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Hedreen Development
11:21 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Union Tries To Block Downtown Hotel Deal

Hotel development on the site of Seattle's Greyhound station is getting pushback from a union.
Flickr Photo/Matthew Rutledge

There are plans in the works to build a huge convention hotel on the site of Seattle’s Greyhound bus station. But the developer behind the hotel is threatening to cancel the project unless a union trying to block the project at city hall relents.

The union says the hotel would bring too many low-wage jobs to downtown Seattle. Ross Reynolds talks to Mark Stiles, a reporter at the Puget Sound Business Journal, who has been covering the story.

Environment And Business
8:00 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Environmental Debt With Amy Larkin

How can business and the natural world successfully coexist?
Flickr Photo/rlpporch

Environmental debt — global warming, extreme weather, pollution — is weakening the global economy. Amy Larkin, formerly of Greenpeace, discusses how the natural world and business can coexist. She spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on July 1.

Listener Call-In
11:39 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Is The Minimum Wage Too Low?

Correction 7/24/13:  In the original broadcast of this interview we misstated that Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant advocates a minimum wage of $21.72 an hour. According to her campaign representative Devin Matthews, Sawant is calling for a $15.00 dollar minimum wage. 

A recent economic survey showed it costs over $52,000  for a one parent and one child family to live a modest lifestyle in Seattle. Would raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour bring more people closer to earning a living wage? Or would a $15.00 minimum wage just discourage employers from hiring? Ross Reynolds talks to Felix Salmon, financial reporter for Reuters, about the case for each side, and callers share their opinions on if we should raise the minimum wage.

GMO Bounce-Back
10:08 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Northwest Wheat Farmers Look Forward To Restored Market

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 12:57 pm

  The first bushels of Northwest wheat are coming off honey-colored fields in southeast Washington.

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Dreamliner Fires
11:11 am
Fri July 12, 2013

More Problems On 787s Mean Turbulence For Boeing Stock

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 11:40 am

A Boeing 787 caught fire on the tarmac at London's Heathrow Airport on Friday, followed hours later by a technical problem aboard another 'Dreamliner' that forced the plane to turn back from a trans-Atlantic flight. The incidents sent Boeing's stock down more than 7 percent at one point.

The first incident involved an Ethiopian Airlines plane with no passengers aboard. The second occurred aboard a Thomson Airways flight en route from Manchester, England to Sanford, Fla.

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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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Employers Eager To Hire
4:24 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Thousands Show Up At Kent Jobs Fair

Christopher Price (left) and Wilette McClenon-Chanteuse waited in live for several hours to meet with Boeing representatives.
Jim Gates

Despite the drop in Washington’s unemployment rate, many people are still looking for work. More than 3,000 people attended a jobs fair at the ShoWare Center in Kent on Tuesday. Companies had a big presence too. Law enforcement recruiters showed up in force, as did insurance companies and healthcare providers. But the big player was Boeing.  

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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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Health Exchanges
9:25 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Northwest Health Exchanges Are Big Money Ventures

Cover Oregon

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 4:47 pm

Nearly $500 million.

That’s how much the federal government has awarded Washington, Oregon and Idaho to create health benefit exchanges. These are the new web portals to purchase insurance under the Affordable Care Act. It’s a costly undertaking that involves six-figure salaries, hefty IT contracts and high-end advertising campaigns.

If a green, talking gecko can sell car insurance, then maybe Portland-based folk singer Laura Gibson can sell health insurance.

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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.

Online Sellers
11:45 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Amazon And The Business of Selling Books

Flickr Photo/Zhao !

  Seattle’s own Amazon is the largest bookseller in the United States. Amazon enjoys a market share of 25 percent in print books and 60 percent in e-books. Recently, some of their prices have gone up. Ross Reynolds talks with a researcher at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance about how she thinks Amazon’s market share changes the business of selling books.

Blocks And Plants
10:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Good Income In Seattle, The Staying Power Of LEGO, And Greendays

David C. Robertson's book "Brick by Brick."

What Families Need to Get By in Seattle
A new study by the Economic Policy Institute says that a family of four in Seattle needs at least $70,000 a year to maintain what they call a “modest lifestyle.” What does that look like? We talk with John Burbank of the Economic Opportunity Institute.

The Staying Power Of LEGO
Those colorful little plastic LEGO bricks were first invented in 1958. Fifty-five years later, LEGO is still profitable and growing. But 10 years ago, the company nearly went bankrupt. What turned LEGO around? What can businesses learn from LEGO’s example? We talk with David C. Robertson, author of “Brick by Brick: How Lego Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry.”

Greendays Gardening
Our expert gardening panel knows flowers, native plants and vegetables. Have a question? They offer guidance for your garden every Tuesday. Email your question to Weekday.

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Weekly Roundup
2:40 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

"The Conversation" News Quiz

We’re back again with the ever popular The Conversation News Quiz – where one lucky listener gets the chance to demonstrate his or her news knowledge. This week’s quiz covers everything from foreign politics to local business. Our winner gets to wear The Conversation Crown for one whole week on our Facebook page.

Employee Engagement
11:35 am
Thu June 27, 2013

How To Be A Better Boss

Maybe you've never had a boss this scary, but you probably had one that you wanted to fix. What goes into being a really good boss?
Flickr Photo/j bizzie

Last week, Gallup reported that seven out of 10 people surveyed were not engaged at work. In fact, some people said that they are actively disengaged. New York Times opinion writer Tim Egan blames the disengagement on bad bosses and has some tips for bad bosses. But what makes a good boss? Who was the best boss that you ever had and what made them so great? Ross Reynolds gets some tips on how to be a good boss from Paul Yoste, professor of Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University. Ross also talks with callers about what makes a good boss.

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