Bill Radke

Host, KUOW's Morning Newsmagazine

Year started with KUOW: 1985 – 1986, 1991 – 2004, 2012 

Bill hosts KUOW’s Week In Review. He also hosts the morning newsmagazine, as he did 20 years ago! After starting with KUOW as a University of Washington student in 1985, Bill was the morning host in the 90s and the creator of past show Rewind, a news-satire show heard on KUOW and nationwide on NPR. 

Bill moved away to Southern California to host American Public Media's Weekend America and Marketplace Morning Report and returned to KUOW in 2012.

Ways To Connect

Jim Willard, Juan Manel and Leobardo Magana worked to adjust irrigation systems for the short water year on a farm outside of Prosser, Wash.
KUOW PHOTO/ANNA KING

Bill Radke talks with reporter Anna King of the Northwest News Network about how farmers in Central Washington are struggling to save water during an extended drought.

A group of kayakers rafted together work to pull up a protest sign as they practice for an upcoming demonstration against Arctic oil drilling, in Elliott Bay on April 16, 2015.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

There was plenty of protests this week: Seattle's May Day riots, a fight to keep an Arctic oil rig out of Elliott Bay, teacher walk-outs over education funding and an uproar over a Seattle Seahawks player accused of domestic violence. 

Bill Radke debates this week’s symbols and substance with Todd Myers of the Washington Policy Center, Crosscut’s Knute Berger, and 'The C is For Crank' blogger Erica C. Barnett.

Baltimore protest, 4/28/2015, Freddie Gray
Flickr Photo/Arash Azizzada

Is a property damage as protest ever justifiable? Did Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant cross the line in criticizing a colleague? What will the Shell Arctic drilling protests accomplish? Bonus: Should Seattle PBS station KCTS pull its own plug?

Bill Radke discusses the week’s news with Tonya Mosley, Eli Sanders and Chris Vance. 

In this photo provided by Azim Afif a man approaches the scene after an avalanche triggered by a massive earthquake swept across Everest Base Camp, Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
Azim Afif via AP

Bill Radke talks with Kurt Hunter of Seattle's Madison Mountaineering. Their team of 15 climbers were near Mount Everest's Camp 2 when the earthquake struck, sending an avalanche that killed a base camp medic.

Cary Chin works at the front desk of Seattle-based Gravity Payments. CEO Dan Price told his employees this week that he was cutting his own salary and using company profits so they would each earn a base salary of $70,000.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

A Seattle CEO cuts his own pay so he can double his employees’ salaries – is this a new model for capitalism? Should Washington state tax the megarich? Does Woodland Park Zoo deserve a boycott?

Bill Radke hosts our weekly news debate with panelists C.R. Douglas of KCPQ13, former state Senate Majority Leader Bill Finkbeiner and Seattlish blogger Hanna Brooks Olsen.

Real Change Street Paper Goes Digital

Apr 16, 2015

Bill Radke speaks with Tim Harris, founding director of Real Change, about the newspaper's decision to offer a digital edition to readers.

People do better on tests of alertness and motor performance after power naps, says Dr. James Hamblin, health columnist at The Atlantic. But he says he's not a supporter of napping every day at work.
Flickr Photo/bark (CC BY 2.0)

This week an Alaska Airlines baggage handler fell asleep in the cargo hold of an airplane before takeoff, forcing an emergency landing at Sea-Tac Airport. (Nobody was hurt.) Should we take more naps at work? Bill Radke asked Dr. James Hamblin, senior editor and health columnist at The Atlantic.

Test pencil
Flickr Photo/mammal (CC-BY-NC-ND)

If you don’t like standardized tests, how should we assess our kids’ learning? Do we really want to ban all cell phone use in the car, or do we just say we do? And can a flotilla of kayaks block a giant oil derrick-pulling cargo carrier?

Bill Radke debates this week’s news with KIRO 7’s Essex Porter, Crosscut’s Knute Berger and Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter.

Restaurant check
Flickr Photo/Quinn Dombrowski (CC-BY-NC-ND)

With Seattle’s minimum wage rising, do you still need to tip? Who gains from Expedia’s move to Seattle? And in a Seattle road rage incident caught on tape, are you more like the driver or the cyclist?

Bill Radke debates the week’s news with Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, Live Wire’s Luke Burbank, and Civic Cocktail’s Joni Balter.

Christina Rodriguez, 25, was one of dozens of fast food workers who walked off the job during fast food in Seattle strikes in 2013.
KUOW photo/Liz Jones

Bill Radke talks with political consultants Sandeep Kaushik and Chris Vance about whether voters should ultimately decide whether to raise Washington state's minimum wage.

Dehydrated alcohol is a subject of debate in Washington. Joni Balter says that it could become an "REI thing" for hikers who don't want to have to haul a beer in their pack.
Flickr Photo/Allagash Brewing (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Should Washington state ban powdered alcohol? Should Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl go from hero to pariah? Is it time to leave Amanda Knox alone? And does your state auditor owe it to you to be more squeaky clean than any other official?

KUOW’s Bill Radke discusses the week’s news with former Republican state Sen. Bill Finkbeiner, Crosscut’s Knute Berger and Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter.

Larenda Myres holds an iced coffee drink with a "Race Together" sticker on it at a Starbucks store in Seattle, Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Why did the Starbucks race initiative bother us THAT much? Should you be able to smoke in a Seattle park? And should you fight wage discrimination by talking openly about how much money you make? (How much DO you make?)

Bill Radke analyzes this week’s top stories with former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, Northwest News Network’s Phyllis Fletcher and The Stranger's Eli Sanders.

A Better Way To Tax Cigarettes

Mar 18, 2015
Flickr Photo/David Grant

Bill Radke talks with Washington state Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, about Governor Jay Inslee's proposal to raise cigarette taxes.

Bamboo, 47, an Asian elephant, walks toward people watching her at the Woodland Park Zoo Nov. 19, 2014.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Seattle officials did not stand in the way of the decision to send Woodland Park Zoo's elephants to Oklahoma, should they have? How important is it when a state lawmaker refers to "colored people"? Will too little winter snow mean summer drought? And can we compost the dead?

Bill Radke discusses the week’s top stories with The Stranger’s Dan Savage, Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter and Crosscut’s Knute Berger.

A line of Car2Gos in the South Lake Union district of Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

Car-sharing company Car2Go expanded in Seattle this week. That means a little more competition for parking spots that can already be hard to come by. Is the city trying to make life harder for car owners? And is that fair? Bill Radke talks with Seattle journalist Erica C. Barnett.

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