It's beginning to look like that time of year: frantic gift shopping, wrapping paper paper cuts and collecting wish lists. Are you finding yourself stumped by the expansive toy market? Have no fear, we're here to help! Allen Rickert of Top Ten Toys and Katherine Johnson of the Pacific Science Center stopped by Weekday to share their top toy picks for 2012.
On our show yesterday, we talked with John Davis, who runs a legal medical marijuana business in Washington state. He described one of the big hurdles of starting a legal marijuana business: It's really hard to get a bank account.
His story reveals not only the gray area the marijuana business still inhabits (it's still illegal under federal law), but also just how hard it is to run a small business without a bank.
Science Fiction Novelist William Gibson first coined the term "cyberspace” in his short story "Burning Chrome.” He then popularized the concept in his debut novel “Neuromancer” in 1984. In imagining the then new world of cyberspace, Gibson created an interpretation of a virtual world for the information age, well before the ubiquity of the Internet in the 1990s. Gibson recently talked to Wisconsin Public Radio's Jim Fleming about why he chose that word, and what it means to him today.
You don't need a majority to gum up the US Senate. With 41 votes, you can call in a filibuster. Republicans defend the filibuster, but Democrats hate it. That's why Democratic senators want to loosen the filibuster's hold around the senatorial throat.
Julian Zelizer is a political commentator and a history professor at Princeton University. His books include "Arsenal of Democracy" and "Jimmy Carter." Zelizer sits down with Ross to tell us how a few senators want to bust the filibuster.
Seattle is a hotspot for computer software, gourmet coffee and unfortunately, human trafficking. The victims work as prostitutes, domestic servants and mail-order brides. That blight on the city's reputation is a sore spot for Washington State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles. She gives Ross an update on Washington's efforts to fight human trafficking.
If you've driven through Eastern Washington lately, you've probably noticed the wind turbines. For some, they're a blight; for others, they look like the future. To Philip Warburg, that future looks bright. He writes about it in his book, "Harvest the Wind: America's Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence and Climate Stability." He'll try to blow away Ross Reynolds with his story of wind's power.
Marty Wingate, Greg Rabourn and Willi Galloway join us to answer your flower, vegetable and native plant questions. Things are getting wetter and colder. Our gardening panel takes a winter break after today, so this is your last chance until spring to have your questions answered. Call us at 206.543.5869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jacksonville, Florida is a lot of things: a military town. A church town. A beach town. And it can be all those things because Jacksonville is the largest city in the whole country: 841 square miles of sprawl, highways and strip malls dotted with tiny, unique neighborhoods. How does a place this huge and diverse lurch forward to keep pace with the rest of the country? The quick answer: often, it doesn’t. But once in a while, in small surprising ways, this place can be an incubator for innovation. In host Al Letson’s hometown episode, State of the Re:Union asks: is Jacksonville is moving backward, stuck in neutral, or shifting towards progress?
People often describe themselves as either left-brained — logical, analytical — or right-brained — intuitive, creative. According to psychologist Iain McGilchrist the notion of the divided brain has shaped modern history in all kinds of ways. McGilchrist explores the meaning and impact of the divided brain in his book, “The Master and His Emissary.” He talks about it with Wisconsin Public Radio’s Steve Paulson.
Kids and drugs don't mix, unless you're talking about antipsychotic medication. Then they go together like peanut butter and jelly.
From 2001 to 2007, the number of preschool-age kids on such drugs increased by almost half. Between 1996 and 2005, school-age kids using anti-depressants increased even more. Experts disagree on whether we're overmedicating our youth.
What does Baseball history tell us about America? That we’re a nation of scandals and corrupt leadership, of racial prejudice and cold economic calculus. But we’re also a nation of humility and redemption. William Woodward teaches American history at SPU and preaches the gospel of baseball all over Washington state. The narrative he sees in baseball gives him hope – not just for America, but for the human condition. Professor Woodward gives Ross Reynolds his pitch.
Book commentator extraordinaire Nancy Pearl joins us with her picks for the best books of the year. Grab a pen, jot these titles down and save yourself the time of looking for your next great read. Need a recommendation for a holiday gift book? Call us at 206.543.5869 with a genre and Nancy will send you in the right direction.
What kind of year was 2012 musically? Which artists rose to the top? What musical trends did you hear? We review the year in music with The Vera Project's Beth Warshaw-Duncan, Liz Riley of Three Imaginary Girls and writer/DJ/hip-hop artist Larry Mizell. What musical discoveries did you make this year? Share them with us at 206.543.5869 or email@example.com.