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Beyonce is a feminist - she made that clear by dancing in front of a giant set of letters spelling out the word. 

Or did she? 

Not clear enough for bell hooks, or Megyn Kelly, or a host of others who have questioned her feminist street cred over the years.

A videographer gathers footage in a crowd.
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As with many demonstrations post-Charlottesville, last weekend's Unite The Right gathering drew more counter-protesters than far right individuals. But you wouldn't have known that from the media coverage leading up to the event, which Brian Edwards-Tiekert says is a problem.

A poster attached to a telephone pole shows KUOW's original story on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, near the intersection of East Olive Way and Summit Avenue East in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

If you've walked around Capitol Hill lately, you might have seen large signs on telephone poles.

BOYCOTT LOST LAKE CAFE, they say - with a screenshot of an article about rape accusations against cafe owner Dave Meinert.

Photo of poet Diana Khoi Nguyen (left) and her family. The negative space in the foreground used to be an image of her brother Oliver, who sliced himself out of the photos with a utility knife. Oliver would go on to commit suicide.
Courtesy Diana Khoi Nguyen.

Denver poet Diana Khoi Nguyen's family is haunted by bees. 

It's easier for them to speak about the bees than it is to speak about her brother's suicide. But in her new book of poems, "Ghost Of," Diana is talking.

Ronit Feinglass Plank.
KUOW Photo/Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong

If you've seen the Netflix documentary series "Wild Wild Country," you might have been watching wide-eyed at the followers of a cult that turned to assassination and poisoning. Memoirist Ronit Feinglass Plank, however, was watching for something different: her mother.


A Portland Police Bureau officer controlling the crowd at a protest on Saturday, August 4th, 2018.
OPB Photo/Ericka Cruz Guevarra

The sound of flashbangs and smoke grenades echoed through the streets of downtown Portland Saturday during a protest held by the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer. The groups clashed with members of Antifa, who were primarily on the receiving end of police force.


A massive US law enforcement investigation eventually gave a red card to FIFA's corruption.
Flickr Photo/Marco Verch (CC BY 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/26qkDCV

You probably remember the World Cup last month. But you might not remember the previous major FIFA event: a massive string of arrests for money laundering and bribery that took place in 2015.


Professor Kim Tallbear, creator of Tipi Confessions.
KUOW Photo/Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong

The shame and violence around sexuality in North America isn't an accident—it's inextricably linked to settler colonialism, says University of Alberta professor Kim TallBear. And what better way to celebrate and reclaim sexuality than with a burlesque show? Enter the cabaret seating and condom fairies (!) of Tipi Confessions.

A woman holds a sign asking "Where are the children?" at the Stop Separating Immigrant Families Press Conference and Rally in Chicago on June 5th, 2018.
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Today is the deadline for the Trump administration to finish reunifying families it separated at the border. Meghan Casey of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is an advocate whose client has not yet been reunited with her child, and has been tracking the numbers of families impacted in Washington State.

Bill Radke, Katie Anthony, and Ronit Feinglass Plank.
KUOW Photo/Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong

Imagine, if you will, a stadium. (It's built by the patriarchy.) There are people who play the game within its walls. There are people trying to burn it down. And then there are others who have excused themselves from the arena in order to build their own.

Katie Anthony and Ronit Feinglass Plank are two of those refuseniks, who are instead making their own media game. They cohost the podcast Mouthy Messy Mandatory, as well as the new show Smart Mouth with The Young Turks.

Eula Scott Bynoe and Jeannie Yandel
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

80% of us have experienced imposter syndrome at some point... which is cold comfort when you're the one on the spot, wondering why on earth you were ever hired and when they're going to find out you're a fraud. 

KUOW podcast Battle Tactics for Your Sexist Workplace to the rescue! This week's episode includes tactics about how to counter your brain's fear of being exposed as unqualified.

Courtesy of Horizon House

Skydiving is a once in a lifetime experience for most people, but not for Seattleite Stuart Williamson. He jumped last year for the first time, on his birthday, at Harvey Field in Snohomish.

Williamson took another jump yesterday, again on his birthday — his 100th birthday.

Sail Like a Girl heads off into the sunset.
Photo by Katrina Zoë Norbom.

It's an 1,110 mile drive from Port Townsend up to Ketchikan, Alaska.

There is a way to shave 350 miles off the trip, but there's a catch: You have to sail.


Academic researchers will soon have access to a vast amount of Facebook's user data.
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Facebook is sharing its user data with an external research group, which will mine it for details about how people use the site.

Sound familiar?


Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not here for your interrupting nonsense.
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is known for her fiery written dissents. But she might have honed that talent, in part, because she couldn't get a word in edgewise.


Single use plastic straws are optional to many, but can be critical for people with certain disabilities.
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Seattle's straw ban has coincided with hometown coffee chain Starbucks' decision to phase out all single-use plastic straws by 2020. The new sippy cup-esque lid is recyclable - but what it's not is accessible to folks with disabilities who rely on single use plastic straws.


A clutch of barnacles waits to allure you this summer.
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Welcome to the beginning of Seattle summer! Don't worry if you didn't make trail and camping reservations months ago - Seattle has a lot to offer procrastinators.


Terrance Hayes.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

"In a second I'll tell you how little writing rescues." That promise, from the opening poem of Terrance Hayes' "American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin", is only partially kept. 

The poems in the book are in constant motion. They shuttle back and forth between Emmett Till and Maxine Waters, slavery and hip hop, the nation's future and the past it can't bear to look at. 

Mintwab Zemeadim, Rohena Khan, and Kamari Bright.
KUOW Photo/Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong

Now more than ever, many people's relationship with America is... complicated.

Three Seattle artists want to hear more about your relationship status with America. How would you describe it to your friends? (How do you describe it to yourself?)

One of these sustainable straws might be in your future.
KUOW Photo/Brie Ripley

Nothing is more satisfying than the sweet sound of a straw - a pointy, plastic straw - piercing the seal on a tall cup of bubble tea. But after this weekend, that sound might be harder to come by. Seattle's ban on single use plastics goes into effect on July 1st.

Why the prohibition? How will it be implemented? And most importantly: what about the tea?? Kevin Kelly, general manager of Recology Cleanscapes in Georgetown, came by to help Bill Radke and producer Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong cope with change.

I don't know anyone who looks like me.

I used to stare at family photos and search my parents' faces for any hint of resemblance to mine.

But there is none. I'm adopted, and my white American parents with their German-English-Scottish-Irish ancestry do not have my almond-shaped brown eyes, high cheekbones, dark brown silky hair or typical flat, round Filipino nose.

Ichiro Suzuki, special assistant to the chairman of the Seattle Mariners, donned a Bobby Valentine-style disguise and sneaked into the Seattle dugout to watch a bit of the action at Yankee Stadium.
AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

Ichiro Suzuki, the Carmen Sandiego of the Mariners, was spotted last week in the Seattle dugout serving a Super Mario Bros. inspired lewk. Fooling no one, the disguise raised more questions than it answered.


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In light of this month’s finding in favor of the Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, Supreme Court watchers anticipated a similar decision in the case of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland.

That expectation was dashed, as the court declined to rule on the case. Instead, they sent it back to the Washington State Supreme Court to reconsider.

Flickr Photo/Howard Ignatius (CC BY 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/nZ4Mz1

In honor of the summer solstice, we asked listeners about their favorite summer songs. You came through with the nostalgic, the playful, and some truly excellent 80s throwbacks. 


Hydroplane racer and stunt pilot Mira Slovak drives the Miss Bardahl.
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"In America, freedom is like air," said Czech daredevil Mira Slovak. That air was his element - he used it for work, for play, and to make his escape across the Iron Curtain to freedom.


Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Trump administration officials recently retreated on a policy to separate families at the border. Some have blamed past administrations for the stories of chaotic separations and traumatized children; others have pointed to Congress. And then one official claimed divine authority on the matter.


Cartoonist Ellen Forney.
Photo by Jacob Peter Fennell.

When cartoonist Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the 90s, she knew she wanted to use her art to make sense of her new reality.

This resulted in a graphic memoir called "Marbles" that told the story of her experience and linked it to other creators. Her new book, "Rock Steady", offers advice gleaned from the lessons she's learned along the way.

Ben Zimmerman lives in a suburb of Chicago. Like a lot of 9-year-olds, he's fond of YouTube, Roblox, and Minecraft.

And, like a lot of parents, his mom and dad wanted to make sure Ben wasn't spending too much time on those activities. They tried to use Google's "Family Link" parental control software to limit screen time for Ben and his older sister, Claudia.

The starting gun fires bright and early Thursday morning for the fourth annual running of the maritime Race to Alaska. The 750-mile adventure marathon has been compared to the Iditarod but with a chance of drowning, being run down by a freighter, or getting eaten by a grizzly bear.

The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be held in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, with a united bid from North America winning the right to host soccer's showcase event, the sport's world governing body decided on Wednesday.

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