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Actor Interview
9:35 am
Thu October 17, 2013

One Pink Converse, One Blue: Elliott Gould’s Creative Enthusiasm

Actor Elliot Gould in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Back in the early seventies, Elliott Gould liked to wear one pink Converse gym shoe and one blue Converse gym shoe. It’s the kind of goofy and surprising choice a character played by Gould might make. Gould is an American actor whose work defines a naturalistic approach to film acting.

He starred in the TV show MASH and movie "The Long Goodbye," and he's a member of the fabled five-timers club of guest hosts on Saturday Night Live. Gould spoke with The Record's Steve Scher.

Musical Legacy
11:56 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Dave Beck On The Legacy Of Toby Saks

Flickr Photo/Martin A Lester

Last Monday, musicians from around the world gathered at Benaroya Hall to remember cellist, UW music professor and Seattle Chamber Music Society founder Toby Saks. She died from pancreatic cancer this summer. Classical KING FM host (and KUOW alum) Dave Beck attended the memorial. He talks with Marcie Sillman about the memorial and about Saks' legacy.

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Religious Discussion
1:37 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

The Three Interfaith Amigos On Compassion

The Interfaith Amigos: Imam Jamal Rahman, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Rabbi Ted Falcon.
Flickr Photo/University of Denver

Given all the chaos in Washington ,D.C., we got to thinking about how political compromise comes about.  One factor may be the ability to put yourself in your antagonist’s shoes. In other words, to have a little compassion. In the Merriam-Webster dictionary the word compassion is defined as “sympathetic consciousness of others distress together with a desire to alleviate that distress.”

The Interfaith Amigos often think about compassion. They’re regular guests on KUOW and we invited Imam Jamal Rahman, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Pastor Don Mackenzie to talk about how you act on compassion and what the differences are between compassion and empathy.

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Gardening
10:42 am
Tue October 15, 2013

How To Divide A Pacific Coast Iris

Gardener Marty Wingate and her Pacific Coast iris in full bloom.
Credit KUOW Photo/Marcie Sillman and Marty Wingate courtesy photo.

Seattle gardener Marty Wingate loves the Pacific Coast iris: it's a native plant, so it doesn't require summer watering, it has a nice grassy look and it thrives in partial shade.

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Science
5:27 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Richard Dawkins On The Making Of A Scientist

The Record's Steve Scher speaks with writer Richard Dawkins about his new memoir, The Making of a Scientist. To get his points across to the general public, he uses, science of course, as well as math and sometimes, poetry, like this one by the writer,  Aldous Huxley.

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Books
4:40 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Thomas Patterson On Training Next Generation of Journalists

The Record’s Ross Reynolds interviews Thomas Patterson, a professor of government and the press at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, whose new book is Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism. The book began as a look at what journalism schools need to do to train the new generation of reporters.

Housing
8:43 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Fighting Foreclosure: Home Is Where The Bank Says It Is

Natalie Johnson in front of her new home.
KUOW Photo/Kendra Hanna

Natalie Johnson and her family lived in their rental home in Edmonds, Wash., for seven years. It was the longest they had lived anywhere.

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Presidential History
9:00 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

50th Anniversary Of JFK’s Assassination With Dean R. Owen

Dean R. Owen's book "November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy"

November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Journalist Dean R. Owen collected interviews from notable civil rights leaders, White House staff and others connected to Kennedy for his book, “November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy.”

Owen spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on September 14, 2013. He was joined by Patricia Baillargeon, a contributor to his book who served as assistant to Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Travel Reading Material
12:19 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Nancy Pearl Book Recommendations

Bob Shacochis' book "The Woman Who Lost Her Soul" and Sherri Fink's book "Five Days at Memorial."

Nancy Pearl has been doing a lot of traveling; and along with that, of course, a lot of reading. She talks with KUOW’s Steve Scher about two books she read recently: "The Woman Who Lost Her Soul" by Bob Shacochis, and "Five Days at Memorial" by Sherri Fink.

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Food Safety
12:09 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Your Guide To Avoiding Foodborne Illness

Flickr Photo/snowpea&bokchoi

On Monday, the USDA issued a warning for salmonella contamination in packaged Foster Farms chicken. Nearly 300 illnesses in 17 states have been reported.

Today, the USDA is threatening to close the three Foster Farms facilities linked to the outbreak. This latest outbreak is just one of the many contamination stories we hear about each year.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that every year, roughly one in six Americans get sick from foodborne illness. How can you protect yourself? Marcie Sillman talks with Scott Meschke, microbiologist and professor Health Sciences at University of Washington.

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Nutrition Solutions
11:25 am
Thu October 10, 2013

How To Stay Energized During Fall And Winter

Burdock root is a natural way to keep the energy up in the cold, rainy months of a Northwest winter.
Flickr Photo/beautifulcataya

Are you ready to take the burdock root challenge? Burdock root is a high source of a complex starch that gives us the energy we need to get through the winter. Registered dietitian Mary Purdy says it is a prime example of the sort of food we should be intruding into our diet during the darkening days of fall and winter.

As we bundle up and spend more time inside we might be tempted to turn to pumpkin lattes and bonbons, but that isn’t the best way to tackle our diminished energy. Purdy is the host of the podcast Nutrition Nuggets; she says there are better ways then caffeine and sugar to keep your energy up during the fall and winter months.

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More from KUOW
9:25 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Alice Munro, 'Master' Of The Short Story, Wins Literature Nobel

Canadian author Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize in literature. The 82-year-old author recently announced that she plans to stop writing.
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Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 5:31 pm

Alice Munro has been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, the Swedish Academy announced Thursday morning. The academy often explains its decision — what it calls the "prize motivation" — with lush precision; recent winners have been praised for their "hallucinatory realism," "condensed, translucent images" and "sensual ecstasy." But for Munro, the committee came straight to the point: They called her simply "master of the contemporary short story."

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Swimming With Fishes
9:17 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Tacoma Aquarium Lets Visitors Dive With Sharks

Scuba divers rest on the bottom of the South Pacific exhibit at Point Defiance Zoo
Ingrid Barrentine Point Defiance Zoo

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 2:39 pm

Beginning this Friday, an aquarium in Tacoma, Wash., will let paying visitors dive in a shark-infested tank. That's right. The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium has built a dive cage in a tank that is home to 17 sharks. Experienced scuba divers can even swim out into the center of the pool. We sent correspondent Tom Banse to get to the bottom of this story.

Ah, the things you might question there's high demand for. Well, more than four hundred people have already made reservations to take a dip in a tank full of sharks. 

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Nobel Prize
9:16 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Book News: Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

The Nobel Prize committee called Canadian author Alice Munro, seen in 2009, a "master of the contemporary short story."
Peter Muhly AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 6:42 am

This post was updated at 9:30 a.m.

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Science Radio
3:42 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Radiolab's Jad Abumrad And Robert Krulwich On Talking Science

Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich on stage in 2011 at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Jared Kelley

Radiolab is a show about, as the creators simply say, curiosity. It looks into questions on science, philosophy and the human experience. This year, they are touring around the country with their live show, "Apocalyptical." Marcie Sillman talks with hosts Robert Krulwich and Jad Abumrad about their roots and translating science to radio.

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