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Sail Like a Girl heads off into the sunset.
Photo by Katrina Zoë Norbom.

It's an 1,110 mile drive from Port Townsend up to Ketchikan, Alaska. There's a way to shave 350 miles off the trip, but there's a catch. You have to sail.

Last week, a Puget Sound-area team called Sail Like a Girl won Race to Alaska, the 750-mile adventure race where the only constraint is that vessels must be human-propelled. Some teams opted for rowboats. Others even recruited standup paddleboards.


Carmen Best has gone from interim chief to police chief designate... but not without a few twists and turns. She joined Ross Reynolds by phone, along with Mayor Jenny Durkan, to discuss her upcoming tenure and the convoluted nomination process that got her there.

Carmen Best, center, smiles while standing with her husband, left, and Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan, right, during a press conference on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at City Hall in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Ross Reynolds talks to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Interim Police Chief Carmen Best on the recent naming of Best to permanently take the position. She still needs to be confirmed by the Seattle City Council.

A book spoted on a log in English Bay
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When the days are long and vacations are taken.

A time to pull out the books that give you pleasure and let you escape from the world.

The books you read during the summer do not have to be “easy reads” or “fluffy,” “light,” or “frothy.” They should be something you get lost in while at the beach or on a flight or long car ride.

Academic researchers will soon have access to a vast amount of Facebook's user data.
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Facebook is sharing its user data with an external research group, which will mine it for details about how people use the site.

Sound familiar?

School buses
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Ross Reynolds talks to Rob Glaser, founder of RealNetworks, about the company's software called SAFR, that offers free facial recognition software to schools. It's currently being piloted at the University Child Development School.


A Seattle company called RealNetworks is giving schools free facial recognition software to help them detect unknown people who might enter. Important safety precaution, or creepy surveillance? Founder Rob Glaser and Rachel Levy, senior counsel to the Brennan Center's Liberty and National Security Program, discussed the pros and cons.

Carmen Best smiles during a press conference on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at City Hall in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Seattle has a new police chief. Carmen Best has served in the Seattle Police Department for over 25 years. She will be the first African American woman to lead the department. We talk to Lisa Daugaard, Director of the Public Defender Association and Seattle City Council member Lorena Gonzalez about the decision and what's next for the Seattle Police Department. 

Twelve million dollars: That's how much Washington state spent to send 16 patients with traumatic brain injuries to a rehabilitation center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Carmen Best is Seattle's next police chief

Jul 17, 2018
KUOW photo/Gil Aegerter

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Interim Police Chief Carmen Best will be the permanent replacement for the job. We talked to a member of the community police commission, Lisa Daugaard, and Seattle City Councilor Lorena González about the final decision.

Tiny houses being erected at Othello Village in South Seattle.
Courtesy of Low Income Housing Institute

Tiny house villages in Seattle are meant to shelter people who are homeless. The small modular shelters offer a roof and a community. However, the city is currently being sued over a tiny house village planned for South Lake Union, and a Seattle Times investigation found that the Wallingford site had no case management for more than three months.

Unbearable heat.
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The state's climatologist Nick Bond joins Ross Reynolds to talk about the record-breaking heat over the weekend and what we can expect this summer.

Bond says the biggest systematic change is that the nighttime temperatures have gone up, with low temperatures in the 60s rather than the 50s.

President Donald Trump
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The meeting between President Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia has drawn bipartisan criticism. Ross Reynolds talks to our panel about what Trump's refusal to condemn Russian actions means and the timing of the indictments of the 12 Russian military officers.

KUOW/Brie Ripley

It's known as the miracle compound: Omega-3s are an amazing fat that can helps lower blood pressure, help with heart disease, and can strengthen brain function.

We consume omega-3s in fish and increasingly in supplements made from marine creatures. But there may be more to the story of those magic fish oil pills. Are they as environmentally sustainable or as healthy as we thought?

Seattle police officers observe marchers moving down 4th Avenue during the Black Lives Matter rally in Seattle, Saturday April 15, 2017.
KUOW Photo/Daniel Berman

Seattle is down to the final three contenders for Seattle Police chief. Mayor Jenny Durkan has said she will announce the appointee this month.

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Seattle is close to choosing a new Chief of Police. Mayor Jenny Durkan is expected to announce who that will be this month. The three finalist are Interim Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, Minneapolis Police Inspector Eddit Frizell, and Austin Assistant Chief of Police Ely Reyes. This hour Bill Radke speaks with all three about their vision for the future of the department.

Kyana Wheeler and Robin DiAngelo
KUOW Photo/Alison Bruzek

Robin DiAngelo has studied issues of racial and social justice and whiteness for decades. Her new book is, "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism."

'The Legend of Bigfoot' is a store along Highway 101 in northern California.
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How do you take a scientific approach to Sasquatch? Bill Radke talks to two scientists who have written field guides on the topic. Jeff Meldurm is a professor of anatomy and anthropology from Idaho State University and author of  Sasquatch Field Guide and David George Gordon is the author of The Sasquatch Seeker's Field Manual.

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen of Washington state's 2nd District.
U.S. government

Bill Radke talks to Congressman Rick Larsen, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, about why the NATO alliance is still relevant. He says the Baltic states need the alliance as protection from Russia and they need the U.S. to lead NATO.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not here for your interrupting nonsense.
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is known for her fiery written dissents. But she might have honed that talent, in part, because she couldn't get a word in edgewise.

Sasquatch: myth, or serious research topic?

Jul 11, 2018

Sasquatch is a laughing matter to some - but to others, it's a source of research funding. Jeff Meldrum is a professor of anatomy and anthropology from Idaho State University; David George Gordon is a science communicator and author of "The Sasquatch Seeker's Field Manual". They shared tips and speculation with Bill Radke.

Robots at the Science Museum
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Bill Radke talks to two roboticists about bringing robots into the home, deep into the sea, and out into space. We're joined by Sidd Srinivasa, professor in the Paul Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, and Howard Chizeck, co-director of the UW Biorobotics Laboratory.

Bill Radke talks to Northwest News Network reporter Anna King about the wildfire that closed parts of I-90 this week and what people can do to prevent urban wildfires.

Single use plastic straws are optional to many, but can be critical for people with certain disabilities.
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Seattle's straw ban has coincided with hometown coffee chain Starbucks' decision to phase out all single-use plastic straws by 2020. The new sippy cup-esque lid is recyclable - but what it's not is accessible to folks with disabilities who rely on single use plastic straws.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by from left, Vice President Mike Pence, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, speaks at EPA headquarters in Washington, March 28.
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Bill Radke speaks with Leah Sottile, host of the Bundyville Podcast, about why President Donald Trump pardoned the two Oregon ranchers whose case sparked the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. 


Wildfire season is here, as evidenced by a massive fire in Kittitas County that closed I-90 in both directions. Anna King with Northwest News Network has been reporting on urban fires and their increasing danger due to climate change (and human settlement patterns).

Hands hold a DNA molecule whose bars have been formed into a cage.
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Late last month, a federal judge in San Diego gave the Trump administration two weeks to reunite children under five with their parents, after immigration officials separated them at the border as part of a deterrence policy.

The problem? Records weren't kept, or in some cases had been destroyed. The solution, according to the administration: DNA testing of the children and their purported parents, which has many concerned about the ethical implications.


Interim police chief Carmen Best coulda been a contender - and now she is. Again. After one of the final three contestants, Cameron McLay, withdrew from consideration over the weekend, Best was placed back in the finalist ring.

Newspapers in black and white
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Bill Radke talks to University of Washington Professors Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom. Together they teach a course at UW titled, "Calling bullshit: Data reasoning in a digital world." We first spoke to West when the class kicked off. Now they're back with how they're adjusting to fake news in social media and what they've learned from students, one year in.

FILE: Then-Deputy Chief Carmen Best smiles during a press conference on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Seattle City Hall. Best will be interim Seattle Police Chief.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke speaks with Crosscut's City Reporter David Kroman about the surprise reversal that placed Carmen Best back in as a finalist for Seattle's Chief of Police. She was initially not included among the finalist but that changed when one of the finalist, Cameron McLay, withdrew his application. McLay has agreed to take a different job with the Seattle Police Department assisting on reform efforts.