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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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Environment
12:01 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Where Do You Stand On The Coal-Terminal Debate?

Dust comes off a coal train in Campbell County, Wyo. The question is, what might coal dust from increased train traffic through the Northwest do to the environment?
EarthFix Photo/Michael Werner

Environmental reporter Ashley Ahearn has been covering the different sides of the coal debate over the last year and today on The Conversation we want to hear what you think. Ross Reynolds sits down with Ashley Ahearn to parse out the arguments for and against the proposed coal terminals in Washington, and takes listener calls. 

Listener Call-In
12:01 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Radio Roulette: Where Callers Take Over KUOW

What question would you ask a stranger?
Flickr Photo/Sukidala

You may have heard of the video service chat roulette but today on The Conversation we are taking a stab at radio roulette. Here’s how it works. You call KUOW. We ask you a random question. You have no idea what that question is going to be in advance. After you answer, you get to ask the next caller — a complete stranger — any question you want. Then that caller, in turn, answers and asks another stranger another question. And so on. Ross Reynolds will be the last one to have to answer the question so think of something good.

Technology
12:14 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work And Think

Server rack
Flickr Photo/Wonderlane

"Big data" refers to our ability to analyze vast quantities of information to come to surprising conclusions. What’s the promise of big data, and what about our privacy? Ross Reynolds talk about the new book, "Big Data" with one of the books co-authors, Kenneth Cukier about the promise and possible perils of big data.

Port Of Seattle
12:11 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

President Of The Port Talks Future Plans, Possible Raises

Port of Seattle offices
Flickr Photo/· Steve ·

Should the Seattle Port Commissioners get a raise? Before you answer, consider the fact that the Port of Seattle owns and operates the nation’s 6th busiest US seaport. It also operates Sea-Tac International Airport — the nation’s 17th busiest. And the Port runs a four-passenger cruise terminal that saw around 800,000 passengers in 2011. Ross Reynolds talks with Tom Albro, the president of the Seattle Port Commission. Alboro has served on and chaired the Audit Committee and co-chaired the Century Agenda committee. His areas of focus as a port commissioner include promoting regional job and business growth, maintaining the urban industrial base, economic development and reducing the port’s environmental footprint. Tom Albro is also a trained civil engineer, owner and president of Seattle Monorail Services, which operates the Seattle Monorail, and is the former chairman of the Municipal League of King County.

Health & Happiness
1:10 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

How Healthy Is Seattle?

Source: 2012 State of Well-Being report: Washington
Credit Gallup-Healthways, 2012

What is well-being? How do you measure it? And how do Seattle and Washington state measure up in terms of healthy behaviors and happy outlook?

Ross Reynolds talked to Dr. Carter Coberley, vice president of Health Research and Outcomes at Healthways Center in Franklin, Tennessee, about a social-measurement index that goes beyond the gross domestic product or the Dow Jones Industrial average.

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Airline Safety
11:57 am
Fri March 8, 2013

TSA Relaxation On Sharp Objects Gets Criticism From Airline Workers

Baseball bats will be permitted in carry-on baggage starting in April.
Credit Flickr Photo/Todd Lappin

TSA Administrator John Pistole has announced a change to the Prohibited Items List. Starting April 25 of this year, passengers can now include in their carry-on luggage some previously banned items such as small knives and bats. Pilot and air marshal unions have come out against the relaxation of the TSA's ban on sharp objects. Ross Reynolds talks with airline workers and frequent fliers about their thoughts on the TSA announcement. 

News Savvy
11:55 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Conversation News Quiz!

Have you been paying attention to The Conversation? Ross Reynolds tests the retention of one lucky Conversation listener in the weekly news quiz.

Political News
11:53 am
Fri March 8, 2013

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

Ross Reynolds talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the latest legislative action on education, environment, guns and the death penalty.

Gun Control
11:43 am
Fri March 8, 2013

States With The Most Gun-Control Laws Have Fewest Gun-Related Deaths

"Non-Violence" sculpture by Fredrik Reuterswärd at the United Nations in New York City.
Credit Flickr Photo/Sari Dennise

States with the most gun control laws have the fewest gun-related deaths, according to a study published this week in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers found that states with the most laws have a mortality rate 42 percent lower than those states with the fewest. So how does Washington state compare? Ross Reynolds talks with the lead researcher from Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Eric Fleegler.

Vision For State Transportation
4:03 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Gov. Inslee On Transportation Needs And How To Fund Them

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee looks out the window of his plane as it flies over the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, on the way to Richland, Wash. Inslee toured the facility and met with Dept. of Energy officials.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Governor Jay Inslee spoke with Ross Reynolds on The Conversation Thursday about the proposed gas tax increase and his vision for Washington's transportation needs. Expiring federal funds, booming population and the need for more jobs create an urgency for the Legislature to come up with bipartisan solutions, according to the governor.

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Self-Defense
11:55 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Should You Defend Or Avoid? Ask The Self-Defense Expert

Joanne Factor, founder of Strategic Living and self-defense expert.
Strategic Living's Twitter account

The Seattle Police Department reports that there were 2,022 instances of aggravated assault and 1,329 robberies on record in Seattle in 2012. Violent crimes in general have increased on the national level by 4 percent between 2011 and 2012. We hear figures like this all the time, and they sometimes get us worrying about our own safety. What can an individual do to stay safe? Ross Reynolds talks with personal safety and self-defense expert, Joanne Factor about the best ways to reduce risk and stay safe.

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Transportation
11:55 am
Wed March 6, 2013

An Exit Interview With WSDOT Head Paula Hammond

Washington state Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond addresses a news conference of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Tuesday, July 14, 2009.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

This Friday will be Washington Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond's last day on the job after 30 years with the state department of transportation. Ross Reynolds sits down with Paula Hammond to discuss her work as the head of the department, what it was like to lead an agency of 7,200 employees, the future of Washington transportation and her legacy. 

Education
11:53 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Governor Announces Charter School Commission Appointments

Last November, voters approved Initiative 1240 to establish charter schools in Washington state and today the governor announced who is going to sit on the commission that will review and approve charter schools applications. Ross Reynolds sits down with newly appointed commission member and former Seattle School Board member Steve Sundquist about how the commission will work.

Hearing Disability
11:45 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Speak Up: 50 Million Americans Are Having Trouble Hearing You

Cover of 'Shouting Won't Help' by Katherine Bouton.

Helen Keller said that, "Blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people." Ross Reynolds discusses the malady currently affecting 50 million Americans with The New York Times and New Yorker writer Katherine Bouton, author of "Shouting Won't Help."

Environment
12:54 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Bullitt Center: A Building That Functions Like An Organism

The Bullitt Center on Madison Avenue in Capitol Hill.
John Stamets

This Thursday the Bullitt Foundation moves into their new offices on Capitol Hill — a brand new building they’re touting as the greenest in the world. The Bullitt Center is a “living building” that will generate all its own electricity and water. Last week the head of the Bullitt Foundation and coordinator of the first Earth Day, Denis Hayes, took Ross Reynolds and his crew on a tour of the Bullitt Center.

The Bullitt Center grand opening is April 22, 2013 — Earth Day.

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