Ever since the ballad of John Henry, the man who raced against a steam drill to see which could lay railroad tracks the fastest, we've had a fascination with pitting humans against machines. People like Henry lost the battle long ago, at least when it comes to labor. Next, computers outwitted us in math and then chess. The arts have held out the longest. Surely a computer couldn't replicate the unmistakably human sound of a Stradivarius violin? Think again.
The Department of Natural Resources issued an updated burn ban to include all lands protected by the DNR in Washington state. The ban will be in effect until September 30 and includes prescribed burns and campfires, even in developed campgrounds under state, local or private control.
Balancing work and the rest of your life can be incredibly hard, especially in the contemporary work environment. A recent study found that almost 40 percent of men and 25 percent of women in professional jobs work more than 50 hours a week. How do you find that perfect balance between work and life? Ross Reynolds hears from callers and talks to writer David Roberts about what he calls the “medium chill” lifestyle. Roberts is a senior staff writer at Grist.
For 31 years journalist James Bamford has been writing about the National Security Agency and the threats he sees it posing to our privacy. Even after all the recent revelations about NSA spying on citizens, the agency knows much more than you think. The NSA listens in while Ross Reynolds and Bamford discuss the role of government surveillance.
Heading to the farmers market this week? Pick up some blueberries! They are the world’s super fruit, high in antioxidants and other nutrients. Ross Reynolds talks to Sheryl Wiser of the Puget Sound Fresh program at the Cascade Harvest Coalition about what to do with blueberries.
Wildfires Continue To Burn Central WA Two massive wildfires burning in central Washington have swallowed up nearly 132 square miles and forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes. The largest of the two wildfires is burning near Wenatchee. Last night, Kittitas County officials declared a state of emergency as the fire grew to over 92,000 square miles. The other major wildfire is burning near Goldendale in south-central Washington. We hear an update from Albert Kassel at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
Al-Jazeera America Launches In Seattle Longtime KING 5 television reporter and anchor Allen Schauffler signed off this week, but not for good. Schauffler has joined the new Al-Jazeera America network as a correspondent based in Seattle. We talk with him about his time at KING and his new assignment with the cable news network.
Preserving The Fruit Of Summer The fruit flavors of summer don’t linger too long. Paige Irwin and Amy Pennington share tips, tricks and recipes to keep fruits at your fingertips all year long.
Summer camp can be a magical place for kids, full of craft time, first kisses, freedom from parents and sleeping under the stars. Of course, it can also mean snakes, mean kids and wedgies. Did you go to summer camp? Did anything memorable happen? Can you still sing your old camp song? Break out the s’mores, gather around the fire and we’ll swap stories.
For the first RadioActive podcast of the summer, new hosts Isaac Noren and Carlos Nieto bring you stories about gender and gender stereotypes.
RadioActive producers asked people what it means to be a man or a woman. Shout out to Amina Ibrahim, Carlos Nieto, Ian Dangla, Isaac Noren, Kendra Hanna, Maddie Ewbank, Srikar Penumaka and Rachel Lam for getting those interviews.
Then, Molly Freed talks with young adult novel readers and writers about how the young adult fiction market is growing, but boys are being left behind.
"Summer hearts buzz like sapphire dragonflies," writes Marjorie Manwaring in "Church Camp-out, 1978," a poem that captures the particularly adolescent ability to conflate the sexual and the spiritual. The poem is part of Manwaring's collection, "Search for a Velvet-Lined Cape."
Kelly McEvers covers wars for NPR. She's driven partly by altruism, and partly by a feeling much less noble. There's something intoxicating about finding oneself in life-and-death situations. It's not something McEvers is proud of, especially when she thinks of her young child at home. Today, we begin a journey with McEvers - an introspective journey in which the war correspondent examines herself.
Protests In Egypt Supporters and opponents to former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi held rallies throughout Egypt on Friday. Tensions between the two sides have been escalating over the past month resulting in the death of over 100 people. We get an update on the situation in Egypt from Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times, Borzou Daragahi. We also talk with Maha Jashan, a local Egyptian-American, on how she’s been following the events in Egypt from Seattle.
"Why Is The Penis Shaped Like That? And Other Reflections On Being Human" Being human is very different than being a chimpanzee, or a bumble bee, or a rat. We think different, we act different, and we look different. Psychological scientist Jesse Bering explores what it means to be human by asking questions that are sometimes outside the realm of “polite conversation.”
New State Laws On The Books Starting today, it will be easier for the wrongly convicted to receive restitution for jail time served, people parking in electric vehicle charging stations will be fined if they aren’t plugged in, and bosses can no longer demand social media passwords from prospective employees. Everett Herald reporter and columnist Jerry Cornfield gives us an overview.
News From D.C. We preview the week ahead in Washington D.C. with CBS News Capitol Hill producer Jill Jackson.
Bradley Manning’s Court Martial Nears End Overshadowed by the high-profile saga of NSA leaker Edward Snowden is the court-martial of Bradley Manning. The 25-year-old Army private is accused of leaking thousands of classified documents including nearly 250,000 diplomatic cables and a half million incident reports from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The defense has argued that Manning was a whistleblower. The prosecution has painted him as a traitor. Lawyers for both sides gave their closing arguments on Friday and a verdict is expected Tuesday evening. We talk with Ed Pilkington, who’s been covering the trial for The Guardian.
Milkshakes, Ice Cream And Other Frozen Treats Like Pavlov's bell, the musical notes of an ice cream truck can trigger memories of bygone summers and bring the flavor of popsicles to your taste buds. The frozen treats of summer, be it a milkshake or snow cone, carry nostalgic memories. We want to know what your favorite summer treat is, what are your tastes of summer, and why? Email Weekday or call us at 206.543.5869.
Pope Francis returned to Rome on Monday after his trip to Brazil. The flight included a news conference in which the pope struck a conciliatory tone about gay Catholics. He also explained what he keeps in his black bag.
Gay people should be integrated into society instead of ostracized, Pope Francis told journalists after his weeklong trip to Brazil. Answering a question about reports of homosexuals in the clergy, the pope answered, "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"
In what's being called an unusually broad and candid news conference, Francis took questions from reporters for more than an hour as he flew from Brazil to the Vatican; his plane landed Monday.