Photographing Midway Island Seattle-based photographer Chris Jordan has traveled around the world to document mass consumption and the waste that results from it. His most recent work is focused on Midway Island, an atoll thousands of miles from the nearest land mass. Jordan documented the impact of ocean detritus on Midway’s native albatross species. The result is Jordan’s first film, to be released later this year. But “Midway” is about more than birds. How did this work affect the photographer himself?
Understanding Post Traumatic Stress And Traumatic Brain Injuries There are many invisible wounds soldiers in combat face. Thirty-six percent of soldiers have traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress as a result of their time in the military. General Peter Chiarelli retired from his position as Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army after serving as a combat commander in Iraq for two tours. He is now the CEO of One Mind for Research, where he works to get rid of the stigma service members and veterans face when they seek assistance for PTSD and traumatic brain injury.
Seattle’s Egyptian Theatre To Close One of Seattle’s landmark movie theaters is set to close at the end of the month. The Egyptian Theatre will close its doors on June 27. The Capitol Hill Seattle blog had the story over the weekend. Justin Carder, publisher of the Capitol Hill Seattle blog discusses the closure.
Earthquake Preparedness We all now know a mega 9.0 earthquake is due to ravage the Northwest sometime between now and the next 400 years. We just don’t know when. So how do you prepare for that? John Schelling is the Earthquake/Tsunami Program Manager for Washington State Emergency Management Division, he explains the best practices for earthquake preparedness and safety tips.
Worth Listening To: A Music Recommendation Are you stuck in a music listening rut? We are surrounded by new music and innovative artists. Branch out! New music recommendations every Tuesday at 9:20 a.m. This time Seattle Weekly classical music writer Gavin Borchert recommends Seattle musician Hope Wechkin.
Anticipating The Big Northwest Earthquake There was a time, 90 years ago when the Puget Sound area was declared “earthquake-proof” by a prominent geologist. As scientists have continued to study the Northwest, however, they’ve come to realize that statement couldn’t be further from the truth. This area is in fact prone to not just earthquakes, but mega-quakes too. Sandi Doughton, science reporter for The Seattle Times explains what scientists know about the “the big one" that is due to strike the region.
Medical Malpractice Medical professionals occasionally make mistakes. Other times, a patient believes a mistake has been made. Both scenarios lead to lawsuits. What's it like for a doctor sued by a patient? What advice do lawyers give to doctors who have made a mistake? Are medical lawsuits elevating the cost of medical care in the United States? Phil deMaine and retired doctor Jim deMaine talk about the costs of medical malpractice.
How "Hairspray" Changed 5th Avenue Theatre It’s been a decade since Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre launched the musical “Hairspray.” It went on to win Broadway’s highest honor, the Tony award. How did that experience change the 5th Avenue? Artistic director David Armstrong explains how one big hit can transform a regional arts organization.
This Week In Olympia Budget talks between state lawmakers have reached into a second special legislative session. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a look at what’s happening this week in Olympia.
An Ecologically Responsible Summer Ah, summer. Fire up the grill. Mow the lawn. Sprinkle the garden. Breathe in the AC. Wait! Is there a way to do all this in an ecologically friendly way? We get advice from Tom Watson, EcoConsumer.
"TransAtlantic" Author Colum McCann Bestselling author Colum McCann talks about his new novel "TransAtlantic."
It’s Friday—time to talk over the week’s news. Without a budget deal Governor Inslee says the government will shut down. The Seattle City Council is calling to close Nickelsville, the tent city for some of the homeless in Seattle. Will shutting things down fix the problems? Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, Knute Berger of Crosscut and Eli Sandersof the Stranger discuss the week's news.
Don't Patent Human Genes In a unanimous vote the United State Supreme Court has said you may not patent human genes. The biotech company Myriad Genetics patented BRCA 1 and BRCA 2, the genes that have been found to be linked to breast and ovarian cancer. Dr. Mary-Claire King first found evidence of the existence of the BRCA 1 gene while working at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. King will explain what the Supreme Court’s decision means for the science and research community.
Science News, It's Not Just Nobel Anymore Many have heard of the Nobel Prize, but it is no longer the only big prize scientist receive. There has been a rise in scientific awards that come with a million dollar bonus. Science journalist Zeeya Merali explains how these new awards can benefit and hurt the scientific community.
Letters From Famous Fathers What would you put in a letter to your son or daughter? How do you transcend the moment and pen words of advice or love that they can carry with them all their lives? Paul Stetler asked himself those question when he sat down to write a letter to his son. He was inspired by a letter his dad had written to him years ago. It became the subject of a new play Stetler has curated called "Dear Dad." The play features the intimate letters of famous American fathers, from John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan to John Steinbeck and Jackson Pollock.
Understanding The Facts Behind Human Trafficking Is Seattle the number one place for sex trafficking in the country? Is Washington state third in the country? That’s what some people are hearing. Facts and figures are used to inform the public and lawmakers about human trafficking but misinformation can be passed on as well. KUOW’s Sara Lerner joins us to explain how we get the right and wrong information about human trafficking.
Reflections On Commencement Seattle’s Tom Doelger has been teaching English to high school students at Lakeside School since 1985. This time of year he’s often called on to speak to graduating students and their families. Doegler's reflections on life’s crossroads are always drawn from his own personal experiences. Doegler's path to teaching was an unlikely one. He underwent a jarring life transition as he moved from the glamorous world of 1970s Aspen, Colo. ski patrol to a job teaching writing to middle schoolers. Doelger speaks with KUOW’s Dave Beck about his book “On Occasion: Tom Doelger Speaks.”
The Woman Behind “Let’s Pretend” There weren’t a lot of female directors during the Golden Age of Radio. Nila Mack was one of the few who earned herself an office on the 14th floor of CBS beside Edward R. Murrow.
Recommended Eating Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!
Art Of Our City You may not know his name, but you’ve probably seen Seattle-based artist Buster Simpson’s work. On First Avenue, you’ll find a couple of stone benches made by Simpson more than three decades ago, partly so the Belltown homeless people would have a place to sit. He’s installed some creative downspouts on buildings on Belltown’s Vine Street, part of an unrealized project that would crack open the asphalt that covers the street and turn Vine into a green belt that runs into Elliot Bay. Buster Simpson almost always works in public, and almost always addresses issues that affect our natural and built environment. The Frye Museum has mounted a 40 year retrospective. It’s called “Buster Simpson: Surveyor.”
Dan Savage On Faith, Sex, Love And Politics Dan Savage is an author, activist and nationally syndicated columnist. He writes the weekly “Savage Love” column and hosts Savage Lovecast, one of the most downloaded podcasts on iTunes. In 2010, Savage and his husband Terry Miller launched the It Gets Better online video project to help LGBT teens. In his latest book “American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics,” he explores issues such as health care, gun control, marriage equality and more.
The Rise In Heroin Use There has been an alarming rise in the number of young people using heroin according to a newly released UW study. What is causing the increase? Heroin users are hard to monitor. What numbers were crunched to give us these latest statistics? Caleb Banta-Green researched and authored the report on “Heroin Trends Across Washington State.”
Nancy Pearl Recommends Mysteries Book commentator Nancy Pearl stops by with a brief book recommendation for your summer reading. This week she recommends "The Last Policeman" by Ben Winters and "Crashed" by Timothy Hallinan.
What's In The Fridge? Americans waste a lot of food, partly because we don’t know how to reinvent our leftovers. The Chef in the Hat regularly helps us imagine new cooking ideas. So look in your fridge, and tell us what you have on hand. Then call 206.543.5869 and Thierry Rautureau will tell invent a new meal for you tonight!
A Trip To The SPD Evidence Warehouse Crime is in the news every day, and each case has evidence that has to be stored somewhere. The Seattle Police Department’s evidence warehouse is full of guns and drugs as you might expect, but it also houses the unexpected. Items like a massage table, a brass bed, skis and arrows. Katy Sewall takes a peek behind the scenes.
Jerick Hoffer AKA Jinkx Monsoon Fresh off his win on the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and ahead of a performance in Hairspray at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, we talk with actor, singer and performer Jerick Hoffer, stage name Jinkx Monsoon.
Greendays Gardening Our expert gardening panel knows flowers, native plants and vegetables. Have a question? They offer guidance for your garden every Tuesday. Email your question to Weekday.
“Alive and Well” At SIFF The documentary “Alive and Well” takes viewers inside the lives of seven people who have been affected by Huntington’s disease. From those who carry the gene to family members turned caregivers, the film tells the story of what it’s like to live with a genetic, neurological disorder. Huntington’s disease is degenerative, slowly breaking down the nerve cells of the brain. A person with a parent with Huntington’s has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the gene mutation. Director Josh Taft and executive producer Liz Weber explain their motivation for making the film.
Islam’s “Spiritual Gems” Nearly a quarter of the world’s population looks to the Qur’an for spiritual guidance. What does the Islamic holy book have to say about life? Katy Sewall talks with Jamal Rahman, author of “Spiritual Gems of Islam.”
Weather and Hike of the Week Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.
Indefinite Stay For Guantanamo Detainees David Marshall is a Seattle Attorney who has been representing Ahmed Ajam since 2007. Ajam has been a prisoner of Guantanamo for 11 years. According to Marshall, Ajam, a Syrian who was in the wrong place at the wrong time in Pakistan, was cleared for release by military authorities but remains in Guantanamo because Congress restricts the transfer of detainees.Marshall explains the state his client is living in and the complications of representing clients held at Guantanamo Bay prison.
Uncomfortable Truths About Modern Air Travel “Sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight.” It’s getting harder and harder to do that, isn’t it? Seating is getting tighter. Bags are up to you. Costs are going up. Aviation expert Mark Gerchick explains what’s really going on behind the scenes in his book "Full Upright and Locked Position: Not-So-Comfortable Truths about Air Travel Today."
A Conversation With Jamie And Karen Moyer For Seattle Mariners fans, the last decade has been a huge disappointment. In fact, the last time the team made the playoffs was in 2001. That season, the M’s won 116 regular season games – which tied the all-time record.
A huge part of their success that season was starting pitcher Jamie Moyer. The soft-tossing left hander won 20 games. He left the Mariners in 2006, but kept on playing. He won a World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. And last year, Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher in major league baseball to earn a win at the age of 49. In addition to a long and prosperous baseball career, Moyer and his wife Karen have dedicated their lives to charity. They stopped by to chat about The Moyer Foundation, Jamie’s baseball career and why they still love Seattle.
This Week In Olympia State lawmakers are in deep budget negotiations in the final days of the special legislative session. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a look at what’s happening this week in Olympia.
Cellist Joshua Roman Cellist Joshua Roman is back in town for a world-premiere performance at Town Hall Seattle, where he’s artistic director of the TownMusic series. He talks with us ahead of a performance tomorrow night with his JACK Quartet.
Sounds Of Our Everyday Everyday Weekday listeners send us the sound of their day. From a chatty sheep to the crunch of a walk through the snow, we find a variety of natural sounds in our everyday urban environment. Members of the Seattle Phonographers Union explain what attracts us to these sounds in the first place and how we can better appreciate the symphony of our everyday sonic landscape.