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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce

Vaughn Palmer in the KUOW studio.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada, film critic Robert Horton looks at what's happening at the movies, and Geekwire's Todd Bishop reviews the latest in tech.

Social Change
9:15 am
Wed March 20, 2013

A Gay Catholic Priest Fights For Position In Church

Rosary beads.
Credit Flickr Photo/Michal

Father Bernard Lynch says there’s no vow in which Catholic priests promise not to be gay. But that didn’t make Lynch's life any easier. He and other gay and lesbian Catholics in New York City had to hold their own Eucharist (communion) in secret in another church.

It wasn’t until the AIDS crisis, when people suffering from emergent disease couldn’t get comfort from the church, that Bernard discovered why he’d remained a priest through all those years of adversity.

Other stories on KUOW Presents, Wednesday, March 20:

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Science Education
9:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

NPR's Ira Flatow: Science Is Sexy

NPR science correspondent Ira Flatow.
Credit Courtesy Ira Flatow

Is science sexy? Public radio and TV journalist Ira Flatow thinks so. Every week, he turns scientific discoveries into conversation pieces on his radio program Science Friday. In his talk “Science is Sexy,” he argues that museums, zoos, TV shows and films have overtaken formal education as the main ways people learn about science. Whether it’s the Mars rover or the Large Hadron Collider, scientific research is a hot commodity. Is popular science good for science as a whole?

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12:07 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Big Brother Is Watching, But Do You Really Care?

What are your thoughts about having cameras in public spaces?
Eugene Gorny

Yesterday the Seattle City Council unanimously passed legislation to require city departments to obtain council approval before acquiring and installing certain surveillance equipment. How do you feel about cameras in public spaces? Ross Reynolds talks with listeners about the pros and cons of having big brother watch us.

Listener Comments
12:05 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

What Seattle Had To Say About The Iraq War In 2003

Ten years ago today President George W. Bush announced the war on Iraq had begun. On that day Ross Reynolds asked listeners if they were in the military or part of a military family, and what they thought about the then-fresh announcement of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Today on The Conversation we play for you our listener reactions to the announcement of the war in Iraq. 

Spring Cleaning
12:00 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Training Your Brain To Have A Composed Domain

Where do you start your spring cleaning?
Flickr Photo/Sheila Y

It’s not officially spring, but we are only 24 hours away! Sure for some spring means blooming flowers, chirping birds and if we are lucky, warmer weather. But there is another thing that many people associate with spring — cleaning. But where do you start? How do you tackle that pile of mail that has been multiplying like rabbits and is now taking over your desk? Is less, more? What is "bus-stop clutter"?

10:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

The Power Of Emerging Economies

Emerging economies utilize global transport to move goods and stimulate exports. This particular ship is leaving Vancouver, Canada, passing under the Lion's Gate Bridge.
Credit Flickr Photo/Evan Leeson

In 2010, emerging economies accounted for almost 40 percent of the world's gross domestic product — twice as much as they did in 1990. Today, one in four Fortune 500 firms comes from emerging markets. How far can growth carry nations out of poverty and toward a strong economic foundation? We hear what the economic successes of developing countries can teach the developed world from Peter Blair Henry of NYU’s Stern School of Business.

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9:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Remembering The Iraq War

Marine Corps' Lima Company pay tribute to fallen soldiers at Haditha Dam in Iraq.
Credit Flickr Photo/James McCauley

March 19, 2013 marks 10 years since the beginning of the war in Iraq. A total of 3,489 Americans died in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Nearly another 32,000 were wounded in action. The numbers obscure the thousands of individual stories from the War in Iraq. We hear stories of those who fought, worked and died in the war.

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Space Habitats
8:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Designing Homes For Astronauts

An astronaut makes a zero-gravity space joke by pretending to balance colleague on a single finger.
Credit NASA

If an architect on planet earth wants to design a home, he or she must work with the same basic elements designers have used for centuries: floors, walls, and ceilings.

That all changed when designers began planning dwelling units for astronauts. In zero gravity, there’s no up, no down, no reason to distinguish floors from walls from ceilings! Every surface was a potential light source, dinner table (just add Velcro) or toilet (please don't mix them up). But the astronauts living in those spaces had a much different take on that design revolution.

It turns we need more than our basic biological needs met in order to feel comfortable. We need a view of the horizon, we need light overhead (like the sun) and we need the ritual of sitting down at a proper table to share a meal together. The more alien the environment, the more reminders we need of our humanity.

99% Invisible explores design for astronauts, today on KUOW Presents.

Other stories on KUOW Presents, Tuesday, March 19:

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International Finance
1:15 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Why The Crisis In Cyprus May End Up Hurting You Too

Cypriots protest an EU bailout deal outside the parliament in Nicosia on Monday. A proposed bailout deal would slap a levy on all Cypriot bank savings.
Patrick Baz AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 9:28 am

Ask Americans to point out Cyprus, and most would have to spin a globe several times before noticing the small island nation, east of Greece and south of Turkey.

But whether or not you have ever given a thought to the 1.1 million people living there under the warm Mediterranean sun, Cyprus might send a chill up your spine this week.

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Drug Distribution
12:33 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Mechanized Marijuana Dispenser Offers One Regulation Solution

Now that Washington has approved legalized marijuana, the state faces logistical challenges regarding marijuana dispensing, including defining consumer limits and determining business regulations. Weekday spoke with consultant and Medbox CEO Dr. Bruce Bedrick who shared his advice about marijuana dispensing.

Interview has been edited for clarity.

Why does legal marijuana need different controls than alcohol?

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12:21 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Take My Dog, Please! And Other Tales From The Sharing Economy

Would you let this guy sleep on your couch?
Flickr Photo/Jiuck

You've heard the phrase, "It's not personal, it's business." But as people start to share everything from their bedroom to their dog it can, and often is both. So what is the sharing economy? A personal exchange of goods and services, sometimes for free, sometimes for money.

Think couch surfing, where homeowners allow people to sleep on their couch or in their spare bedroom for free. Or AirBnB where you can rent out your house or apartment. Or the Phinney Neighborhood Association's tool library that allows you to borrow tools without a fee. Or new services that allow you to rent out your car. There is even a co-op to share dogs. Ross Reynolds talks to listeners about their experiences, both good and bad, in this new sharing economy.

12:06 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Charities Like TOMS Shoes Might Do More Harm Than Good

Window display of TOMS shoes, along with campaign message: One for One.
Flickr Photo/Bruce Stokes

It’s a popular model for charities these days: “one for one.” Buy something for yourself and a needy African somewhere will receive the same. That strategy has made charities like TOMS shoes wildly successful. Customers who buy the shoes often feel they’re patronizing a different sort of company. But this sort of giving might actually be doing more harm than good.

Other stories on KUOW Presents, Monday, March 18:

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Drug Laws
12:05 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

How Washington's Pot Legalization Breaks International Law

US Attorney General Eric Holder is pondering what to do about Washington and Colorado’s legalization of marijuana, a substance still illegal under US law. But it’s also become an international issue. Last Thursday, the United Nations issued a press release stating Washington state’s legalization actually violates international law. This statement comes amidst criticism from Latin American leaders calling America’s inconsistency between foreign and domestic drug policies hypocritical. The Obama administration has said a legalization strategy — at least abroad — is off the table. Ross Reynolds talks with Bruce Bagley, a professor of international studies at the University of Miami and expert on US-Latin America relations.

Retirement Planning
12:05 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Trying Not To Die Broke: Saving For Retirement Before You Hit 40

Dreams of early retirement.
Flickr Photo/Volker Neumann

A new study by the National Institute on Retirement Security found that people under 40 are more anxious than ever about their retirement. With Social Security benefits dwindling and pension plans becoming more and more scarce, many experts say planning early is more critical than ever. But for many under 40, rent, student loans or cars are far more pressing financial matters. So, how do you start? Ross Reynolds talks with National Institute on Retirement Security Executive Director Diane Oakley about the most recent trends in retirement, and gets advice on how and what to save from certified financial planner, Mindy Crary.