The greatest sports spectacle on Earth takes place this Sunday: the Super Bowl. As millions around the world take in the commercials, the halftime show — and, of course, the actual game — football is facing a crisis. Thirty-three deceased former NFL players have been found to have suffered from a degenerative brain disorder called CTE, brought on by years of head trauma and concussions. Even President Obama has expressed concern, telling The New Republic that if he had a son, “I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football.” It football safe for kids? We’ll take an in-depth look at the issue with youth football coach Chris Gradwohl and Dr. Kim Harmon of the University of Washington.
More than 1.5 billion people around the world practice Islam, the world’s second largest religion. But relatively few people know and understand Islam’s most important figure, the prophet Muhammad. Journalist and author Lesley Hazleton describes Muhammad’s life as a “journey from neglected orphan to acclaimed leader — from marginalized outsider to the ultimate insider.” She joins us for a conversation about her new book, "The First Muslim," the story of a man whose ideas and beliefs continue to change the world.
The debate over guns moved ahead in Washington, D.C., this week as President Obama called on Congress to strengthen America’s gun laws. In Seattle, officials are aiming to get illegal guns off the street by holding a buyback. Do buybacks work? We talk with King County Executive Dow Constantine about the push to reduce gun violence. Plus, the saga of the Sacramento Kings basketball team continues. Will they or won’t they come to Seattle? King County’s Executive Dow Constantine joins us. Have a question? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are we all in sales? Are most transactions — in school, with our children, at the coffee shop — about getting people to part with resources? Daniel Pink argues that "buyer beware" has been replaced with "seller beware." He joins us to talk about the ideas in his new book, "To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others."
Shopping malls have come to Russia. Investors as diverse as IKEA and Wall Street banks are funneling money into new Russian shopping centers. They are big, and very popular. Russian malls are anchored by grocery stores, where aisles full of fresh food dazzle older shoppers who still carry memories of shortages and food lines. We talk with The New York Times' Moscow correspondent Andrew Kramer about the malls of Russia.
Earlier this month King County Executive Dow Constantine signed some of the state's first same-sex marriage licenses and spoke against a plan to run more coal trains through Seattle. We'll ask him about these and other stories impacting our region. Have a question for the King County executive? Call 206.543.5869 or write to email@example.com.
In 1917, the glittering elite of Tzarist Russia were crushed, practically overnight, by the Communist revolution. What happened to the nearly two million people who lived at the top of Russian society? Douglas Smith, awarding-winning historian and author, joins us to talk about "Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy."
Starting today, you can light up in the privacy of your home. State law has changed regarding marijuana possession, but the business rules will have to be developed. The state Liquor Control Board has a year to figure out how to set up Washington’s marijuana market. The federal government’s tax laws will put a crimp on any Washington state entrepreneur until Congress makes a change. We talk to the Aaron Smith of the National Cannabis Industry Association about the path ahead.
Puget Sound Energy owns and operates a coal-fired power plant out of Billings, Montana, that the Sierra Club calls "the dirtiest coal plant in the West." The Colstrip Plant meets EPA emission standards and PSE touts its green-energy portfolio, with plans to triple its renewable energy supply by 2020. How does coal fit into that equation? And with coal plants generating 42 percent of America's electricity, how much impact would closing one plant have? We take a look with PSE's Andy Wappler and Anne Hedges of the Montana Environmental Information Center.
Washington state entered the history books by becoming one of the first states in the country to vote to approve same-sex marriage and legalize marijuana. These policies take effect on December 6. What is King County doing to get ready? King County Executive Dow Constantine joins us to talk about how these changes will unfold. Have a question for the King County Executive? Call 206.543.5869 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2012 presidential race is in the history books as the most expensive campaign in American history. That is, at least until 2016. The Obama and Romney campaigns spent an estimated $1 billion each on the race. What did all that money accomplish? Bill Allison of the Sunlight Foundation has some insight.
The Supreme Court hears arguments this week on Clapper v. Amnesty International, a case that will decide whether or not the federal government can be sued for wiretapping U.S. citizens. The Atlantic's Garrett Epps is following the hearing and shares his findings with us.
Seattle police are hoping to dispel concerns about privacy and encourage community support for their newly acquired drones by inviting the public to a Q&A at Garfield Community Center tonight. We hear more about the SPD's drones, what they would be used for and how their use would be monitored.
Seattle's arena deal took a major step forward this week as King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn signed legislation to commit $200 million in public money toward a new $490 million sports facility. That frees investor Chris Hansen to begin the hunt for an NBA franchise – just as a union representing Seattle longshore and warehouse workers says it will file a lawsuit to halt the deal. We'll ask Dow Constantine what's next for the arena and delve into his proposed county budget. Have a question for the King County Executive?