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Novelist Ann Patchett is no stranger to knitting together disparate themes to create a compelling narrative. Her prizewinning novel, "Bel Canto," managed to combine terrorism and opera. In her new novel, "State of Wonder," Ann Patchett takes on fertility, malaria, indigenous cultures and psychotropic drugs. KUOW's Steve Scher talks to Ann Patchett about all these things and more.

Plus, Ted Buehner joins us with a weekend weather forecast.