Former pro basketball player Dennis Rodman has returned to North Korea for another so-called “basketball diplomacy” tour. Yet just last week, North Korea canceled the visit of US envoy Robert King, who was attempting to secure the release of Lynnwood resident Kenneth Bae.
In the past, North Korea has attempted to use detentions of Americans to win diplomatic concessions. Why did they cancel King’s trip? And what does North Korea gain by inviting Dennis Rodman back? David Hyde spoke with Charles Armstrong, professor of history at Columbia University, to find out.
Dennis Rodman: Kim Jong Un is "awesome."
Does Rodman's attitude toward the North Korean leader help legitimize his regime? North Korean media has been playing up the unlikely duo's relationship, but Armstrong had this to say about Rodman's testimony:
Eddie Weber runs 11 clean and sober houses in Kent, Wash. Five of those are full of sex offenders, which is a problem according to the city of Kent. The city attorney has promised to start fining Weber $2,500 dollars a day – $500 for each house – because those houses violate the city’s zoning code.
Weber said Kent’s action is part of a larger trend where Draconian laws are enacted to drive sex offenders out of communities. Weber spoke to KUOW’s David Hyde.
Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 4:44 pm
There are nearly 900 registered lobbyists in Washington state. These are the paid professionals who try to influence the outcome of the legislative process. But this year, a determined dad proved even outsiders can play the legislative game – with a bit of help.
So how does a Microsoft test manager become a citizen lobbyist? For Jeff Schwartz it all started back in 2007 when his son Jacob was about four months old.
“It was right about December that he started excessively throwing up and vomiting,” Schwartz recalls.
President Obama is asking Congress to approve air strikes against Syria in the wake of evidence that chemical weapons were used on civilians in the country. How is Washington's congressional delegation responding?
Rep. Adam Smith has just returned from the Syria-Jordan border. He said in a statement that the United States “should expand and accelerate our support for moderate elements of opposition forces” in Syria. Rep. Smith joins us to explain how the United States might support Syrian opposition.
This file photo, released in December 2005, shows an Arrow missile being launched at an undisclosed location in Israel. This is the same type of missile used in a joint test with the US on September 3 over the Mediterranean.
It’s Friday — time to talk over the week’s news. The Department of Justice signals a long-awaited green light on new pot laws in Washington and Colorado. Fast-food workers in Seattle and across the country hold a one-day strike to push for an increase in minimum wage pay. The Obama Administration makes the case for American military involvement in Syria.
Plus, state Republicans choose a new leader, Seattle schools face a possible teacher strike, and same-sex couples get a break from the IRS.
President Barack Obama is currently in his fifth year in the White House. Before he was president, then-Senator Barack Obama visited KUOW. Steve Scher talked with Obama about the war in Iraq, US-Russia relations and the Democratic Party.
The Daily Show's Senior Black Correspondent: Larry Wilmore
Larry Wilmore is The Daily Show’s Senior Black Correspondent. He’s the author of "I'd Rather We Got Casinos and Other Black Thoughts," and he’s also written for “The Bernie Mac Show,” “The Office” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Steve Scher talked with Larry Wilmore in 2009 about the election of President Obama, the line between satire and compassion and more.
You've likely heard of the Shia-Sunni split in the Middle East but what caused the split? British journalist Lesley Hazleton explores the stories behind the schism: from assassinations, to a favored wife, to bloody battlefields. Marcie Sillman talks with Lesley Hazleton about the roots of this centuries-old divide.
Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 4:16 pm
Legal pot? Not so fast. That’s the message from a growing number of Washington cities.
Several municipalities are considering whether to pass a moratorium on pot-related businesses. Others – like Bellingham and Olympia – have already enacted temporary bans.
Richland, Pasco and Kennewick are just the latest Washington cities to consider moratoriums. But it’s not just more conservative eastern Washington communities. Liberal Bellingham and Olympia have said ‘time out’ when it comes to legal, recreational pot.
Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 5:23 pm
Remember the "sequester" cuts? The dust is finally settling and the consequences becoming real for a program in the U.S. Forest Service that sends money to timber counties.
At the beginning of sequestration, the Forest Service demanded that rural counties pay back some of the timber payments they'd already received and spent. But all of the recipients of the federal aid refused to go along with this approach to across-the-board federal budget cuts.
Sen. Patrick Leahy is calling on the Justice Department to state its position on marijuana's legal status. Here, a man inspects a shirt depicting the U.S. flag made of marijuana symbols, at a medical marijuana show in Los Angeles earlier this year.
The Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he's done waiting for answers about how the Justice Department will handle marijuana offenses in states that have legalized small amounts of the drug.
Correction 8/27/13: In a previous version, the length of the district's contract offer was stated as three years. The current offer is for a two-year contract. The length of the contract is negotiable.
Seattle's teachers' union voted down the school district's two-year contract offer Monday night at Seattle Education Association's general membership meeting at Benaroya Hall.
Reporters were not allowed inside the meeting, but teachers said that the voice vote was nearly unanimous, with only several teachers of the hundreds present supporting the contract offer.
Former Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur surprised many of his colleagues when he resigned close to a month ago. Wilbur went to work for Young America’s Foundation, a conservative organization with a mission to train young people for jobs in the media.