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Food Allergies
11:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Don't Eat That! You Could Be Allergic

A buffet table can be a nightmare for people with food allergies.
Credit Flickr Photo/Jay Wilson

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of food allergies in the US has more than doubled over the past decade. The New York Times recently estimated that there are now about 5.9 million children in the United States with food allergies, not to mention another 2.3 million adults. So what’s new in food allergy research? Ross Reynolds talks with Dr. Dave Naimi, board certified in pediatrics and allergies and immunology. Dr. Naimi treats patients in the Everett branch of the Northwest Asthma and Allergy Center.

News Savvy
11:47 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Conversation News Quiz!

Test your news savvy. Call in!
Flickr Photo/An Untrained Eye

This week on The Conversation we've talked cleaning, community college, citizen of the year and more. Have you been paying attention? If so, be sure to tune in and take a stab at this week's Conversation News Quiz

The Business of Spying
11:44 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Ask The Private Investigator

Flickr Photo/Emory Allen

Pop culture has served up many fantastic private investigators over the years: Sherlock Holmes, Magnum P.I. and Columbo just to name a few. What is it like to be a real life private investigator and how do you get started? Ross Reynolds talks with veteran private investigator Linda Montgomery about the fact and fiction of the mysterious profession. 

Immigration Reform
11:38 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Undocumented Asian Immigrants In Washington State

Demonstrators walking under a giant American flag march through downtown Chicago, Monday, May 1, 2006, to show support for immigrant rights.
AP Photo/M. Spencer Green

There are approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants now in the US – around a quarter million here in Washington state. Unlike other parts of the country, the majority of immigrants in Washington are from Asian countries. Why aren’t Asian undocumented immigrants more visible in protests and in the press? Ross Reynolds talks with We Belong Together co-chair, Pramila Jayapal.

News From Olympia
11:28 am
Fri March 22, 2013

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

Washington's capitol.
Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

It's crunch time in Olympia but it's been crunch time in Olympia before. What are the chances that we will have a definite state budget before the end of the legislative session?

Ross Reynolds talks budget and politics with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins.

Exemplary Citizens
12:02 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Who Would You Nominate For Presidential Citizens Medal?

The White House is now accepting nominations for the prestigious Presidential Citizens Medal, which is awarded to US citizens who exemplify civic responsibility. In other words, they dedicate lots of time and effort to serving the needs of their fellow citizens and actively participate in the Democratic process.The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2013, but today Ross Reynolds hears who KUOW listeners would nominate.

Tax Subsidies
11:55 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Is It Time To End Oil Subsidies?

Professor Steve Horwitz speaking at the 2013 International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C.
Flickr Photo/Gage Skidmore

While policymakers debate the government’s budget, the Brookings Institute, a private nonprofit research organization, decided to host their own brainstorming session. They asked experts from all different fields to submit ideas for responsible deficit reduction.

One expert, Harvard professor Joseph Aldy, drafted a proposal eliminating oil and gas tax subsidies. A move Aldy estimates would save the US government $41 billion over 10 years.

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College Basketball
11:50 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Is It Madness To Root For Gonzaga This March?

Gonzaga coach Mark Few watches practice for a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Salt Lake City. Gonzaga is scheduled to play Southern University on Thursday.
AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Ross Reynolds talks with The Nation's sports editor, Dave Zirin, about how Gonzaga University's basketball team has worked their way into the frenzy that is March Madness.

Ask The Nutritionist
11:45 am
Thu March 21, 2013

What To Do If You’re Addicted To Potato Chips (And Other Unhealthy Foods)

So tempting: fish, chips and a Scotch egg.
Flickr Photo/Aelith

According to the Center for Disease Control, adults in the United States consumed on average 11.3 percent of their total daily calories from fast food during the years 2007-2010.

Do you find yourself at the drive through more often than you'd like? Ross Reynolds sits down with nutritionist Judy Simon to talk healthy eating.

Crowd Sourcing Labor
12:04 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

What In The World Is Turkopticon?

Flickr Photo/Matt Wetzler

When we think of crowd sourcing, we often think about Wikipedia or Youtube, but  Amazon's Mechanical Turk is a different type of crowd sourcing.

Mechanical Turk is an online marketplace where employers can hire thousands of workers to complete tiny tasks such as identifying objects in a photo or editing a description.  Workers are offered no benefits and are not protected by minimum wage laws. They are paid per task, often as little as 20 cents, occasionally as much as $5. But sometimes, they aren’t paid at all.

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Gun Control
11:59 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Restraining Orders And Guns: What Does One Have To Do With The Other?

Who should surrender firearms in Washington state?
Flickr Photo/Sari Dennise

In Washington state people convicted of crimes are required to surrender their firearms to law enforcement officials.  But people with restraining orders against them – even in cases where there are serious threats of domestic violence – almost never have to give up their guns.  Ross Reynolds talks with Kirkland Democrat Roger Goodman about his proposal to change that.

Airport Wages
11:55 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Are Sea-Tac Workers Paid Fairly? New Report Says No

A report by Puget Sound Sage says Sea-Tac employees are not fairly compensated.
Flickr Photo/ellenm1

Puget Sound Sage's latest report finds that Sea-Tac Airport has fallen behind when it comes to minimum worker pay when compared to some other West Coast airports.

How do Sea-Tac's wages compare to the national average, and if workers at the airport were to get raises who would bear the brunt of that cost? Ross Reynolds talks with Puget Sound Sage researcher and policy analyst Nicole Keenan.

Immigration Reform
11:53 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Across The Border And Under The Table: Tales Of Undocumented Workers

Helen Davis of the Support Center in Omak works closely with the workers who pick fruit in the orchards outside of Brewster, Wash.
N3 Photo/Jessica Robinson

Who are the undocumented workers? Ross Reynolds sits down with KUOW's Liz Jones to discuss immigration policy and hear stories from undocumented workers in the region.

Surveillance
12:07 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Big Brother Is Watching, But Do You Really Care?

What are your thoughts about having cameras in public spaces?
Eugene Gorny

Yesterday the Seattle City Council unanimously passed legislation to require city departments to obtain council approval before acquiring and installing certain surveillance equipment. How do you feel about cameras in public spaces? Ross Reynolds talks with listeners about the pros and cons of having big brother watch us.

Listener Comments
12:05 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

What Seattle Had To Say About The Iraq War In 2003

Ten years ago today President George W. Bush announced the war on Iraq had begun. On that day Ross Reynolds asked listeners if they were in the military or part of a military family, and what they thought about the then-fresh announcement of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Today on The Conversation we play for you our listener reactions to the announcement of the war in Iraq. 

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