How We Live


3:02 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Why Is Capitol Hill No Longer The Gay Epicenter Of Seattle?

The sign in front of Pony lets new patrons on Capitol Hill know what to expect.
Credit Matthew Streib

Ross Reynolds talks with Amin Ghaziani, an associate professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia and author of "There Goes the Gayborhood?". 

 Capitol Hill is known as the center of Seattle gay culture, but  according to the U.S. Census, the amount of same-sex couples in Capitol Hill's Broadway district has decreased from 5 percent to 1.6 percent since 2000. Why are the gays leaving?

2:42 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Is There A 'Best Way' To Overcome Addiction?

Ross Reynolds talks with Dennis Donovan, director of University of Washington's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, about why it's so hard to determine what recovery strategies work best for overcoming addiction.

StoryCorps In Seattle
8:28 am
Fri August 22, 2014

When Living Out Of A Car, It's Hard To Feel At Home

Erika Kalberer (left) and her mother, Kris. Their family has been living in their car. Kris tells her daughter, "I don't think sometimes you know how strong you are."

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 5:25 am

About a decade ago, Kris Kalberer left her job as a retail manager to raise her kids and care for her elderly mother. For a while, the family did well on her husband's income. Then he lost his job.

Their finances spiraled out of control. They lost their house in March 2011, and since then, their lives have become transient. They stayed in motels, or with friends. Currently they live in their car.

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Summer Harvest
4:45 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

A Plan For Shopping Farmers Markets: Think About What To Grill

Golden beets at the University District farmers market in Seattle.
Cascade Harvest Coalition

Farmers markets in the Puget Sound region are abundant with in-season foods this time of year. But all that choice can be a little overwhelming. KUOW's Ross Reynolds talks with Cascade Harvest Coalition's Sheryl Wiser about how to plan your farmers market shopping: think about making a grilled salad.

8:13 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Is There Such A Thing As A 'Good Psychopath'? iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 1:16 pm

Oxymoronic, isn't it, the idea of a "good psychopath"?

But in their just published book, The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success, Andy McNab and Kevin Dutton argue that relying on some psychopathic traits can lead to a more successful life.

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Alaskan Produce
11:57 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Why Vegetables Get Freakish In The Land Of The Midnight Sun

Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off 2013 winners (with placards, left to right): Scott Rob (92.1 pounds), Keevan Dinkel (92.3 pounds) and Brian Shunskis (77.4 pounds). The growers are joined by the cabbage fairies, a group of women who for 15 years have volunteered at the cabbage competition.
Clark James Mishler Courtesy of Alaska State Fair

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 12:03 pm

Everything in Alaska is a little bit bigger — even the produce. A 138-pound cabbage, 65-pound cantaloupe and 35-pound broccoli are just a few of the monsters that have sprung forth from Alaska's soil in recent years.

At the annual Alaska State Fair, which opens Thursday in Palmer, the public will have the chance to gawk at giants like these as they're weighed for competition.

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Hustle And Bustles
3:01 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Seattle Arts Institutions Host Rare Sale Of Owl Headpieces And 'Figaro' Cast-Offs

Melinda Rose models the head of an owl costume from the Seattle Opera's Rusalka. The rest of the costume was too small.
KUOW Photo/Matthew Streib

Ross Reynolds discusses the once-a-decade sale last weekend in which the Seattle Opera, Teatro ZinZanni, Village Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre and the Pacific Northwest Ballet gave the public a rare opportunity to buy their elaborate costumes.

Arts And Culture
2:52 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Keeping Scarecrow Alive: The Continued Value Of Video Stores

The sign at Scarecrow says "open" -- and many hope it will stay that way as the iconic video store transitions into a nonprofit.
Credit Flickr Photo/Java Colleen (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to professor Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University, about the rise and fall of video stores and what their value is in the community.

Sweat Equity Required
12:29 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Buffalo Abandoned Homes Selling For $1

Pictured is the home Mike Puma bought for $1 in Buffalo, before repairs began. (Mike Puma)

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 11:16 am

Like many cities, Buffalo, New York, is facing a glut of abandoned homes and lots. There are roughly 16,000 vacant lots and 4,500 vacant homes throughout the city.

Instead of tearing the homes down, city officials are selling them for $1. They’re calling it the Urban Homestead Program. The program requires that residents have the ability to make necessary repairs, and commit to living in the home for at least three years.

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Middle East Peace Camp
3:33 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

In Seattle, Summer Camp Theme Is Middle East Peace

Marcie Sillman speaks with Safaa Elhaji and Daniel Oron, two organizers of the Middle East Peace Camp, which for 12 years has brought together Jewish and Arab children to educate them about conflict resolution and human rights.

Racial Tension
3:32 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Local Black Teens On Ferguson: 'It's Hard To Talk To People Who Don't Care'

Yaninna Sharpley-Travis (left) and Devan Rogers (right) stand with Marcel Purnell, organizer of Youth Undoing Institutional Racism. They are making the "don't shoot" pose, which has become a popular form of social media protest after the events in Ferguso
KUOW Photo/Matthew Streib

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Devan Rogers and Yaninna Sharpley-Travis, two members of Youth Undoing Institutional Racism, about how they interpret the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and how they interact with local police.

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Economic News
2:46 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Ferguson Economics: 'Suburbs Are The New Epicenter Of Poverty In America'

Protestors rally Sunday, Aug. 10, in response to the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by police in Ferguson, Mo.
AP Photo/Sid Hastings

Ross Reynolds talks to Jon Talton, economics columnist for the Seattle Times and founder of the blog, Rogue Columnist, about the economic landscape of Ferguson, Missouri, and how it effects racial tensions.

“Now, there’s a lot more going on in Ferguson than just the economics, but we can’t be complacent here,” Talton said.

Popular Culture
2:43 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Ads Reflect Culture, Whether We Like It Or Not

This undated image provided by Nordstrom shows a model in a wheelchair advertising boots in the company’s annual July anniversary catalog, which is its biggest sale event of the year.
Credit Nordstrom handout

Jeannie Yandel talks with Jean Kilbourne, creator of the film series, "Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image Of Women," about Nordstrom's decision to include disabled models and what that tells us about society.

11:31 am
Mon August 18, 2014

More Americans Are Flocking To The South

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 11:45 am

A new New York Times interpretation of census data looks at where Americans living in each state were born. It finds that states in the South, typically are home to many people who were born there, are for the first time seeing significant in-migration.

Several Midwestern states, including Wisconsin to Ohio, are leading the country in terms of having the highest portion of residents who were born there.

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10:51 am
Mon August 18, 2014

James Brown's Daughter Recalls A Painful Childhood in 'Cold Sweat'

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 4:53 am

Celebrity child autobiographies fall into two categories. There's the scorched earth approach: One sordid story after another — call it the "Mommie Dearest" syndrome.

The second category is the warts-and-all approach, in which the performer's progeny relates parental faults in oft-painful detail, but with the ultimate goal of deeper understanding. In many ways, the warts-and-all way is more challenging, because it requires the author to explain why — despite the horrors — they still loved Mom or Dad.

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