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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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Gun Laws
12:05 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

NRA Tells KUOW Why It Opposes Washington State Universal Background Check Bill

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is opposed to a proposed state law (House Bill 1588) that would require universal background checks for gun purchases in Washington state.

Supporters aim to prevent more convicted felons from getting their hands on guns that can currently be purchased without a background check though private sales. The NRA says felons would still get guns though black-market sales and other avenues.

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Travel Horror Stories
3:50 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

A Supposedly Fun Vacation You Will Never Take Again

The Carnival cruise ship passengers are home after a five days at sea without power or working toilets.  Some vacation! Ross Reynolds hears from listeners about their worst travel experiences.

Gun Control
11:29 am
Fri February 15, 2013

How Much Of Gun Violence Is Suicide?

In President Obama’s State of the Union Address, he called on Congress to pass new gun control legislation. He declared that “in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun."

According to the most recent report on gun deaths by the Center for Disease control, two-thirds of all US gun deaths in 2010 were suicides. 

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News Savvy
11:25 am
Fri February 15, 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.

Public Transportation
11:21 am
Fri February 15, 2013

That Man On The Bus Is Saving You Money

Thanks, man, for saving us money!
Flickr Photo/Tinou Bao

The Texas Transportation Institute released its annual urban mobility report, which measures the amount of time spent in traffic for commuters and the role of public transportation in reducing congestion in major cities.  Ross Reynolds talks with transportation and urban policy blogger and University of Washington research scientist, Shane Phillips, about his analysis of the data.

News Roundup
11:08 am
Fri February 15, 2013

The State Of State Politics: Austin Jenkins Breaks Down This Week's News

Austin Jenkins
N3 Photo/Chantal Andrea

Drug-testing welfare recipients, Governor Inslee’s jobs package, the gun control debate, and extending the waiting period for divorce are just some of the topics that have been discussed by lawmakers in Olympia this week. Ross Reynolds talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the state of things in the state capital.

Your Love Story
12:40 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

How Did You Meet Your Valentine?

These two are inseparable.
Flickr Photo/Pranav Prakash

How did you meet the person you are spending Valentine’s Day with? Did you meet in a grocery store? Were you both at the same movie alone? Maybe it was something more modern like Match.com? To commemorate Valentine's Day, Ross Reynolds talks with listeners about how they met.

Military Homecoming
12:20 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Readjusting To Life At Home: What Is It Like To Return From War?

Military personnel are welcomed home, Baltimore, Maryland, Feb. 12.
Flickr Photo/Robin Shotola

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, there are currently 607,501 veterans in the state of Washington, and as more return each month that number continues to rise. Ross Reynolds talks to US vets about what it's like to return to civilian life. 

Port of Seattle
12:10 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Port Commissioner Holland Resigns After Seattle Times Piece

Port Commissioner Rob Holland handed in his resignation, effective March 15.
Port of Seattle

Seattle Times reporter Emily Heffter penned an explosive expose about Port Commissioner Rob Holland.  Now Commissioner Holland has resigned.  Emily Heffter talks about what she uncovered and what is next for the Port of Seattle.

Preschool Incentive Programs
12:04 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Spend A Dollar, Save Seven? What Is The Math Of Early Education Funding In Washington?

The president’s proposal to improve quality and accessibility of preschools includes a cost-sharing partnership with all 50 states. Federal funds would go to expand high-quality public preschools, open to low- and moderate-income four-year-olds from families at or below 200 percent the poverty level.

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Psychology
12:40 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

What Are Your Blindspots?

Cover of 'Blind Spot' by Anthony Greenwald

What are our hidden biases or blind spots, and how can they divert us from doing what we think is right? Ross Reynolds interviews University of Washington psychology professor Anthony Greenwald, co-author of the new book "Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People."

Innocence Project
12:30 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Bill To Compensate Innocent Who Spend Time Behind Bars

Robert Clark opens donated Christmas presents at the Innocence Project's offices in Atlanta in 2005. It's Clark's first Christmas in the free world since he was exonerated of a rape charge by DNA evidence and released from prison.
Ric Feld AP Photo

Yesterday in Olympia the House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would compensate people who served time in prison for crimes they didn’t commit and were exonerated of. The exonerated people would be given $50,000 for each year spent behind bars. This isn’t the first time this legislation has been proposed but it is the first time that it has bipartisan support. Ross Reynolds takes a closer look at the bill and who it's intended to help.

Business
12:20 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

What Effect Is The Shrinking Public Sector Having On The Washington State Economy?

Nationally the private sector added 5 million jobs since a low point in June of 2009. But during that same time period the public sector cut 721,000 jobs. What effect is the shrinking public sector having on the economy? And what’s the story here in Washington state?

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Olympic Sports
12:07 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Olympics To Drop Wrestling, Northwest Wrestlers Shocked

What's your position on dropping wrestling from the Olympics?
AP Photo/Paul Sancya

This week the International Olympic Committee announced a plan to drop wrestling from the 2020 summer games. But there's some chance the drop could still be stopped. Ross Reynolds interviews former Olympic wrestler Ivan Ivanov who is now based in Idaho, and Seattle Times columnist Ron Judd.

Birthing Options
12:20 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

The Pros And Cons Of Home And Hospital Births

Where would you prefer to give birth to your baby?
george ruiz Flickr

According to a 2012 study by the CDC, Washington had the seventh highest rate of home births in the country. Overall, home births have been on the rise since 2004. But as of 2009 they still represented less than 1 percent of total births in the United States.

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