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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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Seattle Politics
3:46 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Eight Candidates Vie To Be Seattle's Next Mayor

The 2013 Seattle mayor’s race is off and running and last night was the first big mayoral forum of the campaign season. All eight candidates appeared before a packed room at Seattle Central Community College and KUOW's Deborah Wang was in attendance. Ross Reynolds sat down with Deborah to talk about who is in the race and the dreams that pushed them to run.

Public Health
3:06 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

HIV Tests No Longer Just For High Risk Groups

A health worker drops blood from a sample on an HIV test strip in San Salvador, June 25, 2010.
AP Photo/Luis Romero

Every person between the ages of 15 and 65, regardless of risk factors, should get routinely tested for HIV. That’s the recommendation from the US Preventative Services Task Force, an independent panel of doctors and researchers.

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Labor Representation
12:18 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

SEIU: Fastest Growing Union Holds Strong In Washington

Nationwide, the percentage of workers who are in unions has dropped to around 11 percent according to January report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  That’s lowest rate in nearly a century. But the Service Employees International Union has been bucking the trend in recent decades – it’s the fastest growing union in the United States.

Since 1996, 1.2 million workers have joined SEIU nationally. Today, SEIU national represents 2.1 million.   Here in Washington state the SEUI has six locals with more than 100,000 members, up from about 40,000 in 2001. 

The union represents nurses, child care workers, public school employees and janitors.   Plus, Local 775 is the biggest, with around 43,000 members who are long-term care workers, home health aides, and nursing home aides.  

Ross Reynolds talks with David Rolfpresident of the Seattle-based Local 775 of the Service Employees International Union for health-care workers. 

Addiction
12:14 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Stories Of Sobriety

Flickr Photo/Joe Houghton

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports that in the US over 23 million people over the age of 12 are addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Not only that, a recent Columbia University study found that only 1 in 10 of these people actually seeks treatment for drug addiction. And most of the time, the treatment doesn’t work.

Ross Reynolds sits down with Dr. Jim Walsh, the medical director of Addiction Recovery Services at Swedish Medical Center’s Ballard campus to talk about what does work.

Language and Technology
12:03 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Lean Back And LOL: Texting Is Not Ruining Language

Flickr Photo/Maryland GovPics

Texting has become an incredibly common way of communicating in the 21st century. Back in 2011, the Pew Research Center reported that young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 sent around 110 text messages per day. The texting craze has also given rise to an entirely new vocabulary — texters of all ages abbreviate, punctuate and accentuate in ways that are totally unique to the cell phone age.

So one question arises: Is texting killing our language? Ross Reynolds LOLs with professor John McWhorter and discusses the possible impact of txting and the feared f8 of language.

Housing Development
11:54 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Apodments: Affordable Housing Or Flawed Developments?

The Seattle City Council is considering a moratorium on apodments, the tiny rental units with shared kitchens that have been cropping up around town. Critics complain that apodment developers are able to avoid environmental and design review.

At issue is a loophole in the city land-use code. In Seattle a single-dwelling unit is defined in large part by whether or not it has a kitchen, and a building with nine kitchens triggers a design review. That means buildings with dozens of apartments, but only seven or eight kitchens, are able to avoid review.

Apodment supporters say the bottom line is, more cheap apartments are needed. Ross Reynolds talks design and development of apodments with listeners.

Parenting
11:43 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Can You Defeat A Bully With Empathy?

Forty-nine states now have laws on bullying. Schools have policies and punishments. But Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon says there’s a risk that searching for solutions to bullying can do more harm than good.

Ross Reynolds sits down with Bazelon to talk about Washington policies and her new book, "Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering The Power of Character and Empathy."

News Savvy
3:15 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Conversation News Quiz!

Special guest Peter Sagal takes the news quiz today. (Photo from March 2009.)
Flickr Photo/JanetandPhil

Public radio celebrity edition of The Conversation news quiz! Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal takes the challenge on behalf of a listener today.

Find local showings of the Wait Wait live cinecast, May 2.

News From Olympia
1:02 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

The state capitol building.
Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

What makes this legislative session so special? Ross Reynolds talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about what is and isn't happening in our state's capitol.

Surgery
1:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Putting The Knife Under The Microscope: Ask The Plastic Surgeon

Gynecomastia surgery on a patient, before and after shot.
Courtesy Dr. Phil Haeck

When you think of plastic surgery maybe you think of best implants, botox or even facelifts, but there are surgeries that are happening more and more these days that you might have never even imagined. Ross Reynolds talks gynecomastia and labiaplasty with Northwest plastic surgeon, Dr. Phil Haeck.

GOP
11:18 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Are Republican Politicians Out Of Step With Republican Voters?

Feeling a little lonely.
Flickr Photo/Vassilena

According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 70 percent of Americans believe the Republican Party is out of touch with the concerns of most people in the United States. Even more revealing is that 49 percent of Republicans feel the GOP is out of touch.

What about you? If you identify as a Republican or a conservative: Is the party out of step with mainstream voters? Ross Reynolds discusses the GOP with listeners.

Social Media
2:30 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Overheard In The Green Room: Monica Guzman

Monica Guzman in the KUOW green room.
KUOW Photo/Amber Cortes

Monica Guzman is a columnist for The Seattle Times and Northwest tech news site GeekWire. I caught up with her in the KUOW green room before her interview with Ross Reynolds to talk about the latest tech goodies on her radar and in her smartphone, her new vlog, and what she does to get away from it all.

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Pew Report
12:10 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Political Activity Skyrockets On Social Media

Tweeting for politics.
Flickr Photo/Maryland GovPics

Nearly 40 percent of Americans engaged in political activity on social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter in the 2012 campaign.  That’s a dramatic increase from 2008 when only 26 percent of the population even used a social networking site, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.  KUOW’s Ross Reynolds takes a closer look at the new study with Pew researcher Aaron Smith.

T-Mobile Settlement Reached
12:08 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Wash. AG Bob Ferguson Accuses T-Mobile Of Deceptive Advertising

Attorney General Bob Ferguson
Courtesy/Washington State Attorney General Office

Today Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson ordered T-Mobile USA to stop deceptive advertising for its “no contract” plans.

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Marijuana Regulation
11:59 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Regulating Recreational Pot In Colorado Vs. Washington State

Marijuana leis at the 4/20 pro-marijuana rally in Denver, 2013.
Flickr Photo/Jonathan Piccolo

Washington isn’t the only state that legalized marijuana for recreational use last fall.  Colorado did it too.  Now both states are in the process of trying something that’s never been done: regulating the growing, processing and selling of pot for recreational use. 

Ross Reynolds compares the experience in the two states with Colorado Public Radio’s Ben Markus and KUOW’s Amy Radil.

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