Before the government shutdown, the House of Representatives voted to cut $40 billion from the federal food stamp program. Senate Democrats and President Obama have said they will block the plan.
Even so, the debate over food stamp funding is worrisome for people who receive food assistance. It comes on the eve of scheduled cuts to SNAP beneficiaries that will go into affect in November, when the federal government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expires.
David Hyde talks with Kent resident Catherine Hernandez about how her family uses food stamps. Later in the hour, Ross Reynolds talks with John Camp, administrator for the Department of Social and Health Services' food assistance program about distributing food stamps in Washington.
Seattle travel writer Harriet Baskas stumbled onto her quest for hidden treasures. More than 20 years ago, Baskas was visiting small museums in the Pacific Northwest. She was interested in the collections they had on display, but the curators she met were just as interested in what they had in the back rooms: treasures they couldn't, or wouldn't, show the public.
Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 1:26 pm
Thanksgiving may still be a couple holidays away according to the 2013 clock, but its spirit is the centerpiece behind this illustration for next year's NPR Wall Calendar.
Public radio has been a lifelong travel partner for illustrator Keith Negley as he's moved from the west coast to the east coast - with a few mid-west stops in the mix.
"NPR has enriched my life in ways I can't begin to put into words," Negley said. "I've not only grown up with it, I feel as though I've grown with it. I'm very grateful for its constant source of inspiration."
It may be cold outside but it is warm in the kitchen as fresh apples make their way from the farmers market and into our homes. Ross Reynolds talks about the tasty treats that are fresh at the farmers market with Cascade Harvest's Sheryl Wiser.
During The Cold War American military leaders and average citizens were sometimes kept awake at night worrying about a possible nuclear strike by the Soviet Union. US foreign policy continues to focus on nuclear programs in other countries like North Korea and Iran but Eric Schlosser says the nuclear threat is also here at home. David Hyde talks with the author of "Fast Food Nation" about his new book, "Command and Control."
What does race mean? How much of what race means is determined by biology? And how much by society? Is there confusion between the biological basis of race and how we view race? These are the questions answered in a new exhibit at the Pacific Science Center titled "RACE: Are We So Different?"
In conjunction with the exhibit, the Pacific Science Center and city of Seattle are hosting two evening events that examine the state of racial inequities in the United States.Ross Reynolds sits down with John Powell, director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, and Julie Nelson, director of the Race and Social Justice Initiative for the city of Seattle for a discussion on race in Seattle.
The plot of many a dystopian novel or movie is predictable: first technology advances, then humans become dependent on that technology and, finally, that technology turns on us. But what if the brain that makes the smart computer is being made smarter by the computer? Ross Reynolds sits down with Clive Thompson about the new book, "Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better."
The Seattle Police Department has had a difficult couple of years. A strongly critical Department of Justice report found widespread excessive use of force. A federal judge is now overseeing a plan to fix the problem.
But one bright spot in the media has been the police presence on the web and social media. Contrary to what you might expect, SPD's blog is pretty entertaining. For example one web post, MarijWhatNow, about how Seattle police would deal with legalized marijuana, drew worldwide attention and earned the "best new thing in the world today" title from the Rachel Maddow Show.
When Facebook shows you an ad for the pasta that you had for dinner that night, you might feel a little squirmy, find it creepy even. But what exactly is the worry of companies having access to more personal data? University of Washington law professor, and co-founder of UW's Tech Policy Lab, Ryan Calo, has been trying to answer that question. Ross Reynolds talks with Calo about the use and regulation of big data.
What’s there left to say about Bruce Springsteen? He burst into national consciousness in 1978 on the success of his hit album "Born to Run" and his face was featured on the cover of Time and Newsweek magazines. Since then he’s been exhaustively interviewed and analyzed. However, Peter Ames Carlin’s biography "Bruce," covers new ground to even the most avid fans. The author speaks with Ross Reynolds.
Earlier this month, a University of Washington researcher was able to send a brain signal over the internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher. What do emerging brain technologies mean for the future of privacy and identity? Sara Goering joins us with some answers – and some questions. She’s a professor of philosophy at the UW and she leads the ethics thrust at the UW Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.
Seattle Sounders soccer fans are loud. The problem is some of their chants using nasty language are leaking into the broadcast booth and over the air during games. We’ll ask Keith Hodo, co-president of Emerald City Supporters, if they’ll clean it up.
It's not something you want to think about: excrement floating in our lovely oceans. Some boaters release their sewage into the water, but Washington's Department of Ecology is trying to change that. They are drafting a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency to classify the Puget Sound as a "no discharge zone." If approved, it would prohibit boaters from releasing any sewage — treated or untreated — in the Sound. Ross Reynolds talks with Department of Ecology supervisor Mark Henley.
It has been one year since the city of Seattle implemented its mandatory sick leave law. The ordinance is meant to establish standards for paid sick days and ensure that employers provide a minimum amount of paid time off for employees. So how is the law working out for employers? The Seattle City Council has commissioned a University of Washington study to evaluate the law.
Jennifer Romich, an associate professor in the school of social work at UW has been leading the research, she just released the results from a series of interviews conducted with 24 employer and spoke with David Hyde about her findings.