What does the future hold for America’s space program? Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson argues that space exploration is vital for our economy, our security — and our morale. "Audacious visions... have the power to change assumptions about what is possible," he says. In his most recent book, "Space Chronicles," Tyson challenges lawmakers to invest in NASA and once again put a priority on the nation's space program. Neil deGrasse Tyson joins us to talk meteors, aliens and thinking big about exploring the universe.
Later this year, Washington state voters may get the chance to weigh in on whether genetically modified foods should be labeled as such. Supporters of proposed Initiative 522 say consumers are owed the information about what's in their food. I-522's opponents say there are no known risks to GMOs, so why label them? We look at the science of genetically modified organisms and how I-522 would affect consumers with professor Toby Bradshaw of the University of Washington and Dr. Michael Hansen of Consumers Union.
It’s not news that government can get bogged down by layers of bureaucracy. The solution to cutting the red tape, says California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, is technology. He joins us to talk about his new book "Citizenville," and how to put technology to use to take citizens from observers to collaborators.
Many adults loved the Harry Potter series. Of course, adults weren't the target audience. The Hunger Games and the Chronicles of Narnia were also written for young adults, and yet they developed a loyal following among the older set. What other teen books would adults enjoy? Author and regular Weekday commentator Nancy Pearl joins us with some recommendations. What are your favorites? Call us at 800-289-5869. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a tweet @weekdayKUOW.
A new study shows a convincing link between sugar consumption and diabetes. It’s the latest in a line of research that shows processed sugar is bad for our health. We talk with one of the study's authors, Dr. Robert Lustig of the University of California San Francisco, and Dr. David Katz of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.
Initiative activist Tim Eyman speaks to the media in front of the Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, in Olympia, Wash. Eyman responded to a Supreme Court ruling that overturned one of his initiatives that limited the ability of the Legislature to raise taxes.
It's Friday - time to review the news of the week with our panel of journalists: Joni Balter, Eli Sanders and Knute Berger. The state Supreme Court ruled against the two-thirds requirement to raise taxes, Mayor Mike McGinn and City Attorney Pete Holmes sparred over police reforms, and the state DOT admitted design flaws in building the new 520 floating bridge. What stories caught your attention this week? Call us at 800.289.5869, email email@example.com or send us a message on Twitter: @weekdaykuow.
Marc Maron is a writer, actor and 25-year veteran of stand-up comedy. These days he’s host of the incredibly popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron, where he interviews other comedians and entertainers about their lives and careers. He just posted his 365th episode. Marc Maron joins us to talk about his career and the art of podcasting ahead of his performance at Seattle's Neptune Theatre.
Right now is a terrible time to buy a used car. But it’s an excellent time to sell a used car, especially here in Seattle. Sales of new cars plunged between 2008 and 2010, and that’s caused a shortage of used cars. According to Forbes, Seattle is the second worst city in the country to buy a used car. So why here? We'll get some answers from Micheline Maynard. She covers business and the automobile industry for Forbes and other publications.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama proposed a massive scientific endeavor to map the human brain. It's a multi-billion dollar, multi-year project that's meant to do for neuroscience what the Human Genome Project did for DNA. How will scientists actually achieve it? We talk with Dr. Christof Koch from the Allen Institute for Brain Science and Dr. Patricia Kuhl from the UW Institute for Learning and Brain Science.
Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton considers Burt Lancaster, Frances Farmer, Vivien Leigh and others in the movie business who would have turned 100 this year. Geekwire's Todd Bishop reviews what's happening in tech, including a dust-up between Microsoft and online advertisers over a new browser privacy setting, rumors of an "iWatch" coming from Apple, and the new digital paywall at The Seattle Times.
How’s your home improvement to-do list looking? Maybe you have some projects you've been meaning to get to? Weekday home repair expert Roger Faris joins us to take your questions. Call us at 206.543.5869 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daffodils are pushing through the soil, temperatures are going up (a little). Are you planning your garden? How can you get the kids involved? Garden experts Greg Rabourn, Marty Wingate and Lisa Taylor are here to answer your questions. Call us at 206.543.5869 or send an email to email@example.com.
Access to HIV and TB treatment has been improving worldwide. The rate of new infections is going down. But tuberculosis remains deadly, especially for the poverty stricken — TB killed 1.4 million people in 2011. Luwiza Makukula was diagnosed with HIV and TB after her husband died in 2001. Not only was she sick, she was completely isolated. Today, she works with NGOs focused on treatment, care, and support for HIV/TB patients, including Zambia's Community Initiative for TB, HIV/AIDS and Malaria (CITAM+). Luwiza Makukula joins us.
Global warming and melting ice are rapidly changing the landscape of the Earth's polar regions. What will it mean for life at the poles, and for the rest of the world? Norwegian explorer Borge Ousland has seen this environmental transformation for himself. He’s the first person to complete solo expeditions across both the North and South Poles. In 2010, he completed the Northern Passage – a circumnavigation of the entire Arctic ocean. He joins us to talk about his adventures in the vast, frozen tundra of the poles.