Arts & Life


Pearl And Chef In The Hat
9:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Summer Reading Suggestion, And What's In Your Fridge?

KUOW reporter Ruby de Luna laughs with fellow foodie chef Thierry Rautureau.
KUOW Photo/Carmen Santos

The Rise In Heroin Use
There has been an alarming rise in the number of young people using heroin according to a newly released UW study.  What is causing the increase?  Heroin users are hard to monitor. What numbers were crunched to give us these latest statistics? Caleb Banta-Green researched and authored the report on “Heroin Trends Across Washington State.

Nancy Pearl Recommends Mysteries
Book commentator Nancy Pearl stops by with a brief book recommendation for your summer reading. This week she recommends "The Last Policeman" by Ben Winters and "Crashed" by Timothy Hallinan.
What's In The Fridge?
Americans waste a lot of food, partly because we don’t know how to reinvent our leftovers.  The Chef in the Hat regularly helps us imagine new cooking ideas. So look in your fridge, and tell us what you have on hand. Then call 206.543.5869 and Thierry Rautureau will tell invent a new meal for you tonight!  

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1:45 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Inside A Toddler's Brain: "Epiphanette"

Poet Dennis Caswell.
Credit Jack Straw Productions/Sherwin Eng

In "Epiphanette," Woodinville poet Dennis Caswell speculates on what happens to the "carefree cognitive tumbleweed" of his baby daughter's mind when it "is struck by the SUV of enlightenment" in the form of a little epiphany.

Already she baby-knows:
A dance you learn; the dancer you're stuck to.
                                          from "Epiphanette"

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10:00 am
Tue June 11, 2013

SPD's Evidence Warehouse, Jerick Hoffer And Greendays

Jerick Hoffer, stage name Jinkx Monsoon, will be taking the stage at 5th Avenue Theater for "Hairspray."
Flickr Photo/Carrie Lu

 A Trip To The SPD Evidence Warehouse
Crime is in the news every day, and each case has evidence that has to be stored somewhere. The Seattle Police Department’s evidence warehouse is full of guns and drugs as you might expect, but it also houses the unexpected. Items like a massage table, a brass bed, skis and arrows. Katy Sewall takes a peek behind the scenes.

Jerick Hoffer AKA Jinkx Monsoon
Fresh off his win on the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and ahead of a performance in Hairspray at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, we talk with actor, singer and performer Jerick Hoffer, stage name Jinkx Monsoon.

Greendays Gardening
Our expert gardening panel knows flowers, native plants and vegetables. Have a question? They offer guidance for your garden every Tuesday. Email your question to Weekday.

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SIFF Documentary
9:00 am
Tue June 11, 2013

"Alive And Well," And The Purpose Of Life

The promotional poster for "Alive and Well," courtesy of the film's Facebook page.

“Alive and Well” At SIFF
The documentary “Alive and Well” takes viewers inside the lives of seven people who have been affected by Huntington’s disease. From those who carry the gene to family members turned caregivers, the film tells the story of what it’s like to live with a genetic, neurological disorder. Huntington’s disease is degenerative, slowly breaking down the nerve cells of the brain. A person with a parent with Huntington’s has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the gene mutation. Director Josh Taft and executive producer Liz Weber  explain their motivation for making the film.

Islam’s “Spiritual Gems”
Nearly a quarter of the world’s population looks to the Qur’an for spiritual guidance. What does the Islamic holy book have to say about life? Katy Sewall talks with Jamal Rahman, author of “Spiritual Gems of Islam.”

Weather and Hike of the Week
Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.

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Prenuptial Credit Check
10:38 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Financial Expert: Check Your Fiancée’s Credit

Jane Bryant Quinn's book "Making the Most of Your Money Now."

In some states you still have to get a blood test before you get married, but no state requires you to get a credit check before getting married. How important is it to sit down with a bottle of wine and talk debt before you walk down the aisle? David Hyde talks to financial expert Jane Bryant Quinn who says it should be at the top of your list. She’s the author of a book called "Making the Most of Your Money Now."

Seattle Nudity Laws
10:32 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Are Nude Bike Riders Breaking The Law?

Fremont Solstice Parade
Flickr Photo/Jonathan Morris

Nude cyclists broke out the body paint on Friday for Bellingham’s annual Naked Bike Ride. Seattle will get its chance to do the same on June 22, for Fremont’s annual Solstice Parade. The Fremont Arts Council, which organizes the event, obviously doesn’t have a problem with public nudity. But are bare-bodied cyclists breaking any laws? David Hyde talks to criminal defense attorney Lance Fryrear about Seattle’s public nudity laws.

Everyday Sounds
9:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

This Week In Olympia, Joshua Roman And Sounds Of The Everyday

Cellist Joshua Roman.
Flickr Photo/Gisela Giardino

This Week In Olympia
State lawmakers are in deep budget negotiations in the final days of the special legislative session. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a look at what’s happening this week in Olympia.

Cellist Joshua Roman
Cellist Joshua Roman is back in town for a world-premiere performance at Town Hall Seattle, where he’s artistic director of the TownMusic series. He talks with us ahead of a performance tomorrow night with his JACK Quartet.

Sounds Of Our Everyday
Everyday Weekday listeners send us the sound of their day. From a chatty sheep to the crunch of a walk through the snow, we find a variety of natural sounds in our everyday urban environment. Members of the Seattle Phonographers Union explain what attracts us to these sounds in the first place and how we can better appreciate the symphony of our everyday sonic landscape.

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Music Industry
7:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Sub Pop Records: Going Out Of Business Since 1988!

Megan Jasper, vice president of Sub Pop Records, poses for a portrait at their office in downtown Seattle on May 9, 2013.
The Seattle Times/Genevieve Alvarez

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Sub Pop Records may have started small but the label has always made a big impression. Sup Pop, which began as a fanzine and evolved into a record label in the late 1980s, is considered the epicenter of the grunge movement. Megan Jasper, vice president at Sub Pop, gives Ross Reynolds a tour of the office.

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Live Performance
10:05 am
Fri June 7, 2013

On Mixing Music And Motherhood: Jazz Vocalist Jane Monheit

Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist Jane Monheit sings at Jazz Alley in Seattle and in the KUOW performance studio this week.
Credit Jazz Alley

Jazz vocalist Jane Monheit first visited us in the KUOW studios just after we moved into our then new facility on University Avenue in 1999. 

Public radio listeners and music lovers have followed Monheit's career for more than a decade now.  She made a sensational debut recording shortly after graduating from the Manhattan School of Music in the late 1990s.

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Kal Penn Interview
10:29 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Actor Kal Penn: From Kumar To Cultural Diplomat

Kal Penn in the KUOW green room.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Kal Penn is best known for his stoner role as Kumar in the "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” films. But Penn is also a former member of President Obama’s administration, where he worked on youth, art, and Asian American outreach.      

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Electric Cars
10:28 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Low Cost Leases Electrify Plug-In Car Sales On West Coast

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 3:17 pm

A couple of years ago, Democratic politicians at the state and national levels set heady goals for battery powered cars. For example, in his 2011 State of the Union speech, President Obama said, "With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015."

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Radio Retrospective
10:00 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Patent Trolls, Dinosaurs, And The Golden Age Of Radio

Brian Sweetek's book "My Beloved Brontosaurus."

Patent Trolls Explained
This week President Obama proposed a series of reforms to crack down on “patent trolls.” One proposal would require patent holders to disclose their ties to other companies. We talk with professor Sean O’Connor of the University of Washington School of Law about whether or not patent trolls can be tamed by Congress.

New Science Meets Our Favorite Dinosaurs
The creatures that have run, soared, slithered, paddled, pulsed and gyrated across water, sea and sky captivate our imaginations. Continuing research brings new theories, new data and new fossils to study.  Brian Sweetek writes about our evolving understanding in “My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs.”

Radio Retrospective: Who Played It Better?
Shows like “The Shadow” and “The Lone Ranger” had decade long runs during radio’s Golden Age.  If an actor playing the title role resigned, executives hired someone new to play the part. Who played it better?  We attempt to answer that question by listening to different actors playing the same role.

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!

Staging Science
9:00 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Pamela Reed's New Play, And Brian Greene On The Cosmos

Brian Greene's book "Icarus at the Edge of Time."

Art Of Our City
What happens when the liberal-minded daughter of conservative parents decides to write a tell-all memoir?  That’s the premise behind “Other Desert Cities,” a new play opening this week at ACT Theatre.  Actress Pamela Reed, best known for her role in the television show Parks and Recreation, plays the mother. We’ll ask her about the play and her acting career.

Understanding The Multiverse
If the universe we live in is just one of many other universes, how did we come to be and can we reconcile our own inferiority? Columbia University theoretical physicist Brian Greene has been exploring the world  of cosmology for nearly four decades. His research seeks to find answers to questions about time and space, the world we inhabit, and how we can better understand it. In addition to explaining the universe, Greene also penned the children’s book “Icarus at the Edge of Time.” Now "Icarus" is on the stage in a multimedia drama that features an original orchestral score by Philip Glass. We’ll talk with Greene about the staging of his scientific children’s book and about the latest secrets the universe has revealed.

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Ask A Dermatologist
12:06 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Using Your Sunscreen Correctly To Prevent Skin Cancer

Flickr Photo/Alex Liivet

 From 2000 to 2009, the number of people diagnosed with skin cancer increased nearly two percent according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Doctors say much of the rise can be attributed to the mislabeling and misuse of sunscreen. Joining Ross Reynolds to answer your questions on sunscreen and other skin matters is dermatologist Dr. Andrea Kalus, Medical Director of the UW Dermatology Center at Roosevelt.

Alternative Transportation
11:51 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Lyft, Uber And SideCar: Not Your Father’s Cabs

A Lyft car is always very recognizable by its bright pink mustache, but is that enought to compete with the traditional taxi service?
Flickr Photo/Liza Sperling

 Taxi cabs have a new breed of competitors. New companies like Lyft, Uber and Sidecar give smartphone users the ability to reserve a ride through an app on their phone. Some of the companies use private car owners as their main drivers. Will traditional taxis fall by the wayside? How are these new companies regulated? Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW’s transportation reporter, Derek Wang.