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The Record

Monday - Thursday, noon - 1:00 p.m.

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

What's a conversation we should be having on KUOW? Tell us! Our email address is record@kuow.org.

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You will laugh, you will cry, but you will mostly laugh along with actors Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery as they talk with Bill Radke about the Christmas songs we love and love to hate.

Bill Radke sits down with Kevin Young, archivist at the New York Public Library and author of the new book "Bunk." The book is a catalog of hoaxes, plagiarism and flimflam of all stripes. Young argues that there’s something uniquely American about hoaxes.

Author Isabel Allende in the KUOW studios on Tuesday, November 28th.
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Isabel Allende’s history with Seattle began  with a dress. It looked like a butterfly, she lovingly remembered, and she flew all the way back to the city to try it on. “And I looked terrible. I looked like an extra in the Cirque du Soleil,” she laughed. She brought that sense of humor back to Seattle for a conversation with Bill Radke following the publication of her latest book, "In the Midst of Winter."

Supporters and protestors clash during a pro-Trump rally at Westlake Plaza in downtown Seattle on Monday, May 1, 2017.
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Bill Radke talks to Judy Giesberg, history professor at Villanova University and editor of Journal of the Civil War Era, and David Blight, history professor at Yale University, about the Civil War and whether today's political climate, while divided, is anywhere near the brink of another war.  

The Record: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Nov 30, 2017
Kate Flannery, Jane Lynch and the KUOW Christmas Tree.
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We'll talk Christmas carols – the good, the bad, the unlistenable – with actors Jane Lynch ("Glee") and Kate Flannery ("The Office"). They're in Seattle for "A Swingin' Little Christmas" at the Triple Door Theater.

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Shaun Sears, owner of Canopy Cat Rescue, and his brother-in-law Tom Otto have rescued hundreds of cats from trees since launching their nonprofit in 2009.  

Sometimes they climb as high as 175 feet. 

Here are  some important tips they've gleaned from their climbs.


 Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan gives a rose to 4-year-old Araceli Cotto, after taking the oath of office on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at the Ethiopian Community Center in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

It’s the first day of her new job. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan reads her name on the door of her office at City Hall. What’s going through her head?

“It’s real. And the responsibility is enormous,” she told KUOW’s The Record.

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Bill Radke talks to Geekwire's Todd Bishop about Microsoft's planned remodel of their building and what it says about the company's future in the region. 

The Record: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Nov 29, 2017
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Jenny Durkan has been Seattle mayor for a full day. Has she solved everything yet? The mayor joins us to talk about her plans for the next four years. 

The Record: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Nov 28, 2017
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Seattle says it can double the number of homeless people leaving the streets, cars and shelters for a permanent home. And to do it, the city will cut money for programs that aren't getting results. Sharon Lee with the Low Income Housing Institute thinks the city is about to leave more homeless people out in the cold. She joins us along with Jason Johnson with Seattle's Human Services Department to talk about a new approach to getting people housed.

Bill Radke talks to Dr. Sam Sharar, professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Washington, about how doctors are using virtual reality to manage burn treatment pain. 

The Record: Monday, November 27, 2017

Nov 27, 2017
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Americans will spend hundreds of millions of dollars shopping online this Cyber Monday, and a lot of that money will go to Amazon. Should you feel guilty about shopping online instead of in stores? We'll talk it over with KUOW’s Joshua McNichols, co-host of Prime(d).

The Record: Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Nov 22, 2017

Seattle is having a crazy restaurant boom — there are more than 2,600 restaurants in the Seattle area, up 25 percent from a decade ago. So why are so many restaurant owners feeling high anxiety? We'll talk it over with Seattle Times food writer Bethany Jean Clement and Brandon Pettit, owner of Seattle’s Delancey and Dino's Tomato Pie.

The Record: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nov 21, 2017
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At a public school where parents can afford to give big, should the PTA be able to pour in as much money as it wants? Or should they have to share that money with other schools? We'll talk about the idea of PTA equity with KUOW's Ann Dornfeld and OPB's Rob Manning.

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Bill Radke talks with Lili Loofbourow, culture critic for The Week about The Myth of the Male Bumbler.

The Record: Monday, November 20, 2017

Nov 20, 2017
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Land of the free, home of the easily swayed? Studio 360 host and author Kurt Andersen will tell you how this country has always swallowed fake news, all the way back to its colonist beginnings. He's written a new book called "Fantasyland."

A person sleeps on a bench in a Seattle park.
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Last week, Seattle’s leaders rejected a proposed head tax on big business, with the money going to pay for homeless services. But an investigation by the Puget Sound Business Journal found the homelessness crisis isn’t being driven by a lack of money — there’s more than $1 billion spent annually on services for the homeless.

The Record: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Nov 16, 2017
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Astronaut Scott Kelly spent nearly a year living aboard the International Space Station so we could learn what that would do to his mind and body. He's in our studio to tell us about it.

An empty classroom in Parrington Hall where Bangally Fatty was enrolled and taking a class is shown on the University of Washington campus on Thursday, November 16, 2017, in Seattle.
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The University of Washington is facing a test of what it means to be a so-called sanctuary campus. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has detained a UW student. He’s the first student detainee that the university knows about.

KUOW race and equity reporter Liz Jones reported the story; The Record host Bill Radke sat down with Liz to learn more.

Nathan Cultee dumps 16 farm-raised Atlantic salmon into a container on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at Home Port Seafood in Bellingham.
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Bill Radke talks to Lynda Mapes, environment reporter for The Seattle Times, about where all of the nearly 100,000 escaped Atlantic salmon went and what lawmakers in Olympia plan to do about it. 

Astronaut Scott Kelly has been in orbit longer than any other person in history.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Astronaut Scott Kelly has been in orbit longer than any other person in history: more than 500 days in total. He sat down with Bill Radke to talk about why he feels protective of the Earth, the weird science of space — while Kelly was in space, he aged in reverse! (on a molecular level) — and how one handles bodily functions in space. (We had to ask.)

The Record: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nov 15, 2017
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State lawmakers will get more sexual harassment-prevention training. Will that help reduce harassment and assault by lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists in Olympia? KUOW's Austin Jenkins is back on the show to tell us the latest on how state government is changing how it handles misconduct in the workplace.

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KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter


There’s one thing you can depend on every summer: Superhero movies will shoot straight to the top of the box office. The top three grossed $2.6 billion this year, illustrating how the popularity and profits of comic-book heroes have been on the rise recently.

The Record: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Nov 14, 2017
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Last summer's top-grossing movies: "Guardians of the Galaxy" from Marvel Comics, "Spiderman" and "Wonder Woman." Superheroes are big with audiences. Meanwhile, organized religion has declined in this country. Is that a coincidence? Or are superheroes the new religion? We talk with Reza Aslan, author of "God: A Human History," and Seattle writer G. Willow Wilson, author of the latest Ms. Marvel series. 

Michael-Shawn Dugar, Seahawks reporter for Seattle PI.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Last Thursday’s Seahawks game was a great opportunity to practice up on some Greek vocabulary terms. Let’s start with “Pyrrhic victory.”

The Record: Monday, November 13, 2017

Nov 13, 2017
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He's not hoping for a cure just yet, but Bill Gates is giving $50 million toward Alzheimer's research. Erica Farrell of the Washington State chapter of the national Alzheimer's Association tells you what we do and don't know about dementia, including how to deal with it the best you can.

Bill Radke speaks with Erica Farrell, clinical manager for the Washington chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, about what we know and don't know about Alzheimer's and why she's optimistic an effective treatment can be found. 

The theater revised its number of seats down from 798 to 570. The seats are leather and offer enough leg room for an average size adult woman to fully extend her legs (claim tested).
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Bill Radke talks to Dominique Cantwell, executive director of Bainbridge Performing Arts, and Warren Etheredge, curator of  Walla Walla Movie Crush and former programmer for the Seattle International Film Festival, about how they decide, as gatekeepers for arts organizations, when to cut ties with national artists who have been accused of assault and when to showcase their work. 

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The massacre in Sutherland Springs last weekend was yet another moment in the painful parade of gun violence in America. This particular tragedy is also part of a long history of violence against religious sanctuaries, dating back to the Civil Rights movement and beyond.

The Record: Thursday, November 9, 2017

Nov 9, 2017
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Seattle elected a woman to be its mayor for the first time in almost a century. Vancouver did the same, for the first time in the city's entire 160 years. Why are more women running and winning? We talk with political consultant Cathy Allen.

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