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Let's travel to the future for a moment and step inside a fish and chips joint for some lunch. Inside - the manager is planning a new promotional campaign. She's thinking of who's coming in, and what they want to eat. And she's doing it using Big Data.

The Record: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Sunday night in Arizona, a woman was struck and killed by an Uber vehicle – the first pedestrian fatality caused by a self-driving car. Geekwire reporter Taylor Soper joined Bill Radke to talk about the implications for Seattle’s autonomous vehicle experiments.

There’s a line in “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” by Maria Semple, that triggers pained recognition among locals.

“The drivers here are horrible,” she begins. “They’re the slowest drivers you ever saw.”

In this Jan. 29, 1962 file photo, the Spalding family, left, and the Richmond family demonstrate how people of the town would sit out a nuclear attack and its radioactive aftermath in Los Alamos, N.M., birthplace of the atomic and hydrogen bombs.
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If you follow the news, you might get the impression that things are pretty bad.

Not just "why bother" bad. It's "throw your hands up" bad.

Or even "eat a large bag of Sour Patch Kids in one sitting because we're all doomed anyway" bad.

The Record: Monday, March 19, 2018

Mar 19, 2018
KUOW photo/Gil Aegerter

Seattle real estate is hot, and getting hotter. One thing that might not be helping? Rent-bidding. It allows an apartment to be rented by the highest bidder. But does that drive up prices? KUOW's Paige Browning explains why the city is considering a ban. 

Homeless RV
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Bill Radke talks to Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien about a King County superior court ruling that says the city can not impound a vehicle if a person is using it for shelter in the city of Seattle.

File: Sherman Alexie reads from his book, 'Thunder Boy Jr.,' at the RED INK Indigenous Initiative for All at Arizona State University, Tempe, April 22, 2016.
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Do you scoff when people say they support their local bookstores, but get their books on Amazon? Is supporting Woody Allen or R. Kelly any different? Katie Anthony says it can’t be. 

A Sony Walkman, belonging to a fictional character named Alex, holds a cassette mix tape.
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Let this segment take you back — WAY back.

We’re in your high school computer class. It's the 1980s: Walkmans in backpacks, satin jackets in lockers, Apple IIe computers running BASIC. Where is this nostalgic wonderland, you ask? 

The Record: Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mar 15, 2018

Can your car be your home, in the eyes of the law? What would you do if you could go back in time to the 1980s? And what do we do with the art of problematic men? We explore the ins and outs this hour.

It's March 14! The day before the Ides of March, three days before St. Patrick's Day, but 3.14 is a special day all its own: Pi Day.

This year is the 30th anniversary of a whimsical holiday that celebrates the irrational, infinite, transcendent excellence of the universal constant.

The Record: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mar 14, 2018

Today is Pi Day — March 14. (Geeeeet it? Pi is 3.14.) We used math as a thinly veiled excuse to celebrate with Instagram phenomenon Lauren Ko, of lokokitchen. She came by the studio to share everything from charcoal crust to beet as coloring agent, and to explain why she's “a firm believer in butter.”

From left: Tracy Rector and Sara Marie Ortiz
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Can you predict the social media cycle of #metoo? First, the allegations. Then the apology, lackluster or seemingly heartfelt. Then the backlash: shows canceled, jobs lost, formerly prominent men stricken from the public domain. It's happened in film, in television, in comedy. And now it's happening to author Sherman Alexie.

King County Metro bus
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Bill Radke talks to Seattle Times reporter Paige Cornwell about her reporting on dogs on King County Metro buses. 

The Record: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Mar 13, 2018

Mayor Jenny Durkan is just over 100 days into her tenure as mayor. She came by the studio to answer your questions about everything from taxes to parking. 

Father Antonio Illas was federal immigration agent for 25 years before becoming a priest.
KUOW Photo/Andy Hurst

Father Antonio Illas was a federal immigration agent for 25 years before he turned his life to God.

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Ben Blum about his new book "Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family, and Inexplicable Crime." The book tells the story of his cousin, Alex Blum, and how he turned from an Army Ranger to a bank robber.

The Record: Monday, March 12, 2018

Mar 12, 2018

You might have heard about protests over the weekend against a Canadian pipeline project that would mean more oil tankers in Washington waters. But that pipeline already exists, so why the fuss? We'll get Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer on the phone to explain.

"Untitled", Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1982. Last year the piece sold for $110 million, making it the most expensive piece of American artwork in history.
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What does it feel like to be in the room with $100 million? You can find out soon. The most expensive piece of American artwork ever sold at auction — a painting by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat — is coming to the Seattle Art Museum.

Sherman Alexie is a beloved native writer, filmmaker and poet. He also stands accused of sexual harassment by three women on the record and many more anonymously. KUOW reporter Liz Jones is following the story and sat down with Bill Radke after her first piece on the story published. 

The Record: Thursday, March 8, 2018

Mar 8, 2018

It's the last day of work for your Washington state legislators. Lawmakers are supposed to wrap up the session by midnight. KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins has the latest on what's still in play.

Parents: Be gardeners, not carpenters

Mar 8, 2018
Developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik
Wikimedia Photo/Kathleen King (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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. 

The Record: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Mar 7, 2018

Sometime when your state legislators don't act, the citizens do. They pass a voter initiative. We saw that with same-sex marriage and marijuana, voters changing the law themselves. Well this morning there is a different story. There was about to be an initiative to make it easier to prosecute police officers who use deadly force, but this time, legislators are trying to head off that initiative. Austin Jenkins joins us to discuss this bill and a few others that are trying to make in time before the legislative session ends tomorrow. 

The Record: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Mar 6, 2018

Amazon wants to sell you devices that help you control your home. It would be able to access to your home, appliances in your home security of your home. Google also wants to sell you that stuff. How useful or dangerous would that be and what does the Amazon Google fight mean for you --the consumer? Geekwire's Todd Bishop explains. 

Courtesy of Anne McTiernan

Bill Radke speaks with Anne McTiernan about her new memior called, "Starved: A Nutrition Doctor's Journey from Empty to Full." McTiernan is a research professor at the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine and a member of the public health sciences division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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Fantasy author Tamora Pierce has inspired young people for decades with her stories about strong girls who do things like disguise themselves as boys so they can defend their kingdoms as knights. Among her inspired readers was a young Lindy West, now a New York Times columnist.

We invited West to interview Pierce at KUOW.

The Record: Monday, March 5, 2018

Mar 5, 2018

A King County judge says a 150-year-old law lets people live in their cars, because some people's cars are their homes. Seattle Times Project Homeless reporter Vianna Davila explains what it could mean for an estimated 2,300 people living in vehicles in King County.

The Record: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mar 1, 2018

Governor Inslee has until midnight to sign a controversial public records bill, or veto it. We'll get two takes on S.B. 6617 from Seattle Times editorial page editor Kate Riley and Seattle Democratic state representative Gerry Pollet.

KUOW Photo/ Gil Aegerter

Bill Radke spoke with Dyer Oxley, co-host of the NW Nerd podcast, and TyTy, a Northwest cosplayer and the creator of Lead by Example Apparel, about what goes into the creation of costumes worn in cosplay.

It's 3am. Does your coffee machine know where you are?
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In "1984," surveillance devices were installed in homes by the government. In 2018, we pay corporations to install the surveillance ourselves. Kashmir Hill, a journalist with Gizmodo, chatted with Bill Radke about her own foray into smartening up her home.

Why do lawmakers want to exempt themselves from the state's Public Records Act? Why did they pass a bill to do that in just two days? Will Governor Inslee veto it? Why are newspapers across the state running front-page editorials saying he should? And how did we even get here?

Bill Radke gets answers from KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins.