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Daily conversations about ideas that matter to Seattle and the Puget Sound region. Hosted by Bill Radke.

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A group of people jog across Lenora Street, on Thursday, October 5, 2017, in front of Amazon's biodomes, in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Would a tax credit that encourages businesses to donate to social services be more effective in solving the city's affordability and homelessness crisis than a new head tax?

Bill Radke talks to Saul Spady, president of Cre8ive Empowerment (and grandson of Dick's Drive-In co-founder Dick Spady) about why he and other area business owners are against the proposed Seattle employee head tax.

Imani Sims is KUOW’s inaugural #NewsPoet – a program in which Pacific Northwest poets respond in verse to what the station airs. Below is an excerpt of her poem "Better than Captivity."

The Record: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

May 8, 2018
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After threatening to do so since early in his campaign, President Trump just took the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal. Europe has already expressed an intention to negotiate directly with Iran to keep the deal alive. What does all of that mean? Professor Resat Kasaba, head of the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, explains.

Resat Kasaba, director of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Wasington.
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Bill Radke talks to Resat Kasaba, head of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, about President Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement.

The Record: Monday, May 7, 2018

May 7, 2018

Last fall’s #metoo moment shone a light on what many women already knew: workplaces across all industries can be susceptible to toxic dynamics and sexism. One alternative is to build a workplace with no men. 

Jeff Bezos speaks at the Apollo rocket engine unveiling at The Museum of Flight, showing the injector plate from an F-1 rocket used on Apollo 12.
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Bill Radke discusses the stories that had people buzzing over the weekend, from a tweet by Jeff Bezos, to the new single from Childish Gambino. Our guests are Valerie Curtis-Newton, professor in acting and directing and head of performance at the University of Washington School of Drama, and Seattle politics blogger Mellina White Cusack, of The Seattle Conservative.

The DNA molecule is elegant, personal, and can give away a lot more secrets than it lets on.
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The Golden State Killer’s arrest last week brought closure to victims and community members affected by a ten year spree of rapes and murder. The trail went cold in 1986, and it stayed that way until the FBI made a fake profile for the killer on a genealogy website. They used this to trace 500 partial matches, screen for 100 potential matches, and eventually narrow down to former police officer Joseph DeAngelo.

The Record: Thursday, May 3, 2018

May 3, 2018

There’s a lot of shots being fired about occupying space in Seattle; city councilmember Lisa Herbold joins Bill Radke to discuss. First up, Amazon has halted a construction project worth thousands of jobs pending the city’s decision on a head tax to fund programs for the homeless population.

Homes in Queen Anne are shown from the Space Needle in November in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke talks about the lawsuit against the city over the recently passed ordinance that prohibits landlords from screening some rental applicants based on their criminal background. William Shadbolt, president of the board of the Rental Housing Association of Washington explains why they're suing. Seattle City Councilor Lisa Herbold tells us why she supports the ordinance and co-sponsored it. In a statement, the city's Attorney's Office says, "Our office is currently reviewing the complaint, which we received on Tuesday.  We believe the ordinance is constitutional and plan to defend it."

KUOW PHOTO/ Gil Aegerter

Bill Radke talks to actor Alan Cumming about home, becoming American, identity and learning to let go.

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In the next couple of years the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be torn down and the Seattle waterfront will open up in a whole new way. Gone will be the elevated highway that separates Pike Place Market from the Ferris wheel and aquarium. In its place will be a new, large, waterfront park. But who should pay for that park? The property owners who live around it? Or all the people who will be benefiting from the new public space? 

The Record: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May 2, 2018

Alan Cumming's new show is called "Legal Immigrant." In it, he ruminates on aging, citizenship, and the nature of home - to a backdrop of P!nk songs. Cummings' celebrity focus on health and fitness is in direct contrast with Barbara Ehrenreich’s approach to life (and death).

In her new book “Natural Causes,” she explains why she’s stopped going to the doctor and eats whatever she likes. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers spoke with Bill Radke about the possible impeachment of Rod Rosenstein and other issues relevant to Washington state constituents.

McMorris Rodgers speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C.
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Bill Radke speaks to Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers about #MeToo, her push to get more women in the U.S. House, and her legislation to protect the Columbia and Snake River dams. She spoke with us from Eastern Washington.

Rebecca Soffer and Gabi Birkner, cofounders of the Modern Loss website and coauthors of the eponymous book.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

How are you?

If you’ve lost a loved one, that may have conjured up memories of a heavy hand on your shoulder, a precisely angled head tilt, a Hallmark card with tulips in all white.

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA).
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Bill Radke talks to Congresswoman Suzan DelBene about immigration, the White House Correspondents' Dinner, and the upcoming midterm elections.

The Record: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May 1, 2018

It’s May Day! Prepare for mayhem. Well… maybe. Maybe nothing. Or maybe just a bad commute? If you’re as confused about this as Seattle police seem to be, KUOW’s Paige Browning is on the case to explain the annual rallies and protests.

Clipper race Visit Seattle team leads parade of sail.
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Bill Radke talks to Shannon Dean, a Seattle nurse and sailor in the "Clipper Round the World Yacht Race." Dean was docked in Seattle over the weekend, after a 10-month trip from Liverpool, England. Next, she heads to Panama, before eventually making it back to the U.K.

Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo.
Courtesy Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello

Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo’s career as a musician began at six years old, singing into the dark. 

But with her new cover of the Talking Heads’ classic album, she’s asking us all to "Remain in Light." She spoke to Bill Radke from Los Angeles to explain why she doesn’t believe in cultural appropriation – and why stupidity just might be the thing that connects us all.

The Record: Monday, April 30, 2018

Apr 30, 2018

Seattle’s 2015 property tax levy was the biggest the city has ever asked for. And it turns out that even for a billion dollars, you can’t always get what you want. Seattle Times reporter David Gutman explains why not, and mayor Jenny Durkan tells us what we can hope for instead.

Bill Radke talks with brothers Aaron and Elmer Dixon, co-founders of the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party.

PHOTO Courtesy of Deirdre Visser

Bill Radke talks to Bellingham artist Jenna Bean Veatch about her event 'The Not-Creepy Gathering for People Who Are Single and Want to Fall in Love' and why she believes in finding ways for people to move beyond surface level small talk and swiping right to find deeper connections. 

Sunny Jansma  of Seattle takes photos of rows of yellow tulips on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at RoozenGaarde near Mount Vernon.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Is there really a heat wave in Seattle in the middle of April? Bill Radke talks to KOMO News Meteorologist Scott Sistek about the mini heatwave and what you can expect for the rest of spring. Also, if you want to take advantage of the good weather there are a few things you should keep in mind before adventuring into the wilderness. Fitz Cahall, the creator of the outdoor podcast Dirtbag Diaries is here to tell you how to best take advantage of the outdoors. 

The Record: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Apr 26, 2018

Federal agents broke the locks on the former Russian consulate house in Madison Park. Russia says that's illegal. We'll tell you the story. Elmer and Aaron Dixon, the brothers who co-founded the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party will tell you about 50 years of trying to get racial justice. And there's an event in Seattle tomorrow called "The Not-Creepy Gathering for People Who Are Single and Want to Fall In Love" We'll find out what's so not-creepy about it.

Shielded by an identity-protecting tarp, a Seattle locksmith drills the locks on a Russian-owned consular building.
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Yesterday afternoon in Madison Park, you may have seen an unusual breaking and entering. U.S. State Department officials drilled through the locks on the gate of a Russian-owned home, while former consular employees filmed across the street.

An image from King County Metro Transit's anti-sexual harassment campaign, 'Report It to Stop It.'
Courtesy King County Metro Transit

Ridership is up on King Country Metro. Night bus services are up. And so are reports of sexual misconduct.

The Record: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Apr 25, 2018

The president’s so-called Muslim travel ban is looking likely to win at the Supreme Court. This morning, crucial swing justices signaled agreement with the right of executive power to ban people from certain countries. Lisa Marshall Manheim, associate professor of law at the University of Washington, explains.

FILE: U.S. Supreme Court
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Bill Radke talks to Lisa Marshall Manheim, associate professor at the University of Washington School of Law, about what arguments were presented in front of the Supreme Court Wednesday in favor and against Trump's travel ban. Washington state was among those suing the president over the executive order.

A view of the sky over Bertha the tunnel borer, whose efforts brought the SR-99 tunnel to life.
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Let's say you owe me $20.

You decide that to pay me back, you'll set up a lemonade stand. There's about $50 in overhead: lemons, sugar. And don't forget wages for the younger siblings you'll be pressing into service to man the booth.

In the meantime, I decide to charge you $13 in interest. And suddenly, you find yourself needing to raise $100 to pay me that original $20.

A scene from a simulation by the Washington State Department of Transportation of what could happen if a massive earthquake hits the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

There will be a time — it could be tomorrow, it could be 100 years from now —when the ground beneath us will start to shake.

Buildings will crumble. Roads will be destroyed. And then a 60-foot wall of water will crash onto the Washington coast line.

The Record: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Apr 24, 2018

The Seattle Times’ Nina Shapiro has been reporting on the tragedy of the Hart family, whose SUV plunged over a cliff last month in what authorities have reason to believe was no accident. Why were the warning signs ignored?