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Environment
2:44 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

History Of The EPA: From Bipartisan To Polarized

Marcie Sillman talks with Georgetown law professor Lisa Heinzerling about the history of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the change of its scope over time. 

Author Interview
3:26 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

The Story Of Joseph Smith: Founder Of The Mormon Church

David Hyde talks to Alex Beam about his new book "American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and The Fate of The Modern Church."

Music History
4:57 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

'Imbecile Slush': Surprising Early Reactions To Crooning

Crooner Bing Crosby in 1942.
Credit From Wikipedia

In 1932, a new singing style was emerging: crooning. What we might consider easy listening now wasn't necessarily received cordially by its contemporaries. Cardinal O'Connell of Boston described it as "imbecile slush" and "a degenerate form of singing.”

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This Not Just In
12:26 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

The Night A Fire Silenced KOMO's Airwaves

Fisher Plaza, KOMO's headquarters, on a particularly rainy Seattle day.
Credit Credit Wikimedia Commons

On the night of Thursday, July 2, 2009, the 4th of July weekend was underway.

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Audio Postcard
10:16 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Postcard From Germany: Across The Street From The Gestapo Headquarters

One section of the Berlin Wall has been transformed into the East Side Gallery, with artworks by a variety of artists from around the world.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

While visiting Germany for a journalism fellowship, KUOW’s Ross Reynolds reports on what's changed and what's stayed the same in the 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

WWI Anniversary
1:20 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

A Century From Archduke's Death, Spotlight Turns Back To Bosnia

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 4:10 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

People from around the world are in Sarajevo this week to mark 100 years since the gunshot that changed history. On June 28, 1914, a young assassin killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, triggering the First World War. Bosnia is hosting concerts, conferences and art exhibitions to mark the centenary. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports from Sarajevo on what locals make of the big commemoration.

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Author Interview
3:04 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

'A Very Principled Boy': The Story Of A Soviet Spy That Switched Sides

Credit Mark Bradley's book "A Very Principled Boy.'

David Hyde talks to author Mark Bradley about his book, "A Very Principled Boy." It's the story of Duncan Lee, who became a spy for the Soviet Union only to switch allegiance back to the United States later in his life.

The Peerless City
9:35 am
Tue June 24, 2014

VIDEO: KUOW Unearths (And Performs!) Seattle's Official Song

Newscaster Lisa Brooks and announcer Guy Nelson perform "Seattle, The Peerless City" in KUOW's performance studio.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

KUOW reporter Deborah Wang was researching the Seattle city charter a few weeks ago when she found the lyrics of the official city song. She found words, but no sheet music.

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World War II
7:41 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Onetime Auschwitz Guard Arrested In Philadelphia On German Warrant

The Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz I in Poland, circa 1945. Writing over the gate reads "Arbeit macht frei" (Work Sets You Free). Johann Breyer has admitted to working as a guard at the camp but says he only supervised work parties outside the gates.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:11 pm

An 89-year-old man accused of aiding and abetting the killing of 216,000 Jews as a Nazi camp guard at the concentration camp located in Auschwitz, Poland, during World War II, has been arrested in Philadelphia.

Johann "Hans" Breyer, who immigrated to the U.S. in 1952, was arrested by U.S. authorities Tuesday night. He is being held without bail.

The Associated Press says:

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The Peerless City
10:14 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Seattle City Song Unearthed: ‘Her Bosom’s Gemm’d With Pearly Lakes’

The Alaska Yukon Pacific Expedition on the University of Washington campus in 1909. This was the same year that the lyrics to Seattle's official song were approved.

In researching the Seattle City Charter, KUOW reporter Deborah Wang found the lyrics of the Seattle city song.

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Labor History
9:53 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Seattle Only Flirts With Radicalism, Says Medina Mayor

Marcie Sillman speaks with Medina Mayor Michael Luis, author of "Century 21 City: Seattle's Fifty Year Journey from World's Fair to World Stage," who says that Seattle -- WTO riots and the $15 minimum wage notwithstanding -- has a pattern of indulging radicals and then returning to business as usual.

Journalism
3:29 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

The Gutsy, Glamorous 'Dames Of D-Day'

Martha Gellhorn and her husband, far right, Ernest Hemingway. Gellhorn left to cover the Spanish civil war in the 1930s when she was 21. Although she wasn't allowed to cover D-Day, she smuggled herself onto a hospital ship.
Credit Credit Wikimedia Commons

When the Americans entered World War II in 1944, reporters joined their ranks. Women, however, were not allowed.

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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."

D-Day
12:54 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

'They Deserve The Honor:' Oregon's World War II Memorial Set To Open

World War II veteran Art Sorenson holds the helmet he wore in battle.

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 5:35 pm

June 6 is the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Western Europe. And this year’s D-Day will be especially meaningful for World War II veterans in Oregon as the state's long-awaited World War II Memorial will open on that day.

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Music History
3:02 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Jimi Hendrix, Seattle And Race In Post-War American Culture

The Jimi Hendrix statue across the street from Seattle Central Community College on Capitol Hill.
Credit Flickr Photo/Charlie Brooks (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde speaks with cultural historian, musician and writer Peter Bacon Hales about Jimi Hendrix's cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower," which is the subject of a chapter in his new book, "Outside The Gates Of Eden: The Dream Of America From Hiroshima To Now."

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