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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.

Skagit Bridge Collapse
3:13 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

NTSB Releases Documentation On Skagit Bridge Collapse

The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed a year ago after it was hit by a truck.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

Marcie Sillman talks with Mike Lindblom, transportation reporter for the Seattle Times, about new findings concerning the Skagit River bridge collapse in May 2013.  The National Transportation Safety Board has released some 2,000 pages of documentation about the accident.

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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