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Home Repair
10:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Home Repair With Roger Faris

Favorite tools in a home-repair toolbox.
(Flickr photo/Gordon Ross)

Need a hand with a do-it-yourself home improvement project? Our home repair expert Roger Faris is here to answer your questions. Call us at 206.543.5869 or weekday@kuow.org.

Also this hour, we speak with attorney David Mann. He’s representing Seattle longshoremen and warehouse workers who say they’ll file a lawsuit to block a third sports arena in Sodo. Plus, we hear a poem from Dean Young and take a listen back to some of our interview with satirist Christopher Buckley (“They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?”).

Elections 2012
9:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

King County Sheriff Candidates Debate

King County Sheriff bike patrols in downtown Seattle.
(Flickr photo/N i c o l a)

Whoever wins the election to lead the King County Sheriff's Department will have his work cut out for him. Two performance audits in recent months have criticized how the department handles internal investigations and use-of-force complaints. Steve Strachan has been interim sheriff since Sue Rahr departed earlier this year. Strachan faces a veteran of the department in the race, former KCSD spokesman John Urquhart. They join us in studio.

Elections 2012
10:00 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

School Reforms Tested At Idaho Ballot Box

Coeur d’Alene music teacher Tim Sandford displays his political convictions in his yard. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 10:05 am

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - Voters in several states across the country will decide on education measures this November. Washington votes on whether to allow charter schools and Idaho is considering whether to keep not one – but three brand new laws. They overhaul everything from how teachers are paid to how kids learn in the classroom. The vote is a test for some controversial ideas in education – and for the man behind them.

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Climate Change
8:52 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Anote Tong, President Of Kiribati, Considers The Options For A Drowning Nation

President Anote Tong of Kiribati, assisting with Mangrove planting.
Office of the President of Kiribati

The South Pacific island nation of Kiribati (pronounced Kir-uh-bahs) is comprised of 32 atolls and a raised coral island. It is the only nation in all four hemispheres of the Earth. But the future of the 100,000 residents is uncertain because of fears that global climate change will raise the ocean levels, making Kiribati, which is only 6 feet above sea level, uninhabitable by the 2050s.

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Career Change
2:42 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

How Julia Child Changed Lara Hamilton's Life

The end result of Lara Hamilton's decision to quit her job: Book Larder in Fremont.
(Photo: Lara Hamilton)

Lara Hamilton was about to turn 40 when she realized she wanted to quit her job. She worried about losing a steady paycheck, but she really wanted to find work she loved. She found the courage to act from a surprising source: Julia Child. Lara tells KUOW's Jeannie Yandel how Julia helped her then, and now.

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Elections 2012
8:12 am
Fri October 12, 2012

A Milder Debate As Wash. Governor Candidates Meet Again

Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna faced off in their fourth debate on Thursday. Images via TVW

As Election Day nears, the candidates for Washington governor appear to be getting mellower, not feistier. Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee met Thursday night in their fourth formal debate.

Perhaps the candidates are tired of each other or tired of hearing themselves speak -- or just plain tired. Whatever the case, it was a mellower Inslee and McKenna than at past debates. They re-plowed their positions on many hot topics like the budget, education, taxes and Medicaid expansion.

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Books
8:00 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Presidential Popularity Contests With Robert Merry

Robert Merry's 'Where They Stand.'
(Credit/Simon & Schuster)

Who was the best US president? The worst? Biographer Robert Merry plays "rate the presidents" based on popularity and historical judgment. Here are some hints: Abraham Lincoln's at the top and James Buchanan ranks as one of the country's biggest failures.

Music Recommendation
12:26 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Timeless Protest Songs From The Inspirational Elaine Brown

Elaine Brown
(Image courtesy of Pat Thomas)

Local record producer and writer Pat Thomas recently compiled a collection of music written by and for the Black Power movement,  "Listen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1965–1975." One of the musicians he discovered in putting the album together is a woman named Elaine Brown. She was the head of the Black Panther party during the mid '70s. Today, she's most well known for her activism for prisoners, but Pat thinks her music from the late '60s and early '70s has a message that still applies today.  He recommends listening to "Seize The Time," "The End of Silence" and "Until We're Free."

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Travel
11:27 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Who Is Rick Steves?

Rick Steves (left) and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn on stage at Hempfest, 2011.
Jen Nance, Office of the Mayor Flickr

Travel guru Rick Steves has made his way into many a knapsack with his essential travel guides, but how did he first begin his travel business and what inspired that career? Ross Reynolds sits down with Rick Steves and goes beyond travel to hear his story. 

Seattle Census
9:52 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Living In A White City

Map based on 2010 census date. Red = non-Hispanic white, blue = African-American, green = Asian-American, orange = Hispanic, yellow = other. Each dot represents 25 residents. (Flickr Photo: Eric Fischer)

Seattle is one of the whitest cities in the country according to the most recent census. But what does that mean? What's it like to live in such a white city? We talk to you about the latest figures.

Elections 2012
9:52 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Wash. State Auditor Candidate Wired Millions, Linked Account To Belize

State Rep. Troy Kelley, a Democrat running for State Auditor, answers reporter questions in August about his private business dealings. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 3:12 pm

The job of Washington State Auditor is to root out waste, fraud and abuse in government. But the Democratic candidate for that position, State Representative Troy Kelley, has come under scrutiny for his private business dealings. This includes wiring millions of dollars around to an account that was eventually linked to a bank in Belize. That was key evidence in a lawsuit against Kelley.

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Religious Belief
12:38 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Self-Reflection Through Scottish Buddhism

Seattle writer Jay Craig.
(Ballard Writers Collective Photo/Peggy Sturdivant)

Seattle writer Jay Craig created his own religion. Its rules helped him deal with his bipolar disorder, and he thought it was good enough to overthrow Christianity. But when a close friend ended up in a mental institution claiming to be the daughter of God, Jay was forced to take a good, hard look at himself.

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Supreme Court
9:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Jeffrey Toobin On The Supreme Court In The Obama Era

US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Despite their political differences, the young and ambitious Harvard Law graduates and Harvard Law Review alumni President Obama and Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts share many similarities. We talk with Jeffrey Toobin, author of the new book “The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court,” about the battles and truces between America's judicial and executive branches – from inauguration day to the recent Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act.

Poetry
4:21 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Washington State Book Award Winner Christine Deavel Reads From 'Woodnote'

'Woodnote' By Christine Deavel
(Photo: Christine Deavel)

Christine Deavel reads excerpts from the title poem of “Woodnote” (Bear Star Press, 2011). Her collection won the 2012 Washington State Book Award for poetry from the Washington Center for the Book.

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Liquor Sales
4:11 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Reports Of Dramatic Drop In Sales At Former Wash. State Liquor Stores

Business is down dramatically at some former state-owned liquor stores in Washington. Photo by Austin Jenkins

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Statewide liquor sales in Washington are up since privatization took effect in June. But business is down dramatically at some former state-owned liquor stores.

At Rainier Park Liquor, it used to take two clerks during the day. Three at peak times. Now manager Kevin Dziedzic says one person can mind the store most of the time. Business is so slow he even had to lay-off the owner’s brother.

“Definitely just have to be wiser with the money we spend,” Dziedzic says.

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