KUOW Presents

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KUOW Presents connects listeners to a diversity of stories and perspectives from around the Pacific Northwest and around the world on topics that matter to our daily lives.

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1:32 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

US Kids: The Sleepiest In The World

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Most people know kids in America don't get enough sleep. But did you know they're the sleepiest in the world? Researchers in Boston say sleep deprivation partly explains why US students are falling behind in math and science.

Full list of stories on KUOW Presents, Wednesday, May 8:

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2:29 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

City Flag Smackdown

Seattle's city flag.

Every major US city has a flag. But not all are created equal. Today on KUOW Presents, we feature an episode of 99% Invisible that somehow makes vexillology fascinating, even if we can't pronounce it.

Other stories on KUOW Presents, May 7:

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12:42 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Why Lawyers Defend People Like The Accused Marathon Bomber

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Credit FBI

Last week, attorney Judy Clark took on the defense of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — a man 70 percent of Americans want to see put to death. So what compels lawyers to stand up for such unpopular clients? Here’s a hint: It ain’t all about money. Many lawyers who’ve represented some of the most despised individuals can speak passionately about the importance of their work. A few even find humanity in people who’ve committed murder. Even as our instincts cry out for revenge, these attorneys take pride in withstanding the call of the mob.

Other stories from KUOW Presents, May 6:

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Women's Rights
12:58 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

In Egypt, Sexual Harassment On The Rise Under Muslim Brotherhood

Women descend a staircase in Cairo, Egypt
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Egypt is currently under the rule of the conservative Muslim Brotherhood. Yet sexual harassment is on the rise there. A recent UN survey showed most Egyptian women have suffered from it. And in many cases, that harassment comes from the Muslim Brotherhood itself.

Other stories on KUOW Presents, Thursday, May 2:

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Human Rights
2:00 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

A Rare Look Inside A Cuban Prison

Prison bars.
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For the first time in almost a decade, Cuba has allowed foreign journalists to visit several of its prisons.

It's part of an effort to show improvements ahead of a review of the government's human rights record at the United Nations. But access for expert monitors like the Red Cross remains barred.

These days far fewer Cubans are being imprisoned for their political views, but activists say hundreds of dissidents still suffer detention by police.

Other stories on KUOW Presents on Wednesday, May 1, 2013:

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12:45 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

International Adoption Nightmare

Aerial view of Kazakhstan.
Credit Flickr photo/ Ewan McIntosh

Adoption can be a long, painful process for would-be parents. The red tape and the knowledge that there are babies in other countries who need parents can inspire some parents to try adopting from places like Kazakhstan. But that introduces a whole new set of problems.

Other stories on KUOW Presents, Tuesday, April 30:

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Self Discovery
1:21 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Walking Across America: Advice For A Young Man

Andrew Forsthoefel
Andrew Forsthoefel

At age 23, Andrew Forsthoefel set out to walk across the United States. He carried a tape recorder and a sign that said "Walking To Listen." When he began, he wasn't quite certain what he wanted out of life. He felt restless and confused. He felt he needed advice — from as many people as possible.

For the next two weeks, we'll follow Andrew on his journey. For just a few minutes each day we'll hear the advice he heard, hear the voices that moved him. And as his journey progresses, his own voice slowly begins to come through. And we find he's painted a bold, beautiful portrait of this country. It's an awesome landscape filled with fragile, generous people.

We invite you step into the shoes of this questioning young man. You might find yourself renewed.

Other stories on KUOW Presents on Monday, April 29, 2013:

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1:00 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

News Junkie

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In the news business, reporters sometimes feel a rush from scooping the competition, from being the first to publish a story. For reporter Jason Leopold, the euphoria of breaking a story filled a void in his life, a void created when he kicked his addiction to cocaine. But he found out the hard way that he was just trading one form of addiction for another.

Other stories on KUOW Presents, Thursday, April 25, 2013:

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Gun Control
1:13 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Gun Stories: Guns And Violence

2006 art installation by Victor Cartagena.
Flickr Photo/jpeepz

Tolstoy said "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." That phrase comes to mind when hearing this final installment of our "Gun Stories" series.

The stories from the victims of gun violence are each compelling in their own way. And the lessons those victims draw from their personal tragedies are just as diverse.

Other stories on KUOW Presents, Wednesday, April 24, 2013:

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Human Rights
1:01 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Singapore Drag Queen: When Being Out Means Risking Arrest

Singapore's most famous drag queen, Kumar
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France legalized gay marriage today. The public debates there were divisive and even bloody. Things are even harder for gays in Asia. For example, Singapore still has a law against sex between men. But how strictly is it enforced? In today’s featured story, we hear from a Singapore drag queen and the editors of a Singapore gay lifestyle magazine who are out of the closet and still out of jail, at least for now.

Other stories on KUOW Presents, Tuesday, April 23, 2013:

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The Making Of An Activist
1:18 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Growing Up As Human Traffic

From Bangladesh (pictured below) to Grays Harbor County, Washington (pictured above), human trafficking is often closer than most of us realize.
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Yasmine Christopher was born in Bangladesh. Her dad was a white American, well educated and fairly wealthy. Her mom was a 14-year-old child bride who’d been raised on little more than a diet of a potato a day. Yasmine sensed that her parents were not equals — that her dad lorded his power over the rest of the family — but she didn’t realize how bad things were. Not until her extended family had followed her father to the United States.

They all moved to a small farm in Grays Harbor County, Washington. Her father had promised them all a better life there. When Yasmine was older, she’d finally recognize her family situation for what it was. She and her Bangladeshi relatives had been slaves. And her father was the master.

More stories from KUOW Presents, Monday, April 22, 2013:

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Reunited Family
12:44 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Canadian Mom Gets Her Missing Kids Back After 4 Years

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If you ask school administrators what the greatest danger to children is, they’ll tell you: it’s not rogue shooters; it’s parents who abduct their own children in defiance of custody agreements.

That’s the realization Canadian Emily Cableck faced when her children’s biological father didn’t show up with the kids like he was supposed to. The awful feeling she felt in her gut grew and grew as the manhunt dragged on over days, then weeks and then months. Naturally, she was consumed by the need to reunite with her children. But at some point, a person has to eat and go to work so they don’t end up on the street. And so, they learn to compartmentalize.

Living With Loss

This is how Emily lived for four years. One part of her mind held on to the grief, which threatened to overwhelm her constantly. In the other part of her mind she controlled the basic functions of eating, sleeping and working.

Then, her husband was found, in Mexico. He was apprehended and her children, found. And her newfound ability to live one day at a time had prepared her for another long journey: the awkward process of reconnecting with the children she hadn’t seen in almost four years.

Her story today, on KUOW Presents.

Other stories on KUOW Presents, Thursday, April 18:

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3:22 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Karen Finneyfrock's Monstrous Spring

Poet and novelist Karen Finneyfrock.
Credit Photo Credit/Inti St. Clair

A  Metro bus ride inspires poet, novelist and teaching artist Karen Finneyfrock to find a delightfully surprising personification for Northwest springtime in her poem "Monster."

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3:07 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

A Family Made And Unmade

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Mike Checuga and his son Victor defied everyone's expectations. After all, what would a carefree 25-year-old white bachelor know about raising a black kid rescued from an abusive orphanage? Yet the two grew very close.

Victor excelled in the fancy school where Mike managed to find him a berth. He acted out, as many kids would. But Mike laid down the law, sometimes sitting in class next to Victor if that's what it took to keep him in line. But when Victor reached high school, parenting him became much more challenging.

Falling Into A Role

Victor was one of the only black kids in his school, and the white students assumed he could get drugs for them. It was blatant stereotyping. Victor had no history with drugs. But he enjoyed being popular. So he fell into the role. That led to a dark period for the Checuga family.

Victor repeatedly got in trouble with the law. At one point, Mike sort of gave up on Victor. He told Victor, if he was going to keep selling drugs, he should change his name and never have anything to do with him again. And that's where their relationship could have ended. Instead, it paved the way for a remarkable reconciliation, one that left both father and son changed forever.

Other Stories on KUOW Presents, Tuesday, April 16:

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Gun Control
1:10 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Gun Stories: Store Owners Find Themselves On The Front Line Of Gun Debate

Credit David Nogueras, OPB

Today on KUOW Presents, we hear the first in a series of reports that will examine the varying perspectives in the Pacific Northwest on guns. We'll hear from hunters, police, criminals, and gun-violence victims, among others. These are their "Gun Stories." We start with a visit to the people who make a living out of buying and selling firearms.

Other stories on KUOW Presents, Monday, April 15, 2013:

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