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John Nichols: Trump's inner circle is the 'biggest grifter convention in modern times'

Who are the most dangerous people in America? According to author John Nichols, the answer to that question includes the following: Betsy DeVos, Scott Pruitt, Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Elaine Chao, Kris Kobach and Rex Tillerson. The list goes on to include over 40 members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle.

Duration: 00:50:05

Rock star librarian Nancy Pearl adds her own book to the shelf

Does anyone not know Nancy Pearl? For years she’s told NPR and KUOW listeners what to read with a kind of care and insight that’s made her a household name. There’s also a decent chance her action figure is on your desk or bookshelf right now.

Duration: 00:52:22

Sally Jewell does not mess around when it comes to the environment, or Trump

Chances are you’ve heard the name Sally Jewell in engineering, business, recreational, environmental or political news. Her career has touched on all of those areas, from her early days in the oil fields of Oklahoma to a long stretch in the banking industry; from a successful run as CEO of REI to becoming only the second woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Duration: 00:53:17

R is for resistance: The history of anti-racism movements

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit rebellion, Seattle Public Library hosted a discussion of the factors that create inequality, repression and resistance.

Duration: 00:52:15

Tom Perrotta on his new novel: 'I was trying to write against my own inclination'

Author Tom Perrotta made his name in 1998 when, still unpublished, one of his manuscripts was picked up for movie treatment. The quirky tale told in “Election,” starring Mathew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon, became a surprise hit.

Duration: 00:54:35

‘It’s time for the magic:’ Student writers mark a moment of celebration

Since 1994, the Seattle Arts & Lectures Writers in the Schools (WITS) program brings professional writers into classrooms to help student writers find their voices and hone their skills.

Duration: 00:56:59

What would Frederick Law Olmsted do? The future of public spaces in Seattle

It’s an exciting time to catch up on and get involved in envisioning the great public spaces that will help sustain our growing region. KUOW, The Seattle Public Library and Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development hosted this conversation with national and local experts to help the community at-large better understand the issues and opportunities we face. KUOW’s Posey Gruener moderated the discussion. The speakers include:

Duration: 00:51:33

Find a garden, get a chair and listen to these stories

Last year around this time we presented a gathering of tales from a festival of storytelling at PowellsWood Garden, down in Federal Way, Washington. It was an ear-opening experience, not just for the occasional jet approaching Sea-Tac, but as a reminder of the power of well-told stories.

Duration: 00:49:20

Seattle author Claire Dederer's midlife reckoning

Author Claire Dederer was 44-years-old and living a successful life — literary accomplishment, comfortable marriage, family and home — when something caught up to her.

Duration: 00:56:49

'Weird things keep happening:' What you need to know about the crowd and the core

Yes, you were promised a jet pack. Your disappointment around that may still sting, or you may be more concerned about global warming, or a robot taking your job, or finding affordable housing. Or you might be reasonably concerned that the digital revolution will leave you somewhere on the global trash heap of history. A new book will help you find out what’s happening now and next in technology and maybe how to stay ahead of the curve.

Duration: 00:50:53

More useless research and crazy ideas, please

In 1939 the influential American education reformer Abraham Flexner published an essay in Harper’s Magazine titled “ The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge .” In it he promoted the well-funded, free pursuit of scientific inquiry, arguing that great scientists were “driven not by the desire to be useful but merely the desire to satisfy their curiosity.”

Duration: 00:49:35

‘God of Small Things’ author has a new book — after 20 years

When an acclaimed novelist publishes their first new work in 20 years, people take notice. When the first book was Arundhati Roy’s “The God of Small Things,” the interest is especially intense. She was awarded the esteemed Booker Prize for the best novel in the English language in 1997. Roy’s new work is “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.” The novel concerns, as she suggests in the text itself, “the vast, violent, circling, driving, ridiculous, insane, unfeasible, public turmoil of a...

Duration: 00:54:21

Is independent media 'the greatest force of peace on earth?' Amy Goodman says, emphatically, 'Yes!'

Journalist Amy Goodman has been an influential voice in independent media for the past 20 years. Her efforts to inform, defy and edify resonate with many audiences. She co-hosts the award winning program Democracy Now!, where she is often seen reporting from the front lines of progressive action.

Duration: 00:55:38

Where would we be without rescue volunteers? Well, hopelessly lost

One of the truisms about living in the Great Northwest is that wherever you are, it doesn’t take long to get out into the mountains. Whether we’re from here or migrated here, we crow about the natural beauty and adventure that surround us.

Duration: 00:55:19

Naomi Klein and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor talk about what comes after Trump

Journalist and author Naomi Klein is famous for her 2007 book, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.” The shock she explored there was the manipulation of international crisis situations to implement so-called neo-liberal, free market policies. On a recent stop in Seattle, Klein considered another kind of shock. She read from her new book, “No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need.”

Duration: 00:52:11

Release the Franken! The senator from SNL lets himself be funny again

It’s still a little hard to believe, but 17 years ago a comedian famous for his contributions to Saturday Night Live ran to become a U.S. Senator from Minnesota, and won, barely. At first it appeared he had lost, but after a recount and a protracted legal dispute, Senator Al Franken went to Washington. And not because he’s such a funny guy.

Duration: 00:50:37

Why is #EducationSoWhite in Washington state?

What value do we attribute to education? It is common to hear how it changes lives, promotes imagination and creativity and invites opportunity. It is often a social endeavor, and thus encourages the wide sharing of ideas and knowledge. The founders of Washington state clearly valued the concept of education. Article IX of our Constitution states: “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without...

Duration: 00:52:19

Will souls be saved, or sacrificed? Sandbox Radio calls 'Mayday!'

If you love radio theatre you may find yourself seeking out the classics — online, on AM radio, or at your local library. There’s something about how those stories were told that still fascinates. They draw folks into a reverie of imagination, suspense, drama and humor.

Duration: 00:49:34

What happens when you ask 13 white people to talk about racism

Dr. Martin Luther King’s phrase “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice” is often spoken of with a sense of solace in America. We tell ourselves that progress is being made and patience is necessary.

Duration: 00:56:26

News from the land of ‘ice and casual racism’

Seeing as there’s not much going on down here in the States, perhaps it’s a good time to check in with one of our neighbors to the north. Toronto-based author Scaachi Koul was in town recently for a chat with Seattle writer Lindy West.

Duration: 00:52:14

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