Members of the Young Urban Authors program meet twice a week in a small storefront near 23rd and Jackson in Seattle. The program is one of many funded by Seattle’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. In this program, the teenagers spend months writing and editing their own books — fiction or non-fiction — which are then printed in paperback form.
This month Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta laid out plans for the future of the US military. And as troops return from Afghanistan, that strategy includes shifting security operations to the Pacific Rim. Soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) will play a major role in that plan.
Republicans will hold a 38-seat lead in the US House of Representatives. But Democrats lead by 0.6 percent in the popular vote. What is the deal? Some experts say the gap can be explained by partisan gerrymandering – the strategic redrawing of congressional district lines to benefit one political party.
Ross Reynolds talks with researcher Nicholas Goedert from Washington University in St. Louis.
The Seattle City Council is voting on the city budget next Monday. They’ve made some changes in Mayor McGinn’s original proposal. Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn about the upcoming budget vote.
President Barack Obama is meeting today with members of Congress to try to avoid the fiscal cliff. The president says he’ll let Bush-era tax cuts for families earning over $250,000 a year expire. House Republicans are opposed.
Seattle entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer would pay more if the tax cuts expire and he thinks he should. Ross Reynolds speaks with Hanauer, business owner Mark Peterson, and policy analysts Mark Guppy and Marilyn Watkins, and he asks listeners to weigh in with their opinion: Are the rich taxed enough?
King County plans to pull an all-nighter on the first day marriage licenses are available to same-sex couples under Washington state law. On Thursday, Dec. 6, at 12:01 a.m., the county is scheduled to open its licensing office in downtown Seattle.
South Korea is electing a new president next month. In their elections, corporate money is banned and the campaign season is limited. Ross Reynolds talks with University of Washington Professor Yong-Chool Ha about the ins and outs of election season in South Korea.
Governor-elect Jay Inslee announced three members of his transition team yesterday, just as the state revenue council announced their prediction of a $900 million budget shortfall over the next two years. Inslee spoke with KUOW’s Steve Scher about his approach to closing that gap and his role in supporting the initiative that passed recreational use of marijuana.
SEATTLE, Wash. – Washington Governor-elect Jay Inslee says states are the incubators of new ideas – and that should extend to marijuana legalization. Inslee Wednesday said he’s hopeful Washington’s new recreational pot law can take effect without federal interference.
Inslee didn’t support Washington’s marijuana legalization initiative. But now that it has passed he says, “The voters have spoken.”
Inslee says he will work in a “rational and mature” way to persuade the Obama administration to allow Washington to implement the law.
What are the most common causes of house fires in Seattle and what can be done to avoid fire? Ross Reynolds sits down with Captain Shata Stephenson from the Seattle Fire Marshal’s office and talks about staying fire-free over the holidays.
Last week Seattle voters approved funding for rebuilding Seattle's waterfront seawall. But some waterfront businesses say the construction schedule will hurt the tourist trade. Ross talks to Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who chairs the transportation committee.
Last Tuesday's general election marked a decisive moment for the city of Shoreline: 70 percent of voters there agreed to buy water services back from the city of Seattle and create their own water utility.
Magdaleno Rose-Avila is the first director of Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. He was selected by Mayor Mike McGinn for his decades of experience working with diverse communities in pursuit of human rights.