Public Insight Network

Economics
10:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

The Power Of Emerging Economies

Emerging economies utilize global transport to move goods and stimulate exports. This particular ship is leaving Vancouver, Canada, passing under the Lion's Gate Bridge.
Credit Flickr Photo/Evan Leeson

In 2010, emerging economies accounted for almost 40 percent of the world's gross domestic product — twice as much as they did in 1990. Today, one in four Fortune 500 firms comes from emerging markets. How far can growth carry nations out of poverty and toward a strong economic foundation? We hear what the economic successes of developing countries can teach the developed world from Peter Blair Henry of NYU’s Stern School of Business.

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College Savings
12:26 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

For Families And Lawmakers, Washington's Tuition Savings Plan Is A Costly Bargain

Cary and Julie Westerbeck with their latest member of the GET savings plan: daughter Leah
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Halfway through the enrollment season for Washington's Guaranteed Tuition Savings program, the number of new enrollments is lagging compared to the last two years. Consumer confidence in the program is slipping, at least for now, even as state lawmakers express their concerns about the $600 million shortfall in the program.  

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College Tuition
11:11 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Paying For College Without Going Broke

Peter Patau shares this photo from a University of Wisconsin, Madison, football game in 1979. He writes, 'Resident undergrad tuition and fees at UW-Madison were $769 for the 1979-80 academic year; [in 2012] they total $9,665.'
Flickr Photo/Peter Patau

The average cost of a four-year public college shot up 6 percent last year to over $17,000 a year on average. Private colleges are up to over $35,000 a year (beer and togas not included.) So how do parents pay for college these days without going broke? Ross Reynolds talks with Kalman Chany, author of "Paying for College Without Going Broke," about the GET program and other ways to fund your child's higher education.

Marriage And Citizenship
7:42 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Gay Couples See New Hope For Immigration Benefits

Ken Thompson and Otts Bolisay at their home in Seattle.
Credit Liz Jones / KUOW

If you want to marry someone from another country, and you’re a US citizen, chances are your spouse could also gain citizenship through marriage. That is, if the marriage is between a man and a woman.  This path to citizenship is not available to gay couples because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Next month, the US Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to this federal law. It’s a case Seattle resident Otts Bolisay is anxious to watch unfold.

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Local Music Vendors
12:20 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Map: Do We Still Need Record Stores?

Luz Bratcher Flickr

Tomorrow is a dark day for many a Seattle vinyl enthusiast — Easy Street Records, the lower Queen Anne record store, is closing after serving the Emerald City for more than a dozen years. Many are bemoaning the loss of the Queen Anne record store, but what about you? Do record stores matter to you? I mean, do they really matter? Do you still buy music from stores, and how much?

With music available online through iTunes and services like Spotify, why do we still need record stores? Ross Reynolds talks with local music writer Charles Cross, Sarah Moody from Hardly Art and Eli Anderson from Neumos and takes listener calls.

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Decoding Contemporary Art
12:12 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Yoko Ott Loves Contemporary Art And So Should You

Freelance visual-arts curator Yoko Ott (left) hugs Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, director of the Frye Art Museum, after giving her a present on Danzker's birthday.
Alan Berner The Seattle Times

Contemporary art is a lot like baseball: you can't really enjoy it until you understand a few rules.   Nobody, not even the hippest art insider, is born appreciating abstract expressionism or conceptual performance. In fact, no two people will give you the same definition of contemporary art.  It can be anything, from abstract painting to live performance.

With her stylish clothing and regal bearing,  art educator and curator Yoko Ott looks like she was born in one of the world's great art capitals.  But appearances are deceiving.  "It doesn't get further away from the contemporary art scene than a little island in the middle of the Pacific," she laughs.

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Fire Investigation
6:51 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Dreamliner Electrical System Focus Of FAA Review

787 Dreamliner in flight.

Federal regulators are pledging a full-scale review of the design and build of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. In a news conference, the Federal Aviation Administration said it will get to the root cause of a set of problems, including last week’s fire on a Dreamliner at Boston's Logan Airport.

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Recession And Recovery
8:30 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Unemployed Workers Brace For End Of Federal Support

Christopher Clow in his former neighborhood, Seattle's University District.
Carolyn Adolph KUOW

Correction: This story has been corrected to show that of the 120,000 people who were cut off unemployment benefits before they found a job from summer to 2008 to November 2012, 70 percent have not yet found work.

A program Congress has extended 10 times over the last four years is expected to end this month. The emergency unemployment compensation program has been a safety net for 400,000 people in Washington since the summer of 2008. Four years later 70 percent of people who were cut off from benefits before they found work are still looking. That's about 84,000 people.

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Federal Policy
5:17 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Supreme Court Rulings Could Benefit Same-Sex Couples In Washington

Alice Goodman and Jane Martin have been together for 21 years.
Courtesy of Jane Martin.

Washington’s law allowing same-sex marriage just took effect this week. And that could be not a moment too soon for same-sex couples hoping to receive marriage-related federal benefits.

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:56 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

A Very Long Engagement

Kate Schubert and Liz Newman have waited 15 years to get married in Washington state.
Credit Liz Jones / KUOW

What’s the opposite of a shotgun wedding? Try a 15-year engagement.  Seattle couple Kate Schubert and Liz Newman joke they’ve waited that long for the right to get married in their home state.  The wait is almost over. On December 6, same-sex marriage will be legal in Washington.  Now, Kate and Liz are eager to take the next step.

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Law
7:52 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Marijuana Use Becomes Legal This Week But Many Questions Remain

Martha Koester supported I-502 and hopes to use marijuana for her insomnia.
Amy Radil

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has been a longtime supporter of legalizing marijuana. But when he was elected in 2009, he said he never would have imagined that his goal would be achieved so quickly. This week Initiative 502 takes effect, or at least the part of it that allows people to possess small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.

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Marijuana and Marketing
1:29 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Seattle Web Entrepreneur's Efforts To Re-Brand Marijuana

Leafly.com has several features, including a color-coded chart that links different marijuana strains to specific diseases and symptoms.
Credit courtesy/Leafly.com

Marijuana has been historically cast as a dangerous drug for outcasts and societal dropouts. But with the passage of I-502, marijuana is going mainstream. A Seattle web entrepreneur is building tools for the masses to bring marijuana – and its users – into the 21st century.

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Taxes
11:59 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Are The Rich Taxed Enough? The Rich Say Yes ... And No.

The only things certain in life.
Flickr Photo/Paul Stumpr

President Barack Obama is meeting today with members of Congress to try to avoid the fiscal cliff.  The president says he’ll let Bush-era tax cuts for families earning over $250,000 a year expire.  House Republicans are opposed.

Seattle ​entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer would pay more if the tax cuts expire and he thinks he should. Ross Reynolds speaks with Hanauer, business owner Mark Peterson, and policy analysts Mark Guppy and Marilyn Watkins, and he asks listeners to weigh in with their opinion: Are the rich taxed enough?

Elections 2012
12:23 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Seattlites Talk Politics: Voter Panel, Part II

Last week we invited six members of our source community, KUOW’S Public Insight Network, to our studios in the University District to talk politics. We had a range of views including a self-described Socialist-Independent, a fiscal conservative, a right-leaning Democrat among others. Ross Reynolds sat down with Rob Franco, Rick Wear, Pam Okano, George Robertson, Reena Koshy and Linda Carlson and discussed federal and state issues.

Elections 2012
11:52 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Seattlites Talk Politics: Voter Panel, Part I

Host Ross Reynolds in the talk studio.
KUOW Photo/Ethan Sobotta

Last week we invited six members of our source community, KUOW’S Public Insight Network, to our studios in the University District to talk politics. We had a range of views including a self-described Socialist-Independent, a fiscal conservative, a right-leaning Democrat among others. Ross Reynolds sat down with Rob Franco, Rick Wear, Pam Okano, George Robertson, Reena Koshy and Linda Carlson and discussed federal and state issues. 

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