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Defining Marriage, Killer Housecats, And Shakespeare Camp

Steve Scher
08/09/2012 at 9:00 a.m.

Defining Marriage: Voters will decide whether to uphold or reject marriage equality in Washington state this November. How has the institution of marriage changed during the last 250 years? Can those historical changes influence the debate in our state? Stephanie Coontz and Anne Levinson discussed the issue with Steve Scher in a conversation at the Naked City Brewery and Tap House as part of Humanities Washington's Think and Drink series.

Study Confirms: House Cats Are Natural Born Killers: New research shows domestic housecats are killing more wildlife than once thought. Kitty Cams is a joint project between National Geographic and the University of Georgia. Researchers outfitted 60 cats with lightweight, weatherproof cameras. After reviewing more than 2,000 hours of footage, they found that one in three of the roaming cats was killing prey. There was also some pretty tense footage of a standoff with a dog. The American Bird Conservancy, as you might imagine, is not impressed. Kitty Cams principle investigator joins us.

Art Of Our City: Shakespeare Camp: If you have children, you know there are all kinds of summer camps out there: sports camp, music camp, cooking camp. Well, how about Shakespeare Camp? Every year, Seattle Shakespeare Company offers Camp Bill. It's a chance for kids who love theater to tread the boards and perform a condensed work by the Bard. In this edition of the Art Of Our City, Marcie Sillman visits the camp and talks with a camper.

Home Repair Answers With Roger Faris: Home repair expert Roger Faris drops by to answer a quick question. If you have a question for Roger, email "Weekday" with "Home Repair" in the subject line.


Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and is director of research and public education for the Council on Contemporary Families. She's the author of several books, including "A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s" and the award–winning "Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage."

Anne Levinson is a former deputy mayor and chief of staff for Seattle Mayor Norm Rice and a leader in the LGBT community. She's also a former municipal court judge who founded one of the country's first mental–health courts. She led a local ownership group to keep the Seattle Storm in town.

Sonia Hernandez is a professor at the University of Georgia and principle investigator behind the Kitty Cams study.

Duncan Weinland is a camper at Camp Bill.

Roger Faris is "Weekday's" home repair expert and director emeritus of the Phinney Neighborhood Center Well Home Program. He's also the Hazard Mitigation Community Education Outreach (CEO) Supervisor for FEMA.

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