Bill Radke


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

Bill hosts The Record and Week In Review. After starting with KUOW as a University of Washington student in 1985, Bill was KUOW's 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.

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'Week in Review' panel Josh Feit, Sarah Stuteville, Joni Balter and Bill Radke.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Are liberal lobbyists writing Seattle's laws? Should Washington put a carbon tax on fossil fuels? And what can Vancouver, B.C. teach Seattle about safe injection sites for drug users?

We'll talk about these stories and more on KUOW's Week in Review. Listen to the live discussion Fridays at noon and follow the online discussion @KUOW and #KUOWwir. 

Bill Radke speaks with Kyle Murphy and Ellicott Dandy about Initiative 732, which will appear on the November ballot. The initiative would introduce a carbon tax with the goal of reducing carbon emissions.

Murphy is with the Yes on 732 campaign and he wants you to vote for the initiative. Dandy is the economic and environmental justice manager for progressive group OneAmerica, she wants you to vote no. 

Bill Radke sits down with Sunlight Foundation staff writer Libby Watson to discuss the debate between vice presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence Tuesday night. Watson explains that neither candidate really wanted to educate viewers on what they would actually do for the country, and the media was focused on spectacle over substance. 

Courtesy of OPB/Amanda Peacher

Bill Radke speaks with Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ryan Haas about the trial over the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge earlier this year. 

Afraid of clowns? There's a word for that

Oct 5, 2016
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The creepy clowns story has finally made it to Seattle.

This week a clown was seen walking around Green Lake at dusk. People described it as covered in blood with a choking device around its neck. Seattle Schools sent a warning to parents yesterday to keep an eye out.

Seattle resident Amanda Knox on the roof of the KUOW parking garage in Seattle's University District.
KUOW Photo/Jenna Montgomery

When Amanda Knox enters a coffee shop in Seattle, she just wants a cup of coffee.

Sometimes that’s what happens.

Let your kids eat dirt, it's good for them

Oct 4, 2016
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Bill Radke speaks with University of British Columbia professor B. Brett Finlay about his book, "Let Them Eat Dirt." Finlay's research shows that parents don't need to fear germs as much as they do. Finlay says bubble wrapping kids to keep them clean denies them many good microbes that help keep them healthy. 

Sam Choy's Poke to the Max, a popular poke food truck in Seattle
KUOW Photo/Caroline Chamberlain

A Hawaiian fish salad is taking Seattle by storm. It's called poke, and you can probably find it in your neighborhood, especially if you live in Capitol Hill. 

Poke means "to cut" which explains why it consists typically of cubes of cut tuna (or another, typically, seafood item) with a variety of sauces and toppings to accompany it.

Parents: Be gardeners, not carpenters

Oct 3, 2016

Bill Radke sits down with child psychologist Alison Gopnik, author of the new book "The Gardener and the Carpenter." Gopnik explains her problems with modern parenting and how to better face the unexpected that comes with raising a child. 

KUOW Photo/Caroline Chamberlain

Bill Radke sits down with Sharon H. Chang, author of "Raising Mixed Race: Multiracial Asian Children in a Post-Racial World."

She explains why it's important to study the experiences of mixed race people and how it relates to our broader history of race in this country.

John Henry Browne, attorney for Raymond Fryberg, father of the Washington state teenager who fatally shot four classmates and himself at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in October, 2014.
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Bill Radke speaks with Seattle defense attorney John Henry Browne about his career and what it's like defending killers like Ted Bundy. 

Journalist Jessica Bennett speaks about her new book.
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Bill Radke speaks with New York Times columnist Jessica Bennett about her new book, "Feminist Fight Club." The book includes terms like “manterrupters,” “bropropriators,” “himitators” and “menstruhaters.” Bennett says she uses comedy in the book to provide other women with a manual for dealing with sexism in the workplace. 

Bill Radke speaks with local independent podcast producer Marlo Mack about how she came to accept that the child she thought was her son was actually her daughter. Mack, who goes by a pseudonym to protect her child, has joined with KUOW to collaborate on a new season of How To Be A Girl, a podcast about raising a transgender daughter. 

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Bill Radke talks with University of Washington associate professor Margaret O'Mara and former White House press secretary Scott McClellan about what we learned from watching the first presidential debate.

Gov. Jay Inslee, left, a Democrat, and Bill Bryant, his Republican opponent.
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Bill Radke talks to Seattle Times political reporter Jim Brunner about the debate between Governor Jay Inslee and his Republican challenger, Bill Bryant, on Monday night.