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Maria Semple Turns Seattle Inside, Outside And Upside Down

Steve Scher
10/11/2012 at 10:00 a.m.

Maria Semple Turns Seattle Inside, Outside And Upside Down: Maria Semple has written for television for "Arrested Development," "Ellen," "Mad About You" and "Beverly Hills 90210." Her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker. We spoke with her in August about her acclaimed new novel, "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?," the story of an L.A. architect transplanted with her husband and teenage daughter amid the Subarus, private school fundraisers and Microsoft Connectors of Seattle.

Radio Retrospective: News Radio: By the late 1930s, people began turning to radio as a news source. Radio could paint a picture of events that newspapers could not. Radio news was also more immediate than the late edition of the newspaper. We listen back to how major news events in history unfolded on radio.

A Conversation With Christopher Buckley: Christopher Buckley's political satire "They Eat Puppies, Don't They?" follows a Washington lobbyist and a neo–con policy wonk as they start a rumor that China is plotting to assassinate the Dalai Lama. Not surprisingly, the scheme spins perilously out of control and nearly results in World War III. We listen back to some of our conversation with Christopher Buckley from earlier this year.

Recommended Eating: Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!



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Maria Semple has written for television for "Arrested Development," "Ellen," "Mad About You" and "Beverly Hills 90210." Her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker. "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" is her second novel. She lives in Seattle.

Christopher Buckley is the author of "Thank You For Smoking," "Supreme Courtship" and most recently, "They Eat Puppies Don't They?"

Sara Dickerman writes for Slate, Saveur, The New York Times and other publications. She's also blogging at saradickerman.com.

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