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.
You can bet the U.S. Supreme Court was toasted a number of times over the weekend by same-sex couples and their friends. Last Wednesday, the court overturned a key provision of the national Defense Of Marriage Act. That decision extended federal rights and benefits to same-sex couples in states like Washington where such marriages are legal. But national conservative groups aren’t calling it quits just yet. They’re working to stop the spread of same-sex marriage to other states.
Washington voters will decide in November whether food products with genetically engineered ingredients should be labeled. California voters rejected a similar measure in last year’s general election—but the vote was close with nearly 49 percent in favor of labeling and 51 percent against it.
Here in Washington, the campaigns are already recruiting supporters. Ross Reynolds hears from both sides of the debate. On the pro-labeling side representing the Yes On 522 Campaign is Trudy Bialic. She’s the campaign’s co-chair and also the public affairs director for PCC Natural Markets. Heather Hansen is the spokesperson for the No On 522 Campaign. She’s also executive director of Washington Friends of Farms and Forests—an umbrella group that advocates for various AGRA-business interests.
Smoking marijuana may be legal here in Washington state, but it's still a federal crime. That certainly hasn’t stopped some of the people that we spend the most time with from lighting up: popular characters on television. Mad Men has even seen leading man Don Draper get stoned this season. What's the history of getting high on the small screen? Is casual pot use getting more common on TV? Robert Thompson is director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University. He talked with David Hyde.
About 8.2 million kids under five in the United States spend at least part of their week in the care of someone other than a parent. And that number is even higher in the summer. Of those child care operations, the majority are rated “fair” or “poor” quality according to a 2007 study by the National Institute of Child Health Development.
Washington state however is one of the all-stars. The state was ranked number three in the nation for quality of child care center requirements and oversight in a 2013 study by the non-profit resource organization Child Care Aware. Ross Reynolds talks to Elizabeth Bonbright, the director of Child Care Aware of Washington, about why she says that’s still nothing to write home about.
For the next 11 hours, Seattle and the surrounding area are under an excessive heat warning. And rumor is that we might break record high temperatures today. Michel Loehr, preparedness director at King County Public Health, explains how to stay safe in the heat.