Correction 7/24/13: In the original broadcast of this interview we misstated that Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant advocates a minimum wage of $21.72 an hour. According to her campaign representative Devin Matthews, Sawant is calling for a $15.00 dollar minimum wage.
A recent economic survey showed it costs over $52,000 for a one parent and one child family to live a modest lifestyle in Seattle. Would raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour bring more people closer to earning a living wage? Or would a $15.00 minimum wage just discourage employers from hiring? Ross Reynolds talks to Felix Salmon, financial reporter for Reuters, about the case for each side, and callers share their opinions on if we should raise the minimum wage.
Seattle Mayoral Candidate Charlie Staadecker Seattle mayoral candidate Charlie Staadecker joins us to talk about his run ahead of the August 6 primary election.
"Stand Your Ground" Gets New Scrutiny After Zimmerman Verdict While George Zimmerman didn’t end up using Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law in his defense in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the statute loomed large over his case. In an interview with CNN, one juror said that the jury had the state's "Stand Your Ground" law in mind when deciding Zimmerman’s fate. We talk with John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation, about a new push to repeal similar laws and the organization that has worked hard to get it on the books.
Seattle Mayoral Candidate Bruce Harrell Our series of interviews with each of Seattle's mayoral candidates continues with City Councilmember Bruce Harrell.
Meet Socialist Worker’s Party candidate for mayor of Seattle, Mary Martin. She says the next mayor of Seattle must defend the working class. What exactly would she do as mayor to protect the working class? Ross Reynolds talks to her about that and what else she would bring to the mayor’s office.
Former State Legislator Kip Tokuda passed away this weekend. The South Seattle Democrat served four terms in the House of Representatives. He was a champion for Asian-American rights, co-founding the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation to encourage young people for leadership roles in politics and nonprofit organizations. Ross Reynolds discusses his legacy with Jill NiShii, a longtime friend and former mentee of Tokuda.
Critics of Washington’s new $300 million data center complex have been saying for years that it was overbuilt. Now, the state acknowledges as much. In a new report, Washington’s Chief Information Officer concludes two of the four data halls will not be needed.
Mayoral Candidate Douglas McQuaid Seattle Mayoral candidate Douglas McQuaid joins Weekday to discuss the issues he feels are important to the city ahead of the August primary.
The Hidden Dangers in Common Beauty Products People use a lot of products to stay clean and attractive. Lotion, shampoo, deodorant, face cream, sunblock, and cosmetics are commonplace, but do we know what’s in them? Shampoos often contain sulfates and parabens which can be hormone disrupters. Lotions often contain propyleneglycol which is used to make anti-freeze. Chemicals in some sunscreens are linked to cancer in women. In a complicated world of long unknown chemical names, what can we use to stay clean and attractive without hurting our bodies inadvertently? Why aren’t these products better regulated?
Greendays Gardening Panel Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, native plant expert, and vegetable gardening expert. They answer your gardening questions every Tuesday.
Sakara Remmu On Zimmerman's Acquittal The verdict in the George Zimmerman trial sparked protests, copious editorials and even riots across the country this week with many voices calling for more dialogue around racism in the US. To that end, we speak with local activist, writer and self-described “mother of black children” Sakara Remmu.
Mayoral Candidate Kate Martin Seattle Mayoral candidate Kate Martin joins Weekday to discuss the issues she feels are important to the city ahead of the August primary.
Chuck Klosterman On Grappling With Villains What is is about the bad guy, or girl, that’s so alluring? From Robert Redford and Paul Newman as con men in “The Sting” to the murderous drug dealer Omar Little of HBO’s “The Wire,” we have an increasing fascination with the villains in our culture. At least, that’s what writer Chuck Klosterman thinks. He expands on his ideas in a new book called “I Wear The Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)."
The Weather And Hike Of The Week Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn faces tough competition in his campaign for re-election. He came to office as a political outsider, championing public transit and environmental issues. But many question whether he has followed through on his campaign promises. Ross Reynolds talks with Mayor McGinn about what he would bring to a second term in office.
It was the legislative equivalent of a buzzer beater. Just as the Washington legislature was about to adjourn last month, the House and Senate quickly passed a series of tax breaks mostly for businesses. They included exemptions for dance clubs, mint growers, dairy products and this one: digital data used by international investment firms.
That last one will largely benefit a single global firm – Seattle-based Russell Investments. This tax break passed despite efforts to close these kinds of loopholes.
News From D.C. We preview the week ahead in Washington, D.C., with Jill Jackson, Capitol Hill Producer for CBS News.
Mayoral Candidate Ed Murray Seattle Mayoral candidate Ed Murray joins Weekday to discuss the issues he feels are important to the city ahead of the August primary.
Eating Wild With Jo Robinson Eating healthy isn’t really as simple as eat your fruits and veggies. Author and investigative journalist Jo Robinson examines the nutrients in our fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs and dairy products. Jo explains how we can get the most benefits from our food in her book “Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health.”
There are more than 200 bridges in Washington that could collapse if a key part fails. They’re classified as being fracture-critical, just like the Interstate 5 span that plummeted into the Skagit River in May after it was hit by an oversized load. Out of those fracture-critical bridges, at least three others have been struck multiple times in the past five years. Experts say repeated bridge strikes can potentially cause catastrophic problems.
Federal land managers have banned the use of exploding targets on public lands in the Northwest. The concern is wildfires.
Fire investigators suspect exploding targets sparked at least half a dozen wildfires in Washington and Idaho over the past year. The chemical explosives give target shooters instant feedback that they've hit their mark from long range.
The Olympia-based Freedom Foundation has filed records requests with four Washington state agencies asking for employee emails and other records containing certain words, including “tea party,” “Catholic,” “Mormon” and “redneck.” Why? Ross Reynolds talks with Glen Morgan, the property rights director with the Freedom Foundation.