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Cyber-Spying
12:26 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Microsoft To Government Spies: Back Off

Edward Snowden's revelations have resulted in the loss of at least $22 billion to U.S. tech companies, according to one analyst.
Flickr Photo/Sam Agnew

The Obama administration must restore trust in U.S. technology companies and uphold America’s fundamental liberties, Microsoft’s chief counsel wrote in a strongly-worded blog post.

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Police Chief Confirmation
10:43 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Kathleen O'Toole: Police Recruit 'The Wrong Type Of People'

Kathleen O'Toole chats with Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess before sitting down to talk with the Public Safety Committee.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Seattle Police Chief nominee Kathleen O’Toole met with the City Council Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. It was one of several question and answer sessions O’Toole will attend as part of her confirmation process.

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Health Care Exclusions
3:24 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Washington To Pursue Fuller Health Care Coverage For Transgender State Employees

Danielle Askini, advocacy director for the Gender Justice League.
Credit Courtesy of Danielle Askini

Marcie Sillman speaks with Danielle Askini, advocacy director for the Gender Justice League, about their efforts to remove health care exclusions affecting transgender people from Washington state employee plans.

Activism
3:24 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Geoffrey McGrath: The Inadvertent Spokesman For Gay Rights

Geoffrey McGrath delivers a petition bearing more than 125,000 signatures, urging Amazon to stop donating money to the Boy Scouts on May 21.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattleite Geoffrey McGrath about his path from a hiking/biking software engineer  to international spokesperson for gay rights after his membership from the Boy Scouts of America was revoked for his sexual orientation.

Seattle Symphony
3:21 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Dave Beck Contemplates The Challenges Of A 21st Century Symphony

Attracting a younger crowd is a big challenge for the Seattle Symphony.
Flickr Photo/@HyeonsikMoon (CC-BY-NC-ND)

When the League of American Orchestras' annual meeting kicks off in Seattle on June 6, the almost 1,000 conventioneers will have more than classical music on their minds. American symphony orchestras are thinking about survival in an era where potential audiences have the world available at the tap of a smart phone.

Classical musician and radio host Dave Beck of Seattle's KING-FM jokes "there are lots of people in classical music audiences whose hair is even grayer than mine."

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RadioActive Youth Media
3:20 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

How Weight Loss Pulled These Identical Twin Sisters Apart

High school seniors and twin sisters Andrea Dyer (left) and Amanda Dyer have struggled with not fitting in. Body image is a big part of that.
Credit Credit KUOW Photo/Alicia Quarles

    

It's hard enough trying to convince yourself that you're beautiful. It's even harder when that standard of beauty is living down the hall from you.

"When I am by myself, I find myself as beautiful," said Andrea Dyer, "but when I compare myself to others, which would be mostly my twin sister, I find myself comparing all the things that they are better than me in. So recently that has been taking a toll on me."

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News From Canada
3:19 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

U.S. Ambassador To Canada Asks For Partnership In Combatting Climate Change

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman speaks at Canada 2020 on June 2.
Flickr Photo/Canada 2020 (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks to columnist Vaughn Palmer about U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman's request for a partnership between the two countries in combating climate change. Plus, how the U.S. decision on coal-burning power plant affects the coal-port expansion and an update on the Victoria sewage plant.

Marijuana Retail
3:18 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Marijuana Businessman Sues Wenatchee For Right To Open Retail Store

Wenatchee issued a marijuana ban counter to Washington state law, one businessman is now suing to open a retail store in the city.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

David Hyde talks with Seattle attorney Hilary Bricken about a lawsuit against the city of Wenatchee, which has banned marijuana businesses. Bricken's client, Shaun Preder, is suing to open a marijuana retail store.

Sensory Perception
3:17 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

How The Physical World Affects Our Behavior And Emotions

Credit Thalma Lobel's book "Sensation."

Marcie Sillman talks with psychologist Thalma Lobel about her new book, "Sensation: The New Science Of Physical Intelligence."

Author Interview
2:02 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Brian Lamb On The Future Of C-Span

Credit Brian Lamb's book "Sundays at Eight"

David Hyde talks to Brian Lamb about his new book "Sundays At Eight: 25 Years Of Stories From C-Span" and the future of the television network.

Prisoner Swap
2:02 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Bergdahl's Release Raises Questions About Other Captured Citizens

David Hyde talks to Gordon Lubold about the decision the Obama administration made to broker the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity and the implications it might have for other captured Americans.

On Language
12:54 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The Evolution Of Misogyny, As A Word

In the wake of the UC Santa Barbara shootings, the word "misogyny" has taken a larger meaning than it's original definition.
Credit Flickr Photo/Unarmed Citizen (CC-BY-NC-ND)

After the UC Santa Barbara shootings, Merriam-Webster editors noted that searches for the word “misogyny” skyrocketed.

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Labor Board
12:13 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Boeing Machinists' Complaints About 777X Vote Rejected

Machinists marched in December to show they wanted a second vote on Boeing's 777X contract offer. The vote happened but the NLRB has judged it irrelevant.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Boeing machinists who opposed January's 777X contract vote have suffered another loss. The National Labor Relations Board has told them it is rejecting their complaints about how the vote was held. The decision: The vote didn't matter because parent union had the authority to accept Boeing's offer without a ratification vote.

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Good Reads
8:14 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Nancy Pearl Recommends Armchair Travel Books

Your surroundings disappear as you take off to new destinations through a great book.
Flickr Photo/Joe Thorn (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman gets book hugger Nancy Pearl's recommendations for a good book to take you to an exotic location from the comfort of your favorite reading chair.

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Cognitive Science
3:33 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Why Countering Attitudes With Science Isn't Always Effective

David Hyde talks with Brendan Nyhan, political science professor at Dartmouth College about why people keep on believing, even when the facts tell us not to. An example he provides is the challenge in countering the perception that vaccines cause autism

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