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Westminster Kennel Club
4:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

One Step For Mutts, One Leap For Dogkind

Mutts will be allowed to compete in the Masters Agility Championship at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in February.
Flickr Photo/Pet Adviser

Ross Reynolds talks with Westminster Kennel Club spokesperson David Frei about the decision to include mixed-breed dogs in the upcoming Masters Agility Championship on Feb. 8 in New York City.

Rant
11:08 am
Fri January 17, 2014

KUOW Host Bill Radke Asks Seahawks' Fans: 'Why Do You Even Care?'

Bill Radke, normally an optimist, ho-hums at the Seahawks mania that has consumed Seattle. "Do the Seahawks seem in any way Seattle-ish to you?" he asks.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

We’ve been talking this week about the appeal of being a fair-weather sports fan and joining a community that’s rooting for the same thing. In Seattle at the moment, that’s obviously the Seahawks. On Sunday, they play the San Francisco 49ers.

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Politics
9:09 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Move To Ban Pit Bull Bans

Zak Thatcher and her bull terrier Ozzy drove four hours to show their support for breed-neutral legislation.
Taylor Winkel Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 9:36 am

Payette County, Idaho bans pit bulls. Medford, Oregon is considering a ban of its own. But some Washington state representatives want to ban the bans.

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Olympic Games
3:31 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Is Russia Ready For The Winter Olympics?

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will start February 7.
Flickr Photo/Ryan Lejbak

Marcie Sillman discusses the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics with Jill Dougherty, former CNN foreign affairs correspondent.

Dougherty spoke at the University of Washington's Ellison Center about the state of Russia and U.S. affairs.

Sports
3:31 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Seahawks One Win Away From Reaching Super Bowl

The Seattle Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, Jan. 19.
Flickr Photo/Mike Morris

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer about the Seattle Seahawks' chances of reaching the Super Bowl.

StoryCorps
7:51 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Dave Isay On The 'Ties That Bind'

Dave Isay's book "Ties That Bind."

Ten years ago, Dave Isay began StoryCorps by building a soundproof booth in Grand Central Terminal. People arrived in pairs to interview each other about their lives.

Today, StoryCorps airs stories weekly on NPR, and more than 30,000 interviews have been recorded and archived in the Library of Congress. Isay has also compiled some of the stories into books. His most recent is called “Ties That Bind: Stories of Love & Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps.”

He spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on December 17, 2013.

Dance
6:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Olivier Wevers: Making Dance On A Whim

Choreographer Olivier Wevers works with a dancer on one of his contemporary pieces.
Credit Courtesy of Bamberg Fine Art

Olivier Wevers remembers the first time he took a dance class; It ended badly. Wevers' mother found her very young son crying at the side of the dance studio.

"They gave me tights to wear," Wevers said. "I wanted a tutu."

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Internet Service
4:06 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

What Net Neutrality Court Ruling Means For Consumers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules on Tuesday.
Flickr Photo/Jonathan Moreau (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with CNET News senior writer Maggie Reardon about Tuesday's federal appeals court decision that says Internet service providers aren't required to treat all Internet traffic equally.

News From Canada
10:50 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Neil Young‘s Opposition To Oil Sand Mining In Canada

Musician and Canadian Neil Young.
Flickr Photo/NRK P3

Marcie Sillman talks over the news from Canada with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer, including Neil Young’s environmental stance, issues with the flu season, and effects of the latest exchange rate.

India
9:33 am
Wed January 15, 2014

A Burned Baby: The Night That Changed Sister Kurien's Mission

Maher was established to help women and children from impoverished or abusive situations find a new home.
Credit From Maher's Facebook page.

Gaus Said was 6 and working as a mechanic in India when a social worker spotted him and connected him with Sister Lucy Kurien.

“Didi told me, 'You want to go to school?'” he said, using the affectionate name for an older sister in India. “And I was very happy. And I came to Maher. Didi took me with her that night.” Fourteen years later, Said said that night changed his life.

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Hint: Not Here
7:51 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Where In The World Is The Best Place For Healthy Eating?

The U.K. has plenty of fresh produce available, such as these vegetables on display at a garden show in Southport, England. But these healthy options cost more in the U.K. than in any other country in Western Europe.
Christopher Furlong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 1:03 pm

The Dutch are known for their lax drug laws, tall statures and proficient language skills.

Perhaps we should add stellar eating habits to that list, as well.

The Netherlands ranked as the easiest country in the world in which to find a balanced, nutritious diet, the advocacy group Oxfam reported Tuesday.

France and Switzerland shared the second slot. And Western Europe nearly swept the top 20 positions, with Australia just edging into a tie for 8th.

Where did the U.S. land?

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'Thrills, Chills And Daring'
6:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

A Circus Of Middle-Aged Women

Members of Vashon Island's 50 Sense Circus rehearse for a performance.
Credit From 50 Sense Circus' Facebook page.

You've probably seen a circus at some point in your life: maybe it was the traditional three-ring extravaganza, or perhaps a glitzy Cirque de Soleil performance with aerialists.

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Author Interview
3:09 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Joseph Cirincione On The Threat Of 'Nuclear Nightmares'

Author Joseph Cirincione in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Jeannie Yandel

Ross Reynolds talks with author Joseph Cirincione about his latest book “Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late.” 

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South Sudan Conflict
3:05 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Leaving Home, Local Refugee On The Conflict In South Sudan

The conflict in South Sudan has displaced thousands of people from their homes.
Flickr Photo/European Commission DG ECHO

Marcie Sillman speaks with Moses Monynhial Dut, a student and maintenance engineer for Seattle's Smith Tower, about his journey out of South Sudan and how he views the conflict today.

Gifts
12:37 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Weird Stuff World Leaders Give Each Other

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds up a pair of Idaho potatoes as a gift for Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, standing right, at the start of their meeting at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Paris on Monday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 4:33 pm

You say potato, John Kerry says let's give it to Russia.

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