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What local chefs think about food appropriation

Jun 27, 2017
Chefs Edouardo Jordan and Rachel Yang
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Bill Radke speaks with Edouardo Jordan and Rachel Yang, chefs and Seattle restaurant owners. In light of two Portland women shutting down a burrito cart after being accused of food appropriation, Jordan and Yang discuss how they view culture and the sanctity of food. They also explain how they have been inspired by other cultures to create their signature dishes. 

Bill Radke talks with Aaron Katz, who teaches health policy the University of Washington School of Public Health, and retired physician Roger Stark, a healthcare analyst for the Washington Policy Center.

They discuss the current healthcare bill being debated in the Senate and the Congressional Budget Office score that predicts 22 million fewer Americans will have insurance by 2026.

The Record: Monday, June 26, Full Show

Jun 26, 2017

How is Seattle’s minimum-wage law working? Great, if you have that higher-paying job. But a new study finds employers are reacting to the law by cutting hours and hiring fewer people.

Also, President Trump's travel ban has been partly reinstated. Do you remember the chaos at Sea-Tac airport when the first travel ban hit? We'll tell you what's likely to happen this time.

And Seattle police have stopped using a new public relations tool. It involved official playing a shoot-'em-up video game online and chatting with the people watching them play. It seemed to be going well, until the fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles.

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Bill Radke talks with KUOW immigration reporter Liz Jones about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear arguments this fall on President Trump's revised travel ban. The high court also allowed portions of the travel ban to take effect beginning on Thursday.

Bill Radke speaks with Ben Casselman, chief economics writer at, and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant about the new minimum wage study from the University of Washington.

Casselman explains that the study found Seattle's minimum wage hike to $13 has led to hours cut and other issues that have hurt workers' earnings.

Sawant disagrees with the study, claiming there are methodological issues. She also argues for shifting the focus towards the inflated incomes of CEOs and other high-wage earners. 

Bill Radke speaks with Augustine Cita of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and Sean Flynn, board president of the Rental Housing Association of Washington, to discuss the new Fair Chance Housing law proposed by Mayor Ed Murray. 

The Record: Thursday, June 22, Full Show

Jun 22, 2017
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Seattle's mayor wants another limit on how landlords can choose their tenants. This time it's more protections from rental discrimination for people with a criminal conviction.

Also, two African-American mothers reflect on shootings like the one in Seattle last weekend and another in Minnesota, shootings that happen in front of children.

What's worse: Illegally driving on the shoulder to get around a traffic jam or moving into the shoulder to block those scofflaws? Answer: the worst part is repeatedly ramming into the scofflaw.

David Schmader at KUOW.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke speaks with David Schmader about the essay he wrote for KUOW's Seattle Story Project titled, "My teacher abused me. I didn’t realize it until 20 years later."

In high school, Schmader was one of the theater kids. He even convinced his parents to let some family friends become his legal guardian so he could go to a school 20 miles away where they had one of the best speech and drama programs in all of Texas. He would rehearse before school, after school, during lunch.

He even started taking private lessons from one of his teachers. Schmader ended up having his first sexual experience with this man. 

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Bill Radke talks to Ijeoma Oluo, editor at large of The Establishment, and Eula Scott Bynoe, co-host of HellaBlackHellaSeattle, about the conversations they've been having in the wake of the shooting of Charleena Lyles. 

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Bill Radke speaks with Simon Tam of Portland band The Slants and Robert Chang, professor of law at the Seattle University School of Law, about the Supreme Court decision that allowed Tam's Asian-American band to trademark their name, which some argued was too offensive for the designation.

Tam explains how he feels this decision allows people to empower themselves against slurs and thinks this is a huge win for social justice.

Professor Chang disagrees with the SCOTUS decision, claiming that this could open the doors to discriminatory  trademarks that slip past civil rights laws. He also argues that trademarking names may in fact harm future social justice movements. 

What can prevent tragedies like Charleena Lyles?

Jun 21, 2017

Bill Radke talks with former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper and state Representative Morgan Irwin, also a Seattle police officer, about the shooting of Charleena Lyles by Seattle police and what, if anything, could have been done to prevent it.

Irwin says the officers followed proper protocol during a tragic, isolated incident. Stamper says it points to larger problems of implicit bias and how police perceive danger on the job. 

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Bill Radke speaks with artist, poet and mother of two, Natasha Marin, about the realization that she didn't have to become a mother. She says motherhood seemed like something she was always just supposed to do.

Radke also speaks with poet and curator Imani Sims about her decision to not have any kids.

Marin's story and this conversation on motherhood first appeared in an article by the Seattle Times.

The Record: Wednesday, June 21, Full Show

Jun 21, 2017
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We're still trying to learn what happened in Charleena Lyles' apartment before Seattle police officers shot and killed her. Based on what we know, do we need our police force to change? And how?

Also, how would you feel about taxpayer funding for commercial news outlets? 

And why does a woman become a mother ... or not? We'll talk to guests and take your calls about the pros and cons and the pressures of the motherhood decision.

Houses in Queen Anne
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Bill Radke talks to Denise Rodriguez, the deputy director of Washington Homeownership Resource Center, and Skylar Olsen, a senior economist at Zillow, about what makes the Puget Sound real estate market so competitive and how people are able to find and afford housing. 

The Record: Tuesday, June 20, Full Show

Jun 20, 2017
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We'll bring you the latest on Sunday's fatal shooting by Seattle police officer of an African American woman who police say drew a knife.

Also, a Portland band has won the right to trademark a name many consider to be a racial slur. The band is happy. A Seattle law professor is not, he'll tell you why.

And what have you done to buy a home in this spiraling housing market? We'll give you some expert advice and we want to listen to your home-buying story, failure or triumph. 

Tiffany Rogers, a sister of Charleena Lyles, speaks during a vigil on Tuesday, June 19, 2017, at Solid Ground Brettler Family Place, in Seattle, Washington.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke speaks with Patricia Murphy about the latest updates on the fatal Seattle police shooting of Charleena Lyles Sunday morning. 

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler
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Bill Radke talks to Mike Kreidler, insurance commissioner for Washington state, about the numbers released on insurance premiums for plans in the health care insurance exchange. 

Washington state GOP chair Susan Hutchison on the floor of the Republican convention in Cleveland in 2016.

Bill Radke talks Susan Hutchison, the chairman of the Washington State Republican Party, about how national issues play locally with the Republican base. 

The Record: Monday, June 19, Full Show

Jun 19, 2017
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Seattle Police are investigating the fatal shooting of an African-American woman over the weekend. Police say she pulled a knife. We'll tell you the latest.

Also, the head of Washington state's Republican party will tell you how the state GOP is attracting voters in the age of Trump.

A Portland band has won the right to trademark their name, a name they admit can be offensive.

And what is Amazon up to buying Whole Foods?

Candles surround a photograph of Charleena Lyles after a vigil was held at Solid Ground Brettler Family Place on Tuesday, June 19, 2017, in Seattle, Washington.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Reporter Patricia Murphy talks to Bill Radke about the fatal police shooting of 30-year-old Charleena Lyles that happened in her apartment near Magnuson Park Sunday morning. 

Bill Radke talks to Peg Coleman, who runs the Domestic Abuse Women's Network, about why so many mass shooters have a history of domestic violence and what we miss when domestic violence isn't in the conversation around mass violence. 

The Record: Thursday, June 15, Full Show

Jun 15, 2017

Do you need to post selfies to Instagram on Mount Rainier? Or call 911 in an emergency? Spotty cell service makes it hard but that might be changing.

Seattle wants an income tax on rich people. Who's rich? You are if you make over $250,000. Good idea? We'll debate that.

And stick around because later this hour Sen.Al Franken (D-MN) will take a break from investigating President Trump to talk with us live on KUOW about his new book, "Giant of the Senate."

View of Mt. Rainier from the Paradise parking lot.
KUOW Photo/Matt Martin

"Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness," that's what the famous naturalist John Muir said. Sounds like Muir would not want his cell phone to work at Mount Rainier National Park.

But the park service wants to know what you think about a proposal to add cell service at Mount Rainier's Paradise Visitors Center. Public comment is open now.

KUOW producer Matt Martin explains to host Bill Radke about what people visiting Paradise think about the proposal. 

The Seattle City Council will likely pass an income tax in July, aimed at income above $250,000 for a single filer (above $500,000 for those filing jointly).

Bill Radke speaks with Katie Wilson of the Transit Riders Union and Trump-Proof Seattle Coalition, who supports the tax, hoping that it leads to more economic equity in the city and pays for needed services. She also believes that the 2 percent tax is nominal for citizens, though it will potentially raise $125 million.  

Also in the studio, Matt McIlwain from the Madrona Venture Group disagrees with the tax, concerned it will discourage high-earners from moving to Seattle or remaining in city limits. He also notes that while the income tax is aimed at only certain people now, history shows that taxes like this often wind up being spread to a much larger population. 

Bill Radke talks with Cliff Mass, professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, about climate change and what he perceives to be exaggeration on the environmental left.

Mass says he believes the environmental left is trying to boost social justice by connecting it to global warming and that some things happening today are normal, natural events that have no connection to man-made climate change.

He also says there is a chance for a bipartisan approach to address climate change, but there must be a greater focus on reasoned debate. 

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien
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Bill Radke talks to Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien about why he sponsored a resolution saying Seattle will uphold the Paris Climate Agreement and how city leaders can get the city to reduce its carbon footprint. 

The Watergate building in Washington D.C.
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Bill Rakde talks to Joseph Janes, associate professor in the University of Washington Information School, about why he includes the 18 and a half minutes of static recording from the Nixon tapes in his new book "Documents that Changed the Way We Live."

You can hear his podcast Documents that Changed the World.

The Record: Wednesday, June 14, Full Show

Jun 14, 2017
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The man who accused Seattle's mayor of sexual abuse is dropping his lawsuit. We'll bring you the details.

Also, a Seattle poet searches for the name of her medical diagnosis and finds out it's the same one you and I have.

And a University of Washington atmospheric scientist argues the "environmental left" is crying wolf on climate change and hurting its own cause. 

Brian Weiss

Six years ago Seattle poet Tara Hardy was blindsided by a mysterious chronic illness. It nearly killed her. She talks with KUOW's Elizabeth Austen about what it was like to live with that mystery, what changed once the disease had a name, and why she believes we're all living with a diagnosis of "human frailty."

Author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie waits with dancers backstage for his turn on stage as the keynote speaker at a celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, at Seattle's City Hall.
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In Sherman Alexie’s deeply personal memoir, “You Don't Have to Say You Love Me,” he tells the story of growing up as the son of Lillian Alexie on the Spokane Indian Reservation.