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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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Family
12:02 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Not Everybody Says I Love You

Love messages on concrete walls in Vancouver, BC.
Geoffrey Kehrig Flickr

The last time you talked with family you either said "I love you" or you didn't. And you either heard it back, or you didn't. Do you hear "I love you" a lot from family? Do you say it? KUOW's Jeannie Yandel talks to listeners about families that do and don't say those three magic words.

Author Interview
12:00 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Seattle Writer Domingo Martinez On Coming Of Age In A Texas Border Town

Seattle writer Domingo Martinez is the author of "The Boy Kings Of Texas," which was recently nominated for the National Book Award.  It’s about the cultural tensions he experienced growing up in the border town of Brownsville.  

KUOW's David Hyde talks to Martinez about growing up in a border town, his family, why he moved to Seattle, and why he stayed. 

Psychology
12:00 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Your Surgeon May Be A Psychopath (But Don’t Worry)

The psychopath Hannibal Lecter in the movie "Silence of the Lambs" is ruthless.  But he’s also charming, persuasive and highly intelligent.  Cambridge psychology professor Kevin Dutton says when psychopaths don’t turn violent they can become very successful as CEOs, surgeons, or in other professions. His latest book is "The Wisdom Of Psychopaths."

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Family
10:18 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Andrew Solomon On Parents, Children And Differing Identities

“The apple never falls far from the tree,” the saying goes. But what happens when it does? Our guest today tells the stories of children whose identities are very different from their parents, such as dwarfs who are born to parents of average stature.  How do parents and children navigate these differences?  And what do these children have in common?

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Culture
10:01 am
Fri November 23, 2012

Best Of The Conversation

On today's show, we bring you some of our favorite segments of the year. We talk about vulnerability, photography and The Boss.

Is There Power In Vulnerability?

Being vulnerable and open to failure makes us uncomfortable, but according to the research of Brene Brown, we can’t have success without vulnerability. Ross Reynolds discusses the power of vulnerability with University of Houston Professor Brene Brown.

Seattle-Based Artist Goes Small Then Large To Highlight The Big Picture

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Holiday
12:40 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Religion, Politics And Money: Avoiding Conversation Explosions This Thanksgiving

Family dinners can be a tense affair.
Credit Flickr photo/Patrick Gensel

Being related to someone doesn’t mean that you “relate” to them.  Do you talk to your crazy uncle about politics? What about religion?  Jeannie Yandel hears from listeners about their Thanksgiving blowouts. 

Food
12:20 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

How To Deal With Picky Thanksgiving Eaters With The Splendid Table's Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Dealing with picky eaters on Thanksgiving? Drown your tears in delicious pie.
Credit Flickr photo/ Kevin McShane

Your mom despises turkey, your uncle hates ham.  Your brother’s vegan, and your sister is allergic to pumpkin pie.  What do you do about the picky eaters (and people with dietary restrictions) at Thanksgiving?  David Hyde talks to the host of The Splendid Table, Lynne Rossetto Kasper.   

Transit
2:58 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Pierce County Votes Down Prop 1: Will The Wheels On The Bus Stop Going Round And Round?

A Pierce Transit coach at a layover stop.
Credit Flickr photo/ Atomic Taco

Pierce County voters said no to Prop. 1 this election and now transit services in Washington’s second most populous county could be cut by up to 53 percent. KUOW’s Jeannie Yandel talks with Pierce Transit Spokesperson Lars Erickson about what will get cut and when. 

Politics
12:20 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

New State Senate Majority Leader Ed Murray Faces Big Challenges

Sen. Ed Murray, left, waves with his partner Michael Shiosaki as Rep. Jaime Pedersen, right, stands with his partner Eric Cochran Pedersen at an election night party for proponents of Referendum 74 on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Seattle.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

State Senator Ed Murray is the new majority leader of the Washington state senate.  But he faces some tough challenges, including a $900 million budget hole, a Supreme Court ruling that requires full funding for basic K-12 education and a possible rebellion by conservative Democrats.  David Hyde sits down with State Senator Ed Murray and asks, What's next? 

Pop Culture
11:45 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Author Jennifer Stuller On Superwomen In Modern Mythology

From Wonder Woman to Buffy The Vampire Slayer, what is the role of the modern superwoman in pop culture?
Credit Wikipedia

From Wonder Woman to Buffy The Vampire Slayer, superwomen have broken through the boys' club of superhero mythology. But never for very long.

Writer Jen Stuller looks at the modern superwoman in pop culture in her book, "Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors."

Stuller tackles a wide array of cultural issues through the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

 

 

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Food
12:40 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

The Meaning Of Food

Slow Food Movement, localvore, GMO: what is the actual meaning of food?
Credit Flickr photo/ Sharon Drummond

The New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik takes food very seriously. But he thinks the Slow Food Movement is too pious. Gopnik discusses his experience with extreme locavorism, the history and meaning of restaurants, and other topics The Table Comes First: Family, France, And The Meaning Of Food.

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Weather
12:00 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Whether Or Not You Hate The Rain - Seattle Streets Are Wet

Time to pull out the umbrellas and rain boots: heavy rainfall has arrived in Washington.
Credit Flickr photo/ enggul

A series of Pacific storms will pass over Western Washington throughout this holiday week. The storms will bring heavy rain to the Seattle area and inches of snow and avalanche warnings to the mountains. David Hyde checks in with state and local officials about what we can anticipate over the next few days, and how to best plan your holiday travel.

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Politics
3:54 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Gerrymandering: The Political Impact Of Drawing New Lines

Republicans will hold a 38-seat lead in the US House of Representatives. But Democrats lead by 0.6 percent in the popular vote. What is the deal? Some experts say the gap can be explained by partisan gerrymandering – the  strategic redrawing of congressional district lines to benefit one political party.

Ross Reynolds talks with researcher Nicholas Goedert from Washington University in St. Louis.

Politics
2:56 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Mayor McGinn Talks City Budget

Mayor Mike McGinn

The Seattle City Council is voting on the city budget next Monday. They’ve made some changes in  Mayor McGinn’s original proposal.  Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn about the upcoming budget vote.

Taxes
11:59 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Are The Rich Taxed Enough? The Rich Say Yes ... And No.

The only things certain in life.
Flickr Photo/Paul Stumpr

President Barack Obama is meeting today with members of Congress to try to avoid the fiscal cliff.  The president says he’ll let Bush-era tax cuts for families earning over $250,000 a year expire.  House Republicans are opposed.

Seattle ​entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer would pay more if the tax cuts expire and he thinks he should. Ross Reynolds speaks with Hanauer, business owner Mark Peterson, and policy analysts Mark Guppy and Marilyn Watkins, and he asks listeners to weigh in with their opinion: Are the rich taxed enough?

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