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Daily conversations about the ideas that matter most to Seattle and the Puget Sound region. Hosted by Bill Radke.

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The Record: Thursday, February 22, 2018

Feb 22, 2018

After the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, there's another call for gun regulations in Washington state. What might actually pass here and why? We'll ask Everett Herald state government reporter Jerry Cornfield.

Tinder date sign
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Deborah Wang talks to Susie Lee, the Seattle-based founder and CEO of the online dating app Siren, about the history of computer facilitated dating. 

The Record: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Feb 21, 2018

Falling in love is easy, but staying in love — that's a challenge. We learn about the beautiful struggle to love and be loved from author Mandy Len Catron who wrote the book, "How to Fall in Love With Anyone." Also, we hear from dating app designer Susie Lee about the challenges of modern love. 

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Marcie Sillman talks to Samuel Woolley, director of the Digital Intelligence Lab at the Institute of the Future, about how social media bots have influenced and driven conversations online and what can be done to stop the flow of disinformation. 

Concussion study testing equipment.
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Football verges on being an American religion. But instead of the saints being martyred, they're getting hit. Hard. And often. The ensuing concussions can cause severe mental deterioration, erratic behavior, and even suicide.

The Record: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Feb 20, 2018

Last week special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians for using bots to interfere with the presidential election. What are bots, how do they work and why can't we seem to stop them? Sam Woolley of Oxford's Computational Propaganda Research Project gives us a Bots 101.

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In the early 1990s, Carmen Best was working as an accountant for a local insurance company when she saw a recruitment ad for the Seattle Police Department.

“I just wanted to do something different, try something out," she told Bill Radke. "Had no preconceived ideas about staying for a long time, or not staying, just thought I would give it a shot and see what happens.” 

Shuri readies for a fight in new Marvel film Black Panther.
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"Black Panther," the latest cinematic rendition of the Marvel superhero universe, opens nationwide tomorrow.

To call it highly anticipated is an understatement – this opening will blow all previous Marvel film openings out of the water.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead.
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Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Underground Railroad” is the story of a young slave named Cora who escapes from a Georgia cotton plantation.

The Record: Thursday, February 15, 2018

Feb 15, 2018

What is there left to say after yet another shooting at a school? We'll talk with Stephen Cohen and Kristina Anderson about how a growing community of survivors are finding and supporting each other.

The Hale-Bopp comet passes overhead on March 26, 1997.
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You probably don't remember the passage of a comet named Hale-Bopp in the late 1990s. But you might remember what came after that. Glynn Washington, host of the podcast Snap Judgment, couldn't look away from that story. 

The Record: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Feb 14, 2018

A top Seattle immigration enforcement official is accused of stealing the identities of immigrants. KUOW's Liz Jones has the story.

Is this the only type of love we should celebrate the week of February 14th?
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This is the week of high-pressure dinner reservations, overpriced roses and, for the enterprising, discount chocolates on the 15th. Valentine's Day is upon us. 

The Record: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Feb 13, 2018

Seattle police arrested a man for allegedly printing up fake tickets to Hamilton and selling them on Craigslist. Josh Labelle of the Seattle Theatre Group tells us why he thinks we should do away with the ticket resale market.

The Winter Olympics are underway. Which event is the best? And why is sweeping better than vacuuming?

Police officers form a line on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, outside of a College Republicans rally at Red Square on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.
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Bill Radke talks to Seattle University communication professor Caitlin Carlson about the tension between protecting free speech on campus and protecting the rights of students, faculty and staff. 

The Record: Monday, February 12, 2018

Feb 12, 2018

How can colleges protect free speech and the rights of their students, faculty and staff? We'll talk with Seattle University professor Caitlin Carlson about this weekend's Patriot Prayer rally on Red Square at the University of Washington.

Protesters crowd into the University of Washington's Red Square on Friday, January 20, 2017 during a speech by Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos.
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Last year the University of Washington's College Republicans invited former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos to campus. Yiannopoulos is a conservative and provocative speaker whose speeches and rallies often draw protests. The night he spoke at the University of Washington those protests turned violent.

This year when the College Republicans decided to hold a rally with the Patriot Prayer group, the university told them to pay a $17,000 security fee.

Limebike employees relocate bikes so that they're legally parked.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

There are five bike share companies operating in Dallas, Texas. And they all just got marching orders from the city: Find a way to clean up your products, or we'll impound them. 

The Record: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Feb 8, 2018

I say bike share, you say ... eyesore? Or worse, public hazard? What should Seattle do about those thousands of candy-colored bicycles all across our city? We talk with Dallas News columnist Robert Wilonski, attorney and disability advocate Conrad Reynoldson, former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and KUOW listeners.

The Record: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Feb 7, 2018

We say we don't want children looking at screens too much. But how much is too much? And how can parents limit screen time without an exhausting fight that makes kids stop listening? We'll look for answers with NPR's Anya Kamenetz, author of "The Art of Screen Time," and Seattle filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston ("Screenagers").

The yes light is on.
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University of Washington sociologist Pepper Schwartz says the takeaway from the allegations against Aziz Ansari is that we should talk about sex before having it. She sat down with Bill Radke to discuss why that is and some of the social programming that gets in the way.

The Record: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Feb 6, 2018

A group of West Seattle homeowners who had city-owned trees cut down to open up their views have reached a settlement. Is it enough to punish and deter? And should we read their names on the air? Bill Radke talks with Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold.

Closeup of a peacock feather.
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Last week's viral story of an ersatz emotional support peacock sent waves of hilarity ricocheting across the internet and late night talk shows. But The New York Times' David Leonhardt argues that the creeping normalization of little lies - such as falsehoods about our pets being support or service animals - has a corrosive effect on society over time. Was Dexter the peacock in the coal mine? Bill Radke spoke with Leonhardt to find out.

The Record: Monday, February 5, 2018

Feb 5, 2018

State lawmakers are halfway through their session. KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins tells us what this year's Democrat-controlled legislature is doing for Democrats.

KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

More women are speaking out about sexual abuse and harassment as part of the renewed #MeToo movement.

But for the women picking the fruits and vegetables we buy at local supermarkets, talking about daily abuse isn’t easy.

Washington state poets laureate Claudia Castro Luna and Tod Marshall.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

When you're the poet laureate of Washington state, you log a lot of time on the road. "I got a new car for the job," laughs Tod Marshall. It came to him with 12,000 miles on it, and is now hovering around 57,000 as he hangs up his traveling hat.

The Record: Thursday, February 1, 2018

Feb 1, 2018

The Seattle Times has published emails and text messages that give an idea how child sex abuse allegations against former Mayor Ed Murray played out behind the scenes in city government. We'll get the story from reporter Lewis Kamb.

Dexter the peacock did not get to fly the friendly skies.
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This week a woman and her peacock were turned away from a cross-country flight. She'd pleaded that Dexter was an emotional support animal, to no avail. And now the most regal road movie in existence is taking place as the pair drives to Los Angeles instead. But sneaking untrained animals onto planes and into restaurants is no snickering matter, and could soon be subject to civil penalties in Washington state.

The Record: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Jan 31, 2018

We'll catch you up on some ideas coming from your state lawmakers, including fining people who try to fake having an emotional support animal to get their dog into restaurants and hotels, and making Sasquatch the official state cryptid (that's a creature whose existence has not been proven or disproven by science) in order to raise money for state parks by selling sweet custom 'Squatch license plates.