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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.

Have a story that we should be talking about? Tell us! Our email address is record@kuow.org.

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Bill Radke talks to Turina James who supports safe consumption sites and Corri Durrant who opposes them about how drug abuse has affected their lives and informed their position on King County's proposal to open two safe consumption sites.  

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The rising cost of housing in America's most desirable "creative" cities troubles Richard Florida, urbanist thinker and author. In those cities, the cost of housing is affordable only to the creative class themselves. The rest of the working population — those in service industry or manufacturing — struggle to keep up with rising housing prices.

Florida says what's happening in Seattle, specifically, is surprising even to someone like him, "supposedly in the know."

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Bill Radke talks with Thanh Tan and James Hong about the lasting impact of the Vietnam War on the children of Vietnamese refugees. Tan is host of KUOW's new podcast Second Wave. Hong is executive director of Seattle's Vietnamese Friendship Association.

In the latest episode of Second Wave, Tan interviews filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick about their new documentary "The Vietnam War."

The Record: Tuesday, September 19, Full Show

Sep 19, 2017
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Today you'll meet Seattle's new mayor, before the new new mayor comes later this fall.

Also, what do you think you know about Vietnamese-Americans? You'll find out why your mental images of the Vietnam War are probably not helping.

And, have you seen "the punch"? A man wearing a swastika armband in downtown Seattle was punched and knocked out cold. With that armband this man associated himself with murderers. Does that make it ethical to physically attack him? And what does that achieve?

The Record: Monday, September 18, Full Show

Sep 18, 2017
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Today, Seattle will get its third mayor in under a week. What have we learned from this whole unwanted experiment?

Also, a new Seattle start up launches today. They'll help pay for your down payment — if you'll agree to become an Airbnb host.

And we'll ask Puget Sound newcomers to tell us a story -- what did you expect it to be like here and what is it actually like here?

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Ben Blum about his new book "Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family, and Inexplicable Crime." The book tells the story of his cousin, Alex Blum, and how he turned from an Army Ranger to a bank robber.

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Bill Radke and Monica Guzman talk to newcomers about the things that surprised them when they moved to the Seattle area. Guzman is the co-founder of The Evergrey.

Demand is soaring for Seattle-area homes. Buyers who want to succeed are bidding up prices. This Seattle house recently sold for $100,000 over the asking price.
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Bill Radke speaks with Geekwire writer Monica Nickelsburg about a new Seattle based startup called Loftium which will help you buy a house — if you agree to rent out a spare bedroom on Airbnb and split the profits with them.

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Bill Radke speaks with John Fox, of the Seattle Displacement Coalition, and Roger Valdez, of Smart Growth Seattle, about their (very different) ideas for how to make sure Seattle has enough affordable housing for those who need it.


The Record: Thursday, September 14, Full Show

Sep 14, 2017
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We're getting at the big questions today. First of all, Seattle's mayor is gone after sex abuse allegations that he denies. Beyond one politician, sexual abuse is a societal crisis that we all know about and most of us ignore. How can that be and what are we going to about it?

Big question number two: What are we going to do about the price of living in Seattle? What would keep this city affordable for everyone? More upzoning and development? Or do developers just make housing more expensive? And ruin neighborhoods?

Big question number three: Can we make our world the place we want it to be by shifting our outlook? You'll meet the author of the new book, "Why Buddhism Is True." 

Executive Director of Shepherd's Counseling Services Janice Palm poses for a portrait on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at Shepherd's in Seattle. KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
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There is a crisis that many of us would rather not face — childhood sexual abuse. 

According to Janice Palm, who works with adult survivors of sexual abuse at Shepard’s Counseling Service, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18.

The Record: Wednesday, September 13, Full Show

Sep 13, 2017
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Seattle's mayor is resigning today after another allegation of sexual abuse. Meanwhile, the two people running for his job debated each other last night. We'll capture both of those events today.

And Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love is in our studio. He'll tell you about blending voices and transcendental meditation and what you probably think of him and Brian Wilson.

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Bill Radke talks to Coral Garnick, retail reporter for the Puget Sound Business Journal, about the latest move Nordstrom is making in retail and what is says about the changing industry.

The Record: Tuesday, September 12, Full Show

Sep 12, 2017
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There's another man accusing Seattle mayor Ed Murray of sexual abuse. This time, the accuser is Murray's younger cousin. We'll tell you what we do and don't know know so far.

Also, Nordstrom is opening a clothing store without clothing. It's more about the stylist and the wine and the experience.  

And a local wildlife photographer will tell you the story of the monkey selfie — the famous photo of a crested macaque grinning into a camera. Since the monkey pressed the button there's a legal argument over who gets to profit from it. And now there is a settlement in that case.

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Jeannie Yandel speaks with NPR music critic Ann Powers about her most recent book, "Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music."

The Record: Monday, September 11, Full Show

Sep 11, 2017
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How should Seattle react to Amazon shopping itself to other cities? Should we be glad there won't be another 50,000 Amazon jobs coming here? Should we give Amazon more of what they want? We're going to have that debate.

Also, you'll meet a so-called bikini barista who does not appreciate the city of Everett telling her what she can wear at her job.

And Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson launches a new startup company where you get an exclusive inside look at his failing to score a single touchdown yesterday.

The inside of the elevators at Amazon headquarters in Seattle. People who work at Amazon refer to themselves as Amazonians.
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Bill Radke speaks with Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, Washington State GOP chair Susan Hutchison, and Geekwire editor and co-founder Todd Bishop about whether or not Seattle's progressive climate has pushed Amazon to open a second headquarters outside of Seattle.

 The Natte Latte coffee stand in 1999, which launched the Pacific Northwest's sexy espresso stand trend.
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Bill Radke talks to Amelia Powell, a barista in Everett who works at Hillbilly Hotties, about the lawsuit she and fellow baristas are filing against the city of Everett over the new ordinance that would restrict the type of clothing they wear at work. The new ordinance passed unanimously in the Everett City Council and would effectively put an end to the bikini barista stands in Everett.

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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Who better to talk sex with than self-described "old, gray-haired dads" Sherman Alexie and Daniel Handler? KUOW’s Bill Radke sat down with the two authors to talk about how adolescence has gone from treehouses in the woods to porn on phones.

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Bill Radke talks with Ray Corona about President Trump's decision to end the DACA program. Corona is a DACA recipient and executive director of the non-profit Somos Seattle.

The Record: Thursday, September 7, Full Show

Sep 7, 2017
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Amazon wants another headquarters outside of Seattle. They said so today. They're not leaving Seattle but they want an "HQ2" somewhere else. Why would they want that and what does this mean for our city?

Also, you've heard President Trump is ending the DACA program to protect the so-called Dreamers brought here as children. One of those Dreamers will tell you his story and what the Trump move means for him.

And Sherman Alexie will be here with Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket. Handler has written a book called "All the Dirty Parts" and we are going to talk adolescence and sex.

An Amazon Prime truck delivers an Australian fern to Amazon’s campus for the ceremonial first planting at The Spheres on Thursday,  May 4, 2017, in Seattle.
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Bill Radke speaks with Geekwire editor Todd Bishop and Slate Magazine tech writer April Glaser about what it could mean for Seattle that Amazon will set up a second headquarters in a different North American city. 

The Record: Wednesday, September 6, Full Show

Sep 6, 2017
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The only Republican member of Congress from the Puget Sound area is leaving. Dave Reichert announced today he will not run for re-election. You'll find out what this means for local and national politics.

You'll also hear what it's like to be a Puget Sound area super-commuter — two hours of commute a day or more.

And John Keister, former host of Seattle comedy TV show Almost Live, says he'll perform his final stand up show this weekend.

The Record: Tuesday, September 5, Full Show

Sep 5, 2017
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There'll be a rally in Seattle this afternoon against today's announcement about the DACA program. The Trump administration will stop protecting people who were brought to the United States illegally as children. You'll hear local and national reaction to that announcement.

And, Lindy West is here. She's a Seattle author and for the last few months she's been a New York Times columnist where she's written sentences like this, describing Seattle smoke, "It’s as though a giant cloche has been placed over the whole region, like God is playing molecular gastronomy and we are her smoked langoustine cotton candy duck balloons."

KUOW's Marcie Sillman with book hugger Nancy Pearl.
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KUOW's Marcie Sillman speaks with Seattle librarian and author Nancy Pearl about her first novel, "George and Lizzie."

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) meets with DACA recipients in Seattle on September 4, 2017
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Nearly 18,000 young immigrants in Washington state are protected from deportation through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But that protection may come to an end in six months.

President Trump announced today that DACA will be phased out. The Obama-era program is for certain immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

The Record: Thursday, August 31, Full Show

Aug 31, 2017
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The recovery effort in Texas from Harvey has been described as a marathon, not a sprint. We're going to talk with a couple of people about how we in western Washington can help Houston — not only now, but down the long road.

Also, we'll look at a short term form of help for overdoses: a drug called Naloxone. Is it a cure-all wonder drug?

And we're going to figure out why two hallmarks — summer mosquitos and fireflies — don't seem to exist here in Seattle.

Coast Guard Petty Officers 3rd Class Eric Gordon and Gavin Kershaw pilot a 16-foot flood punt boat and join good Samaritans in patrolling a flooded neighborhood in Friendswood, Texas, Aug. 29, 2017. The flood punt team from Marine Safety Unit Paducah, Ken
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Bill Radke speaks with Amy Costello, founder and managing editor of the Tiny Spark podcast, about why you need to be careful with the donations that you send to help with the flooding in Houston. 

Texas National Guard soldiers conduct rescue operations in flooded areas around Houston, Texas 27 August, 2017. (Photo by 1Lt. Zachary West, 100th MPAD)
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Bill Radke speaks with Scott Heinze, deputy director of the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, about the latest efforts and challenges faced by a team of first responders from Washington who went to help with the recover in Houston from Tropical Storm Harvey.

Fireflies are found in Washington but they aren't like these pictured here. The fireflies in Washington don't flash.
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"Where are all the mosquitos and fireflies?" 

KUOW listener Tom Miller, originally from Minnesota, had that question for our Local Wonder team. 

University of Washington entomology professor Patrick Tobin came into the studio to answer that question. He spoke with host Bill Radke on The Record.

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