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What was so heated about yesterday's Seattle City Council meeting on how the city clears homeless camps?

Also, what does it take for a refugee to get into Washington state? And what kind of reception do they get once they're here?

And Seattle's former police chief tells you what it will take to fix America's police forces.

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A homeless encampment in what the city calls the I-5 East Duwamish Greenbelt. It's unofficially known as The Jungle. But officials say they are preparing to move the people who live here.
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Bill Radke speaks with Josh Feit, politics editor at Seattle Met and editor of the Met's politics blog Publicola, about proposed legislation that would make it harder for the city to sweep homeless encampments. 

How refugees make it to Washington state

Sep 7, 2016
The first Syrian refugees have arrived in Seattle since President Obama announced the U.S. would take at least 10,000 Syrian refugees next year.
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Bill Radke speaks with Sarah Peterson, Chief of the Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance at the Department of Social and Health Services, about the journey refugees must go through to get from their home country to this state. 

Bill Radke speaks with Seattle writer and comedian Ken Boynton about his two near-death experiences, and why he struggled with writing his book, "Blip."

Bill Radke speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about a court case in Vancouver, B.C. looking at how the public health care system in Canada is run. One doctor is challenging restrictions on private care. 

Canvas bags may have a worse effect on the environment than plastic ones.
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Bill Radke speaks with Noah Dillon, author of a recent Atlantic article about the perils of owning (and not using) canvas grocery totes.

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We'll tell you why you should care who becomes our state's next education chief. After all, you do have to vote on it in two months.

Also, are you sure a reusable canvas bag is more eco-friendly than a plastic bag? Maybe, maybe not.

And what really happened the day in 1967 when a man pointed a camera at Bigfoot?

"The Legend of Bigfoot" is a store along Highway 101 in northern California.
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Bill Radke speaks with Leah Sottile about her article in Outside magazine profiling Bob Gimlin, one of the men behind the famous footage of Bigfoot from 1967. Sottile explains how the footage was captured and why she thinks it is important we have these types of mysteries. 

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Back to school means students bringing in pencils, notebooks, snacks, hand sanitizer, and much more. And it's a financial and logistical burden. Why can't we do this better?

Also, are you afraid that you're running out of time for summer camping? Maybe you should be afraid of the camping itself. We'll tell you why it's healthy to go into the woods with a heart full of fear.

And if you're talking about someone who doesn't identify as male or female, is it OK to call that person "they"? We'll get into the usefulness and grammar of the singular they.

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Solar eclipse seen from in Yokohama in 2012.
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Bill Radke talks with Geekwire's Alan Boyle about  North American eclipse of the sun expected August 2017. It's first of its kind in almost a hundred years. But the best places to see it in the Northwest are already getting pretty crowded. 

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Bill Radke speaks with KUOW education reporter Ann Dornfeld about why Washington asks its students to help supply their schools. 

Washington requires traditional supplies meant for individual use, like a 24-pack of crayons and some spiral bound notebooks, as well as more unusual supplies meant to be shared by the classroom, like one jumbo pack of napkins, two bottles of hand sanitizer and two reams of copy paper. 

Becca Meredith
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Bill Radke sits down with local activist Becca Meredith of the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites and Showing Up for Racial Justice about why white people should play a role in racial justice activism. 

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Bill Radke speaks with author Dan White about the history of camping in America. White highlights how we overcame the early Puritan fear of the woods and the changing demographics of wild places. His latest book is "Under the Stars: How America Fell in Love with Camping."

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There’s a debate among wordsmiths over something called the "singular they".  That’s the gender-neutral pronoun, an alternative to the pronouns "he" and "she". 

An example: A parent wants their child to succeed. 

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Today, you'll hear from an eyewitness to the Trump rally in Everett.

Also, you'll hear about artsy Seattle creative types setting up shop in rural Eastern Washington.

And the new animated movie "Sausage Party" is not appropriate for children, or animation workers. That’s if you believe a complaint from some of the people who made the film in Vancouver, B.C.

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