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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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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.

Geology
11:25 am
Fri October 19, 2012

David Montgomery: "The Rocks Don't Lie"

David Montgomery, 2009.
Kvasir Society Photo/Joy Mathew

There are many stories of great floods out there, first and foremost the fable of Noah's ark. But some geologists have found that many of these legends have some basis in historical fact. We talk with University of Washington professor and MacArthur award-winner Dave Montgomery, the author of "The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood."

Music
11:05 am
Fri October 19, 2012

A Story Of Heart With Music Biographer Charles R. Cross

The two women behind the Seattle rock band Heart, Nancy and Ann Wilson, have a new biography out. It's written with the help of music biographer Charles R. Cross. It's called, "Kicking And Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul And Rock and Roll." Charles R. Cross joins us.

Elections 2012
11:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

How Accurate Are Candidate Statements In The Voter's Pamphlet?

You may have already received your state voter's pamphlet in the mail. How much do you trust the candidate's statements?

We talk to Shane Hamlin, elections co-director for the Office of the Secretary of State, about a controversial statement by a candidate for King County Superior Court.

Style
11:46 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Stacy London’s Terrifying Message For Seattle: Style Matters

Stacy London attends the Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice awards in New York, Oct. 12, 2010.
AP Photo/Peter Kramer

Stacy London believes that personal style matters, and she’s made a career of coaching people on how to look their best. As a co-host of the TV show What Not To Wear and a fashion consultant for various media outlets, London stresses that style is more about feeling great than wearing the hottest trends.


She turns the mirror on herself in her new book, “The Truth About Style,” and shares some truths behind her personal style.  
 

"The Truth About Style" Book Promotion

Other
11:41 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Randy Dorn: Over $4 Billion Needed For State Education Funding

Schools Chief Rand Dorn needs an additional $4.1 billion to fully fund K-12 education in Washington state.
(AP Photo/John Froschauer, File)

Washington lawmakers have a mandate from the State Supreme Court to fully fund basic K-12 education.  State School Superintendent Randy Dorn says that will cost taxpayers an additional $4.1 billion per year.

Dorn’s running unopposed for a second term as Superintendent of Public Instruction.  He joins David Hyde to talk about school funding, the debate over charter schools and other issues in education.    
 

Elections 2012
11:35 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Who’s Leading The Polls In Washington?

KCTS 9 is releasing a new Washington Poll today on the major races and issues on November’s ballot. David Hyde breaks down the numbers and what they mean with University of Washington political science professor, Matt Barreto.

Family
1:02 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Why Have Kids?

Feminist author and blogger Jessica Valenti takes a critical look at motherhood in her new book, "Why Have Kids?" Valenti talks with David Hyde about the pros and cons of raising kids in the 21st century and listeners weigh in.

Politics
12:52 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

When Did Presidential Debates Become Such A Big Deal?

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The presidential debates are a major factor in this year’s race for the White House. When did the debates become such a big deal? 

Historian Kenneth Davis tells us the story of America’s presidential debates and talks about his new book, "Don’t Know Much About The American Presidents."

Elections 2012
12:39 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Which Party Is Going To Be In Charge Of The Washington State Senate Next Year?

Who will will the state Senate?
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Although the governor’s race is receiving the most press coverage this year, it’s not the only battle for control of state government.  Republicans think they have a chance to win control of the state Senate for the first time in a decade. Democrats also hope to increase their majority. 

Chris Grygiel, the Washington state news editor for the Associated Press, joins us with an inside look at how the parties are stacking up.

Sports
1:12 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Sodo Arena Deal Approved: What’s Next For The Seattle Storm?

Seattle Storm vs Washington Mystics at Key Arena, June 2012.
Flickr/Ronald Woan

The King County Council and Seattle City Council have approved the new arena deal to bring NBA and NHL teams to Seattle.

But what about the Seattle Storm?

Will they move to Chris Hansen’s new arena in Sodo, or will they continue to call Key Arena home? Ross talks to Seattle Storm president and CEO Karen Bryant.

Games
1:00 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Poker Ruling: More About Skill Than Chance

Screenshot from an online poker game from pkr.com
Flickr/John Seb Barber

A Federal District Court in Brooklyn has ruled that poker is more a game of skill than of chance. The decision overturned the conviction of a man who operated a backroom poker game. 

Legal experts say it could effect laws that currently ban online poker. Joining us is an economist and poker player who testified in the case, Randal Heeb.

Gay Rights
12:42 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

New Dan Savage Biography

Dan Savage speaking at Western University, March 2012.
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Mark Oppenheimer has written extensively about both sides of the gay marriage argument, and in August he moderated The Dinner Table Debate between Dan Savage and Brian Brown. Now he has self-published a short biography on Dan Savage in e-book format, titled “Dan Savage: The First Gay Celebrity.” He joins Ross to talk about Dan Savage, gay marriage, and self-publishing.

Books
8:42 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

“This Machine Kills Secrets:” Andy Greenberg On Wikileakers, Cypherpunks And Hacktivists

As information becomes more accessible and more easily distributed, are secrets becoming a thing of the past? Ross Reynolds talks with Andy Greenberg about his new book, “This Machine Kills Secrets: How Wikileaks, Cypherpunks, and Hactivists Aim to Free the World’s Information.” 

Health
8:31 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Even With Universal Health Care, The Poor Suffer

According to a recent study from the University of Washington, universal health care may not improve the overall health for people living in poverty.
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The United Kingdom already has a universal health care system. So you might expect that the health gap between rich and poor is smaller in England than it is the United States — but you’d be wrong! 

Melissa Martinson is a professor in the  School of Social Work at the University of Washington and she talks with Ross Reynolds about the differences in health between citizens of the United States and the United Kingdom. 

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