Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer tells us who is on the B-list to be the next US ambassador to Canada (hint: it is not our former governor Christine Gregoire). Film critic Robert Horton picks the top 10 movies from 1963 in honor of their 50th anniversary. Then, Michele Matassa-Flores of the Puget Sound Business Journal brings us the region’s latest economic news.
The ousting of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was not popular with all Egyptians. Over 50 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood were killed in a clash between protesters and the military earlier this week. Interim President Adly Mansour has begun appointing new cabinet members and has moved forward with a roadmap to a democratic election. What does the future hold for Egypt and what is happening there now? Borzou Daragahi of the Financial Times joins us for an update.
Escape From Camp 14: From North Korea To The West Shin Dong-Hyuk was born in Camp 14, a political prison camp in North Korea. No one born inside the camp has ever escaped, except for Shin. Katy Sewall talks with journalist Blaine Harden about the story of a remarkable escape.
A Conversation With Paula Poundstone Comedian Paula Poundstone is widely known for her stand-up act and formidable trivia chops on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! She has a new comedy CD, “I Heart Jokes” and will be performing at Tacoma’s Pantages Theatre on Friday. She joins us from the studios of NPR West in Los Angelas.
Lost and abandoned fishing nets kill untold numbers of sea creatures around the world every year. But there's a growing global movement to remove what are known as "ghost nets" and prevent new ones. And it's starting in the Puget Sound.
Federal safety investigators are looking into the airplane crash in the fishing community of Soldotna, Alaska, that occurred on Sunday. All 10 people on board the de Havilland DHC3 Otter died, including the pilot and nine passengers. The plane was a small air taxi, common in Alaska where the road system is limited. Ross Reynolds talks with Rusty Roessler, general manager of Pacific Alaska Shellfish and friend of the late pilot.
Tomorrow kicks off the fifth round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. Here in the other Washington, economic ties to China are strong. Washington state is home to some of the largest international companies – Microsoft, Starbucks, Boeing and Amazon to name a few. And a recent Chinese movie hit, “Finding Mr. Right (Beijing Meets Seattle)” has put the relationship between the two on the map. Ross Reynolds talks with Kristi Heim, founder of ContextChina, an online newspaper that covers the connection between Seattle and China.
There are more dogs living in Seattle than children according to recent census data. You’ve probably noticed the dog parks, dog spas and even dogs hanging out in bars, restaurants and other public places. According to state law, animals (excluding service animals) are not allowed in food establishments. But should they be? We want to hear from you: should dogs be allowed in public spaces like bars and restaurants? Ross Reynolds takes listener phone calls.
Seattle’s own Amazon is the largest bookseller in the United States. Amazon enjoys a market share of 25 percent in print books and 60 percent in e-books. Recently, some of their prices have gone up. Ross Reynolds talks with a researcher at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance about how she thinks Amazon’s market share changes the business of selling books.
What Families Need to Get By in Seattle A new study by the Economic Policy Institute says that a family of four in Seattle needs at least $70,000 a year to maintain what they call a “modest lifestyle.” What does that look like? We talk with John Burbank of the Economic Opportunity Institute.
The Staying Power Of LEGO Those colorful little plastic LEGO bricks were first invented in 1958. Fifty-five years later, LEGO is still profitable and growing. But 10 years ago, the company nearly went bankrupt. What turned LEGO around? What can businesses learn from LEGO’s example? We talk with David C. Robertson, author of “Brick by Brick: How Lego Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry.”
Greendays Gardening Our expert gardening panel knows flowers, native plants and vegetables. Have a question? They offer guidance for your garden every Tuesday. Email your question to Weekday.
SPD Interim Chief Jim Pugel Thirty-year SPD veteran Jim Pugel was appointed interim police chief in April. He took over a department facing major reforms to address federal claims of biased policing and excessive use of force. What progress is being made to comply with Department of Justice reforms? Is the SPD making progress on Mayor Mike McGinn’s 2020 police reform plan? What questions do you have for Seattle police chief Jim Pugel? Send a message to Weekday.
A Visit To Stunt School Summer movies are full of stunts performed by professionals. Ever wonder how they’re trained? Often, they go to stunt school. Katy Sewall stopped by while students were learning how to safely kick someone in the groin.
The Weather And Hike Of The Week Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.
Only three percent of American cars are diesel, a fraction compared to 50 percent of European cars, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association. Gasoline has always been the choice of fuel for Americans. But popular car makers like Audi, Chevrolet and Mazda are offering more diesel options this year. KUOW’s Arwen Nicks talked with Mark Rechtin, West Coast editor for Automotive News to ask why Americans avoid diesel.
Religious leaders often denounce violence. But radicals also use religion to rally support for violence. So does religion cause violence? And if so, is secularism the answer? Ross Reynolds talks it over with James Wellman, professor and chair of the religion program at University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies and the author of "Belief and Bloodshed: Religion and Violence Across Time and Tradition," and Rachel Woodlock, author of "For God’s Sake: An Atheist, A Jew, A Christian and A Muslim Debate Religion."