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Record Store Nostalgia
4:07 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Slideshow: Tacoma's Tower Records

The Tacoma Tower Records Store on 38th Street wasn’t just a store, it was a scene. Complete with cutting edge finds, knowledgeable staff, colorful displays, and intriguing people, music-hungry teens combed the aisles in search of new treasures.
Bill Hansen

KUOW listeners Whitney Keyes and Chris Porter share their memories of Tacoma Tower Records with us.

Whitney Keyes

“I grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and my favorite record store on the planet was the Tower Records near the Tacoma Mall. It was the go-to place to get the hottest 45s and albums -- and check out cute boys!

“I LOVED going down every aisle, alphabetically in my fave music categories, looking at the covers -- front and back of EVERY record.

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Record Store Nostalgia
3:54 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Slideshow: Fallout Records

Band members of The Accused in front of Fallout Records, circa 1987.
Tim Hayes

Tim Hayes and Rob Fletcher share their memories of Fallout Records.

Tim Hayes, Owner, 1999-2003

"Fallout Records was a fiercely independent record-skateboard-zine/comic store that supplied the progressive, free-thinking consumer with creative alternative choices they couldn't find elsewhere or had no idea existed.

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Self Improvement
2:22 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Fitness Tips For The Lazy! (No Judgement)

Perhaps you need more motivation to take the stairs: You'll save electricity too!
Ludovic Bertron Flickr

Some people wake up in the morning refreshed, climb out of bed and exercise and others, well, don't. Even though science proves that exercise is beneficial to your mental and physical health, millions of Americans will never hit the gym. Here are five fitness tips for the more sedentary among us from fitness expert Dan Tripps, director of the Center for the Study of Sports and Exercise at Seattle University.

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Inauguration Day
2:18 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

What Would You Like To See The President Accomplish In The Next Four Years?

Pres. Obama prior to his inauguration in 2009.
RTPPT Flickr

The official inauguration of President Obama is on Monday, January 21, but the party is happening this coming Sunday. What happens after that? Well, only time will tell, but with four more years of President Obama, what do you want from him? What would you like to see the president accomplish in the next four years? Ross Reynolds hears from listeners about their priorities for the president.

Health Insurance
11:06 am
Fri January 18, 2013

2013: Another Chance For The Reproductive Parity Act?

The new state legislative session is well underway, and a few state senators are planning to reintroduce what’s known as the Reproductive Parity Act. The bill would require insurers who cover maternity care to also cover abortions.

Last year’s version of the bill died in the Senate due to Republican opposition. This year it's getting another chance, and it already has the support of Governor Jay Inslee, who mentioned it specifically in his inaugural address.

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Driving Under The Influence
8:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Officer Abraham On The New Rules Of The Road For Marijuana Use

DUI checkpoint in Riverside, Calif., March 2011.
Flickr Photo/Greg Matthews

What are the new rules of the road for marijuana use now that it’s legal here in Washington state?  Seattle Traffic Officer John Abraham talks it over with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds.

Traffic Officer Q&A
8:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Overheard In The Green Room: Officer Abraham

Officer John Abraham wants to be somewhere 'warm and snuggly' when he retires. Instead, he'll probably keep working.
Stacey Sanner

Meet Officer Abraham. He's made regular appearances on The Conversation with Ross Reynolds answering your traffic and driving questions. Today, we cornered Officer Abraham in the Green Room and asked him a few questions about his upcoming retirement, the weirdest excuse for a traffic violation he's ever heard, and what makes Seattle drivers so darn special.

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Author Interview
12:40 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Naked Statistics: Stripping The Dread From The Data

Cover of 'Naked Statistics' by Charles Wheelen.

In his new book author Charles Wheelen makes the claim that statistics can be really interesting, and most of it isn't that difficult. Not convinced? Ross Reynolds lets Charles Wheelen makes his case and tries to get to the fun part of statistical data.

Local Music Vendors
12:20 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Map: Do We Still Need Record Stores?

Luz Bratcher Flickr

Tomorrow is a dark day for many a Seattle vinyl enthusiast — Easy Street Records, the lower Queen Anne record store, is closing after serving the Emerald City for more than a dozen years. Many are bemoaning the loss of the Queen Anne record store, but what about you? Do record stores matter to you? I mean, do they really matter? Do you still buy music from stores, and how much?

With music available online through iTunes and services like Spotify, why do we still need record stores? Ross Reynolds talks with local music writer Charles Cross, Sarah Moody from Hardly Art and Eli Anderson from Neumos and takes listener calls.

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Liquer License
12:10 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Cerveza At The Cinema? Lawmakers Push For Beer And Wine In Theaters

Would you drink at the theater?
HalinaV Flickr

Some Olympia lawmakers are backing a bill to let movie theaters and live performance venues apply for liquor licenses to serve beer and wine. The bill is sponsored by Democrat Jim Moeller, who represents Vancouver. Ross Reynolds finds out the likelihood of moviegoers cracking a cold one at a theater near you.

Airplane Issues
12:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Will Grounded Dreamliners Be A Nightmare For Boeing?

All Nippon Airways planes including a Boeing 787, right, are parked at Haneda Airport in Tokyo Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 16, 2013.
AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

Airlines around the world have grounded their Boeing 787 Dreamliners after yesterday’s emergency landing in Japan. Officials are looking into the cause of a battery malfunction that caused smoke to appear in the cabin of the aircraft. Ross Reynolds gets the latest news on Boeing from NPR reporter Wendy Kaufman.

Transportation Safety
12:40 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Rules Of The Road

Officer John Abraham holding Annie Rose Crookshank, 18 years ago. Abraham pulled over her parents for erratic driving only to discover Annie’s mother was in labor. He escorted them to a hospital where she was soon born.
Credit Seattle Police Deparment

Are you ever driving down the street and you see something happen in traffic and wonder, is that allowed? Well, today on The Conversation you can get that traffic question answered. Ross Reynolds sits down with Officer John Abraham to answer your questions about passing on the left, rolling through a stop, car pool lanes, tail gating, turn signals and much, much more.

Gun Laws
12:20 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

How Will Washington State React To The President's Call For Gun Control?

Guns line the walls of the firearms reference collection at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington, DC, on Sept. 28, 2007. Most of the guns, used now for forensic research, were seized during crimes.
Credit Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo

President Obama asked congress to pass new gun control legislation earlier today calling for tougher penalties for anyone who buys guns intending to sell them to criminals, universal background checks for firearms purchases, and a 10-round limit for gun magazines and a ban on military style assault weapons.

How will Washington state Republicans react to the president's call? Ross Reynolds talks with public affairs consultant and former chair of the state Republican Party, Chris Vance.

Airplane Safety
12:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

What Happens To A Dreamliner Deferred?

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet aircraft is surrounded by emergency vehicles while parked at a terminal E gate at Logan International Airport in Boston as a fire chief looks into the cargo hold Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. A small electrical fire filled the cabin of the JAL aircraft with smoke Monday morning about 15 minutes after it landed in Boston.
Credit AP Photo/Stephan Savoia / Associated Press

    

Two Japanese airlines have grounded their new Boeing Dreamliner 787s after smoke was detected in the cabin of one of the aircraft. Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines currently carry more 787s than any other airlines in the world, but Boeing has filled roughly 800 orders worldwide for the new Dreamliner.

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Comics
12:40 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

The Secret To 30 Years Of “Love And Rockets”

A glimpse into the wide world of characters from Los Bros Hernandez.
Courtesy Fantagraphics

Brothers Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez are considered godfathers of the alternative comics movement.  Fans and critics alike credit the brothers for bringing in a new type of narrative to the comics movement that features strong female characters and showcases Latino culture. Jaime spoke with Ross Reynolds on The Conversation.

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