David Hyde talks with Frank Rich about the historical significance of Quentin Tarantinoâ€™s "Django Unchained" and why Rich thinks it deserves to win an Academy Award for best picture. Then he turns to historian Sean Wilentz who thinks it is not "Django Unchained" but Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" that is the historically accurate and significant film that deserves the Oscar.
State toxicologist Fiona Couper recently stated that violations for driving under the influence of marijuana have not gone up since the passage of Initiative-502. But marijuana legalization is still in its early stages and to be charged with a DUI the driver has to get caught with 5 nanograms per milliliter of active THC in their bloodstream. David Hyde talks with Dr. Marilyn Huestis from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and tries to make sense of the science of marijuana intoxication. Â
Itâ€™s Friday â€” time to review the weekâ€™s news with Joni Balter, Knute Berger and C.R. Douglas. The public debate on the Seattle Police Department's use of drones heats up. Superintendent Jose Banda ordered Seattle teachers to administer the MAP test. There is an effort in Congress to change U.S. pot laws. Is Washington State blazing the way? Whatâ€™s your take? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A recent study from the Centers For Disease Control has found that nearly one-third of mentally ill adults are smokers. In fact, theyâ€™re 70 percent more likely to smoke than adults without mental illness. The relationship between cigarettes and mental hospitals is a complicated one. Historically, smoking was common in mental hospitals. It was even used as an incentive for patients at times. Now, more and more treatment facilities are becoming smoke-free. What does this mean for patients who rely on the habit for comfort? Pam Belluck has been writing about these issues. She covers health and science for The New York Times.
How do organized religion and politics intersect in the United States? Ray Suarez,Â a senior correspondent for PBS'sÂ NewsHour,Â explores this topic in his new book, "The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America." Ray Suarez spoke at Town Hall on January 11, 2013. The talk was presented by Seattle University as part of its Faith and Values in the Public Square lecture series.
Many young girls fantasize about secretly being a princess. When Sarah Culberson grew up, she left those childish fantasies behind. But then she discovered the fantasy was true. Not only did her heart pump royal blood, but her people needed her.
Other stories heard on KUOW Presents, February 7, 2013:
Some 66 million years ago, about 75 percent of species on Earth disappeared. It wasn't just dinosaurs but most large mammals, fish, birds and plankton. Scientists have known this for a long time just from looking at the fossil record. If you dig deep enough, you find lots of dinosaur bones. And then a few layers up, they're gone.
But scientists couldn't figure out exactly what had caused this phenomenon. Of course, there were lots of theories.
Washington state is in the process of changing the language in state law to make it more gender neutral. Policemen are now police officers, for instance, and freshmen will become first-year students. Supporters say the change is needed because language matters. Critics say the changes are a waste of money. Ross Reynolds interviews University of Washington Sociolinguist Crispin Thurlow, and we take your phone calls.
This week weâ€™ve been taking a closer look at the battle over how to improve state education.Â Today we get another perspective from Mary Lindquist, president of the stateâ€™s largest teachers' union, the Washington Education Association.
People donâ€™t write letters much anymore. They donâ€™t even mail in bills!Â As a result, the postal service is cutting Saturday mail service to save money.Â So, let us pause forÂ a moment to reflect on the letter.Â What is lost if handwritten letters are no longer written?Â If you still write letters, why do you? Author Nick Bantock ponders those questions with us.Â Tell us what you think atÂ email@example.comÂ or call 206.543.5869.
President Obama has nominated REI executive Sally Jewell for Secretary of the Interior.Â What should she focus on if she is confirmed?Â How should she manage the vast public lands that would be in her portfolio? We talk with local experts and conservationists. Join the discussion by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril grew up in Nunavut, one of the most remote places in remote Northern Canada. After going to film school near Toronto, Alethea wanted to reconnect with her Inuit roots. So after studying old photos and talking with countless elders, she made a decision that was simultaneously old-fashioned and radical: She tattooed her face. Hear how her parents reacted.
Other stories heard on KUOW Presents, February 6, 2013:
The Mechanical Turk was a fake chess playing robot that fooled Napoleon and Benjamin Franklin. Today the Mechanical Turk is a service Amazon provides, linking workers with people who need tasks done. Some pay as little as a penny. Critics call Mechanical Turk a digital sweatshop. Ross Reynolds talks with Jonathan Zittrain, co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, about working for points, Mechanical Turk and artificial-artificial intelligence.
According to the Migration Policy Institute as of 2011, 13.3 percent of Washingtonâ€™s population was born in another country. Today on The Conversation, Ross Reynolds hears stories about traveling to the US in search of a new home.