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What does it take for us to let a mother grieve?


When your teenager goes joyriding with your car, you might take away the keys. But after a SEA-TAC worker stole a aircraft and crashed it into Ketron Island, is it possible to take away the keys to a plane? We asked Jon Ostrower, editor-in-chief of The Air Current.

Breathless media coverage preceded the Unite the Right anniversary protest in DC last weekend, and is already ramping up for an upcoming Proud Boys/Patriot Prayer demonstration in Seattle. Low media literacy about who these groups are and what they want could be helping to mainstream their views, says KPFA's Brian Edwards-Tiekert.

Southern resident orca J35 has laid her burden down. But you might have been hearing more coverage of her as Tahlequah, the grieving mother whale who carried her dead calf on her head for 17 days. The reaction around the world was one of shared grief - a grief that we don't always extend to human mothers, says Angela Garbes. The author of "Like a Mother" joined University of Colorado ecology/evolutionary biology professor emeritus Marc Beckoff to talk about our response to tragedies both environmental and personal.

And former Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna's book "Killing Marias: A Poem for Multiple Voices" has been nominated for a Washington State Book Award. We revisited her culminating project as Civic Poet, the Seattle Poetic Grid.