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The pink bacteria clinging to this Seattle bathmat is Serratia marcescens, which loves damp, soapy environments. It's mostly harmless.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

You see them when you slack on cleaning — mysterious pink rings and streaks that form in your toilets, sinks and bathtubs.

The Record: Wednesday, Dec 14, Full Show

Dec 14, 2016
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KUOW Photo/John Ryan

We'll tell you the disturbing history of the Ballard Locks and the man who got them built. Also, do you want Seattle to be affordable? Do you also want Seattle to stay how you've always liked it? That might be a problem, but we'll debate one proposal to fill in the city. And a black woman's face will appear on a national currency — Canada's.

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Bill Radke talks to Seattle Weekly reporter David Lewis about the Ballard Locks and the man behind their construction, Hiram M. Chittenden. Lewis has researched Chittenden and found that not only did he consider Native Americans genetically inferior, but the construction of the locks themselves drained a body of water sacred to them -- the Black River. 

The first time a man hurt me, I was 8. My story isn't unusual

Dec 14, 2016
The author around the time that she was first assaulted. Tara Weaver
Courtesy of Tara Austen Weaver

Editor's note: Tara Weaver posted this essay on her personal Facebook page after the second presidential debate, when Donald Trump said that his talk of sexual assault was merely locker room banter. More than 4,400 people shared this story, and hundreds commented with their own devastating stories in the comments.

How densely packed should Seattle get?

Dec 14, 2016

Bill Radke speaks with Queen Anne Community Councilmember Martin Kaplan and housing advocate Laura Bernstein about the city's decision to put a hold on more backyard cottages and mother-in-law apartments until an environmental impact study can be performed. They discuss density issues, affordable housing and the changing character of Seattle's single family neighborhoods. 

The Record: Tuesday, Dec 13, Full Show

Dec 13, 2016
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Two members of Washington state's electoral college don't think they should have to vote for Hilary Clinton. They want to inspire Republican electors to break ranks with them and keep Donald Trump out of the White House. We'll talk with one of those electors.

Also, Trump doesn't seem to care for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. We'll tell you why the two might meet in person this week. 

And a former hospice chaplain who's seen a lot of death says she is filled with joy — and you can get some peace of mind, too.

What do donors want from a President Trump?

Dec 13, 2016
Donald Trump
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Bill Radke talks with Peter Gigante and Jim Jensen, two of Donald Trump's biggest donors in Washington state. Both men discuss what it feels like to be a Trump supporter in Washington, what appealed to them about the candidate and how they view the success of his transition so far. 

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If you've been in a quandary over what to give your favorite child this holiday season, fret no more! Nancy Pearl tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman about "The Christmas Crocodile," a picture book by Bonny Becker, illustrated by David Small.

The Record: Thursday, Dec 8th, Full Show

Dec 8, 2016
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We are going to continue our conversation on the future of the state's two major political parties. Yesterday we heard from Democrats. Today, we have Republican state party chair Susan Hutchison and a really interesting roundtable of Republican activists talking about — and disagreeing about — president-elect Donald Trump.

Also, the Seattle Times has announced a new round of layoffs. We'll take a look at the continuing struggles that face the newspaper and newspapers in general with former executive editor David Boardman. 

And the Sounders are heading to the MLS Final. We'll have a preview of the game and a look back at an incredible season.

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Seattle Sounders midfielder Alvaro Fernandez plays at Century Link Field in Seattle on October 23, 2016.Seattle Sounders midfielder Alvaro Fernandez plays at Century Link Field in Seattle on October 23, 2016.
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Deborah Wang talks to Steve Clare, owner and editor of the soccer news site Prost Amerika, about the Seattle Sounders chances as they head to Toronto for the MLS Cup on Saturday.

Braedon Wilkerson, Olga Farnam and Manis Pierre were all involved with the state GOP this year. Their views on Trump differ widely
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Deborah Wang speaks with Washington State Republican Party chair Susan Hutchison. She also speaks with Olga Farnam, Manis Pierre and Braedon Wilkerson. 

housing: Apartment buildings in the University District, Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Jeannie Yandel talks to Xochitl Maykovich, an organizer with the Washington Community Action Network, and Brian Robinson, a Seattle landlord who's on the board of directors at the Rental Housing Association, about the pros and cons of the Seattle City Council legislation that would put a cap on move-in fees. 

Newspaper box for the Seattle Times, 2012.
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“It’s not at all surprising.”

That was the reaction by David Boardman to the announcement by the Seattle Times that it will be reducing staff. The newspaper told staff in an email that it will be offering buyouts with the potential of layoffs after that.

The Record: Wednesday, Dec 7, Full Show

Dec 7, 2016
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KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Democrats are doing some serious soul searching right now. State party chair Jaxon Ravens and a panel of local Democrats will tell us about what kind of serious conversations they are having. 

Also, it's the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and we'll  have a couple of stories on how that event changed our region.

Then, are people in eastern and western Washington actually so different that we should be two separate states? That's a real proposal.

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State Democratic Party Chair Jaxon Ravens predicts strong caucus turnout, but shy of the record set in 2008.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Deborah Wang speaks with Washington state Democratic Party chairman Jaxon Ravens about the future of the party. She also speaks with Jessa Lewis, Alec Stephens and Tamborine Borrelli.