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Alison Bruzek

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Marco Collins, Bill Radke and Karen Mason-Blair at KUOW
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Pearl Jam is coming to Safeco Field this summer. Ichiro is back with the Mariners. Sea-Tac Airport plays a message from Sir Mix-A-Lot. Is it fair to say that Seattle can't get over the 90s? We look at a Seattle Met article that asks, "Why can't Seattle quit the '90s?" Who are the city's cultural icons of today?

Bill Radke asks Seattle DJ Marco Collins and grunge photographer Karen Mason Blair. Also restaurateur Tom Douglas joins us to weigh in on his position as an icon of the 1990s.

An adult mountain lion
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife/Rich Beausoleil

Bill Radke recaps the biggest stories of the weekend, including the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the cougar attack in Washington, and why pop songs are getting sadder. Our panelists include Leah Baltus, editor in chief of City Arts magazine and John Roderick, singer and guitarist of The Long Winters.

Marie and Grace share a moment in the film, Always.
David Hogan Photography

Angela DiMarco never intended to make a public film about the loss of her son. It started as a small project to help her grieve.

But her short film, "Always," is now premiering at the Seattle International Film Festival. It follows a husband and wife, struggling after the loss of their daughter. It captures shades of DiMarco's own experience, who lost her son during pregnancy.

"Always" will be screening on Monday, May 28, 2018 

Caitlin Lee raises a Tax Amazon sign in front of Seattle City Council members on Monday, May 14, 2018, during a head tax vote at City Hall in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke talks about what the compromise head tax means for Seattle with KUOW reporter Carolyn Adolph. We also talk to Todd Biesold, owner and CFO of Merlino Foods, about how the head tax will affect his business.

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Bill Radke talks to our panel about a New York Times opinion piece that argues liberals aren't as smart as they think. We also look at the state's sports gambling laws and why Mother's Day should be expanded beyond just mothers. Our guests are Wilfred Padua, a Seattle comedian, and food writer Angela Garbes, whose new book is, "Like A Mother: A Feminist Journey through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy."

File photo of a homeless encampment under a bridge.
KUOW Photo

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is not ready to support the proposed employee head tax. This is the proposal for a per-employee tax on the city's highest grossing businesses.

The money would pay for low-income housing and services for homeless people. Amazon would be the number one payer of this tax and they are so opposed to it that they've halted construction on a new tower in Downtown Seattle. Also opposed to this head tax are local companies like Starbucks, Alaska Airlines and Dick's Drive-In.

File: Mount Baker
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Have you been watching the videos from Hawaii — molten lava eating up telephone poles and cars — and then turning towards that big range of volcanoes we have in our own backyard?

Could that happen here? We talk to Seth Moran, scientist-in-charge at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory, to see if we should live in fear of Baker, Rainier, St. Helens...

Resat Kasaba, director of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Wasington.
UW Jackson School

Bill Radke talks to Resat Kasaba, head of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, about President Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement.

Jeff Bezos speaks at the Apollo rocket engine unveiling at The Museum of Flight, showing the injector plate from an F-1 rocket used on Apollo 12.
Courtesy of The Museum of Flight/Ted Huetter

Bill Radke discusses the stories that had people buzzing over the weekend, from a tweet by Jeff Bezos, to the new single from Childish Gambino. Our guests are Valerie Curtis-Newton, professor in acting and directing and head of performance at the University of Washington School of Drama, and Seattle politics blogger Mellina White Cusack, of The Seattle Conservative.

Homes in Queen Anne are shown from the Space Needle in November in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke talks about the lawsuit against the city over the recently passed ordinance that prohibits landlords from screening some rental applicants based on their criminal background. William Shadbolt, president of the board of the Rental Housing Association of Washington explains why they're suing. Seattle City Councilor Lisa Herbold tells us why she supports the ordinance and co-sponsored it. In a statement, the city's Attorney's Office says, "Our office is currently reviewing the complaint, which we received on Tuesday.  We believe the ordinance is constitutional and plan to defend it."

McMorris Rodgers speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C.
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Bill Radke speaks to Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers about #MeToo, her push to get more women in the U.S. House, and her legislation to protect the Columbia and Snake River dams. She spoke with us from Eastern Washington.

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA).
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Bill Radke talks to Congresswoman Suzan DelBene about immigration, the White House Correspondents' Dinner, and the upcoming midterm elections.

Clipper race Visit Seattle team leads parade of sail.
Ben Solomon

Bill Radke talks to Shannon Dean, a Seattle nurse and sailor in the "Clipper Round the World Yacht Race." Dean was docked in Seattle over the weekend, after a 10-month trip from Liverpool, England. Next, she heads to Panama, before eventually making it back to the U.K.

FILE: U.S. Supreme Court
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Bill Radke talks to Lisa Marshall Manheim, associate professor at the University of Washington School of Law, about what arguments were presented in front of the Supreme Court Wednesday in favor and against Trump's travel ban. Washington state was among those suing the president over the executive order.

This March 20, 2016, photo shows the Hart family of Woodland, Wash., at a Bernie Sanders rally in Vancouver, Wash.
AP Photo/Tristan Fortsch, handout

Bill Radke talks to Seattle Times reporter Nina Shapiro about what Oregon officials knew about the Hart family and allegations of child abuse. Six of the family members, including both mothers, have been confirmed dead and two children are still missing after they drove off a California cliff.

FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian Intelligence Activities.
AP Photo/Cliff Owen

Ross Reynolds talks with Kathy Loedler, a 23-year veteran of the FBI and now CEO of the Rampart Group, and Carolyn Woodbury, former supervisory special agent in Seattle who spent more than 20 years with the FBI. They discuss former FBI Director James Comey's book tour and what it means for the FBI's reputation.