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12:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Simon Winchester: SKULLS

Chinese water deer, also known as the vampire deer.
Courtesy of Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers

Skulls are potent symbols of death, life and danger, and they also can tell a fascinating story about natural history. Ross Reynolds talks with writer Simon Winchester about his new book about skulls and a man that obsessively collects them.

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Tech Fashion
10:39 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Technology You Can Wear

David Karp wearing Google Glass at the Tumblr party at SXSW.
Flickr Photo/Scott Beale

There’s been a lot of buzz about wearable technology — computing capabilities you can wear — for at least a decade. Digital wrist bands that monitor physical activity are becoming more common. Products like Google Glass, Apple iWatch and Nike+ FuelBand are in the pipeline. The problem is, in terms of fashion, wearable tech has always been a little too geeky. But that may be changing.

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Gardening Tips
10:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Greendays Gardening: Pledge Drive Edition

What a beautiful weekend we just had! Did you start a gardening project, do some weeding, or walk the neighborhood and get new ideas? Our gardening experts Greg Rabourn, Marty Wingate and Lisa Taylor join us to answer your questions at 206.543.5869. Show your appreciation for their expertise and become a member of KUOW at 206.543.9595. 

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Live Performance
9:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

The Maldives' Jason Dodson Live In Studio

The Maldives.
Credit Photo Credit/Haley Young Photography

The local folk/rock band The Maldives have performed everywhere from the back of a flatbed truck to the stages of Sasquatch, Bumbershoot, Capitol Hill Block Party and SXSW.

The Maldives are a seven-member band that started with lead singer and guitarist Jason Dodson over six years ago, and have established themselves as a quintessential band in the Northwest music scene. Jason Dodson joins us in studio to talk and perform live.

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Food Allergies
11:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Don't Eat That! You Could Be Allergic

A buffet table can be a nightmare for people with food allergies.
Credit Flickr Photo/Jay Wilson

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of food allergies in the US has more than doubled over the past decade. The New York Times recently estimated that there are now about 5.9 million children in the United States with food allergies, not to mention another 2.3 million adults. So what’s new in food allergy research? Ross Reynolds talks with Dr. Dave Naimi, board certified in pediatrics and allergies and immunology. Dr. Naimi treats patients in the Everett branch of the Northwest Asthma and Allergy Center.

Science & Technology
2:06 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Forensic Advances Raise New Questions About Old Convictions

After a forensic dentist used software to correct a distortion in the image a decade later, the original expert witness recanted his testimony.
Courtesy of Jan Stiglitz

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 4:48 pm

Advances in forensic technology are showing that what used to be considered clear-cut proof of guilt may be nothing of the kind. A California case highlights a growing problem facing courts: what to do when an expert witness changes his mind because of better science and technology.

William Richards was convicted of brutally murdering his wife and is serving 25 years to life. The evidence against him was mostly circumstantial and two different juries were unable to reach a verdict. A third trial was aborted because the judge recused himself.

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Crowd Sourcing Labor
12:04 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

What In The World Is Turkopticon?

Flickr Photo/Matt Wetzler

When we think of crowd sourcing, we often think about Wikipedia or Youtube, but  Amazon's Mechanical Turk is a different type of crowd sourcing.

Mechanical Turk is an online marketplace where employers can hire thousands of workers to complete tiny tasks such as identifying objects in a photo or editing a description.  Workers are offered no benefits and are not protected by minimum wage laws. They are paid per task, often as little as 20 cents, occasionally as much as $5. But sometimes, they aren’t paid at all.

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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce

Vaughn Palmer in the KUOW studio.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada, film critic Robert Horton looks at what's happening at the movies, and Geekwire's Todd Bishop reviews the latest in tech.

Science Education
9:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

NPR's Ira Flatow: Science Is Sexy

NPR science correspondent Ira Flatow.
Credit Courtesy Ira Flatow

Is science sexy? Public radio and TV journalist Ira Flatow thinks so. Every week, he turns scientific discoveries into conversation pieces on his radio program Science Friday. In his talk “Science is Sexy,” he argues that museums, zoos, TV shows and films have overtaken formal education as the main ways people learn about science. Whether it’s the Mars rover or the Large Hadron Collider, scientific research is a hot commodity. Is popular science good for science as a whole?

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Drug Distribution
12:33 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Mechanized Marijuana Dispenser Offers One Regulation Solution

Now that Washington has approved legalized marijuana, the state faces logistical challenges regarding marijuana dispensing, including defining consumer limits and determining business regulations. Weekday spoke with consultant and Medbox CEO Dr. Bruce Bedrick who shared his advice about marijuana dispensing.

Interview has been edited for clarity.

Why does legal marijuana need different controls than alcohol?

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Food Science
10:30 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Synesthetes Really Can Taste The Rainbow

A select group of synesthetes can truly "taste the rainbow."
Photo illustration by Daniel M.N. Turner NPR

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 8:23 am

Plenty of us got our fill of green-colored food on St. Patrick's Day. (Green beer, anyone?) But for some people, associating taste with color is more than just a once-a-year experience.

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Relaunching The 787
3:44 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Boeing Says It Can Install A Better Battery

Boeing presented a graphic to the public to demonstrate proposed improvements to the 787 battery.
Boeing

The Boeing Co. unveiled what executives called a "proposed permanent solution to the 787 battery issue" Thursday  night. The company’s 787 fleet has been grounded for two months because of safety concerns over the plane’s lithium-ion batteries. Two batteries in the fleet’s first 50 planes have had smoke and fire incidents.

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Employment Future
12:13 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Will Your Job Be Terminated By A Robot?

The helpful robotic vacuum. The cat is not so convinced.
Flickr Photo/Eirik Newth

Earlier this year IBM’s supercomputer, Watson, took a job with health care company WellPoint. Watson isn’t the only robot taking our jobs. By the end of the century, an estimated 70 percent of current occupations will be replaced by automation. Digital labor will take over assembly lines, write articles and even give legal advice. Where will that leave humans? 

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Inventions
12:12 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Shining Light On The Age Of Edison

An original carbon-filament Edison lightbulb from 1879.
Flickr Photo/terren in Virginia

When Thomas Edison displayed the first lightbulbs the reaction was utter amazement. University of Tennessee history professor Ernest Freeberg talks with Ross Reynolds about how Edison’s wonder invented modern America.

Gaming Culture
1:38 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Dad's 'Donkey Kong' Hack Recasts Female As Hero For Daughter

A screenshot shows game designer Mike Mika's Donkey Kong: Pauline Edition he created for his daughter show she could play as a female hero.
Screengrab via YouTube

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 3:42 pm

The world of video games has a long history of damsels in distress. It's the go-to framework for endless heroic adventures where fabulous male heroes journey to save [insert female captured by villain here].

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