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Everyday Sounds
9:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

This Week In Olympia, Joshua Roman And Sounds Of The Everyday

Cellist Joshua Roman.
Flickr Photo/Gisela Giardino

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.

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Your Take On The News
10:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

New Nonprofit, County Executive, And Special Session

Former sheriff John Lovick took over for Aaron Reardon on Monday as Snohomish County Executive following a series of scandals.
Courtesy Snohomish County Sheriff's Office

 Your Take On The News
Former Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna has launched a new web site and nonprofit, leading people to wonder whether or not he is done with politics. Snohomish County now has a new County Executive, John Lovick. The former sheriff took the position Monday. Governor Inslee has been criticized for the lack of progress being made on the budget and without a deal there may be a second special session for the Washington state legislature. Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, The Stranger’s Eli Sanders and Crosscut’s Knute Berger join us to wrap up the week’s news.

Ask The Attorney General
9:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, And Science News

A federal judge has ordered Washington state to fix hundreds of culverts allow water to flow underneath roads.
Flickr Photo/Tom Gill

 Ask State Attorney General Bob Ferguson
A federal judge has ordered Washington state to fix hundreds of culverts allow water to flow underneath roads. Many Washington Indian Tribes claim the culverts block salmon passages. Why is state attorney general Bob Ferguson appealing that ruling? Also, what’s the possibility the state might sue over leaking tanks at Hanford? And what’s happening with the process to legalize marijuana? Ferguson joins us this hour to take your questions. Send yours now to Weekday.

Science News
Xconomy’s Luke Timmerman brings us the latest news in biotechnology.

Weekend Weather
State climatologist Nick Bond joins us with a weekend weather forecast.

Radio Retrospective
10:00 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Patent Trolls, Dinosaurs, And The Golden Age Of Radio

Brian Sweetek's book "My Beloved Brontosaurus."

Patent Trolls Explained
This week President Obama proposed a series of reforms to crack down on “patent trolls.” One proposal would require patent holders to disclose their ties to other companies. We talk with professor Sean O’Connor of the University of Washington School of Law about whether or not patent trolls can be tamed by Congress.

New Science Meets Our Favorite Dinosaurs
The creatures that have run, soared, slithered, paddled, pulsed and gyrated across water, sea and sky captivate our imaginations. Continuing research brings new theories, new data and new fossils to study.  Brian Sweetek writes about our evolving understanding in “My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs.”

Radio Retrospective: Who Played It Better?
Shows like “The Shadow” and “The Lone Ranger” had decade long runs during radio’s Golden Age.  If an actor playing the title role resigned, executives hired someone new to play the part. Who played it better?  We attempt to answer that question by listening to different actors playing the same role.

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!

Staging Science
9:00 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Pamela Reed's New Play, And Brian Greene On The Cosmos

Brian Greene's book "Icarus at the Edge of Time."

Art Of Our City
What happens when the liberal-minded daughter of conservative parents decides to write a tell-all memoir?  That’s the premise behind “Other Desert Cities,” a new play opening this week at ACT Theatre.  Actress Pamela Reed, best known for her role in the television show Parks and Recreation, plays the mother. We’ll ask her about the play and her acting career.

Understanding The Multiverse
If the universe we live in is just one of many other universes, how did we come to be and can we reconcile our own inferiority? Columbia University theoretical physicist Brian Greene has been exploring the world  of cosmology for nearly four decades. His research seeks to find answers to questions about time and space, the world we inhabit, and how we can better understand it. In addition to explaining the universe, Greene also penned the children’s book “Icarus at the Edge of Time.” Now "Icarus" is on the stage in a multimedia drama that features an original orchestral score by Philip Glass. We’ll talk with Greene about the staging of his scientific children’s book and about the latest secrets the universe has revealed.

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Worst Movies
10:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

The Five Worst Movies Of All Time, Business News And News From Canada

Flickr Photo/Jennifer Finley

  Canada, Culture And Commerce
Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news about the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. Then, the craft of filmmaking is celebrated during the Seattle International Film Festival.  “Professor” Fred Hopkins celebrates film every day of his life with one catch: He loves the bad movies best.  Hopkins selects the five worst movies of all time, and explains why you should watch them.  Then, Jon Talton talks about China's expanding economic reach and marks the four year anniversary of the end of the recession.

Baseball and Books
9:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

The State Of Mariners Baseball, And Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini's book "And the Mountains Echoed."

What’s The Fate Of The M’s Leadership?
Five years ago, Seattle Mariners’ General Manager Jack Zduriencik was hired to completely revamp a struggling franchise. Half a decade on, progress has been hard to find. The team is sitting near the bottom of their division. They’ve scored the second fewest runs in the American League. And their core of young hitters has been a huge disappointment. Weekday discusses the future of the Mariners with help from Larry Stone, who covers major league baseball for The Seattle Times.

Khaled Hosseini: "And The Mountains Echoed"
In 2003, Afghan-born author Khaled Hosseini set the literary world ablaze with his best-selling novel “The Kite Runner.” Along with his 2007 follow-up “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” Hosseini has sold more than 38 million books around the world. His latest novel, “And The Mountains Echoed,” which spans six decades and several continents, tells the story of an Afghan family torn apart by time and distance. Told from the perspective of many characters, the sprawling narrative delves deep into what it means to be bonded by family.

Faith And Gardening
10:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Seattle Public School's Special Ed Problem, The Interfaith Amigos, And Greendays Gardening

The Interfaith Amigos
Flickr Photo/University of Denver

 State To Seattle Public Schools: Fix Problems In Special Ed
Seattle Public Schools receive $11 million per year from the federal government designated for special education. The district is now in a danger of losing that money if they don’t fix a number of problems identified by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The mandate came down last week. Where is Seattle Public Schools’ special ed program falling short? And what solutions are the state proposing? We’ll get some answers this morning from education reporter Ann Dornfeld.

The Interfaith Amigos On Religious Practices That Could Benefit The Non-Religious
Many people in our region are religious, and many are not. The Interfaith Amigos share the teachings, meditations and practices from their religious traditions that would be a positive addition to all of our lives, even the non-religious.

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

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Elwha River
9:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Snohomish County Executive, New Music Recommendation, And Lynda Mapes

The lower Elwha Dam is no more, but there are still questions about the eco recovery of this system.
Flickr Photo/brewbooks

 Snohomish County's New Executive
Former Snohomish County Sheriff John Lovick has been sworn in as the new Snohomish County Executive. He replaces former executive Aaron Reardon who left the office amid a series of scandals. Lovick said he hopes to “change the tone and tenor of county government” in his term. He talks about the challenges and opportunity awaiting him as Snohomish County Executive.

New Music Recommendation
Are you stuck in a music listening rut?  We are surrounded by new music and innovative artists.  Branch out! Ma'Chell Duma LaVassar shares thoughts on the women of Northwest music, past and present. 
Elwha: River Reborn, A Conversation With Lynda Mapes
After decades of debate, the two dams on the Elwha River are down.  Scientists are watching to see if the traditional salmon runs return and how that will impact the ecosystem near this river on the Olympic Peninsula.  Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes has followed this story.  Her new book, “Elwha: River Reborn,” chronicles the history, the controversy and the aftermath of the dam removal.

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

Nancy Pearl
2:57 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Biography Recommendations

Librarian Nancy Pearl action figure.
KUOW Photo

If you are looking for a good biography to read, Nancy Pearl recommended a few on Weekday with Marcie Sillman.

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10:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Nancy Pearl On Biography

Nancy Pearl
KUOW Photo

Book commentator Nancy Pearl recommends her favorite biographies: David McCullough's "Mornings on Horseback," Robert Massie's "Catherine the Great," and Robert Caro's "The Years of Lyndon Johnson."

Arts and Entertainment
9:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

News From Olympia, Kyle MacLachlan, And "The Boys In The Boat"

Kyle MacLachlan and Lara Flynn Boyle from "Twin Peaks" at the 42nd Emmy Awards Governors Ball, September 1990.
Flickr Photo/Alan Light

This Week In Olympia
The state legislature begins week four of the special session today. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a  look at what to expect.

An Interview With Actor Kyle MacLachlan
“Who Killed Laura Palmer?” You may remember that phrase from the 1990 TV show "Twin Peaks" – which was set and filmed here in the Northwest. The short-lived series was a cultural phenomenon during its two year run – due in part to eccentric FBI agent Dale Cooper, played memorably by Yakima-native Kyle MacLachlan. In the 1980s, MacLachlan began his career starring in the David Lynch films "Dune" and "Blue Velvet." His other credits include "The Doors," "Showgirls," "Sex and the City" and "Desperate Housewives." More recently, he’s portrayed the mayor of Portland, in the sketch comedy series "Portlandia."

"The Boys In The Boat" Author Daniel James Brown
In 1936, as the US was starting to recover from the Great Depression, a group of University of Washington students won the right to represent the country at the Berlin Olympic Games. The story of how the Husky varsity crew team beat the competition and took home a gold medal has become legend in rowing circles.  Writer Daniel James Brown looks behind the news event to the story of how this group of young men came together as a unified crew.

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Your Take On The News
10:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

News In Review: A Collapsed Bridge, Fast Food Strike And SPD Violations

Fast food workers across the nation, including Seattle, launched a strike for better conditions and wages.
Flickr Photo/Chris Dilts

It’s Friday—time to talk over the week’s news. We review what the legislature plans to do with state infrastructure following the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge. The Seattle Police Department acknowledged it broke public record laws when it withheld an internal memo from the Seattle Times following the 2012 May Day demonstrations. Fast food workers across Seattle went on a 24-hour strike in solidarity with fast food workers from around the country.

What stories caught your attention? What hasn’t been covered enough? Tell us your take on the news by writing to Weekday.

Weight Debate
9:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Weight's Effect On Longevity, And Musician Stone Gossard

Stone Gossard, taken at Pike Place Market's 100th Anniversary.
Flickr Photo/Dan Muller

Science News: Understanding Scientific Data
Earlier this year research conducted by epidemiologist Katherine Flegal suggested that people who are “overweight” might live longer than those who are considered “thin” or “obese.” Her paper angered many in the public health sector whose research has long suggested that extra weight hurts a person’s health. One in particular, Dr. Walter Willett, the head of nutrition at Harvard’s School of Public Health, called Flegal’s study a “pile of rubbish.” Science writer Virginia Hughes explains the study and why it is being criticized.

Stone Gossard's New Album: "Moonlander"
Ten weeks prior to its release date, Seattle musician Stone Gossard began releasing songs off his new album "Moonlander" one week at a time. It is his second solo album since 2001. In addition to his solo career, Gossard continues to make music with Pearl Jam. Gossard joins us to discuss music, his career and his new album.

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Kenya Post-Election Violence
10:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Report On Kenya, Early Brain Responses To Language, And The Rules Of Writing Radio Drama

In 2010, 1 in 120 public school students were counted in Washington's autism child count.
KUOW/Serene Careaga

Kenyan Truth Justice And Reconciliation Report
Last week a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission delivered a report on 2007 post-election violence in Kenya that killed more than 1,000 people and left 600,000 homeless. Seattle University law professor Ronald Slye was one of three international commissioners. He joins us with a look at the findings.

Understanding Developmental Outcomes In Children With Autism
By studying brain pattern responses to words in 2-year-olds with autism spectrum disorder, researchers have been able to predict a child's linguistic, cognitive and adaptive skills at age 4 and 6. Dr. Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Science, studies early language and brain development. She lead the study and explains its implications.  

Radio Retrospective: The Rules Of Writing Radio Drama
At the start of radio’s Golden Age, people didn’t know how to write for radio.  They remade stage plays and movies, but that didn’t really work. Rules for writing a good radio drama developed over time. We explore the main rules scriptwriters followed.

Restaurant 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!