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Drunken Driving Prevention
12:10 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Should Washington Get Tougher On DUIs?

Cover of 'One For The Road' by Barron H. Lerner.

The King County prosecutor filed four felony charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault yesterday against Mark W. Mullan. He’s the alleged drunken driver who killed two people and wounded two others in the Wedgewood neighborhood in Seattle on Monday. The case has provoked scrutiny of the state’s approach to drunken driving. Ross Reynolds examines the history of drunken driving prevention efforts in the United States, digs into the ramifications for drunken driving in Washington and asks callers for their opinions on our state's DUI penalties.

News Savvy
11:52 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Conversation News Quiz!

Flickr Photo/An Untrained Eye

What is short and sweet and fun all over? This week's Conversation news quiz! Tune in and hear a listener play for the chance to be crowned the Conversationalist of the Week! 

News From Olympia
11:49 am
Fri March 29, 2013

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

Washington's capitol.
Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

The Governor's budget is out and both sides of the aisle are weighing in. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talks state politics with Ross Reynolds. 

News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Your Take On The News

Your Take On News with Knute, Joni and Eli at Weekday Live at Neptune Theatre.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

It’s Friday — time to review the week’s news with Joni Balter, Eli Sanders and Knute Berger. The US Supreme Court hears arguments in two cases that may reshape the legal landscape for same-sex marriages. Are DOMA's days numbered? Olympia kicks into gear as Governor Inslee releases his budget proposal. Plus, a fatal crash in Northeast Seattle highlights the trouble with DUI enforcement, the back-and-forth over where to put Seattle's compost continues and Eli Sanders buys a drone. What stories caught your attention this week? Call us at 206.543.5869 or send an email to

Live Performance
9:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

The Maldives' Jason Dodson Live In Studio

The Maldives.
Credit Photo Credit/Haley Young Photography

The local folk/rock band The Maldives have performed everywhere from the back of a flatbed truck to the stages of Sasquatch, Bumbershoot, Capitol Hill Block Party and SXSW.

The Maldives are a seven-member band that started with lead singer and guitarist Jason Dodson over six years ago, and have established themselves as a quintessential band in the Northwest music scene. Jason Dodson joins us in studio to talk and perform live.

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Shouting Won't Help
8:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Myths About Hearing Loss, And What You Can Do About It

'Shouting Won't Help' by Katherine Bouton.
Credit Courtesy/Sarah Crichton Books

Katherine Bouton was going deaf by age 30. During meetings at The New York Times, where she was a section editor, she had trouble hearing what her colleagues were saying during meetings. Shouting, she says, didn't help her hear any better. 

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Financial News
1:23 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

1,569: S&P 500 Closes At All Time High, Rising Above Oct. 2007 Mark

A trader on floor of the New York Stock Exchange on March 25, 2013. U
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 1:31 pm

The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index broke new ground today, closing at 1,569, an all-time high that erased the record set on Oct. 9, 2007.

The S&P joins the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which broke its 2007 record earlier this month.

Both indices have now recovered all the losses they suffered during the Great Recession.

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12:44 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Evangelical Christianity Edging Out Catholicism In Guatemala

An evangelical Christian church in Guatemala.
Credit Flickr Photo / Eric++

Latin America has been Catholic pretty much since the time of the conquistadores. But that tradition may come to an end soon, as evangelical Christianity vies to become the number one religion in countries such as Guatemala. Today, we hear from one Guatemalan town that converted en masse.

Other stories on KUOW Presents, Thursday, March 28:

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Human Trafficking
11:15 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Episode 37: Human Trafficking In Our Backyard

Yasmin Christopher's family was enslaved by her father when she was 4 years old.
Courtesy of Yasmin Christopher

This month, hosts Sarah Rosenthal and Kamna Shastri bring you stories about the reality of human trafficking in the Seattle area.

First we hear from Kathleen Morris, an advocate for trafficking survivors with the International Rescue Committee. She tells us what human trafficking is and what to look for in a trafficking situation. Then we hear an incredible story from Yasmin Christopher, a law student at Seattle University whose family was trafficked to rural Grays Harbor County from Bangladesh. Finally, RadioActive reporter Katherine Sims brings us to Westlake Center in downtown Seattle where a vigil is held once a month to stand up against human trafficking. She talks to one high school student, Emily Kubota, who has been going to the vigil for two years.

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Cultural Heritage
10:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

A "Yokohama Yankee" Journeys Into His Family's Past

Leslie Helm's 'Yokohama Yankee.'

Leslie Helm was born and raised in Yokohama, Japan. Most of his family members are of European descent, and you would be hard pressed to look into his face and see his half-Japanese grandparents reflected back. When he adopted Japanese children, he started exploring his own roots. Leslie Helm takes us along on his journey as a "Yokohama Yankee" — a story that outlines the racial and economic tensions that defined US and Japanese relations for much of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Science & Philosophy
9:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Howard Bloom On How A Godless Cosmos Creates

Author and scientific thinker Howard Bloom.
Credit Photo Courtesy/Wikipedia

How does the universe create itself out of nothing, then keep going for billions of remarkable, evolving millennia? Can you even have "nothing," or do you have to bring God into the equation? These are the kinds of questions that arise when you're trying to explain the origin of life in the universe. Questions that Howard Bloom — science prodigy, former PR man for Prince, friend of Buzz Aldrin — tackles in his new book, “The God Problem.”

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Marriage In History
1:52 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Federal Regulation Of Marriage Dates Back To Emancipation Of Slaves

This 1865 celebration of emancipation by artist Thomas Nast portrays an optimistic view of the future of blacks in the US. Strong families were considered important to reconstruction. But gathering around the hearth with family was in reality much more complicated. Slave holders had routinely broken up families, and the dislocated slaves often remarried. This legacy complicated family structure so much that the federal government had to step in to help sort out who was married to whom.
Credit Library of Congress / Thomas Nast

Before emancipation, slaves couldn’t legally marry other slaves. Of course, that didn’t stop them from getting married in their own way. But those informal marriages were seldom recognized by slave holders, who broke up families regularly as they bought and sold individuals. After being dislocated, many slaves settled down with new families, often getting married several times.

After the civil war, blacks gained the right to legally marry. But the patchwork of local and state laws regulating marriage made it nearly impossible to sort out the undocumented and often conflicting claims about which former slaves were married to whom. So on behalf of ex-slaves, the federal government stepped in, setting up bureaus to help sort out the mess.

After reconstruction, federal authorities handed control of marriage back to the states. But this episode from history helps frame the current debate on same-sex marriage. History’s lesson: Usually, the federal government will leave things to the states. But if the federal government decides things have become too messy or inequitable, it may step in.

Hear this story today, on KUOW Presents around 2:30, or at your leisure, online.

Other stories on KUOW Presents, Wednesday, March 27:

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School Safety
12:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Reading, Writing And An Armed Guard: Snohomish Sheriff Gets Deputies On Campus

Sheriff John Lovick in KUOW's breakroom.
KUOW Photo/Arwen Nicks

After the Sandy Hook school shooting when 20 children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old were killed in Newtown, Connecticut, some organizations, including the National Rifle Association, recommended armed guards. 

Snohomish County is putting armed police officers in county schools, but the Snohomish County Sheriff says this decision is not influenced by the NRA. Ross Reynolds and Sheriff John Lovick discuss how six armed officers rotating through more than 100 schools spread out over 2,000 square miles will potentially work.

News & Analysis
10:00 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce

Canadian flag.
Credit Flickr Photo/Christopher Policarpio

Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton reviews what's happening on the silver screen. Then, Michael Parks wraps up the region's recent economic news.

Defense Of Marriage Act
9:18 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Votes May Be There To Strike Down DOMA, But There's A Big 'If'

Demonstrators gathered again outside the Supreme Court Wednesday as the time approached for another case to be heard about issues related to same-sex marriage.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 11:52 am

  • NPR's Nina Totenberg: If the court strikes down DOMA, what would be the grounds?
  • NPR's Nina Totenberg: An interesting exchange about the 'power' of DOMA opponents.
  • NPR's Nina Totenberg: On what happens if the court declines to decide.

(We most recently updated the top of this post at 1:45 p.m. ET.)

There seem to be four solid votes on the Supreme Court — and possibly a fifth — to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages, NPR's Nina Totenberg told us after Wednesday's oral arguments before the nine justices.

But there's a big "if."

As in: There's possibly a 5-vote majority to strike down the law if the court first decides it should even issue an opinion.

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