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EarthFix Reports
7:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Study Links Flame Retardants In The Columbia To Household Laundry

An aerial view of the Columbia River. A group opposing the use of flame retardants in clothing and children's products has produced a study showing that such toxic chemicals are getting into the river from laundry water.
Amelia Templeton

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 1:51 pm

A study published Wednesday reveals household laundry water is washing chemical flame retardant pollution into the Northwest's biggest waterway.

Scientists with the Washington Toxics Coalition tested household dust as well as laundry wash-water from 20 homes in the Washington cities of Longview and Vancouver. They also took samples of incoming and outgoing water from two wastewater treatment plants that discharge into the Columbia River. They detected flame retardants in all of those tests.

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Do Your Homework
4:47 am
Thu September 18, 2014

How To Make The Most Of Your 10 Minutes With Teacher

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 6:11 am

So you finally get the chance to meet one on one with your child's teacher — now what?

Like a good Boy Scout, be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework before a parent-teacher conference can make a big difference.

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Election Season
3:38 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Ads Get Creative, Even Seductive, To Attract Voters

In this Illinois ad, Doris and her friend Betty suggestively encourage two young men to come in ... and get voter ID cards.

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 6:17 am

September is voter registration month, but inspiring Americans to register and vote isn't always easy. Especially with politicians held in such low esteem. So some groups — and a few election officials — are taking a page from the book of Mad Men's Don Draper to get voters to the polls. Who knew that voting could be this much fun?

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Digital Culture
3:23 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

A Year Without Internet: How Unplugging Turns The World On

Credit Flickr Photo/AdamFagen (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman sits down with environment journalist and blogger David Roberts to talk about why he decided to turn off the internet for one year. You can read his story, "Reboot or Die Trying" in the October issue of Outside Magazine.

3:23 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Should Seattle Take The 'Columbus' Out Of Columbus Day?

The Christopher Columbus statue on Seattle's waterfront had to be removed to repair damages from vandalism.
Flickr Photo/Chris Blakeley (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Audio Pending...

Marcie Sillman talks with Kenneth C. Davis, author of "Don't Know Much About History," about the story behind Columbus Day. 

Family Dynamics
12:13 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Kids' Perception Of Parents' Favoritism Counts More Than Reality

If a child feels like the odd person out, it could mean more problems in the teenage years, psychologists say.

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:28 am

We all know which kid Mom and Dad liked best, and odds are you're thinking it's not you.

But does that really make a difference? It can, researchers say, but not always the way you might think.

Less-favored children are more likely to be using drugs, alcohol and cigarettes as teenagers, according to researchers at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

But what matters is not how the parents actually treat the children, but how the kids perceive it.

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Health Care
9:02 am
Wed September 17, 2014

How Catholic Insurance Companies Outsource Contraceptive Coverage

Contraceptive coverage has long been required by state laws or sought by nonreligious employers the religious health plans serve.

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:03 am

Catholic and other religious hospitals and universities have been arguing in federal court for much of the past two years that they shouldn't have to offer or facilitate birth control as part of their employee health plans because it violates their religious beliefs.

But what happens when the insurance company is itself Catholic? It turns out that Catholic health plans have for years been arranging for outside firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.

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It's In The P-I
3:33 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Where Should Seattle P-I Globe Go? (It's 48-Feet Tall)

Credit Flickr Photo/Jo Morrill (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Leonard Garfield, director of the Museum of History and Industry, about MOHAI's efforts to find a new home for the landmark P-I globe.

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3:33 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Why The Young Unchurched Flock To Evangelical Churches

During a service at Mars Hill Church's dowtown Seattle location.
Flickr Photo/Mars Hill Church (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with James Wellman, chair of the comparative religion program at the University of Washington, about why young people are drawn to evangelical institutions like Mars Hill Church and are leaving mainline denominations behind.

Wellman will be speaking at the Christ and Cascadia conference this month, an academic gathering addressing Christian renewal in the region.

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3:33 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Commentator: Detroit Missed Opportunity With Mariners Manager

Seattle Mariner's manager Lloyd McClendon.
Credit Wikipedia Photo/Eric Enfermero

Ross Reynolds talks with John U. Bacon, sports commentator for Michigan Public Radio, about Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, who previously coached the Detroit Tigers.

2:38 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Former Mars Hill Pastor: 'It Wasn't Easy For Any Of Us To Leave'

Jeff Bettger and his wife Teresa, July 2013.
Credit Courtesy: Twitter/@jsuffering

Jeannie Yandel speaks with former Mars Hill Church Pastor and Elder Jeff Bettger about what he loved about the church and why he finally made the hard decision to leave in the wake of recent scandals.

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Getting Clean
2:38 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

How Seattle Is Helping Addicts Avoid Prison

Flickr Photo/~C4Chaos (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Once upon a time, Jeremy Bradford saw his life spread before him; years of infinite possibility.

The Seattle native had his life together. A successful stint in the Marines had led him to a sales career. Bradford was on an upward trajectory at one of the city's best-known department stores. 

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4:03 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Howling Babies Drove Prehistoric Warriors Into Battle?


Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 7:26 am

If you have ever seen, or spent time with (or, God forbid, had to live with) a colicky baby, this will make perfect sense to you. It may not make actual sense, but when the baby is crying you don't think very straight.

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RadioActive Youth Media
2:11 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Youth In Crisis Find Someone To Listen At Teen Hotline

The Teen Link office.
Credit KUOW Photo / Caitlin Gaylord

The walls are covered with colorful decorations and pictures of about 80 smiling volunteers. Wires covering the desk connect computers to phone headsets. And volunteers like high school senior Colin are waiting for the phones to ring. 

Most cities have their own anonymous hotline for people in crisis. Few of these hotlines are specifically for teens and staffed by teens. At Seattle’s Teen Link, teen volunteers answer calls from teens in crisis every night. Teen Link doesn’t allow volunteers to share their last names, in order to prevent harassment.

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Men In America
1:21 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

How To Be A 21st Century 'Gentleman'

If men and women aspire to operate as equals, does a man still pay the bill on a date? Should he hold open a door? Pull out his date's chair?

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 5:40 pm

Back in 1967 the rules for dating were fairly clear-cut whether you agreed with them or not. Check out this U.S. Navy instructional video, How to Succeed with Brunettes. (What is UP with that title, anyway?)

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