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The Conversation covers current events in politics, public affairs, culture and science. Host Ross Reynolds opens the phone for listeners to participate in spirited discussions on the issues of the day. 

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Water Safety
11:19 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Yes, It Feels Like Summer, But That River Is Dangerous

Flickr photo/Ingrid Taylar

Seattle has seen record temperatures this week and more warm weather is forecasted this week. All the heat is making getting in the water very tempting, but The National Weather Service warns, low water temperatures and swift currents could make it difficult and dangerous to swim. In this segment Ross Reynolds interviews Brent Bower, senior service hydrologist at the National Weather Service,  about how to stay safe in the water.

Mortality
11:13 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Breaking The Taboo Against Talking About Death

Michael Hebb's project, "Let's Have Dinner and Talk About Death."

How do you want to die? Seattle food provocateur and entrepreneur Michael Hebb wants you to talk about it -- over dinner.

Hebb says how we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation Americans aren’t having. The price of end-of-life care can bankrupt a family and often doesn’t improve quality life for the one dying. And it’s much more difficult to navigate end-of-life decisions, and how an individual wants to be remembered, when the conversation never happened.

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Visual Literacy
11:08 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Stephen Apkon On Navigating "The Age Of The Image"

Stephen Apkon's book "The Age of the Image."

Stephen Apkon says we live in a world of images but do not have the visual literacy to understand them.  His new book is "The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens." KUOW's Ross Reynolds chats with Stephen Apkon. 

Education
11:04 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Should Principals Have Veto Authority Over Teacher Transfers?

Flickr photo/Enokson

State senate leaders plan to revive a bill in the upcoming special session that would allow school principals to veto teachers’ school assignments.  Education “reformers” support the change.  Teachers’ unions are opposed. Ross Reynolds interviews both sides.

Carbon Neutral
12:12 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Making Seattle Carbon Neutral By 2050

Transportation is a key element in Mike O'Brien's plan for a carbon-neutral Seattle by 2050.
Flickr photo/Neal Jennings

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien wants Seattle carbon neutral by 2050. The plan to make Seattle carbon neutral is bound to be expensive, but O’Brien says carbon neutrality has benefits beyond just reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Mike O’Brien joins Ross Reynolds today to talk about this proposal. 

Seattle Mayor
12:07 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

What Do You Want In The Next Mayor?

The campaign for Seattle mayor is already underway. The new mayor will face a variety of obstacles from transportation and business to poverty and homelessness. What are the key issues you would like Seattle’s next mayor to address? Ross Reynolds takes your calls and is joined by special guests including Sharon Lee, the executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute and Evan Manvel director of policy, planning and government affairs at Cascade Bicycle Club to talk about their wish list for the next mayor. What is on yours?

Suicide Rates
12:01 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Why Are More People Committing Suicide In The US?

A new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that suicide deaths have surpassed car deaths in the United States. According to the same report, suicide rates rose 15% from 1999 to 2010, with an even more dramatic rise among the 35-64 age group. Washington state has seen similar increases. Ross Reynolds speaks with Dr. Thomas Simon, a researcher at the CDC’s Injury Center in Atlanta about why the suicide rate is growing.

Auto Trends
11:51 am
Mon May 6, 2013

What’s The Future Of Cars?

Part scavenger hunt, part city commuting solution, Car-2-Go is one new service to bypass buying a car.
Flickr photo/Elvert Barnes

Our car expert Ashly Knapp says in the not-too-distant future your car will be driving itself. Ross Reynolds sits down with Ashly Knapp to find out more about the latest auto trends. And Ashly Knapp answers your questions about auto-buying.

News & Analysis
4:26 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Seattle Vs. Portland: News Round Table

KUOW Conversation host Ross Reynolds and OPB Think Out Loud host Dave Miller sit down to discuss this week's regional news with the writers and reporters covering the issues.

Spoiler Alert: Seattle Wins
9:50 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Seattle Vs. Portland Smackdown!

Portland's Lorena Cupcake vs Seattle's Psylocke (Brooke Clayton) ... need we say more?
Credit Flickr Photo/Lorena Cupcake and Darkain Multimedia

When the Emerald City and the Rose City go at it, from the outside it must look like a silly sibling feud between two hippies wearing REI chic. The two laid-back cultures maintain the most heated soccer rivalry in the country; on the men’s side with the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers, and now on the women’s side as well with the Seattle Reign versus the Portland Thorns.

Admittedly, some concessions can be made. Seattle continues to top the list of most literate cities, but can’t boast anything to rival Portland’s Powell’s Books. Portland has Light Rail, but Seattle has free parking on Sundays. Seattleites may allow the superiority of Voodoo Doughnuts, but will never compromise on Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau.

Can Portland really match the view of the Cascades to the east, the Olympics to the west and the Puget Sound in between? Seattle has crabbers from the Deadliest Catch wandering Ballard and Brandi Carlile playing Jimi Hendrix with Mike McCready backed by the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall. Is it any real competition?

Today on The Conversation, we explore the I-5 rivalry between the two cities and why these two ideologically-similar urban centers love to take each other down.

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Patriot Groups
11:54 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Number Of "Patriot" Groups Skyrockets In Washington State

Flickr/David Paul Ohmer

Three in 10 registered American voters believe an armed rebellion might be necessary in the next few years according to pollsters at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Anti-government extremism has grown in other ways too.  Here in Washington state, the number of anti-government patriot groups has grown from two in 2008 to 52 in 2012, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Weight Discrimination
11:44 am
Thu May 2, 2013

How Common Is Weight Discrimination In Washington State?

Flickr/Alex E. Proimos

A new study from Johns Hopkins University finds that overweight patients are treated with less warmth than thinner patients by doctors. That kind of discrimination is not limited to the doctor’s office. Many overweight people say they face discrimination, mistreatment and bias in their daily lives.

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Same-Sex Marriage
12:29 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Same Sex Marriage: What Happens Next?

Fran Simon, left, and her partner Anna Simon, flanked by their son Jeremy, display their Colorado civil union license. They were the first couple to receive their license as the Colorado Civil Union went into effect on May 1.
AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

Last November Washington became the first state to legalize same sex marriage at the polls but today we want to check in on what is happening with the same-sex marriage debate in and out of the Evergreen State.

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LGBTQ
12:23 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Coming Out: The Mavericks

AP Photo/Elise Amendola

“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”

So started the essay by active NBA player Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player. In fact, Collins is the first openly gay male athlete who is still active in a major American team sport. 

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Education In America
12:12 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Smart Enough To Get Into College, Not Smart Enough To Go?

Flickr Photo/Ted Major

Nearly half of all US undergraduates show up to their first day of class unprepared for the rigors of college life. Many of these students require extra education to ready them for their college courses.

These extra classes cost time and money, leading students to drop out or pile on additional debt. To solve this, some colleges are turning to the fast-growing supply of online courses to help prepare their freshmen for college.

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