Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants to crackdown on drunken drivers in the wake of some recent tragedies involving intoxicated drivers. Today, Ross Reynolds talks with New York University Langone Medical Center professor, Baron Lerner about how DUI laws and enforcement in Washington compare nationally.
Microsoft has launched a new round of ads blasting Google for sharing user’s personal information if they are using Android software to run a smartphone or a tablet. Previously Microsoft ads attacked Google for accessing Gmail users' emails to create targeted advertising. To find out more on Microsoft’s strategy with the advertising campaign Ross Reynolds talks with Michael Cusumano, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management and the author of several books about Microsoft.
Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada, Everett Herald film critic Robert Horton looks at what's happening at the movies, and Geekwire's Todd Bishop reviews the latest in tech.
Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 11:50 am
The U.S. Postal Service has backed off a plan to halt Saturday mail delivery, saying that Congress has forced it to continue the service despite massive cost overruns.
In a statement released Wednesday, the USPS Board of Governors said restrictive language included in the latest Continuing Resolution, which keeps the government operating until September in lieu of a budget, prevents it from going ahead with the plan.
Our spring membership drive rolls along with two of our favorite interviews: two-time Grammy winning musician Taj Mahal joined us late last year to celebrate 40 years in music and a new retrospective album, "Maestro." Plus, we listen back to a conversation with Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker about his book, "The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature."
As a former Dominican nun in the Roman Catholic Church, Annette Spaulding-Convy is intimately aware of the complex messages the institution sends about women's bodies. Her poem "Bonsai Nun" finds an apt metaphor in the severe pruning required to make a tree fit the aesthetic and spiritual ideal.
In the US, it’s no longer considered socially acceptable to spank your child. But parents may still be heard expressing a nostalgia for that period when it was easier to discipline a child, when a parent’s word was the law and disobedience could be quickly checked with a hand or a wooden spoon. This nostalgia is reinforced by the belief that in other countries, children are still spanked and turn out fine, or even better.
That’s what makes this story from South Africa so interesting. There’s a program there in the poorest public schools that seeks to give parents alternative ways to discipline their children. We get an intimate view inside the relationship of one mother and daughter as they struggle to escape their cycle of violence and rebellion. Despite the foreign setting, it’s clear that what’s at stake for families is the same all over the world.
Other stories on KUOW Presents, Wednesday, April 10:
As the cost of health care continues to rise, what can patients do to help? Dr. John Santa is director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center. We talk with him about Choosing Wisely, a campaign to encourage doctors and patients to ask questions to avoid unnecessary medical tests and procedures.
Seattle Police Chief John Diaz announced on Monday that he’s stepping down. Diaz was appointed chief by Mayor Mike McGinn in 2010 and served 33 years with the SPD. Assistant Chief Jim Pugel will lead the department until the city hires a successor. How will Diaz's departure affect SPD morale and the city's ongoing police reforms? We talk with City Attorney Pete Holmes, public defender Lisa Daugaard and Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich.
Are you ever driving down the street, see something happen in traffic and wonder, is that allowed? Ross Reynolds sits down with KUOW's favorite traffic cop, Officer John Abraham, and talks about the rules of the road. From four-way stops to tailgating, pedestrian rule breakers and aggressive bus drivers, The Conversation is on the road to getting your traffic questions answered.
The interest rate on many student loans is scheduled to double on July 1, to 6.8 percent from 3.4 percent. That was expected to happen last year, but Congress voted to extend the lower rate. If the student loan interest rate does increase it will be way above loans for cars or even homes. Ross Reynolds talks with The Chronicle of Higher Education's chief Washington reporter, Kelly Field about the potential impacts of rising student loan interest rates.
Scientists are still trying to sort out whether a baby supposedly cured of HIV was truly infected in the first place. Until that's sorted out, the number of people known to have been cured of HIV is exactly one. A man from Seattle, named Timothy Brown. He was cured in Germany and now lives in San Francisco. And even though his cure was confirmed back in 2008, no one else has yet survived the risky treatment he endured. And while he’s happy to have recovered, he says it’s lonely at the top. After all, when you’re the only survivor, there’s no support group you can join.
Four men were attempting to set a world record by rowing across the Atlantic Ocean this weekend. Their plans were thwarted when their boat capsized. Seventy-two days of journey culminated in hours and hours of trying to right their capsized boat.
What's so funny about peace, love and understanding? Nothing, but other words are hilarious! Ross Reynolds talks with language columnist Ben Zimmer about words we love, words we hate and words that simply make us laugh.