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Competitive Drive
2:15 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

For Women, Being A Jock May Also Signal Political Ambition

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y., high-fives her teammate Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala. during the annual Women's Congressional Softball Game last June.
Maddie Meyer The Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 3:59 pm

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York tries to play tennis a couple of times a week. Sports have been part of her life for a long time, going back to high school when she played tennis and soccer.

Later, at Dartmouth in the late 1980s, Gillibrand served as co-captain of the squash team. What the future senator did not do in college was participate in student government. "I'd gone to one or two young Democratic events, and interestingly, it was almost all male — and all of the men were very aggressive," she says. "And so I didn't really feel like I fit in."

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Good Reads
2:40 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Nancy Pearl: 'Understories' And 'The Land Of Steady Habits'

Credit Tim Horvath's book, "Understories," and Ted Thompson's book, "The Land of Steady Habits."

Steve Scher sits down with librarian Nancy Pearl to talk about two books.

Pearl says Tim Horvath's collection of short stories, "Understories," showcases a good example of elastic realism. The stories are rooted in reality but stretched into unexpected and odd places.

Ted Thompson's book, "The Land of Steady Habits," is a character-driven novel with exciting writing around the theme of living with and escaping from your past.

Program Venture Fund
9:52 am
Fri March 28, 2014

'A Weighty Subject:' A Family Comes To Terms With A Trans Child

A drawing by Bridget, who came out as trans when she was four years old.
Credit KUOW Photo/Rosette Royale

Her eyes focused on the arcade screen, Bridget awaits her moment of transformation.

The 9-year-old is playing the video game Ms. Pac-Man, where the title character eats a magic pellet that turns her into a super being. As Bridget grips the joystick, the sunlight streaming in through a nearby window highlights her features: She has a face full of freckles, glinting, grey eyes and brown hair that tumbles past her shoulders.

“I’m good at this,” she says of the game.

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Individualism
5:01 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Of Me I Sing: Americans Construct An Opt-Out Society

Parents are being encouraged to keep their children from taking standardized tests in school.
Shannon DeCelle AP

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 12:01 pm

Americans want to go their own way.

The right of individuals to question authority is one of the strongest facets of American life. But the ability to strike out on your own has always been balanced against the need for communal action in a complicated, continental country.

Right now, the pendulum is swinging more toward individualism.

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The Rise Of Carbs
12:27 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Why We Got Fatter During The Fat-Free Food Boom

The 1990s were rife with low-fat packaged snacks, from potato chips to cookies.
Youtube and RetroJunk

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 8:24 am

If you want to trace Americans' fear of fat, the place to start is the U.S. Senate, during the steamy days of July 1976.

That's when Sen. George McGovern called a hearing to raise attention to the links between diet and disease.

And what was the urgency? The economy was booming, and many Americans were living high on the hog. A 1954 Capitol Hill restaurant menu offers a glimpse of what lunch looked like then: steak with claret sauce, buttered succotash and pineapple cheesecake. But soon, that prosperity began to cast a dark shadow within the halls of Congress.

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Seattle Comics Author
2:58 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Making A Superhero From Scratch: A Writer’s Origin Story

G. Willow Wilson writes the comic series, Ms. Marvel, featuring Marvel's first Muslim superhero.
Credit Courtesy Photo/Amber French

Marcie Sillman talks with writer G. Willow Wilson about her new Ms. Marvel series featuring a teenage Muslim superhero named Kamala Khan.

G. Willow Wilson’s origin story, in a matter of speaking, started in New Jersey on about 3 acres of land surrounded by old-growth woods, where her parents raised rabbits and chickens and grew corn, blackberries and sweet potatoes.

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Organized Labor
2:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Ruling Says College Football Players Are University Employees, Can Unionize

Northwestern University logo.
Credit Flickr Photo/Terry Johnston (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with writer Buzz Bissinger about the National Labor Relations Board decision to allow football players at Northwestern University to form a labor union.

RadioActive Youth Media
2:16 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Two Truths And A Lie

Seattle's Space Needle: leaving Seattle?
Flickr Photo/sarowen (CC BY-NC-ND)

RadioActive is committed to delivering accurate stories to our listeners. But for the first time, RadioActive hosts keep you in the dark with a fun game of Two Truths and a Lie. Two of these stories are the absolute truth, and one is a fake. Can you guess the lie?

Scroll down for the answer.

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Art Of Our City
1:45 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Exploring Seattle's Vices With Cabaret

The cast for the cabaret show "Seattle Vice," based on a book of the same name by Rick Anderson.
Credit Courtesy of ACT Theatre/John Cornicello

Seattle has a nice reputation. We are squeaky clean, we compost and recycle, and rumor has it we have more people trained in CPR than most cities our size in America.

But a new cabaret show at Seattle's ACT Theatre aims to show the shady past underneath that shiny image. Seattle is a port city, and like every port city, it has had its share of vice, corruption and not-niceness.

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This Not Just In
10:51 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Remembering The 'Pioneer Spirit' Of Alaska's 9.2 Earthquake

Alaska Earthquake March 27, 1964. Collapse of Fourth Avenue near C Street in Anchorage due to a landslide caused by the earthquake.
U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library

Fifty years ago, a large earthquake centered near Anchorage, Alaska, set off a fatal chain of destruction that reached through Washington and all the way down into California.

March 27, 1964 – Good Friday – was a typical early spring day in Seattle. But just after 7:30 p.m., an earthquake disrupted the peaceful evening all along the Pacific coast.

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Local Food
10:27 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Getting Fresh: Spring Into Delicious Edition

Credit Flickr Photo/ron.heasley (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Sheryl Wiser of Cascade Harvest about what spring will bring to local farmers markets.

U.S. Supreme Court
9:14 am
Thu March 27, 2014

‘My Beloved World’ By Sonia Sotomayor

Sonya Sotomayor's book, "My Beloved World."

Sonia Sotomayor is the 111th justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. She’s also its first Hispanic and third female justice. In her memoir, “My Beloved World,” Sotomayor details her childhood struggle with diabetes, her family life and her drive to become a lawyer.

Sotomayor spoke at Town Hall on March 10, 2014. The talk was moderated by Eric Liu.

Book Interview
3:47 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Teju Cole On Being A Perpetual Insider And Outsider

Teju Cole's book, "Every Day Is For The Thief."

Steve Scher talks with fiction writer Teju Cole about his new book, "Every Day Is for the Thief." Cole will be at the Elliot Bay Bookstore tonight at 7 p.m.

Books
3:02 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

In Karen Russell's World, Sleep Is For The Lucky Few

cover detail
Atavist Books

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:14 am

Getting much sleep lately? The citizens of Karen Russell's dystopian novella, Sleep Donation, haven't been getting any. It's the near future, and America has been suffering from an insomnia crisis where hundreds of thousands of cases are terminal. And so an agency called Slumber Corps has been established to battle the problem.

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Recipes
2:58 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

The Secret To These Sauces Is Nuts

Claire Adas for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 6:26 am

I grew up thinking of nuts as junk food: full of fat and calories, a guilty treat for holidays and special occasions. I remember bowls of salty cocktail mix, nut-covered cheese logs, sweet buttery honey-roasted peanuts and cashews, or Jordan almonds in their strangely addictive sugary coating. They were in the same category as potato chips and candy: irresistible, but not good for you at all.

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