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Stories From Africa, Travels Through Asia and a Bus Trip

Megan Sukys
02/05/2009

Local author Kunle Oguneye shares stories from his Nigerian childhood, and local businessman and adventurer Harry Rutstein tells us how he became the first man to retrace Marco Polo's trip to China. Then we ride on the 48 with Seattle's Bus Chick and her daughter.

At 2:05 p.m. – Stories to Live By

Children's stories often feature talking animals who learn simple lessons. These fables lay the groundwork for moral decisions that people face throughout their lives. Local author Kunle Oguneye recently published a new children's book called "Sikulu and Harambe By the Zambezi River," adapted from a tale he first heard as a child in Nigeria. Many of the stories that Kunle grew up with have helped him navigate challenges well into adulthood, especially when he came to the U.S. as a new immigrant in 1995. Kunle Oguneye talks with Jeremy Richards in an archive interview from November 14, 2008.

At 2:20 p.m. – Modern Day Marco Polo

Marco Polo traveled 13,000 miles along the Silk Road — from Venice to Beijing — back in the 13th century. His journey opened new, direct trade opportunities with China for medieval Europe. On his return trip, Polo discovered a new sea route to Asia that effectively ended all merchant travel on the Silk Road through the Middle East. No one followed Marco Polo's land journey, until merchant Harry Rutstein took up the challenge in the mid 70s. The trip took him 10 years to complete. He writes about it in the new book, "The Marco Polo Odyssey." In an archive interview from December 9, 2008, Harry tells Megan Sukys why moving to Seattle was integral to him making the final leg through China.

At 2:40 p.m. – Alice Kaderlan

Our critic Alice Kaderlan says the month of February is a good time to take in the rich and varied dance offerings available to Pacific Northwest audiences. An innovative Portland troupe is bringing their mix of surreal imagery, sound and modern dance to Seattle; one of the nation's top modern dance troupes, the Lar Lubovich ensemble, makes a return appearance; local choreographers are premiering new work; and "Jewels" is now on stage at the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

At 2:50 p.m. – Bus Chick

Seattleite Carla Saulter sold her car and started taking the bus everywhere almost six years ago. It was so great, she wrote about it online under the pseudonym, Bus Chick. Then 14 months ago, Carla had her daughter Rosa. Now riding the bus means better planning, and bringing along more stuff. But Carla's even more committed to riding the bus, despite the hassle. Jeannie Yandel met Carla and Rosa at the 48 bus stop at 23rd and Yesler to find out why.

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