Dance Of The Planets If you’ve looked up to the night sky lately you might have noticed the three brightest planets in our solar system, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury, orbiting close to each other. If not, this might be your last chance for a while to see “The Dance of Planets.” UW astronomy lecturer Toby Smith explains to us why the rotation of planets is significant and what other astronomical phenomenon we can watch for this year.
Art Of Our City SuperFly Film making at the Seattle International Film Festival is a program that pairs up adult mentors with school-aged aspiring filmmakers. Many local filmmakers say the program helped launch their careers. This year’s crop of young filmmakers will screen their work on Saturday evening. Find out how 12-year-old Solomon and his mentor BC Campbell worked together.
The Mission Is Never Over Ten years ago on May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush declared major combat over in Iraq. That wasn’t accurate and according to Captain Ed Hrivnak, retired Air Force Flight Nurse, the announcement had a deep seated psychological impact on the troops serving. Hrivnak has written "Wounded," a book based on the journal he kept while caring for wounded servicemen at the start of the invasion of Iraq.
Margaret grew up in the arctic regions of Northern Canada. Her childhood was happy. She played with caribou hide balls and snacked on dried beluga whale skin. Her family slept together in a one room tent, surrounded by icebergs and kept warm with polar bear fur blankets.
At night, her sister would read her stories in a foreign tongue. The sister had picked up English in a Christian boarding school. Margaret wanted to learn to speak this way, too. So she signed up for school. Unfortunately, she didn't realize she was agreeing to be torn from her family and her culture and to spend her days doing unending chores at an isolated boarding school.
She had to let her parents know. But how? Listen to find out.
Fellow crewman Greg Spooner rests briefly about two weeks into the journey.
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Jordan Hanssen celebrates his birthday on August 4, 2006. His fellow crewmembers managed to create a card in secret, no small feat considering the close quarters. They also saved him an extra ration of dessert to accompany his birthday flare.
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Jordan Hanssen cleans the underside of the boat in a dry suit midtrip.
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The crew leave New York harbor, racing from the onset.
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In New York harbor, the crew use an anchored ship as a wind break.
University of Puget Sound graduate Jordan Hanssen and three other men attempted to row a boat 3,569 miles across the Atlantic from Senegal to Miami. The journey would have set a Guinness World Record for the longest unassisted, human-powered row — had they made it. But the boat capsized, and the rowers were rescued by the Coast Guard. Ross Reynolds interviews Hanssen about the adventure.
When a homicide detective retires or is promoted, the unsolved cases are marked “cold.” Currently the Seattle Police Department works on about ten cold cases at a time. The majority of that work is done by a single cold case detective, Mike Ciesynski, who has been been working on cold cases for almost 10 years. Ross Reynolds interviews Ciesynski about the job.
Summer blockbuseters, or "popcorn movies," often get a bad rap for lack of originality, particularly when it comes to the sequel genre. But what separates a multi-part franchise and a series of sequels?
Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. Also, why is Hollywood releasing “Fast and Furious 6” and “The Hangover 3?” Are these true sequels or film franchises? Film critic Robert Horton muses. Then, Michael Parks brings us the latest business news and reveals which Northwest workers are paid best.
News From Congress: Rep. Jim McDermott Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington's 7th District in Congress joins us to discuss how congressmen and woman have become essential advocates for safer infrastructure after a crisis hits their district. McDermott is calling for more resources to avoid disasters like the Skagit River bridge collapse. Also, the latest on the IRS, the Affordable Care Act and the Alaska Pebble Mine.
Rite Of Spring Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Paris premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky. The performance provoked a riot. Critics and audience members wrote afterwards there was so much noise that the dancers couldn’t hear the music over the audience boos. What made "Rite of Spring" so provocative? Why has its centennial been marked by contemporary artists and academics around the world? Marcie Sillman and Dave Beck explore the history and legacy of "The Rite of Spring."
One hundred years ago on May 29, 1913; art sparked a riot.
Well, "riot" might be too strong a word. But when the audience in Paris' Theater des Champs Elysees heard the first notes of Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," the catcalls began. They got even louder when the dancers of Ballets Russes appeared on stage, clad in heavy wool costumes, their legs bandaged in thick stockings that were secured, peasant-style, with wide dark ribbons. And as soon as the classically trained ballet dancers began to stomp, to jump up and down on two feet, to stand with toes pointed inward rather than the more traditional ballet pose, by all accounts the audience went crazy.
The Smithsonian Institution held a contest recently to see who could create the best portrait. The competition drew lots of engaging photos and paintings. But contest winner Bo Gehring took a completely different approach. A video camera pans slowly over his subject, almost like an MRI machine, with the lens only inches above her body. It begins with her feet and ends with her face. The portrait's soundtrack is a piece of music chosen by the subject.
Above you can see Gehring's winning entry, a portrait of Jessica Wickham. Her chosen music was Arvo Pärt's “Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten.”
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers Washington’s 5th Congressional District Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers joins us to talk about transportation priorities following the Skagit River Bridge collapse, federal budget talks, immigration reform and more.
Scatter, Adapt And Remember: How Humans Will Survive A Mass Extinction Science writer Annalee Newitz’s new book is about hope. Hope that human kind will be able to survive the impending doom that threatens to send us into another mass extinction. Newitz outlines the current scientific discoveries that might help humans survive the next big disaster.
Greendays Gardening Panel Our panel of gardening experts knows flowers, native plants and vegetables. They join us with garden guidance every Tuesday. Have a question? Send an email to email@example.com.
This Week In Olympia State lawmakers begin week three of the special legislative session today. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a look at what to expect.
Comic Actress Kate Hess Parodies Masterpiece Theater Everyone loves “Downton Abbey” these days and Hollywood is paying attention by hiring British actors for American roles. Are American actors hired in Britain? Not really. Katy Sewall talks with writer and actress Kate Hess about the British invasion in her costume-drama parody, “Murder Abbey.”
How Should Doctors Navigate The Various Beliefs Of Dying Patients? Doctors treat a wide variety of patients. How well versed in world cultures and religion should doctors be? And how do encounters with dying patients change doctors' views of death? Katy Sewall talks with retired pulmonary/critical care doctor Jim deMaine.
The Weather And Hike Of The Week Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.
During an emergency, first responders are trained to work quickly to save lives. They’re deliberate and methodical.
People in emotional distress after a fire or accident need someone with different training. For them an emergency department may send a chaplain. The Police and Fire Chaplain's Training Academy in Seattle just graduated a new crop of chaplains for emergency departments around the country.
Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley on Kanye West
What happened over the weekend? At 8:34 on Friday night, Kanye West tweeted. He said he'd be premiering a song in a half hour and we'd have to do what he said to hear it – we'd have to go to a particular address and stand outside with other people and watch a video projected onto the side of a building. Of course, the first video of the video was up within minutes, so most people didn't have to do any such thing.
"Weekday" producer Katy Sewall (seated, left) her sophomore year, with her date, Per, and friends. Mercer Island High School theme in 1993 was the classic "Stairway to Heaven."
"The Conversation" producer Arwen Nicks (left) at one of the nine proms she attended (or crashed) throughout high school. Her dress was custom made by a friend for ease in changing her look for each prom.
Katy Sewall at prom number two, her junior year, with Joel. She didn't go to prom her senior year because "it wasn't worth spending $150."
General manager Wayne Roth and his lovely date smile for the camera before heading to a formal dance, sophomore year of college.
Stephanie Shandera, KUOW office manager, in her family living room before prom in Yakima, Wash. When asked if she made curfew that night she said, "I was Catholic girl. I followed the rules."
Bond Huberman, KUOW's social media producer, still has her prom dress. Her red tresses, however, are a distant memory. She and her lucky date are off to prom 2000 at the High School of Performing & Visual Arts, Houston, Texas.
Jenna Montgomery, director of digital media, with her prom date at Garfield High School, 1995. Her heels put her a good half-foot taller than her date. Talk about feeling on top of the world!
Web producer Kara McDermott's date asked her to prom by slipping the question into her favorite book, "Pride and Prejudice." She owns 10 copies of the book today and is still friends with the gentleman who took her to Issaquah High School's prom in 2005.
Lila Kitaeff, producer for KUOW's youth media program, and her date Dominic at Garfield's prom, 1996. They almost didn't make the dance; Dominic’s “hoopdiemobile” (affectionately, his car) wouldn't start after dinner.
In 1994, long before Ann Dornfeld covered Garfield High School as KUOW’s education reporter, she was just another GHS junior, dancing to R. Kelly amidst the purple taffeta with her date, Mort.
Program director Jeff Hansen with his date, Roxanne, before prom at Coon Rapids Senior High School. He wasn't in formal wear yet; he had to start his '55 Pontiac by crawling under it with a wrench.
Announcer Lisa Brooks with her date Ralph. They met working summers at Hershey Park. Prom was at a motor inn in Carlysle, Penn. Lisa had a fantastic time!
Underwriting representative Courtney Miller at the Idaho Falls High School junior prom, aptly named "Cool Change." Dig the light beams. Ah, 1980.
Seattle-Area Employment Picture Brightens The region's economic picture appears to be brightening as King County's unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in April. We hear why from Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton.
Call In: What Do You Remember About Prom? It’s prom season. When you were in high school, did you go to prom? What memory stands out years later? Maybe it’s the way you were asked to prom. Maybe it is some little detail you’ll never forget. Maybe what you remember is why you didn’t go to prom. Share your funny, touching, sweet and embarrassing memories of prom with us at 206.543.5869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Radio Retrospective: Not all Sound Effects Jobs Are Created Equal Sound effects artists were in high demand during the golden age of radio. That doesn’t mean they were all equals; there definitely was a pecking order. We’ll find out what it was.
Boy Scouts of America Vote On Gay Scouts Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America are gathered in Texas for a historic vote to decide whether gay youth can participate in the Scouts. Former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna is an Eagle Scout and executive vice president of the Chief Seattle Council of the BSA. He joins us from Dallas.
Nancy Pearl Recommends Summer Books What should you be reading on airplanes, road trips, while lounging on the beach or unwinding during those long summer evenings? Nancy Pearl has a few recommendations to keep your mind and spirit entertained during the summer months.
Home Repair Advice With Roger Faris How’s your home holding up? Maybe you have some projects you have been meaning to get to. Get help this morning from home repair expert Roger Faris who will be on hand to take your calls at 206.543.5869 around 9:30 a.m. You can also email your questions right now to email@example.com.