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News From Canada
3:13 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Push For Sewage Plant In Victoria

Marcie Sillman talks to Vancouver Sun correspondent Vaughn Palmer Washington Governor Jay Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine petitioning the government of British Columbia to take action on the sewage plant in Victoria.

EarthFix Report
1:43 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Northwest States Tread Lightly With Oil Train Route Disclosures

Railroads are being required by the federal government to share some information with states about their shipments of oil from North Dakota's Bakken fields. But they don't want the states to disclose that information to the public.
Flickr Photo/Russ Allison Loar

The Northwest’s two main freight rail operators are complying with a federal requirement to inform states about the North Dakota crude oil they’re hauling, but they want the states to keep the public from finding out by signing non-disclosure agreements.

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RadioActive Youth Media
1:11 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

How Karate Helped Local Sensei Escape Abuse

Sensei Joni Sharrah at USA Karate, the dojo she founded in Shoreline.
Credit Courtesy of Joni Sharrah

Joni Sharrah runs a dojo in Shoreline, north of Seattle. A teacher for 30 years, she knows that karate transcends punching and kicking. That's because experience has taught her that karate can save a person’s life – physically and emotionally.

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SPU Shootings
9:45 am
Wed June 11, 2014

SPU Shooter Charged With First-Degree Murder

SPU students pray and comfort each other after last Thursday's campus shootings.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

The man held in the shootings at Seattle Pacific University could go to prison for life.

Aaron Ybarra was charged in Superior Court on Tuesday with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of assault for the shootings last Thursday. If convicted as charged, he could face up to 86 years in prison.

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City Hall
4:49 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

15 Now Could Not Have Floated A Charter Amendment This Year

Organizers for 15 Now, a campaign to change the city charter to include a $15 hourly wage.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Marcie Sillman speaks to KUOW's Deborah Wang about the story behind the $15/hour wage law.

Last week, Seattle became the first city in the nation to establish a $15 minimum wage for all workers. The framework was established by a panel of business, labor and community leaders, which the City Council passed in record time.

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Author Interview
3:15 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

'Big Little Man': Alex Tizon On Growing Up Asian-American In Seattle

Credit Alex Tizon's book "Big Little Man."

Marcie Sillman talks to journalist and author Alex Tizon about his memoir about coming of age as an Asian-American in Seattle and his search for self.

Crime Data
3:15 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Criminologist Says Murder Is Down, 'Only Thing Up Is Fear And Publicity'

Flowers are placed near a Seattle Pacific University sign following a shooting on campus last Thursday.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Marcie Sillman talks with Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox about crime data and why we are so quick to search for a trend in the midst of tragedy.

Mental Health Reform
3:15 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Following SPU Shooting, Mental Health Advocates Push For Early Intervention

Marcie Sillman talks with Sandi Ando about reforming Washington state's mental health system. Ando is public policy chair for Washington's chapter of the National Alliance On Mental Illness.

Trauma Coverage
2:19 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

How The Media Can Help Prevent Mass Shootings

Flickr Photo/Travis S.

Forensic psychologist Dr. Park Dietz worries the media has encouraged copycats of mass shootings. Recently, there have been two college shootings in as many weeks.

“The longer we continue the coverage, the more colorful, emotionally-arousing and biographical about the shooter that coverage is, the more imitators we’ll attract,” Dietz told KUOW’s Marcie Sillman on The Record. Sillman spoke with Dietz on Friday, the day after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University left one dead and three wounded.

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Transit
1:32 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Constantine Vetoes County Council Bill To Prevent Bus Cuts

Councilmember Rod Dembowski speaks with constituents about proposed transit cuts at a May 13 forum at Union Station.
Credit King County Photo

For a few minutes Monday night, most of the proposed cuts to Metro bus service were spared. In a narrow 5-4 vote, the King County Council agreed to only go ahead with the cuts planned for this September, and hold off on three more rounds of cuts planned for 2015.

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Poetry
1:24 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Poet Christine Deavel On Being 'In Your Care'

Poet Christine Deavel
Credit Rebecca Hoogs

Poet Christine Deavel trains her empathetic eye on two familiar places: North Seattle's Thornton Creek ("In Your Care") and the grocery store checkout line ("Each Day on the Verge").  

As she transforms these places through unexpected language and imagery, she also holds open questions about what it means to be whole, to be a neighbor, to be in one another's care. 

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The Peerless City
10:14 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Seattle City Song Unearthed: ‘Her Bosom’s Gemm’d With Pearly Lakes’

The Alaska Yukon Pacific Expedition on the University of Washington campus in 1909. This was the same year that the lyrics to Seattle's official song were approved.

In researching the Seattle City Charter, KUOW reporter Deborah Wang found the lyrics of the Seattle city song.

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Foodie Culture
3:12 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

The Tastemakers: Why Some Foods Trend And Others Don't

Credit David Sax' book "Tastemakers."

Marcie Sillman talks with food writer David Sax about the evolution of food trends in North America. Sax has written the book, "The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue," which answers such questions as: Why are kale salads on every restaurant menu? And why has bacon moved from a breakfast item to become part of every meal, even dessert?

Urban Development
3:12 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

South Lake Union Named As An 'Innovation District'

South Lake Union as viewed from the Space Needle.
Flickr Photo/Eric P. (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Bruce Katz, vice president of the Brookings Institute, about the infrastructure behind having an "innovation district," and the benefits one can provide.

Gun Control
3:12 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Washington Voters To Decide On Dueling Gun Initiatives This November

Flickr Photo/M Glasgow (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about competing gun ballot initiatives in Washington in light of the recent Seattle Pacific University shooting.

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