There’s no such thing as a normal you. Do you talk to your boss the same way you talk to your dog? Probably not. This is called code switching.
Inspired by NPR’s Code Switch, hosts Kadian Vanloo and Antonia Dorn share stories about why and how youth code switch:
Tamil is the mother tongue for both Ananya Shankar and her cousin, RadioActive's Kamna Shastri. But when Ananya visits the United States for the first time, Kamna notices her cousin only speaks to her in English.
RadioActive's Riley Guttman lives on Mercer Island where the African-American population is just over one percent. His black friend notices that when he walks in on a group of white friends, the conversation tends to change — and not how you might think.
Speaking of race, affirmative action was under scrutiny at the Supreme Court of the United States this week. It's been illegal in Washington state since 1998, but people still have opinions about it. RadioActive's Yafiet Bezabih asked Seattleites what they think.
Last week, Gallup reported that seven out of 10 people surveyed were not engaged at work. In fact, some people said that they are actively disengaged. New York Times opinion writer Tim Egan blames the disengagement on bad bosses and has some tips for bad bosses. But what makes a good boss? Who was the best boss that you ever had and what made them so great? Ross Reynolds gets some tips on how to be a good boss from Paul Yoste, professor of Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. Ross also talks with callers about what makes a good boss.
There’s a new phenomenon in relationships: LAT. It stands for Living Apart Together. And it refers to couples who choose to live separately. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates 1.7 million married couples in the US have made that choice. Separate apartments in the same building, different houses in the same city -- couples are finding new ways to maintain independence while being a duo. Ross Reynolds talks to Dr. Julie Gottman, the co-founder and Clinical Director of The Gottman Institute where she helps couples strengthen their relationships, about how important that independence is to relationships.
Credit From the Port Townsend High School Facebook page.
Port Townsend High School has decided to retire the Redskin mascot. A few years ago, Issaquah High School changed their mascot from Indians to Eagles. What's the direction of racial mascots locally and nationally?
Last Monday, the Port Townsend School Board voted to retire their Redskin mascot of 88 years. But while Port Townsend’s redskin mascot is on the outs, there are still many Indian mascots in the United States. The Washington DC Redskins, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Atlanta Braves. Opponents to these Indian mascots say they are offensive and outdated. Ross Reynolds talks to documentary film maker Jay Rosenstein about the growing controversy over the use of Indian mascots in sports.
The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act was big news yesterday and the coverage and analysis continues today. Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in the decision caught the eye of language lover and writerBen Zimmer. On the 22nd page of his dissent Justice Scalia used the term argle-bargle. Zimmer, language columnist for the Boston Globe, explains the strange word to Ross Reynolds.
What’s The Deal With The Budget? Jordan Schrader of the Tacoma News Tribune reports on the latest happenings in Olympia.
The Legacy Of Nelson Mandela Robert Taylor, former dean of Seattle's St. Mark's Cathedral, was born and raised in South Africa. He bore witness to the breakdown of apartheid. He reflects on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
Radio Retrospective: Protecting Kids Parents worried about what children heard on the radio, just like they worry about television, movies and video games today. During radio’s heyday, it was estimated that there were 1,500 murders a week on the air. As a result, strict guidelines were put in place for kids' shows. Did they work?
Recommended Eating Food writer Sara Dickerman recommends a lunch spot and a cookbook.
President Obama Visits Africa President Obama is making his third and longest trip to Africa, his first visit since winning reelection. The president intends to “reinforce the US' commitment to expanding economic growth” in Africa. We talk with Witney Schneidman, nonresident fellow with the Africa Growth Initiative.
Art Of Our City: Dueling Queensrÿches Fans of the Seattle band Queensrÿche have a lot be psyched about this week: a brand new album and two live shows. Queensrÿche performed last night at The Crocodile, and they’ll perform again this Saturday night at The Moore. Problem is, it’s actually two different bands, both using the name Queensrÿche. Following a huge fight last summer, the band split in two. What’s going on here? Decibel Magazine editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian helps us sort it out.
Seattle Transgender Pride The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this week, paving the way for same-sex married couples to receive the same federal rights and protections afforded to heterosexuals. The ruling is celebrated within the LGBT community as a huge step towards equality. But for transgender people – the T in LGBT – discrimination and inequality is still a very real and pressing threat across the country.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer served the community with a print edition for more than 140 years. When the newspaper shut off the presses in 2009, a group of reporters formed the investigate journalism website InvestigateWest. One of the goals of the nonprofit is to “set the policy agenda through powerful, independent journalism.” Are they doing it? Jason Alcorn is InvestigateWest's associate director. He talked with David Hyde about what their journalists are digging into.
Canada, Culture And Commerce: Vaughn Palmer, Robert Horton, Jon Talton A huge, destructive flood hit Alberta causing an estimated $5 billion in damage. Canadian correspondent Vaughn Palmer gives us the lay of the land. Film critic Robert Horton joins us to preview two documentaries about music: "20 Feet from Stardom" and "Secret Disco Revolution." Then in business news, Jon Talton examines excessive CEO pay.
How To Exercise Weight training, cardio, intensive intervals, 20 minutes a day, or three times a week: There is a plethora of advice on what the best or most effective workout regimen is, but how do you parse through the different studies and recommendations to find the most beneficial exercise for you? Priscilla Bell is a certified fitness professional with over 20 years of experience. She demystifies exercise and explains the best practices for a healthy workout.
Are Thousands Of Bad Bosses Making American Workers Unhappy? Last week Gallup released a poll suggesting that seven out of 10 workers are “checked out” or “actively disengaged” at work. Columnist Timothy Egan says our bosses are to blame.
Seattle pioneer descendant Brewster Denny passed away this past Saturday from natural causes. He was 88 years old. Denny spent much of his life as a champion of local history, and for many, he was a living embodiment of Seattle’s pioneer era.
Most of us adjust the way we speak for the person or people we’re speaking to. It could be as subtle as speaking a little more slowly and happily when talking to a small child. Or it could be as obvious as changing to another language. There’s a term for this shift - it’s called code-switching. Jeannie Yandel talked with listeners about when they code-switch and why they do it.
Carl Hiassen is a novelist and a columnist for the Miami Herald. His satirical portraits of South Florida characters, from corrupt officials to evil developers, resonate with readers all over the globe. His books have been translated into 27 languages. They include "Strip Tease" and "Native Tongue." His latest novel is called "Bad Monkey." He talked with David Hyde about his latest novel, and why he loves to skewer his home state of Florida.
Study Finds Improvement Among Nation's Charter Schools A new study out of Stanford University shows charter schools across the country are both attracting more students and, in some cases, doing a better job of educating them than public schools. We talk with study leader Dr. Margaret Raymond of Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes.
Seattle Times Tries To Help Solve a Mystery If you read the Seattle Times, on Sunday you might have noticed a front-page story about a mystery woman who died in 2010. It turns out not even her husband knew her true identity. Investigators are still trying to figure out who she was, and the Seattle Times is asking its readers to help. We talk with reporter Maureen O’Hagan.
Greendays Gardening Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, native plant expert and vegetable gardening expert. They answer your gardening questions every Tuesday.
U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Voting Rights Act The U.S. Supreme Court issued another of its long-awaited decisions, this one on the landmark 1964 Voting Rights Act. The Court ruled 5-4 to strike down a provision of the law that involves federal oversight for states with a history of racial discrimination in voter registration. How might the ruling affect current charges of voter suppression? We talk with attorney and voting rights advocate Brenda Wright.
New Music Recommendation Are you stuck in a music listening rut? We are surrounded by new music and innovative artists. Branch out! Paul De Barros, critic for the Seattle Times, recommends jazz violinist Zach Brock.
What’s In Your Food? Take a look at a food label. Under the list of ingredients there are sure to be items you recognize, but what about polyglycerol? Aspartame? Or phosphoric acid? The Food Additives Amendment of 1958 was enacted to make sure chemical ingredients were safe for consumption, but how does the FDA monitor all of the chemicals and ingredients food producers use? Professor Marion Nestle, from the department of nutrition food studies and public health, explains what goes into the food we consume and how to be a more informed consumer.
The Weather And Hike Of The Week Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.