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Bill Radke talks to James Skwarok, the Victoria-based school teacher who dressed up as a giant brown poop for 13 years to protest Victoria's lack of a sewage treatment center. They talk about humor in protesting and why he's retiring the character. 

The Record: Wednesday, May 10, Full Show

May 10, 2017
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You don't want to hear the words "nuclear reactor" and "accident," but a tunnel with nuclear waste inside collapsed yesterday at Hanford. We'll tell you why that waste is so hard to seal off and where the next danger might lie.

Also, Seattle is expensive. There's income inequality. Robots are taking our jobs. What to do? Here's an idea. The government could give every American money for nothing, just a minimum amount of money to spend as you please.

And Seattle's first Upstream Music festival is here. They aim to be the new South by Southwest. We'll tell you what will happen there and play you some music.

A conceptual rending of what the Upstream Music Fest will look like.
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Bill Radke speaks with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame DJ Marco Collins about the Upstream Music Festival. The three day festival in Pioneer Square is the brain child of Microsoft's Paul Allen. This is his way of bringing together local technology and local music. Collins is curating his own stage at the festival and shares some of the music he is excited for this weekend. 

Bill Radke talks with Roman Mars and Helen Zaltzman about the history of the term "sanctuary." Mars is the creator of the podcast 99% Invisible and Zaltzman is the creator of the language podcast The Allusionist. 

Bill Radke speaks with Tamara Stenman about the Kent School District's decision to halt a trip to Victoria, B.C. Stenman's daughter had planned to go on the trip but the school board canceled the international trip over concerns about border safety for undocumented students and issues with race and equity.

Radke also speaks with Kent School District spokesman Chris Loftis about why the school decided make this change.

Mackenzie Tolliver and Elisha Edlen, players on the Seattle Majestics.
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Jeannie Yandel speaks with two members of the undefeated women’s tackle football team the Seattle Majestics. Elisha Edlen and Mackenzie Tolliver discuss the difficulties in playing and promoting football for women while being overshadowed by the Seahawks (and the local lingerie football league). They also talk about how far the sport has come in recent years and encouraging signs that more and more women are learning that they too can play tackle football.

The Record: Tuesday, May 9, Full Show

May 9, 2017
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As you may have just heard, Seattle's mayor will not stand for re-election. He says he will stay on through the end of his term. We'll tell you what might be next for Seattle.

The Kent School District has canceled a band and orchestra trip to Victoria, B.C. saying undocumented students can't go because they might not get back across the border and that's not fair. We'll talk with the district and a Kentlake High School parent.

And members of the Seattle Majestics will tell you what it's like to play football in the same city as the Seahawks when you're not the Seahawks and you're not trying to be.

Trump voters see progress, have high hopes

May 8, 2017

Bill Radke speaks with Peter Gigante and Katherine Green, two Trump voters who reflect on his first few months in office. Both Gigante and Green say that they are not 100 percent satisfied with President Trump so far, but see many accomplishments ignored by critics. They also make the case that Trump is aiming for a more moderate, bipartisan government. 

The Record: Monday, May 8, Full Show

May 8, 2017
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Donald Trump said when you're always winning you get bored with winning. I think you'd have to ask Seattle Storm star Sue Bird. She's basically never done anything but win. She'll tell you what that's like because she's live in the studio.

And speaking of the President, some local Trump voters will tell you whether they're still on the Trump train.

Also a McArthur Genius will tell you what we can about the earth itself, specifically the dirt.

Bill Nye, here signing books in New York, says he loves you, Vashon, but you're wrong.
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Bill Nye is back. Netflix is now streaming episodes of “Bill Nye Saves the World,” starring everyone’s favorite bowtie-clad scientist. (And of course, we’re still a bit nostalgic for those olden times when Nye traded in his signature tie for exercise shorts and a cape, all for Seattle’s amusement.)


The Record: Thursday, May 4, Full Record

May 5, 2017
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The Republican-controlled House has passed a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare. We'll tell you how this bill might affect people's insurance and how our Congressional members voted.

Also, a new Netflix series takes on teen suicide and a Seattle suicide prevention expert will tell you why this show is terrible and how we can do better.

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Bill Radke talks to Margot Sanger-Katz, The New York Times reporter who covers health care for The Upshot, about the health care bill that passed the House and what happens next. 

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Bill Radke speaks with Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, and his wife Lisa Brown about their new book, "Goldfish Ghost." Handler wrote the story and Brown did the illustrations. And as you might guess from the title, it's a kid's story about a dead goldfish. Handler and Brown discuss the new book, why we don't really want happy endings, and the need for loneliness and bewilderment in our daily lives. 

The Record: Wednesday, May 3, Full Show

May 3, 2017
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Another accuser, another denial: That's the latest development in the sexual abuse case and Seattle mayor Ed Murray.

Also, Seattle rap star Macklemore is being sued for allegedly sounding too much like a certain jazz musician.

And author Lemony Snicket will tell you why kids should read about unfortunate events.

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Bill Radke speaks with Seattle Times reporter Mike Carter about the case of Roman Seleznev. Seleznev's story reads like spy fiction. He is the illegitimate son of a prominent Russian politician and Putin ally. He grew up in poverty, with an alcoholic mother who died when he was a teenager. Without a mother and abandoned by his powerful father, 17-year-old Seleznev ended up living on the streets.

Seleznev went on to steal and sell hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of credit card numbers, many from businesses here in Washington state. U.S. authorities pursued Seleznev around the globe and finally, they arrested him and brought him to Washington for trial.

He was just convicted and sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Will Seattle finally have an income tax?

May 2, 2017

On Monday the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution to pursue an income tax on the richest households. This is the first step towards Seattle passing an ordinance that would impose a 1.5 percent tax on the incomes of those making over $250,000 a year.

Proponents say it could raise $125 million a year. But critics, including the Seattle Times Editorial Board said last week that this move hurts more than helps the city’s cause. 

The Record: Tuesday, May 2, Full Show

May 2, 2017
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Along Mercer Street in South Lake Union the Mercer mess is now less messy because there are new traffic lights that match the flow of the cars. So how come all our lights don't work that way?

Plus, Microsoft wants our schoolchildren to learn in virtual reality. We'll tell you about the company's big push into the classroom.

And is Seattle's call for an income tax a progressive move to make the rich pay their fair share, or a blunder that hurts more than it helps?

KUOW host Bill Radke visits a gun range and learns how to shoot a sem-automatic weapon.
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Bill Radke visits a gun range with journalist and gun advocate Dave Workman. Workman teaches Radke how to fire a semi-automatic weapon and explains why he supports second amendment rights. Workman also discusses why it's so important for him to carry a firearm. 

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Bill Radke talks to Chris Long, the traffic engineering manager with the city of Bellevue, about adaptive traffic lights and how they can change the flow of traffic in busy areas. 

The protesters behind May Day

May 2, 2017

Bill Radke talks with reporter Liz Jones about the May Day protests. She describes the crowds, the increased tensions due to President Trump and what protestors hope to accomplish with their marching.  

People walk in the May Day labor march in Seattle on Friday, May 1, 2015.
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Bill Radke talks to Eli Sanders, associate editor for the Stranger, about May Day protests — from the traditional immigrants' rights and workers' rights march that has taken place for the last 18 years to the more recent marches lead by anarchists.  

Sanders wrote about the antigovernment protesters and May Day last year in the Stranger.

The Record: Monday, May 1, Full Show

May 1, 2017

We'll take you live to a Seattle May Day march. We'll tell you why Seattle May Day is the way it is and consider how long the anarchy can last.

Also, we'll tell you why the West Point Sewage Treatment plant failed and why it matters.

And should a violent felon be able to write the New York Times crossword puzzle? We'll tell you the story of a Washington state convict and what it says about redemption.

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Bill Radke speaks with Bremerton Police Chief Steven Strachan about a controversial crossword puzzle published in the New York Times.

Hops pickers at Titus Farm, on the site of modern-day Kent (formerly known as Titusville). Titus farm and Titusville were named after the same prominent family of settlers. Everett E. Titus in white shirt.
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When Kent, Washington, was first settled by Europeans, it was called Titusville. So why the name change? Because of beer.

Or, to be more precise, because of hops.

Or, to be even more precise, because of western Washington's great 19th-century hops craze.


Bill Radke talks with Bellevue City Council member Kevin Wallace about homelessness in Bellevue.

Jacque Larrainzar, one of the first people from Mexico to be granted asylum in the United States based on her sexuality.
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Jacque Larrainzar fled Mexico in the late 1990s. She asked the woman at the airport how far she could go with the $300 in her pocket, and the woman suggested she fly to Seattle.

The Record: Thursday, April 27, Full Show

Apr 27, 2017
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Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant has called for a peaceful shutdown of the airport and freeways on Monday — May Day. The Washington State Patrol says that's irresponsible. Sawant joins us.

And President Trump is reviewing national monuments, including two in Washington state. What are the pros and cons of rolling back some government protected areas?

And we'll talk with the NPR editor who's tracking Trump's many conflicts of interest.

San Juan Islands National Monument
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Bill Radke speaks with the New York Times Seattle bureau chief Kirk Johnson about the latest executive order from President Donald Trump to review national monuments created in the past 20 years. There are two of those monuments here in Washington: the San Juan Islands National Monument and the Hanford Reach National Monument. 

David Callahan is founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, a digital media site and his new book is "The Givers: Money, Power and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age."
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Seattle's billionaires are changing the world. Sometimes for the better, but sometimes it's a threat to democracy. 

“Bill Gates has raised a lot of alarms,” said author David Callahan said. “Bill and Melinda Gates helped orchestrate this movement to the Common Core across the entire nation.”

Callahan continued: “I don’t want to suggest that Bill Gates is evil at all. I think he has the best of intentions, but I think that it’s pretty alarming stuff seen from a certain vantage point.” 

Nordstrom's flagship store in Downtown Seattle
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Bill Radke talks to Cal McAllister, co-founder and executive creative director of The Wexley School For Girls, about Nordstrom's expensive, faux mud-caked jeans. 

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