The Record
2:47 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Dr. Atul Gawande On What Matters In End-Of-Life Care

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Ross Reynolds has a wide-ranging discussion of end-of-life issues with Atul Gawande, author of “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End."  

Gawande discusses  several issues such as how medical science views death as a failure, and does not always examine how medical treatments affect people at the end; innovations in assisted living and hospice to not only improve the quality of life, but also allow people to live longer; and how health care professionals are trying to become better at end of life care.

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Good Reads
2:43 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Nancy Pearl Fights Rainy Day Blues With A Satire

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Marcie Sillman talks with revered librarian Nancy Pearl who recommends "The Diamond Lane," by Karen Karbo. It is a Hollywood satire that should cheer up the gray, rainy weather. 

Campaign Scandal
2:24 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Everything You Know About Gary Hart Is Wrong

Colorado Demoncratic Senator Gary Hart at the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, California.
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Ross Reynolds interviews Matt Bai, national political correspondent for Yahoo News, about his book on the Gary Hart debacle.

If you know who Hart is, you probably remember his flame-out campaign for president. In 1987 the Democratic Senator from Colorado was running against George H.W. Bush was ahead by double digits. But when the Miami Herald ran a story about a supposed affair Hart was having with model Donna Rice, his campaign fell apart within a week. 

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Elections 2014
2:55 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Why Do We Care About Guns So Much?

Guns line the walls of the firearms reference collection at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Robert Spitzer, author of  "The Politics of Gun Culture," about the place guns have in our culture. 

Author Interview
2:51 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Bob Odenkirk Writes 'A Load Of Hooey'

Credit Bob Odenkirk's collection of essays, "A Load of Hooey"

Ross Reynolds talks with actor and writer Bob Odenkirk, who you may know from Breaking Bad,  about his new collection of essays, "A Load Of Hooey."

Good Reads
2:11 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Nancy Pearl's Thrilling Seasonal Selection

What better place to curl up with a spooky fall read than the University of Washington's Suzzallo Library?
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Marcie Sillman gets a thrilling recommendation from book maven Nancy Pearl, just in time for Halloween. This week, Pearl suggests picking up "The Distance," by Helen Giltrow.

2:30 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Pastor Frank Schaefer On Officiating Son's Gay Marriage In Methodist Church

United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer speaks during a news conference Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Frank Schaefer, author of "Defrocked: How A Father's Act of Love Shook the United Methodist Church," about his decision to officiate his son's same-sex marriage and the ensuing case over his dismissal from position as pastor in the Methodist church.

American History
5:13 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr's 'Martyrdom Has Marred His Message'

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his seminal "I Have a Dream" speech.
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Americans honor the memory of Reverend Martin Luther King with street, school and place names, a national holiday, and a national monument.

Tavis Smiley appreciates that, but he also knows that many, if not most, Americans can’t quote more than King’s most famous line from his “I Have a Dream” speech. 

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Author Interview
3:08 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Psychotherapist Joe Guppy Confronts His Own Psychosis

Writer and psychotherapist Joe Guppy.
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  Many Seattle-area residents remember Joe Guppy from his days as a performer. For years he was an improvisational artist and actor, and one of the minds behind the long-running television program "Almost Live." 

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Author Interview
2:49 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

If Portland Collapsed, How Would The City Fare?

Credit Benjamin Parzybok's book "Sherwood Nation."

Jeannie Yandel talks with author Benjamin Parzybok about his new novel, "Sherwood Nation," which imagines life in Portland, Oregon, after a major disaster.

Good Reads
3:53 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Nancy Pearl Settles In With A Cozy Mystery

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 Marcie Sillman talks to book hugger Nancy Pearl about a "cozy" mystery to settle in with now that the rain has returned to Puget Sound. Her recommendation for the week is "Murder at the Brightwell," by Ashley Weaver.

Author Interview
3:06 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

How Much Is Too Much Automation?

Credit Nicholas Carr's book "The Glass Cage"

Ross Reynolds talks to author Nicholas Carr about his new book "The Glass Cage: Automation And Us."

Author Interview
4:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

George Packer On 'The Unwinding'

Ross Reynolds speaks with New Yorker reporter George Packer about his newest book, "The Unwinding: An Inner History of the United States."

It tells the story of growing inequality in America by looking at the lives of different people, like Oprah, Robert Rubin, a lobbyist, a community activist and a bio-fuel entrepreneur.

Author Interview
3:03 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Nicholas Kristof Advocates For Transforming Lives And Giving Back

Marcie Sillman talks to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, author of the new book "A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity," about the power of giving back.

Good Reads
2:45 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Nancy Pearl's Picks For A Little Academic Silliness

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Marcie Sillman gets the week's reading list from beloved librarian Nancy Pearl, who in honor of back-to-school season recommends two academic satires: "Famous Writers I Have Known," by James Magnuson, and "Dear Committee Members," by Julie Schumacher.