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A 2011 sketch by artist William at the Starbucks on Broadway, where Dr. Bob Hughes and Yoshiko Harden were spit on and called racist names.
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According to the 2010 census, Seattle is 69 percent white. That means, if you're reading this, you are most likely a white person. But is that how you see yourself in the world? Aren't you just a human being like everyone else?

That line of thinking is deeply rooted in racism, says Robin DiAngelo. She studies whiteness and developed the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative Anti-Racism training. She herself is white.

Bill Radke talks with Northwest News Network reporter Anna King about what incumbent Governor Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant sparred over in the third and final debate.

The Record: Thursday, Oct 20th, Full Show

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Today we have the latest on the presidential campaign with New York Times columnist Tim Egan. Also, local teachers wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts Wednesday, we'll hear teachers and students discussing that. And is that conversation about race enough? Or do white people have to give something up for the cause of racial equity?

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Bill Radke speaks with Tacoma News Tribune columnist Matt Driscoll about the sad story of Tacoma kindergarten teacher Klara Bowman, who became infamous as 'Drunk Teacher.' 

Bill Radke talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about what Washington state can learn about British Columbia's carbon tax, and why Palmer was not completely on board with the video love letter some Canadians made for the U.S. 

Bill Radke speaks with reporter Ann Dornfeld about the 2,000 teachers who wore Black Lives Matter t-shirts to schools Wednesday in both Seattle and the Highline District. Dornfeld discusses the racial equality lesson plans the teachers created and some of the concerns parents had about the day.

The Record: Wednesday, Oct 19th, Full Show

Oct 19, 2016
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Seattle public school teachers are wearing black lives matter T-shirts today. Besides the shirts, what's that classroom conversation like? And how should white parents talk to kids about racism? 

Also, why are there so many rats in Seattle -- a listener asks and we answer. 

And we'll talk to a Canadian, which feels especially nice this week.

Jennifer Henderson, a Seattle mental health counselor whose grandfather was killed by police outside of Ferguson in 1925. Trauma can be passed down through generations, she says.
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In downtown Seattle, therapist Robert Gant heard from a father who felt hopeless.

The man had told his sons, ages 12 and 9, that they should obey police. “Whatever, Dad,” the boys said. “They’ll still shoot you.”

Is the Sound Transit plan worth $54 billion?

Oct 18, 2016
Sound Transit
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Bill Radke sits down with Maggie Fimia of, and Shefali Ranganathan, executive director of the Transportation Choices Coalition, to discuss the proposed $54 billion Sound Transit expansion. The plan is on the ballot this November, with Fimia claiming it's not worth the cost and Ranganathan saying it's a once-in-a-generation opportunity. 

The Record: Tuesday, Oct 18th, Full Show

Oct 18, 2016

Are you voting yes or no on the new Sound Transit ballot measure? We'll help you think it through. 

Also, Seattle police don't just stop crime. They deal with people in crisis. We'll show you how they're trying to get better at that. 

And what could Billy Bush have done differently? What should you do differently when you're with someone who's saying offensive things?

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Earlier this month, a tape of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump bragging about groping women sent his campaign into turmoil.

But it's not just Trump on that recording. You can also hear Trump being encouraged by former Today Show host Billy Bush.

Nancy Pearl.
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October is prime time to stay inside with a book. Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about a novel that should keep readers happy: "After the Parade," by Lori Ostlund.

Ralph Nader says it's OK to vote your conscience

Oct 17, 2016
Ralph Nader
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Bill Radke talks with (in)famous third party candidate and activist Ralph Nader. Nader's new book, "Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think," looks at small movements that have affected big change. And while Nader says he doesn't endorse a specific candidate, he feels that there is plenty good that come out of voting third party, even in this election. 

The Record: Monday, Oct 17, Full Show

Oct 17, 2016
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Seattle public school teachers are putting on Black Lives Matter shirts. Is that the right topic for a classroom? Also, The National Weather Service will talk to you  about this weekend's non-apocalyptic windstorm. And Ralph Nader will tell you whether it's a good idea to vote for a third party candidate.

Larry Mizzell, Jr. at the 2010 Pop Conference.
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This summer City Arts Magazine did a cover story on Seattle's Larry Mizell Jr.

The story put Mizell at the center of what the author called a black renaissance in Seattle.