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Energy Policy
8:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

The Power Of One Election And America’s Energy Future, Hour Two

In the next four years, the United States will have one fundamental energy policy challenge: How to make the country more self-sufficient. Listen to stories about the next frontiers of energy development and the fields of exploration that may help the US produce more energy at home and import less from abroad.

Hanford
5:57 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Hanford Managers Confirm Slow Leak In Radioactive Waste Tank

Routine periodic visual monitoring (via camera) of the AY-102 annulus found material that was never before seen. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy

RICHLAND, Wash. – Managers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation have confirmed that a radioactive waste tank has a slow leak. That waste isn’t getting into the environment.

This house-sized vessel is known as AY-102. It’s made of steel and concrete and buried underground to shield workers from high levels of radiation. It’s full of hazardous radioactive sludge left over from plutonium production here.

It was designed to last for about 40 years, and it’s already had its 44th birthday. The tank is leaking into the space between its two hulls in two spots.

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Film
2:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Sci-Fi Movies About Today's Human Struggles

Human beings struggle regularly with cultural differences. We encounter sensitive situations when people look differently than we do, communicate in a different way or eat different foods. Leilani Nishime is a University of Washington assistant communications professor. She says that a lot of wisdom and insight around communication across cultures comes from science fiction movies. LeiLani Nishime speaks with KUOW’s Jamala Henderson about three films she recommends watching. 

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Renting Rules
12:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Renters Vs. Landlords: What You Need To Know

The Seattle City Council recently passed a new law requiring property inspections on tenant properties.  How will the new law affect you? 

Evan Loeffler is a real estate attorney whose practice emphasizes landlord-tenant relations. He explains the new law and answers your questions about tenants’ rights, landlords’ rights, and how to handle disputes.

Election 2012
12:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

What Are The Top 5 Differences Between Obama And Romney On Foreign Policy?

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama shake hands after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, in Denver. Oct. 3, 2012.
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will challenge each other on foreign policy in tonight’s third and final presidential debate. How do the candidates plan to handle hot spots like Libya, Syria, and Iran?

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Parenting
11:52 am
Mon October 22, 2012

"How Children Succeed" With Paul Tough

Character, not IQ, is the most important predictor of a child's success. That's what Paul Tough argues in his new book, "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character."


Tough uses research in neuroscience, economics and psychology to advocate a new way of thinking about children's success. He spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on September 20, 2012.

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Agriculture
11:08 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Labor Shortage Hits Some Apple Growers Hard

Washington apple growers have been having a hard time finding workers to pick their fruit. Photo by threefatcats via Flickr

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 3:49 pm

CHELAN, Wash. – The apple harvest season is starting to wrap up across the Northwest. Despite record yields, many farmers had trouble getting their time-sensitive crop off the trees because of a short labor supply.

Grower representatives at the meeting said their regions saw a 10 percent to 30 percent labor shortage this season. Several talked of nearly empty labor camps near Wenatchee and Chelan. One said he and two others had to pick a 40-acre orchard themselves despite offering $12 per hour.

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Comics
10:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Crawl Inside "The Hive" With Cartoonist Charles Burns

"The Hive" by Charles Burns
(Image/Pantheon Books)

Cartoonist and illustrator Charles Burns is the creator of the much-lauded "Black Hole" series, the tale of a mysterious teenage plague that was named one of the "Top 100 English-Language Comics of the Century" by Comics Journal. His early work could be found in Art Spiegelman's "RAW" magazine and the SubPop fanzine. He has since gone on to illustrate for albums, magazines and Madison Avenue.

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Food
9:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Chef Tom Douglas Talks "Sweetness In Seattle"

Chef Tom Douglas
(Photo courtesy Tom Douglas)

Tom Douglas is the chef and restaurateur behind eleven Seattle restaurants including Etta's, Palace Kitchen and the Dahlia Bakery, where you'll find his breads, pastries and other sweet treats. Now he’s giving away his secrets in "The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness In Seattle." We talk to him about the art of making desserts and take your questions about baking delicious treats at home.

Elections 2012
5:31 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

One-On-One With Washington's Candidates For Governor

Democrat Jay Inslee. Photo by Christina Salerno, TVW

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Ballots are arriving in the mail. And a new poll shows the race for Washington governor is a virtual dead heat. Whoever is elected will inherit a budget shortfall along with a court order to spend more on education.

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Agriculture
2:57 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Consumers Could See Higher Apple Prices This Year

The Northwest has seen a bumper crop in apples, but the Midwest and East’s crop got pummeled this year. Photo by Anna King

CHELAN, Wash. – Moms and dads hoping to pack an apple in their children’s lunches might have to budget a bit more this year. That’s because even though the Northwest has seen a bumper crop in apples, elsewhere there’s a shortage.

The Northwest may have had a great season, but the Midwest and East’s apple crop got pummeled this year. That means there is more demand and increased prices for our region’s fruit, both for fresh eating and for juice and sauce.

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Travel
2:00 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

A Travel Tip For The Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest residents often speak of those places in our region that they hope to visit one day. But in the Northwest we often avoid those destinations - in part, because of all the touristy crowds. Seattle travel writer Crai Bower says fall is a great time to visit those iconic locations. That’s because all the tourists are gone now. And as residents, this is our time to visit. This fall, Crai recommends taking a trip to Mount St. Helens. He speaks with KUOW’s Dave Beck.

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Travel
12:54 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Northwest Travel Writer Recommends Visiting Mount St. Helens This Fall

Seattle travel writer Crai Bower
Courtesy of Crai Bower

Seattle travel writer Crai Bower first came across Mount St. Helens when he was doing a census of the spotted owl population for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources in 1990. Crai was stunned by the vision of Mount St. Helens, which so famously and destructively erupted in 1980. Crai remembers seeing the mountain as he walked down a forest service road:

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Sociology
12:43 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

The Teenage Dream: Fitting In, Yet Standing Out

RadioActive's Halle Bills takes a look at the high school tradition of hazing or "froshing." Froshing happens at high schools across the country. It is an initiation process where incoming freshmen are humiliated as they start the school year.  A source in our Public Insight Network helped make this story happen. 

Geology
11:25 am
Fri October 19, 2012

David Montgomery: "The Rocks Don't Lie"

David Montgomery, 2009.
Kvasir Society Photo/Joy Mathew

There are many stories of great floods out there, first and foremost the fable of Noah's ark. But some geologists have found that many of these legends have some basis in historical fact. We talk with University of Washington professor and MacArthur award-winner Dave Montgomery, the author of "The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood."

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