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A homeless camp beneath an Interstate 5 off-ramp in Seattle's SODO district.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is worried that the issue of homelessness is dividing the city. He said there are two conversations happening in Seattle, and neither of them are productive. 

"One is that the homeless are criminal drug addicts, and the other is that the city is just trying to sweep the homeless out of the right-of-way of the freeway or off our sidewalks to hide the problem."

Mermaid
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When KUOW listeners are at a loss for what book to read next, help is just a phone call away – as long as the person picking up the phone is "Book Lust" author Nancy Pearl.

This week, Pearl and KUOW's Marcie Sillman help a listener in Friday Harbor follow up on Majia Comella's "The Bay of Mermaids."

Pearl recommends Sarah Addison Allen's "Garden Spells" and "City of Bones" by Cassandra Clare, plus a little Alice Hoffman for good measure.

The Record: Monday, Jan. 25, Full Show

Jan 25, 2016
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We've had legal marijuana for a while -- is it time for pot cafes? Have you seen the crowdsourced mao of Seattle for people with disabilities? And what is Macklemore going for with his new song “White Privilege II” – a nine-minute monument to inner conflict?

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington in 2011.
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Bill Radke talks with musician and composer Ahamefule J. Oluo, one of several Seattle-based artists who collaborated on the new Macklemore and Ryan Lewis track, "White Privilege II."

Mary Lou and Kayla Balassone
Courtesy of 'StoryCorps'

Years ago Mary Lou Balassone decided to become a foster parent. She then adopted Kayla, 4, and her brother Dustin Balassone, 18 months. Mother and daughter sat down to talk about those early days of becoming a family – and Kayla learned something new about what Mary Lou did to keep them all together. 

Bill Radke talks with University of Washington researcher Anat Caspi about Access Map Seattle, which provides information for people with limited mobility. The map contains information about street elevation changes, access to curb ramps and locations of construction sites. Caspi directs the Taskar Center For Accessible Technology at the UW.

A line extends outside a crowded pot cafe on 'High Street' in Amsterdam.
Flickr Photo/Michael Delaney (CC BY-SA 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/di4HNo

Public consumption of pot continues to be illegal, but a new bill would let Seattle and other cities opt out of the ban and open up pot cafes. 

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes backs the effort.

The Record: Thursday, Jan. 21, Full Show

Jan 21, 2016
Sound board studio
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A Ballard social club isn't ready to sell a parcel of land to a Ballard health club. But what happens when health club members become the social club members? Unethical or not? We'll tell you the story.

Also, should you be able to rent out your place on Airbnb even if that means one less house for a local renter?

And King County might create three new passenger ferry routes. Are we going back to our future of water transportation?

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Olympic Athletic Club on the left and the toxic lot across the street that the gym wants to turn into a 400-stall parking garage.
Google Maps

The lot at 5244 Leary Avenue Northwest doesn’t look like it’s worth $2.4 million.

It’s a toxic site, for one. It used to be a gas station, and there are six leaking gas tanks underground. And it’s small, roughly 8,800 square feet.

Sound Transit
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Bill Radke talks to new Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff about his vision for the future of public transit in the Puget Sound area.

Bill Radke speaks with Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess about plans to regulate online short-term rentals in the city of Seattle.

The Record: Wednesday, Jan. 20, Full Show

Jan 20, 2016
Inside the KUOW control room.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Amazon tried to hire homeless people in its warehouses. We'll show you why it didn't go so well. Also, what's it like to be a young transgender child in a family that listens to you? And advice on how to fight City Hall from someone who used to work at City Hall.

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Seattle City Hall
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Ross Reynolds asks former Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata why the back cover of his book, “Becoming A Citizen Activist,” proclaims "you can fight city hall." Licata was in City Hall for 16 years.

People welcome Syrian refugees at the Toronto airport on Dec. 9, 2015.
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Bill Radke speaks with Stephen Quinn about the difficulties Vancouver is facing resettling refugees, the new symbol for the falling Canadian dollar, and prosecution costs from the 2011 Stanley Cup riot. Quinn is the host of CBC One radio show On the Coast and columnist for the Globe and Mail.

A drawing by a child in Professor Kristina Olson's study. Olson has found that transgender and non-trans girls have an equally deep sense of their gender identity.
Courtesy of Marlo Mack

When Kristina Olson, a psychology professor at the University of Washington, started looking into research on transgender children, she was surprised. It was thin at best.

Data from decades ago said that 80 percent of transgender kids revert to their born gender, but Olson was skeptical.

So she started the TransYouth Project to track transgender children to adulthood. The project has worked with 65 children across the U.S. and Canada – so far. Some are as young as 3.

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