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Good Reads
2:40 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Book Hugger Nancy Pearl Revists Old Favorites

Flickr Photo/Quinn Dombrowski (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Nancy Pearl about the books she has been re-reading lately, including Reif Larsen's "The Selected Works of T.S. Spivett," and David Lodge's "The Campus Trilogy."

Workplace Safety
1:48 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Feds Urge Tighter Refinery Regulations After Fatal Tesoro Blast

Chemical Safety Board investigators inspect wreckage at the Tesoro-Anacortes refinery in 2010.
Chemical Safety Board

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is calling for 60 improvements in the design, operation and regulation of the Tesoro oil refinery in Anacortes and of refineries nationwide.

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Week In Review
12:53 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

A Proposal For $15 Minimum Wage, May Day, And The Seattle Police Chief Search

The Seattle Police watch over May Day demonstrators in downtown Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Steve Scher recaps the news of the week with Crosscut's Knute Berger, news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and LiveWire host Luke Burbank. Topics of the week include Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's proposal for a minimum wage hike that will be going to the City Council, downtown May Day activities, and the search for a new Seattle chief of police.

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The panel discusses millennials and the midterm elections.

Earthquake Safety Measures
12:50 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Life In The Cascadia Subduction Zone

Credit Oregon State University (OSU) Press

Ross Reynolds speaks with Bonnie Henderson about her new book "The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast."

Just off the coast of Washington and Oregon is a fault line with potential to unleash an earthquake larger than the deadly magnitude 9 Japan quake in 2011 that triggered a tsunami.

Henderson tells the story about how geologists learned of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and how public officials have tried to adopt safety measures.

Spoiler alert: when you hear a siren, walk and keep walking.

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#SeaMayDay
12:15 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Superheroes V. Anarchists: Police Scanner Tracks Seattle May Day

A Seattle Police officer stands by ahead of a sanctioned parade for immigration rights.
Manuel Valdes

KUOW's Amy Radil reports on May Day in downtown Seattle.

May Day was supposed to be huge in Seattle this year. Television crews dispatched choppers. Police officers stood at almost every corner, poised for action. It was hot, about 88 degrees, a perfect day for a march.

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Self-Taught Band Leader
11:26 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Musician Ayron Jones: Learning To Appreciate The Love That's Around

Local musician Ayron Jones crowsurfs at a Seattle performance.
Courtesy of Mackenzie McAninch/Alex Crick

Ross Reynolds interviews and plays the music of Seattle guitarist, singer and songwriter Ayron Jones. Jones talks about his musical inspirations and the themes of his lyrics.

His band Ayron Jones and the Way was formed four years ago. The group were regional champions at a worldwide battle of the bands called Hard Rock Rising. They gained the attention of Seattle hip hop hero Sir Mix-A-Lot, who produced the band's first album, "Dream,"  last Fall.

Wages
11:23 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Mayor Murray: $18.13 Minimum Wage By 2025

Mayor Ed Murray announced a proposal to increase Seattle's minimum wage.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Bill Radke discusses Mayor Ed Murray's minimum wage proposal with news analyst Joni Balter.

Seattle’s minimum wage could increase to $18.13 an hour within the next decade, according to Mayor Ed Murray's office.

Speaking at Town Hall on Thursday, Murray said that large businesses would have to pay their employees $15 an hour in three years.

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Pot Shops
7:17 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Marijuana Banking: Secretive But Poised To Grow

John Davis says his marijuana business is "built like a bank on steroids."
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Many marijuana business owners say they have bank accounts, but aren’t completely forthright with their bankers about the nature of their businesses. They claim to be in “consulting” or “medical research.”  And they know they could lose those bank accounts suddenly, at any time, since federal law prohibits banks from holding any funds associated with illegal drugs.

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Addiction
7:01 am
Fri May 2, 2014

As Heroin Booms, Recovery Clinics Struggle To Keep Up

Jamie Heidenreich rides back to Hoquiam after getting methadone treatment in Olympia, Wash. It's an hour each way.
Credit KUOW Photo/Elizabeth Jenkins

Heroin, the drug of the 90s, is back and thriving in Washington state.

“A hot batch of heroin hits the streets, and we will know it in a couple of hours because of the overdoses,” Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers said. In Washington, opiate-related deaths have doubled in the past decade.

But efforts to provide recovery services have struggled to keep up with the drugs. And for many, particularly in rural areas where distances stretch for hours, it can be tough to reach clinics.

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Obituary
3:37 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Jerry Manning, Seattle Rep Artistic Director, Dies Suddenly

Jerry Manning
Credit Credit Seattle Rep Theatre

Jerry Manning, the artistic leader of Seattle Repertory Theatre, died suddenly on Wednesday following complications from a routine surgery in March, according to a news release from the theater. He was 58.

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King County Government
3:16 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Dow Constantine On Minimum Wage And Prop 1

King County Executive Dow Constantine.
Flickr Photo/Michael @ NW Lens (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with King County Executive Dow Constantine about minimum wage and why Proposition 1 failed.

Shifting Sands
3:07 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

A Look At America's Middle East Foreign Policy Over The Last 70 Years

Credit Joel Migdal's book "Shifting Sands."

Steve Scher talks to University of Washington professor Joel Migdal about his new book "Shifting Sands: The United States and The Middle East."

Public Health
3:06 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

As FDA Moves To Regulate E-Cigarettes, What's Happening In King County?

Flickr Photo/Joseph Morris (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Dr. David Fleming, director of King County Public Health, about the Food and Drug Administration's decision to regulate electronic cigarettes.

Arts
3:02 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

'It’s Like Pornography': Searching For Cultural Space In Seattle

Alexander Calder's "Eagle" at Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park.
Credit Flickr Photo/~C4Chaos

Matthew Richter has his dream job. For the past eight months, he has served as Seattle's Cultural Spaces Liaison. But when you ask him to tell you what a cultural space is, he laughs.

"That's the million dollar question,” Richter said. “It's like pornography (you know it when you see it)."

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Income Inequality Advisory Committee
2:57 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Minimum Wage Committee Co-Chairs Explain How They Made A Deal

Mayor Murray discusses increasing the minimum wage in Seattle on Seattle Channel with his committee co-chairs David Rolf and Howard Wright.
Flickr Photo/Ed Murray

David Hyde speaks with David Rolf and Howard Wright, the co-chairs of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee, about how they finally came to a deal on a minimum wage proposal.

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