sean O’Connor of the University of Washington School of Law about whether or not patent trolls can be tamed by Congress.
New Science Meets Our Favorite Dinosaurs The creatures that have run, soared, slithered, paddled, pulsed and gyrated across water, sea and sky captivate our imaginations. Continuing research brings new theories, new data and new fossils to study. Brian Sweetek writes about our evolving understanding in “My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs.”
Radio Retrospective: Who Played It Better? Shows like “The Shadow” and “The Lone Ranger” had decade long runs during radio’s Golden Age. If an actor playing the title role resigned, executives hired someone new to play the part. Who played it better? We attempt to answer that question by listening to different actors playing the same role.
Recommended Eating Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!
Art Of Our City What happens when the liberal-minded daughter of conservative parents decides to write a tell-all memoir? That’s the premise behind “Other Desert Cities,” a new play opening this week at ACT Theatre. Actress Pamela Reed, best known for her role in the television show Parks and Recreation, plays the mother. We’ll ask her about the play and her acting career.
Understanding The Multiverse If the universe we live in is just one of many other universes, how did we come to be and can we reconcile our own inferiority? Columbia University theoretical physicist Brian Greene has been exploring the world of cosmology for nearly four decades. His research seeks to find answers to questions about time and space, the world we inhabit, and how we can better understand it. In addition to explaining the universe, Greene also penned the children’s book “Icarus at the Edge of Time.” Now "Icarus" is on the stage in a multimedia drama that features an original orchestral score by Philip Glass. We’ll talk with Greene about the staging of his scientific children’s book and about the latest secrets the universe has revealed.
From 2000 to 2009, the number of people diagnosed with skin cancer increased nearly two percent according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Doctors say much of the rise can be attributed to the mislabeling and misuse of sunscreen. Joining Ross Reynolds to answer your questions on sunscreen and other skin matters is dermatologist Dr. Andrea Kalus, Medical Director of the UW Dermatology Center at Roosevelt.
Taxi cabs have a new breed of competitors. New companies like Lyft, Uber and Sidecar give smartphone users the ability to reserve a ride through an app on their phone. Some of the companies use private car owners as their main drivers. Will traditional taxis fall by the wayside? How are these new companies regulated? Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW’s transportation reporter, Derek Wang.
Canada, Culture And Commerce Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news about the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. Then, the craft of filmmaking is celebrated during the Seattle International Film Festival. “Professor” Fred Hopkins celebrates film every day of his life with one catch: He loves the bad movies best. Hopkins selects the five worst movies of all time, and explains why you should watch them. Then, Jon Talton talks about China's expanding economic reach and marks the four year anniversary of the end of the recession.
What’s The Fate Of The M’s Leadership? Five years ago, Seattle Mariners’ General Manager Jack Zduriencik was hired to completely revamp a struggling franchise. Half a decade on, progress has been hard to find. The team is sitting near the bottom of their division. They’ve scored the second fewest runs in the American League. And their core of young hitters has been a huge disappointment. Weekday discusses the future of the Mariners with help from Larry Stone, who covers major league baseball for The Seattle Times.
Khaled Hosseini: "And The Mountains Echoed" In 2003, Afghan-born author Khaled Hosseini set the literary world ablaze with his best-selling novel “The Kite Runner.” Along with his 2007 follow-up “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” Hosseini has sold more than 38 million books around the world. His latest novel, “And The Mountains Echoed,” which spans six decades and several continents, tells the story of an Afghan family torn apart by time and distance. Told from the perspective of many characters, the sprawling narrative delves deep into what it means to be bonded by family.
There's a new Superman movie coming out this month. Why does the story of the man of steel continue to resonate with people? Perhaps he represents a myth we like to tell ourselves: that given absolute power, we would choose to use it for good.