Summer blockbuseters, or "popcorn movies," often get a bad rap for lack of originality, particularly when it comes to the sequel genre. But what separates a multi-part franchise and a series of sequels?
Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. Also, why is Hollywood releasing “Fast and Furious 6” and “The Hangover 3?” Are these true sequels or film franchises? Film critic Robert Horton muses. Then, Michael Parks brings us the latest business news and reveals which Northwest workers are paid best.
News From Congress: Rep. Jim McDermott Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington's 7th District in Congress joins us to discuss how congressmen and woman have become essential advocates for safer infrastructure after a crisis hits their district. McDermott is calling for more resources to avoid disasters like the Skagit River bridge collapse. Also, the latest on the IRS, the Affordable Care Act and the Alaska Pebble Mine.
Rite Of Spring Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Paris premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky. The performance provoked a riot. Critics and audience members wrote afterwards there was so much noise that the dancers couldn’t hear the music over the audience boos. What made "Rite of Spring" so provocative? Why has its centennial been marked by contemporary artists and academics around the world? Marcie Sillman and Dave Beck explore the history and legacy of "The Rite of Spring."
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers Washington’s 5th Congressional District Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers joins us to talk about transportation priorities following the Skagit River Bridge collapse, federal budget talks, immigration reform and more.
Scatter, Adapt And Remember: How Humans Will Survive A Mass Extinction Science writer Annalee Newitz’s new book is about hope. Hope that human kind will be able to survive the impending doom that threatens to send us into another mass extinction. Newitz outlines the current scientific discoveries that might help humans survive the next big disaster.
Greendays Gardening Panel Our panel of gardening experts knows flowers, native plants and vegetables. They join us with garden guidance every Tuesday. Have a question? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week In Olympia State lawmakers begin week three of the special legislative session today. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a look at what to expect.
Comic Actress Kate Hess Parodies Masterpiece Theater Everyone loves “Downton Abbey” these days and Hollywood is paying attention by hiring British actors for American roles. Are American actors hired in Britain? Not really. Katy Sewall talks with writer and actress Kate Hess about the British invasion in her costume-drama parody, “Murder Abbey.”
How Should Doctors Navigate The Various Beliefs Of Dying Patients? Doctors treat a wide variety of patients. How well versed in world cultures and religion should doctors be? And how do encounters with dying patients change doctors' views of death? Katy Sewall talks with retired pulmonary/critical care doctor Jim deMaine.
The Weather And Hike Of The Week Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.
We'll get live updates from the scene of the bridge collapse in Skagit County from KUOW reporter Derek Wang.
In a major policy speech Thursday, President Obama defended his administration's use of unmanned drones, but vowed to scale back their use in the future. He also renewed efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. What are the unanswered questions about President Obama's counter-terrorism policy? What can we expect from the President moving forward?
The Seattle Mayor's race got a big shakeup recently when Tim Burgess abruptly dropped out of the contest. How will this affect the rest of the candidates? Who does it help and who does it hurt?
And on his first day on the job, interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel made some changes to his staff. Does this signal more changes to come at the SPD?
UPDATES: I-5 Skagit River Bridge We'll get updates from Travis Phelps, WSDOT communications manager, and Larry Ehl, publisher of Transportation Issues Daily and former WSDOT federal relations manager.
Science News Alan Boyle is science editor for NBC News Digital. From 3-D printed pizzas to the effects of climate change on tornados, he brings us the latest news in the world of science.
Northwest Folklife Festival The 42nd annual Northwest Folklife Festival kicks off today. What are the can't-miss performances, exhibits and events? We'll get a preview from Folklife's head of programming Debbie Fant. We'll explore the history of organized labor in Washington state with labor archivist Conor Casey. And we'll hear the tunes of Celtic fiddle music duo Brandon Vance and Mark Minkler.
"Weekday" producer Katy Sewall (seated, left) her sophomore year, with her date, Per, and friends. Mercer Island High School theme in 1993 was the classic "Stairway to Heaven."
"The Conversation" producer Arwen Nicks (left) at one of the nine proms she attended (or crashed) throughout high school. Her dress was custom made by a friend for ease in changing her look for each prom.
Katy Sewall at prom number two, her junior year, with Joel. She didn't go to prom her senior year because "it wasn't worth spending $150."
General manager Wayne Roth and his lovely date smile for the camera before heading to a formal dance, sophomore year of college.
Stephanie Shandera, KUOW office manager, in her family living room before prom in Yakima, Wash. When asked if she made curfew that night she said, "I was Catholic girl. I followed the rules."
Bond Huberman, KUOW's social media producer, still has her prom dress. Her red tresses, however, are a distant memory. She and her lucky date are off to prom 2000 at the High School of Performing & Visual Arts, Houston, Texas.
Jenna Montgomery, director of digital media, with her prom date at Garfield High School, 1995. Her heels put her a good half-foot taller than her date. Talk about feeling on top of the world!
Web producer Kara McDermott's date asked her to prom by slipping the question into her favorite book, "Pride and Prejudice." She owns 10 copies of the book today and is still friends with the gentleman who took her to Issaquah High School's prom in 2005.
Lila Kitaeff, producer for KUOW's youth media program, and her date Dominic at Garfield's prom, 1996. They almost didn't make the dance; Dominic’s “hoopdiemobile” (affectionately, his car) wouldn't start after dinner.
In 1994, long before Ann Dornfeld covered Garfield High School as KUOW’s education reporter, she was just another GHS junior, dancing to R. Kelly amidst the purple taffeta with her date, Mort.
Program director Jeff Hansen with his date, Roxanne, before prom at Coon Rapids Senior High School. He wasn't in formal wear yet; he had to start his '55 Pontiac by crawling under it with a wrench.
Announcer Lisa Brooks with her date Ralph. They met working summers at Hershey Park. Prom was at a motor inn in Carlysle, Penn. Lisa had a fantastic time!
Underwriting representative Courtney Miller at the Idaho Falls High School junior prom, aptly named "Cool Change." Dig the light beams. Ah, 1980.
Seattle-Area Employment Picture Brightens The region's economic picture appears to be brightening as King County's unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in April. We hear why from Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton.
Call In: What Do You Remember About Prom? It’s prom season. When you were in high school, did you go to prom? What memory stands out years later? Maybe it’s the way you were asked to prom. Maybe it is some little detail you’ll never forget. Maybe what you remember is why you didn’t go to prom. Share your funny, touching, sweet and embarrassing memories of prom with us at 206.543.5869 or email email@example.com.
Radio Retrospective: Not all Sound Effects Jobs Are Created Equal Sound effects artists were in high demand during the golden age of radio. That doesn’t mean they were all equals; there definitely was a pecking order. We’ll find out what it was.
Boy Scouts of America Vote On Gay Scouts Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America are gathered in Texas for a historic vote to decide whether gay youth can participate in the Scouts. Former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna is an Eagle Scout and executive vice president of the Chief Seattle Council of the BSA. He joins us from Dallas.
Nancy Pearl Recommends Summer Books What should you be reading on airplanes, road trips, while lounging on the beach or unwinding during those long summer evenings? Nancy Pearl has a few recommendations to keep your mind and spirit entertained during the summer months.
Home Repair Advice With Roger Faris How’s your home holding up? Maybe you have some projects you have been meaning to get to. Get help this morning from home repair expert Roger Faris who will be on hand to take your calls at 206.543.5869 around 9:30 a.m. You can also email your questions right now to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canada, Culture And Commerce Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer explains why Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Chief of staff has resigned and what happens now. Film critic Robert Horton reviews the new "Star Trek" movie. Then in tech news, Todd Bishop reviews the next Xbox which Microsoft released Tuesday.
Senate Immigration Bill Moves Forward University of Washington professor Matt Barreto joins us to discuss the immigration bill that is moving through the Senate. The amended bill cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee with a bipartisan 13-5 vote and now moves to the Senate floor for a vote.
Planning Meals Vs. Takeout American families throw away a lot of food; about $2,275 worth every year according to a study by the Natural Resource Defense Council. Using shopping lists and planning a week’s worth of meals in advance can cut down on waste, but that requires a new way of thinking. Melissa Lanz joins us with ideas on how to shift our thinking and eating patterns.
Author Nathaniel Philbrick On "Bunker Hill" Nathaniel Philbrick’s award-winning books reveal forgotten moments and characters in American history. His latest effort “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution” looks at the tension-filled city of Boston in the months leading up to the American Revolution. Philbrick’s portrait of the city reveals deep divisions over the issue of independence from Britain. He recounts the little-known story of Dr. Joseph Warren, a young physician whose passion for independence fueled the Patriot cause and led to Warren’s much-lamented death in the Battle of Bunker Hill. KUOW’s Dave Beck speaks with Nathaniel Philbrick.
Speight Jenkins And The Appeal Of Wagner May 22 is the birthday of composer Richard Wagner. In honor of his 200th year the Seattle Opera will be hosting a Wagner singalong. The Puget Sound region has become a destination for Wagner fans and he is still beloved by operaphiles. Seattle Opera general director Speight Jenkins talks about the the composer’s appeal.
Greendays Gardening Panel Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, a native plant expert and a vegetable gardening expert. They answer your gardening questions every Tuesday. Email us at email@example.com with questions or post a comment on our Greendays Facebook page.
City Considers More Permanent Home for Nickelsville For two years, the temporary homeless camp that goes by Nickelsville has been parked in a vacant Southwest Seattle lot among the warehouses and shipping yards off West Marginal Way. This week city officials are taking up legislation that would allow Nickelsville to have a more permanent home. We talk with City Councilmember Nick Licata.
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 pianist Simone Dinnerstein and roots vocalist Tift Merritt.
Walter Mosley's "Little Green" It’s been more than 20 years since Walter Mosley introduced readers to L.A. detective Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins in his 1990 mystery “Devil in a Blue Dress.” In "Little Green" the iconic private eye Easy Rawlins returns to investigate L.A.'s Sunset Strip circa 1960. A writer of stories of redemption, Mosley describes this latest work as his "one and only novel of resurrection."
The Weather and Hike of the Week What happened to our sunshine? Michael Fagin will give us a forecast and a hike to match it.
Boeing 787 Back In The Air Boeing’s 787 has returned to the sky after a four-month grounding by the FAA when an United Airlines Dreamliner took off this morning from Houston en route to Chicago’s O’Hare airport. Richard Aboulafia, aerospace analyst with Teal Group Corporation explains the impact of the 787 on Boeing and its flight future.
In Search of the Ancient Maya Archaeologist William Saturno has spent decades studying, excavating and documenting the ancient Mayan culture. He was the first person in 2,000 years to see the San Bartolo murals, and he recently discovered proof that the Maya did not believe the world would end in 2012 as commonly thought. What did that feel like? How did ancient Maya become the center of his work? What can we learn from the Mayans?
Medical Interventions and the End of Life As science and technology improves, medicine changes. As Americans, we’ve come to expect that medical interventions can give us a new knee, help us survive cancer and help extend our lives far longer than in the past. But is intervention always a good idea? Retired doctor Jim deMain blogs about how to make decisions on when to end or extend life.
This Week In Olympia The state Legislature begins week two of the special session today. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a look at what to expect.
Traumatic Brain Injury Sarah was hit by a drunk driver in her 20s. Over the years, her brain has exhibited more and more signs of damage. Traumatic brain injury can present challenges and frustrations for partners as well. Sarah's long-term partner, Julie Hall, shares her personal story of loving, caring and coping with a partner with a brain injury.
The Autistic Brain Temple Grandin is one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. In her new book “The Autistic Brain,” Temple Grandin explores what current brain science has revealed about autism and the possibilities it offers.
The White House has received a lot of criticism this week over three issues that have gained national attention. A series of emails were released by the White House in relation to the Benghazi hearing. The IRS seems to have been targeting political leaning groups, in particular conservative ones, for audits. Journalists from the Associated Press had their phone records obtained by the government without their knowledge. How do these latest controversies effect the political climate in Washington D.C.?
Also, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has unveiled his top three budget priorities for the special session, the National Transportation Safety Board wants to lower the legal alcohol limit to 0.05, and 400 people showed up to a King County Council meeting this week to object to the potential cuts in bus service.