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9:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

EarthFix Conversation: 25 Years Later, Scientists Remember The Exxon Valdez

Killer whales swimming in Prince William Sound alongside boats skimming oil from the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Scientists report that orca populations there have not recovered and oil is still being found.
Credit Courtesy of State of Alaska/Dan Lawn

Twenty five years ago today the Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, Calif., ran aground in Prince William Sound.

Eleven million gallons of oil spilled out, polluting 1,300 miles of Alaska’s coastline.

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Geology
8:06 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Site Near Oso Had Previous Landslides, Potential For More

An image from Google Earth, taken before the current slide, shows the scars from a landslide that took place at the same spot in 2006.
Credit Google Earth

Satellite images show the area on the Stillaguamish River near Oso, Washington, experienced a landslide in 2006. According to the Sliding Thought Blog, the "Hazel Landslide" that year was caused by groundwater and erosion by the north fork of the river.

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Education
3:31 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Argument For Why Alternative Schools Are Necessary

Flickr photo/Barnaby Wasson (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Richard Thompson, Washington's regional director for the National Alternative Education Association, about the role of alternative schools in our education system.

Signs Of Spring
3:31 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Not Bad For A Septuagenarian: UW Cherry Trees Burst With Bloom

Cherry blossoms at the UW Quad.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds speaks with Sara Shores, arborist at the University of Washington, about the annual profusion of cherry blossoms on the UW campus and about how these trees, originally planted at the Washington Park Arboretum in 1939, ended up at The Quad.

The blossoms are expected to reach peak bloom this weekend, Shores said.

Hidden Treasures
3:30 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Nancy Pearl: Wandering The Aisles Of A Secondhand Bookstore

Flickr Photo/Kyle Mahan (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher and Nancy Pearl look for the treasures that can only be found at used bookstores. They visit Magus Books in the University District in Seattle.

Cannabis Legalization
3:30 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Bellevue City Council Considers Ban On Marijuana Businesses

Solstice, a medical marijuana facility in Seattle's Sodo neighborhood.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds talks with Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci about a possible ban on marijuana businesses in the fifth largest city in Washington.

Parks Funding
3:29 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Would You Pay $14 A Month For Seattle Parks?

Lighthouse at Discovery Park in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/MarkMolina (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Candace Damon about Mayor Ed Murray's proposal to form a Seattle Parks District. Damon advised the citizens' group that introduced the creation of the district in Seattle.

Marijuana Legalization
3:29 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

ACLU's Alison Holcomb Shares Pot Advice With The United Nations

Flickr Photo/Scott Beale (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Alison Holcomb, ACLU of Washington's criminal justice director, about her recent trip to the United Nations.

Investigative Journalism
3:26 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

How One Washington Doctor Changed The Course Of Flame Retardants

Flickr Photo/ John Niedermeyer (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with investigative reporter Sam Roe at the Chicago Tribune about the series on flame retardants and how one Washington doctor changed the debate.

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The Week In Review
1:35 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

KOMO Helicopter Crash, State Ferries, And Minimum Wage Phase-In Proposal

The KOMO news helicopter crash killed two and injured one on Tuesday.
KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he'll review the city's regulations on helicopter use following Tuesday's crash of a KOMO News helicopter that killed two and injured one. Washington State Ferries chief David Moseley announces his resignation. Plus, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant says she'll support a gradual phase-in of the $15 minimum wage for small businesses and nonprofits. 

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and Livewire host Luke Burbank.

Neuroscience
11:39 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Exploring The Science Of Humor

Credit Scott Weems' book, "Ha!"

Marcie Sillman talks with neuroscientist Scott Weems about his new book, "Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why."

Philosophy
11:34 am
Fri March 21, 2014

How Plato's Ancient Greece Is Similar To Today's Modern World

Rebecca Newberger's book, "Plato at the Googleplex."

Ross Reynolds talks to philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein about her book, “Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away." She writes about what would happen if the Greek philosopher Plato came back to Earth in 2014 and went on a book tour.

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Safer Streets
9:18 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Seattle To Let Pedestrians Walk More Slowly

Cars and pedestrians compete for space in a busy Rainier Valley crosswalk.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

The city of Seattle is re-timing traffic signals throughout the city to make crosswalks safer for all pedestrians.

A study conducted by a group of graduate students at the University of Washington School of Public Health in 2013 found that traffic signals in Rainier Valley force pedestrians to cross faster than signals on Market Street in the wealthier and whiter neighborhood of Ballard.

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Cost Savings
7:53 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Washington Reports An 'Unprecedented' Drop In Medicaid ER Visits

Flickr Photo/Micheal J (CC BY-NC-ND)

A year after hospitals began discouraging Medicaid patients from making unnecessary emergency room visits, the results are promising. A new state report shows the number of unnecessary visits to ERs in Washington fell by 10 percent last year.  

“A 10 percent reduction is almost unprecedented,” said Dr. Nathan Schlicher, an ER physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma.

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EarthFix Reports
7:29 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Puget Sound Tidal Energy Project Approved By Feds

A crew deploying a "sea spider" in 2011 to collect data from the floor of Puget Sound in Admiralty Inlet. That test was one of many steps that led the way to federal energy regulators' approval of a tidal energy project in that location.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Puget Sound tides may soon be generating power. A proposal for the world’s first grid-connected tidal energy project received a federal license Thursday. The project has been almost eight years in the making.

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