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History Of Food
2:00 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Nutmeg: No Innocent Spice

Nutmeg processing plant in Gouyave, Grenada.
Credit Flickr/Lee Coursey

Whether it’s sprinkled on a latte or baked into spice cookies, nutmeg is a pretty omnipresent seasoning during the holidays. But the history of this warming spice is centuries long. It’s also surprisingly sad and gruesome. Grab some eggnog and settle in as NPR’s Allison Aubrey explores the dramatic story of nutmeg.

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Investing
12:20 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Venture Capitalists Nick Hanauer And Richard Barton

Richard Barton (left) and Nick Hanauer aren't afraid of risks.
LinkedIn profile photos

Ross Reynolds interviews two prominent Seattle investors about business and politics.  Nick Hanauer was the first non-family investor in Amazon.  He’s currently a venture capitalist with Second Avenue Partners and a major Democratic donor and activist involved with a variety of causes.  Richard Barton is a former Microsoft executive and the founder of the travel website Expedia and the real estate site Zillow.  He also supports a number of philanthropic causes, in part through the Barton Family Foundation.  

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Economy
12:10 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Senator Patty Murray On The Fiscal Cliff

Senator Patty Murray speaking at Bellevue Community College, October 2012.
US Department of Labor Flickr

In the other Washington, lawmakers are still trying to reach a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff," a series of sharp tax increases and spending cuts taking effect January 1. House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama spoke on the phone yesterday, a day after the president offered to reduce his initial demand for $1.6 trillion in higher tax revenue over a decade to $1.4 trillion.

Obama wants much of the revenue to come from raising tax rates on the wealthy. House Speaker John Boehner has accused the White House of stalling the negotiations. Central to a final settlement is Washington’s senior senator, Patty Murray. Ross Reynolds speaks with Senator Patty Murray about the looming fiscal cliff.

Author Interview
12:02 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Nassim Nicholas Taleb On "Antifragile"

Cover of 'Antifragile' by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

How do we deal with uncertainty and chaos? Ross Reynolds sits down with Nassim Nicholas Taleb and explores the concept of "Antifragile" and what can be gained from disorder. 

Music
10:57 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Ann Powers' Top Albums And Songs Of 2012

Miguel's killer 2012 began with the release of three free Art Dealer Chic mixtapes. His second full-length album, Kaleidoscope Dream, followed in September.
Courtesy of the artist

Every year as I make my lists of best releases, I feel like that cartoon bodybuilder at the beach, ridiculously flexing in hopes of gaining some fluttery attention. How silly! My ego is all wrapped up in proving my superior powers of discernment, and here's the big competition, where my picks prove that I have more muscle than than my peers. Some years defeat the critic's effort to show off, however: consensus is so strong about a few releases that we all have to strike the same adoring poses.

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Recipe
10:05 am
Wed December 12, 2012

I Can't Believe It's Pot Butter

Yesterday on The Conversation with Ross Reynolds we heard from local chefs about how to incorporate marijuana into your cooking. James Beard Award-winning local chef Maria Hines told Ross how she likes to use cannabis-infused butter.

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Business
10:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Canada, Culture And Commerce: "The Hobbit" And NW Business News

Credit courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment

Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton previews "The Hobbit." Then, we look at Northwest companies in the news with Michael Parks.

Travel
9:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Nearby Winter Getaways In Western Washington

Crai Bower
Credit (Photo courtesy of Crai Bower)

Are you staying home for the holidays? You can still enjoy a winter excursion in Western Washington. Travel writer Crai Bower joins us with ideas for getting away while staying close to home. What are your favorite nearby getaways? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to weekday@kuow.org.

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Technology
2:00 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Our Cyborg Future

Would you volunteer for cybernetic implants?
Credit Flickr/Anomalily

Soon — sooner than most of us think — we’ll have tiny computers embedded in our brains. And this step is an advancement, a sign of a new era in evolution. That’s according to inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil. He talks with Wisconsin Public Radio about the fusion of biology and machine technology he sees in our future.

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Marijuana
12:40 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Cooking With Cannabis: Stirring The Pot

Boiling "budder" (marijuana butter) to make candy.
Sioen Roux Flickr

Marijuana is now legal in Washington state. How do you cook with it? Ross Reynolds interviews the James Beard Award-winner and Top Chef Masters contestant Maria Hines, former Top Chef contestant Laurent Quenioux, edibles maker Justin Branstad, and other special guests.

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Travel
12:20 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Please Remove Your Shoes And Jacket - The 411 On Airport Screening

How was your last trip through airport security?
Credit Flickr/25kim

Last year more than 32 million passengers passed through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and as this holiday season gears up we will see a bump in travel as people fly to see friends and family. So, more than 10 years after 9/11 how safe are our airports, what is the latest with the TSA. Ross Reynolds talks with Errol Southers, the associate director at the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events and a professor at the University of Southern California about the ins and outs of airport security.

Home Safety
12:10 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Don't Be Alarmed! Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required

A new state law will go into effect January 1st requiring households in Washington to be equipped with carbon monoxide detectors. Who actually needs to buy one? If you need one, where can you get it? Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Fire Department’s education specialist Dana Catts.

Gardening
10:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Greendays Gardening: Gifts For Gardeners

Looking for a holiday gift for the green thumb in your life? Greg Rabourn and Marty Wingate join us with a few ideas for useful gifts sure to please any gardener.

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Politics
9:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

GOP Coalition Takes Control In State Senate

Washington state Democrats won't have sole control of Olympia in the coming legislative session after all. Two Democratic senators announced on Monday that they will caucus with the GOP to give Republicans a 25-24 bipartisan majority in the state senate. We talk with incoming Senate majority leader Rodney Tom of Medina.

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International Politics
8:00 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

America Abroad: Islamism In Africa

America Abroad.
Credit PRI

The assault on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya shocked the American public. African extremist groups like Ansar Dine, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, and Boko Haram threaten to further destabilize a fragile continent. America Abroad will take listeners to Mali, Nigeria, and Kenya's Swahili Coast to learn about these groups, the threat they present, and how African countries are — or aren't — combating them.

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