Wildfires
4:02 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

How The 1910 Fire In Washington Helped Shape Firefighting

Ross Reynolds talks with Tim Egan, columnist for the New York Times, about the Devil's Broom fire in 1910. The conflagration was the largest in United States history, burning 3 million acres in the Pacific Northwest, and set the stage for modern firefighting.

News From Canada
3:56 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Pot In Vancouver Is Illegal, Barely

Ross Reynolds talks to Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about wildfires raging in the Great North. They also discuss Canada's fears over flights to Israel and how scoring a medical marijuana card in Vancouver is as easy as saying as saying, "Ahhh."

Immigration
3:17 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

An Immigrant Leaves America To Chase His Dreams In Mexico

Before entering Mexico, leaving the U.S. for good, Jorge Lerma takes this photo. Lerma, 32, was an undocumented immigrant for nearly half his life before deciding to return home for better opportunities.
Credit Courtesy Jorge Lerma

As Jorge Lerma approached the Mexican border from the U.S. side, he felt like he was hooked to a bungee cord, ready to leap into the unknown.

Jorge had lived in the U.S. for 16 years, attended high school and college in California, but his status here as an undocumented immigrant thwarted his dreams to be an engineer. So he decided to move back to Mexico.

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Tech Review
3:02 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Amazon Fire Phone: 'Showrooming On Steroids'

The Amazon Fire boasts Firefly, a feature that allows you to easily compare box store prices with Amazon.
Credit Courtesy GeekWire

Go to a box store, hold your phone up to an item, and – ding! – your phone tells you how much the same item would cost on Amazon Prime.

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Wages And Housing
2:47 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Middle Income Group Overlooked In Seattle Affordable Housing Struggle

A Seattle high-rise apartment building.
Credit Flickr Photo/Andrew Smith (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien is looking for affordable housing solutions – for a population that may be overlooked.

Speaking with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds, O’Brien said that systems are in place for those making around 30 percent of the area median wage, but not for those between 60 to 100 percent of the median (for a single person that’s between $37,000 and $50,000 a year).

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Eye In The Sky
10:21 am
Wed July 23, 2014

VIDEO: How A Drone Shot This Stunning Footage Of Washington Wildfires

A drone captured stunning footage of the Carlton Complex fire in central Washington state.
Chelan HD Productions/Sy Stepanov

As the Carlton Complex fire roared across central Washington state, Chelan videographer Sy Stepanov tagged along with a friend who owns a real estate firm to assess the damage.

Stepanov brought his drone to record video of the destruction. “When I got there, it was just a no-brainer," he said. "People need to see this.”

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RadioActive Youth Media
9:34 am
Wed July 23, 2014

A Dope Insight On How Weed Affects Teens

Angela and Nia recording the RadioActive podcast in KUOW's studios.
Credit KUOW Photo/Lila Kitaeff

Join Nia Price-Nascimento and Angela Nguyen on "Weed Wednesday" to hear opinions from teens and adults about the underage use of marijuana, as well as facts from an expert. Add your voice to the conversation using #WeedRadioActive

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Work Safety
9:20 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Feds Ban Free Climbing By Electric Utility Workers

Seattle City Light lineworkers 180 feet above the Seattle Ship Canal in 2011.
Credit KUOW Photo/John Ryan

The Obama Administration is putting an end to the common practice of "free climbing" by electrical lineworkers. Seattle City Light and other electric utilities let their lineworkers climb transmission towers without using safety harnesses.

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Immigration
9:20 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Goodbye, America: Frustrated, A Young Immigrant Returns To Mexico

Jorge Lerma prepares to return to Mexico, where he is from, after having spent half his life as an undocumented immigrant in the U.S.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Jorge Lerma sorts through his neckties. Dozens are draped across the couch; others get tossed into the give-away pile. 

Jorge rents a tiny room at this house in Bellevue, Washington. The landlord pops in to check out possible bargains and buys a flat-screen TV and a light-weight tripod. The discard pile shrinks, but on top remains a crisp American flag that Jorge used to hang in his room.

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