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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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Genetics
12:01 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

George Church: The Harvard Biologist Behind The Personal Genome Project

Professor George Church
Harvard Medical School Photo

George Church says scientists may one day be able to resurrect wooly mammoths and use bacteria to make cups or grow houses. David Hyde discusses the science with professor George Church.

Weather
11:54 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Is Climate Change Responsible For The Coming Frankenstorm?

People watch wave activity at Rockaway beach Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy, a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 mph and the center of the storm is expected to be near the mid-Atlantic coast on Monday night.
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

David Hyde talks to Dan Schrag, a geology professor at Harvard University, who also serves on President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology about climate change and weather.

Religion
8:37 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Does Hell Exist?

The new documentary "Hellbound" looks at the emerging debate among evangelical Christians about whether hell exists.  Filmmaker Kevin Miller interviews a variety of people for the movie including Seattle evangelical pastor Mark Driscoll of the Mars Hill Church.

Elections 2012
12:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

1st Congressional District Debate: Koster Vs DelBene

The stakes in this race are high for both political parties. There are three open Congressional seats in the state this year, and Republicans say the 1st District is their best chance to win one.

Candidates John Koster (R) and Suzan DelBene (D) sit down with KUOW's Ross Reynolds for a debate. The candidates address the economy, women's reproductive issues and each other's campaigns thus far.

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Books
11:30 am
Fri October 26, 2012

From The White House To Seattle University: Former Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan waves as he leaves the podium, Friday, May 5, 2006, after finishing his last briefing at the White House.
AP Photo/Ron Edmonds

Scott McClellan was the White House Press Secretary from July 2003 to April 2006, the longest serving press secretary under George W. Bush. He left that post, disillusioned and frustrated, and went on to write a book about his experience. It’s called “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception.”

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Higher Education
3:50 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Online Learning: Crediting The Classes

The crushing cost of student debt is leading schools, students and parents to look at alternatives provided by online learning. A leader in the field, Karen Symms Gallagher, dean of the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, sits down with Ross Reynolds for a discussion about the future of online learning for credit.

Microsoft
3:50 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Is Windows 8 The Future Or A Failure?

On the cusp of the release of Windows 8,  Ross Reynolds talks to New York Times personal tech columnist, David Pogue, about the latest software and the future of Microsoft. 

Transportation
3:48 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Ferry Delays Have Commuters Stuck Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay

Wash. state ferry near Anacortes, September 2006.
Flickr/Chris_118

Washington State Ferry system staff cutbacks are leading to some last minute cancelations and that is causing headaches for some ferry commuters.  Yesterday, two ferry sailings were canceled due to crew shortages. Ross Reynolds talks to state ferry system director, David Moseley.

Web Forums
3:47 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Leafly: A Yelp For Medical Marijuana?

A new online Seattle startup called Leafly is targeting medical marijuana patients.  The website (and mobile apps) feature information about medical cannabis strains and dispensaries based on tens of thousands of patient-generated reviews.  Ross Reynolds talks with Leafly’s CEO Brendan Kennedy about how the site works.

Drones In Seattle
11:17 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Seattle Police To Unveil New Surveillance Drones

Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff's Department test fly a small Draganflyer X6 drone, January 2009.
AP Photo/Mesa County Sheriff's Unmanned Operations Team

This evening the Seattle Police Department will display a drone aircraft they plan to deploy as part of surveillance program using unmanned aerial vehicle. Ross Reynolds explores what the drones will be monitoring, who is concerned about privacy violations and hears listener reaction to the new drones. 

Elections 2012
12:20 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Why Does Jay Inslee Want To Be Your Next Governor?

Democrat Jay Inslee at the Seattle AIDS walk, September 22, 2012.
Candidate's Facebook page

Democrat Jay Inslee sits down with Ross Reynolds for his final KUOW interview before the election.

Republican challenger, Rob McKenna, was last on The Conversation September 28. Listen to parts one and two of his interview.

Television
12:00 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Is The Revolution Being Televised?

Glee fan shows his "gleekiness." According to a statement by GLAAD earlier this month, LGBT characters now represent 4.4 percent of scripted characters among the five major networks.
Flickr/kurichan+

The faces (and characterizations) you see on TV are changing: The number of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender characters on primetime series is on the rise, but representation of Hispanics has decreased.

How far ahead of (or behind) the cultural curve is TV?  Pop culture expert and communications professor Robert Thompson evaluates the fall line-up.

Slavery
12:00 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Slavery Story Has Seattle Ties

Cover of Carver Clark Gayton's book, "Narrative of the Sufferings of Lewis Clarke, During a Captivity of More than Twenty-Five Years, Among the Algerines of Kentucky, One of the So Called Christian States of North America."

When Carver Clark Gayton was growing up in Seattle in the 1940s he didn’t hear anything about African-American history in school. But his mother told him stories, including one about his great-grandfather Lewis George Clarke.

Clarke was an escaped slave and an abolitionist. His personal story found its way into the anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" that went on to become the second most popular book in the 19th century. It’s seen as one of the causes of the Civil War.

Election 2012
12:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

What Are The Top 5 Differences Between Obama And Romney On Foreign Policy?

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama shake hands after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, in Denver. Oct. 3, 2012.
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will challenge each other on foreign policy in tonight’s third and final presidential debate. How do the candidates plan to handle hot spots like Libya, Syria, and Iran?

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Renting Rules
12:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Renters Vs. Landlords: What You Need To Know

The Seattle City Council recently passed a new law requiring property inspections on tenant properties.  How will the new law affect you? 

Evan Loeffler is a real estate attorney whose practice emphasizes landlord-tenant relations. He explains the new law and answers your questions about tenants’ rights, landlords’ rights, and how to handle disputes.

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