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Unlimited Vacation
11:48 am
Wed July 10, 2013

More Vacation, More Problems?

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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

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  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?
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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.

Economics
10:44 am
Wed June 26, 2013

How Austerity Kills

Sanjay Basu, co-author of "The Body Economic."

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.

Online Resume Writing
11:51 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Your Online First Impression – Tips For Resume Writing In The Age Of Digital Job Seeking

The hiring process has changed: now instead of fighting against stacks of resumes, job seekers have to find a way to distinguish their online resume.
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  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.

Listener Call-In
11:43 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Seattle Workers, What Are Your Rights?

 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.

For more information, please visit Washington Labor & Industries.

Media Ownership
11:31 am
Fri June 14, 2013

New Parent Company Could Mean Changes For KING TV

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.

Music Industry
7:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Sub Pop Records: Going Out Of Business Since 1988!

Megan Jasper, vice president of Sub Pop Records, poses for a portrait at their office in downtown Seattle on May 9, 2013.
The Seattle Times/Genevieve Alvarez

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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.

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On Strike
11:38 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Seattle Fast Food Strike: One Worker’s Story

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.

Unregulated Transportation Services
10:58 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Professional Drivers Speak Out Against App-Based Car Services

Cabs lined up in Queen Anne.
Flickr Photo/Tim Dorr

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.

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