Family Life
9:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

The Case For Not Having Kids

Sweet dog versus cute baby: Who will reign supreme?
Credit Flickr photo/Fernando Garcia

In Seattle, more people have cats than have kids. Same goes for dogs. In fact, Seattle is the second-most childless city in the US, just behind San Francisco. Deciding to have a child is a big decision; so is deciding not to. Seattle Times columnist Sharon Pian Chan recently addressed the issue in an editorial titled “Why I’m Not Having Kids.” Have you made the same decision? What conversations did you and your partner have? What reaction did you get from friends and relatives? We'll talk with Sharon Pian Chan and hear your take. Call us during the program: 206.543.5869 or write to weekday@kuow.org

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Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR's music news blog, The Record, and she can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music programs.

One of the nation's most notable music critics, Powers has been writing for The Record, NPR's blog about finding, making, buying, sharing and talking about music, since April 2011.

787 Dreamliner Crisis
7:09 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Dreamliner Investigation Continues In Two Countries

In Seattle, NTSB investigators and Boeing engineers examine the type of lithium-ion battery involved in the battery fire in Boston last month.
courtesy National Transportation Safety Board

The hunt for a solution to the 787’s battery woes continues. Investigators are crisscrossing oceans looking for a cause to the battery overheating problems that have grounded the Dreamliner since January 16. Teams of investigators are fanning out and crossing paths.

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Ben Bradford is a city kid, who came to Charlotte from San Francisco by way of New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Prior to his career in journalism, Ben spent time as an actor, stuntman, viral marketer, and press secretary for a Member of Congress. He graduated from UCLA in 2005 with a degree in theater and from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2012. As a reporter, his work has been featured on NPR, WNYC, the BBC, and Public Radio International.

Robin Sussingham is a reporter/producer and host at WUSF Public Broadcasting.  A native of Lakeland, she frequently reports on events and issues in Polk County.

She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and has an extensive background in newspapers, magazines and online reporting. 

Provoking Seattle Arts
4:00 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Randy Engstrom and Andy Fife, Seattle Art Instigators

Randy Engstrom and Andy Fife.
Credit Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times

When Randy Engstrom and Andy Fife start talking about Seattle arts and culture you can almost feel the air around them vibrate. "It’s like a natural resource," enthuses Engstrom. Fife chimes in. "This is a place where nature is abundant and provides so much. Likewise culture."

You get the sense you’re face to face with the contemporary versions of Frederick Weyerhauser or Bill Boeing, adventurers who came West to seek their fortunes more than a century ago. Instead of harvesting trees, though, Fife and Engstrom plan to harness culture to expand Seattle’s economic vibrancy.

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Listener Call-In
11:24 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Do You Volunteer?

Haitian Red Cross volunteer Jean Zacharie delivers first aid to 1-month-old Deborah Fatima, January 2010.
American Red Cross Flickr

According to the Federal Agency for Service and Volunteering, 34 percent of Washington residents volunteer. Are you one of those people? Today, Ross Reynolds hears stories about the ups and downs of volunteering.

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Seattle Police Reform
11:18 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Policing The Seattle Police: What Will The New Community Commission Do?

Seattle Police Officers salute during a memorial service, 2006.
AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey

As part of the agreement with the Department of Justice to implement reforms in the Seattle Police Department, Mayor Mike McGinn proposed the creation of a Community Police Commission. The 13-member commission, selected by the mayor and City Council,  is supposed to ensure that the police are acting lawfully and safely.

The commission still has to be confirmed by the City Council, but Ross Reynolds sits down with commission co-chair and deputy director of the Defender Association, Lisa Daugaard, to discuss what the commission can and hopes to accomplish.

Pay Checks & Balances
10:46 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Wash. Lawmakers Take Up "Wage Theft" Bill

A proposed bill in Olympia aims to crack down on employers who shortchange their workers. The measure would create harsher penalties for business that skimp on minimum wage, overtime pay, or just flat out fail to hand over a paycheck.

This type of  underpayment is often referred to as “wage theft.” Advocates of the bill, HB 1440, say the victims of wage theft tend to be low-income workers and undocumented immigrants.

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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Your Take On The News

Weekday's News In Review panel at a live event.
Credit KUOW Photo/Serene Careaga



It’s Friday — time to review the week’s news with Joni Balter, Eli Sanders and Knute Berger. Seattle's first gun buyback in more than 20 years takes in more than 700 firearms and brings an impromptu gun show to downtown. The debate over the future of Washington state's prepaid tuition program continues in Olympia. And in Washington DC, a Senate "Gang of Eight" and the president signal a way forward on immigration reform that includes tighter border security and a "path to citizenship" for more than 11 million people living in the country without documentation. What stories caught your attention this week? Call us 206.543.5869, send an email to weekday@kuow.org or use #weekinreview to share your thoughts with us on Twitter during the show.

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