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Elizabeth Austen and Bill Radke discuss "Self-Portrait," a poetic "selfie" by Seattle poet and educator Quenton Baker. The poem is part of Baker's first full-length collection, "This Glittering Republic." 

A Seattle native, Baker was awarded the 2016 James W. Ray Venture Project Award from Artist Trust. He's a founder of the anti-racism training and consulting group Moral Choice.

The Record: Wednesday, April 5, Full Show

Apr 5, 2017

Governor Jay Inslee is a guest this hour. He'll tell you who will pay for Bertha's tardiness and whether President Trump has ever threatened him for his opposition to Trump.

And who says we've gone too far, shaming one another over who has privilege? We took your calls and asked, have you been called out for being privileged? Have you ever pointed out someone else's privilege. How did that go?

We'll hear your stories on The Record. 

Bill Radke talks with Officer Kevin Stuckey, head of the Seattle Police Officers' Guild, about U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement of a wide-reaching review of federal consent decrees with police departments around the country.

The Seattle Police Department has been under a federal consent decree since 2012, after the Department of Justice found a pattern of excessive use of force in policing. 

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Bill Radke speaks with Zak Kozuchowski, editor in chief at Golf WRX, about a legal battle over golf balls between Titleist and Costco. The local discount giant has become a major player in the golf world. Costco has sold out of its Kirkland Signature golf balls after online reviews said golfers could save $30 over Titleist brand balls, and these cheaper balls were just as good. Now, Titleist is accusing Costco of patent infringement and false advertising.

The Record: Tuesday, April 4, Full Show

Apr 4, 2017

Seattle's police department has been working under a federal court order to change the way its officers view racial equity and the use of force. Now the federal government is taking a second look at agreements like those. We'll ask what it means here when we talk to the head of the Seattle police officers union.

Also, today is Equal Pay Day, meaning the average woman had to work all of last year and up until today to make the money that men do in just one year. We'll talk with a Washington legislator who wants to change the situation here.

And you'll find out how Costco is taking on Big Golf Ball.

Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.
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On April 4, 1968,  Gary Heyde had just arrived for a conference at Kentucky State College. He and more than 500 students from every major black university waited in line to register. Heyde happened to be the only white student there.

No more than 20 minutes had passed when a girl came running into the lobby where conference-goers waited to register. “They’ve killed Martin,” she screamed.

At first, the room was cloaked in complete and total silence. Then chaos ensued. logo
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Bill Radke talks to GeekWire's Todd Bishop about Amazon's stock and how it will be affected by their grocery business. 

President Donald Trump shakes hands with 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch, his choice for Supreme Court associate justice in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.
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Bill Radke talks to New York Times Magazine staff writer Emily Bazelon about the Senate vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch and what it means now that Senate Democrats are threatening to filibuster the the vote. 

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Bill Radke talks with Mark Hallenbeck about transportation in the Seattle region. Hallenbeck is the director of the Washington State Transportation Center at the University of Washington. 

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The Record: Monday, April 3, Full Show

Apr 3, 2017

In D.C. today, Democrats have collected enough Senate votes to filibuster President Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Republicans do have another option -- the nuclear option, it's been called. We'll tell you why all of this matters so much.

Also, Bertha is about to emerge at last. When the waterfront tunnel eventually opens, what will it all mean for Seattle traffic?

And Amazon bought, now Amazon has flushed We'll tell you why it was so disposable and what else Amazon is up to.

Ryan Packer, senior editor at The Urbanist, and daily Pronto commuter checks in his bike at the end of his last morning ride to work.
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City crews are loading up those lime green bikes you may have seen people riding around. The bikes were part of Pronto, Seattle’s short-lived bikeshare program. The city has put the brakes on the system because not enough people were actually riding the bikes.

Bill Radke talks with Dennis Morrow,  executive director of Janus Youth Programs, about Portland's Juvenile Reception Centers. King County proposed opening two similar centers for youth accused of low level offenses.

Bill Radke speaks with Dr. Joth Davis, a marine biologist and owner of the Baywater Shellfish Company on Bainbridge Island. Joth explains why raw oysters are considered the reason for the spreading of norovirus in King County and how sanitation issues and heavy rainfall lead to these issues.

He also offers some tips on how to enjoy shellfish without getting sick. And for more info, here are some other tips from King County. 

The Record: Thursday, Mar 30, Full Show

Mar 30, 2017

Sound Transit is spending $50 billion on light rail, heavy rail and buses. Are you getting what you're paying for? Is Sound Transit accountable to you? And how's the ride so far? Bill Radke puts his and your questions to Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff.

Plus MSNBC host Chris Hayes talks about the history of policing in America.

Sound Transit's light rail shot from the SeaTac Airport Station.
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Bill Radke speaks with Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff about the future of mass transit in Seattle. Rogoff also answers questions from callers and social media. 

Chris Hayes, host of All In With Chris Hayes on MSNBC
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Bill Radke talks to Chris Hayes, host of All In With Chris Hayes on MSNBC about his new book "A Colony In A Nation."

The Record: Wednesday, Mar 29, Full Show

Mar 29, 2017
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How powerful are you? Our guest this hour advised President Clinton on domestic policy. He helps people work for civic change and he says you're more powerful than you think, but you have to understand how power works.

And, if you're a man playing for U.S. Hockey, congratulations: You've been getting a full salary and the organization pays for you to travel business class to the Olympics. Not so much if you're a woman hockey player. We'll talk about equality in women's sports with the co-owner of the Seattle Storm.

USA Women's Hockey Team vs. Finland
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Bill Radke speaks with Seattle Storm co-owner Ginny Gilder about the clash between social justice and economics when it comes to women's sports. The conflict has been in the news with the story of the U.S. Women's Hockey team. After months of ugly public negotiations, the women's team finally is being paid a salary and will receive equal benefits to those on the men's hockey team.  

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Phil Elverum, aka Mount Eerie, wrote an album about his grief after the death of his wife. This is his story.

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Bill Radke speaks with KUOW arts and culture reporter Marcie Sillman about the Seattle Opera's plan to close their scene shop in Renton.

A couple of weeks ago, Seattle Opera announced it was making budget cuts. Among them was closing the opera’s scene shop. It is a custom-made building in Renton where they build the sets.

The opera says it needs to be fiscally responsible to its donors. But whenever you tighten the purse strings, somebody feels the pain. In this instance, it’s the artisans who build the scenery for the opera.

The Record: Tuesday, Mar 28, Full Show

Mar 28, 2017
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We don't have a state income tax here, but we could get a state capital gains tax. Democratic legislators are proposing it to pay for schools.

You'll also meet a local musician who recorded his new album in the room where his wife had died just a few months earlier.

And if Seattle Opera closes its scenery shop that means more digital sets, but also nobody who knows how to fix the monorail.

The Washington state Capitol in Olympia.
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Bill Radke talks to KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the budget proposals of the House Democrats and Senate Republicans and how these budgets may pay for education. 

Bill Radke talks to Jon Talton, Seattle Times economics columnist, about what it would mean for the Northwest if the proposed cuts to the National Institutes of Health funding were enacted.

Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
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Bill Radke talks to Anne Newcombe, the clinical director of emergency services at Harborview Medical Center, about what the hospital has seen since the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, was implemented.   

Reporter Carolyn Adolph stands on a development site near Black Diamond, WA. Her fellow reporter Joshua McNichols is behind the camera.
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Bill Radke speaks with KUOW reporters Joshua McNichols and Carolyn Adolph about what they learned from their time reporting in Black Diamond for KUOW's Region of Boom team.

The Record: Monday, Feb 27, Full Show

Mar 27, 2017
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Sanctuary cities like Seattle: You're on notice. The U.S. Attorney General just outlined what the White House will do to cities that don't cooperate with federal immigration agents. We'll tell you what he said and what it means for Seattle, Burien and others.

Also, is President Trump right that Obamacare is exploding? If so, what could we do in Washington state to improve health care coverage?

And from Facebook to games, we'll show you how tech companies make their products addictive to you and what you can do about it.

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Bill Radke speaks with Kristen Bryant, Dennis Box and Johna Thomson about the controversy surrounding a planned development in Black Diamond.

Bryant is a member of Save Black Diamond, an organization that opposes the development. Thomson is a community volunteer who thinks the town would be better off if citizens worked with developers to make the best of inevitable change. Reporter Dennis Box has been following the development fight.

I lived in my car in Ballard for three years

Mar 23, 2017
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Robert Loomis had a good job and had just signed a mortgage on a new home then he started having chest pains. This is his story.

The Record: Thursday, Mar 23, Full Show

Mar 23, 2017
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The Republican health care overhaul is in trouble. Today, the so-called Freedom Caucus -- very conservative House members -- said no deal. But the White House says "Yes, deal. It's not dead." We'll tell you the latest.

And you'll find out why the outcome matters so much to people with disabilities in Washington state.

Plus, when Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz vowed to hire 10,000 refugees, was he being too political?

Bill Radke talks with AtWork! CEO Christina Brandt about how Medicaid cuts could affect people with disabilities. AtWork! is a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities find jobs.