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Astronomical Phenomenon
9:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Dance Of The Planets, SuperFly Films, And War's Aftermath

The Theodore Jacobsen observatory on the University of Washington campus is a good place to observe this year's astronomical wonders.
Flickr Photo/Erin Kohlenberg

Dance Of The Planets
If you’ve looked up to the night sky lately you might have noticed the three brightest planets in our solar system, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury, orbiting close to each other. If not, this might be your last chance for a while to see “The Dance of Planets.” UW astronomy lecturer Toby Smith explains to us why the rotation of planets is significant and what other astronomical phenomenon we can watch for this year.

Art Of Our City
SuperFly Film making at the Seattle International Film Festival is a program that pairs up adult mentors with school-aged aspiring filmmakers. Many local filmmakers say the program helped launch their careers.  This year’s crop of young filmmakers will screen their work on Saturday evening. Find out how 12-year-old Solomon and his mentor BC Campbell worked together.

The Mission Is Never Over
Ten years ago on May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush declared major combat over in Iraq. That wasn’t accurate and according to Captain Ed Hrivnak, retired Air Force Flight Nurse, the announcement had a deep seated psychological impact on the troops serving. Hrivnak has written "Wounded," a book based on the journal he kept while caring for wounded servicemen at the start of the invasion of Iraq.

Sequels Vs. Franchises
10:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

News From Canada, Movie Franchises And Best Paid Northwest Workers

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?
Flickr Photo/Steve Snodgrass

 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.

Anniversary of Provocative Ballet
9:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Rep. Jim McDermott And Rite Of Spring

Composer Igor Stravinsky incited public uproar with his groundbreaking piece "Rite of Spring."
Wikipedia Photo

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."

Congressional Politics
10:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Surviving Mass Extinction And Gardening

Annalee Newitz’s new book is about surviving the next big disaster.

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 weekday@kuow.org.

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End Of Life Issues
9:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Olympia, Actress Kate Hess, And A Doctor's View Of Death

Kate Hess will perform "Murder Abbey" at Annex Theatre, Seattle, May 29 and June 12.
Courtesy Kate Hess

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.

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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Your Take On The News

WSDOT engineers inspect the collapsed bridge over the Skagit River Thursday night.
Credit WSDOT Photo

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?

What stories that caught your attention this week? Call us at 800.289.5869, email weekday@kuow.org or send us a tweet @WeekdayKUOW.

Bridge Collapse
9:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

I-5 Bridge Collapse, Science News, And The Folklife Festival

Google Maps has already removed the bridge from their maps.
Google Maps

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.

Listener Call-In
10:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Memories Of Prom, And Jobs In Sound Effects

"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."

 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 weekday@kuow.org.

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.

A Lunch Recommendation
For our Thursday lunch recommendation, food writer Sara Dickerman profiles El Portal at Madison and 23rd. If you prefer to cook for yourself, she suggests “Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book.”

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Summer Reading List
9:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Boy Scouts Vote, Nancy Pearl On Summer Reads And Home Repair With Roger Faris

Flickr Photo/Tamara Evans


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 weekday@kuow.org.

Movies and Gaming
10:00 am
Wed May 22, 2013

The Canadian Justice System, A Review Of "Star Trek" And The New Xbox

The Xbox S, pictured, is being replaced by a more integrative model by Microsoft.
Flickr Photo/Brett Jordan

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.    

Wasted Food Prevention
9:00 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Immigration Bill, Planning Meals And Nathaniel Philbrick On "Bunker Hill"

Nathaniel Philbrick's book "Bunker Hill."

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.

Seattle Opera
10:00 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Singalong Wagner And Greendays Gardening Panel

Speight Jenkins in KUOW's green room. This year's "Ring" will be his last before he retires.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

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 weekday@kuow.org with questions or post a comment on our Greendays Facebook page.

Crime Novel
9:00 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Walter Mosley And A Music Recommendation

Walter Mosley's book "Little Green."

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.

Social Issues
10:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Return Of The 787, The Ancient Maya And The End Of Life

Flickr Photo/Rob Shenk

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. 

Politics & Government
9:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

This Week In Olympia, Brain Injury, And Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin's book, "The Autistic Brain," explores what current brain science has to offer people with autism.

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.

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