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Christmas Trees, Twyla Tharp and Charitable Giving

Ross Reynolds
12/11/2009 at 1:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m.

Retail Sales Boom

New retail sales numbers are out today. It looks promising. Analyst Patricia Edwards parses the numbers for local retailers.

Police Shooting: Arkansas v. Washington State

Arkansas and Washington have been in a war of words over who's responsible for releasing Maurice Clemmons, the man police say shot four Lakewood police officers. Austin Jenkins has been looking at the 400 pages of records. He says the history is more complicated than sound bites can convey.

Cut Your Own

Tom Banse reports on how to cut your own Christmas tree and we'll learn how to handle live Christmas trees.

12:20 p.m.

Giving in Hard Times: What's Your Policy?

Nonprofits (including KUOW) are stepping up the requests for contributions for the holiday season. But most nonprofits are having a tough time — 86 percent say a bad economy is effecting the services they can provide, according to a report by Charity Navigator for 2009. We talk to Charity Navigator, the nation's largest charity evaluator. And we want to hear from you: What's your policy on charitable giving? How do you check out a charity to make sure they're doing a good job? Charities mentioned during the program include Ayni Educational Institute, Central Asia Institute, and Taproot Theatre Company.

12:40 p.m.

Twyla Tharp on Collaboration

A conversation with dance legend Twyla Tharp on what she's learned about collaboration, her new dance production based on the music of Frank Sinatra, and why she was named after the "Pig Princess" of the 89th Annual Muncie Fair.


Patricia Edwards is a retail analyst and CEO of Storehouse Partners, based in Bellevue.

Ken Stremler owns and operates the Alpine Meadows tree farm in Deming, Washington.

Sandra Miniutti is Vice President of Marketing & CFO for Charity Navigator.

Twyla Tharp is a Choreographer and director.

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