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Apr 28, 2016

Just last week, on April 20 there was a rally in Seattle's Central District at the intersection of 23rd and Union outside of Uncle Ike's Pot Shop.

At the center of the protest was Uncle Ike's proximity to a nearby church where kids gather, which some say violates a state law requiring pot shops to be 500 feet from places kids come together. 

I called the owner of Uncle Ike's, Ian Eisenberg to get his reaction.

I also spoke with the long time Central District resident and Seattle rapper Draze, who was a central figure in last weeks protest. If you haven't already, please listen to that episode to hear his concerns.

Apr 28, 2016

Just last week, on April 20 there was a rally in Seattle's Central District at the intersection of 23rd and Union outside of Uncle Ike's Pot Shop.

At the center of the protest was Uncle Ike's proximity to a nearby church where kids gather, which some say violates a state law requiring pot shops to be 500 feet from places kids come together. 

One of the rally's leaders was long time Central Area resident, rapper Draze. He stopped by the studio to talk about this and other changes to the neighborhood he considers home...and he performs his song, "Irony on 23rd" which addresses these issues.

I also spoke with the owner of Uncle Ikes, Ian Eisenberg. If you haven't already, please listen to that episode to hear his side of the story.

Apr 26, 2016

What do you think about the idea of an Unconditional Basic Income -- a monthly payment that everyone would get, no matter what?

“Basic income” is the idea that every man, woman, and child would receive a modest amount of money each month to cover their basic, essential needs as a right of citizenship.

And that's everybody -- billionaires, drug addicts, talk show hosts. You wouldn't even have to pass a drug test to qualify.

It's similar to the payments that Alaskans and Norwegians have been getting as their share of oil revenues. The idea is that as a shareholder in your country or state you get a dividend. Or you could look at it as a collective inheritance passed down from previous generations.

In June, Switzerland will hold a referendum on this Basic Income idea -- the proposal there is for $2500 a month for every man woman and child -- and among the experts campaigning for it is Professor Guy Standing who teaches Economics at the University of London. I Skyped him in Geneva -- and he is convinced that this is the only way Capitalist countries can do something meaningful about the growing anger over income inequality.

Apr 25, 2016

A very important election takes place this year. 

Not just for Governor, but for Superintendent of Public Instruction to replace Randy Dorn who is stepping down.

I'm going to talk to the candidates to replace him. 

First up is Robin Fleming, who currently works for in the SPI's office. Her experience is as a school nurse, and it turns out what happens outside the classroom affects what happens inside.

As you'll hear, we're talking about serious mental health and behavior issues.

Apr 20, 2016

There was a White Privilege Conference held this past week in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.

It's been held every year for 17 years and one of the speakers this year was Jim Loewen, a professor at the University of Vermont where he's been teaching race relations for 20 years.

He gave a 53-minute speech at the White Privilege Conference, which actually got him accused of abusing his white privilege.

Now keep in mind that this is a conference where people are there to essentially admit their white privilege and are trying to do something about it.

Professor Loewen has spent his career trying to improve race relations, so for him to be criticized for exercising white privilege while giving a speech against it struck some as kind of ironic.

Struck me that way, too. So I called him up.

Apr 6, 2016

Earlier this week, more than 11-million documents dating back four decades were published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The Panama Papers allegedly expose how a Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca helped set up secret offshore companies and accounts to hide money for world leaders and politicians. Howard Rosen is a partner of the Florida law-firm Donlevy-Rosen & Rosen, and has more than than 25-years experience working in asset protection. 

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