The Seattle Police Department has had a difficult couple of years. A strongly critical Department of Justice report found widespread excessive use of force. A federal judge is now overseeing a plan to fix the problem.
But one bright spot in the media has been the police presence on the web and social media. Contrary to what you might expect, SPD's blog is pretty entertaining. For example one web post, MarijWhatNow, about how Seattle police would deal with legalized marijuana, drew worldwide attention and earned the "best new thing in the world today" title from the Rachel Maddow Show.
When Facebook shows you an ad for the pasta that you had for dinner that night, you might feel a little squirmy, find it creepy even. But what exactly is the worry of companies having access to more personal data? University of Washington law professor, and co-founder of UW's Tech Policy Lab, Ryan Calo, has been trying to answer that question. Ross Reynolds talks with Calo about the use and regulation of big data.
In his new book “Traveling Sprinkler,” novelist Nicholson Baker tells the story of a 55-year-old poet’s obsession with electronic dance music, Debussy, and his ex girlfriend who works as a local NPR radio host. Baker has written nine novels and five books of non-fiction and speaks with The Record's Ross Reynolds.
What’s there left to say about Bruce Springsteen? He burst into national consciousness in 1978 on the success of his hit album "Born to Run" and his face was featured on the cover of Time and Newsweek magazines. Since then he’s been exhaustively interviewed and analyzed. However, Peter Ames Carlin’s biography "Bruce," covers new ground to even the most avid fans. The author speaks with Ross Reynolds.
Earlier this month, a University of Washington researcher was able to send a brain signal over the internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher. What do emerging brain technologies mean for the future of privacy and identity? Sara Goering joins us with some answers – and some questions. She’s a professor of philosophy at the UW and she leads the ethics thrust at the UW Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.
Seattle Sounders soccer fans are loud. The problem is some of their chants using nasty language are leaking into the broadcast booth and over the air during games. We’ll ask Keith Hodo, co-president of Emerald City Supporters, if they’ll clean it up.
It's not something you want to think about: excrement floating in our lovely oceans. Some boaters release their sewage into the water, but Washington's Department of Ecology is trying to change that. They are drafting a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency to classify the Puget Sound as a "no discharge zone." If approved, it would prohibit boaters from releasing any sewage — treated or untreated — in the Sound. Ross Reynolds talks with Department of Ecology supervisor Mark Henley.
It has been one year since the city of Seattle implemented its mandatory sick leave law. The ordinance is meant to establish standards for paid sick days and ensure that employers provide a minimum amount of paid time off for employees. So how is the law working out for employers? The Seattle City Council has commissioned a University of Washington study to evaluate the law.
Jennifer Romich, an associate professor in the school of social work at UW has been leading the research, she just released the results from a series of interviews conducted with 24 employer and spoke with David Hyde about her findings.
On October 19, downtown Seattle will be invaded by geek girls. That’s when the 3rd annual GeekGirlCon kicks off at the Washington State Convention Center. Maybe you’re wondering, what exactly is a geek girl? And why does she need her own convention?
Amy Peloff has the answers. She’s assistant director of the University of Washington’s comparative history of ideas program. She teaches classes in gender, sexuality and women’s studies. She told Marcie Sillman that defining geek girls is a bit like defining pornography. You may not be able to pin down the specifics, but you know it when you see it.
Pacific Northwest Ballet's Studio C is a big rehearsal hall, with the same dimensions as the stage at nearby McCaw Hall where PNB performs. Despite its size, on this afternoon the room feels packed to the gills.
At the time of his last game, Jamie Moyer had the most wins, losses and strikeouts of any active major league pitcher. He'd won a World Series championship with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. And at age 49, he became the oldest pitcher to record a win in the history of the majors.
But at age 30, Moyer thought he’d washed up in baseball. He’d been drummed out of two teams, he couldn’t throw a pitch anymore. He was nervous and upset and he wasn’t having any fun.
Then he spent a few days with the late sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman who taught Moyer ideas that he used for the next 20 years of his career. His new book with Larry Platt is “Just Tell Me I Can’t: How Jamie Moyer Defeated the Radar Gun and Defied Time.” He talked with Steve Scher at Safeco Field.
From "Happy Days" to "That '70s Show," TV writers love to tap into viewer nostalgia. This week ABC premieres "The Goldbergs" about a middle-class family living "in a simpler time called the '80s."
But Princeton University history professor Julian Zelizer says that suburban America during the Reagan years was anything but simple. He talks with David Hyde about the political changes that took place outside the home and continue to shape us today.
When you think of kale, do you conjure visions of raw greens, a little tough and chewy? Sometimes they're hard to eat, but you dutifully swallow them down because you know they're good for you.
Actually, foodwriter and former professional chef Sara Dickerman begs to differ. Dickerman says one way to consume your vitamins and enjoy them at the same time is to think outside the box when it comes to healthy foods. Take kale, for example.
On the streets of early 20th Century America, nothing moved faster than 10 miles per hour. Responsible parents would tell their children, "Go outside, and play in the streets. All day." And then the automobile happened. And then automobiles began killing thousands of children, every year.