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Household Incomes
8:41 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Study: A Family In Seattle Needs $70,000 Per Year To Live Modestly

Groceries, health care, child care and car maintenance add up quickly in Seattle.
Carlos Ferreira and Jennifer Watts

Recently, the Economic Policy Institute released a study that said that a family of four – two parents and two children – need a household income of $70,000 a year to maintain a “modest lifestyle.”

John Burbank, the executive director of the Economic Opportunity Institute which is a regional partner of the EPI, explained that how the calculations were made.

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Arts and Entertainment
8:08 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Rep. Adam Smith, Intiman Theatre, Sub Pop Turns 25

Rep. Adam Smith
WA-09 Congressman Adam Smith joins us to talk about the battle over immigration in the House of Representatives, American aid to Egypt and new calls to close Guantanamo Bay.

Art Of Our City: Seattle’s Intiman Theatre
This month Seattle’s Intiman Theatre launches its second year as a leaner and meaner summer festival.  Intiman needs to entice audiences and funders to its four-play festival. Artistic Director Andrew Russell hopes more comedy and more sharp political commentary will help bring them in the door.  The theater company’s future depends on it.

Sub Pop Turns 25
Once upon a time, Seattle’s Sub Pop Records was a brassy upstart label. This weekend the company celebrates its 25th anniversary. How has the company that put Seattle on the music world’s map changed over a quarter of a century? We’ll ask co-founder Jonathan Poneman.

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Facebook And Comedy
5:06 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Privacy On Facebook, Comedian Hari Kondabolu, And Rocky Jordan

Comedian Hari Kondabolu joins KUOW in studio.
From Hari Kondabolu's Facebook page.

What Are The Privacy Concerns Over Facebook’s Graph Search?
Throughout its lifespan, Facebook has been all about change -- a seemingly endless overhaul of its design and how the site functions. But here’s something that’s remained steady: complaints from users about privacy. Facebook’s latest innovation is called graph search. It allows users to comb their friends’ Facebook pages and public pages to find specific answers to specific questions. Since rolling out this week, graph search is raising concerns about privacy. So what are they? And how can Facebook users lock down data that they don’t want to be shared?

Comedian Hari Kondabolu
A couple of times throughout the year comedian Hari Kondabolu makes the trip from New York to Seattle to test out his material in front of the local audience. When he is not working on stand-up he is writing for and appearing on the FX show Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell as well as recording a podcast with his brother called The Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Podcast.  In his stand-up, Hari works through issues like racism, sexism, immigration and gentrification, challenging the audience as much as entertaining them. He joins us to discuss his work.

Radio Retrospective: Rocky Jordan
We look back at the show Rocky Jordan from radio’s Golden Age. Rocky runs a bar. He also runs into trouble every episode. The show is one of many Golden Age detective dramas featuring characters that aren’t detectives!  It also happens to be Steve Scher’s favorite drama recently.

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!

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Canada, Culture, Commerce
10:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

The News From Canada, Top Ten Movies From 1963, And Business News

Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" turns 50 this year, but will it make it to Robert Horton's top 10 list for movies from 1963?
Original movie poster for "The Birds."

Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer tells us who is on the B-list to be the next US ambassador to Canada (hint: it is not our former governor Christine Gregoire).  Film critic Robert Horton picks the top 10 movies from 1963 in honor of their 50th anniversary.  Then, Michele Matassa-Flores of the Puget Sound Business Journal brings us the region’s latest economic news.  

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International News
9:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

The Latest News From Egypt, Escape From Camp 14, And Paula Poundstone

Crossing over the North Korea border to escape is a dangerous prospect. Shin Dong-Hyuk managed a rare escape from Camp 14.
Flickr Photo/Kimmo Raisanen

The Continuing Unrest In Egypt

The ousting of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was not popular with all Egyptians. Over 50 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood were killed in a clash between protesters and the military earlier this week. Interim President Adly Mansour has begun appointing new cabinet members and has moved forward with a roadmap to a democratic election. What does the future hold for Egypt and what is happening there now? Borzou Daragahi of the Financial Times joins us for an update.

Escape From Camp 14: From North Korea To The West
Shin Dong-Hyuk was born in Camp 14, a political prison camp in North Korea. No one born inside the camp has ever escaped, except for Shin. Katy Sewall talks with journalist Blaine Harden about the story of a remarkable escape.

A Conversation With Paula Poundstone
Comedian Paula Poundstone is widely known for her stand-up act and formidable trivia chops on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! She has a new comedy CD, “I Heart Jokes” and will be performing at Tacoma’s Pantages Theatre on Friday. She joins us from the studios of NPR West in Los Angelas.

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Blocks And Plants
10:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Good Income In Seattle, The Staying Power Of LEGO, And Greendays

David C. Robertson's book "Brick by Brick."

What Families Need to Get By in Seattle
A new study by the Economic Policy Institute says that a family of four in Seattle needs at least $70,000 a year to maintain what they call a “modest lifestyle.” What does that look like? We talk with John Burbank of the Economic Opportunity Institute.

The Staying Power Of LEGO
Those colorful little plastic LEGO bricks were first invented in 1958. Fifty-five years later, LEGO is still profitable and growing. But 10 years ago, the company nearly went bankrupt. What turned LEGO around? What can businesses learn from LEGO’s example? We talk with David C. Robertson, author of “Brick by Brick: How Lego Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry.”

Greendays Gardening
Our expert gardening panel knows flowers, native plants and vegetables. Have a question? They offer guidance for your garden every Tuesday. Email your question to Weekday.

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SPD Reforms
9:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Interim Chief Jim Pugel, And A Visit To Stunt School

It's not all books and pencils and film or stunt school. Students are trained in a variety of stunts to create exciting scenes.
Flickr Photo/Vancouver Film School

  SPD Interim Chief Jim Pugel
Thirty-year SPD veteran Jim Pugel was appointed interim police chief in April. He took over a department facing major reforms to address federal claims of biased policing and excessive use of force. What progress is being made to comply with Department of Justice reforms? Is the SPD making progress on Mayor Mike McGinn’s 2020 police reform plan? What questions do you have for Seattle police chief Jim Pugel? Send a message to Weekday.  
 
A Visit To Stunt School
Summer movies are full of stunts performed by professionals. Ever wonder how they’re trained? Often, they go to stunt school. Katy Sewall stopped by while students were learning how to safely kick someone in the groin.

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

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Nancy Pearl
10:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Boeing South And Nancy Pearl On Books That Keep Young Readers Interested

Flickr Photo/K.B. Owen

Boeing's Future In Puget Sound
While the Puget Sound region sees Boeing as its own, more and more of the company’s work has been going out of state. Steve Wilhelm covers Boeing for the Puget Sound Business Journal. He’s written an analysis of why the South is winning when it comes to the company’s future.

Nancy Pearl On The Books That Keep Young Readers Interested
What books get and keep younger readers interested in reading? Nancy Pearl joins us with her suggestions.  What books got you interested in reading when you were school age? What are your kids reading today?

Books
10:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Young Reader Recommendations

If you are looking for a good book to keep young readers interested, Nancy Pearl recommended a few on Weekday with Marcie Sillman.

Nancy Pearl’s Suggestions:

“The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid,” by Jeff Kinney

“The Great Brain,” by John D. Fitzgerald

“Keeping The Castle,” by Patrice Kindl

“A Brief History Of Montmaray,” by Michelle Cooper

“Code Name Verity,” by Elizabeth Wein

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Climate Change
9:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

News From DC, The Polaris Project, And Reel Grrrls

The Polaris Project's work takes place mostly in the areas around Cherskiy, Russia.
Flickr Photo/misspudding

The News Of Washington D.C.
We preview the week ahead in Washington, D.C., with Jill Jackson, Capitol Hill Producer for CBS News.

Capturing The Changing Siberian Arctic
Undergraduate students and researchers travel to the Siberian Arctic a few times a year to study how the climate affects the changing arctic landscape. The Polaris Project is a one-month extensive course with as much learning about climate change as there is teaching. Chris Linder is an award-winning science photojournalist. He travels with The Polaris Project to document the scientific field work. He explains how his work informs the public’s understanding of the science behind climate change and what the Project will be studying this July.

Reel Grrrls
Seattle’s film and media arts community is diverse and growing. A big part of it is the nonprofit educational organization Reel Grrrls. Founded in 2001 to help girls and young women learn filmmaking skills, Reel Grrrls is now focused on helping them tell their own stories in a variety of electronic media. Former art museum curator Robin Held is the Reel Grrrls executive director. What challenges does she face in helping empower girls?

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Canada, Culture, Commerce
10:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

How To Catch A Foul Ball, And Animated Film

Flickr Photo/Eric Molina

 

Canada, Culture And Commerce: Vaughn Palmer, Robert Horton, Todd Bishop
Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada. "Despicable Me" opens in theaters June 3 ahead of the Independence Day holiday. Film critic Robert Horton talks about what makes a good animated film. Then, Todd Bishop reviews the latest tech news including an app that can help you catch a foul ball at a Mariner’s game.

Bears And Bands
9:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

On The Job, And The Band Lemolo

Local band Lemolo have used their dream-pop music to play at Sasquatch, Bumbershoot and other famous venues - including the KUOW studio!
Flickr Photo/David Lee

On The Job: Bear Keeper
Katy Sewall gets up close and personal with the grizzly bears at Woodland Park Zoo.

Lemolo
Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox met while teaching kayaking during the summer in Poulsbo. A few years later they started the dream-pop band Lemolo and began opening for local group The Head And The Heart. In 2012 they self-released their debut album "Kaleidoscope" and have played Sasquatch, Bumbershoot, Neumos and the Showbox. They talk about their music and perform in studio.  

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International News And Gardening
10:00 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Unrest In Egypt, The British Royals, And Greendays

Souvenirs abound for major events in the British royal family: shopping bags for engagements, china plates for weddings or mug sets for babies. Americans certainly are not immune to royal fervor.
Flickr Photo/Carol Browne

Reform For Egypt?
On Monday the Egyptian Army issued a 48 hour ultimatum to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Protesters gathered on Tahrir Square and around the country on Sunday calling for either reform or the resignation from President Morsi. They feel that in his year in office he has been too polarizing and unable to do his job adequately. Borzou Daragahi, Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times, and Ellis Goldberg, Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, explain the political and social situation in Egypt.

Why do Americans Care About The British Royals?
Magazines in the grocery aisle are fully anticipating the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s child.  Their first baby is expected in mid-July. Two years ago, 24 million people tuned in to watch their royal nuptials, which pales in comparison to the 750 million people worldwide who watched Charles and Diana get married. Why do Americans care so much about English royalty?  

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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In Memoriam
9:00 am
Tue July 2, 2013

New Music Pick, And Dr. Foltz On Brain Cancer

Dr. Greg Foltz, the founder of the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk, sadly passed away last week.
From Seattle Brain Cancer Walk's Facebook page.

New Music Picks
Are you stuck in a music listening rut? Music writer Jonathan Zwickel is here to help you branch out. He recommends two Seattle electronic music artists with an aeronautical theme.

In Memoriam: Dr. Foltz On Brain Cancer
Dr. Greg Foltz dedicated over 25 years of his life to brain cancer research and treatment.  He was the director of the Ivy Brain Tumor Center and he founded Seattle’s annual Seattle Brain Cancer Walk.  Dr. Foltz died last Thursday, a short time after receiving a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.  

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

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Cooking And Travel
10:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Summer Grilling Tips, And Travel For The Long Weekend

Flickr Photo/Mike McCune

  Summer Grilling And BBQ Tips
There's nothing like firing up the grill for summertime outdoor cooking. Rachel Yang, chef at Revel and Joule, and Kenyetta Carter, head chef at the Kingfish Café, bring us tips and tricks for grilled food that is an alternative to the norm.

Summer Travel For The Long Weekend
From the Salmon River to the Columbia, there are many travel adventures to be had this summer. Travel writer Crai Brower suggests summer activities and destinations around the Northwest.

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