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Education Updates
11:16 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Ann Dornfeld On Summer School News

School's out for summer! Ann Dornfeld reviews the past year and looks ahead to what can be expected in education going into next year.
Flickr Photo/Chris Campbell

 Schools out for summer! How did Washington state schools fare in a time of more budget cuts and new charter school legislation? David Hyde takes a look back at the school year with KUOW’s education reporter Ann Dornfeld.

Rise of Crowdsourcing
11:15 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Do Critics Still Matter?

Do companies care more about the crowdsourced opinions from places like Trip Adivsor and Yelp than traditional critics? Do people still want a profesional opinion to guide them to a new restaurant?
Flickr Photo/Michael Dorausch

  “Everyone’s a critic,” the saying goes. And more and more, that’s becoming less a figure of speech and more a statement of fact. In the age of Yelp, customer reviews and carefully curated blogs, do professional critics matter anymore? If the lines are blurring between customer reviews and professional criticism, what are we losing? David Hyde talks to professional critic Daniel Mendelsohn, freelance critic Douglas Wolk, and Jim DeRogatis from public radio program Sound Opinions about the importance of critics in the age of crowdsourcing.

Online Silk Road
11:13 am
Thu June 20, 2013

The Silk Road: Online's Wild West

   Based on recent reports by the Guardian and intelligence leaks by former CIA employee Edward Snowden, it’s clear that the federal government can track online activity pretty easily. But there’s also a mysterious far-off corner of the internet, one that’s much harder to track. It’s a place where people go to buy illegal drugs and even dangerous weapons. And they pay for all of it in electronic currency. Andy Greenberg, Forbes Magazine writer, tells David Hyde about this online black market, also known as the Silk Road.  Greenberg is author of the book "This Machine Kills Secrets," a chronicle of the history and future of information leaks, from the Pentagon papers to Wikileaks and beyond. 

Healthy Diet
11:04 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Vitamin Advice From A Nutritionist

Flickr Photo/Shannon Kringen

  According to the Center for Disease Control, more than half of all adults in the US use dietary supplements. Multivitamins — pills that pack at least three different vitamins into one little tablet — are most common . But is more always better? David Hyde finds out from Judy Simon, a clinical dietitian and nutritionist at UW Medical Center's Roosevelt Clinic. 

HUD Study
11:03 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Is Housing Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples Happening Here?

  A new national study by the Department of Housing and Urban Development found that same-sex couples are discriminated against in the rental housing market. Researchers sent two emails inquiring about a rental property: one posing as a gay couple, the other as a straight couple. We spoke to a senior official at the department of Housing and Urban Development about what these results show. David Hyde hears from Edlira Kuka from Solid Ground, a nonprofit that focuses on housing and homeless prevention, on what to do if you face this kind of discrimination.

Retail Evolution
10:57 am
Thu June 20, 2013

RIP Retail: Will Amazon's New Game Plan Change Shopping As We Know It?

After launching locker pick-ups and home grocery delivery, Amazon continues to push for online retail innovation.
Flickr Photo/Stephen Cannon

  Amazon has a new game plan: same-day delivery. By building warehouses in the middle of large metropolitan areas, Amazon wants to bring you groceries and goods immediately. That’s big competition for traditional retailand some people are speculating it could mean the end of traditional retail. David Hyde talks to Patty Edwards, retail analyst and the chief investment officer for Trutina Financial about how Amazon is changing consumerism.

Initiative I-591
10:51 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Gun Rights Advocates Take Aim At November 2014 Ballot

 Gun rights proponents are promoting  a new gun rights initiative, I-591.  This initiative would prevent Washington state from adopting background check laws that are more restrictive than the federal standards and would also prohibit any confiscation of firearms without due process. David Hyde talks about the proposal with Allan Gottlieb, chairman of the committee, Protect our Guns, the group behind Initiative 591.

11:56 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Happy Juneteenth! The Importance And History Of “Emancipation Day”

Juneteenth is an official holiday in Texas, but it's celebrated more widely across the country. Here members of Buffalo Soldiers participate in a past Juneteenth parade in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/jseattle

 Juneteenth, sometimes called Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, commemorates a day in 1865 when Texas slaves learned that they had finally been granted their freedom. David Hyde talks to historian Kenneth Davis about the historical significance of the day. Plus, a guide to some local Juneteenth celebrations.


Online Resume Writing
11:51 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Your Online First Impression – Tips For Resume Writing In The Age Of Digital Job Seeking

The hiring process has changed: now instead of fighting against stacks of resumes, job seekers have to find a way to distinguish their online resume.
Flickr Photo/woodleywonderworks

  According to the most recent numbers, about seven percent of Washingtonians are currently unemployed and seeking work. But more companies are requiring online applications, and hitting the pavement and handing out resumes might become a thing of the past. When your first impression is a PDF how can you stand out from the rest?

David Hyde gets the answer from Dr. Tracy Wilen-Daugenti. She’s a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Media X program and a former Silicon Valley executive. She has held leadership positions at Apple, HP, Cisco Systems and the Apollo Group, and she’s the author of a number of books on business.

Juvenile Imprisonment
11:45 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Does Jailing Juveniles Lead To More Crime?

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 When kids are convicted of crimes, judges often have a choice: they can send those kids to jail, or they can place them in programs that don’t involve incarceration. Options include electronic home monitoring, group care or work crews. According to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, sending juvenile offenders to jail can have dire consequences for their futures. The study finds that kids who spend time in jail are 22 percent more likely to end up in jail as adults, and 13 percent less likely to graduate from high school. Read about it here.

How are juvenile offenders punished here Washington state? David Hyde find out from Paul Holland, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Law Professor at Seattle University.

Getting Fresh With Sheryl
11:36 am
Wed June 19, 2013

I Love Strawberries And You Can Too – How To Get Your Hands On This Season’s Best Berries

Courtesy of Cascade Harvest Coalition

 This is the second installment of Getting Fresh with Sheryl, The Conversation’s new segment, where we tell you about fresh and local fruits and veggies. Sheryl Wiser manages the Puget Sound Fresh program at the Cascade Harvest Coalition. Today she talks to David Hyde about the incredible versatility of strawberries. Plus, when are they in season, and where can you get really good ones?  

Privacy Laws
11:27 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Rep. Suzan Delbene Advocates For Stricter Electronic Privacy

  If the government wants to look at your mail, it needs a warrant. But there are no similar protections for your email. US representative Suzan Delbene from Washington state wants to change that. Support for stricter electronic privacy has been growing since the recent controversies over widespread government surveillance. Representative Delbene talks to David Hyde about her bill to reform the Electronic Privacy Act (PDF).

Seattle Mayor's Race 2013
2:43 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Candidates For Seattle Mayor Show Their Bookish Side

Seattle mayoral candidate Mary Martin shows her selection of books at the candidates' "Read 'N Greet" event at the Seattle Public Library
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

What can you tell about a person from the books he or she loves to read? A lot, according to Maggie Taylor, Board President of Friends of the Seattle Public Library.

Taylor invited the city's mayoral candidates to choose a passage from a favorite book and then read it aloud. Eight of the candidates accepted the challenge. They read their selections last night at the Central Library downtown.

The aim of the event was to give voters some insight into the candidates, said Taylor.

How well do you know the candidates for Seattle mayor? See if you can match up the candidates with their favorite books. 

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Living With HIV
11:40 am
Tue June 18, 2013

HIV In King County: Demographics Differ From National Trend

HIV testing , awareness and acceptance are on the rise thanks in part to governmental programs and community organizations such as The Stigma Project.
Flickr Photo/The Stigma Project

 According to the most recent reports from King County, as of April of this year there are currently more than 7,000 people living with HIV, including AIDS cases, in King County. Those are just the reported cases. Most of the people with HIV in King County are white men between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. That is a different picture than AIDS cases nationally, where more than 50 percent of HIV and AIDS cases are people of color.

David Hyde discusses HIV with Dr. Matt Golden, Director of Public Health at the Seattle & King County HIV/STD Control Program. Plus, hear stories from people who have been diagnosed with HIV.

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Coal Debate
11:37 am
Tue June 18, 2013

New EarthFix Documentary Explores Coal Terminal Debate

A load of coal moves past the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. Coal export out of the area is hot topic of debate.
Flickr Photo/Adam Fagen

  Mayor Mike McGinn is in Washington, D.C., today to testify against the construction of three coal terminals in Washington state. He voiced his environmental concerns earlier today in front of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Even more concerns have arisen now that the Army Corp of Engineers, which is in charge of reviewing the environmental impact of the terminals, has decided not to investigate green house gas emissions.

EarthFix reporters Ashley Ahearn and Katie Campbell discuss the latest coal news with David Hyde. Plus, they preview the upcoming EarthFix documentary, "COAL."