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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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Family & Relationships
12:00 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Lies Your Parents Told You

Skeptical kid is skeptical.
Credit Flickr photo/Sharyn Morrow

Don’t run with scissors! If you keep making that face, it will get stuck like that. We had to take your dog to a ranch so it could have room to run.

Did you ever hear any of those lines from your parents? A recent study published in the Journal of Psychology found that 84 percent of parents in the US lie to their children.

Ross Reynolds gathered stories from listeners and local Jeopardy champion and author, Ken Jennings. 

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More from KUOW
11:18 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Why Does Amazon Support Online Sales Taxes?

An Amazon.com team member loads boxes of fulfilled orders into a truck at their Fernley, Nev., warehouse on Dec. 1, 2008.
AP Photo/Scott Sady

It's rare that you get Republicans and Democrats agreeing on taxes, but that's what's happening in the other Washington and it might impact us here in the evergreen state.

The tax bill known as the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 would require Internet retailers who make more than $1 million in sales annually to collect sales taxes even if the retailer isn't physically located in that state.

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Cultural History
2:00 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Ray Suarez On "Latino Americans"

Ray Suarez
Credit PBS

Journalist Ray Suarez just finished writing a new book called "Latino Americans." The way he sees it, American history as it's currently taught tends to ignore Latinos. He hopes to change that. His book starts in the 17th century and goes up until yesterday, when he sent the book off to his publisher. Suarez gives Ross Reynolds the long view of "Latino America." Below are highlights from the interview, along with excerpts from his 2010 speech, "The Browning of America."

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Water Pollution
12:00 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

The Business Of Toxic Fish

What should be done about the state's water pollution?
Flickr Photo/Steve Snodgrass

For almost 20 years Washington's Department of Ecology has known that the state's water pollution limits have meant some Washingtonians regularly consume dangerous amounts of toxic chemicals in seafood from local waterways.

The Environmental Protection Agency has urged the state to fix the problem. The Department of Ecology was close last year when Boeing and other business interests began lobbying against the changes. Robert McClure from Investigate West uncovered the story through interviews and government document requests and he gives an update to Ross Reynolds.

Drunken Driving Prevention
12:10 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Should Washington Get Tougher On DUIs?

Cover of 'One For The Road' by Barron H. Lerner.

The King County prosecutor filed four felony charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault yesterday against Mark W. Mullan. He’s the alleged drunken driver who killed two people and wounded two others in the Wedgewood neighborhood in Seattle on Monday. The case has provoked scrutiny of the state’s approach to drunken driving. Ross Reynolds examines the history of drunken driving prevention efforts in the United States, digs into the ramifications for drunken driving in Washington and asks callers for their opinions on our state's DUI penalties.

News Savvy
11:52 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Conversation News Quiz!

Flickr Photo/An Untrained Eye

What is short and sweet and fun all over? This week's Conversation news quiz! Tune in and hear a listener play for the chance to be crowned the Conversationalist of the Week! 

News From Olympia
11:49 am
Fri March 29, 2013

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

Washington's capitol.
Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

The Governor's budget is out and both sides of the aisle are weighing in. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talks state politics with Ross Reynolds. 

Family Assistance
1:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

New DSHS Plan To Protect Children In Washington State

Kevin Quigley, Courtesy DSHS

Part of Governor Jay Inslee’s proposed budget, released Thursday, includes adding money to help the state Department of Social and Health Services intervene more quickly in cases of possible child abuse.

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Transportation
11:37 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Meet The New Head Of WSDOT

Lynn Peterson
Photo Courtesy/WSDOT

The new head of the Washington Department of Transportation is exploring alternate funding models for the state's transportation projects, including tolls and fees based on mileage. Lynn Peterson spoke Thursday with The Conversation's Ross Reynolds.

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School Safety
12:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Reading, Writing And An Armed Guard: Snohomish Sheriff Gets Deputies On Campus

Sheriff John Lovick in KUOW's breakroom.
KUOW Photo/Arwen Nicks

After the Sandy Hook school shooting when 20 children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old were killed in Newtown, Connecticut, some organizations, including the National Rifle Association, recommended armed guards. 

Snohomish County is putting armed police officers in county schools, but the Snohomish County Sheriff says this decision is not influenced by the NRA. Ross Reynolds and Sheriff John Lovick discuss how six armed officers rotating through more than 100 schools spread out over 2,000 square miles will potentially work.

Filing Your Taxes
12:48 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

How To Avoid An Audit And Other Tax Advice From The IRS

Flickr Photo/Paul Stumpr

Next month taxes are due and many Americans find themselves waiting until the last minute to file. Two IRS agents discuss tax dos and don'ts with Ross Reynolds. 

Food Regulations
12:43 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Do You Want The Government All Up In Your Junk Food?

Over 60 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. Most of us can agree that’s high. But we don’t agree how to fix it, nor can we agree on who is responsible for the problem. Is it time for the government to step in and step up food regulation in the United States? Ross Reynolds and Dr. William Hallman discuss the challenges facing out food system when it comes to advertising, warning labels and regulation.

Homelessness
12:36 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

The Public Property Security Problem In Nickelsville

Nickelsville as photographed on October 20, 2008.
Flickr Photo/Beyond Neon

For almost 2 years the homeless camp known as Nickelsville has been located in West Seattle. Mayor Mike McGinn has not approved the camp but has said that he has no plan to evict the camp either. Well, the unsanctioned camp that is normally relatively quiet is causing a bit of a stir this last week.

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Air Traffic Control
12:24 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Sequester Strikes Again! Control Tower At Tacoma Narrows Airport To Go Dark In April

For weeks you couldn’t seem to escape the word sequester and day by day the across-the-board spending cuts that went into effect are being felt. Most recently here in Washington state the closure of five airport control towers were announced, including the Tacoma Narrows Airport control tower. Ross Reynolds discussed the potential impacts of the closing of the Tacoma Narrows Airport tower with Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy.

American History
11:06 am
Mon March 25, 2013

A True Story Of A Slave And Master

Map of Underground Railroad routes in the midwest.
Credit Courtesy/Wikipedia

Charles Mitchell was a teenage slave of  Washington’s surveyor general, James Tilton. In 1860, with the help of the West’s underground railroad, Charles Mitchell escaped to Victoria, British Columbia, and won his freedom. Public historian Lorraine McConaghy tells Ross Reynolds the story and discusses how she came to write her latest book, "Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master."

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