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LGBTQ
12:23 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Coming Out: The Mavericks

AP Photo/Elise Amendola

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”

So started the essay by active NBA player Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player. In fact, Collins is the first openly gay male athlete who is still active in a major American team sport. 

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Education In America
12:12 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Smart Enough To Get Into College, Not Smart Enough To Go?

Flickr Photo/Ted Major

Nearly half of all US undergraduates show up to their first day of class unprepared for the rigors of college life. Many of these students require extra education to ready them for their college courses.

These extra classes cost time and money, leading students to drop out or pile on additional debt. To solve this, some colleges are turning to the fast-growing supply of online courses to help prepare their freshmen for college.

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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce

Canadian flag.
Flickr Photo/Christopher Policarpio

BC’s Premier Candidates Meet In First Debate
The four candidates who want to be British Columbia’s next premier met for their first TV debate on Monday night. Jobs and the economy topped the agenda. Analysts say the embattled Liberal Party premier didn’t get the knock out she needed to hold on to her job. Vaughn Palmer of the Vancouver Sun joins us to discuss the election.

When Words Don’t Matter: The Non-Verbal In Movies
The classic science fiction film from Stanley Kubrick, "2001: A Space Odyssey," told much of its story through image, gesture and sound. The spoken word was often secondary to the plot. According to film critic Robert Horton, a new film, "Renoir," relies on images to convey mood and feeling to moderate success.

Grocery Delivery Services Benefit The Environment
A new University of Washington study suggests that deliveries by trucks are actually better for the environment than each of us driving to the store in our own cars. That might be good news for Amazon Fresh. The company has been testing this grocery delivery service in Seattle since 2007. There are indications Amazon is planning to expand Fresh to other markets. Todd Bishop explores how Amazon Fresh and other grocery delivery services are faring.

Social Issues
9:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

May Day, Mike Daisey's New Show, And Deborah Madison On Vegetable Literacy

Cover of "Vegetable Literacy" by Deborah Madison.

The Labor History Of May Day
On International Workers Day, much of the world celebrates the labor movement. In Seattle, thousands are expected for a rally and march for worker and immigrant rights as well as smaller “anti-capitalist” protests. University of Washington professor George Lovell joins us to talk about May Day’s origins.

Solo Performer And Storyteller, Mike Daisey
Mike Daisey is known for his edgy and thought-provoking solo performances. His monologue "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" was downloaded over 100,000 times in the first week of its release. It also caused a rift between Daisey and This American Life host Ira Glass when it was discovered that the script blurred the line between fact and fiction.

Deborah Madison Improves Your Vegetable Literacy
You recognize a carrot, no doubt, but do you know what vegetable family it belongs to? The carrot is related to dill, parsley, anise and cumin. That’s why their flavors go together so well. Vegetarian cooking expert Deborah Madison is the chef and author behind “Vegetable Literacy.”

Seattle Politics
3:46 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Eight Candidates Vie To Be Seattle's Next Mayor

The 2013 Seattle mayor’s race is off and running and last night was the first big mayoral forum of the campaign season. All eight candidates appeared before a packed room at Seattle Central Community College and KUOW's Deborah Wang was in attendance. Ross Reynolds sat down with Deborah to talk about who is in the race and the dreams that pushed them to run.

Public Health
3:06 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

HIV Tests No Longer Just For High Risk Groups

A health worker drops blood from a sample on an HIV test strip in San Salvador, June 25, 2010.
AP Photo/Luis Romero

Every person between the ages of 15 and 65, regardless of risk factors, should get routinely tested for HIV. That’s the recommendation from the US Preventative Services Task Force, an independent panel of doctors and researchers.

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Family
12:45 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

International Adoption Nightmare

Aerial view of Kazakhstan.
Credit Flickr photo/ Ewan McIntosh

Adoption can be a long, painful process for would-be parents. The red tape and the knowledge that there are babies in other countries who need parents can inspire some parents to try adopting from places like Kazakhstan. But that introduces a whole new set of problems.

Other stories on KUOW Presents, Tuesday, April 30:

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Labor Representation
12:18 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

SEIU: Fastest Growing Union Holds Strong In Washington

Nationwide, the percentage of workers who are in unions has dropped to around 11 percent according to January report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  That’s lowest rate in nearly a century. But the Service Employees International Union has been bucking the trend in recent decades – it’s the fastest growing union in the United States.

Since 1996, 1.2 million workers have joined SEIU nationally. Today, SEIU national represents 2.1 million.   Here in Washington state the SEUI has six locals with more than 100,000 members, up from about 40,000 in 2001. 

The union represents nurses, child care workers, public school employees and janitors.   Plus, Local 775 is the biggest, with around 43,000 members who are long-term care workers, home health aides, and nursing home aides.  

Ross Reynolds talks with David Rolfpresident of the Seattle-based Local 775 of the Service Employees International Union for health-care workers. 

Addiction
12:14 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Stories Of Sobriety

Flickr Photo/Joe Houghton

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports that in the US over 23 million people over the age of 12 are addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Not only that, a recent Columbia University study found that only 1 in 10 of these people actually seeks treatment for drug addiction. And most of the time, the treatment doesn’t work.

Ross Reynolds sits down with Dr. Jim Walsh, the medical director of Addiction Recovery Services at Swedish Medical Center’s Ballard campus to talk about what does work.

Science and Nature
10:00 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Placenta And Autism Risk, Vegan Before Six, And Greendays

Abnormal placental folds signal possible autism risk at birth.
Patrick Lynch, Yale University, 2013

Placenta Offers Insight Into Autism Risk
New autism research shows that babies born with a high genetic risk for the disorder were more likely to have abnormal folds and creases in their placentas.  However, Dr. Harvey Kliman says that it is much too early to say that an examination of the placenta could be used as a definitive test for autism at birth.

VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 At Night
Could you eat vegan? If you could, research strongly suggests you’d be healthier, weigh less and perhaps even have a sharper brain. But could you find the discipline? Mark Bittman has a plan for you. The New York Times food columnist has written "VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 To Lose Weight and Restore Your Health …. For Good."

What Plant, Where And When?
We are in the midst of plant-sale season. So how do you choose the perennial in spring that will survive the summer and look great next year? The Greendays gardening panel has some simple rules to follow for picking the right plant and taking care of it.

Sports
9:00 am
Tue April 30, 2013

A Win For Sacramento, The Special Session, And "The Night Detectives"

Cover of "The Night Detectives" by Jon Talton.

NBA Says No To Seattle
The NBA has thrown cold water on Chris Hansen’s plans to bring the Sonics back to Seattle. The league’s relocation committee voted unanimously to keep the Kings in Sacramento. Art Thiel writes that Seattle can be to the NBA what Los Angeles is to NFL. Seattle still waits at the altar for an expansion team.

Jon Talton: Not Just An Economics Columnist
Jon Talton frequently analyzes business in the Pacific Northwest on Weekday, but he’s not just an economics columnist. He’s also a mystery writer. "The Night Detectives" is his 10th novel. It takes us from the familiar haunts of Phoenix to the seedy side of San Diego with his main character, David Mapstone.

Jay Inlsee’s Bottom Line
Governor Jay Inlsee says his bottom line is ending tax breaks and adding new tax revenue to the state budget. He will get that chance to draw that line in the special legislative session he has called for in two weeks.

The Weather And Hike Of The Week
Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.

Public Health
7:05 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Consensus Builds For Universal HIV Testing

Katherine Tapp, 26, tries a rapid HIV test offered at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Washington, D.C., in June 2012. It's part of an effort to get more people screened.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 9:02 am

Everybody needs an HIV test, at least once.

That's the verdict from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which has just joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a scrum of professional medical societies in calling for universal testing for the virus that causes AIDS.

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Self Discovery
1:21 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Walking Across America: Advice For A Young Man

Andrew Forsthoefel
Andrew Forsthoefel

At age 23, Andrew Forsthoefel set out to walk across the United States. He carried a tape recorder and a sign that said "Walking To Listen." When he began, he wasn't quite certain what he wanted out of life. He felt restless and confused. He felt he needed advice — from as many people as possible.

For the next two weeks, we'll follow Andrew on his journey. For just a few minutes each day we'll hear the advice he heard, hear the voices that moved him. And as his journey progresses, his own voice slowly begins to come through. And we find he's painted a bold, beautiful portrait of this country. It's an awesome landscape filled with fragile, generous people.

We invite you step into the shoes of this questioning young man. You might find yourself renewed.

Other stories on KUOW Presents on Monday, April 29, 2013:

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Language and Technology
12:03 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Lean Back And LOL: Texting Is Not Ruining Language

Flickr Photo/Maryland GovPics

Texting has become an incredibly common way of communicating in the 21st century. Back in 2011, the Pew Research Center reported that young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 sent around 110 text messages per day. The texting craze has also given rise to an entirely new vocabulary — texters of all ages abbreviate, punctuate and accentuate in ways that are totally unique to the cell phone age.

So one question arises: Is texting killing our language? Ross Reynolds LOLs with professor John McWhorter and discusses the possible impact of txting and the feared f8 of language.

Housing Development
11:54 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Apodments: Affordable Housing Or Flawed Developments?

The Seattle City Council is considering a moratorium on apodments, the tiny rental units with shared kitchens that have been cropping up around town. Critics complain that apodment developers are able to avoid environmental and design review.

At issue is a loophole in the city land-use code. In Seattle a single-dwelling unit is defined in large part by whether or not it has a kitchen, and a building with nine kitchens triggers a design review. That means buildings with dozens of apartments, but only seven or eight kitchens, are able to avoid review.

Apodment supporters say the bottom line is, more cheap apartments are needed. Ross Reynolds talks design and development of apodments with listeners.

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