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Neuroscience
4:45 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

When 'Brain Science' Is A Tool For Credibility

Flickr Photo/Giulia Forsythe/Cathy N Davidson (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Marcie Sillman talks with cognitive scientist-turned-science-writer, Christian Jarrett, about brain science research and why consumers need to bring a skeptical eye to the neuroscience headlines.

Buzz Kill
4:40 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Can You Eat One Tenth Of A Cookie? Legal Pot Means Portion Control

Flickr Photo/Werwin15 (CC BY 2.0)

Bill Radke talks with news analyst Joni Balter about how Washington and Colorado officials are packaging marijuana edibles to keep people out of the emergency room.

Seattle City Council
4:35 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Public Funding For Elections Could Be On Seattle's Fall Ballot

Flickr Photo/Doyle Wesley Walls

KUOW's David Hyde discusses the politics of proposed public funding for elections in Seattle with Publicola's Erica C. Barnett.

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Health
3:25 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

High Court Will Decide If Regence Must Cover Autism Therapies

O.S.T. and L.H. – their initials in court documents – are minors diagnosed with autism. Their families sued Regence, the health insurance company, for not covering all therapies related to their condition.

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Education Standards
3:20 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

How The Gates Foundation Bankrolled And Built National Support For Common Core

Flickr Photo/John Girton (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Marcie Sillman talks with Washington Post reporter Lyndsey Layton about how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded and built political support for Common Core academic standards in more than 40 states.

Commencement
3:17 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

One Week After Shooting, Seattle Pacific Prepares For Graduation

Ivy encircles the Tiffany Loop on the campus of Seattle Pacific University.
Credit Patricia Murphy

It’s been a week since a gunman open fire on the Seattle Pacific University campus killing one student and injuring two others.

The mood was different Friday as students and loved ones celebrated the university’s annual Ivy Cutting. The ceremony, a tradition since 1922, represents the cutting of students' ties to the university and the independence following graduation.

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Author Interview
11:50 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Confronting Menopause In A RV On The Way To Burning Man

Credit Sandra Tsing Loh's book "Madwoman in the Volvo."

We've all done it — that crazy RV trip to Burning Man. It leads to all sorts of problems. In hindsight, maybe not a great idea, but you make the best with what you've got, right? Well, perhaps, if you’re anything like our guest this week. Her trip proved to be the start of an arduous journey, but it makes for a great story. 

Sandra Tsing Loh’s new book is “The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones.” In it she takes on her experience of menopause.

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Northern Iraq Violence
9:23 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Iraq In Crisis: Militant Group Gains Ground, U.S. Debates Response

Refugees fleeing from Mosul head to the self-ruled northern Kurdish region in Irbil, Iraq on Thursday, June 12.
AP Photo/STR

Marcie Sillman talks to Dan Murphy, national security correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, about the worsening situation in Iraq. Then, David Hyde talks to Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., a ranking member on the House Armed Service Committee, about the U.S. response to the violence.

The militant group Islamic State In Iraq and Al-Sham has been seizing cities in northern Iraq. Mosul, one of the largest city in northern Iraq, was seized Tuesday. Members of Congress are weighing in on the situation. Some Republicans have called for immediate military intervention there, but Smith thinks a military solution might not be the answer right now.

Higher Education
9:20 am
Fri June 13, 2014

The National Push To Unionize Adjunct Faculty At Universities

Marcie Sillman talks with Inside Higher Ed reporter Colleen Flaherty about the push by the Service Employees International Union to unionize adjunct faculty members.

Immigration Reform
2:09 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Local Immigration Advocates Rethink Strategy After Cantor Defeat

Chances for immigration reform dimmed even more this week, following the defeat of House Republican leader Eric Cantor. His surprising loss in the Virginia primary to Tea Party candidate David Brat is causing ripple effects here in Washington state, too, as local immigration advocates are rethinking their strategy.

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Oh, My, God, Becky
11:42 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Critics Debate Sir Mix-A-Lot's Show At Seattle Symphony

Sir Mix-A-Lot is joined on stage at Benaroya Hall by the Seattle Symphony and a troupe of spirited dancers.
Credit Seattle Symphony YouTube Video

Critics are squabbling over Seattle Symphony's latest program: teaming up with Sir Mix-A-Lot and some dancing women at Benaroya Hall in a performance of "Baby Got Back."

You don't associate orchestral music with liking big butts and not lying, but the video of the performance is a hit — more than two million views on YouTube so far. (Scroll down to watch the video.)

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A Rite Of Spring
9:03 am
Thu June 12, 2014

They Won't Boo This Time: An All-Stravinsky Bill At Seattle Symphony

Seattle Symphony Orchestra Music Director Ludovic Morlot
photo by Ben Van Houten, courtesy SSO

Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky's career spanned most of the 20th century, but chances are you know him best for a piece of music he wrote when he was just starting out: "Rite of Spring."

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Business & Technology
3:14 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

BP Can Now Use Drones, But What About Other Companies?

Flickr Photo/Nick Bonzey (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo about the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to allow BP to use drones in Alaska.

Politics
3:13 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

What Does House Majority Leader Cantor's Defeat Mean For Washington?

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in a primary election to a Tea Party candidate.
Flickr Photo/Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Washington state political consultant Randy Pepple about his take on the impact that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat will have on Washington state and the Republican party at large.

Social Norms
3:13 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Washington Labeled Third 'Loosest' State In Union, Socially Speaking

How do you handle sneezing in public? That might determine the relative "tightness" of your state.
Flickr Photo/Jeff Werner (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with University of Maryland doctoral student and National Science Foundation research fellow Jesse Harrington about a new report analyzing the "tightness" and "looseness" of American states in regards to social norms such as sneezing and talking in public places.

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