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International & Military News
9:00 am
Wed May 8, 2013

International Intervention In Syria, Sexual Assault In The Military, And Studying Hormone Levels

Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, chief of sexual assault prevention in the Air Force, was arrested and charged with sexual battery over the weekend.
Arlington County Police Department

How The World Is Responding To Syria
The US and Russia have agreed to convene an international conference to discuss ways of diplomatically settling the ongoing conflict in Syria. Dr. Steven Cook, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the implications of this conference and how the international community should be intervening in the crisis.
 
Sexual Assault In The Military  
The Pentagon has released a report on sexual assault in the military. It estimates that 26,000 military members were sexually assaulted in 2012, a large increase from the previous year. The report comes out just as Sen. Patty Murray and Sen. Kelly Ayotte argued for a bill that would work to reduce sexual assaults and help victims of the crime. Sen. Patty Murray and KUOW’s Patricia Murphy explain the new bill and the Pentagon's study.   

The Effects Of Blast Injuries On Hormone Levels In Veterans
A new study suggests that people with blast injuries are more likely to have irregular hormone levels. The hormone imbalance can lead to PTSD-like symptoms, depression and physical symptoms that raise the risk of heart attacks and strokes. University of Washington professor Charles Wilkinson studied the hormone levels in veterans who had suffered from concussions caused by blast injuries.

Basketball Diplomacy
NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman is using his friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to ask for the release of Kenneth Bae, the Lynnwood man sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for "hostile acts" against the government. Rodman took to Twitter on Tuesday to ask Kim to “do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose.” We talk with Seattle Times editorial writer Thanh Tan, who first urged Rodman via social media to approach his “lifelong friend” on Bae’s behalf.

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Gardening
10:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

The Role Of Doubt In Faith, And Greendays Gardening Advice

The Interfaith Amigos at their TEDxDU talk in 2011.
Flickr Photo/University of Denver

 The Interfaith Amigos On The Role Of Doubt In Faith
Doubt is often part of religion. People often question the who, what, why and how of faith. The Interfaith Amigos share their thoughts and the personal doubts they’ve experienced.  

Greendays Gardening Panel
Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, native plant expert, and vegetable gardening expert.  They answer your gardening questions every Tuesday.   

Arts and Entertainment
9:00 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Internet Sales Tax, Jan Merlin And A Music Recommendation

Popular hike trail Little Si near North Bend offers a great summit view with less strain than the Mount Si summit.
Flickr photo/Ratha Grimes

 Paying Internet Sales Tax
The Senate voted on Monday on a bill that would end tax-free Internet shopping. Slate’s Matthew Yglesias joins us with a look at the Marketplace Fairness Act and who’s behind the push to collect taxes on your online purchases.

A Conversation With Early Television Actor Jan Merlin
Jan Merlin starred in early television shows like Tom Corbett, Space Cadet and The Rough Riders. He went on to be an Emmy-winning script writer.  He grew to love the escape that theater and film could provide after a profound World War II experience.

New Music Recommendation
Are you stuck in a music listening rut?  We are surrounded by new music and innovative artists. Music blogger Liz Riley Tollefson recommends Drai Zich by The Heligoats, Rotting On The Vine by The Purrs, Inside An Aquarium by BOAT and Buzz, Buzz, Buzz by Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers.

The Weather And Hike Of The Week
It has been hot outside. Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches this week’s weather forecast.

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Books
3:11 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Memoir Recommendations

Librarian Nancy Pearl
KUOW Photo

If you are looking for a good memoir to read, here are a few of Nancy Pearl’s suggestions.

"A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana," by Haven Kimmel

"Cakewalk: A Memoir," by Kate Moses

"The World’s Strongest Librarian," by Josh Hanagarne

"Between Terror and Tourism," by Michael Mewshaw

"Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown," by Paul Theroux

"Stop-Time," by Frank Conroy

"Mountain City," by Gregory Martin

"Going Back to Bisbee," by Richard Shelton

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Books
10:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Nancy Pearl On Memoirs And This Week In Olympia

Librarian Nancy Pearl action figure.
KUOW Photo

This Week In Olympia
The special session of the Washington state legislature kicks off next week. Everett Herald columnist Jerry Cornfield tells us what sticking points remain as legislators prepare to get back to business.
 

Nancy Pearl On Memoirs

The Seattle Public Library picked a memoir for their city-wide reading program this year.  What makes a good memoir?  What are the strengths and weaknesses of the genre?  Book commentator Nancy Pearl, muses about memoirs and takes your calls at 800.289.5869. You can also write to us at weekday@kuow.org.

News & Analysis
9:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

The Week Ahead In Washington DC, Charles Ives, And Digital Manners

A rise in texting at dinner has given rise to a popular game: Participants place their phones in a stack in the middle of the table at a restaurant. The first person to cave in and answer a call or text pays for the rest of the table.
Flickr Photo/Ted Eytan

The Week Ahead In Washington, D.C.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking up an immigration bill. Amendments are being added to the bill that might threaten whether or not it passes. Also, the fight is on over how the United States should intervene in Syria. CBS News' Jill Jackson looks ahead at this week in Washington, D.C. 

Composer Charles Ives
Charles Ives is remembered as one of America’s most important and influential composers of the 20th century.  Yet this artist’s relationship with composition, musicians and the musical establishment in America was controversial and complex.  He was American to the core, but also a puzzling musical outsider. The UW School of Music hosts a Festival of Ives this week.

How To Behave In A Digital World
Do you text at the dinner table? Can you tag your friends in photos on Facebook without their permission? Should you play Angry Birds at work or in the dentist's office? While the Internet might seem like the perfect place for “anything goes” behavior, there is an etiquette to how and when we use it. Author Daniel Post Senning gives advice on the proper use of our technologies in his new book, "Manners in the Digital World."

News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Your Take On The News

KUOW News/Liz Jones

It’s Friday — time to review the week’s news with Joni BalterEli Sanders and Knute Berger. It was a busy week in the Northwest.

Seattle's hopes for an NBA team were all but crushed. Although it isn't official, the seven owners in the NBA's relocation committee unanimously voted to reject Chris Hansen's bid to move the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. 

Another May Day has ended in tear gas, overshadowing a day of peaceful demonstrations. 

The candidates for Seattle's mayoral race faced off for the first time and the Police Guild has reached a contract deal. 

That was just the news from Seattle, what are the stories that caught your attention this week? Call us 206.543.5869, email weekday@kuow.org or use #weekinreview to share your thoughts with us on Twitter during the show.

Culture and Events
9:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

DUI Laws, Gluten-Free Cooking, And Chick Corea

Flickr user/Alberto Cabello

The Ramifications Of Stricter DUI Laws
According to the state patrol there are 40,000 people arrested for DUIs each year in Washington state. Many are first time offenders.  Some are addicts.  Lawmakers and citizens are calling for stricter DUI laws.  KUOW’s Patricia Murphy explains the impact on the working poor,  the cottage industries built on DUI convictions and how offenders are able to game the system.

Every Day Recipes For Living Gluten-Free
Shauna Ahern, the Gluten-Free Girl, says gluten-free cooking can be fast, delicious and healthy. She has written a new cookbook of everyday gluten-free recipes. While eating gluten-free might seem daunting at first, Shauna and her husband Daniel Ahern have put together a book full of recipes for a diverse palate.

Pianist And Composer Chick Corea
Pianist and composer Chick Corea has touched almost all the musical bases during a career that has spanned almost five decades.  From avant garde to bebop to Latin fusion, Corea has experimented and mastered multiple jazz styles and has won a loyal following of fans and critics.

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Jazz Performance
9:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Chick Corea: "Darn That Dream"

Chick Corea and Marcie Sillman
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Chick Corea plays "Darn That Dream"

Pianist and composer Chick Corea has touched almost all the musical bases during a career that has spanned almost five decades.  From avant garde to bebop to Latin fusion, Corea has experimented and mastered multiple jazz styles and has won a loyal following of fans and critics.

Marcie Sillman interviews Chick Corea

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Arts and Entertainment
10:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Seattle Reads Gregory Martin, And Comics On The Radio

Cover of Gregory Martin's "Stories For Boys."

 

Seattle Reads: Gregory Martin
What would you do if you found out that your 65-year-old father had attempted suicide? Or that he’d been sexually abused by his own father? Or that he’d been a closeted gay man throughout 39 years of marriage? Gregory Martin learned all this one evening, and it changed his relationship with his parents. Martin chronicles his experiences in the memoir "Stories for Boys," this year’s Seattle Reads book.

Radio Retrospective: Comics On The Radio
We’re familiar with comics being adapted to the big screen. But you might not know that comic strip adaptations aren’t new. Comics were also adapted into radio dramas. There’s Blondie, Archie Andrews, and Superman, and that’s just the beginning.  Listen back to the comics strips of the radio.

A Lunch Recommendation
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!

International News
9:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Crisis In Syria, Winning The White House, And Ezra Dickinson

A young man in Raqqa City, Syria.
Flickr Photo/Beshr O

  A Look At The Humanitarian Crisis In Syria
President Obama has said that although we have evidence of chemical weapons being used inside of Syria, they don’t know when or who used them. While the administration is considering increasing aid to the country, it has stopped short of providing lethal aid to rebel groups. Two years after the start of the revolution, Syria has descended into a civil war with over 70,000 citizens killed and over one million refugees seeking asylum outside of the country.

Winning The White House In 2016: Rule 5
Are presidents today more empathetic than they were in the past? To win the presidency in 2016, a candidate must seem to deeply care about American citizens. University of Washington department of communication chair and professor David Domke explains why that is the expectation now and how it is different from the past.

Art Of Our City: Mother For You I Made This
Dancer and choreographer Ezra Dickinson created a series of solos to honor the woman who guided him to a dance career, his mother. But Ezra Dickinson has a different relationship with his parent than the one most of us have.  Dickinson’s mother is schizophrenic, and she spent a good portion of her adult life on the streets.  He has woven the solos together into a single performance he hopes will spark conversation about the American mental health system.

News & Analysis
10:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce

Canadian flag.
Flickr Photo/Christopher Policarpio

BC’s Premier Candidates Meet In First Debate
The four candidates who want to be British Columbia’s next premier met for their first TV debate on Monday night. Jobs and the economy topped the agenda. Analysts say the embattled Liberal Party premier didn’t get the knock out she needed to hold on to her job. Vaughn Palmer of the Vancouver Sun joins us to discuss the election.

When Words Don’t Matter: The Non-Verbal In Movies
The classic science fiction film from Stanley Kubrick, "2001: A Space Odyssey," told much of its story through image, gesture and sound. The spoken word was often secondary to the plot. According to film critic Robert Horton, a new film, "Renoir," relies on images to convey mood and feeling to moderate success.

Grocery Delivery Services Benefit The Environment
A new University of Washington study suggests that deliveries by trucks are actually better for the environment than each of us driving to the store in our own cars. That might be good news for Amazon Fresh. The company has been testing this grocery delivery service in Seattle since 2007. There are indications Amazon is planning to expand Fresh to other markets. Todd Bishop explores how Amazon Fresh and other grocery delivery services are faring.

Social Issues
9:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

May Day, Mike Daisey's New Show, And Deborah Madison On Vegetable Literacy

Cover of "Vegetable Literacy" by Deborah Madison.

The Labor History Of May Day
On International Workers Day, much of the world celebrates the labor movement. In Seattle, thousands are expected for a rally and march for worker and immigrant rights as well as smaller “anti-capitalist” protests. University of Washington professor George Lovell joins us to talk about May Day’s origins.

Solo Performer And Storyteller, Mike Daisey
Mike Daisey is known for his edgy and thought-provoking solo performances. His monologue "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" was downloaded over 100,000 times in the first week of its release. It also caused a rift between Daisey and This American Life host Ira Glass when it was discovered that the script blurred the line between fact and fiction.

Deborah Madison Improves Your Vegetable Literacy
You recognize a carrot, no doubt, but do you know what vegetable family it belongs to? The carrot is related to dill, parsley, anise and cumin. That’s why their flavors go together so well. Vegetarian cooking expert Deborah Madison is the chef and author behind “Vegetable Literacy.”

Science and Nature
10:00 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Placenta And Autism Risk, Vegan Before Six, And Greendays

Abnormal placental folds signal possible autism risk at birth.
Patrick Lynch, Yale University, 2013

Placenta Offers Insight Into Autism Risk
New autism research shows that babies born with a high genetic risk for the disorder were more likely to have abnormal folds and creases in their placentas.  However, Dr. Harvey Kliman says that it is much too early to say that an examination of the placenta could be used as a definitive test for autism at birth.

VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 At Night
Could you eat vegan? If you could, research strongly suggests you’d be healthier, weigh less and perhaps even have a sharper brain. But could you find the discipline? Mark Bittman has a plan for you. The New York Times food columnist has written "VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 To Lose Weight and Restore Your Health …. For Good."

What Plant, Where And When?
We are in the midst of plant-sale season. So how do you choose the perennial in spring that will survive the summer and look great next year? The Greendays gardening panel has some simple rules to follow for picking the right plant and taking care of it.

Sports
9:00 am
Tue April 30, 2013

A Win For Sacramento, The Special Session, And "The Night Detectives"

Cover of "The Night Detectives" by Jon Talton.

NBA Says No To Seattle
The NBA has thrown cold water on Chris Hansen’s plans to bring the Sonics back to Seattle. The league’s relocation committee voted unanimously to keep the Kings in Sacramento. Art Thiel writes that Seattle can be to the NBA what Los Angeles is to NFL. Seattle still waits at the altar for an expansion team.

Jon Talton: Not Just An Economics Columnist
Jon Talton frequently analyzes business in the Pacific Northwest on Weekday, but he’s not just an economics columnist. He’s also a mystery writer. "The Night Detectives" is his 10th novel. It takes us from the familiar haunts of Phoenix to the seedy side of San Diego with his main character, David Mapstone.

Jay Inlsee’s Bottom Line
Governor Jay Inlsee says his bottom line is ending tax breaks and adding new tax revenue to the state budget. He will get that chance to draw that line in the special legislative session he has called for in two weeks.

The Weather And Hike Of The Week
Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.

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