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What are you scared of? A dark hallway, perhaps?

What are we so scared of?

Amy Pearl of WNYC's podcast, "10 Things That Scare Me" talks about what our fears say about us. And Seattle's civic poet, Anastacia-Renee Tolbert, tells us why saying "no" can be glamorous. Plus, historian Feliks Banel tells us the story behind the Lenin statue in Fremont.

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10 Things That Scare You

What are you afraid of? We know – spiders and clowns. But: do you have a fear that drives you? One that you don’t think you should have? WNYC has built a podcast around those fears called 10 Things That Scare Me. Senior producer Amy Pearl joined Bill Radke in studio to hear what haunts you.

The Workshop of Glamorous Refusal

No. The word is an explanation. A complete sentence. And a luxury, says Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Renee Tolbert. As her tenure as Civic Poet winds down, Tolbert joined Bill Radke to reflect on what she’s learned from “no,” and the luxurious spaces it’s opened for a “yes.”

Fremont's Lenin statue

The statue of Vladimir Lenin looms over a corner in Fremont, a quirky, kitschy piece of the city. But some find Lenin a butcher, a figure who spread terror and presided over a vast number of executions. At a time when Confederate statues around the country were coming down, argued protesters, why should a Soviet dictator remain on a pedestal? We asked Seattle historian Feliks Banel.