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The Record: Wednesday, May 18, full show

May 18, 2016
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The city of Seattle is weeks away from moving everyone out of the homeless encampment under Interstate 5 known as the Jungle. That's about 300 people. One homeless advocate is wondering just where they'll go. 

And north of our border, an emerging drug epidemic that may hold a warning for Washington state.

Also, we talk to Kenneth Bae about his time imprisoned in North Korea.

Should we commercialize our state parks?

May 18, 2016
Lake Sammamish State Park
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Kim Malcolm speaks with Seattle Times reporter Lynn Thompson about the trend of state parks seeking investment and partnerships with private companies. Thompson recently wrote an article about a proposed partnership between Rent-based outdoor retailer REI and Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. 

Life After Mount St. Helens Took My Husband

May 18, 2016
Reid Blackburn, 27, was a photographer at The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Washington. He was killed in the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
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Fay Blackburn of Vancouver, Washington, remembers what it was like when the world turned its attention to the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.

Blackburn worked at The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver at the time. Her husband, Reid Blackburn, worked there too, as a staff photographer. He was camping on the mountain taking photos the day it erupted.

The Record: Monday, May 16, full show

May 16, 2016
Microphone in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Seattle's brick buildings are a nice reminder of our history, but they won't be a good place to be in an earthquake. We'll hear about new safety warnings this hour.

And speaking of not being up to snuff, what should we make of a new report that Seattle is 11 out of 25 in technological readiness?

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The University of Washington and KUOW officials worked to keep the acquisition of public radio station KPLU secret, according to a Seattle Times report.

The story says the deal was intentionally described in vague language on an agenda for a UW Board of Regents meeting. The Times story revealed that UW and Pacific Lutheran University officials tried to keep details under wraps for months until they were ready to announce it publicly.

Todd Bishop of GeekWire
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Jeannie Yandel speaks with Geekwire's Todd Bishop about why he disagrees with a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study that ranks Seattle 11 out of 25 American cities in terms of "readiness to capitalize on the inevitable shift to a digital economy."

Woodie Guthrie, 1943
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Jeannie Yandel speaks with Greg Vandy about his new book, "26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie's Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promise Land in the Pacific Northwest." 

Is your brick building at serious risk in an earthquake?
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Kim Malcolm speaks with Seattle Times reporter Sandi Doughton about why Seattle still has over a thousand unreinforced masonry buildings (full list here), despite knowledge of their danger in an earthquake and the availability of technology to make them safer.

Doughton is co-author with Daniel Gilbert of the article, "Buildings that kill: The earthquake danger lawmakers have ignored for decades."  

The Record: Thursday, May 12th, Full Show

May 12, 2016
Microphone in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Students at the University of Washington are staging a walk out today protesting what they call racial injustice on campus. Across town, students at Seattle University have been staging a sit in demanding the resignation of a dean. We are seeing a lot of campus activism these days around Seattle and across the country and we are going to explore why.

We are also looking into your mailbox because hopefully you have received your presidential primary ballot and we are finding that some people are throwing them away because they think the primary doesn't matter. We'll look at that question, does the primary matter?

What's behind all these college protests?

May 12, 2016

Deborah Wang speaks with Chronicle of Higher Education reporter Sarah Brown about the inspiration behind protests against racial inequality on college campuses across the nation. Such protests have been happening on the University of Washington and Seattle University campuses this week.   

Fly Moon Royalty at the 2014 Treefort Music Festival.
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Bill Radke speaks with legendary Seattle DJ Marco Collins about indie soul band Fly Moon Royalty. The band will be playing with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra at Benaroya Hall on May 13. 

Deborah Wang speaks with Saru Jayaraman, author of "FORKED: A New Standard for American Dining," about why restaurant-goers should ask not only "Is the fish sustainably sourced?" but also "How much do you pay your dishwasher?" and "Why do you have an all-white wait staff?" Her book calls out restaurants who treat their workers poorly, and praises those who take what she calls the "high road" to profitability.

The Record: Wednesday, May 11th, Full Show

May 11, 2016
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Do Washington public schools test for lead in the water? A reporter will tell you what she found out.

Did you make lunch today?  We talk to a Pike Place businessperson who is taking back the lunch hour.

And of course, we would be remiss not to talk about the lasting effects of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" after it hit the air 25 years ago.

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Courtesy of Kate Murphy

You probably already know this, but lunch these days is sad. This is especially true when it’s eaten during the workday. Frequently, it’s eaten alone, at the desk while answering emails.

There’s research to back lunch’s retreat into sadness.

Bill Radke speaks with Associated Press reporter Donna Blankinship about her story a large portion of schools in Washington state don't have the funding they need to be able to test for lead in the water.