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Feature Interview
3:11 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

'I Am Home Now,' Says Gerald Hankerson, Former Lifer

Gerald Hankerson
Seattle.gov

Marcie Sillman talks with Gerald Hankerson, director at Main Street Alliance, president of the local NAACP and former lifer at the Washington state penitentiary.

I Like ...
3:10 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

My Posse's At The Symphony? Sir Mix-A-Lot Goes Classical

Hip hop artist Anthony Ray, aka Sir Mix-A-Lot.
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot about his upcoming performance with the Seattle Symphony.

Update: The performance was a hit, with women from the audience getting on stage and dancing to Mix's classic, "Baby Got Back."  

Idealist Communities
3:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

The History Of Anarchy On Puget Sound

Credit Justin Wadland's book "Trying Home."

David Hyde speaks with Justin Wadland, a librarian at the University of Washington, about his new book, "Trying Home: The Rise and Fall of an Anarchist Utopia on Puget Sound."

Ballet
3:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Leta Biasucci: The Young Ballerina Behind The Sparkles

Pacific Northwest corps de ballet dancer Leta Biasucci in George Balanchine's "Diamonds."
Courtesy Pacific Northwest Ballet/Lindsay Thomas

Most people see only the sparkly side of ballet: the live performances, with dancers in costume, pointe shoes tied, orchestra in the pit. Whether it’s the annual holiday production of “Nutcracker” or an edgier, contemporary work, many of the dancers at Pacific Northwest Ballet see performances as a reward for their hours of rehearsal.

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River Health
3:05 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

'DamNation' Documentary Explores The Snake River Dam Controversy

The Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River in Washington.
Flickr Photo/Roberta Schonborg

Steve Scher talks to the filmmaker Travis Rummell, dam engineer Jim Waddell and Jim Ahern, a Lewiston, Idaho, native,  about the new documentary "DamNation." The film discusses the change in attitudes towards dam and river health.

Language
1:14 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Linguistic Victory For Seattle Park Tax Opponents

David Hyde speaks with Erica C. Barnett of PubliCola about a Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission ruling on the language in a proposed park tax hike for Seattle. 

Activism
3:24 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Geoffrey McGrath: The Inadvertent Spokesman For Gay Rights

Geoffrey McGrath delivers a petition bearing more than 125,000 signatures, urging Amazon to stop donating money to the Boy Scouts on May 21.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattleite Geoffrey McGrath about his path from a hiking/biking software engineer  to international spokesperson for gay rights after his membership from the Boy Scouts of America was revoked for his sexual orientation.

Seattle Symphony
3:21 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Dave Beck Contemplates The Challenges Of A 21st Century Symphony

Attracting a younger crowd is a big challenge for the Seattle Symphony.
Flickr Photo/@HyeonsikMoon (CC-BY-NC-ND)

When the League of American Orchestras' annual meeting kicks off in Seattle on June 6, the almost 1,000 conventioneers will have more than classical music on their minds. American symphony orchestras are thinking about survival in an era where potential audiences have the world available at the tap of a smart phone.

Classical musician and radio host Dave Beck of Seattle's KING-FM jokes "there are lots of people in classical music audiences whose hair is even grayer than mine."

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RadioActive Youth Media
3:20 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

How Weight Loss Pulled These Identical Twin Sisters Apart

High school seniors and twin sisters Andrea Dyer (left) and Amanda Dyer have struggled with not fitting in. Body image is a big part of that.
Credit Credit KUOW Photo/Alicia Quarles

    

It's hard enough trying to convince yourself that you're beautiful. It's even harder when that standard of beauty is living down the hall from you.

"When I am by myself, I find myself as beautiful," said Andrea Dyer, "but when I compare myself to others, which would be mostly my twin sister, I find myself comparing all the things that they are better than me in. So recently that has been taking a toll on me."

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Sensory Perception
3:17 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

How The Physical World Affects Our Behavior And Emotions

Credit Thalma Lobel's book "Sensation."

Marcie Sillman talks with psychologist Thalma Lobel about her new book, "Sensation: The New Science Of Physical Intelligence."

Author Interview
2:02 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Brian Lamb On The Future Of C-Span

Credit Brian Lamb's book "Sundays at Eight"

David Hyde talks to Brian Lamb about his new book "Sundays At Eight: 25 Years Of Stories From C-Span" and the future of the television network.

On Language
12:54 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The Evolution Of Misogyny, As A Word

In the wake of the UC Santa Barbara shootings, the word "misogyny" has taken a larger meaning than it's original definition.
Credit Flickr Photo/Unarmed Citizen (CC-BY-NC-ND)

After the UC Santa Barbara shootings, Merriam-Webster editors noted that searches for the word “misogyny” skyrocketed.

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Taliban Swap
8:14 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Bergdahl's Hometown Caught In Crossfire Of National Backlash

File photo of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 2:52 pm

People in Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown of Hailey, Idaho, say they're “shocked” by how quickly the captive soldier's homecoming has turned into a national controversy.

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Good Reads
8:14 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Nancy Pearl Recommends Armchair Travel Books

Your surroundings disappear as you take off to new destinations through a great book.
Flickr Photo/Joe Thorn (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman gets book hugger Nancy Pearl's recommendations for a good book to take you to an exotic location from the comfort of your favorite reading chair.

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Cognitive Science
3:33 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Why Countering Attitudes With Science Isn't Always Effective

David Hyde talks with Brendan Nyhan, political science professor at Dartmouth College about why people keep on believing, even when the facts tell us not to. An example he provides is the challenge in countering the perception that vaccines cause autism

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