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Tall Truck Ban
12:16 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Senate Republican Proposes Bridge Collapse Prevention Bill

The Interstate 5 bridge about an hour after the collapse over Skagit River, May 23.
Credit Harley Soltes

Republican State Senator Michael Baumgartner tells Ross Reynolds about a bill he’s proposed this week to try to prevent future bridge collapses. It would ban trucks that are too tall from traveling on certain bridges.  Senator Baumgartner represents the 6th Legislative District in Spokane.

Washington State Lobbyists
12:10 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

What Do Lobbyists Expect When They Take Washington State Lawmakers To Dinner?

Flickr Photo/Robyn Lee

Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins joins Ross Reynolds with a special report on state lobbying efforts.  Plus, Austin and Ross discuss the late Republican Washington State Senator Mike Carrell of Lakewood.   

The Fine Print
12:05 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

New Documentary About Those Terms And Conditions You Signed

Everyone who uses a computer these days likely agrees to many "terms and conditions" agreements every year. But what are you really signing? Ross Reynolds interviews director Cullen Hoback, who takes a closer look at questions of privacy and consumer rights in a new documentary.    

Movie Review
11:49 am
Fri May 31, 2013

"Fast & Furious:" More Than Just "Shoot 'Em Up"

Seattle film critic David Chen.

The sixth installment of the "Fast & Furious" movie franchise is out, and Seattle film writer David Chen (editor-at-large, says it’s more than just “gas 'em up and shoot 'em up.” Chen says “FF6” is progressive because its multi-racial characters mostly ignore the topic of race and go about their fast and furious lives.

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Your Take On The News
10:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

News In Review: A Collapsed Bridge, Fast Food Strike And SPD Violations

Fast food workers across the nation, including Seattle, launched a strike for better conditions and wages.
Flickr Photo/Chris Dilts

It’s Friday—time to talk over the week’s news. We review what the legislature plans to do with state infrastructure following the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge. The Seattle Police Department acknowledged it broke public record laws when it withheld an internal memo from the Seattle Times following the 2012 May Day demonstrations. Fast food workers across Seattle went on a 24-hour strike in solidarity with fast food workers from around the country.

What stories caught your attention? What hasn’t been covered enough? Tell us your take on the news by writing to Weekday.

Weight Debate
9:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Weight's Effect On Longevity, And Musician Stone Gossard

Stone Gossard, taken at Pike Place Market's 100th Anniversary.
Flickr Photo/Dan Muller

Science News: Understanding Scientific Data
Earlier this year research conducted by epidemiologist Katherine Flegal suggested that people who are “overweight” might live longer than those who are considered “thin” or “obese.” Her paper angered many in the public health sector whose research has long suggested that extra weight hurts a person’s health. One in particular, Dr. Walter Willett, the head of nutrition at Harvard’s School of Public Health, called Flegal’s study a “pile of rubbish.” Science writer Virginia Hughes explains the study and why it is being criticized.

Stone Gossard's New Album: "Moonlander"
Ten weeks prior to its release date, Seattle musician Stone Gossard began releasing songs off his new album "Moonlander" one week at a time. It is his second solo album since 2001. In addition to his solo career, Gossard continues to make music with Pearl Jam. Gossard joins us to discuss music, his career and his new album.

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8:00 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

All About Grammar

Linguist Geoffrey Pullum
Credit Courtesy of the University of Washington

Don’t use the passive voice.

Never end a sentence with a preposition.

The way we teach grammar is scandalous, according to linguist Geoffrey Pullum. We nitpick too much he says, and we rely too much on old rules that have little application today. Pullum spoke about how we can fix this in a talk recorded at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall on February 12, 2013.

Zeppelin Comeback
1:26 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

A New Kind Of Airship May Herald Return To The Age Of Dirigibles

The Aeroscraft.
Credit Aeros

The 1920s and 1930s are sometimes called "the age of the dirigible." Dirigibles were giant, steerable blimps and zeppelins, and they used to be a popular way to transport crowds of people from place to place. But then there was the fiery Hindenburg disaster. And during wars airplanes could easily shoot them down. After that airships were pretty much reduced to flying above football games and other kinds of surveillance.

Audio from a broadcast of the Hindenburg disaster in 1937

A Persistent Problem Overcome

Dirigibles never regained popularity because of a basic problem: they could only dock at special places where they could be tied down. Otherwise, they'd spring up into the air the moment you off loaded the cargo.

Now engineers have overcome that problem by simply compressing the helium upon landing. It's such a simple fix that its inventors are kicking themselves for not having thought of it sooner, and because dirigibles can lift extremely heavy loads much more efficiently than airplanes, the new airship's inventors believe we could see a new age of dirigibles.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, May 30:

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On Strike
11:38 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Seattle Fast Food Strike: One Worker’s Story

Last night workers at dozens of Seattle fast food locations began a one-day strike over low wages. It’s the first in Seattle, but walkouts by fast food employees have been happening over the past several months in cities including New York and St. Louis. Alfonso Arellano, who works at the University District Taco Del Mar, tells KUOW’s Ross Reynolds his story.

Wikileaks Documentary
11:31 am
Thu May 30, 2013

We Steal Secrets: A New Documentary About Wikileaks

There is a new documentary out about Wikileaks, Julian Assange and the American soldier Bradley Manning. It's called We Steal Secrets. Ross Reynolds interviews filmmaker Alex Gibney.

RadioActive Youth Media
11:06 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Episode 39: The Ups And Downs Of Moving Countries And Choosing Careers

RadioActive's Yafiet Bezabih and Ann Kane in KUOW's studio recording this program.
KUOW photo/Lila Kitaeff

This month RadioActive hosts Yafiet Bezabih and Ann Kane are fixing to surprise you. First we bring you three amazing stories about the challenges and hardships of moving to a new country. In collaboration with Renton High School’s Arrow newspaper,  Renton High school students from Somalia, Ethiopia and Mexico share their experiences of coming to America and adjusting to the weather, navigating the language barrier and finding friendship.

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Kenya Post-Election Violence
10:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Report On Kenya, Early Brain Responses To Language, And The Rules Of Writing Radio Drama

In 2010, 1 in 120 public school students were counted in Washington's autism child count.
KUOW/Serene Careaga

Kenyan Truth Justice And Reconciliation Report
Last week a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission delivered a report on 2007 post-election violence in Kenya that killed more than 1,000 people and left 600,000 homeless. Seattle University law professor Ronald Slye was one of three international commissioners. He joins us with a look at the findings.

Understanding Developmental Outcomes In Children With Autism
By studying brain pattern responses to words in 2-year-olds with autism spectrum disorder, researchers have been able to predict a child's linguistic, cognitive and adaptive skills at age 4 and 6. Dr. Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Science, studies early language and brain development. She lead the study and explains its implications.  

Radio Retrospective: The Rules Of Writing Radio Drama
At the start of radio’s Golden Age, people didn’t know how to write for radio.  They remade stage plays and movies, but that didn’t really work. Rules for writing a good radio drama developed over time. We explore the main rules scriptwriters followed.

Restaurant Recommendation
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!

Astronomical Phenomenon
9:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Dance Of The Planets, SuperFly Films, And War's Aftermath

The Theodore Jacobsen observatory on the University of Washington campus is a good place to observe this year's astronomical wonders.
Flickr Photo/Erin Kohlenberg

Dance Of The Planets
If you’ve looked up to the night sky lately you might have noticed the three brightest planets in our solar system, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury, orbiting close to each other. If not, this might be your last chance for a while to see “The Dance of Planets.” UW astronomy lecturer Toby Smith explains to us why the rotation of planets is significant and what other astronomical phenomenon we can watch for this year.

Art Of Our City
SuperFly Film making at the Seattle International Film Festival is a program that pairs up adult mentors with school-aged aspiring filmmakers. Many local filmmakers say the program helped launch their careers.  This year’s crop of young filmmakers will screen their work on Saturday evening. Find out how 12-year-old Solomon and his mentor BC Campbell worked together.

The Mission Is Never Over
Ten years ago on May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush declared major combat over in Iraq. That wasn’t accurate and according to Captain Ed Hrivnak, retired Air Force Flight Nurse, the announcement had a deep seated psychological impact on the troops serving. Hrivnak has written "Wounded," a book based on the journal he kept while caring for wounded servicemen at the start of the invasion of Iraq.

1:41 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

The Boarding School At The Top Of The World

Inuit family portrait, 1854.
Credit Flickr photo/ paukraus

Margaret grew up in the arctic regions of Northern Canada. Her childhood was happy. She played with caribou hide balls and snacked on dried beluga whale skin. Her family slept together in a one room tent, surrounded by icebergs and kept warm with polar bear fur blankets. 

At night, her sister would read her stories in a foreign tongue. The sister had picked up English in a Christian boarding school. Margaret wanted to learn to speak this way, too. So she signed up for school. Unfortunately, she didn't realize she was agreeing to be torn from her family and her culture and to spend her days doing unending chores at an isolated boarding school.

She had to let her parents know. But how? Listen to find out.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, May 29:

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Capsize At Sea
12:07 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Surviving A Perilous Atlantic Rowing Adventure

Fellow crewman Greg Spooner rests briefly about two weeks into the journey.
Courtesy of OAR Northwest

 University of Puget Sound graduate Jordan Hanssen and three other men attempted to row a boat 3,569 miles across the Atlantic from Senegal to Miami. The journey would have set a Guinness World Record for the longest unassisted, human-powered row — had they made it.  But the boat capsized, and the rowers were rescued by the Coast Guard. Ross Reynolds interviews Hanssen about the adventure.

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