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'Smiley & West,' Myanmar's Makeover, And Greendays Gardening

Steve Scher
04/24/2012 at 10:00 a.m.

'Smiley & West' On 'The Rich And The Rest Of Us:' What does it mean to be poor in the richest nation on earth? Public intellectual Dr. Cornel West and broadcaster Tavis Smiley tackle the "p word" — poverty — every week on their radio show, "Smiley & West." They join us for a conversation about the prevalence of poverty in modern America and how to challenge our taboos surrounding poverty.

Myanmar's Makeover: On Monday the European Union announced it will suspend punitive sanctions against Myanmar. The move comes in the wake of parliamentary elections which saw the democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi win a seat in Parliament, along with her party, the National League for Democracy. We explore what's behind the sudden change in Burma's political landscape — and why Western governments are suddenly so enamored with a country that only a couple of years ago was still an international pariah.

Greendays Gardening Panel — Open Phones: The Greendays gardening panel offers their guidance for your gardening projects. We've had rain, then sun. Heat, then cold. What is the fluctuating weather doing to the garden? We'll take your questions at 1.800.289.KUOW (5869).

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Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West talk about "The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto" at Seattle's Neptune Theatre tonight at 7:00 p.m.


Tavis Smiley is host of the late–night television talk show "Tavis Smiley" on PBS, host of "The Tavis Smiley Show" and co–host of "Smiley & West" on PRI. He has written 16 books, including the best–selling memoir "What I Know for Sure."

Dr. Cornel West is one of the country's most influential thinkers and public intellectuals and co–host of PRI's "Smiley & West." He is best known for his classic book "Race Matters." His new memoir is "Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud."

Derek Tonkin is the director of Network Myanmar, which calls itself "the truly independent non–partisan website on Myanmar/Burma." He's also a former UK ambassador to Vietnam and Thailand, and has been a consultant to John Laing International, Beta GEM Investment Trust and the Vietnam Investment Fund (Singapore).

Marty Wingate writes about gardens and travel. You can find her works at Her book is "Landscaping for Privacy."

Willi Galloway is the host of the gardening and cooking website Her book new book is "Grow, Cook, Eat."

Greg Rabourn is the Vashon basin steward and works on habitat restoration and salmon recovery on Vashon and Maury Islands. He also helps landowners in the Raging River and Patterson Creek watershed solve landscape problems sustainably. You can see him as co–host of King County TV's "Yard Talk."

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