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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Media
11:08 am
Tue August 6, 2013

What Should Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Do With The Washington Post?

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced plans to buy the Washington Post for $250 million yesterday. The news came as a shock to most of the media. But former journalist-turned-Silicon-Valley-CEO Alan Mutter says it may be the best move for an ailing industry. Ross Reynolds asks Alan why.

News Words
12:23 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

The Origin Of The Word “Drone”

What are the words and phrases you love? What about the words and phrases you hate? Wall Street Journal word columnist Ben Zimmer fills us in on current examples from politics.

Estate Planning
12:21 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Why You Need A Will

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You might not think you need a will or estate plan, but consider that chaos that follows when there isn’t one. We’ll ask estate planner and attorney Tim Burkart questions about taking care of your final arrangements. Ross Reynolds also takes questions from callers.

Tribal Buy-Back
12:17 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Controversial US Government Plan To Buy Back Tribal Land

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The US government is trying to make amends for historical mismanagement of tribal land by buying back land for tribal governments. It plans to spend $1.9 billion for 10 million acres of land by 2022. Ross Reynolds talks to Gabriel Galanda, a Seattle lawyer and a member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes of Mendocino County, California, about the program and what it could mean for Native Americans.

2013 Mayor's Race
12:16 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Top Four Issues In The Seattle Mayor’s Race

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Tomorrow is primary day and candidates are drumming up as many last-minute votes as they can. Publicola’s Erica C. Barnett compares the candidates for mayor of Seattle.

News Savvy
12:06 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

The Conversation News Quiz!

Don't just walk the walk, take the quiz!
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We’re back again with public radio’s 15th most popular news quiz where one lucky listener gets the chance to demonstrate his or her news knowledge.

This week’s quiz covers everything from local politics to religion. Our winner gets to wear The Conversation crown for one whole week on our Facebook page.

Nonprofit Management
12:04 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

The Business Model Of Foreign Aid

Seattle’s Gates Foundation has lead the charge to push foreign aid organizations to be more efficient and effective — more like businesses. But critics say that when it comes to helping poor people, a return on investment can’t be the only measure of success. 

So how is the push to become more business-like changing the world of aid, development and philanthropy?  Ross Reynolds hears from Tom Paulson, the founder and editor of the news blog Humanosphere. He writes regularly about global development and aid.

Culture
12:01 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Le Shocking: France Is One Of The Most Productive Countries In The World

Just look at this productive Parisian. He is probably getting off work early, he was so productive.
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A recent study found that even though the French work 16 percent fewer hours than the rest of the world, they can still afford a high standard of living. So what pays for all that bread, cheese and wine? Increased productivity in the workplace.

Ross Reynolds talks to economist Dean Baker about what makes France one of the most productive countries in the world.

Homelessness
11:57 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Seattle's Nickelsville Residents Try To Find New Homes

The homeless encampment known as Nickelsville is set to close on September 1. The city voted down legislation to expand areas for similar homeless campsites. But the City Council has provided $500,000 to relocate Nickelsville residents into permanent shelters and emergency housing.

Mike Johnson is special projects director for Seattle's Union Gospel Mission and he's working on the resettlement of Nickelsville residents. He tells Ross Reynolds about how the move is going.

Future of Newspapers
12:40 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Seattle Times Editor Departing For Dean Position

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In this era of digital media David Boardman, the departing executive editor of the Seattle Times, said he sees a great future ahead for newspapers.

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Labor Movement
12:31 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

The Future Of Labor Movements In America

Fast food workers around the country are agitating for higher wages and better working conditions. Here in Seattle, workers are trying to get fast food restaurant managers arrested for the crime of wage theft. Ross Reynolds hears from New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse about what these protests say about the state of labor in America. Greenhouse recently reported on the fast food strikes in the New York Times.

Homelessness
12:26 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Homeless Encampments: A Necessary Evil?

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On Monday the Seattle City Council voted against legislation to expand homeless camp sites, like Nickelsville and Tent City. Reverend Sandy Brown was a founding member of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County. He explains to Ross Reynolds why tent encampments are not a solution, but still necessary.

Banking Standards
12:21 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Account Denied: Tough Standards Exclude Low-Income People From Banks

Most people need bank accounts. But these days a relatively minor mistake like a bounced check can get you banned from a bank for up to seven years. Ross Reynolds talks to Jerry DeGrieck, the senior policy adviser to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, about how this is hurting low-income people who just need a way to cash their checks and keep money safe.

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Law
12:09 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

State Supreme Court Blasts “Institutional Racism” In Jury Selection

Race, racism and fairness are at the heart of a stack of opinions released today by the Washington state Supreme Court. The court issued 110 pages about one murder conviction, even though it was not overturned today. KUOW’s Phyllis Fletcher gives us the lowdown on the latest Supreme Court ruling.

Medium Chill
12:01 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

How Do You Balance Work And Life?

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 Balancing work and the rest of your life can be incredibly hard, especially in the contemporary work environment. A recent study found that almost 40 percent of men and 25 percent of women in professional jobs work more than 50 hours a week. How do you find that perfect balance between work and life? Ross Reynolds hears from callers and talks to writer David Roberts about what he calls the “medium chill” lifestyle. Roberts is a senior staff writer at Grist.

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