Amazon To Uber Drivers: Work Here Instead!

Sep 30, 2015

Kim Malcom talks to Wall Street Journal reporter Greg Bensinger about Amazon Flex, the e-commerce giant's new on-demand delivery system, and what it means for rideshare companies like Uber.

Ross Reynolds talks to Porter Erisman, a former vice president at Alibaba -- the biggest e-commerce site on the Web -- about his new book, "Alibaba's World: How A Remarkable Chinese Company is Changing the Face of Global Business."

 Grist's Katie Herzog, Crosscut's Knute Berger, KUOW's Bill Radke and Seattle Channel's Joni Balter in the KUOW offices on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.
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Bellevue High School’s dominant football program is investigated over an alleged “diploma mill.” Gun rights groups sue Seattle over its “gun violence tax.” Has Amazon energized Seattle or ruined it?

Bill Radke reviews the week’s news with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter and Grist’s Katie Herzog.

The inside of the elevators at Amazon headquarters in Seattle. People who work at Amazon refer to themselves as Amazonians.
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After a New York Times' expose on exacting worker conditions at Amazon, CEO Jeff Bezos said he was shocked -- and then asked for direct feedback from workers. 

Julia Cheiffetz, an executive editor at HarperCollins, took Bezos at his word. 

The ACLU placed a full-page ad in the Seattle TImes.
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Friday's Seattle Times newspaper contains a full-page ad from the American Civil Liberties Union. It’s an open letter to Amazon employees, offering to help sue the company if they believe their rights have been violated.  

A recent New York Times article about harsh workplace culture at Amazon called attention to how the online retailer handles evaluations: Any co-worker can critique another any time, anonymously. Less exhaustive versions of the peer performance review — or 360 review as they're often known — have been popular for several years.

Ross Reynolds talks with Kelly McBride, media ethicist at the Poynter Institute, about the backlash from the New York Times' story "Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace." The paper's public editor Margaret Sullivan has weighed in, saying the story was "driven less by irrefutable proof than by generalization and anecdote." Was the story fair? 

Why Does Amazon Think It's A Startup?

Aug 18, 2015

Ross Reynolds talks with Chris Devore, managing director of Techstars, about how Amazon can act like a startup even though it's really not one. is under fire after an article from the New York Times lambasted its workplace atmosphere.
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It’s a bruising, even brutal, workplace where an employee caring for a dying parent is seen as “a problem” and people cry at their desks. Or it’s an exhilarating place where even lower-level workers can change the way business gets done in America.

Geekwire co-founder Todd Bishop and the Seattle Times’ Jon Talton told KUOW's Ross Reynolds that a New York Times story over the weekend and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ passionate response to it provide an intriguing, complex look inside a company that has remade retail and the city it calls home.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Geekwire co-founder Todd Bishop about Amazon and other tech companies about their civic engagement.

Bookmarks commemorating Phinney Books for this year's Independent Bookstore Day.
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David Hyde speaks with author Jeopardy Champion and Tom Nissley, owner of Phinney Books, about Amazon's mixed impact on booksellers in Seattle. 

Jesse Jackson visited Seattle on Wednesday, asking that the tech industry focus on hiring more people of color and women.
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Rev. Jesse Jackson called out Amazon during a visit to Seattle on Wednesday.

“The board of the directors is all white in 2015,” Jackson said at Northeastern University’s newest building on South Lake Union. “Our challenge is not just to point the blame, but to point out the solution. Which is inclusion.”

Amazon shipping box
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Marcie Sillman rounds up the latest in Seattle-area tech news with Geekwire's Todd Bishop, including Amazon's new same-day delivery for customers in certain areas.

Amazon unveiled a new shopping tool for Prime members for certain products.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Geekwire's Todd Bishop about Amazon Dash, a new service the retailer hopes will make ordering Amazon goods as simple as pressing a button.

Goats graze near Interstate 5 in Seattle.
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When Amazon launched its Amazon Home Services this week, the stars of the new initiative were …


Seattle goats, specifically, ready to trim back your pesky shrubbery.