Independence day has come and gone, but for the nearly 500 people sworn in at Seattle Center yesterday, citizenship is here to stay. Today on The Conversation we hear what citizenship means to you. Ross Reynolds takes your calls.
You sang it in elementary school, summer camp or church, and you probably still remember the lyrics. Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” is arguably the most iconic American folk song, though history has glossed over the political messages hidden in some of the seldom-sung verses. Robert Santelli unravels the song in this talk recorded at the Elliott Bay Book Company on May 23, 2012.
The Yakima Basin Water Plan includes one of the biggest land purchases in Washington state history: 50,000 acres in Upper Kittitas County. But it also includes some projects such as a dam on Bumping Lake that some people are not at all happy about. Ross Reynolds talks with Chris Maycut, president of the organization Friends of Bumping Lake about his issues with the water plan.
Canada, Culture And Commerce: Vaughn Palmer, Robert Horton, Todd Bishop Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. "Despicable Me" opens in theaters June 3 ahead of the Independence Day holiday. Film critic Robert Horton talks about what makes a good animated film. Then, Todd Bishop reviews the latest tech news including an app that can help you catch a foul ball at a Mariner’s game.
On The Job: Bear Keeper Katy Sewall gets up close and personal with the grizzly bears at Woodland Park Zoo.
Lemolo Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox met while teaching kayaking during the summer in Poulsbo. A few years later they started the dream-pop band Lemolo and began opening for local group The Head And The Heart. In 2012 they self-released their debut album "Kaleidoscope" and have played Sasquatch, Bumbershoot, Neumos and the Showbox. They talk about their music and perform in studio.
This past year, iconic store Easy Street Records on Queen Anne was replaced by a Chase Bank. And now the independent movie theatre, the Egyptian and independent coffee shop, Bauhaus are slated to close. KUOW’s Jeannie Yandel talks with University of Washington’s Urban Planning professor, Anne Moudon about what these closures mean for Seattle’s character.
The average rent for a one bedroom apartment in Seattle is above $1,100, up almost six percent from 2012 according to online rental community Apartment Ratings. As rates continue to rise, finding affordable housing is getting harder and harder. Ross Reynolds chats with Tim Ellis, founder of local real estate news resource, the Seattle Bubble Blog, about where to find affordable housing in Seattle.
More than 8 million people in the United States suffer from diseases like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and lyme disease. But these diseases don’t have a diagnostic test or a cure. And some doctors have long dismissed them as imaginary. Ross Reynolds talks with Dr. Andy Kogelnick, director of the independent medical research center, the Open Medicine Institute, about her research on these invisible illnesses.
Temperatures are in the 80s this week and people everywhere are feeling the heat. Rob Casey is the owner of Salmon Bay Paddle, a local paddleboard school. He spends summer days hunting for the best swimming holes in the Seattle area. Ross Reynolds talks with Rob Casey about where to go to cool off.
Yesterday, Governor Inslee put the final stamp of approval on one of the biggest land purchases Washington state has ever seen. The state budget includes $100 million for 50,000 acres in Upper Kittitas County, at the headwater of the Yakima River Basin. Officials say protecting this land will be a big step towards securing water supplies in the region. Ross Reynolds talks with columnist Joel Connelly about the significance of this land purchase.
The Washington state budget was signed by Governor Inslee yesterday without the $10 billion transportation deal. That’s fatal news for the Columbia River Crossing — a bridge that would link Portland, Or. to Vancouver, Wash. Ross Reynolds talks with Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman about why the bridge failed and what that means for Oregon.
Fourth of July is coming up, and you can’t celebrate America’s freedoms without some fireworks. But what are our freedoms when it comes to lighting fireworks in King County? Chris Ricketts is the King County Fire Marshal. He shares the rules and regulations for shooting off fireworks on the upcoming holiday.
Reform For Egypt? On Monday the Egyptian Army issued a 48 hour ultimatum to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Protesters gathered on Tahrir Square and around the country on Sunday calling for either reform or the resignation from President Morsi. They feel that in his year in office he has been too polarizing and unable to do his job adequately. Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times, and Ellis Goldberg, Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, explain the political and social situation in Egypt.
Why do Americans Care About The British Royals? Magazines in the grocery aisle are fully anticipating the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s child. Their first baby is expected in mid-July. Two years ago, 24 million people tuned in to watch their royal nuptials, which pales in comparison to the 750 million people worldwide who watched Charles and Diana get married. Why do Americans care so much about English royalty?
Greendays Gardening Panel Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, native plant expert, and vegetable gardening expert. They answer your gardening questions every Tuesday.
New Music Picks Are you stuck in a music listening rut? Music writer Jonathan Zwickel is here to help you branch out. He recommends two Seattle electronic music artists with an aeronautical theme.
In Memoriam: Dr. Foltz On Brain Cancer Dr. Greg Foltz dedicated over 25 years of his life to brain cancer research and treatment. He was the director of the Ivy Brain Tumor Center and he founded Seattle’s annual Seattle Brain Cancer Walk. Dr. Foltz died last Thursday, a short time after receiving a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
The Weather And Hike Of The Week Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.