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Science Education
9:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

NPR's Ira Flatow: Science Is Sexy

NPR science correspondent Ira Flatow.
Credit Courtesy Ira Flatow

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?

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Real Estate Development
10:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

A Look Inside A Micro Apartment

Microhousing construction in Capitol Hill.
Flickr Photo/Jseattle/Capitol Hill Seattle Blog

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.

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Washington State Politics
11:48 am
Fri March 15, 2013

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

Washington state capitol in Olympia.
Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

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. 

Political News
11:53 am
Fri March 8, 2013

This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins

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

Auto Sales
10:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Why Are Used Cars So Valuable?

"Sale" is spelled out in the open hoods of used cars at a Toyota dealership in Glendale, Calif.
Credit AP Photo/Reed Saxon

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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News From Olympia
11:44 am
Fri February 22, 2013

The State Of State Politics: Austin Jenkins Breaks Down This Week's News

Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

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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News Roundup
11:08 am
Fri February 15, 2013

The State Of State Politics: Austin Jenkins Breaks Down This Week's News

Austin Jenkins
N3 Photo/Chantal Andrea

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.

Education Funding
12:04 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Will Olympia Figure Out How To Fund K-12 Education?

Washington state capitol in Olympia.
Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova

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.

News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Your Take On The News

President Barack Obama announces in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, that he will nominate Mary Joe White, right, to lead the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), and re-nominate Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a role that he has held for the last year under a recess appointment.
Credit AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

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.

Politics
9:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

An Exit Interview With Former Wash. Attorney General Rob McKenna

Rob McKenna, Republican candidate for Washington governor, talks to supporters, while daughters, Madeline, Katie and wife Marilyn applaud, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Bellevue, Wash.
Credit AP Photo/Stephen Brashear

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.

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State Government
10:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

State Legislature Convenes In Olympia

Washington's Capitol.
Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova


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.

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State Government
9:00 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Lack of Transparency In State Legislature

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.

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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Your Take On The News

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.

Politics
9:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

GOP Coalition Takes Control In State Senate

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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