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Mayor's Race 2013
9:00 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Seattle Mayoral Candidates Staadecker And Harrell, And A New Push Against "Stand Your Ground"

Mayoral candidates Charlie Staadecker and Bruce Harrell.
From the candidates' Facebook pages.

Seattle Mayoral Candidate Charlie Staadecker
Seattle mayoral candidate Charlie Staadecker joins us to talk about his run ahead of the August 6 primary election.

"Stand Your Ground" Gets New Scrutiny After Zimmerman Verdict
While George Zimmerman didn’t end up using Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law in his defense in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the statute loomed large over his case. In an interview with CNN, one juror said that the jury had the state's "Stand Your Ground" law in mind when deciding Zimmerman’s fate. We talk with John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation, about a new push to repeal similar laws and the organization that has worked hard to get it on the books. 

Seattle Mayoral Candidate Bruce Harrell
Our series of interviews with each of Seattle's mayoral candidates continues with City Councilmember Bruce Harrell.

Mayor's Race
10:58 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Seattle Mayoral Candidate Mary Martin

Seattle mayoral candidate Mary Martin
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Meet Socialist Worker’s Party candidate for mayor of Seattle, Mary Martin. She says the next mayor of Seattle must defend the working class. What exactly would she do as mayor to protect the working class? Ross Reynolds talks to her about that and what else she would bring to the mayor’s office.

Asian-American Advocate
10:54 am
Tue July 16, 2013

The Legacy Of Kip Tokuda

  Former State Legislator Kip Tokuda passed away this weekend. The South Seattle Democrat served four terms in the House of Representatives. He was a champion for Asian-American rights, co-founding the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation to encourage young people for leadership roles in politics and nonprofit organizations. Ross Reynolds discusses his legacy with Jill NiShii, a longtime friend and former mentee of Tokuda.

Unused Vaults
10:21 am
Tue July 16, 2013

State Acknowledges Washington Data Center Was Overbuilt

Consolidated Technology Services. This image shows one of the “built out” data halls in Washington’s new data center.

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 3:58 pm

Critics of Washington’s new $300 million data center complex have been saying for years that it was overbuilt. Now, the state acknowledges as much. In a new report, Washington’s Chief Information Officer concludes two of the four data halls will not be needed.

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Seattle Mayor Race
10:00 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Seattle Mayoral Candidate Douglas McQuaid, And Greendays

Flickr Photo/miggslives

Mayoral Candidate Douglas McQuaid
Seattle Mayoral candidate Douglas McQuaid joins Weekday to discuss the issues he feels are important to the city ahead of the August primary.

The Hidden Dangers in Common Beauty Products
People use a lot of products to stay clean and attractive. Lotion, shampoo, deodorant, face cream, sunblock, and cosmetics are commonplace, but do we know what’s in them? Shampoos often contain sulfates and parabens which can be hormone disrupters. Lotions often contain propyleneglycol which is used to make anti-freeze. Chemicals in some sunscreens are linked to cancer in women. In a complicated world of long unknown chemical names, what can we use to stay clean and attractive without hurting our bodies inadvertently? Why aren’t these products better regulated?

Greendays Gardening Panel
Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, native plant expert, and vegetable gardening expert. They answer your gardening questions every Tuesday.   

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Seattle City Council Race
9:41 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Surprise, Seattle! City Council Members Are Up For Election, Too

The crowded Seattle mayor's race is sucking up a lot of attention, so you may be surprised to know there are contested City Council races on your primary ballot as well. 

Four incumbent City Council members are up for re-election: Nick Licata, Sally Bagshaw, Mike O'Brien and Richard Conlin.

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Seattle Mayor Race
9:00 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Seattle Mayoral Candidate Kate Martin, And Author Chuck Klosterman

Mayoral candidate Kate Martin
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Sakara Remmu On Zimmerman's Acquittal
The verdict in the George Zimmerman trial sparked protests, copious editorials and even riots across the country this week with many voices calling for more dialogue around racism in the US. To that end, we speak with local activist, writer and self-described “mother of black children” Sakara Remmu.

Mayoral Candidate Kate Martin
Seattle Mayoral candidate Kate Martin joins Weekday to discuss the issues she feels are important to the city ahead of the August primary.

Chuck Klosterman On Grappling With Villains
What is is about the bad guy, or girl, that’s so alluring?  From Robert Redford and Paul Newman as con men in “The Sting” to the murderous drug dealer Omar Little of HBO’s “The Wire,” we have an increasing fascination with the villains in our culture.  At least, that’s what writer Chuck Klosterman thinks.  He expands on his ideas in a new book called “I Wear The Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)."

The Weather And Hike Of The Week
Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.

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Mayor's Race 2013
10:55 am
Mon July 15, 2013

McGinn Makes The Case For A Second Term

Mayor Mike McGinn, who is running for re-election this year.
Flickr Photo/Mayor McGinn

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn faces tough competition in his campaign for re-election. He came to office as a political outsider, championing public transit and environmental issues. But many question whether he has followed through on his campaign promises. Ross Reynolds talks with Mayor McGinn about what he would bring to a second term in office.

Washington State Budget
10:08 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Tax Break For Russell Investments Riles House Finance Chair

Washington House Finance Chairman Reuven Carlyle. Credit: Washington Legislature

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 6:00 pm

It was the legislative equivalent of a buzzer beater. Just as the Washington legislature was about to adjourn last month, the House and Senate quickly passed a series of tax breaks mostly for businesses. They included exemptions for dance clubs, mint growers, dairy products and this one: digital data used by international investment firms.

That last one will largely benefit a single global firm – Seattle-based Russell Investments. This tax break passed despite efforts to close these kinds of loopholes.

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Seattle Mayor Race
9:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

News From D.C., Ed Murray, And "Eating On The Wild Side"

Mayoral candidate Ed Murray
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

News From D.C.
We preview the week ahead in Washington, D.C., with Jill Jackson, Capitol Hill Producer for CBS News.

Mayoral Candidate Ed Murray
Seattle Mayoral candidate Ed Murray joins Weekday to discuss the issues he feels are important to the city ahead of the August primary.

Eating Wild With Jo Robinson
Eating healthy isn’t really as simple as eat your fruits and veggies. Author and investigative journalist Jo Robinson examines the nutrients in our fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs and dairy products. Jo explains how we can get the most benefits from our food in her book “Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health.”

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Threats To Infrastructure
8:31 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Bridges In Washington Suffer Repeated Hits

The southbound Highway 101-Simpson Avenue bridge between Hoquiam and Aberdeen is one of the most hit bridges in Washington, and it is also considered fracture-critical.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

There are more than 200 bridges in Washington that could collapse if a key part fails. They’re classified as being fracture-critical, just like the Interstate 5 span that plummeted into the Skagit River in May after it was hit by an oversized load. Out of those fracture-critical bridges, at least three others have been struck multiple times in the past five years. Experts say repeated bridge strikes can potentially cause catastrophic problems.

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Target Shooting
10:23 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Forest Service, BLM Ban Exploding Targets In Northwest

Rik Rose Flickr

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 4:18 pm

Federal land managers have banned the use of exploding targets on public lands in the Northwest. The concern is wildfires.

Fire investigators suspect exploding targets sparked at least half a dozen wildfires in Washington and Idaho over the past year. The chemical explosives give target shooters instant feedback that they've hit their mark from long range.

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Privacy
12:10 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Freedom Foundation Fishing For Search Terms

The Olympia-based Freedom Foundation has filed records requests with four Washington state agencies asking for employee emails and other records containing certain words, including “tea party,” “Catholic,” “Mormon” and “redneck.” Why? Ross Reynolds talks with Glen Morgan, the property rights director with the Freedom Foundation.

Higher Education Costs
12:01 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Price Of Higher Education Gets Even Higher

UW students protest rising student loan costs last year.
Flickr Photo/Morgan Davis

Congressional inaction results in higher student loan interest payments. It will cost the average student $2,600. Ross Reynolds talks with Megan Davis, the senior associate director of University of Washington's Office of Student Financial Aid about what this will mean for students at the University of Washington. 

Pioneer Square Outhouses
11:56 am
Thu July 11, 2013

City Responds To Need For Potty In Pioneer Square

A Portland Loo
Flickr Photo/Ian Fisher

Earlier this week we heard from a Pioneer Square businesswoman Joanna Urrego, who built her own portapotty in an effort to keep people from doing their business in the alley. Well the city has its own plan for public restrooms in Pioneer Square using a what’s called the Portland Loo. Ross Reynolds gets the details from Gary Johnson from Seattle's Department of Planning and Development. 

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