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Jason Pagano

Senior Producer, The Record

Year started with KUOW: 2012

Jason Pagano is a producer at KUOW, where he works behind the scenes to bring you interviews, news coverage and KUOW’s Week in Review. He’s also worked on KUOW’s Weekday and The Conversation. Before radio, he covered A&E at Seattle alternative weekly The Stranger, polished copy at a Philadelphia ad agency and hung about in a TV studio as much as he could at Seattle’s PBS station. Happy to be from New Jersey but living in Seattle, Jason is a graduate of Rutgers University.

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President Trump says a mouthful about immigration. Governor Inslee and the Democrats size up their new majority in Olympia. Seattle's new soda tax kicks in. Plus, a story about how the Seattle city government sausage is made, thanks to a special exemption for one Airbnb owner who fought city hall and won.

Deputy Chief Carmen Best, left, and Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole listen as mayor Jenny Durkan speaks during a press conference on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Seattle City Hall.
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Bill Radke talks to The Seattle Times criminal justice reporter Steve Miletich about U.S. District Judge James Robart's ruling that found the Seattle Police Department was in full and effective compliance with the court ordered reforms. 

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Bill Radke talks with Washington state Governor Jay Inslee about his plans for a carbon tax, President Trump's plans for our weed and offshore oil, a future White House run and more.

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Bill Radke talks again with Fernmarie Rodriguez, nearly four months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and Fernmarie organized her own relief effort from her home in Bellevue.

David Sedaris, signing one of more than 8,000 tip-ins. This is the hard labor that goes into your signed author copy.
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Author and diarist David Sedaris is in Seattle for a week to workshop his new book. He sat down with Bill Radke on The Record to explain why he's carrying around 8,000 single sheets of paper — and why you might want to be careful how you dispose of your trash when he's around.   

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You will laugh, you will cry, but you will mostly laugh along with actors Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery as they talk with Bill Radke about the Christmas songs we love and love to hate.

 Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan gives a rose to 4-year-old Araceli Cotto, after taking the oath of office on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at the Ethiopian Community Center in Seattle.
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It’s the first day of her new job. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan reads her name on the door of her office at City Hall. What’s going through her head?

“It’s real. And the responsibility is enormous,” she told KUOW’s The Record.

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Bill Radke talks to Geekwire's Todd Bishop about Microsoft's planned remodel of their building and what it says about the company's future in the region. 

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Seattle mayor-elect Jenny Durkan assembles her transition team, and the City Council rejects a head tax on big Seattle businesses – for now. We'll cover the latest from City Hall as Durkan's swearing-in fast approaches.

Astronaut Scott Kelly has been in orbit longer than any other person in history.
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Astronaut Scott Kelly has been in orbit longer than any other person in history: more than 500 days in total. He sat down with Bill Radke to talk about why he feels protective of the Earth, the weird science of space — while Kelly was in space, he aged in reverse! (on a molecular level) — and how one handles bodily functions in space. (We had to ask.)

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Haven't voted yet? Your ballot is due on Tuesday. We'll catch you up on the latest election news with help from Seattle Channel's Joni Balter, KING 5 political reporter Natalie Brand and Q13 political analyst C.R. Douglas.

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Bill Radke talks to Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien about a proposed head tax that would require high earning businesses in Seattle to pay $100 per employee. The funds raised would go towards programs that help people experiencing homelessness.  

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This week, some Seattle-area leaders told Amazon they'd like to hit the refresh button on their relationship with the company. Is Seattle going overboard with the apologizing? And what does Amazon owe Seattle for its success?

This week's panel (L-R): Bill Radke, Joni Balter, Sydney Brownstone, C.R. Douglas
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This week rape and sexual harassment got a very public face when we learned that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is accused of raping several women. He’s been settling sexual harassment claims for decades, and many, many people knew about it and said nothing.

Zoë Quinn at IndieCade in 2015.
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Zoë Quinn is an avid gamer, developer, and artist. In her capacity as author and advocate, she’s launched an online crisis network and spoken before the UN.

But you probably know her best from #GamerGate.

Guns line the walls of the firearms reference collection at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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The mass shooting in Las Vegas has us asking – yet again – what we should do about gun violence.

The polarizing refrain “now is not the time to talk about gun control” comes up a lot in the wake of the attack. And Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat said that’s code for “we’re not going to do anything.”

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Some NFL players took a knee or sat during the national anthem. The Seahawks stayed in their locker room. Other players stood and locked arms. What does it all matter if the fans tune them out?

Also, Facebook says it will get tougher on fake Russian campaign ads, but what is our responsibility to consume media smartly?

And Washington state sues the maker of OxyContin, but pharmaceutical companies say they don't deserve all the blame because it's doctors who over-prescribed and patients who over-used.

Oren Etzioni and Max Tegmark in the KUOW Green Room.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk made headlines when he urged leaders to intervene in the quest for artificial intelligence, saying the technology “is a fundamental existential risk for human civilization.”

Musk painted a frightening picture of a future where an AI arms race could lead to apocalyptic outcomes for humanity. But KUOW’s Bill Radke recently talked with two AI experts who take a more optimistic view on the role intelligent machines can play in our future.

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Bill Radke talks with Rabbi Daniel Weiner of Seattle's Temple De Hirsch Sinai about how to confront the recent flare-up of antisemitism in America.

Bill Radke talks with sportswriters Percy Allen and Michael-Shawn Dugar about the protests that rippled across the entire NFL schedule after President Trump said he'd love to see owners fire players for disrespecting the national anthem.

L-R: Dave Ross, Bill Radke, Joni Balter, Rob McKenna
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Bill apologizes to listeners for our interview with the man from this week's viral Seattle-Nazi-gets-punched video, and we look for the lessons. (see the video and read the transcript)

Seattle gets a new temporary mayor, and the race to replace Eastside Congressman Dave Reichert gets a well-known Republican challenger.

Seattle mayor Ed Murray resigns after one of the mayor’s cousins becomes the fifth man accusing him of sexual abuse in the past.

Meanwhile the two candidates running to replace him, Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon, meet in their first mayoral debate.

Tucson, Arizona sends Jeff Bezos a cactus to woo Amazon’s HQ2 to their city.

And football’s national anthem protests to call attention to racial inequity get kicked upstairs to the White House when an ESPN anchor calls the President a white supremacist.

Author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie waits with dancers backstage for his turn on stage as the keynote speaker at a celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, at Seattle's City Hall.
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Who better to talk sex with than self-described "old, gray-haired dads" Sherman Alexie and Daniel Handler? KUOW’s Bill Radke sat down with the two authors to talk about how adolescence has gone from treehouses in the woods to porn on phones.

'Week in Review' panel Bill Radke, Christopher Parker, Billy Bryant and Natalie Brand.
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Amazon tells Seattle it wants to see other cities and announces plans for a second headquarters in another North American metropolis.

The only Republican Congressman from the Puget Sound area said this week he won't run for another term. Who will take over for Rep. Dave Reichert?

Museum goers test out their eclipse glasses on Monday, August 21, 2017, at the Pacific Science Center before the start of the solar eclipse, in Seattle. KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
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Jeannie Yandel talks to KUOW producer Matt Martin about his experience viewing the total solar eclipse in Oregon. We also hear from Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA's chief scientist, about what it was like to view the eclipse from the air in a plane. 

Well, that was pretty cool. Clouds rolled in, the sky grew dark, the temperature dropped. Did you watch the eclipse? We talk with a KUOW producer who traveled to Oregon to experience totality, and a NASA scientist who chased the eclipse in a plane.

Plus, we'll learn more about the history of the Confederate monument at Seattle's Lakeview Cemetery, try to sort out whether we need to tear down meeting places for white supremacists on the Internet, and debate whether American slavery can ever be fodder for entertaining television.

Sydney Brownstone, Bill Radke, Ron Sims, Rob McKenna
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Our panel this week:

Bill Radke @kuowradke, host
Ron Sims @simsron, retired deputy secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and former King County Executive
Sydney Brownstone @sydbrownstone, reporter at The Stranger
Rob McKenna @robmckenna, former Washington state attorney general

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Seattle is reportedly within range of a North Korean nuclear missile, and there's a war of words between President Trump and Kim Jong-Un. Should we be afraid?

Puget Sound is still tucked in beneath a smoky haze from British Columbia wildfires. But has it really "ruined summer?"

Comedian Hari Kondabolu at the Museum Theatre in Chennai on January 5, 2012.
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Bill Radke talks to comedians Liz Miele and Hari Kondabolu about representation and race in comedy. Is it okay to make fun of Anthony Scaramucci? What's the problem with the Simpson's character Apu?  

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray rejects a call for him to resign after a Seattle Times report that an Oregon child-welfare investigator concluded Murray had sexually abused his foster son in the 1980s.

Washington's new distracted driving law starts this weekend. You already couldn't hold your phone up to your ear. Now anything more than the "minimal use of a finger" will cost you a $136 fine.

And bike share is back in Seattle, with a new idea: leave the bike where ever you want to when you're done riding it. Will it work?

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