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Living Well With Parkinson's, And 'Escape from Camp 14: From North Korea To The West'

Katy Sewall
04/16/2012 at 9:00 a.m.

Eye On Washington: University of Washington students traveled the state over the weekend gathering on–the–ground stories. Teams travelled to Roslyn, the Olympic Peninsula, Vancouver and the Canadian border to look into everything from coal to the state's oldest bar. We'll check in students who spent time in Roslyn and Vancouver.

Living Well With Parkinson's: Medicine is making great advancements in the fight against Parkinson's disease, even though there is still no cure. Advancements in gene therapy and a unique brain surgery are extending lives. But it's not just technology that's helping patients. Holistic medicine is also playing a role. A leading neurological researcher and one of her patients join us to share their stories.

Escape From Camp 14: From North Korea To The West: Shin Dong–hyuk was born in Camp 14, a political prison in North Korea. No one born inside the camp has ever escaped — except for Shin. He was raised with no concept of the outside world. He competed with his mother for food, and thought "she deserved it" when he saw her executed. Today, we look at his life and amazing escape with reporter Blaine Harden, author of "Escape From Camp 14."

Sound Of The Day: Today's sound greets listener Amanda when she gets home. Hear an interesting sound in the world around you? Record 30 seconds and email it to

Related Event

Blaine Harden speaks tonight at Town Hall Seattle at 7:30 p.m.

The Northwest Parkinson's Foundation holds a Wellness Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Bellevue from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. The cost is $15.00 per person and includes a healthy box lunch. Call 1.877.980.7500 to register.


David Domke is chair of the communications department at the University of Washington.

Lisa Kennelley is a student in the University of Washington's masters of communication in digital media program. She spent the weekend in Roslyn, Washington.

Azusa Uchikura is an undergraduate in the University of Washington department of communications, with emphasis in journalism. She spent the weekend in Vancouver, Washington.

Dr. Monique Giroux is a national leader in comprehensive patient–centered care for Parkinson's disease and related movement disorders. She specializes in integrative neurology and has developed comprehensive–care programs, including the Booth Gardner Parkinson's Care Center in Kirkland, Washington and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She is also the director of the Parkinson's Virtual Wellness Center for the National Parkinson's Foundation.

Martin Hovenkotter has been living with Parkinson's disease for 21 years. He has participated in research studies through the VA and University of Washington, and attends a young–onset support group in Bellevue. He has also participated in the Parkinson's Action Network conference in Washington D.C.

Blaine Harden is a reporter for PBS Frontline and a contributor to The Economist. He has served as The Washington Post's bureau chief in East Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. He's the author of "Africa: Dispatches From A Fragile Continent" and "A River Lost: The Life And Death Of The Columbia." His latest book is "Escape From Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea To Freedom In The West."

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