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Week In Review
12:11 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Find Out What All The Twitching Is About This Week

Twitch interactive: not just for younger siblings any more.
Flickr Photo/Sean Dreilinger (CC-BY-NC-ND)

What a week! A website we've never heard of is snapped up by Amazon for a billion dollars. Called Twitch, it allows people to watch other people play video games.

Also, Weyerhaeuser announces it's moving its forest to the big city, Burger King buys out a Canadian institution and we ask, are Seahawks fans becoming spoil sports?

Bill Radke discusses those issues and more with our panel of journalists: Crosscut's Knute Berger, The Stranger's Eli Sanders, Civic Cocktail's Joni Balter and LiveWire's Luke Burbank.

Maritime Industry
3:17 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Port Of Seattle Hopes New Boss Means Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Flickr Photo/ArtBrom (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Gail Tarleton, state representative and former Port of Seattle commissioner, about the future of maritime in the region after the Port named Ted J. Fick as its new boss.

Labor
1:59 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Seattle Can Raise The Minimum Wage, But Can They Enforce It?

Demonstrators in Seattle formed a human chain around City Hall in support of a $15 minimum wage in April.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Marcie Sillman talks with Jason Alcorn, associate director of Investigate West, about their new report into wage theft in Washington state and Seattle.

News From Canada
1:59 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Burger King Buys Canada! Or At Least Their Beloved Coffee Chain

Flickr Photo/Mike Mozart (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Les Leyne, legislative reporter for the Victoria Times Colonist, about the latest news from the north, including the recent purchase of Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons by Burger King.

Twitch Acquisition
2:52 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Amazon Buys Video-Gaming Service For $1 Billion

Marcie Sillman speaks with Seattle Times business reporter Jay Greene about Amazon’s Monday acquisition of Twitch, a popular video-game viewing service.

Economy
2:25 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

'Fireworks Are Paying For The Meal': Tales Of The New Bartering System

Marcie Sillman talks with St. Lawrence University economist Steven Horwitz about new bartering exchanges and how they compare to bartering of the past.

Financial Crisis
3:01 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Bank Of America's Penalty: As Big As It Seems?

Ross Reynolds talks with Dean Baker, co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, about the almost $17 billion settlement against Bank of America and why it's not as big as it seems.

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Action Comics #1
2:40 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Federal Way Man Auctions Most Valuable Comic Ever

Credit The cover of "Action Comics: Number 1"

Ross Reynolds talks with Darren Adams, owner of the Federal Way comic book store Pristine Comics, about why he's auctioning off the most valuable comic of all time: "Action Comics #1" from 1938.

Technology
8:59 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Seattle: Up In The Computing Clouds

Computer servers in California
Credit Flickr photo / Roy Kaltschmidt (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Wall Street Journal technology reporter Shira Ovide about Seattle's role in cloud computing.

Video Killed The ...
9:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

How Seattle's Scarecrow Video Is Like A Kung Fu Movie

Matt Lynch works for Scarecrow Video
Credit Joshua McNichols / KUOW

Video stores are dead, they say.

Then how – and WHY – did the Seattle video store Scarecrow Video just raise $100,000 in a Kickstarter campaign?

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Venture Capitalism
3:04 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Why Invest Millions In Companies That Are Just Beginning?

Jeannie Yandel speaks with entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer about what investors look for when scoping out new projects.

Startup accelerator TechStars just started its fifth installment in Seattle, after having chosen ten startup companies out of a pool of 600 for a three-month crash course on development and pitching in the University District.

Retail And Unions
3:17 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

A Conversation With Striking Amazon Workers In Germany

Karl, a worker at a fulfillment center in Germany, said he'll grow his beard until union workers get a contract from Amazon.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds visited some of the workers who have participated in the strikes at Amazon fulfillment centers in Germany. The country is the second biggest market for the Seattle-based online retailer. While selling in Germany may be straightforward for Amazon, labor relations are not.

Since May last year, union employees at Amazon fulfillment centers in Germany have been gone on strike seven times for one to three days at a time.

Economic News
2:46 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Ferguson Economics: 'Suburbs Are The New Epicenter Of Poverty In America'

Protestors rally Sunday, Aug. 10, in response to the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by police in Ferguson, Mo.
AP Photo/Sid Hastings

Ross Reynolds talks to Jon Talton, economics columnist for the Seattle Times and founder of the blog, Rogue Columnist, about the economic landscape of Ferguson, Missouri, and how it effects racial tensions.

“Now, there’s a lot more going on in Ferguson than just the economics, but we can’t be complacent here,” Talton said.

Workplace Safety
12:57 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

No Criminal Charges In Deadly Tesoro Refinery Explosion

Lew Janz of Anacortes was one of seven Tesoro workers killed by an April 2010 explosion at a refinery in Anacortes, Washington.
Credit Courtesy of Gordon Janz

The U.S. Department of Justice has closed its four-year criminal investigation into whether environmental and worker safety laws were broken leading up to the fatal Tesoro refinery blast.

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EarthFix Reports
7:49 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Oregon To Decide On Controversial Coal Export Dock Permit Monday

Members of the Yakima and Umatilla tribes say they fish here, where the Morrow Pacific coal export project has proposed to build a dock in Boardman.
Courtesy of Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 9:44 am

Oregon regulators plan to decide Monday whether to deny a permit for a coal export dock in Boardman to preserve tribal fishing on the Columbia River.

The Morrow Pacific coal export project needs a permit from the Oregon Department of State Lands to build a dock for coal barges. The project would ship nearly 9 million tons of coal from Wyoming and Montana to Asia. It would transfer coal shipments from trains to barges in Boardman, and load the coal onto ships at a dock in Clatskanie, Oregon.

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