New construction in South Lake Union would block the view of the Space Needle from a park. What views from public places are protected? What Seattle sites are considered so important there are rules to keep them from being blocked? Should there be more?
Ross Reynolds talks with the director of Seattle's Department of Planning and Development Marshall Foster and tries to see the bigger picture when it comes to public views.
Earlier this year IBM’s supercomputer, Watson, took a job with health care company WellPoint. Watson isn’t the only robot taking our jobs. By the end of the century, an estimated 70 percent of current occupations will be replaced by automation. Digital labor will take over assembly lines, write articles and even give legal advice. Where will that leave humans?
Nick Offerman plays Ron Swanson, the libertarian government official on the TV show Parks and Recreation. Ross Reynolds talks to actor Nick Offerman about libertarianism, Hempfest, acting and cupcakes — kind of.
How is biotechnology changing our pets, our livestock and other wild things? Ross Reynolds talks with Emily Anthes, the author of "Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts," about how biotech will change our pets and livestock.
As the cost of living continues to rise in the city, people are finding it harder to find an affordable place to live. To accommodate the demand, developers are building microhousing -- tiny studio apartments with private bathrooms that share a kitchen with other units. The microhouses boast affordable living in high-demand neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill and the University District. However, residents in some neighborhoods fear the developments skirt zoning laws and create too much density too fast. City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen is considering legislation that could put new restrictions on microhousing. He joins us to explain.
A sign in Italian reading "Hail to the Pope" is held up after the election of Pope Francis I, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope.
As white smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel yesterday, millions of Catholics around the world received the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church: Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, who will be known as Pope Francis. He's the first pope from Latin America and the first from the Jesuit order. We'll get an account from reporter Tiffany Parks who was in St. Peters Square when he was elected. Also, we'll talk with Father Stephen Sundborg, president of Seattle University.
Peggy was a profiler, by trade. Sometimes, for her work, she had to judge someone’s character in under two minutes. She’d practiced that skill for 26 years.
When she was home, her daughter Liza would introduce Peggy to the boys she was dating at the time. Peggy would size them up, and immediately make a judgment. But Peggy differed from other mothers in an important way: She was always right.
Hugh Sykes has covered Iraq for the BBC since 2003. In that time, he’s had to maintain a journalist’s distance. In part two of this special documentary, he returns to Basra and visits many of the Iraqis he met as a war correspondent.
From the opening chorus of frogs in a swamp (Saddam’s dams having been breached like those on the Elwha river), to the closing regrets of a young woman who cannot walk the streets alone, the journalist's deep connection to these people shines through and helps us understand how someone could love a place like Basra.
Other Stories on KUOW Presents, Wednesday, March 13:
When Thomas Edison displayed the first lightbulbs the reaction was utter amazement. University of Tennessee history professor Ernest Freeberg talks with Ross Reynolds about how Edison’s wonder invented modern America.
Yesterday, black smoke rose from the chimney in Rome indicating that the cardinals could not decide on a pope in the first go round. Today, white smoke has risen, indicating that a new pope has been chosen. What are you hoping for from the next head of the Catholic Church? Ross Reynolds talks with listeners about their hopes for the next pope.
Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. And it turns out Canada doesn’t want a coal port either. Then, film critic Robert Horton asks the question: What does it mean when something is “directed” in a movie? Also, Seattle Times economy columnist Jon Talton explores how the sequester cuts will affect our local economy.
Tuesday, a federal judge approved a plan to reform Seattle's Police Department. This comes a day after the Seattle Police Officers Guild and Seattle Police Management Association filed a court challenge to the plan, raising concerns about the collective bargaining rights of police officers. We'll talk with independent monitor Merrick Bobb and senior police expert Joe Brann about the details of the reform plan.
Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 10:30 am
Want to know where you can't buy fresh, healthful food? The USDA has the map for you.
The feds' new Food Access Research Atlas lets you find out just where it's difficult to buy broccoli or bananas in counties across the U.S. Forget walking to the store in St. Louis, Minn., where most people live more than a mile from a grocery store. Ditto for Hyde, N.C., and Pushmataha, Okla.
This month NPR begins a series of occasional conversations about The Race Card Project, where people can submit their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words. Thousands of people have shared their six-word stories and every so often NPR Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris will dip into the trove of six-word stories to explore issues surrounding race and cultural identity for Morning Edition.