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International Trade
2:52 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Aviation Consultant: WTO Trade Rules Are 'Toothless'

Credit Flickr Photo/Andrew W. Sieber (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Scott Hamilton, an aviation consultant from the Leeham company, about the European Union's potential challenge to Boeing's tax breaks and what that says about trade rules and international business.

Tech News
3:18 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Tech News: AT&T Set To Acquire DirecTV, Amazon Programming, And Halo 5

Flickr Photo/Matt Hollingsworth (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks to Geekwire's Todd Bishop about AT&T's move to acquire DirecTV, Amazon's first children's show and the release of the video game Halo 5.

Economics And Crime
3:17 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Can The Promise Of Opportunity Reduce Crime?

Credit Robert Crutchfield's book "Get a Job."

Steve Scher talks to UW Sociology professor Robert Crutchfield about the research in his new book ,"Get A Job: Labor Markets, Economic Opportunity, And Crime."

One argument for raising the minimum wage is that better pay will tie a person to the work in a positive way. More pay could give a worker hope that they will be able to  build a better life for themselves and their family. Research shows that  kids will pick up on that hope and be less likely to commit crimes. 

Crutchfield  has worked as a parole agent and a juvenile probation officer. His research focuses on the connections between labor markets, economic opportunity and crime. Basically, he says, a good job reduces crime. 

Marijuana
10:21 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Women In Cannabis: Solidarity And High-Potency Sorbet

Katey Cooper, Jessica Jordan and Stesha Ries (left to right) trade ideas at the Women and Cannabis Business luncheon.
Credit Amy Radil

A power luncheon for women in the marijuana business took place Friday in one of Seattle’s highest locations – the top of the Columbia Tower, where dozens of women in the cannabis business gathered to talk shop and exchange recipes.

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'Smells Like A Toilet'
8:20 am
Mon May 19, 2014

New Organic Fertilizer Less Smelly, More Popular With Farm Workers

Alan Schreiber is an organic and research farmer. He’s testing a new better-smelling organic liquid fertilizer at his farm near Eltopia, Washington.

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 6:35 pm

When you think organic, you probably visualize fresh, sweet-smelling fruits and vegetables. But what makes that delicious organic produce grow?

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Real Estate
8:17 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Northwest Mirrors National Shift Away From Single-Family Homes

File photo of condominiums in Portland's Pearl District

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 5:02 pm

New housing starts are a key economic indicator. But not all new houses are created the same.

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Labor
8:13 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Signature Campaign Begins For $15 Minimum Wage Initiative

Jess Spear of the 15 Now campaign and Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant outside the downtown Seattle McDonald’s.
Credit KUOW/John Ryan

Minimum-wage activists launched their signature-gathering campaign for a ballot initiative outside the downtown Seattle McDonald's Thursday.

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City Council Proposal
2:43 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Former Obama Administration Economist On Seattle's Proposed Minimum Wage Hike

Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and former chief economist and economic adviser in the Obama Administration.
Credit Flickr Photo/University of Michigan's Ford School (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde interviews Jared Bernstein, former chief economist for the Obama Administration, about the proposed minimum wage hike in Seattle. 

Gains In Seattle Jobs
10:20 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Steady Job Gains Chip Away At Jobless Rate in Washington State

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 3:44 pm

Steady job gains are chipping away at the unemployment rate in Washington state.

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Politics & Government
3:35 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Ralph Nader Chats About New Book, Seattle’s Minimum Wage Debate

Credit Ralph Nader's new book "Unstoppable."

David Hyde speaks with Ralph Nader about Seattle's minimum wage debate and his new book: “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle The Corporate State.”

Minimum Wage
3:30 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Special: Stakeholders, Listeners Discuss Minimum Wage

Demonstrators in Seattle formed a human chain around City Hall in support of a $15 minimum wage in April.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Steve Scher sits down with three stakeholders in the minimum wage debate: James Parker, a volunteer for the organization 15Now, who currently makes $12 an hour; Howard Wright, co-founder of the Seattle Hospitality Group and co-chair of the mayor's Income Inequality Advisory Committee; and Judith Gille, founder and  co-owner of City People's Mercantile and Garden Store.

Scher asks his panelists to discuss how we got to this point, the mayor's proposal to reach a $15 minimum wage and how that wage would impact their lives. We also take your calls.

Marijuana Business
3:28 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

'It's Really Terrifying:' Marijuana Businessman Steve DeAngelo On Running A Business In Cash

Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director of Harborside Health Services, the world's largest marijuana dispensary.
Credit Harborside Health Services

Ross Reynolds speaks with Steve DeAngelo, executive director of Harborside Health Services, a medical marijuana dispensary in California, about what it's like to run a $30 million business mostly on cash.

Debate Over Mayor's Proposal
3:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Seattle City Council's Public Hearing On Minimum Wage Stirs Emotions

Supporters of the group 15 Now attend a Seattle City Council public meeting to discuss minimum wage on May 13.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

David Hyde speaks with KUOW reporter Deborah Wang, who attended Seattle City Council's public hearing on the minimum wage Tuesday night.

Hake And Pollock
12:41 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Nets Mended, Boots Packed. Fish Boats Head For Alaska

Alan Davis, Safety and Compliance Director for American Seafoods of Seattle, on the deck of the Nothern Eagle
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

It’s the start of the spring fishing season. Big factory ships are heading out to sea, and in coming weeks, 10,000 people from Washington state will head north to the Alaska fishing grounds.

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Workforce
2:27 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Us Too! King County Considers Minimum Wage For Employees

In the “me too” department, King County is jumping on the bandwagon to consider a higher minimum wage for its employees. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued a similar proposal for city workers soon after he took office in January.

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