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The Notorious RBG was likely wearing her dissent collar this morning, as she issued a scathing rebuttal to the majority decision in today's case. At issue? A 5-4 ruling that upheld the ability of employers to force employees into individual arbitration. 

The Record: Monday, May 21, 2018

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Fatal cougar attacks are rare - the last one in Washington state was years before the Great Depression. One cyclist was killed, and another badly injured, on a trip through the Cascade foothills. Is it likely to become more common? And what should you do if you're staring down a cougar? Conservation ecologist Chris Morgan says that we should respect the Pacific Northwest outdoors, but never forget that there's an element of danger.

An adult mountain lion
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Bill Radke recaps the biggest stories of the weekend, including the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the cougar attack in Washington, and why pop songs are getting sadder. Our panelists include Leah Baltus, editor in chief of City Arts magazine and John Roderick, singer and guitarist of The Long Winters.

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Pluto has long been misunderstood. In 2006 it was declared 'not a planet.' A decision planetary scientist Dr. Alan Stern calls B.S. (bad science).

Sara Rankin, director of Seattle University's Homeless Rights Advocacy Project.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

One big question people have asked in the conversation about homelessness and affordability is: can we trust the city to spend this money effectively?

The Record: Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018

Opponents of Seattle's new employee head tax are not giving up - they're trying to get the tax repealed. KUOW's Amy Radil sat down with Bill Radke to break down their arguments. 

Marie and Grace share a moment in the film, Always.
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Angela DiMarco never intended to make a public film about the loss of her son. It started as a small project to help her grieve.

But her short film, "Always," is now premiering at the Seattle International Film Festival. It follows a husband and wife, struggling after the loss of their daughter. It captures shades of DiMarco's own experience, who lost her son during pregnancy.

"Always" will be screening on Monday, May 28, 2018 

The Record: Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

May 16, 2018

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano will have some extra time to recover from a broken hand. Yesterday, Cano was suspended for half a season for violating the league's drug policy. What does this mean to a Mariners fan and anyone who cares about fair play? We talk to the managing editor of the Miami New Times, Tim Elfrink. Five years ago he broke the story of baseball's last big steroid scandal, the South Florida wellness clinic that was supplying human growth hormone to major leaguers.

Cartoonist and speaker Vishavjit Singh.
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After 9/11, Vishavjit Singh experienced an uptick in discrimination. "Al Qaeda," people hissed as he passed them on the street.


"Go back to your country."

In this Oct. 5, 2009, a driver goes past a large condominium under construction in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.
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Bill Radke looks at the debate over changing Seattle's zoning laws to allow for more apartments, condos and town homes, and fewer single-family houses. We're joined by Susanna Lin, a board member of Seattle Fair Growth, and Roger Valdez, director of Seattle For Growth.

Seattle Mariners play at the Baltimore Orioles in 2013.
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Bill Radke talks to Tim Elfrink, managing editor of the Miami New Times, about performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in baseball, after Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended for half a season for violating the MLB's drug policy. Elfrink broke the story of baseball's last big steroid scandal -- a South Florida wellness clinic that was supplying human growth hormone to major leaguers.

Economist and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis.
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'If you can't explain the economy in a language young people can understand, you are clueless yourself.'

So says former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, whose book "Talking to My Daugher About the Economy" is a testament to his own mastery of the subject. 

The Record: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018

Seattle's head tax is the law of the municipal land now. What do local businesses think? Bill Radke and KUOW reporter Carolyn Adolph sat down with Todd Biesold, owner and CFO of Merlino Foods, for a perspective.

Caitlin Lee raises a Tax Amazon sign in front of Seattle City Council members on Monday, May 14, 2018, during a head tax vote at City Hall in Seattle.
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Bill Radke talks about what the compromise head tax means for Seattle with KUOW reporter Carolyn Adolph. We also talk to Todd Biesold, owner and CFO of Merlino Foods, about how the head tax will affect his business.

Seattleites packed a City Hall meeting on Monday, where a vote on the contentious head tax was expected.
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A compromise has been struck over the controversial proposed Head Tax by the Seattle City Council. Over the weekend Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez worked with Mayor Jenny Durkan to come up with a plan they could both support. The new plan would raise an estimated $50 million a year instead of the original $75 million.

The Record: Monday, May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018

At this hour, we’re waiting to hear how the city council will break on the controversial head tax. Crosscut’s David Kroman was at City Hall for a meeting this morning in which the amount of money intended to be raised was cut by a third. He joined Bill Radke to discuss how likely it was to pass.

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Bill Radke talks to our panel about a New York Times opinion piece that argues liberals aren't as smart as they think. We also look at the state's sports gambling laws and why Mother's Day should be expanded beyond just mothers. Our guests are Wilfred Padua, a Seattle comedian, and food writer Angela Garbes, whose new book is, "Like A Mother: A Feminist Journey through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy."

File photo of a homeless encampment under a bridge.
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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is not ready to support the proposed employee head tax. This is the proposal for a per-employee tax on the city's highest grossing businesses.

The money would pay for low-income housing and services for homeless people. Amazon would be the number one payer of this tax and they are so opposed to it that they've halted construction on a new tower in Downtown Seattle. Also opposed to this head tax are local companies like Starbucks, Alaska Airlines and Dick's Drive-In.

The Record: Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018

The Record went live from City  Hall to talk through listener questions on the head tax. How do companies feel? How do politicians feel? Most importantly: how do you feel?

The offending party?
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When you hear the term "fragrance-free workplace," what's your first response? For some people, it's outrage; for others, a sense of relief. Whatever people's reactions, they tend to be strong.

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We've heard the jokes on late night about President Donald Trump taking on dictator-like qualities. But what is comedy really like under an authoritarian regime?

The Record: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

May 9, 2018

Seattle has gotten hot under the collar about the proposed head tax for homelessness services, and the debate continued today at another city council hearing. KUOW’s Amy Radil joined us live from the meeting with an update.

File: Mount Baker
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Have you been watching the videos from Hawaii — molten lava eating up telephone poles and cars — and then turning towards that big range of volcanoes we have in our own backyard?

Could that happen here? We talk to Seth Moran, scientist-in-charge at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory, to see if we should live in fear of Baker, Rainier, St. Helens...

A group of people jog across Lenora Street, on Thursday, October 5, 2017, in front of Amazon's biodomes, in Seattle.
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Would a tax credit that encourages businesses to donate to social services be more effective in solving the city's affordability and homelessness crisis than a new head tax?

Bill Radke talks to Saul Spady, president of Cre8ive Empowerment (and grandson of Dick's Drive-In co-founder Dick Spady) about why he and other area business owners are against the proposed Seattle employee head tax.

Imani Sims is KUOW’s inaugural #NewsPoet – a program in which Pacific Northwest poets respond in verse to what the station airs. Below is an excerpt of her poem "Better than Captivity."

The Record: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

May 8, 2018
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After threatening to do so since early in his campaign, President Trump just took the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal. Europe has already expressed an intention to negotiate directly with Iran to keep the deal alive. What does all of that mean? Professor Resat Kasaba, head of the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, explains.

Resat Kasaba, director of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Wasington.
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Bill Radke talks to Resat Kasaba, head of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, about President Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement.

The Record: Monday, May 7, 2018

May 7, 2018

Last fall’s #metoo moment shone a light on what many women already knew: workplaces across all industries can be susceptible to toxic dynamics and sexism. One alternative is to build a workplace with no men. 

Jeff Bezos speaks at the Apollo rocket engine unveiling at The Museum of Flight, showing the injector plate from an F-1 rocket used on Apollo 12.
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Bill Radke discusses the stories that had people buzzing over the weekend, from a tweet by Jeff Bezos, to the new single from Childish Gambino. Our guests are Valerie Curtis-Newton, professor in acting and directing and head of performance at the University of Washington School of Drama, and Seattle politics blogger Mellina White Cusack, of The Seattle Conservative.

The DNA molecule is elegant, personal, and can give away a lot more secrets than it lets on.
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The Golden State Killer’s arrest last week brought closure to victims and community members affected by a ten year spree of rapes and murder. The trail went cold in 1986, and it stayed that way until the FBI made a fake profile for the killer on a genealogy website. They used this to trace 500 partial matches, screen for 100 potential matches, and eventually narrow down to former police officer Joseph DeAngelo.