How We Live


2:54 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

The Biological Reason We Like To Be Scared

Credit Flickr Photo/Hammonton Photography (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to sociologist Margee Kerr about the reasons people like to feel fear.

School Shootings
2:50 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

A Cautionary Tale From Columbine: Don't Rush To Explain Why

Balloons and flowers at an impromptu memorial at Marysville Pilchuck High School the Monday after a school shooting on Friday, Oct. 24.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

Jeannie Yandel talks with journalist Dave Cullen, the author of the book "Columbine," about how he saw false explanations for the Columbine shooting affect national policy, and why he urges media and friends of Marysville community members alike to take their time trying to work through the causes of the shooting.

Ghost Stories
2:50 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

On Living With A Japanese Ghost

Credit Zack Davisson's book "Yurei"

Jeannie Yandel talks with Zack Davisson, author of "Yurei: The Japanese Ghost," about living with a ghost and the place ghosts have in Japanese culture. 

Radke In The Morning
12:47 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Radke Rant: Leaf Blowers Are Lazy, Selfish And Stupid

Do you live near Bill Radke? We advise you to invest in one of these.
Flickr Photo/Susy Morris (CC-BY-NC-ND)

I want to ask this of the people who use leaf blowers – why?

Do you get too much exercise as it is? Has your doctor advised you to be LESS physically active and/or to avoid rakes?

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Week In Review
12:46 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Please Silence Your Leaf Blower, It's Time For The Week's News

Listen to what Bill Radke thinks of people who "help nature along" with leaf blowers.
Flickr Photo/Joannie Grebe (CC-BY-NC)

The Ebola nurse in Maine: rational or selfish? Is it ever OK to be sarcastic right after a school shooting? Does a confusing ballot mean an unpredictable election? Plus, Bill Radke explodes over leaf blowers. All these topics and more are discussed with this week's guests: Knute Berger, Eli Sanders and Joni Balter.

2:58 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

How Does Amazon's 'Transparent' Reflect A Community?

Credit Amazon's new show "Transparent."

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Leo Segovia and Alison Davison, two local transgender people associated with the Ingersoll Gender Center, about Amazon's new show Transparent.  The show focuses on transgender people and is part of the company's bid to gain a share of the online television market.

Trick Or Treat
2:58 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Perils Of Helicopter Parenting On Halloween

Flickr Photo/Jim Loter (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Peter Gray, research professor at Boston College, about how allowing children freedom while trick-or-treating helps them mature. Gray is the author of "Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life." 

RadioActive Halloween
2:35 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Why Do We Love Spooky Things?

The Georgetown Morgue, home of KUBE's Haunted House
Credit Flickr / vmax137

It’s that scary time of the year again, and RadioActive gets spooked out.

Kendra Hanna asks young writers at 826 Seattle and author Neil Gaiman why kids love scary stories.

Then Esa Tilija goes inside a haunted house for the first time. Don't act vulnerable!

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Code Switch
6:18 am
Wed October 29, 2014

The Struggle Of Being Asian-American For Halloween

The author (right) and his sister, one awkward Halloween day.
Courtesy of Steve Haruch

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 10:05 am

The other night, at a large outdoor Halloween-themed party, I saw a young white girl, probably about 3 or 4, dressed up in a long, purple kimono. I felt an involuntary uneasiness. I wanted to ask her parents who she was supposed to be — maybe it's a character in some cartoon I don't know about, I thought — but I didn't want to embarrass anyone. Which is to say, Problematic Dress-up Season is in full swing.

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Foundation Of Philosophy
2:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

50 Great Teachers: Socrates, The Ancient World's Teaching Superstar

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:28 am

Today, NPR Ed kicks off a yearlong series: 50 Great Teachers.

We're starting this celebration of teaching with Socrates, the superstar teacher of the ancient world. He was sentenced to death more than 2,400 years ago for "impiety" and "corrupting" the minds of the youth of Athens.

But Socrates' ideas helped form the foundation of Western philosophy and the scientific method of inquiry. And his question-and-dialogue-based teaching style lives on in many classrooms as the Socratic method.

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Sex Workers' Rights
2:43 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Why Does The Government Compile Lists Of Exotic Dancers?

Credit Melinda Chateauvert's book "Sex Workers Unite"

Marcie Sillman talks with Melinda Chateauvert, author of "Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk," about the intersection of issues brought up by a Tacoma man's petition for Pierce County to tell him the names and addresses of local exotic dancers.

1:39 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Behold The Entrenched — And Reviled — Annual Review

Nearly 90 percent of companies do formal evaluations at least once a year, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.
Zack Blanton iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 7:24 pm

Performance review season is nearing, and if that makes you break out into a cold sweat, you're not alone. Studies show between 60 percent and 90 percent of employees, including managers, dislike the performance evaluation.

Some companies are starting to look at alternatives, but the performance review is pretty entrenched.

"They're fraudulent, bogus and dishonest," says Samuel Culbert, a management professor at UCLA who does research in dysfunctional management practice. "And second, they're indicative of and they support bad management."

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School Shooting
2:25 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

After Tragedy In Marysville, The Search for Why

Hundreds gather at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School gym to mourn the shooting that took place last Friday.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Ross Reynolds speaks with Dr. Peter Langman, author of "Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters," about how communities search for explanations after a school shooting.

Defying Death Threats
12:22 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

A Congolese Mother Of Six Is Honored For Her Death-Defying Journalism

Congolese editor Solange Lusiku Nsimire says journalism is a powerful way of building and preserving her troubled country's "collective memory."
Sylvain Muyali Courtesy of IWMF

"Journalism is my calling, the print media is my struggle and independence is my motto," says 42-year-old Solange Lusiku Nsimire, a Congolese editor and mother of six.

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Citizen Journalism
12:07 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

'They Kill You Twice': The Risks of Twitter Journalism In Tamaulipas

In this Sept. 5, 2014 photo, an armored truck riddled with bullet holes sits at a military base in Ciudad Mier, in Tamaulipas state, Mexico. The military says they confiscate vehicles that are abandoned by their drivers after armed fights among cartels or with the military, so that gangs cannot reuse vehicles parts. (Eduardo Verdugo/AP)

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 12:04 pm

In Tamaulipas, a state in northern Mexico, organized crime is the de facto government. Murders of journalists are not uncommon, and media organizations censor themselves in fear of cartel retaliation.

Basic information in this kind of environment is a rare commodity, so citizens like Maria del Rosario Fuentes Rubio sometimes take to social media to warn their fellow citizens of dangerous areas to avoid. Rubio was murdered by a drug cartel last week.

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