Dave Meyer

All Things Considered Host

Dave Meyer has been anchoring KPLU news shows since 1987. He grew up along the shores of Hood Canal near Belfair and graduated from Washington State University with degrees in communications and psychology. Dave’s first job out of college was at WMRE in Boston, where he was mentored by legendary jazz and news radio host Norm Nathan.

Dave's most memorable KPLU moment: “Interviewing Phil Austin and David Ossman of The Firesign Theatre. Listening to their surreal comedy albums at an early age inspired me to seek out a career in radio, and it was an honor to share the airwaves with them.”


2:39 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Sammamish is America's friendliest town

Sunset on Pine Lake in Sammamish
jc.winkler flickr.com

Forbes has rated America's friendliest towns and Sammamish is at the top of the list.

Forbes describes the Eastside suburb as a community where "wives swap recipes while their husbands trade tools" (am I the only one having a Stepford Wives flashback?).

Other contributing factors include a crime rate that's 90% below the national average, and a healthy economic environment where nearly 90% of residents own their own homes.

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Money Matters
5:14 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Learn more about the charities you give money to this holiday season

Do you know where your charitable contributions are going?
David Goehring (CarbonNYC) flickr.com

There are a lot of worthy (and, perhaps, not-so-worthy) charitable organizations asking for your support at this time of year. How should you decide which ones deserve your money?

One website that can help you is charitynavigator.org. It rates charities according to their financial health, accountability and transparency. Financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer talk about the ratings on this week's Money Matters.

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Money Matters
5:34 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Don't worry about a hike in the capital gains tax

IRS Form 1040, Schedule D
Dave Meyer KPLU

As we approach the dreaded fiscal cliff, many financial pundits are sounding the alarm: “Take your capital gains now to avoid higher taxes next year!”

Should most of us be worried about this? On this week’s Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein says you should hang on to your winning investments. He tells KPLU’s Dave Meyer that the push to sell because of capital gains concerns may be the biggest idiocy since the sale of no-money-down, balloon-payment mortgages. 

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Lost and found
1:51 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

'Tis the season to lose your smartphone

West Midlands Police, Birmingham, UK flickr.com

The holidays are time of joy. But it’s also prime time for losing things.

According to a study commissioned by Seattle-based online backup company Mozy, smartphones top the list of lost items.

You're most likely to lose something at 6 p.m. on a Saturday in December. Keep that in mind when you're reaching for the eggnog.

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2:02 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Seattle is North America's third smartest city

Cris Pierry flickr.com

Fast Company has released its list of the top ten smartest cities in North America.  Seattle is third from the top. Vancouver, BC comes in at fourth place. Boston is number one.

All of the cities on the list "are pushing the envelope of technology, sustainability and better living conditions".

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The Digital Future
5:08 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Mark Anderson's 2012 technology predictions in review

Mark predicted 2012 would be a great year for Amazon.
Neff Conner (nffcnnr) flickr.com

It's been nearly a year since Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson unveiled his predictions for 2012. Although the year's not over yet, it looks like things are going the way Mark said they would.

Mark and KPLU's Dave Meyer review the predictions on this month's edition of The Digital Future.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Are you financially literate?

nikcname flickr.com

If you can define compound interest and inflation, then pat yourself on the back!

A recent report by the Securities and Exchange Commission finds that most Americans don't understand such basic concepts.

Commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer talk about financial literacy on this week's Money Matters.

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Money Matters
5:01 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Should you give up the guaranty on your variable annuity?

It pays to be a fierce guardian of your investments
Alex Cockroach flickr.com

When it comes to retirement, some people turn to variable annuities for guaranteed income.

These annuities, provided by insurance companies, offer a guaranteed return, even if the stocks and bonds you're invested in go down the drain.

Thanks to the shaky economy, some companies are asking clients to give up that guaranty, in exchange for a lump sum buyout.

Should you take them up on the offer? That's the big question on this week's Money Matters with financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer.

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1:43 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Boeing delivers its 7,370th 737

Boeing Commercial Airplanes

It's another milestone for Boeing. The 7,370th 737 has rolled off the Everett assembly line and is being delivered to Indonesia-based Lion Air.

The plane is Lion Air's 75th Next Generation 737.

The Boeing 737 is the world's best-selling commercial jetliner. Since 1965, airlines have placed orders for more than 10,100 of the twin engine, single aisle planes.

The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Digitizing the planet

The earth as viewed in NASA's World Wind browser

Most of us have digitized our financial records and music and photo collections. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. On this month’s edition of The Digital Future, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson tells us about efforts to digitize the Earth. 

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Financial pitfalls to avoid

Alex Proimos flickr.com

There are few guarantees in the world of finance. Every investment involves risk. But one thing is guaranteed: everyone makes mistakes.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein warns us away from some of the most common errors.

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2:24 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Zillow: Seattle is the fourth best city for trick-or-treaters

Aimée Wheaton/Mazer Design flickr.com

According to real estate website zillow.com, Seattle is one the best cities in the nation for trick-or-treating. Seattle is number 4 on the site’s top 20 list for Halloween, behind San Francisco, Boston and Honolulu.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Beware of bad municipal bond insurance

Thomas Hawk flickr.com

Municipal bonds are relatively safe investments. So insured municipal bonds should be a sure thing, right?

That's not a safe assumption.

Thanks to the financial meltdown, that insurance may not offer any protection. Financial commentator Greg Heberlein explains why on this week's Money Matters with KPLU's Dave Meyer.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Computer trading glitches undermine investor confidence

Greg Heberlein sitting on a bench advertising Greg Glover's morning show on KNRK in Portland.
Tom Heberlein

Last Friday, India's main stock index suddenly experienced a 16% drop in value. $58 billion temporarily vanished in the blink of an eye thanks to a computer problem. 

Computer errors have also been blamed for Facebook's IPO troubles and 2010's infamous Flash Crash. Financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at the world of computer driven, high-frequency trading on this week's Money Matters.

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Computer sales are exploding

Joseandrés Guijarro's iPad tribute to M.C. Escher's "Drawing Hands"
Joseandrés Guijarro flickr.com

According to recent headlines, PC sales are sluggish.

But, if you include tablets and smartphones along with desktops and laptops, computer sales are exploding!

In this month's edition of The Digital Future, Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that computing is evolving into two main areas: production and consumption. And you need to count both sides of the equation when looking at computer sales.

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