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In the aftermath of disasters like earthquakes, fires and severe weather events, the rush to both alert and check on family and friends can crash telecommunications networks. During the freak 2011 Virginia earthquake, which rattled the nation's capital and damaged the Washington Monument, panicked phone calls quickly overloaded the phone network.

Facebook's newest tool, known as Safety Check, aims to allow people to quickly alert friends and family that they are safe after a natural disaster.

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This week City Light’s leader lost $60,000, Facebook lost credibility and the U.S. men's team lost at the World Cup, as always. But KUOW's Bill Radke welcomes a winning panel: Knute Berger, Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas, Luke Burbank and special guest, Monica Guzman.

(Bonus: Name that new Seattle water taxi!)

Marcie Sillman talks to Todd Bishop, tech writer and co-founder of Geekwire about the growing tech industry in the Northwest and Facebook's secret study into manipulating the emotions of its users.

This post was updated at 10:30 a.m. ET on March 6.

Facebook said Wednesday that it will limit minors' access to pages and posts that offer firearms for sale, along with other measures intended to curtail illegal gun trafficking.

"This is something we've been working on for a while," says Facebook spokesman Matt Steinfeld. "We want to balance the interests of people who come here to express themselves while promoting an environment that is safe and respectful."

Facebook Adds More Gender Options US Users

Feb 26, 2014
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Steve Scher talks with Amanda Lock Swarr, associate professor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington, about gender identity. Facebook recently added more than 50 additional gender options for users in the U.S.

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Steve Scher talks with Todd Bishop of Geekwire about Nokia's new Android phones and Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of the text messaging app WhatsApp.

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Somewhere, out there, is a profile of you. A file containing information about who you hang out with, what music you listen to and what you like to buy. APM's Stacey Vanek Smith went diving to find out what marketing companies knew about her. The two words that bothered her the most: "markedly single."
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From Hari Kondabolu's Facebook page.

What Are The Privacy Concerns Over Facebook’s Graph Search?
Throughout its lifespan, Facebook has been all about change -- a seemingly endless overhaul of its design and how the site functions. But here’s something that’s remained steady: complaints from users about privacy. Facebook’s latest innovation is called graph search. It allows users to comb their friends’ Facebook pages and public pages to find specific answers to specific questions. Since rolling out this week, graph search is raising concerns about privacy. So what are they? And how can Facebook users lock down data that they don’t want to be shared?

Comedian Hari Kondabolu
A couple of times throughout the year comedian Hari Kondabolu makes the trip from New York to Seattle to test out his material in front of the local audience. When he is not working on stand-up he is writing for and appearing on the FX show Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell as well as recording a podcast with his brother called The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast.  In his stand-up, Hari works through issues like racism, sexism, immigration and gentrification, challenging the audience as much as entertaining them. He joins us to discuss his work.

Radio Retrospective: Rocky Jordan
We look back at the show Rocky Jordan from radio’s Golden Age. Rocky runs a bar. He also runs into trouble every episode. The show is one of many Golden Age detective dramas featuring characters that aren’t detectives!  It also happens to be Steve Scher’s favorite drama recently.

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!

Political Activity Skyrockets On Social Media

Apr 25, 2013
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Nearly 40 percent of Americans engaged in political activity on social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter in the 2012 campaign.  That’s a dramatic increase from 2008 when only 26 percent of the population even used a social networking site, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.  KUOW’s Ross Reynolds takes a closer look at the new study with Pew researcher Aaron Smith.

Episode 36: RadioActive Is In A Relationship With Facebook

Jan 31, 2013
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Molly Freed

In RadioActive's first podcast of 2013, hosts Antonia Dorn and Ann Kane bring us a story from producer Molly Freed who talks about how she learned to have a healthy relationship with her Facebook page. Then we ask the question: Why do you use Facebook?

You'll have to listen to find out what the slang of the month is. Hint: Nicki Minaj.