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9:29 am
Thu September 26, 2013

What Did The Tech CEO Say To The Worker He Wanted To Automate?

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Worker strikes are in the air these days, it seems. Many of them involve the lowest paid workers in our cities. That brings to mind a recent memorable radio moment when a San Francisco transit strike led a tech CEO in San Francisco to complain via social media that transit workers should be automated. Marketplace's Krissy Clark didn't let him off so easily.
A labor dispute in the San Francisco area launched a surprising debate about the future of work in the new economy.
Seattle Waterfront
9:46 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Inslee Says 'Big Bertha' To Resume Drilling Seattle Tunnel

WSDOT

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 4:44 pm

"Big Bertha" should soon get back to work digging a nearly two mile tunnel to replace Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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San Juan Islands
9:40 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Washington State Ferry Captain And Second Mate Placed On Leave After Collision

Compdude123 Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 3:32 pm

Last Friday, a large ferry collided with a sailboat, sinking that much smaller craft.

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Transportation
3:41 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Eastside Light Rail Moves Forward After Court Challenge

Computer simulation of light rail trains on the Interstate 90 floating bridge over Lake Washington. The Eastside light rail project is expected to be completed by 2023.
Credit Sound Transit

A plan to build light rail tracks on the Interstate 90 floating bridge can move forward.

In a 7-2 opinion, the Washington State Supreme Court sided with Sound Transit and the Washington State Department of Transportation, and against Bellevue developer Kemper Freeman and others.

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Bridge Construction Delay
2:03 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Rain Delays Skagit River Replacement Bridge Construction

Computer simulation of completed replacement Skagit River bridge (foreground) adjacent to temporary bridge. The replacement will slide into the temporary site once work is completed.
Courtesy of WSDOT

UPDATE: 9/9/2013, 1:30 p.m. PT

The Washington state Department of Transportatation says the new replacement bridge on I-5 over the Skagit River should be ready to drive on Sunday morning.

WSDOT officials say the weather’s drying out enough to pour concrete on the replacement span that’s being constructed adjacent to the temporary bridge. Recent heavy rains have delayed the pouring operation. After the concrete cures, they’ll slide the new bridge into place.

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Special Legislative Session
12:04 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

New Hope For The State Transportation Package?

The I-5 crossing of the Columbia River is a point of contention in the transportation package.
Flickr Photo/Robert Gaskin

It has been two months since the last special session in Olympia came to a close. Now Governor Jay Inslee is saying he wants to call another one.

Lawmakers failed to pass a transportation package during the last special session. The special session will only be called if there are enough votes to pass a transportation package that was stalled during the last legislative session.

Senator Rodney Tom said he is holding seven public meetings around the state to assess what the public wants in a transportation plan. Jerry Cornfield of the Everett Herald joins us for more analysis on the compromises and possibilities for a new plan.

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Gas Tax
5:57 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Gov. Inslee: Special Session On Transportation Needed

Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Governor Jay Inslee held a press conference on Tuesday to announce that he wants to call a special session of the state Legislature this fall.

The session would address what Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine described as the state’s urgent transportation needs.

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Transportation
11:19 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Demand Rising For Car Sharing And Ridesharing

A Lyft car with the trademark moustache.
Flickr Photo/Spiros Vathis

For months now, tensions have been brewing between Seattle taxi drivers and ridesharing services like Uber-X, Sidecar and Lyft. Seattle cab drivers (who are heavily regulated by the city) claim ridesharing services have an advantage since they’re not subject to the same rules and regulations.

So this summer, the city commissioned a $100,000 study to determine the demand for taxis, rideshares, for-hires and limousines. What did the study find? And how will the results inform how the city proceeds? Seattle City Council President Sally Clark joins us with the results.

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Consumer Trends
12:03 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Why Millennials Are Ditching Cars And Redefining Ownership

Zach Brown's preferred mode of transportation is his skateboard. Brown, 27, is an artist and actor who doesn't own a car.
Courtesy of Zach Brown

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 9:30 am

Part of a series of stories produced in collaboration with Youth Radio on the changing car culture in America.

You might think there's one place in America you absolutely need a car: Los Angeles. You'd be wrong.

"I have been in L.A. without a car for two years now," says Alyssa Rosenthal, a makeup artist.

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Parking Problems
5:33 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Cycle Track Plan Worries Business Owners In Ravenna

A cycle track puts a physical barrier between bicyclists and car traffic.
Flickr Photo/Jean-Pierre Chamberland

Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan includes a proposal for a bike lane on NE 65th Street. The bike lane would be a cycle track, which is a protected lane for bikes. Usually such lanes take away some parking.

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Bike Share
11:16 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Bike Helmets: Love Them Or Hate Them?

Bike sharing is coming to Seattle, but that brings up the question of helmet-sharing as well.
Flickr Photo/Jean-Pierre Chamberland

The Seattle City Council is developing a bike-sharing program for the city. Under the current plan, around 500 seven-speed bikes and helmets will be available to rent from kiosks in parts of Seattle. 

Some bike-sharing advocates say the helmet requirement is a big problem, because nobody who rents a bike will also want to rent a helmet.  But it’s illegal to bike in King County without one. Should King County keep the helmet rule? Would you rent a bike and a helmet? Ross Reynolds hears from listeners.

Public Transit Community
11:12 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Bus Driver Love Stories

Bus driver Ben Shinolt in Seattle 1954. Our area has been served by some great transit operators, share your stories with us.
Flickr Photo/IMLS Digital Collections and Content

The tragic news of a bus driver being shot earlier this week  in downtown Seattle inspired us to ask listeners to share their stories about bus drivers; stories about nice bus drivers just doing their jobs and stories about heroic bus drivers that went above and beyond the call of duty.  Ross Reynolds talks to listeners about their best bus drivers.

Transportation
9:06 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Remote Yet Vital Inland Northwest Ferry Crossing Gets An Upgrade

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 8:41 am

Washington's most famous ferries are in Puget Sound. But another, inland ferry operated by the state has been quietly shuttling cars across the Columbia River since 1948. And Wednesday, that ferry crossing got a badly needed update.

No new boat ceremony would be complete without breaking a bottle over the bow. But it took a few tries to actually break this bottle.

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Greendays
10:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

The Transportation Package, Letters Written In Wartime And Gardening

Flickr Photo/Mark Atwood

  

Olympia And The Transportation Package
When state lawmakers adjourned in June, they left a $10 billion transportation package on the table. Now, senate leaders have announced they’ll hold hearings in the fall on the state’s transportation priorities and how to pay for them. Everett Herald reporter and columnist Jerry Cornfield joins us with details.
 

Letters Written In Wartime
Wartime letters capture a uniquely vivid history not found in text books. They place us in the author’s shoes. Take this quote from a letter written in 1941: “A man just brought us our gas masks. I don’t know why I’m writing this, because if we’re hit with a bomb they won’t find enough of me — let alone this letter. I imagine it’s to show myself that I can be calm under fire.”  We experience history by reading the letters of those who lived it.


Greendays Gardening Panel
Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, native plant expert and vegetable gardening expert.  They’re on hand to answer your gardening questions. 

State Budget
9:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

State Transportation Plan, And Junk Foods We've Loved

It's impossible to not get a junk food fix on Coney Island, New York.
Fickr Photo/Julian Bleecker

State Lawmakers Move On Transportation Package
When state lawmakers adjourned in June, they left a $10 billion transportation package on the table. Now, Senate leaders have announced they’ll hold public hearings in the fall on the state’s transportation priorities and how to pay for them. Everett Herald reporter and columnist Jerry Cornfield joins us with details.

Junk Foods We Have Loved
Admit it – as healthy as we may try to be, we all have our guilty pleasures when it comes to food. Food writers and co-hosts of the Spilled Milk podcast, Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton, join us to talk favorite junk foods and fess up to their cravings. What are yours? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write weekday@kuow.org.

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