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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.

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Model airplanes are stored at the Boeing Historical Archives on Friday, September 15, 2017, in Bellevue.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Jeannie Yandel talks with Marcie Sillman about Bill Boeing, Nellie Cornish and other innovators who had a lasting impact on Seattle. 

KUOW's new project City of Dreams explores the key figures who shaped the Puget Sound region and highlights the work of today's innovators who are shaping the future.

Amazon confirmed a second and 'full equal' headquarters somewhere other than in the Puget Sound region.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke talks with KUOW reporters Joshua McNichols and Carolyn Adolph about the implications for cities hoping to land Amazon's second headquarters. McNichols and Adolph are co-hosts of KUOW's new podcast Prime(d).

Radke also talks with listeners about their advice to other cities hoping to reel in Amazon.

Colleen Echohawk, executive director of the Chief Seattle Club.
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Many Native people who are homeless in Seattle say they feel invisible.

“We are a city that’s named after a great chief of Suquamish-Duwamish descent, and we don’t always know and feel that in this city,” said Colleen Echohawk-Hayashi, executive director of the Chief Seattle Club. “I think that we have an issue where we don’t really want to engage in it.”

The Record: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Oct 19, 2017
Amazon Spheres, downtown Seattle
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Today’s the deadline for North American cities to bid for Amazon's new headquarters. What do people living in a potential HQ2 need to know about life here in HQ1? We’ll take your calls and talk with KUOW’s Joshua McNichols and Carolyn Adolph, hosts of KUOW’s new podcast Prime(d).

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Bill Radke speaks with Charlie Raines, director of the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, about the wildlife overpass that is being built east of Snoqualmie Pass on I-90.

The Record: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oct 18, 2017
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Yesterday you met a Democratic Washington state senator who thinks we're being too hard on Amazon. This hour you'll meet a Seattle City Council member who says no -- Amazon actually owes us more.

Also, have you seen the wildlife crossing being built over I-90 near Snoqualmie Summit? Why do we want wildlife to cross there? How do we get them to do it? And what happens when predators find out where the wildlife crossing is?

And a couples therapist says we need to rethink infidelity. She'll explain.

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Bill Radke talks with astrophysicist Michael Landry about an historic collision of two neutron stars, known as a kilonova.

It's the first time scientists have observed this type of cosmic event both through electromagnetic and gravitational waves. Landry is head of the LIGO Hanford Observatory.

The Record: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Oct 17, 2017

You just heard about Amazon's search for a headquarters outside Seattle. Some local lawmakers say Amazon has felt unwelcome, not included — and those lawmakers want to hit the refresh button. Does that mean apologizing to Amazon, not taxing Amazon? 

Also, a Washington state observatory played a role in a startling astronomic discovery. Why should a non-scientist care?

"We are all only tenants on this earth now, Rushing on, passing on, gone." Those lines are from a poem written in West Seattle. You'll hear about a poetic map of Seattle this hour.

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Sex segregation is the default in sports, but why?

Nancy Leong advocates against sex segregation, saying it doesn't make sense. Take T-ball leagues for four year-olds. Girls play on separate teams, though it’s not clear why.

KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Two people want to lead the city of Seattle. Only one will be mayor. That person will shape the future of Seattle. The Record recently spoke with candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon.  

Author Raj Patel said that, among other things, we don't pay enough for our food.
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Seattle (or Amazon-town, if you prefer) is ground zero for cheap things. Amazon has built a world-altering business out of discounting products online.


And author Raj Patel says that’s not a good thing.

The Record: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Oct 12, 2017

Doesn't it feel great when you get a great deal on something you really want? Well, maybe that sweet discount isn't always a good idea.

And we're reported on the Northwest's white supremacist movement before, but today we'll talk with a reporter who went undercover and infiltrated one of their meetings. logo
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Bill Radke talks to Casey Coombs, reporter at the Puget Sound Business Journal, about Amazon's rapid growth over the last decade and what the company's playbook is for getting cities to offer incentives and deals to open fulfillment and data centers in their region. Coombs' reporting is a part of a series The Business Journals' have published called "The Amazon Effect: How taxpayers are funding the disruption of the U.S. economy."

The Record: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Oct 11, 2017
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Taxpayers have spent $1.2 billion to help Amazon thrive. The Puget Sound Business Journal has been working to uncover the Amazon playbook. We’ll take a look at it this hour.  

For the first time in 31 years, the U.S. Men's National Soccer team will not go to the World Cup. Shockingly, they got knocked out last night and we have a Seattle Sounders player to thank for it.

Will President Trump dismantle the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada? Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is meeting with Trump today.

Bill Radke speaks with Steven Agen, Seattle editor of Prost Amerika and host of the podcast Radio Cascadia, about the causes and fall out of the U.S. Men's National Soccer team failing to make it into the World Cup in Russia in 2018. 

Nathan Cultee dumps 16 farm-raised Atlantic salmon into a container on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at Home Port Seafood in Bellingham.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke talks to Lynda Mapes, The Seattle Times environment reporter, about Washington's disappearing salmon population and what it says about the health of our coast and Puget Sound.  

The Record: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Oct 10, 2017
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Washington state is suing President Trump yet again. The Trump administration has issued new rules that let insurers and employers opt out of covering contraceptives in their health insurance plans. Yesterday, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson challenged those rules in federal court.

Did you read about the hiker rescued from the Goat Rock Wilderness over the weekend? Two search and rescue experts will tell you how to not be that hiker.

And our Northwest salmon are disappearing. Scientists who count salmon off the Washington and Oregon coasts are for the first time hauling up empty nets. Why should you care about dwindling salmon?

Mount Rainier, or Tahoma, Tacobet, Ti'Swaq or Pooskaus.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

You need a to pack a lot more than a granola bar when you head out on a day hike.


Bill Radke talked with Taylor Brugh, vice president of Seattle Mountain Rescue, and Sandeep Nain, owner of the Redmond-based guiding company Miyar Adventures, about how to stay safe in the mountains — even if you’re just planning to be out for a few hours.


The Record: Monday, October 9, 2017

Oct 9, 2017
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If we are not rational or disciplined enough to make decision on our own, should the government make them for us? And facing death can be scary and hard to imagine, but maybe we all need to get more comfortable with it. And artificial intelligence may be the wave of the future but that wave can wait when it comes to our children.

Angel statue in the Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno in Genoa, Italy.
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Let’s talk about death.

No, seriously. It’s time we all had a conversation with our loved ones about dying.

The Record: Thursday, October 5, 2017

Oct 5, 2017

Mass transit is all around you and it’s growing. You see the buses and trains running and new lines being built. So where are we on transit? Is there an important public backlash or has the transit train left the station?

Also, the late Jon Rowley's work is a big reason you eat Copper River salmon and Olympia oysters.

And, I’ll speak with somebody on the left who thinks the left is too intolerant. Frances Lee is the author of an essay called, “Excommunicate Me from the Church of Social Justice.”

Frances Lee at the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Matt Martin

Frances Lee recently asked to be excommunicated from the church of social justice.

Lee, who is queer, trans and Chinese-American, was trying to point out the intolerance of the social justice movement. In an article that went viral earlier this year, they chose the headline “Excommunicate Me from the Church of Social Justice.”

Zoë Quinn at IndieCade in 2015.
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Zoë Quinn is an avid gamer, developer, and artist. In her capacity as author and advocate, she’s launched an online crisis network and spoken before the UN.

But you probably know her best from #GamerGate.

The Record: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Oct 4, 2017
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The Las Vegas shooter used a device that made his bullets spray faster. Our governor is calling for a ban on that device. What about all the other gun regulations that some Washingtonians have been asking for for years? Gov. Inslee will join us along with Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat, who asked responsible gun owners to speak up. He'll tell us what he heard back.

Also, she was at the center of the backlash called Gamergate. Now, game developer Zoe Quinn is talking about how Gamergate nearly destroyed her life and how we can win the fight against online hate.

Guns line the walls of the firearms reference collection at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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The mass shooting in Las Vegas has us asking – yet again – what we should do about gun violence.

The polarizing refrain “now is not the time to talk about gun control” comes up a lot in the wake of the attack. And Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat said that’s code for “we’re not going to do anything.”

Author Celeste Ng at KUOW in October, 2017.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Celeste Ng’s sophomore novel, "Little Fires Everywhere," is set in her hometown of Shaker Heights, Ohio. But she sees more than a few commonalities between her town and ours.

“Seattle, like Shaker Heights, tries to live with its eyes on the world,” Ng said, speaking with Bill Radke on KUOW's The Record

Bill Radke talks to Chris Quintana, reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education, about protests on college campuses like the ones at Evergreen State College that lead to the sanctioning of 80 students. 

The Record: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Oct 3, 2017
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This hour, we'll answer your questions about gun laws. Specifically, why has Washington not banned semi-automatic assault rifles as some other states have?

Also, how did ultra-liberal Evergreen State College become a national symbol of campus division?

And novelist Celeste Ng looks at Seattle and sees a familiar progressive desire to do the right thing. As she says, ideals are neat but humans are messy. She'll tell you some stories about that this hour.

The Record: Monday, October 2, 2017

Oct 2, 2017

Writer James Fallows predicted the Las Vegas shooting — in a way. Five years ago, after the Aurora Colorado theater shooting, he wrote that this would happen again and again and again in America.

If you were looking for information about the shooting on social media, I hope you brought your skepticism. There were false rumors online. Will conspiracy theories fake news and Russian ads lead to new government regulation of Facebook and Google?

And a Microsoft employee is organizing an effort to help the people of Puerto Rico, hurricane victims including her parents. She'll tell you her story this hour.

Fernmarie Rodriguez at the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke speaks with Fernmarie Rodriguez about the impact of Hurricane Maria on her home island of Puerto Rico. Nearly two weeks after the hurricane hit the island, Rodriguez  still has not been able to speak with her mother.

She is helping to organize her co-workers at Microsoft to provide relief to Puerto Rico. Until she gets those efforts underway, she suggests people can help by donating to the Puerto Rico chapter of the Red Cross