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Coal Terminals
2:05 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Could China Coal Cuts Help Sink Proposed Wash. Coal Ports?

Flickr Photo/Ryan Sitzman

China plans to cut coal consumption in major northern cities including Beijing and Shanghai by 2017 to curb pollution. Could this impact demand for Wyoming coal and proposed (and controversial) coal export terminals in Washington state?  Marcie Sillman talks it over with David Roberts who writes for the Seattle-based environmental magazine, Grist.

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Eating Local
1:54 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Getting Fresh With Ross And Sheryl: The Rainbow of Tomatoes

Flickr Photo/The Ewan

Sheryl Wiser of Cascade Harvest is always in season with her recommendations on what to buy at the farmers market and how to cook it. This week we hear about varieties of garlic and tomatoes.

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Brazil-US Relations
1:03 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

"Don't Spy On Us," Brazilian President Hopes To Send A Message With Canceled Trip

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
Flickr Photo/Secretaria de Assuntos Estratégicos Presidência da República

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has decided to postpone her state visit to the US next month. This decision comes after the revelation that the NSA had spied on Rousseff and her government. President Obama said in a statement yesterday that he “understands and regrets the concerns disclosers of alleged US intelligence activities have generated in Brazil.”

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Private Space Ventures
12:57 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

The Battle For NASA's Historic Launch Pad

A launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Flickr Photo/Jeff Christiansen

NASA is trying sell the historic Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and two billionaire-backed space ventures are vying for it. One is Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, the other is Elon Musk’s SpaceX based in California. The fight over the sole use of Launch Complex 39A caused NASA to postpone their decision on what to do with it. Alan Boyle, science editor for NBCnews.com explains the dispute.

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Seattle Theater
11:47 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Can Seattle Support A Fringe Theater Movement?

Washington Ensemble Theatre playbills from the past decade.
Instagram Photo/TheEnsemble

Seattle’s Fringe Festival starts this week. It features local companies and artists, but the festival is also drawing performers from around the world. 

The great recession hit small arts groups hard; the festival was on hiatus for several years after its 2003 season and returned just last year.  How did Seattle’s fringe community fare?  Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson shares some perspective on the health of local companies with Marcie Sillman.

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RadioActive Youth Media
10:13 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Lifelong Smoker Goes Into Extra Innings In His Fight Against "Mr. C"

Jon Nyberg maintains a positive attitude while he battles a cancerous lump in his throat.
Courtesy of Susan Ewbank

How do we own up to our own mortality? RadioActive reporter Madeline Ewbank tells the story of one man's baseball game against cancer and the odds stacked against him.

Jon Nyberg is sitting out on my porch, watching the sunset and working on the latest New York Times Sunday puzzle. Fifty-two down: wake-up times, for short. He's proud of the grizzled chin and the head of wispy, gray hair he's been growing, a look his friend likes to call "the Amish experiment." But his skin hangs off his bones like his cigarette hangs off his lips.

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Higher Education
2:06 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

UW President Michael Young On Facing Its Challenges

Michael Young wearing purple, of course!
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

University of Washington students head back to campus next week. While the state Legislature did increase funding for the UW and other state colleges and universities, money is still a problem when it comes to higher education. It factors into everything from course offerings to faculty retention. Those are some of the challenges that face University of Washington President Michael Young. He joins us today.

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Civic Funding For Civic Projects
12:17 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

When Money Is Short, Should Cities Crowdfund?

Cities all over are short on cash. And some are turning to crowdfunding to get public projects off the ground. From a streetcar in Kansas City to a skate spot in Portland, Oregon, sites like Neighbor.ly and Citizinvestor are making it easy for residents to raise money to fund civic projects. Marcie Sillman talks with Rodrigo Davies, a researcher at MIT’s Center for Civic Media about civic crowdfunding and its complications.

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Politics & Immigration
12:09 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

New Poll Finds Contradictory Attitudes About Latinos In Washington State

Matt Barreto, director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality at the University of Washington.
Courtesy/UW

According to a new statewide poll, most Washingtonians support growing diversity and immigration. But many Washington residents hold negative stereotypes of Latinos and immigrants. What explains this contradiction?

Matt Barreto is co-founder of the polling firm Latino Decisions, and director of the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality at the University of Washington. He talked with Ross Reynolds.

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Public Accomodations
11:31 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Public Toilet Coming To Pioneer Square

Flickr Photo/Ian Fisher

The Seattle City Council is considering a proposal that would bring a free, public toilet to Pioneer Square.

Local development company Urban Visions is offering to purchase the so-called “Portland Loo” for the city, in exchange for being allowed to add three stories to its mixed-use building in the neighborhood.

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Controversy And Competition
10:46 am
Tue September 17, 2013

There She Is: The History Of Miss America

The newly crowned Miss America, Nina Davuluri, who received her title on September 15.
AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Last Sunday Miss New York Nina Davuluri, 24, was crowned Miss America. She is the first winner of Indian descent and proudly displayed her heritage with a classical Bollywood fusion dance as her talent.

Controversy followed the coronation, as Twitter exploded with racist remarks condemning her victory. The online viewer poll favored Miss Kansas: the blonde soldier with the "Serenity Prayer" down her side.

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Federal Reserve Chief
2:09 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Why Is Larry Summers Out As Next Fed Head?

Larry Summers, former candidate for head of the Federal Reserve.
Flickr Photo/Chatham House, London

Larry Summers has pulled out of the running to be the next head of the Federal Reserve.  The former treasury secretary and Harvard president was said to be the leading candidate for the position to replace Ben Bernanke. So why did Summers withdraw?  Joining Ross Reynolds with the latest on what’s going on in the other Washington – and what’s at stake for the country – is Annie Lowrey.  She's covering the story of the next Federal Reserve chief for the New York Times.

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Brain Surgery
12:07 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

The Future Of Brain Surgery May IncludeTransparent Skulls

Flickr Photo/davidd

Brain surgery is now done by lasers. But doctors must still open up the skull in an incredibly difficult procedure. Scientists are developing a transparent skull to make it easier. The transparent skull will serve as a window into the brain allowing immediate access to check the progress of cancer without repeated surgeries.  It could take a decade before the see-through skull is perfected. Ross Reynolds talks with Masa Rao, assistant professor in mechanical engineering at the University of California Riverside who is working on the skull.

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World Record At The Clink
11:54 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Seahawks Beat Arch Rival; Seattle Crowd Defeats Noise Record

Seahawks fans at Century Link Field broke the Guiness World Record for crowd noise twice, even while contending with a mid-game weather delay.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Sunday night at Century Link Field, Seattle Seahawks fans broke the Guinness World Record for loudest crowd noise at a stadium. Then, they broke the record again. The final reading was an ear-splitting 131.9 decibels.

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Mobile Apps
11:25 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Making It Easier To Get It On: Sex Apps Are On The Rise

Tinder

Originally, when two people wanted to engage in sexual relations, they had to first meet and then have a requisite date or two before finally getting down to business. A new wave of mobile apps wants to do away with all that hoopla. The apps aim to bring two — or more than two if that’s your fancy — people together just by hitting a button. No strings attached, no wooing necessary. Ross Reynolds talks with Kevin Roose about this market and what it means for safe sex.

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