How We Live


Public Transportation
3:02 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Can Seattle Change Streetcars For The Nation?

Seattle streetcar.
Credit Flickr Photo/Seattle Department of Transportation (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with freelance cities reporter Nate Berg about what place streetcars have in transportation infrastructure. 

Veteran Jobs
10:26 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Transitioning Service Members Learn To 'Champion Themselves' At JBLM Summit

Colonel James P. Isenhower, III, Director of Chairman’s Office of Reintegration, Joint Chiefs of Staff addresses a packed crowd during the Washington State Service Member For Life Transition Summit on Tuesday.
Credit (Stephen Brashear/AP Images for U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Thousands of veterans and service members preparing to leave the military are expected at Joint Base Lewis-McChord this week for a three-day summit.

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Dueling Ballots
9:51 am
Wed October 22, 2014

How The Gun Debate Plays Out In Faith

The United Methodist Church, host of a fundraiser concert for Initiative 594.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ryan Katz

Charles Stephens performed opera in New York City for 20 years. He sang with the Seattle Symphony on opening night. But Stephens says that doesn’t compare to the concert he recently directed last month.

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Retail Blues
3:57 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

JCPenney No Longer Holds Up To The ‘Theater Of Retail’

This Connecticut store is one of the 33 that JCPenney closed earlier this year. The Bellevue, Wash., location is also about to close.
Flickr Photo/Mike Mozart (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Staff at JCPenney in Bellevue are preparing for the store’s closure. In November the store ends its 59-year run in Bellevue Square.

JCPenney, a flagship of the middle class, has been struggling for years. The Texas-based retailer closed 33 under-performing stores across the country earlier this year. Then in September it added Bellevue to the list.

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2:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

How Youth Unemployment Could Drag Down Our Future Economy

Ross Reynolds talks with Tom Allison, policy and research manager for the Millennial advocacy group Young Invincibles, about youth employment in the United States.

2:30 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Pastor Frank Schaefer On Officiating Son's Gay Marriage In Methodist Church

United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer speaks during a news conference Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia.
Credit AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Ross Reynolds talks with Frank Schaefer, author of "Defrocked: How A Father's Act of Love Shook the United Methodist Church," about his decision to officiate his son's same-sex marriage and the ensuing case over his dismissal from position as pastor in the Methodist church.

Local Wonder
9:09 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Who Are The Descendants Of Seattle's Early Families?

No, not the diner. Zack Cook, a market master at the Pike Place Market is a descendant of the Dennys, one of Seattle's first pioneering families.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

What are the descendants of Seattle's pioneers up to? KUOW Listener Ben Lee wanted to know.

For KUOW's Local Wonder project, I escaped into Seattle's past in hopes of turning up the present. Turned out that finding Seattle's dead pioneers was the easy part. 

They’re all in one spot: Lakeview Cemetery on Capitol Hill.

Leonard Garfield, of the Museum of History and Industry, tells me the cemetery is the Who’s Who of Seattle past.

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3:15 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Will Seattle's LGBT Catholics Reunite With The Church?

St. James Cathedral in Seattle.
Credit Flickr Photo/Joe Wolf (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Jeannie Yandel talks with Leo Egashira, representative for Dignity Seattle, which ministers to LGBT Catholics, about the Vatican's gay-positive statements coming from an ongoing synod of cardinals.

Seattle History
2:40 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

After 50 Years, Friends Of The Pike Place Market Still Seem Like Revolutionaries

The iconic sign of the Pike Place Market.
Credit Flickr Photo/Jonathan Cohen (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds marks the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Friends of the Pike Place Market by speaking with international market consultant David O'Neil. O'Neil says the Friends' efforts to save Pike Place Market turned the tide for public markets all over America.

1:51 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Why Does Your Gut Bacteria Love Granny Smith?

What's the truth behind "an apple a day"?
Flicker Photo/Deborah Fitchett (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Washington State University researcher Dr. Giuliana Noratto about why an apple a day just might keep obesity away.

American History
5:13 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr's 'Martyrdom Has Marred His Message'

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his seminal "I Have a Dream" speech.
Credit Public Domain

Americans honor the memory of Reverend Martin Luther King with street, school and place names, a national holiday, and a national monument.

Tavis Smiley appreciates that, but he also knows that many, if not most, Americans can’t quote more than King’s most famous line from his “I Have a Dream” speech. 

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2:44 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

After Driscoll, What Will Become Of Mars Hill Church?

Mars Hill Church's downtown Seattle location.
Flickr Photo/Mars Hill Church (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with University of Washington religion professor Jim Wellman about Mark Driscoll's resignation and what it could mean for the future of Mars Hill Church.

New Boom
12:32 am
Thu October 16, 2014

For More Millennials, It's Kids First, Marriage Maybe

Phillip Underwood and Michelle Sheridan and their children, Logan and Lilliana, gather in their living room in Frederick, Md., after a long day of work and school. The couple had delayed marriage, in part for financial reasons.
James Clark NPR

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:09 am

Decades ago, an "oops" pregnancy might have meant a rush to the altar. But when Michelle Sheridan got pregnant three years ago, the topic of marriage never came up with her boyfriend, Phillip Underwood, whom she lives with in Frederick, Md.

If anything, it was the opposite.

"It changes the dynamic of the household," she says. "I had a friend who put off her marriage. Got pregnant, and she's like, 'Let's just wait, 'cause we don't know if we're going to be able to make it through this.' "

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News From Canada
2:54 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

News From Canada: Ebola Preparedness, And Pirate Punjabi Radio

A sidewalk mosaic in Vancouver's famed Punjabi Market.
Credit Flickr Photo/Jeff Rosen (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about Canada's Ebola preparedness, pirate Punjabi radio stations, and balloon bombs from World War II.

Sewage Solutions
4:19 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Mercer Island Reminds Us Of The Miracle Of Clean Water

A kitty drinks clean water from the faucet.
Flickr Photo/Teresa Boardman (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Marcie Sillman talks with Steven Johnson, author of "How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World," about the technological innovations that led to widespread clean water in America, despite the E. coli in Mercer Island's drinking water this month.