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After Bill Cutoff, Olympia Turns To Budget Talk

Mar 12, 2015
Washington State Legislature in Olympia.
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This week in Olympia, high-profile bills fall to a procedural deadline and budget talks begin KUOW's Kim Malcolm talks with the Everett Herald's Olympia reporter, Jerry Cornfield.

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Anya Kamanetz, NPR’s lead education blogger, about her new book, "The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed With Standardized Testing -- But You Don't Have To Be." She explains both sides of the controversy over standardized tests in public schools and why Seattle has become a center for the debate. 

photo @ Angela Sterling

I’ll admit it: I am a fan girl.

Last week, I got to sit down with one of my choreographic heroes, William Forsythe.

I came away from that conversation with renewed admiration for both Forsythe’s dances, and his respect and love for dancers – and theirs for him.

File Photo: Kathleen O'Toole speaks after being introduced by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray as his nominee to be Seattle's new Chief of Police, May 19, 2014.
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Marcie Sillman speaks with Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich about Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole's appointment of four new assistant police chiefs.

smart phone texting app
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Marcie Sillman talks with Ellen Selkie, who works in the Adolescent Medicine division at Seattle Children's Hospital, about her recent study on the effects of college cyber bullying. 

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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about his 10-year transportation plan

Courtesy of John Blackard

Marcie Sillman speaks with Washington Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen, who shares two poems about disasters, manmade and natural. 

Marcie Sillman talks to Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about a vote in Vancouver, B.C., on a tax increase to fund a $7.5 billion transportation package.

Ross Reynolds interviews Alison Holcomb, head of an initiative from ACLU to reduce the number of people incarcerated in the U.S. by half. 

Customers line up at Starbucks, all the way outside.
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Starbucks is set to expand mobile ordering to its Pacific Northwest stores. KUOW's Kim Malcolm talks with retail analyst Brian Sozzi of Belus Capital Advisors about why the not-just-coffee company wants to move you out of the line and onto your phone.

An orca pod travels past the Seattle skyline. A new study shows that pods are most likely led by older females.
Courtesy of NOAA/Candice Emmons

Nearly every mammal on earth reproduces until they die – except for humans, and two species of whales.

A new study shows that older, female killer whales are most likely to lead their pods as they travel through the salmon foraging grounds of the Pacific Northwest.

book love read Nancy Pearl
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Marcie Sillman speaks with book hugger Nancy Pearl about the librarian's reading pick of the week: Seth Greenland's novel, "I Regret Everything: A Love Story." Pearl says when it comes to relationship tales, this book is the real deal. 

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in the KUOW studios.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about the personnel shakeup at the Seattle Police Department. Police Chief Kathleen O' Toole is replacing four assistant police chiefs.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Matt Baretto, University of California Los Angeles political science professor, about California's voting rights act and what Washington could learn from the other state.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Kristi Heim, executive director of Washington State's China Relations Council, about local exports to China and the growing demand for fresh fruit and baby products. 

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