Weekday

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Ask Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn
Credit Courtesy/City of Seattle

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says the city's next gun buyback will be different. Last month, the city's first buyback program in 20 years took in more than 700 pistols and rifles (and a missile launcher tube used for training). It also saw an impromptu gun show unfold downtown as private buyers snapped up guns for themselves. Mayor McGinn joins us in the studio to talk gun laws. We’ll also discuss his decision to shut down the Seattle Police Department's drone program and why surveillance cameras along Alki in West Seattle won’t be turned on just yet. Have a question for the mayor? Have a question for the mayor? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to weekday@kuow.org.

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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Your Take On The News

Knute Berger, Joni Balter and Eli Sanders at a Weekday Live event in 2011.
Credit KUOW Photo/Serene Careaga

It’s Friday — time to review the week’s news with Joni Balter, Eli Sanders and Knute Berger. President Obama sounds the alarm on the sequester, Olympia makes progress on background checks on gun sales, and Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon says "enough is enough" in a surprise resignation. What stories caught your attention this week? Call us 206.543.5869, email weekday@kuow.org or send us a message on Twitter: @weekdaykuow.

Nature
9:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Bird Talk: Not Always As Pretty As It Sounds

SMAC attacks.
Credit Photo/Caglar Akcay

Just as humans aren’t born knowing how to talk, birds aren’t born knowing what songs to sing. Take the song sparrow: Their songs are combinations of buzzing, trilling and music notes. Each song sends a message: “This is my territory,” or “Don’t mess with me.”

An aggressive sparrow mimics another bird's song, like a sort of playground argument. “Stop copying me.” “Stop copying me.” “Stop it!” “Stop it!” – until it comes to blows. Michael Beecher has been studying sparrow communication for nearly 30 years. Katy Sewall joins him in the field to start a sparrow fight.

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Politics & Government
10:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Ask King County Executive Dow Constantine

King County Executive Dow Constantine in KUOW's studios.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

For four decades, public defenders in King County have worked for private, non-profit companies. Soon they'll become public employees. Some are concerned this could weaken the county's public defense system. What will it mean for those who rely on public defenders? We’ll talk it over with King County Executive Dow Constantine. Plus, we’ll find out what’s in store for Seattle's next gun buyback as state legislators in Olympia consider background checks on gun sales. And are the Sonics any closer to coming back to town? King County Executive Dow Constantine joins us. Have a question? Email us at weekday@kuow.org.

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Energy & Environment
9:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

The Price Of North Dakota's Oil Boom

A winter sunrise across an oil field in North Dakota.
Credit Flickr photo/Adam Schreiner

North Dakota is booming. The state's unemployment rate is just 3.2 percent — well below the national average of 7.9 percent. Officials are trying to keep pace with a population surge brought on by oil industry jobs that have made North Dakota the country's number two oil-producing state. But what will extracting millions of barrels from the Bakken oil field mean for the region's environmental and economic future? Writer and reporter Richard Manning joins us with the story of North Dakota's oil boom.

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News & Analysis
3:49 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce: Oscar Nods, Sequestration And A Canadian Pope?

Oscar trophies being polished before going on display at the Deutschen Filmmuseum in Frankfurt, Germany.
Credit AP Photo/Alex Domanski/dapd


Vancouver Sun political columnist Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton makes some Oscar predictions and previews SIFF's upcoming Noir City series. Then, Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton reviews the latest news on the Dreamliner and gives his take on the federal budget sequester and immigration reform proposals.

Education Reform
3:38 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Michelle Rhee: A "Radical" On Education Reform

Michelle Rhee, author of "Radical: Fighting To Put Students First?"
Credit Flickr photo/The National Academy Of Sciences

Michelle Rhee says our education system is failing. The founder and CEO of StudentsFirst and former chancellor of Washington, DC, public schools says she would rigorously evaluate teachers, end tenure and boost pay for high-performing teachers while firing the least effective. Her critics say her reliance on test scores and support for school vouchers would destroy the public education system. Michelle Rhee joins us for a conversation about students, standardized tests, teachers unions, charter schools and her new book, "Radical: Fighting to Put Students First."

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Arts & Life
10:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Taps On The Walls: Poems From The Hanoi Hilton

Many of us have written poetry during stressful times in life. Decorated retired Air Force Major General John Borling wrote his while imprisoned for six and a half years at the Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam. He joins us to share the poetry that helped him and his fellow POWs survive.

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Religion
9:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

The Interfaith Amigos On Death And Afterlife

Death is something we all grapple with. What do the world's major religions teach? The Interfaith Amigos join us with a look at what religion has to say about mortality and the afterlife.

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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Your Take On The News

Pope Benedict XVI leaves after an audience with the Roman clergy in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.
Credit AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

It’s Friday — time to review the week’s news with Joni BalterEli Sanders and Knute Berger. Pope Benedict says he's resigning, North Korea detonates an underground nuke, and President Obama uses his State of the Union address to make another push for new gun laws. What stories caught your attention this week? Call us 206.543.5869, email weekday@kuow.org or use #weekinreview to share your thoughts with us on Twitter during the show.

Support Services
9:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Is Help On The Way For Kids "Aging Out" Of Foster Care?

What support systems do foster kids have as adults?
Credit Flickr photo/James Evans

Turning 18 marks a form of adulthood at least, bringing new independence and legal rights. For a foster child in Washington state, turning 18 can also mean the end of a stable home life. InvestigateWest reporter Claudia Rowe joins us with the story of one young woman’s experience “aging out” of foster care, and what state government might do to help.

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Love & Hurt
10:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Weekday's Annual Valentine's Day Special

The heart is a fragile thing.
Credit Flickr Photo/Sean McGrath



Yes, it's Valentine’s Day. Does that make you flush with romance? Cold with regret? Or is it just like any other day, but with slightly more chocolate? Sometimes it takes another person to bring out a piece of ourselves we didn't realize we had before. Tell us about the new you brought about by someone else. Or, tell us the exact moment you knew a relationship was over and done. Share your stories with us at 206.543.5869 or weekday@kuow.org.

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Environmental Future
9:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

A Conversation With Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore speaking at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.
AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Al Gore has been delving into the future. The former vice president and media mogul (he just sold his Current TV network to Al-Jazeera English) says we are at the dawn of a new era.

In his new book, “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change,” he takes an in-depth look at major shifts occurring in the world: globalization linked to automation and digital connections that are shaping a world where fewer workers are needed; population growth coinciding with a widening gulf between the haves and have-nots; new biological breakthroughs that are bringing humans into control of evolution.

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Movies
10:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce: Presidents On Film And NW Business News

Canadian pride.
Credit Flickr illustration/Mike Gabelmann

Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton looks at presidents on the silver screen. Then, Michael Parks wraps up the region's recent economic news.

Education
9:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Can We Still Afford Higher Ed?

Is higher education financially possible for Washington students?
Credit Flickr illustration/Curtis Cronn

Recent debate over the future of the state's pre-paid tuition program and the continually rising cost of college raises a larger question: Who is going to pay for a college education? It used to be that Washington state paid most of the cost of a public university degree. Today, students must find most of the funds. As costs rise, how will society keep higher education affordable? William Zumeta heads the graduate program at the Evans School of Public Affairs and has written about the costs of college. He joins us to talk about how we can make sure people in Washington state can pursue higher education without having to go into crushing debt.

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