en How Will The President's Economic Plan Play In Washington? <p>President Obama has set off on a short trip with a few speeches <a href="">discussing the long term needs of our economy</a>, but what would these policies mean in Washington state? Ross Reynolds sits down with Marilyn Watkins, policy director at the Economic Opportunity&nbsp;Institute, and Paul Guppy, vice president for research at the Washington Policy Center, to find out more on what the president's goals mean for the Evergreen State.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:25:40 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 17363 at America's Economy, Seattle's Rents, And Nancy Pearl's Picks <p></p><p><br><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>President Obama On The Economy&nbsp;</strong></span><br><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama is at Knox College in Illinois today to deliver the first of six speeches on the country's economy, part of an “economic conversation with Americans” over the next two months. While no new sweeping proposals are expected, the President does hope to gain public support ahead of fiscal deadlines coming in the fall. We talk with </span>Peter Coy<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;of <a href="">Bloomberg Businessweek</a> about what we can expect to hear.</span></p><div><strong>Nancy Pearl Recommends</strong><br><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Book commentator </span><a style="line-height: 1.5;" href="">Nancy Pearl</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> stops by to recommend summer reading. She says readers should check out, "Winner of the National Book Award," by Jincy Willett. Also by Jincy Willett, "Jenny and the Jaws of Life</span>," and "Amy Falls Down." Nancy also recommends "Americanah"&nbsp;by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. &nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">What's Raising Rents In Seattle?</strong><br><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle has added nearly 2,000 apartments this year, but rents have gone up. The average renter in King and Snohomish counties now pays $1,190 dollars a month, a 5.8 percent increase over the past year. So what’s driving the skyrocketing rent prices? We talk with&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Glenn </span>Crellin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the University of Washington’s </span>Runstad<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Center For Real Estate Studies. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday 17247 at America's Economy, Seattle's Rents, And Nancy Pearl's Picks Obama Announces Action On Climate Change <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>Today, President Barack Obama announced he's taking aim at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. He also said he'll only support the controversial Keystone XL pipeline if it doesn't lead to a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions. <a href="">David Roberts</a> writes about energy policy for the environmental magazine <a href="">Grist</a>. He talked with David Hyde. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:10:36 +0000 THE CONVERSATION WITH ROSS REYNOLDS 15570 at Your Take On The News <p>We'll get live updates from the scene of the bridge collapse in Skagit County from KUOW reporter Derek Wang.</p><p>In a major policy <a href="">speech</a> Thursday, President Obama defended his administration's use of unmanned drones, but vowed to scale back their use in the future. He also renewed efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. What are the unanswered questions about President Obama's counter-terrorism policy? What can we expect from the President moving forward?</p><p>The Seattle Mayor's race got a big shakeup recently when <a href="">Tim Burgess</a> abruptly <a href="">dropped out</a> of the contest. How will this affect the rest of the candidates? Who does it help and who does it hurt?</p><p>And on his first day on the job, interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel made some <a href="">changes</a> to his staff. Does this signal more changes to come at the SPD?</p><p>What stories that caught your attention this week? Call us at 800.289.5869, email <a href=""></a> or send us a tweet&nbsp;<a href="">@WeekdayKUOW</a>.</p><p> Fri, 24 May 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Weekday 13648 at Your Take On The News Kenneth Bae Convicted For Christian Mission To North Korea <p>North Korea said through its government news agency Friday that Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Wash., used his tour company as a front to bring a Christian mission within its borders. Bae was arrested in North Korea in November 2012 and was sentenced last week to 15 years of hard labor on charges of subverting the North Korean government. Fri, 10 May 2013 22:00:08 +0000 Phyllis Fletcher & Lisa Brooks 12882 at Kenneth Bae Convicted For Christian Mission To North Korea Electric Cars, Isabel Allende, And President Obama's Sister <p></p><p><strong>Electric Car Company Under Congressional Scrutiny</strong><br>Fisker Automotive is the latest beneficiary of the Obama Administration’s push for renewable energy to flounder. The electric car startup <a href=";emc=edit_th_20130424&amp;_r=0">recently fired 75 percent of its workforce</a> and hired bankruptcy advisers. Congress is asking questions about the propriety of federal loans to the politically well-connected company.</p><p><strong>A Conversation With Writer Isabel Allende</strong><br>Isabel Allende is a world-renowned writer, with 19 books in 35 languages. Her latest is "Maya’s Notebook," a tale that revolves around a descent into addiction and a rebirth through the love of family and place.</p><p><strong>A Conversation With President Obama’s Sister, Maya Saetoro-Ng</strong><br>A famous sibling can be a blessing or a burden. <a href="">Maya Saetoro-Ng</a> is the half-sister of President Obama. She uses her perspective as a history teacher to analyze how her brother’s presidency will be remembered.</p><p><strong>Seattle Theater’s Power Couple</strong><br>Seattle theater audiences know R. Hamilton “Bob” Wright from his long career onstage acting and of late, directing. Wright’s wife, Katie Forgette, is also a fixture on Seattle stages as an actress and now a playwright. Forgette’s newest play has opened at <a href="">ACT Theatre</a> directed by husband Bob Wright.</p><p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday With Steve Scher 11957 at Electric Cars, Isabel Allende, And President Obama's Sister Mapping The Human Brain <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his State of the Union address, President Obama proposed a massive scientific endeavor to map the human brain. It's&nbsp;a multi-billion dollar, multi-year project that's meant to do for neuroscience what the Human Genome Project did for DNA. How will scientists actually achieve it? We talk with&nbsp;Dr. </span>Christof<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Koch&nbsp;from the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Allen Institute for Brain Science</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Dr. Patricia </span>Kuhl<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">UW Institute for Learning and Brain Science</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Producer 8928 at Mapping The Human Brain The State Of The Union In Solving Climate Change <p>The United States doesn't currently have a plan for dealing with the problem of climate change. But President Obama is expected to bring it up in his State of the Union address tomorrow night. What is he expected to say? What’s he likely to do? David S. Roberts of the Seattle-based environmental magazine Grist talks with David Hyde about his predictions on how the president will attempt to tackle climate change.</p><p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:21:00 +0000 David Hyde 8035 at Your Take On The News <p>It’s Friday — time to talk over the news with <a href="">Joni Balter</a>, <a href="">Eli Sanders</a> and <a href="">C.R. Douglas</a>. President Obama spoke of unity and equality as he laid out his policy agenda for a second term. How will the message be received in Washington D.C.? Education and labor were the focus as lawmakers in Olympia got to work in the second week of the state legislative session. Also, Chris Hansen says he's struck a deal to bring the NBA back to Seattle, but officials in Sacramento promise they won't go down without a fight. What stories caught your attention this week? Write to us at <a href=""></a>.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 7118 at Your Take On The News How Will Washington State React To The President's Call For Gun Control? <p>President Obama asked congress to pass new gun control legislation earlier today calling for tougher penalties for anyone who buys guns intending to sell them to criminals, universal background checks for firearms purchases, and a 10-round limit for gun magazines and a ban on military style assault weapons.</p><p>How will Washington state Republicans react to the president's call? Ross Reynolds talks with public affairs consultant and former chair of the state Republican Party, Chris Vance.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 20:20:00 +0000 Ross Reynolds 6681 at How Will Washington State React To The President's Call For Gun Control? Reaction To President Obama's Gun Control Announcement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Just over one month after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama and Vice President Biden are set to announce their plan for action on reducing gun violence. We'll carry the President's remarks live from the White House and hear what Beth Flynn of <a href="">Washington Ceasefire</a> and Phil Watson of the <a href="">Second Amendment Foundation</a> have to say about his proposals.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 6642 at Reaction To President Obama's Gun Control Announcement Obama's Foreign Policy Challenges: The Next 4 Years <p></p><p><strong>Scheduled for <em>Spotlight</em> on January 14 at 8:00 p.m.</strong></p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:33:26 +0000 6450 at Obama's Foreign Policy Challenges: The Next 4 Years