Fiscal Policy
11:49 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Congress Readies For The Next "Cliff"

Gray clouds fill the sky over the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, the day closed-door meetings and votes negated a fiscal cliff of across-the-board tax increases and sweeping spending cuts.
Credit AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

The next cliff looms in Washington, DC, as the US Treasury runs out of borrowing authority at the end of February. There may be a decision about across-the-board spending cuts known as "sequestration," as well as a debate over the social safety net.

Will Democrats agree to cuts to Social Security and Medicare? We talk with economics writer James Kwak about the political support for smaller government and less revenue.

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Aging And Health Care
11:30 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Preparing For The Grey Tsunami In Health Care: Economist Dean Baker And Labor Activist Ai’jen Poo

Are you ready for the Grey Tsunami?
Rita T Flickr

By 2030, seniors will make up more than 20 percent of Washington state’s population.  Are we ready to care for the elderly? What’s it going to mean for federal programs like Medicare?  Ross interviews economist Dean Baker and labor activist Ai’jen  Poo.

Marijuana
11:15 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Pot Lobbies Push For License To Grow

Cannabis greenhouse in Oakland, Calif., 2012.
Rusty Blazenhoff Flickr

The Liquor Control Board is currently drafting the rules for how to apply for a license to grow marijuana in Washington state.  Several groups made up of lawyers, lobbyists and farmers have formed, and they’re looking to influence the board’s decisions.

One of these organizations is the Cannabis Business Group. Ross Reynolds talks with their board member, Hilary Bricken, a cannabis business lawyer.

Life Beyond Death
11:08 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Academic Neurosurgeon Says Heaven Exists

Dr. Eben Alexander says our awareness becomes much greater when freed from our physical brain.
Author's Twitter account

Many people say there is a heaven. But few are academic neurosurgeons. Ross Reynolds speaks with Eben  Alexander about a near-death experience he says gave him a glimpse of the afterlife that he outlines in his book, "Proof of Heaven."

Rig Reaches Shelter
4:40 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Shell’s Beached Kulluk Oil Rig Towed To Safe Harbor

The Kulluk aground off Sitkalidak Island, Alaska.
Credit Travis Marsh, U.S. Coast Guard.

A shipwrecked oil rig that was bound for Seattle has been floated off the rocks and towed to a safe harbor in the Gulf of Alaska. A fleet of nine ships accompanied Shell Oil’s Kulluk drill rig on the 45-mile tow. Shortly before noon Pacific Time, the rig reached its anchorage in sheltered Kiliuda Bay on Kodiak Island.  

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Exploration
2:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Saved By A Penguin

When Elaine Parker went to work in Antarctica, she was excited to get outside and explore. And she particularly hoped to see an Emperor Penguin. Finally, after a year of being cooped up inside, Elaine headed outdoors, into the cold. She did encounter an Emperor Penguin, but she never could have guessed what would happen during that encounter. Elaine tells APM’s Dick Gordon her story.

Other Stories On KUOW Presents On January 7, 2013:

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Survival Guide
12:40 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Surviving Washington's Wilderness

Creating a tipi-style shelter out of forest debris can help insulate you from the elements.
Courtesy Jason Knight/Alderleaf Wilderness College

Part of the lure of the Northwest is the proximity to wilderness areas to hike, snowshoe and camp in. But every year dozens of people hiking in Mt. Rainier National Park get lost or injured, requiring the help of search and rescue teams. Jason Knight is a co-founder of Alderleaf Wilderness College and program director of the Wilderness Certification Program. He talks with Ross Reynolds and answers listener questions about what you should know before you journey into Washington's wilderness. Below are some highlights from the interview. 

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A native of Berkeley Heights, N.J., Peter Sagal attended Harvard University and subsequently squandered that education while working as a literary manager for a regional theater, a movie publicist, a stage director, an actor, an extra in a Michael Jackson video, a travel writer, an essayist, a ghost writer for a former adult film impresario and a staff writer for a motorcycle magazine.

Health Care
12:03 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Welcome To The New Health Care Of 2013

The Affordable Care Act is enacting big changes in the nation’s health care system. Here in Washington state, a health care exchange called HealthPlanFinder is scheduled to open in October. It’s supposed to guarantee everyone can get health insurance. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler talks with Ross Reynolds about the new facets of health insurance reform arriving in 2013.

Sports
12:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Are Seattle's Seahawks Super Bowl Bound?

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll on the sidelines after they defeated the Redskins 24-14 in their NFL playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2012, in Landover, Md.
Richard Lipski AP Photo

The Seattle Seahawks are one game closer to playing in the Super Bowl with a come-from-behind victory against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Political sportswriter Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation, talks with Ross Reynolds about the Seahawk's prospects.

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