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Voter Turnout
4:13 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Does It Matter If Few People Vote?

Ross Reynolds talks with Todd Donovan, professor of political science at Western Washington University, about whether low voter turnout can ruin an election. This is ahead of the election on August 5, in which Seattle voters will decide whether to create a permanent taxing district for city parks. Elections like this one tend to have very low turnout.

American Gun History
3:35 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Can You Remember When The Second Amendment Was A Non-Issue?

Credit Flickr Photo/Adam Fagen (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to Michael Waldman about his new book "The Second Amendment: A Biography." Gun control has been a hot topic for years and the debate will play out in Washington this November in the form of two rival initiatives on guns. 

Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, says for decades of American history the Second Amendment was a non-issue. 

Transgender History
3:35 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Nell Pickerell: A Transgender Woman From The Age Of Rough And Tumble Seattle

A view of First and James in Seattle from 1886.
Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Jeannie Yandel talks with Crosscut writer Knute Berger about Nell Pickerell, a young woman who lived openly as a man in the rough and tumble Seattle of the early 20th century.

RadioActive Youth Media
9:45 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Getting The Look: Northwest Student Athletes Vie For Scholarships

Chris Grant runs track for Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood and ran in the 2014 Junior Olympics.
Courtesy of Chris Grant

Getting recognized by any college is a high school athlete's dream. Today, Ahlaam Ibraahim and Angela Nguyen talk to Northwest athletes regarding their goals, experiences, and words of wisdom about how to get exposure -- and how to fulfill the dream of a Division I college scholarship.

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RadioActive Youth Media
9:45 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Somebody Is Celebrating Something Today

Hosts Josh Medina and Walter Stanton celebrate recording this podcast.
Credit KUOW Photo

Today on the RadioActive podcast: stories about celebrations including Eid, pirates getting donuts, people recognizing their accomplishments, and a RadioActivian who guiltily watches the World Cup in Paris.

This show is entirely youth-produced, without the help of RadioActive's mentors. Enjoy! 

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Wildfires
9:02 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Tim Egan On How A Fire In 1910 Shaped Firefighting

Little North Fork of the St. Joe River, Idaho.
Credit Credit Wikimedia Commons

Ross Reynolds talks with Tim Egan, columnist for the New York Times, about the Devil's Broom fire in 1910. The conflagration was the largest in United States history, burning 3 million acres in the Pacific Northwest, and set the stage for modern firefighting.

Investigative Journalism
4:38 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

How A Monopoly Took Hold Of America’s Meat Market

Credit Christopher Leonard's book, "The Meat Racket."

Ross Reynolds talks with Christopher Leonard, former national agribusiness reporter for the Associated Press, about his new book "The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business."

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Cancer Research
3:12 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

What Are Scorpion Venom And Brain Tumors Doing In A Lab Together?

Dr. Jim Olson
Courtesy of Susie Fitzhugh/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

After removing a tumor, surgeons are confronted with an unfortunate reality: They can’t be sure they got it all. It can be difficult to distinguish between normal tissue and cancerous cells while operating.

Dr. Jim Olson, an oncologist at the University of Washington, was inspired by his young patients to find a way to ensure that surgeons didn’t miss anything.

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Obituary
2:38 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Friend, Deputy Remember Former Mayor Paul Schell

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Chamber of Commerce Acting CEO Maud Daudon about former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell. Daudon served as deputy mayor and chief of staff under Schell from 1998 to 2001. In addition, Ross discusses Schell’s legacy with David Brewster, founder of the Seattle Weekly, who was a personal friend. Schell died Sunday at the age of 76.

Rules
9:27 am
Mon July 28, 2014

PHOTOS: Remarkable Seattle Homes In A Sharing Economy

Airstream trailer on lower Queen Anne; $105/night.
Airbnb

“Sharing” has become a popular suffix in the news these days, mostly in regards to transportation like ridesharing and bikesharing. Your living spaces can now get in on the action with sites like Airbnb and Vacation Rental By Owner, which allow you to rent out your home or a room for short stays.

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Technology
2:32 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Is A Robot Going To Take Your Job?

Flickr Photo/CJ Isherwood (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at the Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT, about whether robots will replace humans in the job market.

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Music And Politics
2:32 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

'The Best Music Is A Blank Slate': Charles R. Cross On Knowing Too Much About Musicians

Musician Ted Nugent's shows at the Emerald Queen Casino were cancelled over remarks he made about President Obama.
Flickr Photo/Jan Kjellin (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Jeannie Yandel talks with Seattle-based music writer and critic Charles R. Cross about why it's almost always better to know less about a musician's personal life and political views. The Puyallup Tribe announced they're canceling rock musician Ted Nugent's shows at the Emerald Queen Casino, saying comments Nugent recently made about President Obama helped push them to cancel the shows.

"Truman Show" Delusion
2:31 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Is Your Entire Life Just a TV Show?

Credit Flickr Photo/C.P.Storm (Cc-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with psychologist Joel Gold, who co-authored the book "Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness." The book deals in part with the "Truman Show" delusion: a belief that everyone around you is an actor, and you're the star of a TV show. 

Week In Review
1:06 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

How To Merge: Listeners Strike Back

Crews worked around the clock to replace expansion joints on I-90. The highway narrowed to one lane in Bellevue for a week, causing traffic headaches.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

This week, President Obama came to town for a pledge drive of sorts. What's it like to have to fundraise for a living? Two former politicians will tell you.

Plus, this week we learned the mind-blowing news that drivers are supposed to wait for the last minute to cut in line and merge -- according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

KUOW’s Bill Radke reviews those stories and more along with Joni Balter, former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and former Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna. Plus, Luke Burbank drops by and we get an update on the Carlton Complex fires from Paige Browning of Spokane Public Radio.

Ignite Seattle
11:19 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Passionate Topic, Packed Auditorium, Five Minutes - Go!

At Ignite Seattle 24 Seijen Takamura asks, "Can bicycles be lonely?"
Flickr Photo/Randy Stewart (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Since 2006, Ignite Seattle has given Puget Sounders the opportunity to share their insights into a topic they’re passionate about. It’s the prototype for what has become an international event.

The concept is simple. Have a great idea? Share it. The only catch? You have to do it in front of a packed auditorium, in five minutes.

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