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Baseball Accessibility
10:09 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Beeping Balls Allow Blind Players To Step Up To The Plate

Jessica Robinson/ Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 10:25 am

For most Northwest baseball fans, the Mariners games against the Astros are where the action is at this weekend. But there's another set of games on Saturday like none you’ve ever seen in America's pastime.

The athletes in this league are blind. That's right: baseball for the visually impaired.

It's a warm afternoon in Spokane. The smell of cut grass and barbecue is in the air. And Bee Yang is up to bat.

A teammate who has partial vision directs Yang to the plate: “Keep going, 20 feet forward, 10, 5, homeplate, tap.”

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Politics And Music
10:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Chris Vance, The Summer Januaries, And Hollywood In Radio

Local band The Summer Januaries.
From The Summer Januaries' Facebook page.

Discussing The National Debt With Chris Vance
Chris Vance, public affairs consultant and co-chair of the Washington chapter of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, was is in Washington this week meeting with Senator Patty Murray and Rep. Doc Hastings and Dave Reichert. Vance and the campaign are urging lawmakers to find solutions to curb the rising debt in order to help the economy continue to grow. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said before a House panel on Wednesday that tight federal fiscal policy and stagnant debate over issues such as a the debt ceiling in Congress “hamper” economic recovery. So how can lawmakers create budgets and policies that continue to help the economy grow? What role does reducing the national debt play in helping the country’s economy?

The Summer Januaries
Rachel Erin Sage and Sean Michael Robinson first played music together at a mutual friend's birthday party, where a spontaneous jam session became the birth of their fold duo “The Summer Januaries.” Since then they’ve played arrangements and original compilations at street fairs, farmers markets and pubs around the state and around the world. The Summer Januaries released their first album together in April.

Radio Retrospective: Hollywood Gets Involved In Radio
During the early years of radio’s Golden Age, Hollywood thought radio was the enemy. Radio directors, writers and producers, on the other hand, wanted Hollywood stars in their productions. How did Hollywood first make its way onto radio? Katy Sewall and Steve Scher look at the beginnings.

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!

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New ACT Play
9:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Art Of Our City, And Home Repair With Roger Faris

From ACT Theatre's Facebook page.

"Rapture, Blister, Burn"
Do women always have to make a choice between career or family? Gina Gionfriddo’s new play “Rapture, Blister, Burn” is a modern take on that old feminist question. Actress Kristen Potter plays a character who chooses work over kids. Potter tells us whether she feels like she’s had to make that same choice in her real life.

Home Repair Help With Roger Faris
Summertime is the best time to do those outdoor home repair projects. Got a question? Home repair expert Roger Faris can probably answer it. 

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Trayvon Martin Shooting
5:48 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Seattle's Black Clergy Respond To Zimmerman Verdict

Rev. LaVerne Hall of Mount Zion Baptist Church speaks out during Trayvon Martin Vigil in Seattle.
Liz Jones KUOW

Correction 7/18/13: A previous version of this story stated that Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law was a key part of Zimmerman’s defense. The law was a factor in the case but not part of Zimmerman’s courtroom strategy.

A group of black pastors in the Seattle area say the Trayvon Martin case should be a “wake-up call.” The religious leaders are pushing for changes in gun laws that they say contribute to racial profiling, and they're also urging community members to join their fight.

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RadioActive Youth Media
3:18 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Welcome KUOW's Summer 2013 RadioActive Youth Producers

Ian Dangla, Freshman, Pomona College (Bishop Blanchet High School 2013)
KUOW Photo

KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media is proud to offer a summer journalism workshop. Eight students from a variety of local high schools will spend the summer learning what it means to be a journalist. They will pitch, interview, edit and write their own feature stories for KUOW.org.

Ian Dangla, Freshman, Pomona College (Bishop Blanchet High School ’13)

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Literature
1:44 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Ira Glass On David Rakoff's Posthumous Novel In Rhymed Couplets

Credit David Rakoff's book "Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel"

David Rakoff's new book comes out this week. It's a novel written in rhyming couplets. In the book, the main character is dying of AIDS. Rakoff wrote it as he himself was dying of cancer. This American Life's Ira Glass was Rakoff's  friend. The two spent some of Rakoff's final days together recording the audiobook version of the novel. In the excerpts Ira plays us today, Rakoff's voice is frail. But his words still convey inexhaustible power.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, July 17:

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Urban Foraging
11:31 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Foraging For Food

Rebecca Lerner's book "Dandelion Hunter"

Rebecca Lerner is the Dandelion Hunter. She’s a forager for wild plants for food and medicine, twine and paint, soap and incense. Ross Reynolds walked around the University of Washington campus with Rebecca to see what they could find. Her new book is called "Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness."

Raspberries
11:12 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Getting Fresh With Ross and Sheryl

Flickr Photo/La Grande Farmers' Market

What’s fresh at the farmers market this week? Raspberries! Sheryl Wiser from Puget Sound Fresh program at the Cascade Harvest Coalition tells Ross Reynolds how to buy 'em, and some good things to make with them.

Canada, Culture, Commerce
10:00 am
Wed July 17, 2013

News From Canada, NW Business News, And Beach Movies

What could better exemplify the good, clean fun of beach movies better than 1959's "Gidget" starring Sandra Dee?
From Wikipedia

Canada, Culture and Commerce
Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton delves into the “good clean fun” to be found in beach movies. Then, Jon Talton brings us the latest business news.

Vintage Seattle
1:06 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Seattle's History In High Resolution

Library of Congress

Ever wondered what Seattle looked like after the Great Fire or what Dick's looked like in the 1950s? Vintage Seattle is piecing together Seattle's history with beautiful, high-resolution images of its architecture, landmarks and historical events. The blog's stated mission is to "help us find our way forward by looking back."

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Asian-American Advocate
10:54 am
Tue July 16, 2013

The Legacy Of Kip Tokuda

  Former State Legislator Kip Tokuda passed away this weekend. The South Seattle Democrat served four terms in the House of Representatives. He was a champion for Asian-American rights, co-founding the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation to encourage young people for leadership roles in politics and nonprofit organizations. Ross Reynolds discusses his legacy with Jill NiShii, a longtime friend and former mentee of Tokuda.

Seattle Mayor Race
10:00 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Seattle Mayoral Candidate Douglas McQuaid, And Greendays

Flickr Photo/miggslives

Mayoral Candidate Douglas McQuaid
Seattle Mayoral candidate Douglas McQuaid joins Weekday to discuss the issues he feels are important to the city ahead of the August primary.

The Hidden Dangers in Common Beauty Products
People use a lot of products to stay clean and attractive. Lotion, shampoo, deodorant, face cream, sunblock, and cosmetics are commonplace, but do we know what’s in them? Shampoos often contain sulfates and parabens which can be hormone disrupters. Lotions often contain propyleneglycol which is used to make anti-freeze. Chemicals in some sunscreens are linked to cancer in women. In a complicated world of long unknown chemical names, what can we use to stay clean and attractive without hurting our bodies inadvertently? Why aren’t these products better regulated?

Greendays Gardening Panel
Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, native plant expert, and vegetable gardening expert. They answer your gardening questions every Tuesday.   

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Seattle Mayor Race
9:00 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Seattle Mayoral Candidate Kate Martin, And Author Chuck Klosterman

Mayoral candidate Kate Martin
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Sakara Remmu On Zimmerman's Acquittal
The verdict in the George Zimmerman trial sparked protests, copious editorials and even riots across the country this week with many voices calling for more dialogue around racism in the US. To that end, we speak with local activist, writer and self-described “mother of black children” Sakara Remmu.

Mayoral Candidate Kate Martin
Seattle Mayoral candidate Kate Martin joins Weekday to discuss the issues she feels are important to the city ahead of the August primary.

Chuck Klosterman On Grappling With Villains
What is is about the bad guy, or girl, that’s so alluring?  From Robert Redford and Paul Newman as con men in “The Sting” to the murderous drug dealer Omar Little of HBO’s “The Wire,” we have an increasing fascination with the villains in our culture.  At least, that’s what writer Chuck Klosterman thinks.  He expands on his ideas in a new book called “I Wear The Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)."

The Weather And Hike Of The Week
Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.

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Eurasian milfoil
8:38 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Bellevue Closes Beaches To Fight Invasive Species

Signs (and an unseen lifeguard) deter swimmers at Bellevue's Meydenbauer Beach Park until herbicide sprayed nearby has had 24 hours to settle to the bottom of Lake Washington.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

The city of Bellevue, Wash., closed two public beaches to swimming Monday as it sprayed herbicide into Lake Washington’s Meydenbauer Bay. It plans to close a third beach on Wednesday.

Bellevue is fighting an invasive weed known as Eurasian watermilfoil.

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Alternative Perspectives On History
1:48 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Weenie Royale: The Impact Of The Internment On Japanese Cooking In America

"Soul Consoling Tower" at Manzanar Japanese internment camp.
Flickr Photo/jvoves

Many people have heard of the internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. What’s less known is how the internment changed Japanese-American cuisine.

Full list of stories on KUOW Presents, July 15:

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