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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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Driverless Cars
12:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

In The Future, Cars Will Drive You!

One of Google's self-driving cars in Mountain View, Calif., May 2012.
Eddie Codel Flickr

Drunk drivers, speeding tickets and parking could be a thing of the past. Google is developing driverless cars that use sensors to transport people safely and efficiently to any location. They claim driverless cars will reduce traffic accidents by 90 percent. Does it sound like something from science fiction? Ross finds out by talking to Forbes Magazine contributor Chunka Mui.

Author Interview
11:04 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Jon Ronson Discusses His Wacky Experiences In Journalism

Journalist Jon Ronson
Alexio's pics Flickr

Journalist Jon Ronson has interviewed a wide array of interesting characters, ranging from the hip-hop duo, Insane Clown Posse, to a man who tried to split the atom in his kitchen. Ronson is the bestselling author of "The Psychopath Test" and "The Men Who Stare at Goats."

Ross talks to him about his new book, "Lost at Sea," where he discusses his journalistic endeavors and demonstrates just how intriguing the human race can be, for example, local vigilante Phoenix Jones.

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Future Of Books
11:02 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Are Traditional Libraries In Jeopardy?

Do you think libraries have a future?
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Thousands of librarians are gathering in Seattle for the annual ALA Midwinter Meeting, and they've got a lot to talk about. Ross Reynolds spoke with ALA President Maureen Sullivan about the future of libraries and how they survive in a digital age.

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The Business Of Marijuana
10:57 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Potrepeneurs Visit Seattle

Today investors from around the world are convening to discuss investments in cannabis-related products. The ArcView Group, a San Francisco investment consulting company, is hosting the meeting. And this time, the focus won't be on the growth and sale of marijuana. Instead, it's about all the other related products: lights for growing, portable cases for joints, etc. Ross talks to Roy Kaufman from ArcView for details.

Mental Health
12:40 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Why Are Women More Depressed Than Men?

Flickr Photo/Majicdolphin

Women around the world are 2 to 6 times more likely than men to suffer from depression. Today Ross talks to author Dana Jack about her new book “Silencing the Self Across Cultures,” where she explores the reasons for the troubling sadness and silence of women across the globe.

Energy Independence
12:20 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Addressing Climate Change In The Northwest

Energy expert Amory Lovins says the United States can replace all oil and coal by the year 2050, without nuclear power, new federal taxes or subsidies, or new inventions. At the same time, we can grow the US economy by 158 percent.

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Food History
12:00 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

What's The Deal With Horse Slaughter?

Welsh mountain ponies auctioned for meat at the Llanybydder horse mart, Wales, 2006.
sheffpixie Flickr

Today in the US there’s not much of a market for horse meat. But believe it or not, there used to be over 20 US processing plants that sold American horse meat to Asian and European markets.


Last Friday The Conversation got a call from a listener demanding that President Obama reintroduce a ban on horse slaughter. So we got a little curious. Today Ross talks to Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes about the history of horse slaughter in the US.

Public Interest
12:00 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

WashPIRG Gives Seattle A C+ For Financial Transparency

Downtown Seattle's skyline.
Micah Sheldon Flickr

WashPIRG, a division of the Public Interest Research Group, gave Seattle an overall score of 78/100, which put us at 12th place out of the 30 major cities that were surveyed. So what exactly are we doing wrong? Ross talks with WashPIRG spokesperson Micaela Preskill to get a more detailed performance review.

Equality
12:40 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Military Lifts Ban On Women In Combat

Mark Humphrey AP Photo

Today Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will announce the military’s plan to allow women to serve in combat roles. It’s a move that could open up roughly a quarter million jobs for women in the military. Do you think women should serve in combat roles? Ross Reynolds hears your feedback today on The Conversation.

Transportation Options
12:20 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Put The Pedals To The Metal: Last Call For Public Comment On The Future Of Cycling In Seattle

Bike route signs to landmarks and neighborhoods in Seattle.
Credit Flickr illustration/Craig Damlo

Seattle is in the process of updating its 20 year Bicycle Master Plan. Public comment is due January 31 – the last Thursday of this month. Bike advocates say the plan would transform Seattle into one of the top cycling cities in the world.  But will the changes be enough to convince you to commute to work by a bike? Ross Reynolds takes a closer look at the proposed plan with special guests and listeners.

Broadcast News
12:13 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Want Your Own Low-Frequecy Radio Station?

Do you want your own radio station?
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There may soon be eight new FM radio station licenses available in Western Washington, and you can apply for one. The FCC announced that it is allowing nonprofits, educational institutions, tribal nations and more to apply for low-frequency licenses. Today Ross talks to Sabrina Roach, a veteran of KUOW and KBCS. She’s on the steering committee for a Digital Inclusion Summit currently in the works.

Transportation
12:09 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Washington Law Drives Up Ferry Building Prices

Washington state has the largest passenger and automobile ferry fleet in US.
Flickr Photo/A.Davey

State auditors say that Washington state ferries cost too much money to build. The Chetzemoka ferry for example, which transports passengers from Coupeville to Port Townsend, cost around $36 million more than a similar boat that was built on the east coast. Auditors say it’s due to a state law that requires ferries to be built by Washington companies. Now they’re asking lawmakers to get rid of the law. Ross talks to Clipper Navigation CEO Derrell E. Bryan to get the details.

Parenting
12:40 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

How Do You Talk To Your Kids About Pot?

How do you talk to your kids about marijuana now that it’s legal in Wash. state?
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Marijuana is now legal in Washington state and many parents are wondering how to explain this to their children. Ross Reynolds speaks with one of the proponents of Initiative 502, Alison Holcomb, as well as Roger Roffman, professor emeritus in the school of social work at the University of Washington, and chief of adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Dr. Leslie Walker, about discussing marijuana legalization with children.

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Military Draft
12:20 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Is A Warrior Class Forming?

Who serves in an all-volunteer US military?
Herald Post Flickr

It’s been 40 years since President Richard Nixon put an end to the military draft in the United States. However, today’s all-volunteer system is causing a growing gap between the armed forces and the civilians they serve. Is the lack of a draft creating a warrior class? Ross Reynolds talks about reinstating the draft with Representative Charlie Rangel of New York and General Charlie Dunlap from Duke University.

Sports Writing
12:40 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Sports Columnist Steve Kelly Shoots, Scores And Retires From Sports Writing

For 30 years, Steve Kelley has been cranking out sports columns for The Seattle Times. But now, at age 63, Kelley says he’s leaving the journalism game to pursue other interests. Ross Reynolds sits down with Steve Kelly to talk Sonics, Seattle sports and what he plans on doing next.

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