Canada, Culture And Commerce: Vaughn Palmer, Robert Horton, Jon Talton A huge, destructive flood hit Alberta causing an estimated $5 billion in damage. Canadian correspondent Vaughn Palmer gives us the lay of the land. Film critic Robert Horton joins us to preview two documentaries about music: "20 Feet from Stardom" and "Secret Disco Revolution." Then in business news, Jon Talton examines excessive CEO pay.
How To Exercise Weight training, cardio, intensive intervals, 20 minutes a day, or three times a week: There is a plethora of advice on what the best or most effective workout regimen is, but how do you parse through the different studies and recommendations to find the most beneficial exercise for you? Priscilla Bell is a certified fitness professional with over 20 years of experience. She demystifies exercise and explains the best practices for a healthy workout.
Are Thousands Of Bad Bosses Making American Workers Unhappy? Last week Gallup released a poll suggesting that seven out of 10 workers are “checked out” or “actively disengaged” at work. Columnist Timothy Egan says our bosses are to blame.
In China, couples can't have more than one child. But when grandparents pressure them to have more kids, or to have a boy, sometimes enterprising couples will bend the rules. And by "bend," we mean weave a complex web of subterfuge involving temporary divorce, pretend marriages and hired surrogate dads.
Today, President Barack Obama announced he's taking aim at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. He also said he'll only support the controversial Keystone XL pipeline if it doesn't lead to a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions. David Roberts writes about energy policy for the environmental magazine Grist. He talked with David Hyde.
Most of us adjust the way we speak for the person or people we’re speaking to. It could be as subtle as speaking a little more slowly and happily when talking to a small child. Or it could be as obvious as changing to another language. There’s a term for this shift - it’s called code-switching. Jeannie Yandel talked with listeners about when they code-switch and why they do it.
Carl Hiassen is a novelist and a columnist for the Miami Herald. His satirical portraits of South Florida characters, from corrupt officials to evil developers, resonate with readers all over the globe. His books have been translated into 27 languages. They include "Strip Tease" and "Native Tongue." His latest novel is called "Bad Monkey." He talked with David Hyde about his latest novel, and why he loves to skewer his home state of Florida.
Study Finds Improvement Among Nation's Charter Schools A new study out of Stanford University shows charter schools across the country are both attracting more students and, in some cases, doing a better job of educating them than public schools. We talk with study leader Dr. Margaret Raymond of Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes.
Seattle Times Tries To Help Solve a Mystery If you read the Seattle Times, on Sunday you might have noticed a front-page story about a mystery woman who died in 2010. It turns out not even her husband knew her true identity. Investigators are still trying to figure out who she was, and the Seattle Times is asking its readers to help. We talk with reporter Maureen O’Hagan.
Greendays Gardening Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, native plant expert and vegetable gardening expert. They answer your gardening questions every Tuesday.
U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Voting Rights Act The U.S. Supreme Court issued another of its long-awaited decisions, this one on the landmark 1964 Voting Rights Act. The Court ruled 5-4 to strike down a provision of the law that involves federal oversight for states with a history of racial discrimination in voter registration. How might the ruling affect current charges of voter suppression? We talk with attorney and voting rights advocate Brenda Wright.
New Music Recommendation Are you stuck in a music listening rut? We are surrounded by new music and innovative artists. Branch out! Paul De Barros, critic for the Seattle Times, recommends jazz violinist Zach Brock.
What’s In Your Food? Take a look at a food label. Under the list of ingredients there are sure to be items you recognize, but what about polyglycerol? Aspartame? Or phosphoric acid? The Food Additives Amendment of 1958 was enacted to make sure chemical ingredients were safe for consumption, but how does the FDA monitor all of the chemicals and ingredients food producers use? Professor Marion Nestle, from the department of nutrition food studies and public health, explains what goes into the food we consume and how to be a more informed consumer.
The Weather And Hike Of The Week Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.
School's out! For many children in the Northwest, that means the beginning of summer camp. In cities, these tend to be little more than daycare with more field trips and longer recesses.
But many adults here will remember camp as something more expansive, where kids were issued bows and arrows and allowed to experiment with Darwinian forms of social organization. This producer's memories include a horrifying Lord Of The Flies moment when a boy was hung upside down from a tree and poked with sticks until the counselors found out and shut down a midnight capture-the-flag game that had spiraled out of control.
Nestled in between news stories this week you'll discover stories of summer camp. Here's hoping they bring back some lanyard-making, upside-down-milk-drinking, first-kissing, skit-performing, canoe-tipping, snipe-hunting memories.
On July 10, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, one of the suspects in the Boston marathon bombing, will have his first court appearance on charges of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, a count that carries a possible death penalty.
He and his older brother Tamerlan emigrated as children to the US from the Russian republic of Dagestan, now the scene of an Islamist insurgency. In a rare interview for the World Service program Newshour, the brothers' mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, talked to Tim Franks in Dagestan.
How do you get young people to vote and get involved in politics? One solution might be to host a circus-themed candidate forum at a popular music venue replete with costumes and a talent show. That's exactly what's happening at Candidate Survivor — the largest candidate forum in Seattle. It's just one effort of Washington Bus, a Seattle non-profit that works to get young people involved in politics. Toby Crittenden is the executive director. He talked with David Hyde about how to get young people involved in politics and voting.
With summer officially upon us, swimmers will soon head to beaches all over the Pacific Northwest. But swimmers might find their usual watering holes more dangerous this year. Large clusters of jellyfish are becoming increasingly common. Some scientists blame climate change for the large jellyfish blooms. What are the threats to swimmers and the environment? Timothy Essington, an associate professor of aquatic and fishery sciences at the University of Washington, talked with David Hyde about it.
Matthew Yglesias is a business and economics correspondent for Slate Magazine. His latest book is called "The Rent is Too Damn High." He talked with David Hyde about the latest on the economy, politics and immigration.
What Is Your "Walking Into A Room" Theme? When you think of Darth Vader, you undoubtedly hear "The Imperial March" playing as he swoops in, black robes flowing behind him. His theme song is as distinct to him as his dark clothing and red light saber. It sets the mood of the room before he even enters it, and it tells you a lot about him and his personality, without having to say a word. So if a theme song played every time you walked into a room, what song would you choose? Tell us what your song is and why by leaving a message on our feedback line at 206.685.2526 or by emailing Weekday.
This Week In Olympia Lawmakers have until July 1 to reach a budget agreement or the government will shut down. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a look at what’s happening in Olympia this week in special legislative session number two.
The History Of Food We eat every single day, but we rarely pause to consider why we eat the food we do. How did food evolve throughout history? Where did pasta come from for instance? Who baked the first cupcake? When did humans start recording recipes in cookbooks? William Sitwell has written "A History of Food in 100 Recipes."
Computer Science And Social Justice Computer science technologies play a powerful role in service of the military and industry, but don’t seem to be widely used by visionaries in the fields of social justice and sustainability. Ideas like complexity theory and nanotechnology seem to have a distant connection to making an impact on social change. Mathematician Dr. Ron Eglash believes in the power of computing for social justice and sustainability. He explored the state of technology today and how it can impact future social change in his work as co-editor of recent book “Appropriating Technology.”