Archaeological Find
12:28 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Who's Buried In The 'Magnificent' Tomb From Ancient Greece?

Archaeologists inspect a female figurine inside a recently discovered, fourth-century B.C. tomb, in the town of Amphipolis, northern Greece on Sept. 7. The occupant of the tomb is unknown, but there's speculation that it could be someone who was closely linked to Alexander the Great.
Greek Culture Ministry AP

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 4:17 am

Early last month, on a hill outside a tiny, windy village of almond and tobacco farmers in northeastern Greece, veteran archaeologist Katerina Peristeri announced that she and her team had discovered what is believed to be the biggest tomb in Greece.

The "massive, magnificent tomb," Peristeri told reporters, is likely connected to the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia, which, in the fourth century B.C. produced Alexander the Great.

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9:20 am
Fri September 26, 2014

70 Years Ago: First Full-Scale Nuclear Reactor At Hanford Starts Up

When the B Reactor at Hanford began operating in September 1944, about 64,000 rods of metallic uranium, known as fuel elements, were placed inside the reactor core.

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 5:29 pm

Seventy years ago Friday, an 11-month frenzied construction project went hot. It all happened in the remote southeast Washington desert.

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3:23 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Should Seattle Take The 'Columbus' Out Of Columbus Day?

The Christopher Columbus statue on Seattle's waterfront had to be removed to repair damages from vandalism.
Flickr Photo/Chris Blakeley (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Kenneth C. Davis, author of "Don't Know Much About History," about the story behind Columbus Day. 

3:21 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

How Nixon's Fall Gave Rise To Reagan

David Hyde talks to author Rick Perlstein about his new book, "The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan."

4:03 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Howling Babies Drove Prehistoric Warriors Into Battle?


Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 7:26 am

If you have ever seen, or spent time with (or, God forbid, had to live with) a colicky baby, this will make perfect sense to you. It may not make actual sense, but when the baby is crying you don't think very straight.

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3:28 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Documentarian Ken Burns: Stop Obsessing About The Future

The companion book for Ken Burns' new documentary.

Jeannie Yandel talks with documentarian Ken Burns about what makes a good story. His new series, "The Roosevelts," airs September 14 on PBS.

Historic Site
11:41 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Missing Section Of Nez Perce Trail Holds Little-Known Part Of History

Ruth Wapato of Spokane is the granddaughter of one of the members of the Nez Perce Tribe who fought alongside Chief Joseph in 1877.

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 9:27 am

The story most people learn about the Nez Perce Tribe and the capture of Chief Joseph doesn't tell the whole history. 

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3:29 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Preserving Black History, Americans Care For National Treasures At Home

Neonta Williams (left) shares family letters dating back to 1901 with preservationist Kimberly Peach during the Smithsonian's Save our African American Treasures program at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Peach advises her to use archive-quality polyester sleeves to protect the fragile papers, rather than store them in a zip-lock bag.
Debbie Elliott NPR

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 9:28 pm

In a hall inside the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama on Saturday, long tables are draped with black linen. Experts are bent over tables, examining aging quilts, letters filled with tight, hand-penned script, and yellowing black-and-white photos tacked into crackling albums — all family keepsakes brought in by local residents.

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Author Interview
2:46 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Watergate: Answering Who Knew What And When

John Dean with host Ross Reynolds in the KUOW studios.
Credit KUOW Photo/Arwen Nicks

Ross Reynolds speaks with John Dean, who was President Richard Nixon's one-time legal counsel and was a pivotal figure in the Watergate scandal that led to Nixon's resignation in 1974.  

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I Want To Ride A Bicycle
7:44 am
Wed September 10, 2014

A Bike-Tree Grows On Vashon

Residents believe that someone hung this children's bicycle on a tree branch in the 1950s, and the tree then grew around it.
Credit KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

On Vashon Island, there's an unusual local attraction.

It's an old, red, child's bicycle that's growing out of a tree.

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As American As ...
1:52 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

A Surprising History Of The Apple (And Why Red Delicious Is Out)

Flickr Photo/Debbie R

American as apple pie, the expression goes.

Except that the only apple native to North America is the crab apple, said Rowan Jacobsen, author of “Apples of Uncommon Character.” He spoke with KUOW’s Marcie Sillman about apple history – and where you can find the most delicious varieties.

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HIV Research
2:58 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

'We Are Always Learning': HIV Researcher On The Hope Of Finding A Cure For HIV

Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi
Flickr Photo/Michael Fleshman (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, who is credited with discovering the HIV virus in 1983, about the early days of HIV/AIDS research, and why she's hopeful that a cure can be found. She won the Nobel Prize in 2008 for her work on the HIV virus.

RadioActive Youth Media
1:35 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

How My Basement Led Me To The Jazz Scene On Jackson Street

E. Russell 'Noodles' Smith, the owner of a famous club in the Central District in the 1900s.
Credit Public domain, via BlackPast.org

Nia Price-Nascimento lives in a house built in the 1920s in the Central District, Seattle's historically African-American neighborhood.  Last year, she found out there are two chambers hidden under the wooden floorboards in her basement creating a sub-basement. That led her to a journey back in time, as she explains in her own words.

Before I get into the story, you need to know I’m African American and Brazilian. I grew up in a mostly African-American neighborhood, but most of my friends are white, and I never really felt like I fit in. I recently got curious about my heritage.

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11:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

When Fishing Was The Common Language During Strained US-Soviet Relations

A copy of Life Magazine details the joint fishing venture between the US-Societ Union during the Cold War.
Courtesy of Lincoln County Historical Society

In the competitive world of fishing, joining forces can be tough work. It’s even more difficult if the two parties are superpowers at the height of Cold War tensions.

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9:08 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Back To The Cold War? A Seattleite’s Anxious Return To Russia

Soviet and US fishermen meet in the evening in the galley of a Soviet ship. Tony Allison, left, interprets (1979): "I think the silver-haired guy on my immediate left, fisherman Barry Fisher had just told an off-color joke." On the wall: Leonid Brezhnev.
Courtesy Tony Allison

During the Cold War, thousands of Soviet and U.S. fishermen worked together on the high seas of the Pacific Ocean, trawling by day and sharing Russian bread, vodka and off-color jokes in the evenings, while their governments maintained a posture of pure hostility toward each other.

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