Marcie Sillman

Host, The Record

Marcie Sillman arrived at KUOW in 1985 to produce the station's daily public affairs program, Seattle After Noon. One year later, she became the local voice of All Things Considered, NPR's flagship afternoon news magazine. After five years holding down the drive-time microphone, a new opportunity arose. Along with Dave Beck and Steve Scher, Marcie helped create Weekday, a daily, two-hour forum for newsmakers, artists and thinkers.

The new century brought new challenges. Marcie and Dave Beck created The Beat, Seattle's only broadcast program to focus specifically on arts and culture. In 2002, after more than 15 years as a daily host, Marcie decided to become a full-time cultural reporter. During her career, more than 100 of her stories have been heard on NPR's newsmagazines, as well as on The Voice of America. In 2005, she became KUOW's first special projects reporter. In this role, she produced in-depth audio portraits and documentary series about life and culture in the Puget Sound Region.

In September, 2013, Marcie was part of the team that created The Record, a daily news magazine focussed on the issues and culture of the Puget Sound region.


4:45 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Enterovirus Confirmed In Washington State

  Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW's Ruby DeLuna about the spread of enterovirus D68 in King County.

United? Kingdom
3:01 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Seattle-Area Scots React To 'No' Vote

Credit Flickr Photo/@PaulDCocker (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman gets reactions from Scottish-born locals  Joyce Denton, David McCann and Andrew McDiarmid after the results of Thursday's referendum on Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom.

Street Performance
2:51 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Seattle Celebrates 40 Years Of Busking Without Getting Busted

A busker in Pike Place Market.
Flickr Photo/Paul Elliott (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Forty years ago, busking, or playing music in the street for money, became legal in Seattle. Now, it's officially "Busking Week" to celebrate, and KUOW caught up with local musician Josh Philpott as he played guitar downtown.

Port Townsend Film Festival
2:49 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

John Sayles: Indie Filmmaking Before Indie Was Hip

Film director John Sayles is in town with his partner in life and film, Maggie Renzi, ahead of the Port Townsend Film Festival. The two spoke with KUOW’s Marcie Sillman about their unique journey in filmmaking.

Sayles traces his interest in filmmaking back to his childhood. His family would head to a drive-in theater for hours of entertainment.

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Son Of A Butcher
1:15 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

You May Not Know His Name, But You Know His Music

Marcie Sillman and King-FM music host Dave Beck.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

You may not know his name, but you've probably heard his music.

Antonin Dvorak's New World Symphony contains some of the catchiest tunes in the classical music repertoire. The Czech-born composer was best known for synthesizing European folk melodies into his music. After an extended stay in New York in the late 1800s, Dvorak incorporated traditional American and African American tunes as well.

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Digital Culture
3:23 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

A Year Without Internet: How Unplugging Turns The World On

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Marcie Sillman sits down with environment journalist and blogger David Roberts to talk about why he decided to turn off the internet for one year. You can read his story, "Reboot or Die Trying" in the October issue of Outside Magazine.

3:23 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Should Seattle Take The 'Columbus' Out Of Columbus Day?

The Christopher Columbus statue on Seattle's waterfront had to be removed to repair damages from vandalism.
Flickr Photo/Chris Blakeley (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Audio Pending...

Marcie Sillman talks with Kenneth C. Davis, author of "Don't Know Much About History," about the story behind Columbus Day. 

3:21 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Seattle Filmmaker Lynn Shelton To Open Women In Cinema Festival

Filmmaker Lynn Shelton in the KUOW studios.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Audio Pending...

Marcie Sillman interviews Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton about her sixth feature film, "Laggies," which opens SIFF's Women in Cinema Festival. The movie will have a wide theatrical release in October.

Getting Clean
2:38 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

How Seattle Is Helping Addicts Avoid Prison

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Once upon a time, Jeremy Bradford saw his life spread before him; years of infinite possibility.

The Seattle native had his life together. A successful stint in the Marines had led him to a sales career. Bradford was on an upward trajectory at one of the city's best-known department stores. 

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PSE Customers
2:38 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Coming Soon To A Mailbox Near You: A Terrible Stink

We'll be watching the KUOW mailroom extra closely!
Credit KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Marcie Sillman speaks with Ray Lane, spokesperson for Puget Sound Energy, about why the utility company is about to send one million pieces of rotten-egg-scented mail to their customers (for their own good).

Iraq And Syria
2:24 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Washington Representatives Respond To Obama's Remarks On ISIS

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with members of the National Security Council in the Situation Room of the White House, Sept. 10, 2014.
Credit Flickr Photo/The White House (Pete Souza) (CC)

Marcie Sillman speaks with U.S. Representatives Jim McDermott and Denny Heck about their response to President Obama's strategy in Iraq and Syria against the terrorist group ISIS.

Education Funding
2:09 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Rules State Legislature In Contempt

Credit Flickr Photo/Harvey Barrison (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the Washington Supreme Court's ruling that finds the Legislature in contempt for failing to fund basic education.

11:14 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Playwright Ayad Akhtar In Search Of The Modern Muslim

Playwright Ayad Akhtar
Credit courtesy ACT Theatre

Ayad Akhtar is one of those guys you'd hate if he wasn't so likeable.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright is an award-winning screenwriter, a critically-acclaimed novelist, an actor and a teacher. And he's only 43 years old.

The Pulitzer-winning play, "Disgraced," is about a Pakistani-American who tries to distance himself from his roots. His deception falls apart when he and his wife host a dinner party. "Disgraced" has its Broadway debut this fall.

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Public Health
3:15 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

King County Orders HIV-Positive Man To Stop Infecting Partners

Marcie Sillman speaks with reporter Levi Pulkkinen about why King County Public Health officials decided to place an HIV-positive man under court supervision.

News From Canada
3:09 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Canadian Prime Minister Pushes For Action In Iraq

Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Credit Flickr Photo/The Prime Minister's Office (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about Prime Minister Stephen Harper's efforts to convince skeptical politicians to help fight against the terrorist organization Islamic State.

In addition, they touch on Scottish independence and what it might mean for Quebec.