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Author Interview
3:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

The Way To Go: Kate Ascher On Transportation And Infrastructure

Credit Kate Ascher's book, "The Way to Go."

Steve Scher sits down with urban development consultant Kate Ascher to talk about her new book, "The Way To Go: Moving By Land, Sea and Air."

Week In Review
3:01 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Prop 1 Vote Looms, Public Internet Utility, And Mayor Murray's First 100 Days

Credit Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy

King County Metro Transit's Proposition One would raise taxes to prevent bus service cuts and fund some road projects. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is calling the need for a more reliable high-speed Internet service, and all that drilling under the Alaskan Way Viaduct is hurting at least one nearby business.

Steve Scher talks over those stories and more of the week's news news analyst Joni Balter, political analyst C.R. Douglas for Q13 Fox News, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Livewire host Luke Burbank.

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EarthFix Reports
8:05 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Saving The Greater Sage Grouse

The West’s greater sage grouse are in trouble. They make their homes in desert sagebrush country. As their habitat shrinks, sage grouse numbers dwindle. Biologists are working to boost the birds' numbers.
Courtesy of Vince Patton, Oregon Field Guide

It’s early in the morning, hours before sunrise. An old pickup truck turns down a dirt road at Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area in Eastern Washington, about 90 minutes west of Spokane.

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Education Reform
7:30 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Is Common Core A Good Fit For Kindergarten?

Marissa Zellers reads a new Common Core-aligned text with her kindergarten students at Albert Einstein Elementary School in Redmond, Wash.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

As school districts across Washington integrate the new Common Core State Standards in reading and math into their curricula, some kindergarten teachers say the standards are squeezing out other important lessons that young children need to succeed in school – and life.

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Branding Humor
7:12 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Equality, Innovation, Honesty: Taking A Jab At Corporate Marketing

Screenshot from "This Is a Generic Brand Video."
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Have you ever watched a slick ad for a corporation and found yourself taken in by the touching pictures and sincere voiceover?

The web site McSweeney's Internet Tendency has a parody of generic ad copy as a satire of corporate advertising.

Between jokes about corporate jargon and loose references to being earth-friendly, the ad takes a jab at smiley, stock footage people:

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A Leader's Legacy
3:48 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Billy Frank Jr.: Tribes Must Try To Bring The Salmon Back

Billy Frank Jr., known for his decades of defending Washington tribes’ treaty rights, fears the rights will be worthless as overfishing, dams and climate change take their toll on the habitats salmon need to survive. Photo taken in August 2012.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

Billy Frank Jr. helped secure Indian fishing rights through protest and legal action in the 1960s and '70s. The 83-year-old Nisqually tribe member has been arrested about 50 times over the years; the first time was in 1945 when he was 14, for fishing.

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Born To Dance
3:13 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Peter Boal: From Dancer To Mentor

Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal teaching a company class.
Credit Pacific Northwest Ballet/Jerry Davis

When Pacific Northwest Ballet artistic director Peter Boal arrived in Seattle in 2005, he was ready to lead Seattle's premier dance company into the 21st century. It was a challenge that excited him, but becoming the head of his own company meant that Boal had to leave behind his own long and celebrated career with New York City Ballet.

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News From Canada
3:11 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Quebec's New Premier, Sewage Standoff, And Bill Clinton On Rob Ford

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
Credit Flickr Photo/West Annex News (CC BY-NC-ND)

Quebec names Philippe Couillard as its new premier after the general election on April 7, and Vancouver's sewage treatment plans run into some setbacks. Plus, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford gets offered to star in a reality TV show.

Ross Reynolds talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the week's big stories from Canada.

Author Interview
2:59 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Jared Diamond Aims Evolution Education At Youth

Professor Jared Diamond speaking at Leuven University, Belgium, 2008.
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Marcie Sillman talks with author and professor Jared Diamond about an adaptation of his book, "The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal." The adaption targets high school students.

Universal Internet
2:58 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Seattle Reconsidering Building A City Owned Broadband Network

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Ross Reynolds talks with Bill Schrier, City of Seattle's former chief technology officer, about the challenges to building a municipal broadband network in Seattle.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
9:10 am
Thu April 10, 2014

The Untold Story Of War With Ann Jones

Credit Ann Jones' book, "They Were Soldiers."

Battle scars are not always visible.

Post-traumatic stress disorder affects almost 30 percent of soldiers who serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Journalist Ann Jones researched how war affects people’s minds by following troops in the Middle East. Her new book is called “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars: The Untold Story.”

In it, Jones also looks at how war touches those close to soldiers: spouses, children, doctors and friends. She spoke at Town Hall on March 18, 2014.

Affordable Care Act
7:46 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Health Reform May Free People From 'Job Lock'

Christine Lange quit her job earlier this year to pursue her dream to start a small business. She said the Affordable Care Act made that possible.
Credit Courtesy of Christine Lange

One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act is to give access to people who currently don’t have health insurance.

Supporters see another benefit — to give people who dream of quitting their day jobs for a chance to become an entrepreneur.

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Emergency Numbers
5:27 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Emergency 911 Service Restored In Washington After Morning Outage

Flickr Photo/Bryan Jones (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Emergency 911 service has been restored for the state of Washington after an outage affected dispatch centers throughout the state and parts of Oregon.

The lines were restored in Washington and Oregon after separate, but unrelated problems, according to CenturyLink.

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Urban Planning
4:07 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Re-Engaging Neighborhoods For Seattle's Future

Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about the April 5 Neighborhood Summit and how the city could support thriving neighborhoods in the future.

Transportation
3:06 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Kirkland City Council Endorses Prop 1 Despite Concerns

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Ross Reynolds talks with Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen about why the city voted to support the transportation funding measure despite reservations.

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