The fight for $15 has come to a warehouse near you
Amazon is raising its minimum wage to $15. Is it enough to placate Kshama Sawant (or Bernie Sanders, for that matter)? And when it comes to income inequality: is it enough, period?
On today's show:
Amazon's $15 minimum wage, October 2nd 2018
Amazon is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour – more than double the current federal minimum wage. KUOW’s Carolyn Adolph has been following the story, and she put the announcement in context. We also heard from City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, who’s been a fierce critic of Amazon’s labor practices.
Mayor Durkan goes to the NHL, October 2nd 2018
Mayor Jenny Durkan wants an NHL team pretty badly. She went to New York to lobby the league about why it should put Seattle – the Seattle Freeze, perhaps? – on ice.
David Shields on Trump, October 2nd 2018
Are Americans fascinated with the apocalypse? University of Washington English professor David Shields thinks so, and he thinks the 2016 election was a rational outgrowth of our desire to play on the edge of the abyss. His new book is called Nobody Hates Trump More than Trump: An Intervention.
Kai-Fu Lee + Oren Etzioni, October 2nd 2018
You’ve been hearing since the 80s that robots might be coming for your job. KUOW producer Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong got that message delivered personally by Kai-Fu Lee, former head of Google China, CEO of Sinovation Ventures, and author of the new book AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order. With producing on the way out, she turned her hand to hosting, and spoke to Kai-Fu along Oren Etzioni of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence.