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Elisa Chavez (left) and Ian Martinez (right) are slam poets in Seattle.
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Bill Radke speaks with Ian Martinez and Elisa Chavez about identity and slam poetry. The duo are members of the Rain City Poetry Slam. They will be competing at the national slam poetry competition in Denver on August 12. 

Sunset from Gas Works Park, Seattle, August 3, 2017.
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There are more than 20 wildfires burning in British Columbia right now, but that’s just one reason why the air in Seattle is junk right now.

Bill Radke speaks with hydroplane drivers Brent Hall and Jerry Hopp about their love of racing. Hall speaks about his childhood dreams of being behind the wheel of a hydroplane and what it was like to start racing at the age of 36. Hopp talks about his long hydroplane career, racing for almost fifty years. And both of them explain some of the finer points of Seafair's most popular sport. 

Senator Patty Murray in the KUOW offices, Jan. 2016.
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Bill Radke talks to Sen. Patty Murray about the hearings she has planned with Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. They hope to come up with a bipartisan fix to the Affordable Care Act. 

The Record: Wednesday, August 2, Full Show

Aug 2, 2017
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Seattle has chosen two candidates for mayor. We just don't for sure which two. King County voted on a sales tax for the arts. We'll hit the highlights of the primary vote and why it matters.

Also, President Trump today called for changing the U.S. immigration system to one that is merit-based. What does that mean? Who's trying it and what can we learn from them?

And you're going to meet two hydroplane drivers who are racing in Seafair this weekend. One is in his 70s and the other has pretty much gotten over his fear of water. Why do they do it and what's it like in that cockpit?

The Record: Tuesday, August 1, Full Show

Aug 1, 2017
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A heat wave is coming to Seattle. The hottest day should be Thursday, which is also the day of maximum Blue Angels traffic impact. We'll talk Seafair and heat this hour.

Also, is it OK to buy Seahawks tickets even knowing how dangerous football is for players' brains?

And we hear about a roadtrip to leave the Seattle bubble and explore the rest of the state. 

We are joined this hour by Crosscut columnist Knute Berger to talk over the news.

Are President Trump's critics too outraged?

Jul 31, 2017

Bill Radke speaks with Tom Nichols, professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. He explains why he thinks, as a Trump critic, that he feels critics spend too much time being outraged about every aspect of the President's agenda, diluting their message and emboldening Trump supporters.

Also, as the author of the book, "The Death of Expertise," Nichols discusses why he feels that anti-intellectualism has become pervasive in America and how it threatens countless aspects of the culture.

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Bill Radke talks to Seafair's King Neptune, John Roderick, and Queen Alcyone, Angela Shen, about the cultural resonance of this decades old festival. Roderick is a Seattle musician and Shen is the founder and CEO of Savor Seattle Food Tours, in their day jobs.

The Record: Monday, July 31, Full Show

Jul 31, 2017
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Your ballot is due tomorrow. You might research the candidates, review their endorsements, parse all the policy proposals or -- if you're like most people -- you'll just vote your self-image. We'll see if there's anything wrong with that.

And here's a political question for people who are upset about the Trump presidency: Is your outrage effective? Or are you giving Trump exactly what he wants?

Also, Seafair weekend is coming up. If you don't get Seafair, you're not alone. We'll tell you what all the noise is about.

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Bill Radke speaks with Seattle Times reporter Lynn Thompson about her article that looks into how law enforcement took down a prostitution ring in Bellevue. 

Parking in Seattle could become a thing of the past.
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Bill Radke talks with Donald Shoup, a UCLA professor and urban planner who studies parking. A new study says that drivers in Seattle spend an average of 58 hours a year looking for parking, and Shoup explains some of the ways the city could cut those hours down. He also tells a story of how he found out that Pike Place Market is ground zero for Seattle's parking problem.

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Bill Radke talks to former NPR reporter David Baron about why he believes everyone should witness a full solar eclipse in their lifetime. Baron also talks about his new book "American Eclipse" that tells the story of the 1878 full solar eclipse that stretched across the American West and drew the nation's scientists and eclipse chasers. 

The Record: Thursday, July 27, Full Show

Jul 27, 2017
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The new distracted driving law does not outlaw coffee drinking, but a lot of people think it does. There's a petition to change the law. We'll explain what you can't do and help you decide whether that's fair. There's also a push to change Washington drivers licenses and other documents so you would no longer have to declare your gender. We'll talk with someone who's calling for that change. And a life-changing opportunity, you'll meet an eclipse evangelist who wants you to know that staying in Seattle during next month's eclipse is unacceptable. He'll tell you how it changed his life.

Bill Radke speaks with Hailey, the head of 3rd Gender Washington, a group pushing for driver's licenses and other documents to feature a third gender option: an X, meaning no gender is specified. Hailey says that she is non-binary, living in a small Washington town, and is not completely out to her family and neighbors. She wants all people to have a chance to not be boxed in by gender. She also hopes this will open up a dialogue about what it means to be non-binary.

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Bill Radke speaks with Washington State Patrol Trooper Chase VanCleave about the new distracted driving law. Trooper VanCleave gets into the difference between primary offenses and secondary offense in the law.

President Donald Trump
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Bill Radke talks to reporter Patricia Murphy about what President Trump's tweets on banning transgender people from the military means for people serving in Western Washington.

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Bill Radke speaks with Katherine Switz, founder and executive director of The Stability Network. The nonprofit includes professionals who give talks and workplace presentations about their own mental health diagnoses and the stigma surrounding taking a day off work for mental health. 

The Record: Wednesday, July 26, Full Show

Jul 26, 2017
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President Trump tweets no more transgender people in the military. We'll tell you what that tweet might mean for people at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Everett Naval Base and more.

Also, do you want to pay a sales tax that goes to the symphony, the ballet, the zoo, museums, theaters?

And Washington's new distracted driving law includes eating and drinking behind the wheel, how fair is that new rule?

Jonathan Porretta and Noelani Pantastico in George Balanchine's 'Square Dance.'
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Bill Radke speaks with Manuel Cawaling,  executive director of Youth Theatre Northwest, about why he supports a ballot imitative that would increase sales tax in King County by 0.1 percent to provide more funding for arts and culture organizations.

King County Councilmember Larry Gossett also joins the conversation to lay out why he doesn't support the new tax.

Bill Radke talks to Monica Ewing, a benefits manager at Durney Insurance in Hoquiam, about how she councils her clients under the uncertainty of health care reform and why the insurance options in Grays Harbor County are so limited.  

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Bill Radke talks to Kathleen Flinn, cook and author of "The Sharper the Knife the Less You Cry," and Naomi Tomky, food and travel writer, about the pros and cons of the meal kit delivery service industry. 

The Record: Monday, July 24, Full Show

Jul 24, 2017
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Kids are chasing the dream of being pro athletes, by hiding behind a law for homeless students. That's how a former Seattle high school coach describes what he sees as an abuse of school athletics.

Also, King County might let people use heroin and other illegal drugs under medical supervision. Would this help addicts or hurt them?

And Amazon is now in the Blue Apron business where recipes and ingredients show up at your door. We'll ask how well these services work.

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Bill Radke speaks with Seatle Times staff reporter Claudia Rowe about her investigation into how football and basketball teams at Seattle Public Schools use a law to protect homeless students as a way to get around eligibility requirements for student athletes.

Bill Radke speaks with Republican state Representative Morgan Irwin and former police chief Norm Stamper about safe injection sites. An initiative may be on the ballot this fall to ban safe injection sites in King County.

Bill Radke speaks with Vox.com senior policy correspondent Sarah Kliff about single payer health care. Kliff explains the political and practical roadblocks to adopting single payer, as well as who the system would likely benefit or hurt. She also discusses the future of the current bills and what President Trump may truly want for health care in the country.

The Record: Thursday, July 20, Full Show

Jul 20, 2017
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If you don't listen to this episode of The Record, you could get pulled over this weekend and not know why. The state distracted driving law changes on Sunday. We'll tell you what you can and can't do with your phone, and your french fries and your coffee in the car.

Also, could this whole health care mess be solved with a single payer system? What are the pros and cons of single payer and what are the odds it happens in America?

And has Seattle's population boom ruined our wilderness?

Hiking a trail off Snoqualmie Pass. But we're not telling you where, because the photographer wants to keep it to herself.
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Bill Radke speaks with Fitz Cahall, host of the podcast The Dirtbag Dairies, and  Jill Simmons, executive director of the Washington Trails Association, about the impact that our region's growing population is having on hiking trails around Washington. 

Seattle Police Department patch.
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Bill Radke talks to Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess and president of the Seattle Police Union Kevin Stuckey about how contract negotiations are affecting the progress of police reform. The union claims that they are being steamrolled while the city contends the union is being selfish.  

Woodland Park Zoo

Vip the gorilla needed emergency hernia surgery. Dr. Andrew S. Wright explains his process, from inspecting Vip in the smelly gorilla enclosure to hurrying away as Vip woke up from his anesthesia.

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As Seattle tries to improve its police department, who is getting mistreated? The officers union says the city is steam rolling the union bargaining process. Some city leaders say the police are being stubborn and selfish. We'll have that debate.

Also have you heard about Alexa -- the Amazon Echo -- deciding on its own to call the police? The media have reported it but that doesn't mean  it really happens. We'll tell you what can happen with Alexa.

And  you're going to find out what it's like to perform hernia surgery on a gorilla. 

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