Marijuana Addiction
7:07 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Pot Legalization Increases Adult Addicts’ Concern For Teens

Marijuana Anonymous has chapters for teens as well.

One of the most urgent questions surrounding Washington’s legalization of marijuana is the affect it will have on teenagers. Researchers say teens often see marijuana as “natural” and “safer than alcohol.”  Many adults who consider themselves addicts supported legalization, but not because they think marijuana is risk-free.

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How We Get Around
6:53 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Sound Transit: Ridership Has Reached Record Levels

Sounder Commuter Train at Everett Station
Flickr/Sillygwailo

Sound Transit announced last Friday that its latest ridership numbers for 2012 shows an all-time high. The numbers surpass the agency’s goal for 2012.

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Unmanned Aircraft Cancelled
1:25 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Seattle Grounds Police Drones Program

Seattle Police Officer James with a drone.
Credit KUOW photo/Amy Radil

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn put an end to a controversial  program where unmanned miniature helicopters equipped with cameras would be used to fight crime. Critics had privacy concerns about police surveillance. The timing of Mayor McGinn's decision could become an issue in his re-election bid.

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Seattle On Foot
1:04 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

The Hidden Legacy Of Seattle Stairways

Cathy and Jake Jaramillo at the Blaine Street stairs.
KUOW photo/Jeannie Yandel

When I meet Jake and Cathy Jaramillo, they tell me they consider Seattle a world-class city when it comes to public stairways. According to Jake, Seattle’s 650 stairways put the city in the top three for US cities with stairways, with Pittsburgh in first place and San Francisco in second. And since they moved here in 2001, they've been climbing Seattle’s stairs to meet people and uncover some of the city’s hidden nooks and crannies.

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Movies & History
12:37 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Frank Rich And Sean Wilentz On The Oscars And African-American History

Anne Hathaway, nominated for best actress in a supporting role for ‘Les Miserables,’ left, and Steven Spielberg, nominated for best picture and best director for ‘Lincoln,’ attend the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.
John Shearer/Invision/AP

David Hyde talks with Frank Rich about the historical significance of Quentin Tarantino’s "Django Unchained" and why Rich thinks it deserves to win an Academy Award for best picture. Then he turns to historian Sean Wilentz who thinks it is not "Django Unchained" but Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" that is the historically accurate and significant film that deserves the Oscar.

Marijuana
12:17 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Puff, Puff, Pass A Sobriety Check? The Science Of Marijuana Intoxication

Fetmano Flickr

State toxicologist Fiona Couper recently stated that violations for driving under the influence of marijuana have not gone up since the passage of Initiative-502. But marijuana legalization is still in its early stages and to be charged with a DUI the driver has to get caught with 5 nanograms per milliliter of active THC in their bloodstream. David Hyde talks with Dr. Marilyn Huestis from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and tries to make sense of the science of marijuana intoxication.  

Politics
10:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Your Take On The News

It’s Friday — time to review the week’s news with Joni Balter, Knute Berger and C.R. Douglas. The public debate on the Seattle Police Department's use of drones heats up. Superintendent Jose Banda ordered Seattle teachers to administer the MAP test. There is an effort in Congress to change U.S. pot laws. Is Washington State blazing the way? What’s your take? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to weekday@kuow.org.

Health Issues
9:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

The Complex Relationship Between Smoking And Mental Illness

Is there a link between cigarette smoking and mental illness?
Credit Flickr photo/Ta Duc

A recent study from the Centers For Disease Control has found that nearly one-third of mentally ill adults are smokers. In fact, they’re 70 percent more likely to smoke than adults without mental illness. The relationship between cigarettes and mental hospitals is a complicated one. Historically, smoking was common in mental hospitals. It was even used as an incentive for patients at times. Now, more and more treatment facilities are becoming smoke-free. What does this mean for patients who rely on the habit for comfort? Pam Belluck has been writing about these issues. She covers health and science for The New York Times.

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The Way Home
8:20 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Study: Salmon Could Use Earth’s Magnetic Field To Go Home

According to new research, sockeye salmon from the Fraser River take different routes home, depending on shifts in the earth's magnetic field.
Tom Quinn, University of Washington

Salmon travel thousands of miles out to the open ocean to feed and mature. Then after a few years they head home, back to the exact river where they hatched to spawn the next generation.

Scientists don’t fully understand how the fish find their way back, but a new study found that salmon could be determining their routes home by shifts in the earth's magnetic field.

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