Arts & Life


Science News And Pet Problems
9:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

A Budget Deal, Immigration, Understanding Cancer, And Pet Questions Answered

Mischief comes with pet ownership, but Steve Duno is here to help!
Flickr Photo/Noelle Noble

Budget Deal In Olympia
Everett Herald columnist and Weekday’s regular Olympia guru Jerry Cornfield brings us analysis of the tentative budget deal reached by state lawmakers.
Immigration Deal In DC
Yesterday's immigration reform vote is being hailed as a rare example of bipartisanship. The Senate voted 68 to 32 yesterday to overhaul the nation’s immigration system. It now heads to the House. We talk with Jill Jackson of CBS News from Washington, DC.

Rethinking How We Study Cancer
A scientist at Johns Hopkins University developed a mathematical model to better understand why some cancer tumors are resistant to cancer fighting drugs. Science reporter Carl Zimmer explains the study and how scientists are changing the way they think about cancer.

Pet Questions Answered
Got a difficult dog or cat? Pet trainer, Steve Duno, tackles your questions at 206.543.5869 (KUOW).  Also, is neutering dogs always a good idea?  

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World Cruiser Christening
7:04 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Dream About To Take Flight For Seattle Couple

Seattle pilots Bob and Diane Dempster with their Douglas World Cruiser replica, 2013.
Credit Courtesy of Bob and Diane Dempster

In 1924, Seattle’s Sand Point was the site of one of the greatest aviation milestones of all time. But the event was eclipsed by other aviators like Charles Lindbergh and the Wright Brothers. Now, a Seattle couple wants to breathe new life into that momentous time with their own pioneering project.

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Family-Run Business
7:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

U District Greek Restaurant To Close After Four Decades

The Continental will close Sunday, June 30.
Bond Huberman

One of the oldest restaurants in the University District is closing its doors on Sunday. The Continental Greek Restaurant and Pastry Shop has been a fixture on “The Ave” since 1967. It’s a family business.  As news of the closure spread, 40 years’ worth of regular customers have been filling the sky blue dining tables, eating their favorite dishes one last time.

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Pride March
6:40 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Seattle Hosts First Transgender Pride Event In 16 Years

During Pride weekend, Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood will host a march and party specifically for transgender people - the T in LGBT.

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Unseen History
2:16 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

A Walk Through Seattle's LGBT History

Paris Delair with two soldiers in the Garden of Allah, ca. 1948. Paris Delair began performing as a female impersonator while still a teenager in Vancouver, British Columbia. He toured with the Jewel Box Revue and performed often at the Garden of Allah.
University of Washington Digital Collections/Unknown

Today on KUOW Presents, we hear an episode of 99% Invisible about maps. Here's the premise: for every city, there's an infinite number of possible maps that tell an infinite number of stories.

The coalescence of yesterday's Supreme Court decision overturning DOMA and Seattle's Pride parade this weekend inspired University of Washington map specialist Matthew Parsons to describe for us a historical map showing LGBT-friendly establishments in Seattle from the 1950s to the 2000s. The map shows that, prior to the 1970s, Seattle's LGBT culture was centered not on Capitol Hill, but in Pioneer Square.

One colorful bar from Seattle's past was called The Garden of Allah (1946-1956), at 1299 First Avenue. Seattle's first gay-owned gay bar, it was frequented by men and women and featured female impersonators and vaudeville entertainment. The photos in the slideshow above give a glimpse of that scene.

The Double Header at 407 Second Ave S (1934-present) is listed as the oldest continuously operating gay bar in the country. From online reviews, it's unclear its current patrons recognize it as anything more than a sports bar.

The Casino at 172 S Washington St (1930-1946) was nicknamed "Madame Peabody's Dancing Academy for Young Ladies" and was one of the few places on the West Coast where same-sex dancing was allowed.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, June 27:

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2:05 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Peter Munro On "Reading My Father's Bible"

Poet and fisheries scientist Peter Munro
Credit John Rand

Poet Peter Munro recounts the complex mix of blessing and burden in caring for a dying parent in his multi-part poem, "Ketogenesis Apocalypse."  In this section, "Reading My Father's Bible," Munro finds a metaphor for his preacher father's decline in the image of his Bible worn to the point of falling apart.

Munro spends much of his time in the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska, working as a fisheries scientist. His poems have been featured in Poetry magazine and the Beloit Poetry Journal.  He lives in Seattle, and is a frequent reader at the open mics hosted by the North End Forum.

Munro's reading was recorded by Jack Straw Productions, as part of the 2013 Jack Straw Writers Program.

RadioActive Youth Media
11:45 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Episode 40: Young Seattleites Say Code Switching Is A Tough Habit To Break

RadioActive's Antonia Dorn and Kadian Vanloo
KUOW Photo / Jenny Asarnow

There’s no such thing as a normal you. Do you talk to your boss the same way you talk to your dog? Probably not. This is called code switching.

Inspired by NPR’s Code Switch, hosts Kadian Vanloo and Antonia Dorn share stories about why and how youth code switch:

  • Tamil is the mother tongue for both Ananya Shankar and her cousin, RadioActive's Kamna Shastri. But when Ananya visits the United States for the first time, Kamna notices her cousin only speaks to her in English. 
  • RadioActive's Riley Guttman lives on Mercer Island where the African-American population is just over one percent. His black friend notices that when he walks in on a group of white friends, the conversation tends to change — and not how you might think.

Speaking of race, affirmative action was under scrutiny at the Supreme Court of the United States this week. It's been illegal in Washington state since 1998, but people still have opinions about it. RadioActive's Yafiet Bezabih asked Seattleites what they think.

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Employee Engagement
11:35 am
Thu June 27, 2013

How To Be A Better Boss

Maybe you've never had a boss this scary, but you probably had one that you wanted to fix. What goes into being a really good boss?
Flickr Photo/j bizzie

Last week, Gallup reported that seven out of 10 people surveyed were not engaged at work. In fact, some people said that they are actively disengaged. New York Times opinion writer Tim Egan blames the disengagement on bad bosses and has some tips for bad bosses. But what makes a good boss? Who was the best boss that you ever had and what made them so great? Ross Reynolds gets some tips on how to be a good boss from Paul Yoste, professor of Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. Ross also talks with callers about what makes a good boss.

Living Apart Together
11:29 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Independence In Relationships

Not just sinks anymore: his and her condos, apartments and houses are becoming a new movement in relationships that want to maintain independence.
Flickr Photo/Danita Jolly

  There’s a new phenomenon in relationships: LAT. It stands for Living Apart Together. And it refers to couples who choose to live separately. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates 1.7 million married couples in the US have made that choice. Separate apartments in the same building, different houses in the same city -- couples are finding new ways to maintain independence while being a duo. Ross Reynolds talks to Dr. Julie Gottman, the co-founder and Clinical Director of The Gottman Institute where she helps couples strengthen their relationships, about how important that independence is to relationships.

Retiring Racial Mascots
11:23 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Team Mascots: Spirited Or Offensive?

Port Townsend High School has decided to retire the Redskin mascot. A few years ago, Issaquah High School changed their mascot from Indians to Eagles. What's the direction of racial mascots locally and nationally?
From the Port Townsend High School Facebook page.

 Last Monday, the Port Townsend School Board voted to retire their Redskin mascot of 88 years. But while Port Townsend’s redskin mascot is on the outs, there are still many Indian mascots in the United States. The Washington DC Redskins, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Atlanta Braves. Opponents to these Indian mascots say they are offensive and outdated. Ross Reynolds talks to documentary film maker Jay Rosenstein about the growing controversy over the use of Indian mascots in sports.

11:18 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Ben Zimmer On Strange Words In The News

  The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act was big news yesterday and the coverage and analysis continues today. Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in the decision caught the eye of language lover and writer Ben Zimmer. On the 22nd page of his dissent Justice Scalia used the term argle-bargle. Zimmer, language columnist for the Boston Globe, explains the strange word to Ross Reynolds.

Radio Retrospective
10:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

The State Legislature, The Legacy Of Nelson Mandela And Kid Protections In Radio Broadcast

Flickr Photo/Australian Broadcasting Company

What’s The Deal With The Budget?
Jordan Schrader of the Tacoma News Tribune reports on the latest happenings in Olympia.

The Legacy Of Nelson Mandela
Robert Taylor, former dean of Seattle's St. Mark's Cathedral, was born and raised in South Africa. He bore witness to the breakdown of apartheid. He reflects on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.

Radio Retrospective: Protecting Kids
Parents worried about what children heard on the radio, just like they worry about television, movies and video games today. During radio’s heyday, it was estimated that there were 1,500 murders a week on the air. As a result, strict guidelines were put in place for kids' shows. Did they work?

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman recommends a lunch spot and a cookbook.

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Divorced Band
9:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

US Relations With Africa, Two Queensryches, And Seattle Transgender Pride

Chaos is right! Seattle band Queensryche has split into two entities, making the future of the Queensryche banner uncertain.
From Queensryche's Facebook page.

President Obama Visits Africa
President Obama is making his third and longest trip to Africa, his first visit since winning reelection. The president intends to “reinforce the US' commitment to expanding economic growth” in Africa. We talk with Witney Schneidman, nonresident fellow with the Africa Growth Initiative.

Art Of Our City: Dueling Queensrÿches
Fans of the Seattle band Queensrÿche have a lot be psyched about this week: a brand new album and two live shows. Queensrÿche performed last night at The Crocodile, and they’ll perform again this Saturday night at The Moore. Problem is, it’s actually two different bands, both using the name Queensrÿche. Following a huge fight last summer, the band split in two. What’s going on here? Decibel Magazine editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian helps us sort it out.

Seattle Transgender Pride
The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this week, paving the way for same-sex married couples to receive the same federal rights and protections afforded to heterosexuals. The ruling is celebrated within the LGBT community as a huge step towards equality. But for transgender people – the T in LGBT – discrimination and inequality is still a very real and pressing threat across the country.

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Investigative Journalism
10:31 am
Wed June 26, 2013

What's InvestigateWest Up To?

 The Seattle Post-Intelligencer served the community with a print edition for more than 140 years. When the newspaper shut off the presses in 2009, a group of reporters formed the investigate journalism website InvestigateWest. One of the goals of the nonprofit is to “set the policy agenda through powerful, independent journalism.” Are they doing it? Jason Alcorn is InvestigateWest's associate director. He talked with David Hyde about what their journalists are digging into.

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Canada, Culture, Commerce
10:00 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Floods In Canada, New Documentaries And CEO Pay

Poster for the movie "20 Feet from Stardom."

Canada, Culture And Commerce: Vaughn Palmer, Robert Horton, Jon Talton
A huge, destructive flood hit Alberta causing an estimated $5 billion in damage. Canadian correspondent Vaughn Palmer gives us the lay of the land. Film critic Robert Horton joins us to preview two documentaries about music: "20 Feet from Stardom" and "Secret Disco Revolution." Then in business news, Jon Talton examines excessive CEO pay.  

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