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Pioneer Square Outhouses
11:56 am
Thu July 11, 2013

City Responds To Need For Potty In Pioneer Square

A Portland Loo
Flickr Photo/Ian Fisher

Earlier this week we heard from a Pioneer Square businesswoman Joanna Urrego, who built her own portapotty in an effort to keep people from doing their business in the alley. Well the city has its own plan for public restrooms in Pioneer Square using a what’s called the Portland Loo. Ross Reynolds gets the details from Gary Johnson from Seattle's Department of Planning and Development. 

Pot Vaporization
11:49 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Smokeless Pot Smoking?

Coaster 420 (public domain)

Even though marijuana is now legal here in Washington state that doesn’t mean putting smoke in your lungs is good for you. But there may be a technological solution: smokeless devices called vaporizers. Vaporizing heats the cannabis to a temperature between 180 and 200 degrees Celsius. That’s just short of combustion, which occurs at 230 degrees Celsius, and at that point the vapors are released. So vaporizers can produce the same biological effect as smoking – getting high – without the smoke. Ross Reynolds talks with Danny Darko of High Times magazine about some of the smokeless and less smoking marijuana options available to consumers.  

Seattle Sports Team
9:33 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Seattle Underwater Hockey Team Headed For Nationals

Underwater hockey players vie for the puck.
Credit obscuresports.wikispaces

Want to try a new sport? Seattle has a nationally ranking sports team that wants you on their team roster. All you need is a bathing suit and the desire to play hockey at the bottom of a swimming pool.

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Household Incomes
8:41 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Study: A Family In Seattle Needs $70,000 Per Year To Live Modestly

Groceries, health care, child care and car maintenance add up quickly in Seattle.
Carlos Ferreira and Jennifer Watts

Recently, the Economic Policy Institute released a study that said that a family of four – two parents and two children – need a household income of $70,000 a year to maintain a “modest lifestyle.”

John Burbank, the executive director of the Economic Opportunity Institute which is a regional partner of the EPI, explained that how the calculations were made.

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Arts and Entertainment
8:08 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Rep. Adam Smith, Intiman Theatre, Sub Pop Turns 25

Rep. Adam Smith
WA-09 Congressman Adam Smith joins us to talk about the battle over immigration in the House of Representatives, American aid to Egypt and new calls to close Guantanamo Bay.

Art Of Our City: Seattle’s Intiman Theatre
This month Seattle’s Intiman Theatre launches its second year as a leaner and meaner summer festival.  Intiman needs to entice audiences and funders to its four-play festival. Artistic Director Andrew Russell hopes more comedy and more sharp political commentary will help bring them in the door.  The theater company’s future depends on it.

Sub Pop Turns 25
Once upon a time, Seattle’s Sub Pop Records was a brassy upstart label. This weekend the company celebrates its 25th anniversary. How has the company that put Seattle on the music world’s map changed over a quarter of a century? We’ll ask co-founder Jonathan Poneman.

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Facebook And Comedy
5:06 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Privacy On Facebook, Comedian Hari Kondabolu, And Rocky Jordan

Comedian Hari Kondabolu joins KUOW in studio.
From Hari Kondabolu's Facebook page.

What Are The Privacy Concerns Over Facebook’s Graph Search?
Throughout its lifespan, Facebook has been all about change -- a seemingly endless overhaul of its design and how the site functions. But here’s something that’s remained steady: complaints from users about privacy. Facebook’s latest innovation is called graph search. It allows users to comb their friends’ Facebook pages and public pages to find specific answers to specific questions. Since rolling out this week, graph search is raising concerns about privacy. So what are they? And how can Facebook users lock down data that they don’t want to be shared?

Comedian Hari Kondabolu
A couple of times throughout the year comedian Hari Kondabolu makes the trip from New York to Seattle to test out his material in front of the local audience. When he is not working on stand-up he is writing for and appearing on the FX show Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell as well as recording a podcast with his brother called The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast.  In his stand-up, Hari works through issues like racism, sexism, immigration and gentrification, challenging the audience as much as entertaining them. He joins us to discuss his work.

Radio Retrospective: Rocky Jordan
We look back at the show Rocky Jordan from radio’s Golden Age. Rocky runs a bar. He also runs into trouble every episode. The show is one of many Golden Age detective dramas featuring characters that aren’t detectives!  It also happens to be Steve Scher’s favorite drama recently.

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!

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Getting Fresh
12:01 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Getting Fresh With Ross And Sheryl: Your Fava-orite Bean Edition

Flickr Photo/luvjnx

This week Sheryl Wiser talks with Ross Reynolds about fava beans and radishes. She swears that both are good for more than just a creative play in Scrabble. Did you know that radishes have their own holiday in Oaxaca, Mexico? It is true  — La Noche de Los Rabanos is celebrated yearly on December 23. We learn about that and more in this week's edition of "Getting Fresh with Ross and Sheryl."

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Vigilante Sanitation
11:59 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Merchant Installs Outhouse In Pioneer Square

Seattle plans to install a Portland Loo, pictured, near Pioneer Square. One area merchant didn't wait for that to happen.
Flickr Photo/Kevin Christopher Burke

They can arrest her — but she’s not going to put up with the stink.

A Pioneer Square business owner built her own outhouses and put them up last week to cut down on restaurant goers, sports fans and homeless people urinating in the alleys.

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Music Makes The People Come Together
11:52 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Can You Make A Living Making Music?

From buskers in the market to the flood of Seattle musicians over the speakers at Sea-Tac airport, Seattle has long been known for its musical ties. But can you make a living making music? Ross Reynolds talks about why Seattle University's Quinton Morris wants to destroy the idea of the starving artist and what Sub Pop's Tony K thinks musicians should know about publishing rights. 

Unlimited Vacation
11:48 am
Wed July 10, 2013

More Vacation, More Problems?

Flickr Photo/davitydave

The Society for Human Resource Management’s 2012 Survey says that one percent of US employers offer unlimited vacation if you get your work done, including big companies like IBM and Netflix, and smaller start-ups like Seattle’s Social Strata, a tech company focused on social media applications.

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Canada, Culture, Commerce
10:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

The News From Canada, Top Ten Movies From 1963, And Business News

Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" turns 50 this year, but will it make it to Robert Horton's top 10 list for movies from 1963?
Original movie poster for "The Birds."

Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer tells us who is on the B-list to be the next US ambassador to Canada (hint: it is not our former governor Christine Gregoire).  Film critic Robert Horton picks the top 10 movies from 1963 in honor of their 50th anniversary.  Then, Michele Matassa-Flores of the Puget Sound Business Journal brings us the region’s latest economic news.  

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International News
9:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

The Latest News From Egypt, Escape From Camp 14, And Paula Poundstone

Crossing over the North Korea border to escape is a dangerous prospect. Shin Dong-Hyuk managed a rare escape from Camp 14.
Flickr Photo/Kimmo Raisanen

The Continuing Unrest In Egypt

The ousting of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was not popular with all Egyptians. Over 50 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood were killed in a clash between protesters and the military earlier this week. Interim President Adly Mansour has begun appointing new cabinet members and has moved forward with a roadmap to a democratic election. What does the future hold for Egypt and what is happening there now? Borzou Daragahi of the Financial Times joins us for an update.

Escape From Camp 14: From North Korea To The West
Shin Dong-Hyuk was born in Camp 14, a political prison camp in North Korea. No one born inside the camp has ever escaped, except for Shin. Katy Sewall talks with journalist Blaine Harden about the story of a remarkable escape.

A Conversation With Paula Poundstone
Comedian Paula Poundstone is widely known for her stand-up act and formidable trivia chops on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! She has a new comedy CD, “I Heart Jokes” and will be performing at Tacoma’s Pantages Theatre on Friday. She joins us from the studios of NPR West in Los Angelas.

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Puget Sound Movement
1:24 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Ghost-Net Busters

Credit flickr photo / Jennyvids

Lost and abandoned fishing nets kill untold numbers of sea creatures around the world every year. But there's a growing global movement to remove what are known as "ghost nets" and prevent new ones. And it's starting in the Puget Sound.

Full list of stories on KUOW Presents, July 9:

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Soldotna Crash
12:04 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Alaska Plane Crash "A Tragedy For All The Communities Involved"

Federal safety investigators are looking into the airplane crash in the fishing community of Soldotna, Alaska, that occurred on Sunday. All 10 people on board the de Havilland DHC3 Otter died, including the pilot and nine passengers.  The plane was a small air taxi, common in Alaska where the road system is limited. Ross Reynolds talks with Rusty Roessler, general manager of Pacific Alaska Shellfish and friend of the late pilot.

ContextChina
11:48 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Covering The Connection Between China And Seattle

Chinatown International District, Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn

  Tomorrow kicks off the fifth round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. Here in the other Washington, economic ties to China are strong. Washington state is home to some of the largest international companies – Microsoft, Starbucks, Boeing and Amazon to name a few. And a recent Chinese movie hit, “Finding Mr. Right (Beijing Meets Seattle)” has put the relationship between the two on the map. Ross Reynolds talks with Kristi Heim, founder of ContextChina, an online newspaper that covers the connection between Seattle and China.

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