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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Your Take On The News

Your Take On News live at the Neptune Theatre in 2011.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

It's Friday — time to review the week's top news stories with Knute Berger, Eli Sanders and C.R. Douglas. The Seattle City Council puts new restrictions on the city's surveillance powers but gives the SPD a pass. State budget writers size up a $1.2 billion shortfall. Cle Elum says no to Seattle's food and yard waste. And former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman both say they support gay marriage, as a new Pew poll finds nearly one in five say they've changed their minds in favor of same-sex marriage. What stories were you following this week? Call us at 800.289.5869 or write to

State Government
9:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Ask State Attorney General Bob Ferguson

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
Credit Courtesy/Washington State Attorney General Office

Last November, Bob Ferguson became Washington state’s 18th attorney general. One of the biggest issues he faces is how the federal government will approach legalized marijuana in Washington state. Ferguson met with Attorney General Eric Holder in January and so far, a clear policy has yet to emerge. Ferguson says if legalized marijuana is challenged by the feds, he'll defend it. What questions do you have for Attorney General Bob Ferguson? What should his priorities be? Call us at 800.289.5869 or email

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Education Reform
8:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

“Fighting To Put Students First” With Michelle Rhee

Credit Flickr photo/The National Academy Of Sciences

As the chancellor of Washington, DC, public schools in 2007, implemented a variety of changes that made her a controversial figure in the education reform movement.

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Musician Memoir
3:58 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Singer-Songwriter LeRoy Bell: The Rise, Fall And Rise Again

Musician LeRoy Bell.
Credit Courtesy/LeRoy Bell Facebook Page

Most people know about singer-songwriter LeRoy Bell  from his appearances in 2011 as one of the top performers on the network television singing competition, The X Factor. But long before televised competitions, LeRoy Bell was at the top of the pop music charts.

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Exemplary Citizens
12:02 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Who Would You Nominate For Presidential Citizens Medal?

The White House is now accepting nominations for the prestigious Presidential Citizens Medal, which is awarded to US citizens who exemplify civic responsibility. In other words, they dedicate lots of time and effort to serving the needs of their fellow citizens and actively participate in the Democratic process.The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2013, but today Ross Reynolds hears who KUOW listeners would nominate.

Tax Subsidies
11:55 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Is It Time To End Oil Subsidies?

Professor Steve Horwitz speaking at the 2013 International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C.
Flickr Photo/Gage Skidmore

While policymakers debate the government’s budget, the Brookings Institute, a private nonprofit research organization, decided to host their own brainstorming session. They asked experts from all different fields to submit ideas for responsible deficit reduction.

One expert, Harvard professor Joseph Aldy, drafted a proposal eliminating oil and gas tax subsidies. A move Aldy estimates would save the US government $41 billion over 10 years.

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College Basketball
11:50 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Is It Madness To Root For Gonzaga This March?

Gonzaga coach Mark Few watches practice for a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Salt Lake City. Gonzaga is scheduled to play Southern University on Thursday.
AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Ross Reynolds talks with The Nation's sports editor, Dave Zirin, about how Gonzaga University's basketball team has worked their way into the frenzy that is March Madness.

Ask The Nutritionist
11:45 am
Thu March 21, 2013

What To Do If You’re Addicted To Potato Chips (And Other Unhealthy Foods)

So tempting: fish, chips and a Scotch egg.
Flickr Photo/Aelith

According to the Center for Disease Control, adults in the United States consumed on average 11.3 percent of their total daily calories from fast food during the years 2007-2010.

Do you find yourself at the drive through more often than you'd like? Ross Reynolds sits down with nutritionist Judy Simon to talk healthy eating.

Domestic Terrorism
11:23 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Pen Pals With The Unabomber

A young Ted Kaczynski
Credit George M. Bergman, 1968 (GDFL license)

For 17 years, the Unabomber held the media spotlight as he planted and mailed bombs to people in order to gain publicity (UNABOM is an FBI acronymn derived from his UNiversity and Airline BOMb targets). He hoped to draw attention to his manifesto, a screed denouncing our adoration of technology.

For the most part, he failed. Upon his eventual discovery, much of  the press seemed distracted by his shaggy appearance, the tiny cabin where he lived and his unusual habits. One newspaper piped incredulously: Lacking a car, he rode an old bicycle into town! He spread feces on his garden! (Could it have simply been composted manure?)

Now, a professor at University of Michigan is trying to revive some of Kaczynski’s ideas without the violence. He reached Kaczynski by mail in the Unabomber’s maximum security prison cell. Over the years, the professor and his infamous pen pal have explored and updated Kaczynski’s ideas in a collection of letters and published them in a book. But can Kaczynski The Philosopher be separated from Kaczynski The Terrorist? Or did Kaczynski’s willingness to kill those who disagreed with him reveal a fatal flaw at the core of his philosophy?

Other stories on KUOW Presents, Thursday, March 21:

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County Government
10:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Ask King County Executive Dow Constantine

King County Executive Dow Constantine in KUOW's studio.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

King County Metro officials are warning of major cuts to bus service if the state Legislature does not pass a transportation funding package or approve increased fees and taxes. If nothing changes, Metro says riders could face a 17 percent cut in service by late next year. We talk public transportation with King County Executive Dow Constantine and take your questions on County business. Call us at 206.543.5869 or email

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Word Games
9:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Weekday's Annual Listener Spelling Bee

Can you handle the high pressure of a spelling bee?
Credit Flickr Photo/Wumpiewoo

The region's top middle school spellers go head to head this weekend in the King-Snohomish Regional Spelling Bee at Seattle's Town Hall. The winning wordsmith heads to Washington, DC, to compete in the 86th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Last year's regional champ had to spell "putrescible." Think you have what it takes to win? Call 206.543.5869 and prove your spelling prowess on live radio against your fellow listeners.

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Legalizing It
3:27 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

The 'Known Unknowns' Of Regulating Legalized Marijuana

Both Washington and Colorado have passed measures legalizing marijuana. Here in Washington, the Washington State Liquor Control Board is busy hammering out how marijuana will be grown, sold, and regulated. But there are still many questions, from how the federal government will respond to a legal weed market, how to monitor marijuana potency, how to effectively measuring and enforcing marijuana impairment levels in drivers.

For answers, KUOW’s Steve Scher talked with Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. He’s CEO and co-founder of the Treatment Research Institute, and is an internationally known substance abuse researcher and public policy expert. Most recently, he served as deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy under the Obama-Biden administration, where he was heavily involved in health care reform.

Interview has been edited for clarity.

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Science & Technology
2:06 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Forensic Advances Raise New Questions About Old Convictions

After a forensic dentist used software to correct a distortion in the image a decade later, the original expert witness recanted his testimony.
Courtesy of Jan Stiglitz

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 4:48 pm

Advances in forensic technology are showing that what used to be considered clear-cut proof of guilt may be nothing of the kind. A California case highlights a growing problem facing courts: what to do when an expert witness changes his mind because of better science and technology.

William Richards was convicted of brutally murdering his wife and is serving 25 years to life. The evidence against him was mostly circumstantial and two different juries were unable to reach a verdict. A third trial was aborted because the judge recused himself.

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Crowd Sourcing Labor
12:04 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

What In The World Is Turkopticon?

Flickr Photo/Matt Wetzler

When we think of crowd sourcing, we often think about Wikipedia or Youtube, but  Amazon's Mechanical Turk is a different type of crowd sourcing.

Mechanical Turk is an online marketplace where employers can hire thousands of workers to complete tiny tasks such as identifying objects in a photo or editing a description.  Workers are offered no benefits and are not protected by minimum wage laws. They are paid per task, often as little as 20 cents, occasionally as much as $5. But sometimes, they aren’t paid at all.

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Gun Control
11:59 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Restraining Orders And Guns: What Does One Have To Do With The Other?

Who should surrender firearms in Washington state?
Flickr Photo/Sari Dennise

In Washington state people convicted of crimes are required to surrender their firearms to law enforcement officials.  But people with restraining orders against them – even in cases where there are serious threats of domestic violence – almost never have to give up their guns.  Ross Reynolds talks with Kirkland Democrat Roger Goodman about his proposal to change that.