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The Record

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

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The Record: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Jan 10, 2018

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, a Bellevue woman with family on the island organized her own relief effort and moved her mother and brother to Seattle. We'll check back in with Fernmarie Rodriguez for an update four months after the storm.


Bill Radke talks again with Fernmarie Rodriguez, nearly four months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and Fernmarie organized her own relief effort from her home in Bellevue.

Shaun Scott (nametag misspelled)  and Hanna Brooks Olsen, holding the coffees they chose to buy instead of putting down payments on a home. Michael Hobbes has a policy of keeping his face off of the internet. Overhead sparkles are complete happenstance.
KUOW Photo/Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong

If you believe the New York Times, or watch CNN, or have read a thinkpiece between now and 2007 — you already know the bad news: The world is ending. Millennials, the generation born between 1982 and 2000, have arrived to ruin #allthethings, blanketing the landscape with a thick carpet of Snapchat filters, participation trophies, and avocado toast. What does this, the most entitled cohort to ever walk the earth, expect from life? It might not be what you think.

The Record: Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Jan 9, 2018

Governor Inslee is proposing a carbon tax. Who would pay, and will it actually happen? KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins explains.

Department of Natural Resources estimates that the landslide volume is approximately 4 million cubic yards and covers an area of about 20 acres.
Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Bill Radke talks to David Montgomery, professor of geology at the University of Washington, about the crack in Rattlesnake Ridge and what geologist and state officials are looking for as they monitor the slow moving slide.  

Boxed items are shown on conveyer belts leading to docks where they will be loaded onto trucks at an Amazon fulfillment center on Friday, November 3, 2017, in Kent.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke talks to Peter Goodman, the European economics correspondent for The New York Times, about why workers in Sweden are not worried about robots replacing their jobs. And we hear from Carolyn Adolph and Joshua McNichols about how robots are changing the way humans work at Amazon and what the economic future of our country might be as more jobs are replaced by artificial intelligence and automation.

The Record: Monday, January 8, 2018

Jan 8, 2018

Essayist David Sedaris is in town this week to read from his new book onstage at Broadway Performance Hall and get feedback from a Seattle audience. He'll join us to talk publishing, picking up trash and President Oprah.

David Sedaris, signing one of more than 8,000 tip-ins. This is the hard labor that goes into your signed author copy.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

David Sedaris was angry.

He was angry because he had to sign his name on 8,000 blank sheets of paper. He was angry because he already signs his name at readings all over the world — and now his publisher was making him sign his name on thousands of “tip-ins” to be bound into copies of his latest book. 

The Record: Thursday, January 4, 2018

Jan 4, 2018

Is Attorney General Jeff Sessions coming for your legal marijuana? He rescinded an Obama-era policy today that allowed Washington and other states to legalize pot without the feds intervening. The Washington Post's Sari Horwitz explains how it might impact recreational marijuana markets in states like Washington.

Photo courtesy of Mitchell Frimodt

Bill Radke talks to Mitchell Frimodt, University of Washington junior and director of the UWashington Hyperloop team about the Hyperloop pod the team has built to compete in SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in California. Since 2015 SpaceX has held a global competition with the hopes of speeding up the development of the hyperspeed train-like transportation system. 

But before you get excited at the idea of traveling at hyperspeed, Mark Hallenbeck, the director of the Washington State Transportation Center at the University of Washington explains why Hyperloop probably isn't coming to the Northwest anytime soon. 

Lauri Hennessey was one of many anonymous women who accused Oregon Senator Bob Packwood of improper conduct in the 1990s.
Courtesy Lauri Hennessey

A powerful senator and public champion of women is accused of sexual harassment. As the number of accusers mounts, his fellow senators urge him to step down. Eventually the pressure is too great, and he resigns. 

We're not talking about Al Franken. We're talking about former Oregon senator Bob Packwood.

The Record: Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Jan 3, 2018

President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un are calling each other names and bragging about their nuclear buttons. Just trash talk, right? Nothing to worry about. We'll ask George Washington University political scientist Elizabeth Saunders.

Former Mayor Ed Murray at a press conference in the University District in September 2016.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Bill Radke talks to Seattle Times reporter Lewis Kamb about how the city of Seattle came to settle the lawsuit filed against former mayor Ed Murray and why it will pay $150,000 to the man accusing Murray of raping and molesting him as a teenager. 

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'Tis the season to think about New Year's resolutions. But we're less interested in the one you made on Monday than the ones that you made for 2017. Did you fail? Or do you have a success story? Jeannie Yandel and Bill Radke shared their own resolutions and heard from callers. 

A North Korean soldier looks at the southern side through a pair of binoculars at the border village of Panmunjom, north of Seoul, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003.
AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

Bill Radke talks to Elizabeth Saunders, an associate professor of political science at George Washington University, about the exchanges between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, diplomacy and the threat of nuclear war

The Record: Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Jan 2, 2018

The city of Seattle settled a sexual abuse lawsuit against former mayor Ed Murray over the weekend. But the $150,000 settlement won't be paid by Murray — Seattle taxpayers will foot the bill. Seattle Times reporter Lewis Kamb explains why.

Courtesy of Rick Fienberg TravelQuest International / Wilderness Travel

2017 was a fun, rigorous, informative year for the producers, editor, and host of The Record. Here are some of the segments we couldn’t forget.

The view from Husky Stadium.
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Bob Rondeau, the voice of the Huskies, is retiring Saturday after 37 years in the press box. Bill Radke caught up with him in Arizona, where he’ll be calling the Fiesta Bowl before retiring. He asked Rondeau about an especially memorable call – which has stuck with him for all the wrong reasons.

The Record: Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Dec 27, 2017

Merriam-Webster's word of the year: Feminism. Is it the beginning of a lasting change or just another media trend? We’ll talk with Eula Scott Bynoe of the Hella Black Hella Seattle podcast and take your calls.

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Eula Bynoe introduces herself as a doula, podcaster, mother, and full-time black woman. Her top priority to make feminism truly relevant as the word of 2017: "Remove the president from office."

If the Space Needle can make it through winter, hopefully we can too.
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The winter solstice was this morning at 8:28 a.m. – if you’re reading this, you’re through the darkest point of the year. But we know it may not feel like it. What to do to beat the winter blues in Seattle? Host Marcie Sillman spoke to some experts to help us answer that question.

Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy

Marcie Sillman talks to Anna King, Northwest News Network's Richland correspondent, about the radioactive contamination that was found on six workers and fourteen cars around the Plutonium Finishing Plant in Richland Washington. 

The Record: Thursday, December 21, 2017

Dec 21, 2017

The first major overhaul of the nation's tax code in decades isn’t just about taxes – it’s also about oil. Guest host Marcie Sillman talks with Bloomberg’s Jennifer Dlouhy about a provision in the tax bill that requires the government to open the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.

The Record: Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Dec 20, 2017

A GPS-guided safety system called positive train control was in the works for Amtrak's new, faster Seattle-to-Portland line, but it wasn't up and running when the line opened on Monday. We talk with Seattle Times reporter Mike Lindblom about the "very aggressive schedule" that may have pushed service to begin before all available safety measures were in place.

A private pilot takes off at Franklin County State Airport in Vermont.
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If you thought it could help save the planet, would you give up flying?

Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.
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Jeannie Yandel talks to Gary Grimstad, local accountant and part time lecturer in the University of Washington Foster School of Business about how the new GOP tax plan will impact Washington residents. 

The Record: Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Dec 19, 2017

We're learning more about how an Amtrak train derailed onto I-5 near DuPont on Monday. Guest host Jeannie Yandel talks with KUOW's John Ryan and a former federal railroad safety investigator about what happened, and what questions remain.

The Record: Monday, December 18, 2017

Dec 18, 2017

We'll get an update from KUOW's Austin Jenkins at the scene of this morning's Amtrak train derailment south of Tacoma. The Amtrak Cascades train was traveling from Seattle to Portland when it spilled from an overpass onto Interstate 5, killing at least three people.

The Seahawks' field logo, in happier times.
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“Well. That was a, uh … let me say it this way, a tremendous showing by the Rams.”

Seattle skyline
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Ross Reynolds talks to Zaki Hamid, a program director for Humanities Washington, about why he calls Seattle home and what has kept him here. And we  take calls from listeners who share their stories of how they make it work in the changing region.