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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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Economy
11:25 am
Thu July 25, 2013

How Will The President's Economic Plan Play In Washington?

President Obama has set off on a short trip with a few speeches discussing the long term needs of our economy, but what would these policies mean in Washington state? Ross Reynolds sits down with Marilyn Watkins, policy director at the Economic Opportunity Institute, and Paul Guppy, vice president for research at the Washington Policy Center, to find out more on what the president's goals mean for the Evergreen State.

Yacht Crisis
11:17 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Is Seattle Facing A Superyacht Crisis?

Flickr Photo/Cyr0z

Washington state is the number one producer of luxury superyachts in the United States. But the marine industry says state tax policy discourages luxury superyacht owners from spending more time and money in Washington state. What is a superyacht? Ross Reynolds finds out that and more when he talks with Peter Schrappen, director of government affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association.

Gender Identity
11:59 am
Wed July 24, 2013

What Does It Mean To Be A Man?

What does it mean to be a woman? What does it mean to be a man? Those are two large questions with no right answers. Ross Reynolds sits down with former chair of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington, David Allen, for a discussion on gender, sexuality, identity and pressure while listeners share their definitions of what it means to be a man.

King County Metro
11:55 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Metro Bus Service Reductions Loom As State Drags Its Feet On Funding

Flickr Photo/Lightpattern Productions

The inability of the Washington Legislature to pass a transportation package this session means King County Metro Transit needs to prepare for service cuts. Metro general manager Kevin Desmond said the agency has time-sensitive funding needs; in part because an expiring $20.00 car tab fee for transit wasn’t renewed.

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Marijuana Dependence
11:53 am
Wed July 24, 2013

It May Be Legal, But Is It Healthy? Medical Consequences Of Marijuana

Cannabis is considered relatively benign, but that doesn’t mean there are no health concerns. Ross Reynolds talks with UW Professor Emeritus Roger Roffman about marijuana dependence. 

Yum!
11:42 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Getting Fresh With Ross And Sheryl: Converting Squash Skeptics

Squash the skepticism, squash rules!
Credit Sheryl Wiser

Correction 7/25/2013: Sheryl provided the following correction regarding her friend Zephyr Paquette's summer squash preparation: After grating the squash, add some herbs and salt, and let sit for 10 minutes, not seconds.

Summer squash doesn't necessarily incite delight at first glance but Sheryl Wiser of the Cascade Harvest Coalition joins Ross Reynolds to destroy the myth that squash is merely a vessel for other flavors. We hear squash recipes and find out how to pick the sweetest squash at the farmers markets. Plus! Did you know it is actually a fruit? 

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Gender Identity
11:52 am
Tue July 23, 2013

What Does It Mean To Be A Woman?

What does it mean to be a woman? What does it mean to be a man? Those are two large questions with no right answers. Ross Reynolds sits down with University of Washington professor Amanda Swarr for a discussion on gender, sexuality, identity and pressure while listeners share their definitions of what it means to be a woman.

Pot Regulation
11:48 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Too High To Fail

Doug Fine's book "Too High to Fail"

What will the future of legal marijuana in Washington state look like? Ross Reynolds talks with investigative journalist Doug Fine who has studied Mendocino County California, the first county in the nation to decriminalize and regulate cannabis farming. 

Income Mobility
11:43 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Seattleites Have An Easier Time On The Economic Ladder Than Others

It’s much easier to climb the economic ladder in Seattle than other affluent US cities such as Atlanta. That’s according to a new study by Harvard economists. So what makes Seattle a better place to grow up if you’re born into a low-income household? Ross Reynolds talks with co-author of the study, Nathan Hendren. 

Seattle Master Bike Plan
11:20 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Imagining Seattle's Bike Utopia

What does your Seattle bike utopia look like?
Flickr Photo/papahazama

How do you get to work: Do you drive? Do you take the bus? Perhaps you carpool. What would it take to get you to ride a bike to work? Would you ride a bike if there were more trails away from traffic? Perhaps the only thing stopping you from putting the clippy shoe on the pedal is all those pesky inclines. Ross Reynolds hears from listeners about what their bike utopia would look like and checks in with reporter Erica Barnett about what is in the Seattle Master Bike Plan (PDF)

Public Meeting
"Making the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan Work for Your Business," 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Russell Investment Center (1301 Second Ave, floor 17). Host: Seattle Department of Transportation.

Book Publishing
11:12 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Who, What, When, Where And How To Get Published

Kerry Colburn and Jen Worick, book publishing gurus.
From The Business of Books' Facebook page

Later this week in Seattle, hundreds of authors, agents and publishers will gather as part of the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference and one of the most frequently asked questions will be, how do I get my book published? Ross Reynolds gets advice on what steps to take to get your book published from publishing consultants, authors and all around entertaining human beings Jen Worick and Kerry Colburn. They also blog at The Business of Books.

Conversationlist Of The Week
11:34 am
Fri July 19, 2013

The Conversation News Quiz

We’re back again with the ever popular The Conversation News Quiz – where one lucky listener gets the chance to demonstrate his or her news knowledge. This week’s quiz covers everything from City Council races to local food. Our winner gets to wear The Conversation crown for one whole week on our Facebook page.

Seafair Pirates
11:31 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Yo Ho! It’s A Pirate’s Life For Me!

The Seafair Pirates are making a landing at KUOW today!
Flickr Photo/Steve Voght

It may not be international “Talk Like a Pirate” Day until September 19, but it’s “Talk To a Pirate” day on The Conversation today! The captain of the SeaFair Pirates, Rusty Harper, and his predecessor, Lance English, share with Ross Reynolds the dangers of the open seas when your ship is actually a parade float.

Senior Safety
11:28 am
Fri July 19, 2013

The Dangers Of Wandering For Dementia Patients

When people have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, they are at risk for wandering.  What that really means is they get lost. For an elderly person, that can sometimes lead to death. In Washington in the last five years, at least 10 people with some form of dementia have died after getting lost.

Jason Alcorn from Investigate West  has been looking into the problem in collaboration with KUOW and KCTS 9 and he tells Ross Reynolds what he’s found.

Lunar Development
11:24 am
Fri July 19, 2013

NASA Builds A Laser From The Moon To The Earth

Flickr Photo/NASA Goddard Photo and Video

NASA is returning to the moon this summer, but not to plant a flag and hit a golf ball. The space agency is building lasers to send information. Why are lasers the new technology for space communication? Ross Reynolds hears from Don Cornwell, the mission manager for the Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration at NASA.

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