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Gun Control, Reinventing The Toilet, And An Inside Look At TV News

Steve Scher
06/01/2012 at 9:00 a.m.

Seattle Weighs Gun Control Options: In the wake of recent fatal shootings, Seattle City Council members say they'll seek new gun control regulations. But they also say they're proceeding carefully. Seattle's previous ban was stuck down by the courts. City Attorney Pete Holmes is researching gun control proposals that could withstand a court challenge. We'll ask him what he's found.

Toilets For The World: Imagine never having access to a toilet. For too many, it means trudging out to fields or lots or alleys for a basic necessity. What will it take to bring decent sanitary facilities to the world? The Gates Foundation has launched an effort with inventors and policymakers to reinvent the toilet and improve sanitation, a move they say will go a long way towards reducing costly communicable diseases.

An Insider's View Of TV News: Some of the high priests of American journalism initially called David Westin a "42 long," an insult that meant they saw him as handsome man in an empty suit without the journalistic heft to run a big network–news organization. Westin had clerked for Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, was later a successful lawyer and eventually head of ABC Television. He had little journalism experience when he took over ABC News in 1997 with the charge of raising the network's numbers in an increasingly competitive environment. He may have gained some credibility while running the network during the Clinton impeachment, the death of Princess Dianna, 9/11, the War on Terror, and the 2008 presidential race. Westin stepped down from ABC News in 2010 and has written "Exit Interview," his look inside the US TV news industry.

Comedian Dana Gould: The writer, stand–up comic and host of "The Dana Gould Hour" stops by ahead of two shows at Seattle's Triple Door this weekend.

Weekend Weather Forecast: Nick Bond joins us with a look at the weekend weather.

Related Event

Rose George speaks as part of the "Seattle Science Luminaries" series at the Seattle Repertory Theatre tonight at 8:00 p.m. Tickets and information are available at

Dana Gould performs at the Triple Door on Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Tickets and information are available at


Pete Holmes is Seattle City Attorney.

Rose George is author of "The Big Necessity: Adventures in the World of Human Waste/The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters."

Alix Zwane is a senior program officer on the water, sanitation, and hygiene team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She works on the economics of hygiene and sanitation.

David Westin was president of ABC News from March 1997 to December 2010, where he was responsible for all aspects of ABC News television broadcasts. He is now President and CEO of NewsRight and author of "Exit Interview."

Dana Gould is a comedian and writer who has appeared on "Conan O'Brien," "Late Show with David Letterman," HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central. He wrote and performed on "The Ben Stiller Show" and has been a producer and writer for "The Simpsons." His podcast, "The Dana Gould Hour," is available on iTunes.

Nick Bond is the Washington State Climatologist. He works at the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean.

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