Arts & Life

Jonathan Alter's book "The Center Holds."

 SCOTUS, DOMA And Proposition 8
The Supreme Court is due to make a decision soon on two major cases effecting marriage equality. Law professor at the University of Washington,Peter Nicolas explains what we can expect from SCOTUS in the coming days. 

The Center Holds
Jonathan Alter has spent more than two decades covering national politics in Washington, D.C. In his new book “The Center Holds,” he examines the challenges President Obama faced in his 2012 reelection campaign, from a Republican Party determined to retake control of Congress and millions in unregulated campaign spending, to Obama’s own distaste for politics.

Radio Retrospective: Radio Expert Frank Buxton
Frank Buxton is an expert on the Golden Age of Radio and a voice talent to be reckoned with. 

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. This time she recommends Shanik.  Prefer to cook for yourself? She reviews "Mr. Wilkinson's Vegetables."

Phin Dauphin
Phin Dauphin

"I will no longer mispronounce myself," resolves Phin Dauphin in "Baritone Without a Body." 

A self-described "gender fluid person," Dauphin says the poem was written while part of a slam poetry team preparing to represent Seattle at Brave New Voices, an international poetry festival. "Baritone Without a Body" aims to document the path taken to understand Dauphin's gender, and reflects a deep regard for language rooted in the experience of growing up in a household where English, Spanish, French and Creole were spoken on a daily basis.

Seattle Opera's Facebook page.

 Seattle Police Union President Backs DOJ Reforms
The president of the Seattle Police Officers' Guild Rich O'Neill is now urging members to accept the reforms the Department of Justice has mandated. Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich explains O'Neill's position.  

Art Of Our City
When Seattle Theater Group took over the Neptune Theatre, the idea was the use the historic venue for concerts and other live performances. Now STG has launched a program to provide the Neptune free of charge for community group shows. Vicky Lee from STG and Bill Anderson, producer of "Out And In," explains the launch of "Nights At The Neptune."

We Hate Our Jobs!
A new Gallup poll suggests that seven out of 10 workers are “checked out” or “actively disengaged” at work. Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Dean of the University of Washington Bothell School of Business explains how the workplace has changed and why that would lead to dissatisfaction.

Who Replaces Speight Jenkins?
Seattle Opera General Director Speight Jenkins has been at his job for three decades, but next year one of the region’s best known arts leaders will step down.  After more than a year, and an international search, Jenkins’ successor has been named:  Aidan Lang, current Director of New Zealand Opera. He talks about what he’ll bring to one of Seattle’s oldest art institutions.

Meet The Mellotron

Jun 19, 2013
Flickr Photo/Tobias Akerboom

Ask most people what instrument opens the Beatles' song “Strawberry Fields Forever” and they'll tell you: it’s a flute. But it's not a flute.

Meet the Mellotron. It's an analog instrument from the 1960s that connects dozens of loops of audio tape, each with a single, pre-recorded note, to a keyboard. It was a clunky and expensive precursor to synthesizers and modern music sampling.

Its inventors intended it as a replacement for an orchestra. At that task, it failed miserably. But musicians in the 1960s and 1970s fell in love with the instrument’s odd sound. That sound defined a musical era. And today, its quirky guts full of tape and levers looks very old school. Yet it's made a comeback, and is popular with modern musicians like Arcade Fire.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, June 19:

Courtesy of Cascade Harvest Coalition

 This is the second installment of Getting Fresh with Sheryl, The Conversation’s new segment, where we tell you about fresh and local fruits and veggies. Sheryl Wiser manages the Puget Sound Fresh program at the Cascade Harvest Coalition. Today she talks to David Hyde about the incredible versatility of strawberries. Plus, when are they in season, and where can you get really good ones?  

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  Canada, Culture And Commerce
Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada, including the arrest of the mayor of Montreal. Everett Herald film critic Robert Horton reviews "Bling Ring" and "World War Z," opening this weekend. Are these movies signs of the impending fall of the empire? Then, Michele Matassa-Flores of the Puget Sound Business Journal brings us the region’s latest economic news.  

Flickr Photo/Kris Krug

 Photographing Midway Island
Seattle-based photographer Chris Jordan has traveled around the world to document mass consumption and the waste that results from it. His most recent work is focused on Midway Island, an atoll thousands of miles from the nearest land mass. Jordan documented the impact of ocean detritus on Midway’s native albatross species. The result is Jordan’s first film, to be released later this year. But “Midway” is about more than birds.  How did this work affect the photographer himself?

Understanding Post Traumatic Stress And Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are many invisible wounds soldiers in combat face. Thirty-six percent of soldiers have traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress as a result of their time in the military. General Peter Chiarelli retired from his position as Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army after serving as a combat commander in Iraq for two tours. He is now the CEO of One Mind for Research, where he works to get rid of the stigma service members and veterans face when they seek assistance for PTSD and traumatic brain injury.

A History Of Everything

Jun 18, 2013

Despite the complicated history of the universe, today on KUOW Presents we condense it all into seven minutes: from the dawn of time to the present day.

Full list of stories on KUOW Presents, June 18:

Flickr Photo/Martin Cathrae

 Seattle’s Egyptian Theatre To Close
One of Seattle’s landmark movie theaters is set to close at the end of the month. The Egyptian Theatre will close its doors on June 27. The Capitol Hill Seattle blog had the story over the weekend. Justin Carder, publisher of the Capitol Hill Seattle blog discusses the closure.

Earthquake Preparedness
We all now know a mega 9.0 earthquake is due to ravage the Northwest sometime between now and the next 400 years. We just don’t know when. So how do you prepare for that? John Schelling is the Earthquake/Tsunami Program Manager for Washington State Emergency Management Division, he explains the best practices for earthquake preparedness and safety tips.

For more information, visit the Puget Sound Offices of Emergency Management.

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

Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives

 McGinn Testifies About Coal Exports In Washington DC
The US House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding a panel entitled U.S. Energy Abundance: Regulatory Market and Legal Barriers to Export." Seattle mayor Mike McGinn is in Washington DC testifying. KUOW's Ashley Ahearn reports on the latest.

Worth Listening To: A Music Recommendation
Are you stuck in a music listening rut?  We are surrounded by new music and innovative artists. Branch out! New music recommendations every Tuesday at 9:20 a.m. This time Seattle Weekly classical music writer Gavin Borchert recommends Seattle musician Hope Wechkin.

Anticipating The Big Northwest  Earthquake
There was a time, 90 years ago when the Puget Sound area was declared “earthquake-proof” by a prominent geologist. As scientists have continued to study the Northwest, however, they’ve come to realize that statement couldn’t be further from the truth. This area is in fact prone to not just earthquakes, but mega-quakes too. Sandi Doughton, science reporter for The Seattle Times explains what scientists know about the “the big one" that is due to strike the region.

Seattle's Tiny Statue Of Liberty

Jun 17, 2013

Out on Alki Beach in West Seattle is a statue. It’s called the Statue Of Liberty. It's a replica of the one in New York Harbor. Only this one is tiny, about six feet tall. It was part of a national Boy Scout campaign to erect statues like this across the country: a campaign called "Strengthening The Arm Of Liberty."

The original Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor symbolized America's freedom from colonial powers and its friendship with France. Over the years immigrants passing the statue on the way to Ellis Island adopted the statue as a sort of patron saint, and the famous quote "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" was eventually added to the statue's base.

By the time Seattle's Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1952, its meaning had changed yet again. Liberty was no longer a revolutionary idea. It was something old and familiar, a sign of stability in a time of great social and political instability.

You can get a sense of that instability from this 1951 newsreel. We sampled it in today's story:

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, June 17:

Author Collaborates With Decemberists Offshoot Black Prairie

Jun 17, 2013
Flickr Photo/David Lee

The New York Times and Slate Magazine journalist Jon Mooallem is the author of "Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America." Mooallem collaborated with the Portland-based band Black Prairie to create a soundtrack for the book. David Hyde talks to Mooallen about the ever-worsening fate of polar bears, and then Black Prairie provides the musical backdrop with a live, in-studio performance.

Medical Malpractice, And David Armstrong

Jun 17, 2013
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Medical Malpractice
Medical professionals occasionally make mistakes. Other times, a patient believes a mistake has been made. Both scenarios lead to lawsuits. What's it like for a doctor sued by a patient? What advice do lawyers give to doctors who have made a mistake? Are medical lawsuits elevating the cost of medical care in the United States? Phil deMaine and retired doctor Jim deMaine talk about the costs of medical malpractice.

How "Hairspray" Changed 5th Avenue Theatre
It’s been a decade since Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre launched the musical “Hairspray.”  It went on to win Broadway’s highest honor, the Tony award. How did that experience change the 5th Avenue? Artistic director David Armstrong explains how one big hit can transform a regional arts organization.

Colum McCann's book "TransAtlantic."

This Week In Olympia
Budget talks between state lawmakers have reached into a second special legislative session. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a look at what’s happening this week in Olympia.

An Ecologically Responsible Summer
Ah, summer. Fire up the grill. Mow the lawn. Sprinkle the garden. Breathe in the AC. Wait! Is there a way to do all this in an ecologically friendly way? We get advice from Tom Watson, EcoConsumer.

"TransAtlantic" Author Colum McCann
Bestselling author Colum McCann talks about his new novel "TransAtlantic."

Comedian Aisha Tyler On Talk Shows, Comedy And More!

Jun 14, 2013

Many people dream of having one successful career, but it’s not enough for comedian Aisha Tyler! She’s an actor, comedian, writer and co-host of the hit CBS daytime talk show "The Talk." Aisha also voices superspy Lana Kane on FX’s edgy hit comedy "Archer." She is the creator, producer and host of the hit podcast “Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler,” a show about stuff guys love. Aisha talks to David Hyde about her new book and her ongoing stand-up career.