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Afghan Reaction To Plea
1:43 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Afghan Massacre Survivors React To Bales' Guilty Plea

A rural village in Afghanistan
Credit Flickr photo/ Ricardo Mangual

Yesterday US Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales pleaded guilty to a brutal massacre. The night time killings took place on March 11 of last year in two small villages located near a remote military camp in Kandahar. Since the massacre Associated Press reporter Kathy Gannon has spent a lot of time with the survivors and the families of the victims in Afghanistan. She describes how they've dealt with the massacre's emotional aftermath.

There's something exceptional about this interview. While it's possible to get swept up into the international drama of an event like the Bales massacre, Gannon reminds us that at the center of the media storm there are ordinary people who have suffered.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, June 6:

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Aging Bridge Concerns
8:58 am
Tue June 4, 2013

King County Plans To Close Kent Bridge Earlier Than Scheduled

King County Executive Dow Constantine (left) accompanies inspectors during a recent review of the Alvord T. Bridge
King County

Correction 6/4/2013: A previous version of this story had a typographical error. The bridge is scheduled to be closed June 5, not June 6.

King County plans to close an old bridge near Kent earlier than originally scheduled, officials said Monday.

The Alvord T. Bridge is both structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. It’s the first such closure since last month’s I-5 bridge collapse in Skagit County.

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DNA Testing
8:52 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Supreme Court Decision Revives Washington State Debate Over DNA Collection

US Supreme Court Building
flickr/afagen

A legislator in Washington state says she will revive a bill that would make it easier for police to collect DNA samples. That’s in the wake of a US Supreme Court ruling Monday. The five-to-four ruling upheld a Maryland law that allows police to collect DNA samples at the time of arrest from people who are charged with certain violent crimes or sex offenses.

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Underground Trade
1:15 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Hiding In Plain Sight: How Human Trafficking Takes Place Right Under Our Noses

Credit WGBH

Slavery. When we hear that word, we often think of it as something in the distant past. But an underground network of human cargo thrives right under our noses.

Today, we hear the first in a special series on human trafficking. We'll start small, as police bust up a prostitution ring in a small Boston town. It's a story that could have happened anywhere. Here in Seattle, police busted a similar ring two years ago.

Boston investigative reporter Phillip Martin wanted to go deeper than the breaking stories of busts and find out what's beneath the surface. As he began unraveling the story, it took him all over the globe. Over the next couple of weeks, we'll follow him from Boston to Thailand to China and back, and over that period we'll discover that these stories of prostitution rings are part of a much larger story. It's a story that links two different kinds of men: the western man who believes Asian women are more willing to please, and the kidnapper who transports young girls across Southeast Asian borders.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, June 3:

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News Savvy
1:49 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Conversation News Quiz!

Don't just walk the walk, take the quiz!
Flickr Photo/An Untrained Eye

It’s public radio’s 11th most popular news quiz! This week’s qualifying contestant is a school teacher.

News From Olympia
1:02 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

The state capitol building.
Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

What makes this legislative session so special? Ross Reynolds talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about what is and isn't happening in our state's capitol.

Broadcast News
12:00 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Is The KOMO Sale An 'Oh No!' Sale?

Seattle TV and Radio is about to experience some big changes. Yesterday the Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it was buying Seattle-based Fisher Communications for about $373 million. Fisher owns 20 television stations including KOMO in Seattle, and four Fisher radio stations in Seattle, including KOMO. Other stations include KIMA and KEPR in Yakima and the Tri-Cities, KATU in Portland, KVAL in Eugene and KBOI in Boise. Ross Reynolds gets the skinny on Sinclair from Northwestern University professor Dan Kennedy.

News Savvy
12:21 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Conversation News Quiz!

Ken Jennings at The Singularity Summit on October 15, 2011.
Flickr Photo/singularitysummit

Normally on the Conversation news quiz, we ask about things that you would have heard on our show that week. Today on our special pledge drive edition, we are going to change it up a little bit. A listener still gets to play but we won’t just be asking about this week’s news and they won’t be on their own. One lucky listener is going to have some help from trivia master Ken Jennings.

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Government News
12:08 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

Washington state capitol.
Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

As we try and raise funds for our station, the legislators in Olympia are still at odds over their own budget. Ross Reynolds catches up on the latest news out of the state capitol with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins. 

News From Olympia
11:49 am
Fri March 29, 2013

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

Washington's capitol.
Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

The Governor's budget is out and both sides of the aisle are weighing in. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talks state politics with Ross Reynolds. 

News Savvy
11:46 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Conversation News Quiz!

Don't just walk the walk, take the quiz!
Flickr Photo/An Untrained Eye

A pope, an environmentalist and an actor walk into a bar. Well that is not exactly what happens in this week's Conversation news quiz, but hilarity does ensue. 

News Savvy
11:55 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Conversation News Quiz!

Have you been paying attention to The Conversation? Ross Reynolds tests the retention of one lucky Conversation listener in the weekly news quiz.

News Savvy
4:06 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Conversation News Quiz!

Don't just walk the walk, take the quiz!
Flickr Photo/An Untrained Eye

We know, we know. We obviously aren't mavericks when it comes to doing a listener news quiz on public radio, but we are jumping on the band wagon and bringing you a weekly news quiz! Ross Reynolds asks one lucky listener three questions from this week's news.

News Savvy
11:25 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Conversation News Quiz!

Don't just walk the walk, take the quiz!
Flickr Photo/An Untrained Eye

We know, we know. We obviously aren't mavericks when it comes to doing a listener news quiz on public radio, but we are jumping on the band wagon and bringing you a weekly news quiz! Ross Reynolds asks one lucky listener three questions from this week's news.

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