Ray Rivera, managing editor at the Seattle Times, has just sent around this email to the staff, lamenting the loss of ace investigative reporter Mike Baker, who has been lured by the New York Times to be their new Northwest bureau chief. " We’ve seen a number of incredible colleagues leave recently for dream jobs. In many ways it’s a tribute to the journalism we do … [Read more...] about From Times to Times
Archives for May 2019
I had a note from a reader last week about an event that had been scheduled for Ballard’s Peddler Brew Pub but which was cancelled under pressure. The idea of the event at Peddler was for people across the ideological spectrum to discuss homelessness in Seattle. One of the participants was going to be Christopher Rufo, a documentary film maker for PBS, who doesn’t buy the … [Read more...] about No Debate Allowed!
Willie Nelson famously crooned, "roll me up and smoke me when I die." Maybe the 86-year-old legend should move to Washington state. On May 20, Washington became the first state in the nation to legalize composting human remains. This presents the tantalizing option of one day pushing up daisies, or weed. These are interesting choices to ponder, and I’ve been wondering … [Read more...] about High on Death
Town Hall Seattle on First Hill, after two years of full renovation, has opened again for some early programs. This past Tuesday, Joshua Roman played a solo cello recital, and many were the curious ears present to check out the acoustical improvements. So far, very good! The main enhancement comes from a dramatic, swooping canopy over the stage, which pushes the sound out to … [Read more...] about Ear, Ear! for the New Town Hall
Kshama Sawant I commend this article from The New Republic, which discusses the rise of Democratic Socialism in the nation, particularly the Democratic Socialists of America, and their successes in various cities such as Chicago. The article, written from the inside, traces the history, the tensions, and the tactics of these contentious groups. Among the interesting points: … [Read more...] about Seattle: A Socialist Stronghold?
In 1932 a famous argument took place between the brothers Niebuhr, Reinhold and H. Richard, in the pages of The Christian Century. The issue at hand was whether the U.S. should intervene militarily in China in response to the Japanese invasion of China, and reports of Japanese atrocities against civilians. Though this seems a long way from the current … [Read more...] about Family Values: To Impeach Or Not?
Theme music for a radio show is like graphics and fonts and paper format for a magazine. Music establishes the neighborhood, telegraphs what's going on, reinforces the mood, and establishes the emotional tone. It's the glue between stories and episodes and voices. It's a strand that instantly lets you know where you are when you tune in. For 40 years since NPR's "Morning … [Read more...] about “Morning Edition” And The Theme Music From Nowhere
The Stranger's Charles Mudede offers this provocative idea: that Tacoma might eclipse Seattle as an arts town: "My point: As the arts are in decline in Seattle, they are clearly ascending in Tacoma. And if this trend continues, it's not impossible to imagine a situation where the latter effectively becomes the center of the region's arts." As evidence, he points to … [Read more...] about Has Tacoma Become A Better Place For The Arts Than Seattle?
The new UN report on global biological changes points to a neglected area: the rapid decline of our oceans. Normally, fingers point at climate change, pollution, and acidification. But this columnist says the real culprit is the deeply protected commercial fishing industry. Here, then, is another vulnerability for an important Northwest industry. Fishing vessel in Oregon … [Read more...] about Something fishy
One of the things that has bothered people in Seattle is that not one of the members of the Boeing board of directors is from Seattle, another sign of how much was changed when Boeing bought McDonnell Douglas in 1997. Now the board is being challenged for its lack of oversight on safety issues for the 737-MAX, and the fact that CEO Dennis Muilenburg is also board chair. It used … [Read more...] about Hard questions for the Boeing board