Amazon has a new game plan: same-day delivery. By building warehouses in the middle of large metropolitan areas, Amazon wants to bring you groceries and goods immediately. That’s big competition for traditional retail, and some people are speculating it could mean the end of traditional retail. David Hyde talks to Patty Edwards, retail analyst and the chief investment officer for Trutina Financial about how Amazon is changing consumerism.
SCOTUS, DOMA And Proposition 8 The Supreme Court is due to make a decision soon on two major cases effecting marriage equality. Law professor at the University of Washington,Peter Nicolas explains what we can expect from SCOTUS in the coming days.
The Center Holds Jonathan Alter has spent more than two decades covering national politics in Washington, D.C. In his new book “The Center Holds,” he examines the challenges President Obama faced in his 2012 reelection campaign, from a Republican Party determined to retake control of Congress and millions in unregulated campaign spending, to Obama’s own distaste for politics.
Radio Retrospective: Radio Expert Frank Buxton Frank Buxton is an expert on the Golden Age of Radio and a voice talent to be reckoned with.
Recommended Eating Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. This time she recommends Shanik. Prefer to cook for yourself? She reviews "Mr. Wilkinson's Vegetables."
"I will no longer mispronounce myself," resolves Phin Dauphin in "Baritone Without a Body."
A self-described "gender fluid person," Dauphin says the poem was written while part of a slam poetry team preparing to represent Seattle at Brave New Voices, an international poetry festival. "Baritone Without a Body" aims to document the path taken to understand Dauphin's gender, and reflects a deep regard for language rooted in the experience of growing up in a household where English, Spanish, French and Creole were spoken on a daily basis.
Seattle Police Union President Backs DOJ Reforms The president of the Seattle Police Officers' Guild Rich O'Neill is now urging members to accept the reforms the Department of Justice has mandated. Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich explains O'Neill's position.
Art Of Our City When Seattle Theater Group took over the Neptune Theatre, the idea was the use the historic venue for concerts and other live performances. Now STG has launched a program to provide the Neptune free of charge for community group shows. Vicky Lee from STG and Bill Anderson, producer of "Out And In," explains the launch of "Nights At The Neptune."
We Hate Our Jobs! A new Gallup poll suggests that seven out of 10 workers are “checked out” or “actively disengaged” at work. Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Dean of the University of Washington Bothell School of Business explains how the workplace has changed and why that would lead to dissatisfaction.
Who Replaces Speight Jenkins? Seattle Opera General Director Speight Jenkins has been at his job for three decades, but next year one of the region’s best known arts leaders will step down. After more than a year, and an international search, Jenkins’ successor has been named: Aidan Lang, current Director of New Zealand Opera. He talks about what he’ll bring to one of Seattle’s oldest art institutions.
Ask most people what instrument opens the Beatles' song “Strawberry Fields Forever” and they'll tell you: it’s a flute. But it's not a flute.
Meet the Mellotron. It's an analog instrument from the 1960s that connects dozens of loops of audio tape, each with a single, pre-recorded note, to a keyboard. It was a clunky and expensive precursor to synthesizers and modern music sampling.
Its inventors intended it as a replacement for an orchestra. At that task, it failed miserably. But musicians in the 1960s and 1970s fell in love with the instrument’s odd sound. That sound defined a musical era. And today, its quirky guts full of tape and levers looks very old school. Yet it's made a comeback, and is popular with modern musicians like Arcade Fire.
This is the second installment of Getting Fresh with Sheryl, The Conversation’s new segment, where we tell you about fresh and local fruits and veggies. Sheryl Wiser manages the Puget Sound Fresh program at the Cascade Harvest Coalition. Today she talks to David Hyde about the incredible versatility of strawberries. Plus, when are they in season, and where can you get really good ones?
Canada, Culture And Commerce Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada, including the arrest of the mayor of Montreal. Everett Herald film critic Robert Horton reviews "Bling Ring" and "World War Z," opening this weekend. Are these movies signs of the impending fall of the empire? Then, Michele Matassa-Flores of the Puget Sound Business Journal brings us the region’s latest economic news.
Photographing Midway Island Seattle-based photographer Chris Jordan has traveled around the world to document mass consumption and the waste that results from it. His most recent work is focused on Midway Island, an atoll thousands of miles from the nearest land mass. Jordan documented the impact of ocean detritus on Midway’s native albatross species. The result is Jordan’s first film, to be released later this year. But “Midway” is about more than birds. How did this work affect the photographer himself?
Understanding Post Traumatic Stress And Traumatic Brain Injuries There are many invisible wounds soldiers in combat face. Thirty-six percent of soldiers have traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress as a result of their time in the military. General Peter Chiarelli retired from his position as Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army after serving as a combat commander in Iraq for two tours. He is now the CEO of One Mind for Research, where he works to get rid of the stigma service members and veterans face when they seek assistance for PTSD and traumatic brain injury.
Seattle’s Egyptian Theatre To Close One of Seattle’s landmark movie theaters is set to close at the end of the month. The Egyptian Theatre will close its doors on June 27. The Capitol Hill Seattle blog had the story over the weekend. Justin Carder, publisher of the Capitol Hill Seattle blog discusses the closure.
Earthquake Preparedness We all now know a mega 9.0 earthquake is due to ravage the Northwest sometime between now and the next 400 years. We just don’t know when. So how do you prepare for that? John Schelling is the Earthquake/Tsunami Program Manager for Washington State Emergency Management Division, he explains the best practices for earthquake preparedness and safety tips.
Worth Listening To: A Music Recommendation Are you stuck in a music listening rut? We are surrounded by new music and innovative artists. Branch out! New music recommendations every Tuesday at 9:20 a.m. This time Seattle Weekly classical music writer Gavin Borchert recommends Seattle musician Hope Wechkin.
Anticipating The Big Northwest Earthquake There was a time, 90 years ago when the Puget Sound area was declared “earthquake-proof” by a prominent geologist. As scientists have continued to study the Northwest, however, they’ve come to realize that statement couldn’t be further from the truth. This area is in fact prone to not just earthquakes, but mega-quakes too. Sandi Doughton, science reporter for The Seattle Times explains what scientists know about the “the big one" that is due to strike the region.
The statue was recast in bronze in 2007 after vandals tore the spikes off her crown and twisted off her arm (the arm's been patched). The original statue is stored in the Annex at the Southwest Seattle Loghouse Museum.
Out on Alki Beach in West Seattle is a statue. It’s called the Statue Of Liberty. It's a replica of the one in New York Harbor. Only this one is tiny, about six feet tall. It was part of a national Boy Scout campaign to erect statues like this across the country: a campaign called "Strengthening The Arm Of Liberty."
The original Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor symbolized America's freedom from colonial powers and its friendship with France. Over the years immigrants passing the statue on the way to Ellis Island adopted the statue as a sort of patron saint, and the famous quote "give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" was eventually added to the statue's base.
By the time Seattle's Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1952, its meaning had changed yet again. Liberty was no longer a revolutionary idea. It was something old and familiar, a sign of stability in a time of great social and political instability.
You can get a sense of that instability from this 1951 newsreel. We sampled it in today's story:
The New York Times and Slate Magazine journalist Jon Mooallem is the author of "Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America." Mooallem collaborated with the Portland-based band Black Prairie to create a soundtrack for the book. David Hyde talks to Mooallen about the ever-worsening fate of polar bears, and then Black Prairie provides the musical backdrop with a live, in-studio performance.
Medical Malpractice Medical professionals occasionally make mistakes. Other times, a patient believes a mistake has been made. Both scenarios lead to lawsuits. What's it like for a doctor sued by a patient? What advice do lawyers give to doctors who have made a mistake? Are medical lawsuits elevating the cost of medical care in the United States? Phil deMaine and retired doctor Jim deMaine talk about the costs of medical malpractice.
How "Hairspray" Changed 5th Avenue Theatre It’s been a decade since Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre launched the musical “Hairspray.” It went on to win Broadway’s highest honor, the Tony award. How did that experience change the 5th Avenue? Artistic director David Armstrong explains how one big hit can transform a regional arts organization.
This Week In Olympia Budget talks between state lawmakers have reached into a second special legislative session. Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield joins us with a look at what’s happening this week in Olympia.
An Ecologically Responsible Summer Ah, summer. Fire up the grill. Mow the lawn. Sprinkle the garden. Breathe in the AC. Wait! Is there a way to do all this in an ecologically friendly way? We get advice from Tom Watson, EcoConsumer.
"TransAtlantic" Author Colum McCann Bestselling author Colum McCann talks about his new novel "TransAtlantic."