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2:46 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

The News From Canada: Quebec's Religious Symbols Ban

Flickr Photo/Elvert Barnes

In Canada, Quebec's separatist government has attempted to ban public servants from wearing religious symbols while at work. That includes everything from crosses to face coverings. Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer has been following the story. He talks with Marcie Sillman about why the issue has so many people upset. Plus, what Neil Young said to get his music banned from at least one Alberta radio station.

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End Of Life Planning
2:08 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Is There Such A Thing As A Good Death?

Katy Butler's book "Knocking on Heaven's Door."

When Katy Butler’s father had a major stroke the family had a lot of medical options, except the one they most wanted: a humane and timely death. David Hyde speaks with Katy Butler about her new book, "Knocking On Heaven’s Door: The Path To A Better Way Of Death."

Eating Local
1:54 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Getting Fresh With Ross And Sheryl: The Rainbow of Tomatoes

Flickr Photo/The Ewan

Sheryl Wiser of Cascade Harvest is always in season with her recommendations on what to buy at the farmers market and how to cook it. This week we hear about varieties of garlic and tomatoes.

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Private Space Ventures
12:57 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

The Battle For NASA's Historic Launch Pad

A launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Flickr Photo/Jeff Christiansen

NASA is trying sell the historic Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and two billionaire-backed space ventures are vying for it. One is Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, the other is Elon Musk’s SpaceX based in California. The fight over the sole use of Launch Complex 39A caused NASA to postpone their decision on what to do with it. Alan Boyle, science editor for NBCnews.com explains the dispute.

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Seattle Theater
11:47 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Can Seattle Support A Fringe Theater Movement?

Washington Ensemble Theatre playbills from the past decade.
Instagram Photo/TheEnsemble

Seattle’s Fringe Festival starts this week. It features local companies and artists, but the festival is also drawing performers from around the world. 

The great recession hit small arts groups hard; the festival was on hiatus for several years after its 2003 season and returned just last year.  How did Seattle’s fringe community fare?  Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson shares some perspective on the health of local companies with Marcie Sillman.

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RadioActive Youth Media
10:13 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Lifelong Smoker Goes Into Extra Innings In His Fight Against "Mr. C"

Jon Nyberg maintains a positive attitude while he battles a cancerous lump in his throat.
Courtesy of Susan Ewbank

How do we own up to our own mortality? RadioActive reporter Madeline Ewbank tells the story of one man's baseball game against cancer and the odds stacked against him.

Jon Nyberg is sitting out on my porch, watching the sunset and working on the latest New York Times Sunday puzzle. Fifty-two down: wake-up times, for short. He's proud of the grizzled chin and the head of wispy, gray hair he's been growing, a look his friend likes to call "the Amish experiment." But his skin hangs off his bones like his cigarette hangs off his lips.

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Author Interview
3:38 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Michael Gruber: From Ghost Writer To Novelist

Michael Gruber in KUOW's green room.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Seattle writer Michael Gruber published the first novel under his own name 10 years ago when he turned 63. Since the he’s published four more thrillers and one children’s book.

Stephen King said  Grubers’ last book, "The Good Son," was the best book he read in 2012.  Publishers Weekly chose Gruber’s new novel, "The Return," as one of its top 10 mystery/thrillers of 2013. In the first scene, protagonist New York book editor Richard Marder is diagnosed with a terminal illness. He shuts down his old life to do something that’s been on his bucket list: return to Mexico and punish some people.

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Civic Funding For Civic Projects
12:17 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

When Money Is Short, Should Cities Crowdfund?

Cities all over are short on cash. And some are turning to crowdfunding to get public projects off the ground. From a streetcar in Kansas City to a skate spot in Portland, Oregon, sites like Neighbor.ly and Citizinvestor are making it easy for residents to raise money to fund civic projects. Marcie Sillman talks with Rodrigo Davies, a researcher at MIT’s Center for Civic Media about civic crowdfunding and its complications.

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Politics & Immigration
12:09 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

New Poll Finds Contradictory Attitudes About Latinos In Washington State

Matt Barreto, director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality at the University of Washington.
Courtesy/UW

According to a new statewide poll, most Washingtonians support growing diversity and immigration. But many Washington residents hold negative stereotypes of Latinos and immigrants. What explains this contradiction?

Matt Barreto is co-founder of the polling firm Latino Decisions, and director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality at the University of Washington. He talked with Ross Reynolds.

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Public Accomodations
11:31 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Public Toilet Coming To Pioneer Square

Flickr Photo/Ian Fisher

The Seattle City Council is considering a proposal that would bring a free, public toilet to Pioneer Square.

Local development company Urban Visions is offering to purchase the so-called “Portland Loo” for the city, in exchange for being allowed to add three stories to its mixed-use building in the neighborhood.

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Controversy And Competition
10:46 am
Tue September 17, 2013

There She Is: The History Of Miss America

The newly crowned Miss America, Nina Davuluri, who received her title on September 15.
AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Last Sunday Miss New York Nina Davuluri, 24, was crowned Miss America. She is the first winner of Indian descent and proudly displayed her heritage with a classical Bollywood fusion dance as her talent.

Controversy followed the coronation, as Twitter exploded with racist remarks condemning her victory. The online viewer poll favored Miss Kansas: the blonde soldier with the "Serenity Prayer" down her side.

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Audio Postcard
2:55 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Volunteers Restore Historic Jet In Everett

A DeHavilland Comet is undergoing restoration in Everett.
KUOW Photo/Sarah Waller

Volunteers at the Museum of Flight Restoration Center in Everett have been working diligently since 1995 to restore one of the last DeHavilland Comets. The Comet was the world’s first commercial jetliner, and its body shape inspired the jets of today.

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1:27 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Pakistan Battles Growing Alcohol Addiction

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The subculture of liquor enjoyment belies Pakistan's status as officially "dry". That is, the 96 percent of Pakistanis who, according to official figures are Muslim, are not supposed to drink.The penalty if they do so is 80 lashes but it is not strictly enforced. Although there are many harmless social gatherings, there is also a growing problem of addiction to the bottle.
Alcoholism is a growing problem in Pakistan despite it being illegal for the Muslim majority to drink. The BBC's Charles Haviland finds lives ruined and clinics and therapy groups trying to overcome a taboo subject. Late one night, the beat of dance music drifts down from an upper storey of an apartment block on the edge of a Pakistani city.
World Record At The Clink
11:54 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Seahawks Beat Arch Rival; Seattle Crowd Defeats Noise Record

Seahawks fans at Century Link Field broke the Guiness World Record for crowd noise twice, even while contending with a mid-game weather delay.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Sunday night at Century Link Field, Seattle Seahawks fans broke the Guinness World Record for loudest crowd noise at a stadium. Then, they broke the record again. The final reading was an ear-splitting 131.9 decibels.

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Mobile Apps
11:25 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Making It Easier To Get It On: Sex Apps Are On The Rise

Tinder

Originally, when two people wanted to engage in sexual relations, they had to first meet and then have a requisite date or two before finally getting down to business. A new wave of mobile apps wants to do away with all that hoopla. The apps aim to bring two — or more than two if that’s your fancy — people together just by hitting a button. No strings attached, no wooing necessary. Ross Reynolds talks with Kevin Roose about this market and what it means for safe sex.

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