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Mental Health
9:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Looking At The Link Between Mental Illness And Violence

Is there a link between mental illness and violence?
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Officials have not yet released any information on the mental state of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooter, but anecdotal reports about his behavior and character have led people to diagnose him with a myriad of mental illnesses. At what point does conjecture lead to stigmatization of people with mental illness? Is it fair to connect violence with mental illness? We talk about it with Dr. Jennifer Stuber of the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.

Highlights from Dr. Struber's interview available here.
 

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Gun Violence
2:00 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Ex Baltimore Top Cop's Unconventional Approach To Gun Violence

Credit flickr / A. Currell

When Fredrick Bealfield became a cop, he went after the drug dealers. After all, his city seemed overrun with them. It took him years to decide drugs weren’t the real problem. The problem, he says, was people using guns to commit crimes.

When he became Baltimore’s top cop, he took this realization with him. He told his force to let the person with the bag of weed get away. Instead, he told police to go after the man with the gun. He claims this unconventional strategy lowered the murder rate in Baltimore dramatically.

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RadioActive at South Park
12:15 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Teen Kicked Out Of His House At Age Seventeen

It started with an argument.

Marcus McGuire, 17, asked his mom if his girlfriend could come over to the house. His mom said no and Marcus remembers his mom referring to his girlfriend as a "broad."

Marcus says he snapped.

He started yelling and before long it was World War III. Marcus's mom eventually kicked him out of the house.

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Health And Housing
11:50 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Homeless And Under Age 25

Jacob was homeless for more than two years. Now he's in technical school and high school in Mount Vernon.
Phyllis Fletcher KUOW Photo

It’s estimated that in King County, around 700 people under the age of 25 don’t have permanent housing. Among adolescents in general, LGBTQ youths are more vulnerable to health and psychological problems than heterosexual youths. Many are victims of parental physical abuse, turn to substance abuse, and have both mental and general physical health problems.

Ross Reynolds sits down with three people currently living without permanent housing to talk about what issues they have had to deal with as homeless youth.

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Author Interview
11:35 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Zadie Smith Talks "NW"

British author Zadie Smith relaxes in north London, Sept. 19, 2005.
Sergio Dionisio AP Photo

Novelist Zadie Smith’s most recent work, "NW," is named after the postal code for an impoverished neighborhood in London. It’s just been called one of the 10 best books of the year.

Zadie Smith talks with Ross Reynolds about "NW," the difference between pleasure and joy, and why it took her  a long time to appreciate Joni Mitchell.

RadioActive at South Park
11:13 am
Tue December 18, 2012

15-Year-Old Girl: My Candles Burned Down My Home

Dulce's bedroom after the fire
Credit Dulce Saucedo

Lighting a few candles may not seem like a big deal. But for RadioActive youth producer Dulce Saucedo, lighting candles one night when she was 15 years old meant losing her family's home in Seattle's South Park neighborhood. Dulce, now 16, shares this meditation on the night when she lost everything she owned.

When my house burned down I knew in that moment that my life was going to change. That everything wasn't going to be the same anymore.

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RadioActive at South Park
11:04 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Shake Off That SAT Stress

RadioActive Youth Producer Evan Adams speaks at the Fall 2012 Listening Party at the South Park Community Center.
Credit Jason Pagano / KUOW

RadioActive youth producer Evan Adams is a junior at Garfield High School in Seattle. He is stressing about taking the SAT because he wants to get into the college of his dreams, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But MIT requires high SAT scores, and Evan struggles with tests. He shares his story.

Right now at school I get OK grades — I'm working to get all As. But I have pretty much failed every major test since the beginning of sixth grade despite the countless hours I have spent studying for the tests.

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RadioActive at South Park
10:54 am
Tue December 18, 2012

VIDEO: Hip-Hop Poet Laura "Piece" Kelley

Laura "Piece" Kelley is a Seattle hip-hop artist, poet and educator who encourages young people to create music that expresses their lived experiences. A self-described single mom, high school dropout with no college education, she's worked with household names such as Drake, T.I., and KRS-One, and she once read a poem for the Dalai Lama himself.

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RadioActive at South Park
10:09 am
Tue December 18, 2012

VIDEO: Teen Challenges Samoan Stereotypes

Manu Tuito'elau, 18 years old, was running late to history class at Evergreen High School, just south of Seattle. It wasn't his first time.

Manu's teacher called him out for being late. Manu didn't want to put up with it, so he started to walk out of class. That's when he remembers hearing his teacher say that it was always Manu and his people that scored low in class. He also remembers his teacher asking, "How come you couldn't do as well in my classes as you do on the field?"

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Gun Laws
10:00 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Call To Examine State Gun Laws Follows Conn. Shooting

Visitors light candles at a memorial to shooting victims, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Newtown, Conn.
Credit AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell says he wants to explore the idea of a ballot initiative to let cities pass their own gun laws. Cities are not currently allowed to regulate guns beyond existing state law. We'll talk with Harrell about what changes he'd propose for Seattle, and hear reaction from Joe Waldron of the Gun Owners Action League of Washington.

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RadioActive at South Park
9:53 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Teen With Leukemia Cares For Other Kids With Cancer

RadioActive Producer Antonia Dorn (left) hugs her best friend Maga Barzallo-Sockemtickem (right) at the 2012 Fall Listening Party at the South Park Community Center
Credit Jason Pagano

Maga Barzallo-Sockemtickem, 17, has been battling leukemia since she was 15 years old.

Before being diagnosed, Maga would do anything that let her run, especially play soccer.

Then one day, Maga felt weak and had to lean on a bus stop near her school. She found out she had a rare form of leukemia.

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Politics
9:00 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Signs Of Progress On Fiscal Cliff Talks


There are rumors of progress in Washington, DC, in the talks over how to move forward on spending and taxes, but House speaker John Boehner says Republicans have a "Plan B" just in case. We hear the latest on the fiscal cliff talks from Jill Jackson of CBS News.

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Holiday Festivity
8:00 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

A "Word Of Mouth" Christmas

Which is more terrifying: visits with Santa or long drives to see family members?
Credit Michael Clinard

New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth asks the serious holiday questions like is "Die Hard" a classic Christmas film? Also, they explore the science of giving and uncover the shocking history of Monopoly.

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Technology
2:49 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Seattle: Welcome To The Internet Fast Lane

Seattle is launching a pilot project to bring ultra high-speed broadband service the city. The city is working with the University of Washington and the tech company, Gigabit Squared, to launch the new service.

There will be 12 “demonstration fiber projects” in neighborhoods around the city. Ross Reynolds talks with Ed Lazowska, who holds the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in computer science and engineering at the UW, about the pilot program.

The Final Frontier
2:00 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Forest Gibson On How Video Production Reconnected Him To His Childhood Dream

Buzz Aldrin's space suit in a science museum in London.
Credit Flickr/Scott Wylie

When Forest Gibson was a kid he dreamed of exploring space. As an adult, he put aside that dream the same way he put aside the toy rockets he used to launch into the Yakima sky. Then this past August, he made a goofy video spoofing NASA and the Curiosity rover landing on Mars. Forest tells KUOW’s Dave Beck how his viral video connected him to space in a way he never could have imagined.

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