Government Paperwork
11:54 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Should The IRS Do Our Taxes For Us?

How long did you spend doing your taxes?
Flickr Photo/401(K) 2013

Today is the deadline for filing your taxes, and maybe you’re a little burnt out on the whole process. The New York Times reports that Americans spend 9.14 billion hours on government paperwork every year. Of that time 75 percent, or 6.7 billion hours, is spent on documents from The Treasury Department. According to author and law professor, Cass Sunstein, it’s because the Treasury Department houses the Internal Revenue Service, which takes up way too much of our time during tax season. Sunstein was head of the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 2009-2012, and he wrote a recent op-ed article for the New York Times on this topic. Ross Reynolds talks with Sunstein and asks if the IRS is wasting our time.

Tax Tips
11:23 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Early Tax Filing Protects Against Identity Theft, Fraud

There's a new reason to file your taxes early next year: you might thwart an identity thief.

Identity thieves have used stolen information to beat victims to their tax filings. They file false reports, get large refunds and create a mess for the real taxpayer.

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Politics & Government
10:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Ask King County Executive Dow Constantine

King County Executive Dow Constantine in KUOW's studio.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

King County Executive Dow Constantine traveled to New York earlier this month to pitch pro basketball's return to Seattle. We’ll hear where things stand in the quest for an NBA franchise. We’ll also talk about investment in King County parks, renewable energy and the latest County business. Have a question for the King County Executive? Call us at 206.543.5869 or send an email to weekday@kuow.org.

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Food & Travel
9:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Roast Penguin? Jason Anthony On Antarctic Cuisine

Explorers fishing for food in the Antarctic in the early 1910s.
Credit Flickr Photo/State Library of New South Wales/Credit Frank Hurley

What is there to eat in Antarctica? Not much, though you could try penguin. In 1897, stranded Captain Georges Lecointe said penguin tasted like “beef, odiferous cod fish and a canvas-backed duck, roasted together in a pot with blood and cod-liver oil for sauce.” Desperate and trapped Antarctic explorers have eaten all kinds of awful things. Author Jason Anthony explains the culinary lengths people will go to in order to survive.

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Michelle Trudeau began her radio career in 1981, filing stories for NPR from Beijing and Shanghai, China, where she and her husband lived for two years. She began working as a science reporter and producer for NPR's Science Desk since 1982. Trudeau's news reports and feature stories, which cover the areas of human behavior, child development, the brain sciences, and mental health, air on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Space Travel
3:34 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Washington Researchers Using Fusion In Effort To Reach Mars

A concept image of a spacecraft powered by a fusion-driven rocket. In this image, the crew would be in the forward-most chamber. Solar panels on the sides would collect energy to initiate the process that creates fusion.
University of Washington, MSNW

Humans are on their way to Mars! Or at least they will be by 2025 if University of Washington researcher, Dr. John Slough has his way. Dr. Slough and his team are working on a fusion powered rocket that could zoom astronauts to mars in as little as 30 days. Back on earth, that speed could take you from Seattle to Miami in 3 minutes. The rocket project is funded by NASA and being built right here in Redmond, Washington. The President can keep is asteroid, Ross Reynolds talks with Dr. Slough about this rocket to Mars.

Beer & Taxes
3:34 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Who Will Drink The Cost Of Ending The Washington Brewer-Tax Exemption?

Flickr Photo/Atilla Kefeli

It’s that time of year when we talk about forecasts -- no, not the weather forecast, though we do have our fingers crossed for warmer weather. The Governor, the House and the Senate have all released their budget proposals and if the Governor or the House gets their way Washington brewers could be hit hard. The Governor’s budget would end a tax exemption for local brewers and increase the tax per barrel of beer sold in Washington state from $4.78 to $20.28. The House proposal wouldn’t hit brewers quite as hard but the tax paid per barrel would still be doubled. How would these proposed plans impact the micro-beer business and consumers? According to the president of the Washington Brewers Guild, quite a bit. Ross Reynolds talks with Heather McClung, president of the Washington Brewers Guild and the co-founder of the Seattle brewery Schooner Exact.

Music
3:19 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

A Conversation With Mudhoney's Mark Arm

Mudhoney's newest release, 'Vanishing Point.'
Credit Courtesy/Sub Pop Records

Mark Arm and Steve Turner founded Mudhoney years before the national music press catapulted Seattle onto the national stage. Their 1988 debut single, “Touch Me I’m Sick,” was the first major hit for Sub Pop Records. While they’ve also had careers outside of music-making, the band has remained together for more than 25 years, continuing to record and go on tour. We talk with singer and guitarist Mark Arm about Mudhoney’s latest album, "Vanishing Point."

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College Goals
12:00 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Who Needs A Ph.D. When You Can Get A "Mrs." Degree?

What degree are you striving for?
Flickr Photo/Joe Shlabotnik

Recently, Princeton alum Susan Patton prompted a heated discussion when she urged women at the Ivy League school to find a husband before graduating. She argued that men regularly marry women who are younger, less intelligent and less educated. Patton thinks Princeton women should marry a man who is their intellectual equal. What do you think about the "Mrs." degree? Ross Reynolds talks with listeners about the poorly received push for a "Mrs." degree.

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