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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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News And Analysis
10:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Your Take On The News

It's Friday: time to talk over the week's news with Crosscut writer Knute Berger, Q13 Fox political analyst C.R. Douglas and Publicola news editor Erica C. Barnett. Incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn and state senator Ed Murray emerged from the pack this week in the mayoral primary. What could a McGinn-Murray race end up looking like? Who were the other winners and losers in Tuesday's primary? We'll have a comprehensive wrap-up of the primary. This week also saw Amazon founder Jeff Bezos buy the Washington Post. What could this mean for the future of journalism? What stories caught your attention? Share your thoughts by writing to Weekday.

Work-Life Balance
9:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Science News, And Women Rejoining The Workforce

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Science News
What does laboratory hamburger meat have in common with Mars Rover “Curiosity” and Jeff Bezos? They’re the focus of Alan Boyle’s science news update. He's the science editor for NBC News Digital. He'll tell us what you’ll be eating, reading and dreaming about in the years to come.

The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In
In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, many successful women left the workforce to stay home and raise children. The trend was documented in a 2003 New York Times Magazine cover story called “The Opt-Out Revolution.” Now many of these same women want back in. In this week’s follow-up issue, journalist Judith Warner explores why so many women who once opted-out are opting back in, and how their lives have changed. What about you? If you left the workforce to have children, what did you give up? If you’re just now rejoining the workforce, what challenges are you facing? Share your thoughts by emailing Weekday.

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Islamic Holiday
10:00 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Childhood Obesity, Thoughts On Ramadan, And Radio Retrospective

"Weekday" producer Amina Al-Sadi decorates her home for Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Ramadan holiday.
KUOW Photo/Amina Al-Sadi

 


Childhood Obesity Declining Among America’s Poorest
Since the mid 1970’s, childhood obesity rates in America have doubled. In recent years however, the tide seems to be turning. Between 2008 and 2011, obesity rates among poor children fell in 18 states – including here in Washington according to a new study from the Centers For Disease Control. Why do poor children suffer from high obesity rates? And what are some of the factors that are helping close the gap? We talk with Simone French of the University of Minnesota’s Obesity Prevention Center.

Thoughts On Ramadan
Muslims around the world have been fasting during the day and attending religious gatherings at night during the annual celebration of Ramadan, Islam’s holiest of holidays. Weekday producer Amina Al-Sadi reflects on this year’s Ramadan as it draws to a close.

Radio Retrospective
Katy Sewall takes a weekly listen back to the sounds of radio’s Golden Age.

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Today she highlights “Phnom Penh,” a Cambodian restaurant in Seattle’s International District. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also recommends a cookbook.

Sleep And Diet
9:00 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Cancer Mystery Solved, Cartoonist Ellen Forney, The Sleep-Diet Connection, And Wagner's "Ring"

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What Caused Henrietta Lacks’ Aggressive Cancer? Researchers Now Know
The New York Times bestseller “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” tells the story of a young woman who died from aggressive cervical cancer and her amazing immortal cells which have been reproduced since 1951. A new study by the University of Washington has pieced together what caused her cancer, called “a perfect storm of what can go wrong in a cell.” We talk with study author Jay Shendure.

Art Of Our City: Cartoonist Ellen Forney
Ellen Forney is an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator. Her work has been published by Fantagraphics and appears regularly in the pages of The Stranger. Forney has just published a graphic memoir. “Marbles:  Mania, Depression, Michaelangelo and Me” chronicles Forney’s diagnosis with bipolar disorder, and her long journey to finding mental balance.

Sleep Less, Eat More?
Scientists have known for a long time that lack of sleep can lead to weight gain. A new study sheds light on why. The study in Nature Communications finds that lack of sleep causes people to crave unhealthy, high-calorie foods like potato chips and makes it harder for people to control their impulses. We talk with study co-author Matthew Walker of the University of California.

How Wagner Came To America
This month, opera lovers from around the world will flock to McCaw Hall to take in Seattle Opera’s internationally acclaimed production of Richard Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelungen.” But where did a music lover go in the 1890s to take in some world-class Wagner? Would you believe Coney Island? Cultural historian and Wagner expert Joseph Horowitz tells KUOW’s Dave Beck the story of Laura Langford, the Brooklyn newspaper editor, suffragist, clairvoyant and Wagner disciple who founded a series of outdoor Wagner concerts at the famed Coney Island amusement park.

Canada, Culture And Commerce
10:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

The Lac Megantic Disaster In Canada, Graceful Movie Exits, And The Housing Recovery

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Les Layne from the Victoria Time Colonist explains what the people of Lac Megantic have learned about the catastrophic train crash that happened there on July 16. Film critic Robert Horton joins us with a look at the last films of great directors and actors. Then, Jon Talton brings us the latest business news including what the housing recovery means for consumers and the market.

Election 2013
9:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Primary Results, And Being Allowed To Die

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Primary Results
We reflect on the results of yesterday’s primary. What happened? How do the results affect the November election? Call us with your reaction at 206.543.5869.

Being Allowed To Die: A Case Study On When To Remove A Ventilator
Imagine having to decide when to remove an injured loved one from a ventilator.  Some of you have had to make that decision and doctors have to make it too.  Every situation is unique and it’s not simply a medical decision. It can be ethical and emotional too. Jim deMaine is a retired pulmonary and critical care doctor who frequently gives talks to patients about planning for end-of-life issues.  He joins us to talk about two patients who wanted to be taken off the ventilator and allowed to die.

On The Job: Avain Vet
Parrots, like all pets, need to check-ups and that means a trip to the Avian Vet.  As part of our “On the Job” series, Katy Sewall visited the Bird & Exotic Clinic of Seattle.

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Endangered Orcas
10:00 am
Tue August 6, 2013

The Newspaper Business, Northwest Orcas, Boudoir Photography, And Greendays

Flickr Photo/Ingrid Taylar

The Business Of Newspapers
Jeff Bezos, Chief Executive of Amazon.com just bought the Washington Post for $250 million. Billionaires have been buying up newspapers, from Bezos to the owner of the Boston Red Sox who just bought The Boston Globe. Why invest in an industry that is struggling? And what does this mean for the medium itself? Hanson Hosein, director of the Masters of Communication in Leadership at the University of Washington, explains the business of media.   

Puget Sound Orcas
The Pacific Legal Foundation in Sacramento proposed a petition last year to de-list orcas from the Endangered Species list. They were petitioning on behalf of California farmers facing water restrictions in areas salmon inhabit. This week the federal government reconfirmed that the Puget Sound orcas are in fact endangered because they are a distinct population, not a part of the larger North Pacific population. KUOW’s Ashley Ahearn explains the lawsuit.   

On The Job: Boudoir Photography
In the 1980s, women captured their seductive side at a “glamour shots” studio at the mall.  In modern Seattle, women are having boudoir pictures taken.  Christina Mallet is the photographer behind Katrinka’s Secret. Producer Katy Sewall shadows her on the job.

Greendays Gardening Panel
Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, native plant expert, and vegetable gardening expert.  They answer your gardening questions every Tuesday.   

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Climate Change
9:00 am
Tue August 6, 2013

MLB Suspensions, Technology And Sexuality, And William Ruckelsaus

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MLB Suspensions
Major League Baseball has handed down lengthy suspensions to more than a dozen players for using performance enhancing drugs, among them: former Seattle Mariner (and current New York Yankee) Alex Rodriguez. He was suspended for the remainder of this season and all of next season. A player in the Mariners’ minor league system was also suspended: Tacoma Rainiers catcher Jesus Montero. What do these suspensions say about the state of drug use in baseball?

Technology-Enabled Sexual Landscape
Technology has changed when and how kids are exposed to sexual activity.  Gone are the dirty magazines under the mattress.  On average, kids are exposed to full action, hardcore sexual activity by age 10.  How is this changing the behavior and expectations of teenagers?  How can you help your kids navigate a technology-enabled sexual landscape?

Climate Change And The Republican Party  
Former head of the Environmental Protection Agency and former co-chair of the Puget Sound Partnership, William Ruckelsaus explains why the Republican Party needs to take action on climate change.

The Weather and Hike of the Week
Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.
 

Books
8:14 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Nancy Pearl Recommends Armchair Travel Books

Your surroundings disappear as you take off to new destinations through a great book.
Flickr Photo/Eva C Meszaros

If you are looking for a good book to take you to exotic locations from the comfort of your armchair,  Nancy Pearl recommended a few on Weekday with Marcie Sillman.

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Book Recommendations
10:00 am
Mon August 5, 2013

News From D.C., And Nancy Pearl

Librarian Nancy Pearl action figure.
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News From D.C.
Washington, D.C., is on recess. What didn’t get done before they left? CBS News Capitol Hill producer Jill Jackson.

Nancy Pearl On Armchair Travel
If you don’t have the time or money to travel this summer, you can still get away.  Nancy Pearl takes us on an armchair travel adventure with her recommendations of worldly books to read this summer.  Two titles she loves: “The Saddest Pleasure” by Moritz Thomsen and “Travels in a Thin Country” by Sara Wheeler.

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Ask Your Housing Questions
9:00 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Clint Dempsey, Diplomatic Relations Between Russia And US, And Housing Questions Answered

Clint Dempsey Joins The Sounders
Fans of Seattle soccer were treated to a welcome surprise at the start of Saturday's game against Dallas. Clint Dempsey, captain of the US Men's National Team and player for Tottenham in England announced he would be joining the Seattle Sounders. We talk with Steve Clare, president of the North American Soccer Reporters and editor of Prost Amerika Soccer about what this means for the MLS and the Sounders.

Understanding US-Russian Relations
The diplomatic relationship between Russia and the United States was strained long before President Vladimir Putin granted a one year asylum to NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden. Dr. Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies at New York University, explains the long history and current conflict between the two nations.

Your Housing Questions Answered
Puget Sound housing prices are on the rise. Mortgage rates continue to be historically low. What does that mean when it comes to your living situation. Should you buy a house? Should you sell your house? Should you refinance? When is it wiser to stay renting? Two housing experts are on hand to answer your specific questions.  Call us at 206.543.5869 or 1.800.289.5869.

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News And Analysis
10:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Your Take On The News

It's Friday: time to talk over the week's news with Seattle Times assistant political editor Joni Balter, Crosscut writer Knute Berger and Q13 Fox political analyst C.R. Douglas.

Primary election ballots are due on Tuesday. We'll tackle the very latest in the mayor's race as the candidates head towards the homestretch. Kirby Wilbur stepped down this week as chair of the Washington State Republican Party. Who's in line to take the job? What stories caught your attention? Share your thoughts by writing to Weekday.

Creative Leftovers
9:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Biotech News, And What's In The Fridge?

The Chef in the Hat and KUOW foodie Ruby de Luna share a laugh.
KUOW Photo/Carmen Santos

Biotech News
What's happening in the world of biotech? Journalist Luke Timmerman from Xconomy tells us about the region’s big stories.

What’s In The Fridge?
“The Chef in the Hat” Thierry Rautureau joins us to make new recipes from the leftovers in your fridge. Have a look inside and tell us what ingredients you have. We'll help you make a delicious dinner without a trip to the store. Call us at 800.289.5869 or email Weekday.  

Weekend Weather Forecast
State climatologist Nick Bond gives us a weather forecast for the weekend.

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Worst Road Experiences
10:00 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Call-In: Road Trip Lessons, And The Rare Female Detective

Flickr Photo/Vinicius Depizzol

Call-In: Lessons Learned From Your Worst Road Trip
The most memorable road trips are often those that don’t go well. What lesson did you learn from your worst road trip? We want to hear the funny, the horrifying, the enlightening stories you gathered on the road; call us at 206.543.5869 or 800.289.5869.

Radio Retrospective: The Rare Female Detective
During radio’s golden age, detective shows were a very popular genre.  There were well over 120 detective shows about men, and only about 44 featuring a woman. Who were those women, and were the shows any good?

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. The weather has been nice around Seattle lately, how about a picnic?  Dickerman gives tips on where to stock up. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!

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