It’s Friday — time to talk over the week’s news with Joni Balter, Eli Sanders and Knute Berger. Another week, another candidate for Seattle mayor as state Senator Ed Murray says he's in. Washington state ushered in history-making laws on gay marriage and marijuana. And in Washington, DC, Congress remained perched on the fiscal cliff. What stories caught your attention this week? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to email@example.com.
Parents tell their children a lot of things, but how much of it is actually true? Jeopardy! champ and author Ken Jennings peels back the curtain on parental warnings and advice in his new book, "Because I Said So! The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to its Kids." Join us, and wait at least 30 minutes after listening before going swimming.
Coming up on KUOW Presents on Friday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m.
For many of us there is a distinction between a virtual world and the real world. But writer Beth Coleman argues otherwise. In her book "Hello Avatar: Rise of the Networked Generation," Coleman examines a crucial aspect of our cultural shift from analog to digital and what she calls the “x-reality” that crosses between the virtual and the real. We hear her conversation with Wisconsin Public Radio's Anne Strainchamps.
During prohibition in the early 20th century, Franklin County, Virginia was dubbed the moonshine capital of the world. In the most mountainous parts of the county, nearly every farming family was involved in the making and selling of illegal whiskey. The 1920s and 30s were difficult for small scale farmers. Producing moonshine offered extra cash and a path out of poverty.
When prohibition ended, those formerly illegal moonshiners were expected to start paying taxes. Yet they continued to operate illegally in Franklin County. The moonshine trade was an opportunity for the most powerful men in the county to get richer on the backs of poor farmers. The men overseeing the operations would charge large protection fees in exchange for looking the other way.
But in 1935, it all came to a crashing halt. Over 200 farmers testified about their role in the massive racket resulting in Virginia’s Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial. With the help of a retired World War I spy, the federal government indicted many of the racket's powerful leaders, including the state’s attorney, the sheriff, a federal agent and several deputies. Jesse Dukes of Big Shed Media brings us the story of The Great Moonshine Conspiracy, as told by writer Charlie Thompson.
On September 29, King County Metro ended the Ride Free Area in downtown Seattle. A 2010 study conducted by Metro estimated that of the 8 million riders boarding buses each year almost 35 percent did not have a pass or transfer. This was costing the agency $2 million annually. In the last few months, what changes have you seen in revenues and ridership since the end of the Free Ride Area? Ross Reynolds talks with King County Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond about these changes and more.
Starting today, you can light up in the privacy of your home. State law has changed regarding marijuana possession, but the business rules will have to be developed. The state Liquor Control Board has a year to figure out how to set up Washington’s marijuana market. The federal government’s tax laws will put a crimp on any Washington state entrepreneur until Congress makes a change. We talk to the Aaron Smith of the National Cannabis Industry Association about the path ahead.
Dan Savage is a sex columnist, author, advocate and more. He is behind the It Gets Better project, an archive of hopeful videos aimed at troubled gay youth, and the author of "The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family." Savage talks to Ross Reynolds about marriage and what he plans to do now that same-sex marriage is legal in Washington state.
Bret Goodwin, right, kisses his partner Andy Goodwin in the lobby of the King County Administration Building shortly after the couple received one of the first same-sex marriage licenses issued in the state early Thursday morning, Dec. 6, 2012, in Seattle.
Washington state began handing out same-sex marriage licenses last night; the weddings will start on Sunday. We talk with some of the couples who showed up in downtown Seattle at midnight to be among the first to get a marriage license.
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.