Temperatures are in the 80s this week and people everywhere are feeling the heat. Rob Casey is the owner of Salmon Bay Paddle, a local paddleboard school. He spends summer days hunting for the best swimming holes in the Seattle area. Ross Reynolds talks with Rob Casey about where to go to cool off.
Fourth of July is coming up, and you can’t celebrate America’s freedoms without some fireworks. But what are our freedoms when it comes to lighting fireworks in King County? Chris Ricketts is the King County Fire Marshal. He shares the rules and regulations for shooting off fireworks on the upcoming holiday.
Reform For Egypt? On Monday the Egyptian Army issued a 48 hour ultimatum to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Protesters gathered on Tahrir Square and around the country on Sunday calling for either reform or the resignation from President Morsi. They feel that in his year in office he has been too polarizing and unable to do his job adequately. Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times, and Ellis Goldberg, Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, explain the political and social situation in Egypt.
Why do Americans Care About The British Royals? Magazines in the grocery aisle are fully anticipating the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s child. Their first baby is expected in mid-July. Two years ago, 24 million people tuned in to watch their royal nuptials, which pales in comparison to the 750 million people worldwide who watched Charles and Diana get married. Why do Americans care so much about English royalty?
Greendays Gardening Panel Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, native plant expert, and vegetable gardening expert. They answer your gardening questions every Tuesday.
New Music Picks Are you stuck in a music listening rut? Music writer Jonathan Zwickel is here to help you branch out. He recommends two Seattle electronic music artists with an aeronautical theme.
In Memoriam: Dr. Foltz On Brain Cancer Dr. Greg Foltz dedicated over 25 years of his life to brain cancer research and treatment. He was the director of the Ivy Brain Tumor Center and he founded Seattle’s annual Seattle Brain Cancer Walk. Dr. Foltz died last Thursday, a short time after receiving a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
The Weather And Hike Of The Week Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.
You can bet the U.S. Supreme Court was toasted a number of times over the weekend by same-sex couples and their friends. Last Wednesday, the court overturned a key provision of the national Defense Of Marriage Act. That decision extended federal rights and benefits to same-sex couples in states like Washington where such marriages are legal. But national conservative groups aren’t calling it quits just yet. They’re working to stop the spread of same-sex marriage to other states.
Smoking marijuana may be legal here in Washington state, but it's still a federal crime. That certainly hasn’t stopped some of the people that we spend the most time with from lighting up: popular characters on television. Mad Men has even seen leading man Don Draper get stoned this season. What's the history of getting high on the small screen? Is casual pot use getting more common on TV? Robert Thompson is director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University. He talked with David Hyde.
About 8.2 million kids under five in the United States spend at least part of their week in the care of someone other than a parent. And that number is even higher in the summer. Of those child care operations, the majority are rated “fair” or “poor” quality according to a 2007 study by the National Institute of Child Health Development.
Washington state however is one of the all-stars. The state was ranked number three in the nation for quality of child care center requirements and oversight in a 2013 study by the non-profit resource organization Child Care Aware. Ross Reynolds talks to Elizabeth Bonbright, the director of Child Care Aware of Washington, about why she says that’s still nothing to write home about.
For the next 11 hours, Seattle and the surrounding area are under an excessive heat warning. And rumor is that we might break record high temperatures today. Michel Loehr, preparedness director at King County Public Health, explains how to stay safe in the heat.
This weekend, during the Paradiso Festival at the Gorge Ampitheatre in George, Wash., one person died from an overdose of the drug Molly and many others were sick. Molly is commonly known as a party drug. It is often seen at raves, clubs and concerts. But what is it exactly? Ross Reynolds hears from Meghan Ralston, the harm reduction manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, an organization promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.
Summer Grilling And BBQ Tips There's nothing like firing up the grill for summertime outdoor cooking. Rachel Yang, chef at Revel and Joule, and Kenyetta Carter, head chef at the Kingfish Café, bring us tips and tricks for grilled food that is an alternative to the norm.
Summer Travel For The Long Weekend From the Salmon River to the Columbia, there are many travel adventures to be had this summer. Travel writer Crai Brower suggests summer activities and destinations around the Northwest.
Sunny skies and warm weather brought thousands of people to downtown Seattle on Sunday for the annual Pride Parade. Hot on the heels of the demise of DOMA, people had plenty reason to celebrate.
Jerry Praul was watching the parade from the corner of Pine and 4th. “I love the parade! We’re so happy this year that DOMA got overturned because we just married!” Another woman was waving her rainbow flag and dancing near the corner of Pike St. “It’s just a wonderful day. Especially with DOMA being dead, there’s so much to celebrate.”
Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of Elliott Bay Book Company. The store first opened its doors in Pioneer Square in 1973. Rick Simonson is the lead book buyer for Elliott Bay. Ross Reynolds talked to him back in August 2011 about Elliott Bay and Seattle book culture. We hear part of that interview to commemorate Elliott Bay’s 40th birthday.
In the mid-1980s a dynamic young monsignor assigned to the Vatican’s embassy in Washington set out to investigate the problem of sexually abusive priests. He found a scandal in the making, confirmed by secret files revealing complaints that had been hidden from police and covered up by the Church hierarchy.
Meanwhile, a young lawyer listened to a new client describe an abusive sexual history with a priest that began when he was ten years old. The lawsuit he filed would touch off a legal war of historic and global proportions. Ross Reynolds talks with author Michael D’Antonio about his new book "Mortal Sins," which reveals this long and ferocious battle for the soul of the largest and oldest organization in the world.
There are stories out today about the cherry crop here in Washington being devastated by rain. Some reports saying as much as 25 percent of this year’s cherry crop is unsalvageable. Does that mean no cherries for you? Ross gets the answer from Sheryl Wiser, from the Puget Sound Fresh program at the Cascade Harvest Coalition, a food and farming resource center.
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?