Bill Radke

Host

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.

Ways to Connect

"The Legend of Bigfoot" is a store along Highway 101 in northern California.
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Bill Radke speaks with Leah Sottile about her article in Outside magazine profiling Bob Gimlin, one of the men behind the famous footage of Bigfoot from 1967. Sottile explains how the footage was captured and why she thinks it is important we have these types of mysteries. 

Sound board studio
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Donald Trump visited Washington, Mexico and Arizona this week where he delivered a speech on immigration. What effect does his anti-immigration, anti-refugee rhetoric have on minority groups living in this country?             

Solar eclipse seen from in Yokohama in 2012.
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Bill Radke talks with Geekwire's Alan Boyle about  North American eclipse of the sun expected August 2017. It's first of its kind in almost a hundred years. But the best places to see it in the Northwest are already getting pretty crowded. 

School supplies
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Bill Radke speaks with KUOW education reporter Ann Dornfeld about why Washington asks its students to help supply their schools. 

Washington requires traditional supplies meant for individual use, like a 24-pack of crayons and some spiral bound notebooks, as well as more unusual supplies meant to be shared by the classroom, like one jumbo pack of napkins, two bottles of hand sanitizer and two reams of copy paper. 

Becca Meredith
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Bill Radke sits down with local activist Becca Meredith of the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites and Showing Up for Racial Justice about why white people should play a role in racial justice activism. 

camping
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Bill Radke speaks with author Dan White about the history of camping in America. White highlights how we overcame the early Puritan fear of the woods and the changing demographics of wild places. His latest book is "Under the Stars: How America Fell in Love with Camping."

Bill Radke speaks with KUOW economy reporter Carolyn Adolph about Joe Sutter, the Boeing engineer who led the development of the 747, the biggest airplane the world had ever seen.

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum called Sutter "the father of the 747," and gave him the 2013 Lifetime Achievement award.

Courtesy of Phoebe Flanigan

Seattle is rich in art, but for some artists it is  not an affordable place to keep working.

One solution is to look east, over the Cascades to a place like Tieton. It's a small rural town near Yakima; only about 1,000 people live there.

Courtesy of Dean Wong

Bill Radke speaks with Stranger art critic Jen Graves about Seattle photographer Dean Wong, a community activist and chronicler of Chinatown life. Wong primarily takes photographs in Seattle, his hometown, but also frequently documents Chinatowns in Portland and in Vancouver, B.C.

Wong recently published a book of his photographs, titled "Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown." His pictures can also be seen at Jack Straw Cultural Center until September 2.

Bill Radke speaks with Stephen Quinn, host of CBC Radio's On The Coast, about a complaint filed on behalf of Vancouver animation workers. Animators claim they worked in terrible conditions and weren't paid for overtime during the creation of the Seth Rogan film, "Sausage Party."

 Trump fan David Johnston of Maple Valley got to Donald Trump's Everett rally at 2 a.m. He said he arrived that early in hopes of getting his hat signed.
KUOW Photo/David Hyde

Bill Radke speaks with KUOW's David Hyde about Donald Trump's event in Everett Tuesday night. Trump spoke to a crowd about jobs and how he plans to keep them in Washington state. 

Scantron test sheet
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Bill Radke speaks with KUOW education reporter Ann Dornfeld about the most recent Washington State report card.

Students who took the Smarter Balanced Assessment, a statewide test for public school students, did better on average this year. Still, approximately half of elementary school students are not meeting the standard in math, and they're not doing much better in English language arts.

Bill Radke speaks with Jen McEwen and Jesse Adams about their transition from working on an adult entertainment app store to a new secure browser app called Tenta

Helping refugees live beyond survival mode

Aug 30, 2016
The Alhamdan family -- two parents and six children -- arrived recently in Seattle from Syria. They are joining a tiny community of 25 recent Syrian refugees.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Bill Radke speaks with Andrew Kritovich, program director of international counseling and community services at Lutheran Community Services NW, about the emotional struggles that many refugees face as they transition into a new life in America. 

Bill Radke sits down with David Jones, a Subway franchisee and founder of the Blazing Onion restaurant chain, to discuss proposed secure scheduling legislation in Seattle. The law is aimed at giving workers more control over their schedules and threatens employers with penalties if they don't comply. But Jones feels it's misguided, will have unintended consequences and hurts businesses that are doing nothing wrong. 

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