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Author Lindy West lives in Seattle.
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 Bill Radke talks with Seattle-based author Lindy West about why she still believes Twitter can be a great democratizing force, even while she's decided not to be part of the social media platform anymore.

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Bill Radke talks with KUOW poetry correspondent Elizabeth Austen about the book, "Are You An Echo? The Lost Poetry Of Misuzu Kaneko," illustrated by Toshikado Hajiri with narrative and translation by David Jacobson, Sally Ito and Michiko Tsuboi. 

The Record: Wednesday, Jan 11, Full Show

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NPR's White House correspondent joins us with her take on today's Donald Trump news conference.

Also, Seattle bestselling author Lindy West will tell you why she quit Twitter. Should we all just leave? 

And the "hysteria" that has greeted winter this year has set historic records for wailing and chuntering. Is that quote true and what is chuntering?

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Washington state lawmkers are back at the state Capitol for this year’s legislative session with one of the biggest spending questions looming over their heads in recent years.

That's how to comply with a 2012 court order to fully pay for K-12 education. KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins told Kim Malcolm that lawmakers are facing tough deadlines.

The Ship Canal isn't so pretty from here

Jan 10, 2017
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Bill Radke speaks with Elissa Washuta about her time as an artist in resident in the Fremont Bridge during the summer of 2016. Washuta had always thought of Seattle as a beautiful city. But that changed as she spent time in the tower — starting with the water she looked at every day in the ship canal.

The Record: Tuesday, Jan 10, Full Show

Jan 10, 2017
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Donald Trump's choice for attorney general is being questioned by the Senate today. Sen. Jeff Sessions doesn't like that marijuana is legal in many states, including Washington. And he doesn't like that Microsoft and Amazon hire foreign workers. You'll learn more about that.

You'll also meet a  liberal UC Berkeley sociologist who spent five years with the Tea Party Republicans of rural Louisiana. 

And we'll talk to a woman who spent her summer atop of Seattle's Fremont Bridge. She found the more she looked at our tree-lined Lake Washington Ship Canal, the less beautiful she found it. She'll tell you why.

Senator Jeff Sessions.
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Bill Radke speaks with Puget Sound Business Journal digital editor Greg Lamm about the impact Jeff Sessions could have on Washington's marijuana and tech industries if he is confirmed as the U.S. attorney general.

State Representative John Lovick in his car. The former state trooper and Snohomish County Executive offered to drive a reporter around in the early morning to demonstrate a particular form of suffering felt by commuters North of Seattle.
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Bill Radke speaks with Carolyn Adolph about how — and why — she ended up stuck in traffic with state Representative John Lovick.

Jason Hummel photographs a skier making his way down Mt. Adams
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Jason Hummel has gone skiing nearly every month for twenty years. And he's been a nature and adventure photographer for eight years. 

In that time, he's seen climate change dramatically remake the landscape in the Northwest.

The Record: Monday, Jan 9, Full Show

Jan 9, 2017
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Meryl Streep says Donald Trump broke her heart. Trump says Streep is an overrated actress. We'll talk to a politics editor about the culture war. 

And a photographer who's capturing Washington state's disappearing glaciers will tell you why that matters. 

You can hear our entire hour-long show during the morning commute from Marysville to Seattle. We'll show you what happens when turn cities into bedroom communities.

Professor Ralina Joseph at the University of Washington says to just start talking about race.
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Why is race so hard to discuss? Ralina Joseph, founding director of the University of Washington’s Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity, talked about coded racial language, from Seattle liberals to Trump. This is a transcript from her interview, lightly edited for clarity.

This week, we're the target

Jan 6, 2017
'Week in Review' panel Joni Balter, Knute Berger, Eli Sanders and Bill Radke.
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The Washington State Legislature convenes on Monday and one of the issues on the table is a bill that would ban drivers from holding their phone while driving. Is this a necessity or distracted legislating?

The former head of the CIA General Michael Hayden said that by the end of Trump’s first four years in office, North Korea could have a nuclear weapon that would reach Seattle. Richard Ellings of the National Bureau of Asian Research says Seattle would be the perfect target. Is it time to move?  

The Record: Thursday, Jan 5, Full Show

Jan 5, 2017
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North Korea says it will be able to send a nuclear-tipped missile to Seattle. Why would Kim Jong Un want to do that, and is Donald Trump the person to stop him?

And Seahawks star lineman Michael Bennett is onstage tonight in Seattle at Town Hall to discuss politics and sports. Can those things go together? Do you really want them to? We'll talk with Bennett's co-host, Dave Zirin, today on The Record.

Would North Korea ever nuke Seattle?

Jan 5, 2017
Seattle skyline at night.
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Bill Radke speaks with Richard Ellings, the  president of The National Bureau of Asian Research, about the possibility of North Korea being able to reach Seattle with a nuclear weapon in the next couple of years. 

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Author David France faced the fear and reality of AIDS first hand as a gay man, an investigative reporter and a New Yorker. He was there when word of the illness spread through the gay community and was largely ignored by politicians, religious figures and the press.

He writes about that dark history and how a small group of activists forged a way out in “How To Survive A Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS.”