Marine microbes are not as cute as sea otters, but they do produce about half the oxygen on the planet. Meaning you have microscopic marine microbes to thank for every other breath you take. And University of Washington oceanographer Ginger Armbrust just received a multi-million dollar grant to study marine microbial ecology from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Ross Reynolds talks with Professor Armbrust about the latest science on the microbes that we can thank for every other breath.
Seattle’s Democratic State Senator Ed Murray is running for mayor of Seattle. Ross Reynolds talks with Sen. Murray about the challenges of being Seattle's mayor and what sets him apart from the other candidates.
Musician John O'Regan was touring with his indie rock band when one night after a show he started having convulsions. He was rushed to the hospital where John wound up getting emergency treatment for Crohn's disease. O'Regan had to stay in the hospital for weeks. But all that time in spent recovering kick-started a surprising persona shift in his musical career.
In this excerpt from a longer interview with the CBC's Sook Yin lee, John O'Regan talked about what happened to him during his time spent healing, and what the experience helped him learn about himself and his music.
Landslide season has begun. That's when we hear stories about houses sliding down Seattle's famously steep slopes. But according to geologist "Hig" Higman, landslide season is about to get even hairier.
Jeff Rubin was a high-flying economist at a major Canadian investment bank, until he decided to write a book about how high oil prices were going to flatten the global economy. Ross Reynolds talks Jeff Rubin about the steadily mounting demand for cheap oil in a world of dwindling supply.
Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada, film critic Robert Horton looks at actors and directors who did well for themselves in 2012, and Geekwire’s Todd Bishop reviews the latest in tech, including a new Seattle men's store that wants to use technology to change the way you shop.
The holidays are approaching and toys are back in the spotlight. What are the best new toys of the year? Allen Rickert of Top Ten Toys and Katherine Johnson of the Pacific Science Center store join us in our studio, bringing toys of all kinds with them.
We’ll also hear what's on the wish list of a classroom at Garden International Preschool. Bring your inner child and join us at 206.543.5869 or email@example.com.
It's beginning to look like that time of year: frantic gift shopping, wrapping paper paper cuts and collecting wish lists. Are you finding yourself stumped by the expansive toy market? Have no fear, we're here to help! Allen Rickert of Top Ten Toys and Katherine Johnson of the Pacific Science Center stopped by Weekday to share their top toy picks for 2012.
On our show yesterday, we talked with John Davis, who runs a legal medical marijuana business in Washington state. He described one of the big hurdles of starting a legal marijuana business: It's really hard to get a bank account.
His story reveals not only the gray area the marijuana business still inhabits (it's still illegal under federal law), but also just how hard it is to run a small business without a bank.
Science Fiction Novelist William Gibson first coined the term "cyberspace” in his short story "Burning Chrome.” He then popularized the concept in his debut novel “Neuromancer” in 1984. In imagining the then new world of cyberspace, Gibson created an interpretation of a virtual world for the information age, well before the ubiquity of the Internet in the 1990s. Gibson recently talked to Wisconsin Public Radio's Jim Fleming about why he chose that word, and what it means to him today.
You don't need a majority to gum up the US Senate. With 41 votes, you can call in a filibuster. Republicans defend the filibuster, but Democrats hate it. That's why Democratic senators want to loosen the filibuster's hold around the senatorial throat.
Julian Zelizer is a political commentator and a history professor at Princeton University. His books include "Arsenal of Democracy" and "Jimmy Carter." Zelizer sits down with Ross to tell us how a few senators want to bust the filibuster.
Seattle is a hotspot for computer software, gourmet coffee and unfortunately, human trafficking. The victims work as prostitutes, domestic servants and mail-order brides. That blight on the city's reputation is a sore spot for Washington State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles. She gives Ross an update on Washington's efforts to fight human trafficking.
If you've driven through Eastern Washington lately, you've probably noticed the wind turbines. For some, they're a blight; for others, they look like the future. To Philip Warburg, that future looks bright. He writes about it in his book, "Harvest the Wind: America's Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence and Climate Stability." He'll try to blow away Ross Reynolds with his story of wind's power.
Marty Wingate, Greg Rabourn and Willi Galloway join us to answer your flower, vegetable and native plant questions. Things are getting wetter and colder. Our gardening panel takes a winter break after today, so this is your last chance until spring to have your questions answered. Call us at 206.543.5869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.