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10:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Canada, Culture And Commerce: BC Coal And Robot-Assisted Shopping

Geekwire's Todd Bishop speaking at an Ignite Seattle event.
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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.

9:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Top Toy Picks For 2012

Welcome to the Weekday toy box.
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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.

Allen Rickert's Top Toy Picks for 2012:

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9:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Weekday's Annual Toy Show

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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

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Legalizing It
8:15 am
Wed December 5, 2012

How To Sell Marijuana Legally, In Four Inconvenient Steps

Selling it is the easy part.
Ted S. Warren AP

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.

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Tech Culture
2:00 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

William Gibson On Coining The Word "Cyberspace"

A mosaic of William Gibson composed of his book covers.
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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.

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12:37 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

US Senators Want To Bust The Filibuster

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.

Human Trafficking
12:20 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Seattle: A Hotspot For Human Trafficking

A red light - a symbol of prostitution.
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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.

Alternative Energy
12:00 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Harvest The Wind With Philip Warburg

A Wind Turbine in Washington
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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.

10:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Greendays Gardening: Last Greendays Until Spring

And with the frost-bitten berries go this season of Greendays Gardening.
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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

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9:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Naomi Wolf On Sexuality And Creativity

Author Naomi Wolf.
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Naomi Wolf, author of "The Beauty Myth," has written a cultural and scientific history of the intersection of sexuality and creativity. She joins us to talk about "Vagina: A New Biography."

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American Culture
8:00 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

State Of The Re:Union: Jacksonville

State Of The Re:Union, hosted by Al Letson.
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Jacksonville, Florida is a lot of things: a military town. A church town. A beach town. And it can be all those things because Jacksonville is the largest city in the whole country: 841 square miles of sprawl, highways and strip malls dotted with tiny, unique neighborhoods. How does a place this huge and diverse lurch forward to keep pace with the rest of the country? The quick answer: often, it doesn’t. But once in a while, in small surprising ways, this place can be an incubator for innovation. In host Al Letson’s hometown episode, State of the Re:Union asks: is Jacksonville is moving backward, stuck in neutral, or shifting towards progress?

2:00 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Left Brain Vs. Right Brain

"The Master and his Emissary" by Iain McGilchrist

People often describe themselves as either left-brained — logical, analytical — or right-brained — intuitive, creative. According to psychologist Iain McGilchrist the notion of the divided brain has shaped modern history in all kinds of ways. McGilchrist explores the meaning and impact of the divided brain in his book, “The Master and His Emissary.” He talks about it with Wisconsin Public Radio’s Steve Paulson.

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1:38 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Nancy Pearl's 10 Favorite Books Of 2012

The Nancy Pearl action figure.
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So many good books, so little time. If you're searching for a book that would make a perfect holiday gift or just looking for your next great read, here are Nancy Pearl's favorite books of 2012.

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11:52 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Medicating Children

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Kids and drugs don't mix, unless you're talking about antipsychotic medication. Then they go together like peanut butter and jelly.

From 2001 to 2007, the number of preschool-age kids on such drugs increased by almost half. Between 1996 and 2005, school-age kids using anti-depressants increased even more. Experts disagree on whether we're overmedicating our youth.

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Baseball History
11:06 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Baseball: A Mirror For America

University Heights Baseball Team, Seattle, circa 1920s
Credit Seattle Municipal Archives

What does Baseball history tell us about America? That we’re a nation of scandals and corrupt leadership, of racial prejudice and cold economic calculus. But we’re also a nation of humility and redemption. William Woodward teaches American history at SPU and preaches the gospel of baseball all over Washington state. The narrative he sees  in baseball gives him hope – not just for America, but for the human condition. Professor Woodward gives Ross Reynolds his pitch.