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Summer Music
10:00 am
Mon July 22, 2013

News From D.C., Ann Powers On Music Festivals, And Keeping A Healthy Planet

Flickr Photo/Sheri Foreman

  News From D.C.
We preview the week ahead in Washington, D.C. with Jill Jackson, Capitol Hill Producer for CBS News.

Ann Powers On Music Festivals
Here in the Northwest, fans of live music are a bit spoiled, especially if you’re a fan of festivals. There’s Sasquatch in the spring, Capitol Hill Block Party in the summer, and Bumbershoot over Labor Day weekend. And then there are the newcomers to the festival scene: Timber, City Arts and Doe Bay Fest, just to name a few. Nationally  music festivals are on the rise as well and turning huge profits. What’s behind the rise of music festivals? Which ones are worth checking out this summer? Ann Powers is a critic and correspondent for NPR Music.

A Critical Decade For A Healthy Planet
People have had it pretty good on planet earth for centuries, but the world is changing. Human activities are altering the planet we live on. What are the planet’s limits before it starts to collapse? Katy Sewall talks with photographer Mattias Klum and sustainability expert Johan Rockstrom.

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Local Music
9:00 am
Mon July 22, 2013

King County Sheriff John Urquhart, Photographing Nature, And Singer Mary Lambert

Musician Mary Lambert.
From Mary Lambert's Facebook page.

King County Sheriff
King County Sheriff John Urquhart joins us to discuss policing in King County.  

The Joys And Challenges Of Protecting And Photographing Nature
Seattle’s famed wildlife photographer Paul Bannick won a Cannon Award for his photo of a snowy owl. Bannick joins us to talk about the challenges of photographing owls, Washington’s wildlife conservation efforts and what it’s like to watch nature for hours.

"She Keeps Me Warm," A Conversation With Mary Lambert
Singer/songwriter Mary Lambert is best known for her collaboration with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on their single “Same Love.” She’s now releasing a single of her own titled, “She Keeps Me Warm.” Mary is a writer, poet, performer and activist whose work is raw, emotional and honest. She joins us to talk about her music and the stories that inspire her work.

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Conversationlist Of The Week
11:34 am
Fri July 19, 2013

The Conversation News Quiz

We’re back again with the ever popular The Conversation News Quiz – where one lucky listener gets the chance to demonstrate his or her news knowledge. This week’s quiz covers everything from City Council races to local food. Our winner gets to wear The Conversation crown for one whole week on our Facebook page.

Seafair Pirates
11:31 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Yo Ho! It’s A Pirate’s Life For Me!

The Seafair Pirates are making a landing at KUOW today!
Flickr Photo/Steve Voght

It may not be international “Talk Like a Pirate” Day until September 19, but it’s “Talk To a Pirate” day on The Conversation today! The captain of the SeaFair Pirates, Rusty Harper, and his predecessor, Lance English, share with Ross Reynolds the dangers of the open seas when your ship is actually a parade float.

Senior Safety
11:28 am
Fri July 19, 2013

The Dangers Of Wandering For Dementia Patients

When people have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, they are at risk for wandering.  What that really means is they get lost. For an elderly person, that can sometimes lead to death. In Washington in the last five years, at least 10 people with some form of dementia have died after getting lost.

Jason Alcorn from Investigate West  has been looking into the problem in collaboration with KUOW and KCTS 9 and he tells Ross Reynolds what he’s found.

Lunar Development
11:24 am
Fri July 19, 2013

NASA Builds A Laser From The Moon To The Earth

Flickr Photo/NASA Goddard Photo and Video

NASA is returning to the moon this summer, but not to plant a flag and hit a golf ball. The space agency is building lasers to send information. Why are lasers the new technology for space communication? Ross Reynolds hears from Don Cornwell, the mission manager for the Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration at NASA.

Seattle Alternative Music
9:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Science News, And Candlebox

Seattle band Candlebox.
From Candlebox' Facebook page.

The News From Space
NBC News Digital science editor Alan Boyle discusses the latest news in physical and space science.

20th Anniversary Of The Band, Candlebox
Seattle band Candlebox made its debut in 1993, in the golden age of alternative rock in the Northwest. Now, 20 years since their first album release Candlebox is once again touring and creating new music. Lead singer Kevin Martin explains what it was like to make music in the era of Seattle alternative rock and how their music has changed over the years.  

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Wisdom For The Creative
8:00 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Hey, Kid: Thoughts For The Young Oddballs We Need So Badly

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Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 12:21 pm

Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed films including Looper and Brick, not to mention directing a few episodes of Breaking Bad, tweeted early this morning: "To me the great hope is one day some little fat girl in Ohio is going to make a summer movie where skyscrapers don't fall over like dominoes."

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Nostalgic Jingles
2:23 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

An Earworm For Mad Men

KUOW's Amanda Wilde cues up the vinyl recording of the 1965 Diet Pepsi jingle called "Music to Watch Girls By."
Credit Photo by Jenna Montgomery

My KUOW colleague Amanda Wilde, host of The Swing Years and Beyond, regularly shares music that sounds familiar. The tune that Amanda brought in this month is music that I can easily imagine Don Draper and other Mad Men giving a big thumbs up. 

In order for Amanda to share the music with me, she first had to dust off one of our old KUOW studio turntables. Then she could play the music on a 7-inch vinyl record she had recently tracked down.

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Language And Peace
2:19 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Invented Language Esperanto Not Quite Dead Yet

The flag of Esperanto
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Friday, July 26, is World Esperanto Day.

Today on KUOW Presents, producer Roman Mars told us about the history of the invented language Esperanto.

Esperanto's a language born out of the dream that if we all spoke the same language, we wouldn't have wars. That might sound a little naïve, when you consider how divided we can be even within the United States - where many people do speak the same language. Still, one can't help thinking: If we could turn on the television and see the personal stories of Iraqis, would the United States have gone to war with that nation?

Some would argue we are starting to understand each other, through English language reporting from news organizations like Al Jazeera, and CNN, which has an Arabic language channel. It's too early to say whether that programming will smooth out the differences between American and Middle Eastern cultures. But even with cable news going international, those broadcasts are just cultural diplomacy for nations that still think in different languages. And the idea of Esperanto still has power.

The Local Esperanto Connection

Seattle has an Esperanto club (it has several, actually). KUOW's Joshua McNichols called up club member Leland Ross to get a local perspective on the international language of Esperanto.

Seattle's Leland Ross on how he'll celebrate World Esperanto Day.

Leland says Esperanto isn't dead. In fact, it's doing better than ever before, thanks to the Internet. He says in the past, an Esperanto speaker would send off letters to an Esperanto-speaking pen pal and would have to wait for a response, but today, you can hop online and immediately chat with someone anywhere in the world.

Leland says one local group of Esperanto enthusiasts have a regular poker night conducted entirely in Esperanto. It isn't world peace, but you've got to start somewhere.

KUOW Presents is going on vacation next week. We'll be back July 29!

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, July 18:

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Bobo The Gorilla
12:14 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Celebrating Seattle’s Most Famous Primate

Bobo the gorilla at Woodland Park Zoo.
Seattle Municipal Archives.

Mid-July in Seattle means Seafair events, the actual arrival of summer and – if you lived here in the 1950s and '60s – it meant the annual birthday celebration for the city’s most famous primate, Bobo the gorilla.

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Poetry
11:59 am
Thu July 18, 2013

David Wagoner And "Their Bodies"

Poet David Wagoner
Credit Courtesy of David Wagoner, Photo by Robin Seyfried

One of the most profound duties of child to parent is to honor their last wishes, as best we can. In "Their Bodies," poet David Wagoner addresses the students of the anatomy lab at Indiana University, where his parents donated their bodies.

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Outdoor Safety
11:43 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Wilderness Survival Guide

Flickr Photo/Dois Espressos

With the summer sun, more people are hitting the trails and enjoying the outdoors. But just because the weather is nicer doesn’t mean the wilderness is any safer. Lee Callahan shares what it was like to get lost in the woods at night. Then Jason Knight, co-founder of Alderleaf Wilderness College, talks to Ross Reynolds and callers about how to survive out in the wilderness.

Dog Allergies
11:33 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Hypoallergenic Dogs: Myth Or Fact?

White House

Last week when we were talking about dogs in bars, restaurants and grocery stores the conversation turned to people who are allergic to dogs. One woman called to say her dog was hypoallergenic. But is that a real thing? Veterinarian Dr. Karen Hoffman reveals the truth to Ross Reynolds.

Technology
11:29 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Digital Dementia

Got a question? Ask Google. Can’t remember a name? Go to your smart phone. But are digital conveniences making us more forgetful? Tom Stafford psychologist at the University of Sheffield in the UK says no. He explains why our brains are just actually adapting.

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