Many industries depend on a steady stream of unpaid interns. In the movie industry, interns are lured by the chance to work alongside big stars or important directors. The dangled promise of a future career keeps them glued to their computer workstations late into the night.
Eric Glatt found himself in such a position. He looked into the law, and began to suspect his employer’s reliance on interns was illegal. So he sued. Hear his story today on KUOW Presents.
In RadioActive's first podcast of 2013, hosts Antonia Dorn and Ann Kane bring us a story from producer Molly Freed who talks about how she learned to have a healthy relationship with her Facebook page. Then we ask the question: Why do you use Facebook?
You'll have to listen to find out what the slang of the month is. Hint: Nicki Minaj.
Many people have not heard of Bayard Rustin. Rustin is the man who taught MLK about non-violence, a strategy he’d learned from Gandhi. Rustin organized the 1963 March on Washington. But he was discouraged from being a public spokesperson for civil rights because he was gay. Many activists at the time felt the movement wasn’t big enough to include homosexuality.
We hear about the pattern of public humiliation that kept Rustin out of the history books. And about how he finally found peace when the culture caught up with him.
Other stories from KUOW Presents on Thursday, January 31:
Sound Transit has been under fire lately for poor budgeting, rider shortages and even for train interruptions due to mud slides. The regional transit provider is the force behind Link light rail in Seattle and Tacoma and the Sounder train, which stretches from Lakewood through Seattle and up to Everett. Their express-bus system serves passengers in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. Today Ross talks to Sound Transit Executive Director Joni Earl to find out what the future holds for our regional trains and buses.
The Seattle City Council is thinking about developing a publicly-funded approach to campaign finance. The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission would develop a detailed plan and voters would decide whether to approve it later this year. The idea to use public money to fund city campaigns is meant to open up the political arena to candidates who might not otherwise run for office. On Thursday, city councilmembers will meet with representatives from Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles to see how publicly funded campaigns have played out in their cities.
The greatest sports spectacle on Earth takes place this Sunday: the Super Bowl. As millions around the world take in the commercials, the halftime show — and, of course, the actual game — football is facing a crisis. Thirty-three deceased former NFL players have been found to have suffered from a degenerative brain disorder called CTE, brought on by years of head trauma and concussions. Even President Obama has expressed concern, telling The New Republic that if he had a son, “I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football.” It football safe for kids? We’ll take an in-depth look at the issue with youth football coach Chris Gradwohl and Dr. Kim Harmon of the University of Washington.
The housing market is showing signs of recovery and construction has started once again on developments delayed by the recession. That doesn’t mean everyone is in good shape. Many homeowners remain underwater, with home values nowhere near the purchase price. Then there are the questions about refinancing or buying something new. Real estate and housing experts Richard Hagar and Linda Taylor are here to help. Call 206.543.5869 with your questions or send us an email at email@example.com.
Poet Suzanne Edison knows the ups and downs of chronic illness too well. Her daughter has juvenile myositis, a rare autoimmune disorder. Today she reads two poems about the way her child’s illness affects her parenting: “Betrayal” and “Bloodwork.”
For many young Latina girls, there’s no rite of passage more important than the fiesta quinceañera. Traditionally it’s a party that celebrates a girl’s transition to a young woman when she turns 15. But it’s much more than a party. It’s more like a debutante ball, and it can cost as much as a wedding. Now, financial advisors are cautioning parents to take it easy.
Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed a law prohibiting US citizens from adopting Russian children. The US adopted 748 children from Russia in 2012, with roughly 8,600 adoptions from foreign countries in total. Every year, hundreds of families adopt children from places that are drastically different — socially, politically, and economically — from the United States. So our question is: How important is it to preserve the cultural identity of adopted children? Ross Reynolds takes your questions and discusses international adoption with Spring Hecht from the World Association for Children and Parents.
People in the Northwest are among the most likely in the nation to have pets. That's according to a new survey by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. Washington, Oregon and Idaho rank in the top 10 for pet-owning households — with Oregon at No. 4, Washington at No. 6 and Idaho at No. 9. Maybe you’re one of the Northwest’s many pet people. If you are, you know that owning a dog can be e lot of work. But what if you had help? Free help. Sound too good to be true? According to Eric Husk it isn’t. He is the founder of City Dog Share, which he describes as a dog-sitting co-op. Ross Reynolds gets the details.
Matthew Yglesias is a business and economics correspondent for Slate Magazine. In March he published his latest book titled "The Rent is Too Damn High." Today Ross talks to him about everything from Patty Murray to Spotify to policies on immigration.
By law, children in Washington state don’t have to attend school until they’re 8 years old. In every other state, besides Pennsylvania, children have to attend school when they’re younger — usually 6 or 7, sometimes even 5. Now a group of lawmakers wants to lower Washington’s compulsory age of education from 8 years old to 6 years old. The bill’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for tomorrow morning and today Ross talks to the main sponsor of the bill, Renton Democrat and state Representative Marcie Maxwell.
Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton appraises two new movies starring some of the biggest names of 1980s Hollywood: Stallone and Schwarzenegger. Then, Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton considers the economic fortunes of Tacoma and the South Sound and wraps up the latest news on the Boeing 787.
Thousands of years ago this skeleton was a Giant Ground Sloth. These gigantic, bear-like animals were once common all over North America. This guy was around roughly at the end of the Ice-Age.
Credit Burke Museum
The point of this native spear head is big enough that it was likely used to hunt large land mammals like deer or elk in the Seattle area. This spear point was found near the Burke-Gilman trail on the University of Washington campus.
Credit Burke Museum
During the Treaty War of 1855-1856, many Seattle settlers fled for safety to Fort Decatur. This flag was sewn there by the women of Seattle and the countryside during the long, anxious days in the blockhouse, waiting for the siege to end.
Credit Museum of History and Industry
Shoes like these were imported from China only to be worn by Chinese citizens. These specific shoes were found in a warehouse in the 1960s. They became the inspiration for the Wing-Luke Museum.
Credit Wing Luke Museum
In 1889, a Swedish immigrant was melting glue in this pot and neglected to watch it carefully. The glue boiled over and ignited the wood shavings and sawdust on the floor and onto Madison Street. Twenty-nine blocks in downtown Seattle burned.
Credit Museum of History and Industry
This sailmaker's palm was used to push thread through thick sail material. The needle would be placed on the thimble area and pushed through the sail.
Credit Nordic Heritage Museum
Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, more than 7,000 Japanese Americans were moved out of the Seattle area to the Minidoka Relocation Center near Hunt, Idaho. This sign was posted on Bainbridge Island.
Credit Bainbridge Island Historical Museum
The B-17 Flying Fortress served the Allied cause around the globe during World War II. Over 12,700 of Boeing's long-range bombers were built by men and women in US factories by the end of the war; 2,300 of those were built on Boeing Field.
Credit Museum of Flight
"The Feminine One" by David Lemon has been owned by the Steinbrueck family since the 1950s. According to Victor Steinbrueck, who helped design the Space Needle, the small wooden sculpture’s construction was a source of inspiration for the Seattle icon.
Credit Dale Cotton
Seattle's Congress Of Racial Equality (CORE) used these signs in successful picketing and boycott against employment discrimination in October 1961. At the start only 6 out of 1,700 Safeway employees were black; three months later, there were 28.
Credit Northwest African American Museum
Jimi Hendrix used this Fender Stratocaster to play his famous rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock in 1969. It is also the guitar he used in his final concert in 1970.
Credit EMP Museum
Fish tossed to crowds at Pike Place Market have been seen in "Sleepless in Seattle" and on MTV’s "Real World." The fish market is a tourism magnet in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, attracting crowds of more than 10,000 people per day in the summer.
Credit Pike Place Fish Market
A cardigan worn by Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. The guys in the band dressed like their audience, making them more accessible than the rock gods of the past. The music and style of dress that became known as grunge defined Seattle to the rest of the world.
Credit EMP Museum
Sea turtle costumes worn in protest during the 1999 WTO conference in Seattle to protest a ruling that threatened the existence of endangered sea turtles. Those who wore them had to promise to return them and refrain from violence.
What do a burned glue pot, a vintage cardigan and a Starbucks coffee cup share in common? In this case, each represents a chapter in Seattle's history. Inspired by the BBC's A History of the World In 100 Objects, we reached out to local museum curators, artifact owners, writers and historians to help us narrow down a list of 25 objects that tell Seattle’s story. Writer and author Knute Berger and MOHAI historian Lorraine McConaghy join us for a look into the past.