Overall, the United States has more top-performing students than any other developed nation. That’s according to new research by the Economics Policy Institute. Our problem, however, is a massive education gap.
Ross talks with Professor Hal Salzman from Rutger’s School of Planning & Public Policy about why this is and what should be done.
Seattle is known for many things: coffee, the tech industry, and of course, rain. But hip-hop is not on that list. We asked people on the street which rap artists come from Seattle, and the only ones they could think of were Macklemore and Sir Mix-A-Lot. None had heard of a rapper who has lived here his whole life, M-Eaze.
Last week, a task force made up of elected officials prepared to make the final decision on what to do with Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. They agreed they had to do something. After all, the building was full of the memories of the students killed there in December. But should they remodel it? Tear it down and build somewhere else?
For now, the students are crammed into other schools. But economic reality and the school district's space limitations have forced them to face the painful fact: Something had to be done with Sandy Hook.
In a packed meeting, parents, teachers and staff gave emotional testimony. In the end, the task force put off the decision. You just can't rush these things.
After the death of a loved one, many of us face the painful drudgery of picking up the pieces of a life. We arrange funerals. We read through the will. Sometimes, friends offer sympathy and advice -- and this helps.
This is also happening with Sandy Hook. Some of the other school administrators who've lived through shootings have stepped forward, to offer their experiences. They've shown that people can get through this, it just takes time. And it doesn't hurt to have a good architect.
Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, Thursday, May 9:
Your Bike Helmet Isn't As Safe As You Think You probably think your bicycle helmet keeps you safe getting a concussion. You’re wrong. It doesn’t. Most helmets only prevent skull fractures. As a result, bicycle deaths are down, but concussions and other brain injuries are on the rise as biking becomes more popular. Writer Bruce Barcott explains that some helmet manufactures have ignored the concussion problem because they believed it couldn’t be fixed. Others thought consumers would be unwilling to pay more for a protection they assume they already have.
Who's A Genius? We often toss around the word “genius,” but what does it really mean? How does the definition of genius change depending on region or expertise? Eleven years ago, the staff at The Stranger weekly newspaper came up with the tongue-in-cheek Genius Awards for artists in the Seattle area. They were joking, but over the past decade, awards have gone to some people who would fit the dictionary description.
Radio Retrospective: From Live To Tape During the early years of radio, performances were always live — that is, until tape was invented and accepted by the industry. How did tape change radio?
A Lunch Recommendation Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!
Nigisti Hailemariam has been in the United States for over 20 years. She has two kids, a stable job, and a red Honda outside her three-bedroom apartment. But life wasn't always this peaceful for Nigisti. RadioActive youth producer Yafiet Bezabih tells the story of his mother's journey.
Seattle Parks Plan Seattle officials want to hear from you about the future of the city’s parks. They're holding meetings this month to get public input on a parks plan that will guide where the city directs its resources in the years to come. We hear more from City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw.
Art Of Our City A new live music and film project explores the line between ambition and bad luck as it applied to the Donner Party. "We Are All Failing Them" is a new commission by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum (teaser below). It’s a song cycle performed live to film. We talk with composer Robin Holcomb about the latest venture in her wide-ranging career.
Neal Thompson On Robert “Believe It Or Not!” Ripley A 1936 newspaper poll declared Robert Ripley the most popular man in America. How did a young, awkward newspaper cartoonist become a worldwide adventurer synonymous with the strange and unusual? Official Ripley biographer Neal Thompson joins us.
The Woodstock generation may be aging, but don't try to tell them they're not still cool. Poet Marjorie Manwaring's "Letter to Mick Jagger from the St. Paul Chapter of the Daughters of Norway" captures the dissonance between how we feel inside, and how we may appear to others.
Most people know kids in America don't get enough sleep. But did you know they're the sleepiest in the world? Researchers in Boston say sleep deprivation partly explains why US students are falling behind in math and science.
Full list of stories on KUOW Presents, Wednesday, May 8:
Nearly 35 percent of students are abusing stimulants such as Adderall, Ritalin or Vyvanse. That's according to a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. The stimulants are often used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but they're also being used by students attempting to focus.
Ross Reynolds interviews Dr. Cora Breuner, an adolescent medicine specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Yesterday, Mark Sanford was elected congressman from South Carolina’s 1st District. Last time Sanford was in the public spotlight, it was for an affair he had with a woman from Argentina. Sanford certainly is not the first public official to make a comeback following a scandal. Do you care about public officials’ private lives? Ross Reynolds takes your calls.
News From Up North Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest from Canada.
"The Great Gatsby" The latest film adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s "The Great Gatsby" opens Friday. Film critic Robert Horton reviews the “strangeness” of Baz Luhrmann’s filmmaking and whether or not the anachronistic elements of the film worked.
The Successes And Failures In Local Business Boeing is sending some engineering work to South Carolina, Microsoft is rethinking design elements of Windows 8 for PCs, and State Farm will begin hiring up to 1,000 jobs in Tacoma. Michael Parks has the latest on business news.
One day when she was in eighth grade, Alyssa Cruz noticed something strange. She was in the middle of a basketball game. Here's how she's describes it:
I was putting my hair up and I noticed that there was this windy bald patch on the top right of my head. It was completely smooth, and I wondered what had happened, because it didn’t look like someone just cut it off while I was sleeping.
How The World Is Responding To Syria The US and Russia have agreed to convene an international conference to discuss ways of diplomatically settling the ongoing conflict in Syria. Dr. Steven Cook, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the implications of this conference and how the international community should be intervening in the crisis.
Sexual Assault In The Military The Pentagon has released a report on sexual assault in the military. It estimates that 26,000 military members were sexually assaulted in 2012, a large increase from the previous year. The report comes out just as Sen. Patty Murray and Sen. Kelly Ayotte argued for a bill that would work to reduce sexual assaults and help victims of the crime. Sen. Patty Murray and KUOW’s Patricia Murphy explain the new bill and the Pentagon's study.
The Effects Of Blast Injuries On Hormone Levels In Veterans A new study suggests that people with blast injuries are more likely to have irregular hormone levels. The hormone imbalance can lead to PTSD-like symptoms, depression and physical symptoms that raise the risk of heart attacks and strokes. University of Washington professor Charles Wilkinson studied the hormone levels in veterans who had suffered from concussions caused by blast injuries.
Basketball Diplomacy NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman is using his friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to ask for the release of Kenneth Bae, the Lynnwood man sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for "hostile acts" against the government. Rodman took to Twitter on Tuesday to ask Kim to “do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose.” We talk with Seattle Times editorial writer Thanh Tan, who first urged Rodman via social media to approach his “lifelong friend” on Bae’s behalf.