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The History of the Anti-Smoking Movement and RA Scion

Dave Beck

Cigarettes can repulse and attract. Nowhere is that clearer than in the anti–smoking movement. We'll learn about Washington State's role in that movement. Also today, hip hop artist RA Scion explains why turning 30 was a milestone, and Robert Horton reviews new movies.

At 2:07 p.m. – Sound Reflections: RA Scion (Archive)
Every week, Amanda Wilde takes us inside the musical soul of the Northwest as she asks locally–based musicians to share the stories behind their music and the way life in the Northwest shapes their sound.

Today, she finds out why growing older means losing your edge. Whatever your industry, when you climb for the top you can easily find yourself over the hill. RA Scion is a Seattle–based hip hop artist for whom turning 30 was a milestone. Today, he brings us songs that represent his musical evolution.

Related Links:
  • RA Scion's Home Page

  • At 2:20 p.m. – The History of The Anti–Smoking Movement
    Cigarettes can repulse and attract. Nowhere is that clearer than in the successes and failures of the US anti–smoking movement. Cassandra Tate is a former journalist. She's currently a staff historian for She's written a book on the US anti–smoking movement called Cigarette Wars: The Triumph Of The Little White Slaver. Today she reveals Washington state's role in the anti–smoking movement. And she tells us why she still lit her mom's last cigarette.

    Related Links:
  • Cigarette Wars: The Triumphs of the Little White Slaver, Amazon
  • Washington state cigarette legislation, King County Tobacco Prevention Program
  • State legislated action on tobacco issues, The American Cancer Society
  • Cigarette Prohibition in Washington, 1893-1911,

  • At 2:45 p.m. – Robert Horton Movie Reviews
    Robert Horton reviews Hollywood Blockbusters and art house rarities every Friday on The Beat. He joins us with a look at films screening in our region this weekend.