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Voter Registration
7:52 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Are Washington Voters At Risk Of Being Hacked?

The New York Times says Washington state’s online voter registration system is not secure. Ross Reynolds talks with Washington's assistant secretary of state, Steve Excell. 

Climate Change
8:52 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Anote Tong, President Of Kiribati, Considers The Options For A Drowning Nation

President Anote Tong of Kiribati, assisting with Mangrove planting.
Office of the President of Kiribati

The South Pacific island nation of Kiribati (pronounced Kir-uh-bahs) is comprised of 32 atolls and a raised coral island. It is the only nation in all four hemispheres of the Earth. But the future of the 100,000 residents is uncertain because of fears that global climate change will raise the ocean levels, making Kiribati, which is only 6 feet above sea level, uninhabitable by the 2050s.

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Travel
11:27 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Who Is Rick Steves?

Rick Steves (left) and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn on stage at Hempfest, 2011.
Jen Nance, Office of the Mayor Flickr

Travel guru Rick Steves has made his way into many a knapsack with his essential travel guides, but how did he first begin his travel business and what inspired that career? Ross Reynolds sits down with Rick Steves and goes beyond travel to hear his story. 

Seattle Census
9:52 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Living In A White City

Map based on 2010 census date. Red = non-Hispanic white, blue = African-American, green = Asian-American, orange = Hispanic, yellow = other. Each dot represents 25 residents. (Flickr Photo: Eric Fischer)

Seattle is one of the whitest cities in the country according to the most recent census. But what does that mean? What's it like to live in such a white city? We talk to you about the latest figures.

Seattle Hip-Hop
11:15 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Ben Haggerty Is Better Known As Macklemore

Macklemore (left) and Ryan Lewis at Sasquatch music festival, 2011. (Flickr Photo: Chris Dube)

Seattle native and MC Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis sit down with Ross Reynolds to discuss their careers, upcoming album and involvement with Washington’s pro same-sex marriage campaign. 

Health
9:15 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Adventures In The Strange Science Of Sleep

David K. Randall explores the science of sleep and asks, if you kill someone in your sleep, does it count as murder?

David K. Randall never gave much thought to his sleep – until he began sleep walking. That first midnight crash into a hallway wall went him on an investigation into the strange science of sleep. Ross Reynolds speaks with the author about his new book, “Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep.” 

Science
11:16 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Scientific Papers Retracted Due To Plagiarism, Not Error

Authors of a new report says error is not the leading cause of scientific paper retractions and that the papers are being withdrawn due to fraud or suspected fraud, duplicate publication or plagiarism nearly 70 percent of the time. Ross Reynolds talks with University of Washington School of Medicine Dr. Ferric Fang about why this happens and what it means. 

Economics
12:57 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Paul Krugman

Nobel Prize–winning economist Paul Krugman.
Center for American Progress

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman explains why he believes we are in a depression and how a massive government investment could get us out of it. Ross Reynolds interviewed Paul Krugman in front of a live studio audience, May 24, 2012. 

Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize-winning economist and he writes The Conscience of a Liberal blog for the New York Times. 

Election 2012
11:36 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Referendum 74: The Same-Sex Marriage Debate

The fate of legal same-sex marriage in Washington is going to be decided by voters this November. Ross Reynolds sits down with Representative Laurie Jinkins, a public health official from Tacoma and advisor for the Washington United for Marriage, and Paula Renny, an attorney and volunteer for the Preserve Marriage Washington campaign.

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