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Book Interview
3:47 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Teju Cole On Being A Perpetual Insider And Outsider

Teju Cole's book, "Every Day Is For The Thief."

Steve Scher talks with fiction writer Teju Cole about his new book, "Every Day Is for the Thief." Cole will be at the Elliot Bay Bookstore tonight at 7 p.m.

Books
3:02 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

In Karen Russell's World, Sleep Is For The Lucky Few

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Atavist Books

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:14 am

Getting much sleep lately? The citizens of Karen Russell's dystopian novella, Sleep Donation, haven't been getting any. It's the near future, and America has been suffering from an insomnia crisis where hundreds of thousands of cases are terminal. And so an agency called Slumber Corps has been established to battle the problem.

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Recipes
2:58 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

The Secret To These Sauces Is Nuts

Claire Adas for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 6:26 am

I grew up thinking of nuts as junk food: full of fat and calories, a guilty treat for holidays and special occasions. I remember bowls of salty cocktail mix, nut-covered cheese logs, sweet buttery honey-roasted peanuts and cashews, or Jordan almonds in their strangely addictive sugary coating. They were in the same category as potato chips and candy: irresistible, but not good for you at all.

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Food Flavoring
1:41 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Does Beaver Tush Flavor Your Strawberry Shortcake? We Go Myth Busting

So what's behind that strawberry flavoring?
Meg Vogel/NPR

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 4:15 pm

A few years ago, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver kicked up a foodie firestorm when he told the audience at the Late Show with David Letterman that vanilla ice cream contains flavoring from a beaver's ... um, derriere.

"Beaver anal gland — yes," Oliver shouted bluntly, as the crowd booed and hissed. "Oh, come on! You're telling me you don't like a little beaver? ... It's in cheap sorts of strawberry syrups and vanilla ice cream."

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Thinning Of Middle Class
12:30 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

US Will Return To Historic Levels Of Inequality Says One Economist

Tyler Cowen's book "Average is Over."

Here in the Puget Sound region and across the country, the economy is making slow and steady progress in recovering from the Great Recession of 2008. But moving forward, many questions still remain. A crucial one involves the growing inequality gap. Economist Tyler Cowen says the U.S. will return to historic levels of inequality and in turn, we'll see a thinning out of the middle class.

His latest book is called “Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond The Age Of The Great Stagnation.” Cowen talked with Marcie Sillman.

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Controversial Literature
12:24 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Salman Rushdie And The Heroism Of Ordinary People

Salman Rushdie's new memoir, "Joseph Anton."

It was Valentine’s Day 1989 when Salman Rushdie got a call from a BBC reporter. She asked him how it felt to be sentenced to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini. He thought, “I’m a dead man.”

Starting at the age of 41, Rushdie spent almost 10 years living under the threat of murder because of a book he’d written, "The Satanic Verses."

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Television
4:33 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

'The Samaritans:' When 'The Office' Meets International Aid

Steve Scher speaks with Hussein Kurji, creator of the new comedy TV series "The Samaritans," a mockumentary set in Nairobi, Kenya. Kurji talks about the fictional NGO that "does nothing."

Women's Rights
4:26 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Gloria Steinem On What's Next For Feminism

Gloria Steinem
Flickr Photo/Marnie Joyce (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Gloria Steinem, women's rights movement leader and founder of Ms. Magazine, about what modern feminism means and her goals for the next 30 years. She visited KUOW in 2006.

American Music
2:19 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

A Man Apart: Terry Teachout On Jazz Giant Duke Ellington

Terry Teachout's book "Duke."

Ross Reynolds talks with Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout about his book, "Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington."

Ellington is regarded as perhaps the greatest jazz composer of the 20th century. The conductor Andre Previn once compared him to Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Prokofiev.

This interview originally aired on October 16, 2013.

Technology
11:05 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Weaned On Youth, Silicon Valley Keeps Older Workers On Sidelines

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 3:46 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

I'm Audie Cornish and now to All Tech Considered.

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CORNISH: Botox, plastic surgeries, an obsession with youth. We're not talking about Hollywood. That's the new culture of Silicon Valley, according to writer Noam Scheiber. His article for the New Republic is titled "The Brutal Ageism of Tech." And it describes how the infusion of power and money in Silicon Valley has sidelined older workers.

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Food Comparison
10:37 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Apples Vs. Oranges: Google Tool Offers Ultimate Nutrition Smackdown

Oranges and apples in a row.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 2:31 pm

Leave it to the folks at Reddit to uncover the hidden treasures of the Internet. Recently, they were gabbing about Google's nutrition comparison tool, which was quietly launched at the end of 2013 and escaped us here at The Salt.

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Author Interview
9:31 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Catching Up With Writer George Saunders

Author George Saunders.
Flickr Photo/Jeremy Sternberg (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with acclaimed author George Saunders about his life, work and how he hope to follow the success of his last short story collection, "Tenth of December."

Overcoming Addiction
7:34 am
Mon March 24, 2014

With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery

Courtesy of Beacon Press

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 11:27 am

Since its founding in the 1930s, Alcoholics Anonymous has become part of the fabric of American society. AA and the many 12-step groups it inspired have become the country's go-to solution for addiction in all of its forms. These recovery programs are mandated by drug courts, prescribed by doctors and widely praised by reformed addicts.

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Signs Of Spring
3:31 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Not Bad For A Septuagenarian: UW Cherry Trees Burst With Bloom

Cherry blossoms at the UW Quad.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds speaks with Sara Shores, arborist at the University of Washington, about the annual profusion of cherry blossoms on the UW campus and about how these trees, originally planted at the Washington Park Arboretum in 1939, ended up at The Quad.

The blossoms are expected to reach peak bloom this weekend, Shores said.

Hidden Treasures
3:30 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Nancy Pearl: Wandering The Aisles Of A Secondhand Bookstore

Flickr Photo/Kyle Mahan (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher and Nancy Pearl look for the treasures that can only be found at used bookstores. They visit Magus Books in the University District in Seattle.

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