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Xbox One
1:30 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Microsoft Takes Advantage Of Relaxed Game Console Ban In China

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Microsoft may have found a way to pull ahead of the Sony Playstation — in China.

The company partnered this week with a Chinese company to bring its Xbox One gaming console out of the black market and into Chinese stores.

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Helping China's Orphans
10:30 am
Thu May 1, 2014

'Wish You Happy Forever' With Jenny Bowen

Credit Jenny Bowen's book "Wish You Happy Forever."

In 1996 Jenny Bowen was in Los Angeles living a comfortable and, she said, not very meaningful existence.

Reading the New York Times one Saturday morning, she and her husband were disturbed by a photo of a little girl in a Chinese orphanage. Bowen’s determination to do something about what she’d seen would change her life, and ultimately the lives of orphans across China.

Bowen founded the organization Half the Sky to better the lives of orphan children living in China’s welfare institutions. Half the Sky operates programs for orphans from birth to adulthood.

All offer loving care, stimulation, education, all the kinds of things a child who lives in a family may have. The Chinese government has invited Half the Sky to train every child welfare worker in the country.

Jenny Bowen spoke at Town Hall Seattle on April 1. She is also the author of a book, "Wish You Happy Forever."

News From Canada
4:12 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Canada's Middle Class Surpasses U.S. Middle Class

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David Hyde talks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about the latest news from Canada.

Funding Transit
4:02 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Could Metro Cut Costs But Still Keep Bus Service?

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Marcie Sillman talks with the Washington Policy Center's Bob Pishue about why he says King County Metro Transit should manage its budget better rather than cut bus service. King County voters rejected Metro's Proposition 1 in the special election last week.

Income Inequality
4:01 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

National Minimum Wage Bill Dies In The Senate

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David Hyde talks with Steven Sloan, deputy congressional editor for Politico, about why the federal minimum wage bill failed.

Author Interview
4:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Regulating Caffeine: How Much Is Too Much?

Credit Murray Carpenter's book, "Caffeinated."

Ross Reynolds speaks with journalist Murray Carpenter about his book, “Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us."

The book takes a closer look at the common drug we take for granted on a daily basis.

Food Safety
4:00 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Why Europe Finds American Apples Distasteful

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David Hyde speaks with Sonya Lunder, senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group, about the European Union's ban of diphenylamine. The post-harvest pesticide dip is applied to most non-organic American apples.

Community Activists
2:45 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Marching For Immigration Reform On May Day

May Day march in Seattle.
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David Hyde talks with Juan Jose Bocanegra, chairman of the May First Action Coalition, about the annual May Day march for immigration reform.

First Response
2:31 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

911 Calls Got Stuck In Colorado, CenturyLink Says

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CenturyLink has given Washington state investigators an explanation for the six-hour 911 service outage earlier this month that prevented 4,500 emergency calls from getting through.

In a report filed with Washington's Utilities and Transportation Commission, the company says the calls got stuck at a routing center in Colorado.

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Education
2:21 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Legislature's Report On Education Funding 'Highly Unlikely' To Satisfy Supreme Court

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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW's Ann Dornfeld about the Washington State Legislature's progress on fulfilling the state Supreme Court's education mandate.

Wednesday is the deadline for the Legislature's report on meeting the requirements of the McCleary decision on school funding.

Sexual Assault
2:11 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Why Colleges Are Rebranding 'Rape' To 'Nonconsensual Sex'

Marcie Sillman talks with Al Jazeera reporter Claire Gordon about how the term "non-consensual sex" took off and why colleges are using it instead of rape in their sexual misconduct policies.

Author Interview
2:07 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Hemp: The Emerging Crop In The Global Economy

Credit Doug Fine's book, "Hemp Bound."

Ross Reynolds speaks with Doug Fine, a self-described comedic investigative journalist, about his new book, "Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution."

Fine spoke with scientists and farmers around the world about how hemp is used. In February, President Obama signed the Farm Bill, which allows industrial research on hemp.

NBA
11:31 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Jerry Brewer: 'A Lot Of People' Complicit In Donald Sterling's Bad Behavior

The LA Clippers and the Miami Heat at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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On Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver ordered that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling be banned from the team and the NBA for life. The announcement came after Sterling's racist remarks were made public in a secretly taped recording.

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Bus Cuts
8:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Metro Briefs King County Council On Proposed Service Reductions

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A committee of the King County Council heard some of the particulars behind Metro Transit’s proposed plan to reduce service by 16 percent after voters rejected Proposition 1 last week.

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K-12 Funding
8:01 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Despite Deadline, Still No Education Funding Plan From Washington State Legislators

Franklin High School auditorium in Seattle.
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The state Supreme Court will not get the K-12 education funding plan it demanded from the state Legislature by the end of April.

The court called for the plan in January after finding that state lawmakers had not made enough progress toward amply funding basic education as required by the state Constitution.

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