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A Freed Woman's Dance, Sounds of the Rainforest and the Art of Flags

Megan Sukys

Local author Doris Cope reveals how she transformed her suffering into testimony in her new book, "A Freed Woman's Dance." We also explore the bird sounds of a Peruvian rainforest, study the art of flags, and learn about the deep Russian roots of a classic Christmas ballet.

At 2:00 p.m. – A Freed Woman's Dance

Nearly 60% of women in prison have suffered physical or sexual abuse in the past. The trauma they live with can inspire a cycle of repeat offenses that lead them back to prison. It can also cause deep emotional scars that take a lifetime to heal. Local author Doris Cope believes that part of this healing lies in the stories these women have to share. She's turned her own suffering into testimony in her new book, "A Freed Woman's Dance." Today, Doris tells us how she draws on her story when she works with women at the Prison in Purdy, Washington. Doris Cope talks with Jeremy Richards.

At 2:15 p.m. – Stan Rullman: Listening To The Rainforest

The dense vegetation of a rainforest makes it difficult to see very far. But the sound of a screaming parrot can travel for miles. That fact helped Stan Rullman escape from a tarantula-filled pit in the middle of the Peruvian rainforest. Stan is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Wildlife Science Program at the UW and leads trips to different habitats through the organization Global Explorers. And that trip to Peru was actually one Stan took with blind and sighted students. They all just returned a few weeks ago. In an archive from August 25, 2008, Stan tells Jeannie Yandel how he first started listening to the world around him.

At 2:40 p.m. – Post–Alice Kaderlan Dance Reviews

There are always many opportunities to see the Nutcracker Ballet during the month of December. In Seattle, the range of productions and interpretations of the Russian classic is especially remarkable. Our dance critic Alice Kaderlan joins us to talk about a local production celebrating its silver anniversary, and a Puget Sound area Nutcracker that delves deeply into the ballet's Russian roots.

At 2:50 p.m. – Letting Your Flag Fly

The boats at Shilshole Bay Marina provide a clear view of the water through their unadorned masts. So clear in fact, that a passerby can't tell anything about the travels those boats make. In ports in other areas of the country, a marina like that would be an explosion of colorful flags, documenting the journeys of the vessels. Carol Anderson had a bustling flag making business for boaters back in New Port, Rhode Island. But, since starting Seattle Flag Makers last year, most of Carol's business has come from out of state including one very tall order from the US military. Carol tells Megan Sukys what she loves about the art of flags.

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