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The Record: Tuesday, July 2, full show

Aug 2, 2016
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The city of Seattle has cracked down on conversion therapy, saying a therapist cannot change someone’s sexual orientation. We’ll find out what that means.

Also, residents of the McNeil Island Commitment Center for sex offenders say being locked up does not mean they should have to bathe in brown, smelly water.

And on a more appetizing note, the Space Needle restaurant is still revolving after all these years. Why are other rotating restaurants slowly winding down?

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Bill Radke talks to writer Heather Wells Peterson about the history of revolving restaurants. She wrote an article about it for Lucky Peach. The restaurant on top of the Space Needle, SkyCity Restaurant, is the world's oldest operating revolving restaurant, but they date back all the way to the Roman Empire when the emperor Nero had one. 

Revolving restaurants enjoyed their heyday in the U.S. during the Cold War, but have largely fallen out of fashion since then. But, Peterson explains, they are gaining traction in some Asian countries and in the Middle East.

Ballot drop box in Seattle.
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Bill Radke speaks with Todd Donovan, political science professor at Western Washington University, about the low voter turnouts for Washington's August primaries. Donovan is also an elected council member in Whatcom County. 

Bill Radke talks to Kenny Ocker, reporter for The News Tribune about the brown water at McNeil Island's Special Commitment Center, home to violent sex offenders post-sentencing. 

The 1936 Olympic team crewed the wooden Husky Clipper, which now hangs in a place of honor above the the crew dining hall.
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Marcie Sillman speaks with Judy Willman, daughter of Joe Rantz, about how finding "swing" with the 1936 University of Washington rowing team changed her father's life. The nine boys on that legendary team beat staggering odds to win gold in the Berlin Olympics.

Bill Radke speaks with Sydney Brownstone, reporter for The Stranger, about her reaction to the Seattle City Council unanimously banning gay conversion therapy. 

Who can solve the mystery of flight MH370?

Aug 1, 2016

Bill Radke speaks with Seattleite Blaine Alan Gibson about the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 over the Gulf of Thailand in 2014. Gibson thinks he can solve the mystery. 

The Record: Monday, August 1, full show

Aug 1, 2016
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Plane crash investigators have not figured out why Malaysian Airlines 370 disappeared two years ago, but a Seattle man thinks he can do that.

Also, Boeing might phase out the 747. We'll tell you why and what's in that iconic plane's hump.

And Seattle is named number one for hipsters. Not sure that was a compliment even ten years ago. We'll dissect the modern hipster. 

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The end of an era: Boeing may stop production of the 747

Aug 1, 2016
The Boeing 747, with its characteristic hump, may go out of production.
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Bill Radke speaks with Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton about why the 747, Boeing's iconic jet, might be nearing the end of its run.

Seattle beats out Portland in hipster census

Aug 1, 2016
Big data shows Seattle beats Portland in being the most hipster city in the country.
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Bill Radke speaks with Cal McAllister, co-founder and executive creative director of the Seattle marketing agency, Wexley School for Girls, about a study that names Seattle as the most hipster city in America.   

Can incivility be good for our democracy?

Aug 1, 2016

Bill Radke speaks with Washington State University professor Cornell Clayton about the role political incivility plays in our democracy. 

Bill Radke talks to University of Washington history professor Margaret O'Mara about unity at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and how the elections of the past compare to the 2016 conventions. 

The Record: Thursday, July 28th, Full Show

Jul 28, 2016
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There's a new call for Washington to ban automatic weapons. Is that possible?

At the Democratic National Convention Washington delegates are excited about Hillary Clinton but some are still protesting her nomination. We'll let them tell you why.

And the clothing giant Zara has blatantly copied the work of artists including one from Seattle -- why is that not illegal?

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Bill Radke talks with Everett Herald reporter Jerry Cornfield about a new push for state lawmakers to pass an assault weapons ban in Washington.

A graphic created by shows side by side comparisons of artists' work with Zara productions.
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Seattle artist Michael Heck was shocked to find out one of his designs was handpicked for a pair of designer shorts; especially because his design – a drawing of Saturn, melting like a scoop of ice cream  – was used without his permission.

Heck is one of several independent artists who found their original designs popping up on clothing at Zara, a Spain-based retailer with stores around the world, including here in Seattle.