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Bill Radke

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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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Pike Place Market
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In Holland, a woonerf is a living street. In Seattle, a woonerf is confusing – by design. We’ll explain. Also, should we build a new Sodo sports arena even without an NBA team? What's the right amount of paid parental leave? And, would you eat your coffee cup?

Bill Radke recaps the week’s top stories with The Stranger’s Eli Sanders, Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler gestures near the end of a hearing for a vote on Net Neutrality, Feb. 26, 2015
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Today, the Federal Communications Commission approved net neutrality in a 3-2 vote. That means that Internet service providers, which includes cable companies like Comcast, can’t selectively slow down Internet data speeds in favor of paid fast lanes.

So what does that mean for consumers and companies in the Seattle area?

 Crews chip away a circle on the southern wall of the pit that was built to access and repair Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine. Eventually it helped Bertha break through/
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Is this week the re-birth of Bertha? What’s the right punishment for a florist who won’t do gay weddings? And a Bellevue man is on the short list to go to Mars and never return. You’ll meet him, along with Q13 FOX’s C.R. Douglas, Jonathan Martin of the Seattle Times and the Seattle Channel's Joni Balter.

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The same question goes for non-vaccinating parents: What’s the right strategy? Also: yet another questionable fatal police shooting, this time in our state. And what will politics be like without comedic news anchors John Stewart and Stephen Colbert? Finally, Seattle has a new earthquake alert, what will you do with your five seconds?

Bill Radke analyzes the week’s news with Luke Burbank, Joni Balter and Knute Berger.

Note to our podcasters: The team also discussed the possible resignation of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. He formally announced his resignation after the show aired. 

Signs at the Seahawks' Virginia Mason Athletic Center welcome home the team after the depressing Super Bowl Loss on Feb. 1, 2015.
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We expose you to just enough of the Seahawks' Super Bowl XLIX loss for your antibodies to fight it off. Also, why is the UW president leaving urban Seattle for the Aggies? Why do some rural Washington lawmakers want to split from the urban westside? Should I-405 include a thruway for the rich? And does Washington state need to save daylight?

KUOW’s Bill Radke analyzes the week’s news with author Sherman Alexie, Crosscut columnist Knute Berger and Northwest News Network managing editor Phyllis Fletcher.

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Seahawks fever is alive and well across the state, with cities taking on nicknames in advance of the new name: Shermmamish, Pete Angeles, Hawkilteo. We could go on… and we will. Also, this week: Why did a Seattle police officer hassle a 69-year-old man over a golf club? Will Washington state abolish the death penalty? Should cyclists have to pay a toll to roll on the new 520 bridge? And why is Bill Gates worried about artificial intelligence?

Bill Radke makes sense of these stories and more with Crosscut's Knute Berger, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and news analyst Joni Balter.

Smoking tobacco
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Washington state considers raising the minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 -- the highest in the country. Plus: deflated footballs, deflated employment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Seattle’s cutest mobster and a sad farewell to talking about the Kalakala ferry. 

Bill Radke’s guests this week include KUOW reporter Deborah Wang, Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Jonathan Martin of the Seattle Times and KUOW reporter Patricia Murphy.

Opening arguments start today in King County Superior Court in the trial of Christopher Monfort, accused of killing Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton in 2009. If found guilty, Monfort could face the death penalty. Bill Radke talks with KUOW reporter Amy Radil ahead of the trial.

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According to The Wall Street Journal, “Office showers are going mainstream, ushering in a new era of intimacy and awkwardness.”

Companies want to project a healthful, youthful image and let workers rinse off after biking to work or after a midday Pilates class.

The journal uses the example of Brooks Running Company in Seattle where, to conserve water, there's a timer in the showers that shuts off after four minutes.

The Washington state Capitol in Olympia.
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State lawmakers begin a high-stakes legislative session today with big decisions to make on how to pay for roads, transit and schools. Bill Radke finds out what to watch for on day one from KUOW's Olympia correspondent, Austin Jenkins.

The 'Week in Review' panel broadcasts in front of a live audience at Little London Plane in Pioneer Square on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.
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What's the Seattle connection to this week's attack on a French satirical magazine? Is it time to start thinking about a Plan B for Bertha, the slumbering tunnel machine? And should we open an Ivar's fish and chips bar inside the aging Kalakala ferry instead of cutting it apart with a blowtorch?

Bill Radke reviews the week's news along with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger, former Seattle mayor Charles Royer and special guest  chef Matt Dillon in front of a live audience at The Little London Plane in Pioneer Square.

See more photos from the event on KUOW's Facebook page

Seattle Seahawk fans at Century Link Field.
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Yes, you're loud. But it's not drowning out the opposing team or pumping up Marshawn Lynch that's giving the Seahawks an edge at home. Bill Radke talks with Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim about what home-field advantage really boils down to.

The 'Week In Review' panel would like to thank everyone who wears a beard cover when working with food.
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It's not every week we get the chance to say "beard diaper" on the radio (it has to do with a story about ice cream and facial hair). Also making news this week: new laws and a new lawsuit. And what were the most important and most over-covered stories of 2014? Plus, the Seattle Seahawks and Macklemore: still a big deal in 2015?

Inside Everett's Boeing factory.
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It was a year of soaring profits for Boeing and Microsoft, rapid expansion for Amazon and anguish for Boeing machinists. KUOW's economy reporter Carolyn Adolph tells Bill Radke how the Puget Sound region's major employers fared in 2014.

In this November 2014 photo, construction crews are building walls for the future northbound roadway inside the SR 99 tunnel.
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This week, President Obama interrupts Week In Review to talk about about the North Korea hacking attack on Sony, but not before we recap the news: Will the legislature will let Governor Inslee break his no-new-taxes pledge? The tunnel project is "70 percent done" -- what? How does a Seattleite say “bagel,” and is it correct? Bill Radke welcomes Essex Porter, Joni Balter and Deborah Wang to the panel to discuss the week's news.

Woodland Park Zoo's Chai and baby Hansa. Hansa died in 2007 at 6 1/2 years old. The zoo announced this week that Chai and Bamboo would be transfered to another zoo.
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It’s going to be a pachyderm Christmas in Seattle.

Monday at Seattle City Hall, the group Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants will be caroling on behalf of Chai and Bamboo, the zoo's Asian elephants which will be leaving us soon when their exhibit closes.

Woodland Park Zoo wants to send the elephants to another zoo. But the group wants them to go to a wildlife sanctuary instead.  

Alaskan Way viaduct, Seattle waterfront, downtown
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What do sagging buildings and a slumping viaduct mean for Seattle's waterfront tunnel? Would you rather pay a gas tax, or let a GPS tracker charge you by the mile? Are Paul Allen and Bill Gates shaping Seattle, or did we shape them first?

Bill Radke covers the week’s top stories with guests Knute Berger, Joni Balter and Northwest News Network’s Phyllis Fletcher.

Protesters in response to the Ferguson and Eric Garner grand jury decisions converge on downtown Seattle on Dec. 4, 2014.
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  What did the Seattle protests accomplish? There were plenty to look at. We’ll separate Westlake Christmas tree chants from anarchist rocks. Also, with the Harvard Exit movie theater closing and the Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker ending, is Seattle losing its soul? And just how clean will the Duwamish River get (and how gentrified will its riverbanks become)?

Bill Radke reviews the news with Eli Sanders, Knute Berger and Joni Balter. Plus, KUOW EarthFix reporter Ashley Ahearn.

Woodland Park Zoo's Chai and baby Hansa. Hansa died in 2007 at 6 1/2 years old. The zoo announced this week that Chai and Bamboo would be transfered to another zoo.
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Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo expels its elephants – where should they go? Did President Obama overreach on immigration? Could a “millionaire's tax” fly in Seattle? Why must Metro bus drivers wear Depends? Do Seahawks players have to talk to reporters if they have nothing to say?

Bill Radke reviews the week's news questions with panelists Sherman Alexie, Knute Berger, Joni Balter and Luke Burbank. Plus, DecodeDC host Andrea Seabrook tells you how executive privilege works!

KUOW reporter Liz Jones conducting an interview in a farmers market in Hyderabad, India.
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Liz Jones traveled to Hyderabad, India this summer to report on its deepening connection with the Seattle area. She tells Bill Radke what she found and what we'll hear in her upcoming six-part series, "Two Indias, Near and Far." Get the story behind the photo at our Facebook page.

Beloved sandwhich shop Paseo closed suddenly this week, leading to a lot of foodie grief in Seattle.
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A beloved Cuban sandwich shop falls apart. A gun-rights rally is coming to Olympia. Should police bother to find who broke into your car? Is our lieutenant governor a slacker? And what would you put into a Washington state time capsule?

Bill Radke is with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Northwest News Network’s Phyllis Fletcher and LiveWire’s Luke Burbank to answer these questions.

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Texting while driving increases the crash risk 23 times – similar to driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.19 (the max in Washington state is 0.08).

Currently, texting or holding a phone to your ear is illegal, but what about other phone activities, like Facebook or shopping?

You Vote, We Review

Nov 7, 2014
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Conservatives won big on Election Day across the country, but in Washington lost on gun bills, Seattle pre-school and most ofWashington state's Congressional delegation. Our guests paint the red and the blue in this post-election episode. Plus, the leaf blowers strike back! Bill Radke is joined by KIRO's Essex Porter, KCPQ's C.R. Douglas and KUOW's own Deborah Wang.

Olympia Washington State Legislature
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Bill Radke talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about expanded background checks for gun sales and the changed balance of power in the state legislature.

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I want to ask this of the people who use leaf blowers – why?

Do you get too much exercise as it is? Has your doctor advised you to be LESS physically active and/or to avoid rakes?

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The Ebola nurse in Maine: rational or selfish? Is it ever OK to be sarcastic right after a school shooting? Does a confusing ballot mean an unpredictable election? Plus, Bill Radke explodes over leaf blowers. All these topics and more are discussed with this week's guests: Knute Berger, Eli Sanders and Joni Balter.

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Attention salmon and people who like water: Let's hear it for the beaver.

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To improve Seattle traffic, what if your child in the backseat no longer gets you into the HOV lane? Good idea? Also: Is Backpage.com liable for sex trafficking through its site? Would expanded gun background checks lead to gun confiscation? And will anyone really give marijuana candy to trick-or-treaters? Really?

Bill Radke’s guests this week: Dan Savage, Rob McKenna and Joni Balter; plus Slate’s Mike Pesca, LiveWire’s Luke Burbank and the NRA’s Catherine Mortensen.

Litesprite

If you’re feeling depressed or stressed out, and therapy seems overwhelming, consider spending time with a fox.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Diane Schanzenbach, associate professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern University, about what research says about the efficacy of class size in education. 

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