Economic Lessons
8:00 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Economic Wisdom The Developing World Can Teach The Developed World

Economist and author Peter Blair Henry.
Credit Courtesy/NYU

A handful of third-world countries have turned themselves around from numerous hardships in the past 30 years: China rose from seemingly hopeless poverty, Mexico bounced back from the Third World Debt Crisis, Brazil overcame hyperinflation. 

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Health Policy
5:17 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

How Doctors Are Handling 'Death With Dignity'

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine looks at how one Seattle medical institution has managed the state’s 2009 Death With Dignity law. The report shows how rarely Washington state residents have pursued a legal prescription to end their own life, and describes the early debate among physicians over whether to participate. We talk with study author Dr. Elizabeth Loggers of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

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Washington State Budget
12:11 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Would A Budget By Any Other Name Not Smell As Sweet?

Where will these budgets meet?
Flickr Photo/401(K) 2013

Governor Inslee released his budget proposal a couple weeks ago, and then came the Washington Senate budget. Yesterday the House released their budget and today Ross Reynolds talks with Representative Ross Hunter about how the House budget differs from the Senate and gubernatorial budget plans. 

Substance Abuse
12:00 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

David Sheff Comes Clean On Addiction

What are your views on addiction?
Flickr Photo/Alan Cleaver

Journalist and author David Sheff struggled to save his son Nic from addiction and he recounted his experience in the memoir "Beautiful Boy." In his new book "Clean," Sheff argues addiction is not a failure of character but a disease that can be prevented and cured. Ross Reynolds sits down with David Sheff for a discussion on drug abuse, parenting and the struggle to shift the way the world sees addiction.

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War Crimes & Reconciliation
11:07 am
Thu April 11, 2013

The Redemption Of General Butt Naked

Credit Sundance Institute and Film Festival

One of the warlords who terrorized Liberia during the country’s 14-year civil war was a man who called himself “General Butt Naked." He ran a brigade of child soldiers – most of whom he’d kidnapped and taught to rape, cannibalize and torture.

After the war, a group of evangelical Christians reached out to the former warlords. General Butt Naked was among those who converted. He now travels the country as a preacher, under the name Joshua Blahyi, asking forgiveness from his victims.

Filmmakers Danielle Anastasion and Eric Strauss spent five years following Blahyi around Liberia. They wondered whether a man like that could ever truly be reformed. And the answers they found are far from clear.

More stories from KUOW Presents, Thursday, April 11:

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Awaiting Legislation
10:49 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Rallies For Immigration Reform From Seattle To DC

Harumy Rojas (in pink) attended an immigration rally with her mother and other families in downtown Seattle.
Liz Jones KUOW

Supporters of immigration reform call the outside of the Federal Building in downtown Seattle their patio. That’s because they’ve gathered here so many times in the past decade to push for an overhaul to the country’s immigration system, including a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants who are in  the US illegally.

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Expeditionary Art
9:18 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Bringing Art To Narwhal Research In The Arctic

Maria Coryell-Martin uses art to help scientists communicate about their research in some of the most remote places on the planet.
Maria Coryell-Martin

Two Seattle-based adventurers — one a scientist, the other an artist — are on an expedition to study and document narwhals in Arctic waters off the west coast of Greenland. 

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel On What's Next For SPD

Interim Seattle Police Department Chief Jim Pugel says he hasn't decided whether he'll seek the job, but he doesn't plan to be a placeholder as the SPD works on critical reforms with the Department of Justice. Pugel is set to replace outgoing chief John Diaz, who announced his retirement on Monday. We talk with the new officer in charge at SPD.

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Playing In Tune
7:47 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Seattle Inventor Finds Key To Solving Saxophone Discord

University of Washington saxophone professor Michael Brockman is the inventor of the Broctave Key.
Courtesy University of Washington

There’s an old joke among saxophone players: The instrument, they say, comes from the factory out of tune.  Dr. Michael Brockman is a professor of saxophone at the University of Washington. He actually thinks the saxophone can be tuned, and he’s determined to do something about it. 

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Drunken-Driving Laws
11:51 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Are Washington's DUI Laws Tough Enough?

Don't drink and drive.
Flickr Photo/Chimpr

Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants to crackdown on drunken drivers in the wake of some recent tragedies involving intoxicated drivers. Today, Ross Reynolds talks with New York University Langone Medical Center professor, Baron Lerner about how DUI laws and enforcement in Washington compare nationally.