International Relations
1:58 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

A History Of U.S. Humanitarian Aid

Marcie Sillman talks with Charles Kenny, Center for Global Development senior fellow, about the history of the United States' Agency for International Development.

2:25 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

'Fireworks Are Paying For The Meal': Tales Of The New Bartering System

Marcie Sillman talks with St. Lawrence University economist Steven Horwitz about new bartering exchanges and how they compare to bartering of the past.

Itching For Summer
9:21 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Dear Green Lake, Sorry About The Cyanobacteria

Much has changed at Seattle's popular Green Lake, but some things stay the same. In this photo from 1936, divers leap off a wooden tower.
Credit Credit Seattle Municipal Archives

Dear Green Lake,

“Beware of toxic algae,” say the signs posted around you. But swimmers aren’t deterred from your warmish waters.

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Kennewick Man
7:16 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Scientists Discuss Long-Awaited Scientific Volume On 'Kennewick Man' Skeleton

A new book about Kennewick Man is due to hit bookstands in mid-September.

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 2:48 pm

A skeleton that's about 9,000 years old is giving up a few of his secrets today. Monday, scientists who have a new book about the ancient remains found near Kennewick 18 years ago spoke to the press.

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Photo Exhibit
2:57 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Beatlemania: Seattle Style

Paul McCartney and John Lennon at Seattle Center Coliseum, Aug. 21, 1964
Museum of History and Industry/Timothy Eagan

August 21, 1964.

That's the day the Beatles came to Seattle for the very first time.

The Fab Four played 12 songs — 29 minutes total — at the Seattle Center Coliseum. Despite the concert's brevity, by all accounts the 14,000 fans in attendance went wild.

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Local Wonder
6:42 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

What's On The Bottom Of Lake Washington? Planes, Trains And …

"Nobody takes out the trash on the bottom of Lake Washington," says Mike Racine, captain of "Hat Trick."
KUOW Photo/Jake Warga

What’s on the bottom of Lake Washington? Listener Merry McCreery wanted to know.

For KUOW Public Radio’s Local Wonder project, I embarked on a strange journey that took me to the heart of this vast lake that separates Seattle from the Eastside. What I learned was astonishing, often gross and, on occasion, heartbreaking.

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2:24 am
Sun August 17, 2014

The Machine That Tried To Scan The Brain — In 1882

Angelo Mosso's "human circulation balance" machine worked like a seesaw to measure blood flow changes to the brain.
Sandrone et al., 2014, Brain

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 9:13 am

Everyone points to the Wright Brothers as the inventors of human flight. But centuries earlier, it was Leonardo da Vinci who imagined human flight, recognizing how birds used concepts like lift and wing shape to glide high above us.

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Japanese Internment
3:23 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

The Significance Of The Word 'Exclusion' On WWII Memorial

Lily Kodoma stands in front of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. Kodoma's name, along with her parents and brothers and sisters, are inscribed on the wall behind her.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jeannie Yandel

Jeannie Yandel visits the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, which recently underwent a name change. She speaks with memorial board member Lily Kodoma and Congressman Derek Kilmer about the significance of adding the word "exclusion" to the site which honors the residents of Japanese descent who were forcibly removed from the island during World War II.

Good Reads
4:22 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Nancy Pearl On Historical Mysteries

KUOW Photo

Ross Reynolds interviews Nancy Pearl about her latest book recommendation, "Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire," by Ruth Downie.

Author Interview
10:30 am
Fri August 8, 2014

The History Behind One Of The Most Contentious Amendments

Credit Michael Waldman's book "The Second Amendment: A Biography"

Most Americans don’t question an individual’s right to own a gun, with certain exceptions. But in an age when senseless public shootings make frequent headlines, many question the limits of gun ownership. 

And though a large majority of Americans say they support expanded background checks for gun ownership, Congress can’t come to any agreement on possible legislation.

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Mass Transit
2:46 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Monorail: The Seattle Transportation Idea That Won't Die

The monorail station at Seattle Center.
Flickr Photo/Andy Nash (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with activist Elizabeth Campbell about her voter initiative to fund planning to build a monorail line in Seattle. Then, Reynolds talks with Crosscut's Knute Berger about the political history of the monorail.

RadioActive Youth Media
10:57 am
Wed August 6, 2014

From The Past To The Present In Our Communties

RadioActive Youth Producers Nia Price-Nascimento (L) and Ahlaam Ibraahim after recording this podcast.
Credit KUOW Photo / Jenny Asarnow

What are the amazing stories in our community that get looked over? Nia Price-Nascimento learns about West Coast jazz by starting in her sub-basement, and Ahlaam Ibraahim shares how computer science has a huge affect on one girl's life.  

RadioActive is KUOW's program for high school students. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook.

7:45 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Bra History: How A War Shortage Reshaped Modern Shapewear

Illustration from Caresse Crosby's patent application for a "backless brassiere." Born Mary Phelps Jacob, Crosby changed her name after she sold her bra business to the Warner Brothers Corset Co.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 12:40 pm

Women today breathe a little easier — thanks to a World War I metal shortage.

Before then, women squeezed themselves into corsets that molded their figures to fit the Victorian ideal: a voluptuous bosom atop a teensy waist. But since corset frames were mostly made of metal, which was needed for ammunition and other military supplies, the U.S. War Industries Board asked American women in 1917 to stop buying them. Around the same time, the modern-day bra emerged, freeing up wartime steel and women alike.

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Housing Covenants
3:37 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Read The Fine Print: Your Home May Have A Hidden Racist Past

Jones Avenue NW at 85th Street, 1947.
Credit Flickr Photo/Seattle Munincipal Archives (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with James Gregory, director of the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project at the University of Washington, about the history of racial exclusion in early 20th century housing covenants.

This segment originally aired May 21, 2014.

Seattle History
2:02 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Before Seafair, There Was The Golden Potlatch

Playground units in the Golden Potlatch Parade, 1911.
Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Historylink’s Alan Stein about Seattle celebrations before Seafair, including the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Expo of 1909 and the Golden Potlatch. They discuss riots, gold and raffling off a baby.