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An Unlikely Friendship, Origins of Honey and Tree Hugging

Megan Sukys
02/03/2009

To Seattle executive leadership consultant Gloria Burgess, novelist William Faulkner's greatest legacy is giving her family a way out of poverty. Gloria recounts the unlikely friendship between Faulkner and her father. We also track down the origins of imported honey.

At 2:00 p.m. – Honey Laundering (From Living on Earth)

Americans have a sweet tooth for honey. We eat over a pound of honey per person every year. But, last spring West Coast importers got stung when a federal SWAT team busted them for honey trafficking. Andrew Schneider of The Seattle Post–Intelligencer investigated honey imports. His eight part series reads more like James Bond than Pooh Bear. Living on Earth's Bruce Gellerman spoke with Andrew about how we get much of our honey.

At 2:10 p.m. – Spring Pruning

While most of the Northwest remains in the grip of winter, in farm country preparations are underway for Spring. Farmworkers are already in the frosty fields pruning fruit trees and grape vines. Pruning is a delicate job. Doing it right makes the difference between a good harvest and a bad one. Correspondent Anna King has this audio postcard from the hillside orchards of Central Washington.

At 2:20 p.m. – Dare to Wear Your Soul on the Outside

William Faulkner took his readers into the decay and divisiveness of the South in novels like "As I Lay Dying" and the "Sound and the Fury." He crafted timeless screenplays in "The Big Sleep" and "To Have and Have Not." He won two Pulitzer prizes and a Nobel prize. But, to Seattle executive leadership consultant Gloria Burgess, William Faulkner's greatest legacy is giving her family a way out of poverty. Gloria is the founder of Jazz, Inc. She writes about the unlikely friendship between Faulkner and her father in the new book, "Dare to Wear Soul on the Outside." Gloria Burgess talks with Megan Sukys.

At 2:40 p.m. – Ron Sims Music Commentary

It was announced this week that King County Executive Ron Sims is heading to Washington D.C. to serve the Obama adminstration in the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ever wonder what Ron Sims listens to while he's sweating on the treadmill? From a January 16, 2007 archived conversation, he shares one of his favorite albums of all time and tells us why it inspires mind, body, and soul.

At 2:50 p.m. – Starting Over: Part 2

The economic roller coaster we've all been riding has taken some of America's newest arrivals for a ride too. Refugees who were recently resettled are finding it hard to get their feet on the ground. And even refugees who've been in the states for a few years, are having a tough time. This week we're looking at the challenges refugees face during these uncertain economic times. In part two of our series "Starting Over," reporter Sadie Babits brings us this story of a family from Somalia who has found some financial stability in the culture they brought with them.

At 2:55 p.m. – StoryCorps Seattle: Rich Hawkins

Rich Hawkins interviewed by his dear friend Bruce Wolcott. Rich has three grown sons and he says he feels like he was born to be a father. He spent many years acting and he worked for the last ten years teaching English as a second language. He's currently employed by the University of Washington in Uzbekistan. Rich and his friend Bruce both served in the Vietnam War. Rich was a military journalist. Here, Bruce asks Rich about the war.

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