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Ultrarunning, Old Mississippi and Sounds Familiar

Megan Sukys
01/15/2009

The Cascade Crest is a 100–mile ultramarathon that starts in Easton Washington and crosses forests and mountains. Ultrarunner Matt Hart tells us why he runs these kinds of races. We also listen to a former civil rights lawyer in Mississippi and a tune that Sounds Familiar.

At 2:05 p.m. – Ultrarunning

The Cascade Crest is a 100–mile ultramarathon that starts in Easton Washington and winds through forests and mountains. There's a five mile stretch called the "Evil Forest." Runners traverse it at night, after running all day and gaining thousands of feet in elevation. There are rocks, roots and dozens of steep gullies. Seattle–based ultrarunner Matt Hart lives for challenges like this. He's running the Cascade Crest this August. He's an accomplished adventure racer who seeks out grueling endurance competitions. In 2006, Matt was part of a local team that narrowly averted tragedy while racing through the Moab Desert.

At 2:20 p.m. – Reflections on Old Mississippi

When Barack Obama won the presidential election, 75–year–old Bill Ready danced a jig. More than most people, Bill knows how far this country has come in electing a black man as president. He talks about the years he spent as a civil rights lawyer in Mississippi — back when lynchings were so common, Bill felt it necessary to carry a gun.

At 2:40 p.m. – Sounds Familiar

A song that captures the misery of mid–20th century coal mining is the tune that Sounds Familiar. The music was written in the late 1940s and was a hit for Tenessee Ernie Ford. The Platters, Johnny Cash, Tom Jones and the polka band Brave Combo have all taken it up. KUOW Host Amanda Wilde joins us with a tune that Sounds Familiar.

At 2:50 p.m. – A Village Away from Home

About 3,000 miles south of Seattle you'll find a small Mexican town called Quinceo. You've probably never heard of Quinceo, but the indigenous Purepecha people who live there know all about Seattle: the Space Needle, the rain, even the traffic. People in Quinceo estimate half of the town packed up and went North, mostly to the Seattle area. In part four of our series on the Purepecha migrants, KUOW's Liz Jones explores our unofficial sister cities in the rural heart of central Mexico.

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