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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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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?

Collecting
11:57 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Do You Buy Art?

Sidewalk art sale in Pioneer Square, Seattle.
Tom Harpel Flickr

The first Thursday of every month you can tour through the downtown galleries and see art from independent local artists, exhibits from out of town artists and masterpieces at the SAM. And if you want, you can do more than look, you can buy. Do you?

Ross Reynolds talks to listeners about the art of buying art.

Marijuana
2:18 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

What's Next For Legalized Marijuana In Washington State?

Flickr Photo/prensa4

Washington voters just passed an initiative legalizing marijuana that will be certified December 6.  But state Representative Roger Goodman thinks it already needs tweaking.

Plus, we talk to Muraco Kyashna-tocha, director of the Evergreen State Cannabis Trade Association. The association is expanding beyond medical marijuana now that recreational use is being legalized.

South Korea
11:35 am
Thu November 15, 2012

South Korean Elections Happen Without Super PACs

A bird's eye view of Seoul, capital of South Korea with a population of over 10 million.
Trey Ratcliff Flickr

South Korea is electing a new president next month. In their elections, corporate money is banned and the campaign season is limited. Ross Reynolds talks with University of Washington Professor Yong-Chool Ha about the ins and outs of election season in South Korea.

Health Care
11:09 am
Thu November 15, 2012

“Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You And How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care”

Does the business of medicine need more accountability? Dr. Marty Makary thinks so and discusses what needs to happen with Ross Reynolds.

Fire Safety
1:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Making Sure You Don't Get A House Fire For Christmas: Fire Safety This Holiday Season

Deep-fried turkey: delicious, but is it safe?
James McCauley Flickr

What are the most common causes of house fires in Seattle and what can be done to avoid fire? Ross Reynolds sits down with Captain Shata Stephenson from the Seattle Fire Marshal’s office and talks about staying fire-free over the holidays.

Seattle's Waterfront
12:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen Responds To Seawall Construction Schedule Critics

Last week Seattle voters approved funding for rebuilding Seattle's waterfront seawall. But some waterfront businesses say the construction schedule will hurt the tourist trade. Ross talks to Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who chairs the transportation committee.

Immigrant Rights
9:29 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Magdaleno Rose-Avila On Immigration And Refugee Affairs In Seattle

Magdaleno Rose-Avila (left) and Enrique Cerna at CASA Latina's La Fiesta del Sol, October 2012.
Credit CASA Latina / Facebook

Magdaleno Rose-Avila is the first director of Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. He was selected by Mayor Mike McGinn for his decades of experience working with diverse communities in pursuit of human rights.

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Food
12:39 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Julia Harrison Sees The World Through Her Sweet Tooth

A sugar calavera, or skull, to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, from PW Kerr's in Seattle.
Julia Harrison

Julia Harrison’s sweet tooth and her training as an anthropologist have led her on some delicious adventures. On her Sweet Travel blog, she writes about how candy and other sweets carry a cultural story within their recipes and history. She tells Ross what she’s learned about Washington state.

51st State
11:14 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Puerto Rico Votes For Statehood

A little girl carries the Puerto Rican flag at the Puerto Rico Parade, New York City, June 2012.
Eric Parker Flickr

Last Tuesday Puerto Ricans cast a public opinion vote to become the 51st state. But what does that mean for those voters and for the rest of the US?

Christina Duffy Ponsa is a law professor at Columbia University and the co-editor of "Foreign in a Domestic Sense: Puerto Rico, American Expansion, and the Constitution." She joins us to talk about Puerto Rico's current status and how things might change with this vote.

State Budget
11:05 am
Tue November 13, 2012

State Representatives On Funding Public Education

How will the state fund basic education?
Flickr Photo/ccarlstead

In January the State Supreme Court ruled that Washington has not met its constitutional duty to fund K-12 education. Representatives Gary Alexander and Ross Hunter serve on the Ways and Means Committee, and they discuss what steps the House is taking to fund basic education.

Interview
10:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Glenn Greenwald On Liberty And Justice

Glenn Greenwald speaking at the Young Americans for Liberty's Civil Liberties tour at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, October 18, 2012.
Gage Skidmore Flickr

Glenn Greenwald is a columnist on civil liberties and US national security issues for the Guardian. A former constitutional lawyer, he has written for Salon and is the author of three books, "How Would a Patriot Act?" a critique of the Bush administration's use of executive power; "A Tragic Legacy," which examines the Bush legacy; and "With Liberty and Justice For Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful."

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Movies
12:13 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

"The Big Screen"

Ross Reynolds talks with film historian critic and commentator David Thomson about why he decided to undertake nothing less than the story of the movies in his new book, “The Big Screen.”

Health
12:10 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Charles Sabine On Genetic Testing

Charles Sabine in Capetown, 2009.
The Hayden family Wikipedia

Charles Sabine was a war correspondent with NBC for 25 years, covering conflicts all over the world — including Bosnia, Baghdad, and the Rwanda genocide. His reporting garnered him an Emmy and many other journalism awards. But four years ago his focus completely changed after getting a genetic test that revealed a lethal fate.

Ross Reynolds talks with Charles Sabine about what it is like to know you have deadly and degenerative disease in your future and the risks and rewards of genetic testing.

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Elections 2012
12:19 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Washington's Results: Red Vs. Blue

The results are in! Well, almost. We discuss how the races played out for each side of the isle. Joining us are Chris Vance, former chair of the Republican Party in Washington, and Christian Sinderman, a Democratic political consultant and the founder of Northwest Passage.

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