Conversation

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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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Washington State Newspapers
11:54 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Chances Are High That This Canadian Company Owns Your Local Paper

What's the future of the Seattle Weekly under its new ownership?
Flickr Photo/Jason Taellious

With the purchase of the Seattle Weekly and the Everett Herald, Sound Publishing now owns more newspapers in Washington than any other publisher. Ross Reynolds talks with Black Press Ltd. CEO Rick O'Connor about the future of newspapers in Washington state.

Competition
11:41 am
Tue March 5, 2013

The Science Of Winning And Losing

Do you perform better when a trophy is on the line?
Flickr Photo/David Biesack

Does competition make us perform better? What does the science say? Ross Reynolds sits down with New York Times best-selling authors Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman to discuss the science of winning and losing, and what it takes to become the "Top Dog."

Sports & Politics
11:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Have Politics Ruined Professional Sports?

Cover of 'Game Over' by Dave Zirin.

What do politics have to do with professional sports? More now than ever according to Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation. Ross Reynolds talks to Zirin about the impact of politics in professional sports and what he learned while researching his new book "Game Over."

Criminal Sentencing
10:59 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Should Minors Convicted Of Crimes Be Serving Life Sentences Without Parole?

What's your view on life-without-parole sentencing for juveniles?
Flickr Photo/Leonard Chien

Some prisoners in Washington state are currently serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed when they were under the age of 18. Is that just? Last year, the US Supreme Court ruled that a mandatory life-without-parole sentence for juveniles violates the Eighth Amendment. Ross Reynolds explores what Washington state must now do.

News Savvy
4:06 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Conversation News Quiz!

Don't just walk the walk, take the quiz!
Flickr Photo/An Untrained Eye

We know, we know. We obviously aren't mavericks when it comes to doing a listener news quiz on public radio, but we are jumping on the band wagon and bringing you a weekly news quiz! Ross Reynolds asks one lucky listener three questions from this week's news.

Listener Call-In
11:03 am
Fri March 1, 2013

What Would Your 6-Year-Old Self Think Of You?

What would your 6-year-old self think of your current self?
Flickr Photo/Neeta Lind

In 1964 documentary filmmaker Michael Apted started interviewing 14 children from a range of backgrounds in England. Every seven years the “Up” series checked back in with these people following their successes, failures, loves and losses. Apted’s latest installment, “56 Up,” is currently showing at Landmark's Guild 45th Theatre in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood.

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Mental Disorders
11:01 am
Fri March 1, 2013

The Horrors Of Hoarding

A small business in Cambridge, Mass., has piles of papers crowding the property. March 2010.
Flickr Photo/Robert Francis

With the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) coming out in May, hoarding is set to become an officially recognized mental disorder. To learn more about hoarding, Ross Reynolds talks to Karen Kent, clinical supervisor of behavioral health services at Evergreen Health.

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News From Olympia
10:53 am
Fri March 1, 2013

An Olympia Update With Austin Jenkins And Tom Banse

Washington's capitol.
Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

Today marks yet another sink-or-swim deadline for bills in the state Legislature to make it out of committee. Which ones have the best chance of survival? It’s all part of our end-of-the-week update with reporters Austin Jenkins and Tom Banse. They will cover everything from sick leave, to education reform, to the State Supreme Court’s recent ruling that lawmakers should only need a simple majority vote to raise taxes. 

College Tuition
11:11 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Paying For College Without Going Broke

Peter Patau shares this photo from a University of Wisconsin, Madison, football game in 1979. He writes, 'Resident undergrad tuition and fees at UW-Madison were $769 for the 1979-80 academic year; [in 2012] they total $9,665.'
Flickr Photo/Peter Patau

The average cost of a four-year public college shot up 6 percent last year to over $17,000 a year on average. Private colleges are up to over $35,000 a year (beer and togas not included.) So how do parents pay for college these days without going broke? Ross Reynolds talks with Kalman Chany, author of "Paying for College Without Going Broke," about the GET program and other ways to fund your child's higher education.

State Law
10:49 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Wash. Supreme Court Tosses Out Supermajority For Tax Hikes

The Washington Supreme Court threw out the voter passed initiative requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to pass higher taxes. The supermajority law has had a heavy influence on state government for 30 years. Ross Reynolds talks to lawmakers and lawyers about what this decision means for politics in Washington state.

Relationships
12:44 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Missed Connections: A Second Chance At Love At First Sight

Where was your close encounter with love at first sight?
Flickr Photo/Paul Joseph

Have you ever gotten an I Saw You or a missed connection? What happened? Did you connect? Psychology Today went through the missed connections on Craigslist, state by state, to see the most common places to be seen but not asked out. Here in Washington, the bus is the number one place to almost find love. In most of the other states it was Wal-Mart where cupid was most likely to draw back his bow. Ross Reynolds surveys the listeners about their thoughts on second chances at love at first sight.

Politcal Infighting
12:34 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

It's Not Me, It's You: The Politics Of Sequestration

As the date of the sequestration nears, fingers continue to get pointed, but what if political infighting is really the fault of the constituents? Ross Reynolds talks with New York Times Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt about why he thinks it is the constituents that are to blame for the looming across-the-board budget cuts.

Ferry Construction
12:29 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Will Competition In Ferry Market Save Taxpayers Money?

Where do you think Washington state ferries should be built?
Flickr Photo/A.Davey

Washington state lawmakers are considering ending a requirement that ferries be built in state. According to a recent state audit Washington is overpaying for ferries compared to other states. Ross Reynolds talks with ferry maker Brian Mannion about his thoughts on opening up state ferry production to outside competition. 

Seattle News
11:55 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Seattle Times Executive Editor Talks Pay Wall And Public-Records Requests

Seattle Times bus ad photographed on April 21, 2009.
Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy

The Seattle Times announced this week that they would be instituting a pay wall, meaning that online readers will soon have a limited amount of free access to the website. Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Times Executive Editor David Boardman about the soon-to-be-implemented pay wall, and what he thinks of a Washington bill that would impose limits on public-records requests.

Substance Control
11:52 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Liquor Control Board Talks Pot Regulation

Jake Dimmock, co-owner of the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary, works with flowering plants in a grow room in Seattle.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

The Liquor Control Board is coming up with regulations for the legal cultivation, processing and retail sale of marijuana to adults. Administrative Director Pat Kohler talks with Ross Reynolds about how the Liquor Control Board is handling Washington legalizing marijuana, and checks in on how the privatization of liquor sales has impacted the state.

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