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Budget Deal In Olympia
Everett Herald columnist and Weekday’s regular Olympia guru Jerry Cornfield brings us analysis of the tentative budget deal reached by state lawmakers.
 
Immigration Deal In DC
Yesterday's immigration reform vote is being hailed as a rare example of bipartisanship. The Senate voted 68 to 32 yesterday to overhaul the nation’s immigration system. It now heads to the House. We talk with Jill Jackson of CBS News from Washington, DC.

Rethinking How We Study Cancer
A scientist at Johns Hopkins University developed a mathematical model to better understand why some cancer tumors are resistant to cancer fighting drugs. Science reporter Carl Zimmer explains the study and how scientists are changing the way they think about cancer.

Pet Questions Answered
Got a difficult dog or cat? Pet trainer, Steve Duno, tackles your questions at 206.543.5869 (KUOW).  Also, is neutering dogs always a good idea?  

What Do Lobbyists Expect When They Take Washington State Lawmakers To Dinner?

May 31, 2013
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Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins joins Ross Reynolds with a special report on state lobbying efforts.  Plus, Austin and Ross discuss the late Republican Washington State Senator Mike Carrell of Lakewood.   

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This Week In Olympia
State lawmakers begin week three of the special legislative session today. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a look at what to expect.

Comic Actress Kate Hess Parodies Masterpiece Theater
Everyone loves “Downton Abbey” these days and Hollywood is paying attention by hiring British actors for American roles. Are American actors hired in Britain?  Not really. Katy Sewall talks with writer and actress Kate Hess about the British invasion in her costume-drama parody, “Murder Abbey.”

How Should Doctors Navigate The Various Beliefs Of Dying Patients?
Doctors treat a wide variety of patients. How well versed in world cultures and religion should doctors be?  And how do encounters with dying patients change doctors' views of death? Katy Sewall talks with retired pulmonary/critical care doctor Jim deMaine.

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

Olympia Update With Austin Jenkins

May 10, 2013
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Ross Reynolds gets a preview of next week's special legislative session from Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins.

Olympia, Human Trafficking, And Birds

Apr 29, 2013
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This Week In Olympia
With the end of the legislative session nigh, will lawmakers be able to wrap up their work or will there be a special session? Jerry Cornfield, reporter and political columnist for the Everett Herald, is waiting for answers along with the rest of us.

Breaking The Cycle Of Human Trafficking
In Kolkata, India’s red-light district, the New Light Foundation runs two centers that provide poor and abandoned girls with health care, meals, tutoring and in the case of 40 children, a roof over their head. Urmi Basu, founder and director of New Light, is now in the process of establishing a home for young boys so that they too can leave the red-light district.

The Beauty Of Endangered Birds
There are 590 bird species that are endangered or critically endangered. Some only live in captivity. Around the world there are places where only old nests and the memories of their songs remain. Photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Ed Scholes bring us the story of endangered birds.

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

Apr 26, 2013
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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.

News From Olympia, David Stockman, Covering Breaking News

Apr 22, 2013
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This Week In Olympia
The legislative session is almost over but lots of issues remain unresolved. Education funding is still up in the air, so is an agreement on a balanced budget.  Jerry Cornfield, reporter and political columnist for the Everett Herald is waiting for answers along with the rest of us.
 

David Stockman Takes The American Economy To The Woodshed
In 1985,  federal budget Director David Stockman was sharply rebuked by his boss, Ronald Reagan, for saying the president’s tax programs were trickle-down programs to help the rich. These days, author David Stockman is taking Ben Bernanke, Wall Street Banks and the Obama administration to the woodshed for printing money, running deficits and leaving the gold standard.
 

The Media’s Boston Bomber Frenzy
CNN went on the air with misinformation about the imminent arrest of suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. The front page of the New York Post identified the wrong men as suspects. Should audiences have any expectations for factual reporting during these fast moving stories? 

Roast Penguin? Jason Anthony On Antarctic Cuisine

Apr 15, 2013
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What is there to eat in Antarctica? Not much, though you could try penguin. In 1897, stranded Captain Georges Lecointe said penguin tasted like “beef, odiferous cod fish and a canvas-backed duck, roasted together in a pot with blood and cod-liver oil for sauce.” Desperate and trapped Antarctic explorers have eaten all kinds of awful things. Author Jason Anthony explains the culinary lengths people will go to in order to survive.

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

Apr 12, 2013
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Three budgets walk into a news cycle, but only one budget will leave. Ross Reynolds talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the latest from our lawmakers in Olympia. 

Adventures In Digestion With Mary Roach

Apr 8, 2013
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How does the human digestive system actually work? Why can competitive eaters eat so much, so fast? Why do we like certain food textures better than others? Science writer Mary Roach is the author of books including “Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife" and "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers." She answers these questions and more in her latest book, “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal."

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

Apr 5, 2013
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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. 

Favorite Interviews: Comedian David Alan Grier And Chef Eddie Huang

Apr 4, 2013
Fresh Off The Boat
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Our spring membership drive continues with two of our favorite recent interviews. First, we listen back to our conversation with actor and comedian David Alan Grier. He joined us in the studio to talk about his 30-year career in entertainment, from the theater to television's "In Living Color" to Broadway. Then, we revisit our talk with restaurateur Eddie Huang about food, hip-hop and the experience of growing up a first-generation immigrant in the US.

Nancy Pearl On Books That Made You Take Action

Apr 1, 2013
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During our spring pledge drive, we hope to inspire you to act by pledging your support to KUOW. Books, of course can inspire action, too. The destruction of books in the novel “Fahrenheit 451” spurred the characters to start memorizing texts! What book spurred you to action? What did you do? Maybe you got involved in a movement, changed jobs or traveled somewhere you never planned to go. Public radio librarian Nancy Pearl takes your calls at 800.289.5869 and your emails: weekday@kuow.org. Also this hour: The Everett Herald's Jerry Cornfield gives a look ahead at the week in Olympia.

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

Mar 29, 2013
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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. 

Mirror
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When you take stock of Seattle’s cultural institutions, you’ll often see the name Bagley Wright attached. More than 50 years ago, Wright helped transform the Seattle Art Museum from a small, family-run operation into what it is today. One of his final gifts to the museum he loved is “Mirror,” a permanent installation on SAM’s northwest facade that both the museum and the artist hope will spur urban conversation in downtown Seattle. Marcie Sillman talks with Virginia Wright about her husband’s legacy at Seattle Art Museum and throughout the city.

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

Mar 22, 2013
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It's crunch time in Olympia but it's been crunch time in Olympia before. What are the chances that we will have a definite state budget before the end of the legislative session?

Ross Reynolds talks budget and politics with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins.

NPR's Ira Flatow: Science Is Sexy

Mar 20, 2013
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Is science sexy? Public radio and TV journalist Ira Flatow thinks so. Every week, he turns scientific discoveries into conversation pieces on his radio program Science Friday. In his talk “Science is Sexy,” he argues that museums, zoos, TV shows and films have overtaken formal education as the main ways people learn about science. Whether it’s the Mars rover or the Large Hadron Collider, scientific research is a hot commodity. Is popular science good for science as a whole?

A Look Inside A Micro Apartment

Mar 18, 2013
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We've been taking a look at the rise of microhousing in Seattle. Tiny apartments that offer cheaper rent for less living space have been popping up in high demand neighborhoods like the University District and Capitol Hill. Some residents have voiced concerns over the new developments, fearing they skirt zoning laws and create too much density too quickly. Today, KUOW's Jeannie Yandel takes us inside a micro apartment. Also, we'll talk with Seattle microhousing developer Jim Potter.

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

Mar 15, 2013
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Where do we stand on universal background checks, education funding and impacts of the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration?

David Hyde checks in with everyone's favorite Olympia correspondent, Austin Jenkins for an update on the latest in state politics. 

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

Mar 8, 2013

Ross Reynolds talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the latest legislative action on education, environment, guns and the death penalty.

Why Are Used Cars So Valuable?

Feb 28, 2013
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Right now is a terrible time to buy a used car. But it’s an excellent time to sell a used car, especially here in Seattle. Sales of new cars plunged between 2008 and 2010, and that’s caused a shortage of used cars. According to Forbes, Seattle is the second worst city in the country to buy a used car. So why here? We'll get some answers from Micheline Maynard. She covers business and the automobile industry for Forbes and other publications.

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Today marks the last day for policy bills to leave committee in the state Legislature. That means the House and the Senate will swap bills and decide which ones to send to the governor.

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Drug-testing welfare recipients, Governor Inslee’s jobs package, the gun control debate, and extending the waiting period for divorce are just some of the topics that have been discussed by lawmakers in Olympia this week. Ross Reynolds talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the state of things in the state capital.

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Washington state is under a state Supreme Court mandate to adequately fund K-12 education. But Democrats and Republican disagree over increasing funding versus guaranteeing the money is used well. Ross Reynolds talks with Republican State Senator Steve Litzow who chairs the Early Learning and K-12 Education committee about what is being done to fund K-12 education.

Your Take On The News

Jan 25, 2013
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It’s Friday — time to talk over the news with Joni Balter, Eli Sanders and C.R. Douglas. President Obama spoke of unity and equality as he laid out his policy agenda for a second term. How will the message be received in Washington D.C.? Education and labor were the focus as lawmakers in Olympia got to work in the second week of the state legislative session. Also, Chris Hansen says he's struck a deal to bring the NBA back to Seattle, but officials in Sacramento promise they won't go down without a fight. What stories caught your attention this week? Write to us at weekday@kuow.org.

Rob McKenna
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After eight years as Washington state attorney general and an unsuccessful bid for governor, Rob McKenna is leaving public life. As the state’s top lawyer, the two-term Republican worked to crack down on sex trafficking, gang violence, identity theft and methamphetamine production. In 2010, McKenna joined a challenge to President Obama’s healthcare overhaul. The US Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act last summer. In November, McKenna was defeated by Democrat Jay Inslee in the 2012 gubernatorial race. Rob McKenna joins us to talk about his time in public office and what lies ahead.

State Legislature Convenes In Olympia

Jan 14, 2013
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Today marks the start of the Washington State Legislature’s 2013 regular session. Lawmakers have their sights set on education as a top priority — they'll be looking at both funding and measuring student success. They’ll also be working with a new governor, Jay Inslee, and a new balance of power in the state Senate. Publicola's Josh Feit joins us with a preview.

Lack of Transparency In State Legislature

Jan 3, 2013

Last session, Washington state legislators introduced some "title only" bills into committee — essentially blank legislation with the details to be filled in later. They also held hearings on some bills with only two hours public notice, violating the intent of their own rules. Jason Mercier of the Washington Policy Center tells us why he wants to see more accountability in Olympia through greater legislative transparency.

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week’s news with Joni BalterEli Sanders and Knute Berger. The state legislature doesn't convene until next month, but Olympia was the center of attention this week as a two Democrats joined with minority Republicans to take power in the senate. What stories caught your attention this week? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to weekday@kuow.org.

Washington state Democrats won't have sole control of Olympia in the coming legislative session after all. Two Democratic senators announced on Monday that they will caucus with the GOP to give Republicans a 25-24 bipartisan majority in the state senate. We talk with incoming Senate majority leader Rodney Tom of Medina.

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