Education
10:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

State Searches For Answers On Education Funding

Highline Superintendent Susan Enfield.

Despite a state Supreme Court ruling that Washington is underfunding public education to the tune of $1 billion, state legislators so far seem to be talking more about policy changes than new dollars. Highline School District Superintendent Susan Enfield sat on the state's Joint Task Force on Education Funding. Their report is in. What now? Susan Enfield joins us with her thoughts about how the state should move forward.

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Books
9:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

"Fresh Off The Boat" With Eddie Huang

Eddie Huang's "Fresh Off The Boat."
Credit Courtesy/Spiegel & Grau

Eddie Huang stormed through childhood. He fought bigoted kids, defied stereotypes of the "model minority" and partied hard. But he clung to the delights of  his father’s restaurant and the flavors of his mother’s kitchen. Following a stint as a lawyer and a stand-up comic, he returned to his raucous roots, dipped in the flavors of Taiwan, America and the world. Eddie Huang joins us for a conversation about the first-generation immigrant experience he writes about in his new memoir, “Fresh Off the Boat.”

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Expanding Dental Care
7:27 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Washington State Lawmakers Consider Bill To Expand Dental Care

Many people who put off their dental problems often end up in the emergency room. A proposal to create midlevel dental practitioners hopes to expand dental access for low-income people.
Credit Flickr / watanyou intachai

There's no question that oral health is part of good overall health. But for many low-income people, getting dental care is not always within reach. A state House committee is considering a bill that would create two new kinds of midlevel dental professionals.

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Books
5:14 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

SE Hinton's "The Outsiders" Introduced Dark Teenage Fiction To The World

A quote from SE Hinton's 1967 bestseller, "The Outsiders"
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Back in 1967, a scandalous book about street thugs shot to the top of the bestseller lists. Its author was a 17-year-old woman who was nearly failing her high school English class. Why did her book become such a huge success? It offered the perfect combination of gritty realism and hormones.

Hear the story of "The Outsiders," from its humble beginnings, to its star-studded Hollywood movie adaptation, to a modern reinterpretation by an all-queer cast.

Other stories from KUOW Presents, February 5, 2013:

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International Politics
4:07 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Can Israel Live With A Nuclear Iran?

Scheduled for Spotlight at 8 p.m.

Over the summer of 2012, Iran doubled the number of nuclear centrifuges installed in its underground Fordow site despite increased international pressure and economic sanctions. Iran stopped just short of the capacity to produce nuclear fuel. Can Israel live with a nuclear Iran, or could the time be near for a pre-emptive strike? 

North Korea
2:00 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

The North Korean Techno Party

Detail of a mosaic in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Credit yeowatzup / Flickr

The staff at the North Korean Embassy in Malaysia knew how to throw the best parties. But of course, all the loud music and cool eye shades just obscured what was really going on behind the embassy walls.

More stories from KUOW Presents, February 4:

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Short Stories
12:40 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

George Saunders On "Tenth Of December"

Author George Saunders
Jeremy Sternberg Flickr

It took author George Saunders seven years to write his collection of stories, “Tenth of December.” But for many fans, (including the New York Times Magazine which called his new story collection “the best book you’ll read this year”), the wait was been worth it.

Saunders visited the KUOW studios and gave us five amazing books that he thinks everybody should read.

This segment originally aired February 4, 2013

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Immigration
12:32 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

E-Verify: A Verifiably Good Or Bad Idea?

E-Verify protesters march in front of Congressman Peter King’s office, Massapequa Park, New York, Sept. 2011.
longislandwins Flickr

President Obama thinks E-Verify should be mandatory as part of his plan for immigration reform. Is this a good idea? How accurate is E-Verify? What happens if someone comes up negative? Is immigration contacted immediately? Ross Reynolds talks with CEO Roy Beck of Numbers USA, and Policy Analyst David Bier.

Immigration
12:20 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Does Microsoft Need More Temporary Worker Visas?

Big changes to US immigration policy could mean more temporary work visas for people with skills like computer programming. Employers in the Northwest including Microsoft say there aren’t enough US workers to meet demand. Now, a bipartisan group of Senators wants to expand the number of temporary worker visas from 65,000 to 115,000. But critics say those jobs can and should be filled by qualified US workers. Ross Reynolds talks with public policy advocate and political strategist Maria Cardona and president of the Programmers Guild, Kim Berry about the ongoing issue of temporary worker visas.

Education Funding
12:04 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Will Olympia Figure Out How To Fund K-12 Education?

Washington state capitol in Olympia.
Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

Washington state is under a state Supreme Court mandate to adequately fund K-12 education. But Democrats and Republican disagree over increasing funding versus guaranteeing the money is used well. Ross Reynolds talks with Republican State Senator Steve Litzow who chairs the Early Learning and K-12 Education committee about what is being done to fund K-12 education.

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