This Week In Olympia Budget talks between state lawmakers have reached into a second special legislative session. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a look at what’s happening this week in Olympia.
An Ecologically Responsible Summer Ah, summer. Fire up the grill. Mow the lawn. Sprinkle the garden. Breathe in the AC. Wait! Is there a way to do all this in an ecologically friendly way? We get advice from Tom Watson, EcoConsumer.
"TransAtlantic" Author Colum McCann Bestselling author Colum McCann talks about his new novel "TransAtlantic."
Patent Trolls Explained This week President Obama proposed a series of reforms to crack down on “patent trolls.” One proposal would require patent holders to disclose their ties to other companies. We talk with professor Sean O’Connor of the University of Washington School of Law about whether or not patent trolls can be tamed by Congress.
New Science Meets Our Favorite Dinosaurs The creatures that have run, soared, slithered, paddled, pulsed and gyrated across water, sea and sky captivate our imaginations. Continuing research brings new theories, new data and new fossils to study. Brian Sweetek writes about our evolving understanding in “My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs.”
Radio Retrospective: Who Played It Better? Shows like “The Shadow” and “The Lone Ranger” had decade long runs during radio’s Golden Age. If an actor playing the title role resigned, executives hired someone new to play the part. Who played it better? We attempt to answer that question by listening to different actors playing the same role.
Recommended Eating Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!
What’s The Fate Of The M’s Leadership? Five years ago, Seattle Mariners’ General Manager Jack Zduriencik was hired to completely revamp a struggling franchise. Half a decade on, progress has been hard to find. The team is sitting near the bottom of their division. They’ve scored the second fewest runs in the American League. And their core of young hitters has been a huge disappointment. Weekday discusses the future of the Mariners with help from Larry Stone, who covers major league baseball for The Seattle Times.
Khaled Hosseini: "And The Mountains Echoed" In 2003, Afghan-born author Khaled Hosseini set the literary world ablaze with his best-selling novel “The Kite Runner.” Along with his 2007 follow-up “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” Hosseini has sold more than 38 million books around the world. His latest novel, “And The Mountains Echoed,” which spans six decades and several continents, tells the story of an Afghan family torn apart by time and distance. Told from the perspective of many characters, the sprawling narrative delves deep into what it means to be bonded by family.