Business And Housing
7:27 am
Wed April 9, 2014

The Ultimate Reuse: Shipping Containers For Buildings

Starbucks has been rolling out drive-through, walk-up locations made out of recycled shipping containers. This location is in Tukwila, Washington.
Flickr Photo/vmax137 (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The cost of housing in the city is making many people think small, to embrace the micro movement that loves to reuse and recycle. Enter the idea of a shipping container as a building — a natural in a port city like Seattle, which handles 1.6 million container units in a year.

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EarthFix Reports
6:13 am
Wed April 9, 2014

The Wetland That Saved Highway 101 From Flooding

A restoration project last year allowed this wetland to flood while an infamous stretch of Highway 101 stayed dry this winter.
Credit North Coast Land Conservancy

Every winter on Oregon's north coast, the Necanicum River spills out over its banks during heavy rains and swallows the road just south of Seaside. This happens at least once — and up to seven times — a year.

But not this year.

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Education
3:14 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Reinvestigating Class Sizes In Washington State

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Steve Scher talks with Sterling Clifford of Class Size Counts. The group is currently collecting signatures for an initiative that would limit class sizes for kindergarten to third grade to 17 students by 2019.

Then, Steve Scher speaks with Brookings Institution fellow Matthew Chingos about the research behind class size reduction policies.

True Crime
3:04 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

How A Phony Rockefeller Fooled Walter Kirn

Credit Walter Kirn's book, "Blood Will Out."

Ross Reynolds speaks with novelist Walter Kirn, perhaps best known for book, “Up in the Air."

Kirn’s latest work reads like fiction, but it’s not. “Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade” is about Kirn's association with a man who called himself Clark Rockefeller and claimed to be a member of the Rockefeller family — one of the most powerful families in American history.

It turns out, Clark Rockefeller was not a Rockefeller nor an American. He was a murderer.

Transportation
2:37 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Seattle Bike Sharing To Roll Out In September

Credit Flickr Photo/Shelley Bernstein (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Holly Houser, executive director of Puget Sound Bike Share, about how Seattle's forthcoming bike sharing program will work. This September, Puget Sound Bike Share will roll out to four neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, the University District and downtown.

Seattle Police Reform
2:14 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Mayor Murray On SPD: It Will Take Time, But The Culture Will Change

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about efforts to bring the Seattle Police Department in line with federally mandated reforms.

Education Reform
10:10 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Washington Teachers' Union Supports Families Opting Out Of State Testing

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The state’s largest teachers’ union has passed a motion to support parents and students who opt out of statewide standardized tests. The union also promotes opting out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium state test coming next school year to align with the new Common Core State Standards.

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Poetry
10:02 am
Tue April 8, 2014

A Poet's Response To World War I Facial Injury And Reconstruction

Ann Gerike's new book is part poetry collection, part medical history.
Credit Floating Bridge Press

Poet Ann Gerike combined years of research with an empathetic imagination to write "About Face: World War I Facial Injury and Reconstruction." Her poems bring to life the stories of terribly disfigured soldiers and surgeon Major Harold Gillies, whose wartime innovations helped restore their faces.

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Community Resilience
8:08 am
Tue April 8, 2014

One Man's Story Of Rebuilding After 'Total Devastation'

Mike Peroni's farm in Curtis, Wash. was wiped out by a 2007 flood. It took him and his family years to rebuild.
Liz Jones KUOW

Mike Peroni knows what it’s like to live through a disaster. In 2007, a massive flood wiped out his home and farm in Curtis, Wash., about 40 miles south of Olympia.

For him, stories from the tragic landslide near Oso, Wash., on March 22 have hit an emotional scar.

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EarthFix Reports
6:15 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Urged To Support Oil Train Funding, Northwest Senator Seeks Answers

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden, left, and Jeff Merkley met with local officials in Portland to discuss oil train safety earlier this year. Now they're calling for a new fund devoted to it.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Tony Schick

Fellow U.S. senators are calling on Washington’s Patty Murray to support major investments in oil train safety, but first she wants some answers.

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