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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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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.
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.
Based on more than a decade of research on the impact of governmental policy decisions on health, the book "The Body Economic" shows how certain fiscal policies can be lethal. From HIV outbreaks to increases in heart attacks, the price of austerity can be calculated in human lives. But by mining data from the Great Depression to the present day, the authors also show how smart policy choices can boost economic growth without human costs.
Sanjay Basu, is a co-author of "The Body Economic," a practicing clinician, and an assistant professor of medicine and an epidemiologist at the Prevention Research Center of Stanford University. Basu talks to Ross Reynolds about how economic policy affects human health.
According to the most recent numbers, about seven percent of Washingtonians are currently unemployed and seeking work. But more companies are requiring online applications, and hitting the pavement and handing out resumes might become a thing of the past. When your first impression is a PDF how can you stand out from the rest?
David Hyde gets the answer from Dr. Tracy Wilen-Daugenti. She’s a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Media X program and a former Silicon Valley executive. She has held leadership positions at Apple, HP, Cisco Systems and the Apollo Group, and she’s the author of a number of books on business.
In 2011, Seattle became the third city in the nation to mandate paid sick leave for employees. But the specifics of the law have been very confusing for workers and their employers. Not surprisingly, sick leave isn’t the only employee rights law that causes confusion. In many industries, long hours and sporadic schedules can make employee protection laws pretty murky. Employment lawyer Lindsay Halm answers questions from listeners and talks to David Hyde about the rights of Washington state workers.
Two Seattle television news stations, KING and KONG, are being bought by the Virginia-based Gannett Company, which currently owns USA Today and dozens of local news stations across the country. What will this mean for KING5’s news reporting? And what does this corporate power shift say about the national trends in local news media? David Hyde talks to Rick Edmonds of the Poynter Institude about Gannett’s news reporting reputation.
Here to tell us more about KING TV’s new parent company is Rick Edmonds. He’s a media business analyst for the Poynter Institue, which is a Florida-based journalism school.
Sub Pop Records may have started small but the label has always made a big impression. Sup Pop, which began as a fanzine and evolved into a record label in the late 1980s, is considered the epicenter of the grunge movement. Megan Jasper, vice president at Sub Pop, gives Ross Reynolds a tour of the office.
Last night workers at dozens of Seattle fast food locations began a one-day strike over low wages. It’s the first in Seattle, but walkouts by fast food employees have been happening over the past several months in cities including New York and St. Louis. Alfonso Arellano, who works at the University District Taco Del Mar, tells KUOW’s Ross Reynolds his story.
Cab drivers spoke out against new app-based car services during a Seattle City Council meeting Thursday. Companies such as Uber, SideCar and Lyft offer smartphone apps that allow users to book a ride by the touch of a button. Those business operations are mostly unregulated, and their presence in Seattle has led to questions about whether the companies are legal.