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The Record

Monday - Thursday, noon - 1:00 p.m.

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

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Bill Radke talks to Chris Quintana, reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education, about protests on college campuses like the ones at Evergreen State College that lead to the sanctioning of 80 students. 

The Record: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Oct 3, 2017
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This hour, we'll answer your questions about gun laws. Specifically, why has Washington not banned semi-automatic assault rifles as some other states have?

Also, how did ultra-liberal Evergreen State College become a national symbol of campus division?

And novelist Celeste Ng looks at Seattle and sees a familiar progressive desire to do the right thing. As she says, ideals are neat but humans are messy. She'll tell you some stories about that this hour.

The Record: Monday, October 2, 2017

Oct 2, 2017

Writer James Fallows predicted the Las Vegas shooting — in a way. Five years ago, after the Aurora Colorado theater shooting, he wrote that this would happen again and again and again in America.

If you were looking for information about the shooting on social media, I hope you brought your skepticism. There were false rumors online. Will conspiracy theories fake news and Russian ads lead to new government regulation of Facebook and Google?

And a Microsoft employee is organizing an effort to help the people of Puerto Rico, hurricane victims including her parents. She'll tell you her story this hour.

Fernmarie Rodriguez at the KUOW studios.
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Bill Radke speaks with Fernmarie Rodriguez about the impact of Hurricane Maria on her home island of Puerto Rico. Nearly two weeks after the hurricane hit the island, Rodriguez  still has not been able to speak with her mother.

She is helping to organize her co-workers at Microsoft to provide relief to Puerto Rico. Until she gets those efforts underway, she suggests people can help by donating to the Puerto Rico chapter of the Red Cross

Khalil Equiano told his story to Zia Mohajerjasbi, director and producer of The Charcoal Sky story series.
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In the south end of Seattle, there was this little hoop court I used to kick it at a lot. One day this super tomboy girl comes down and is like, “Yo, I want to play with you guys.”

Oren Etzioni and Max Tegmark in the KUOW Green Room.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk made headlines when he urged leaders to intervene in the quest for artificial intelligence, saying the technology “is a fundamental existential risk for human civilization.”

Musk painted a frightening picture of a future where an AI arms race could lead to apocalyptic outcomes for humanity. But KUOW’s Bill Radke recently talked with two AI experts who take a more optimistic view on the role intelligent machines can play in our future.

The Record: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Sep 28, 2017
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Washington state and Seattle are suing the maker of Oxycontin for alleged deceptive marketing.

Also, are you a carbon chauvinist, who thinks intelligence can only be found in the human skull? Or could computers become super-smart? And what if they can? We'll give you two different takes on the future of artificial Intelligence.

And what's the best response to anti-Semitism? Seattle Rabbi Daniel Weiner has dealt with this personally.

Oxycodone pills.
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Bill Radke speaks with author and journalist Sam Quinones about why Washington state and the city of Seattle have filed lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and other opioid producers. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he's suing because Purdue lead a deceptive marketing campaign to promote their drugs and mislead doctors on the risk of pain killers.


Bill Radke talks with Rabbi Daniel Weiner of Seattle's Temple De Hirsch Sinai about how to confront the recent flare-up of antisemitism in America.

FILE: Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell smiles as he leaves the chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans' health care bill Thursday, June 22, 2017.
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Bill Radke talks to Mary Agnes Carey, senior correspondent covering health reform and federal health policy for Kaiser Health News, about how healthcare policy changes will affect patients. 

Health premiums for Washington state residents who buy into the state exchange can expect an average rise of 24 percent next year.

University of Washington campus at night.
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Sexual assault has been “a scourge on American (college) campuses” for generations, according to Vanessa Grigoriadis, the author of "Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus."

The Record: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sep 27, 2017
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The Trump administration changes the way college campuses can approach sexual assault accusations.

Obamacare repeal and replace is dead.

And Franklin Foer is with us. His new book is a timely one for Seattle — it's called "World Without Mind." It's about the dominance of Amazon, and Apple, Google and Facebook and the existential threat posed by big tech.

A scene from a simulation by the Washington State Department of Transportation of what could happen if a massive earthquake hits the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Seconds before last week's 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City, people got an alert that the ground was about to start shaking. The Sistema de Alerta Sismica Mexicano, or SASMEX, gives people a chance to get under a desk or leave a building before the shaking begins. 

The Record: Tuesday, September 26, Full Show

Sep 26, 2017

North Korea says it has the right to shoot down U.S. bombers in international airspace. Is that a declaration of war? We'll talk to a Seattle journalist and author of books about North Korea.

Also, a KUOW listener wants to know — what's our state's plan for warning us of a coming earthquake?

And the state of marriage, 2017. You'll meet an author who says marriage has entered a new phase and it's better than ever if it's working. If it's not working, it's harder than ever.

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.
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Bill Radke, along with Livewire's Luke Burbank, speaks with author and journalist Blaine Harden about the recent war of words between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. Harden explains why he doesn't believe North Korea actually wants start a war with America. 

Bill Radke talks with sportswriters Percy Allen and Michael-Shawn Dugar about the protests that rippled across the entire NFL schedule after President Trump said he'd love to see owners fire players for disrespecting the national anthem.

Doug Pray, director of the Grunge documentry Hype! (L) and Megan Jasper, CEO of Sub Pop Records
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The year was 1992. Nirvana and Pearl Jam were all over MTV, and everyone was sweating in flannel. Seattle’s grunge scene had ballooned into a global phenomenon.

So of course, The New York Times came calling.

The Record: Monday, September 25, Full Show

Sep 25, 2017
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It's not just a few Seattle Seahawks and Colin Kaepernick: The debate over how athletes respect the flag is spreading to more teams, more sports and to the U.S. presidency.

Also, going undercover with the so-called alt right. You'll meet a man who pretended to be a white supremacist in order to infiltrate neo-Nazis in Seattle and beyond.

And 20 years after the documentary "Hype!" about the 90s Seattle grunge scene, what has Seattle learned about greed?

I went undercover in Seattle’s white nationalist group

Sep 22, 2017
Patrik Hermansson, a Swedish activist, spent time with the Northwest Forum in June.
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For the past year, Patrik Hermansson, a young, gay, anti-racist activist from Sweden has been undercover inside white nationalist — also known as ‘alt-right’ — groups for HOPE not hate, a UK group. One of his assignments took him to Seattle. This is an excerpt from his report.

A pro-Trump rally attendee listens to an organizer speak at Westlake Plaza in downtown Seattle on Monday, May 1, 2017.
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On Wednesday we aired an interview with a man who wore a Nazi armband in Seattle. According to people observing him on the bus and then downtown, this man harassed black people — by yelling and throwing bananas at them. 

The Record: Thursday, September 21, Full Show

Sep 21, 2017
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We're going to start our show with your objections to it.

Yesterday, we spoke with a man who wore a swastika armband in downtown Seattle.

We got a lot of feedback from you. You had legitimate concerns and we discussed them on our show — and with a historian who put this interview in a historical context.

Courtesy of Darrell Smart

“I love hearing a lawyer embracing risk.”

Those affirmative words came from professional climbing guide Dallas Glass, speaking with climber Darrell Smart, whose day job is as a litigator.

Your feedback on The Record's interview with a neo-Nazi

Sep 21, 2017

Brendan Sweeney is KUOW's managing producer. He oversees The Record.

On yesterday’s episode of The Record, Bill Radke spoke with a Seattleite who wore a Nazi band in public. The conversation aired at 12:57 p.m.

The response from our audience was swift and largely negative. Broadly speaking, that feedback via phone calls, emails, tweets and Facebook posts fell into two categories:

The Record: Wednesday, September 20

Sep 20, 2017

Fifteen years ago, it looked so sparkly. An unfolding renaissance in American cities like Seattle. Author Richard Florida wrote about the promise of those cities that can attract innovators, designers, urban tech. Now Florida has a new book about how all that has worked out. It's less sparkly.


Bill Radke talks to Turina James who supports safe consumption sites and Corri Durrant who opposes them about how drug abuse has affected their lives and informed their position on King County's proposal to open two safe consumption sites.  

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The rising cost of housing in America's most desirable "creative" cities troubles Richard Florida, urbanist thinker and author. In those cities, the cost of housing is affordable only to the creative class themselves. The rest of the working population — those in service industry or manufacturing — struggle to keep up with rising housing prices.

Florida says what's happening in Seattle, specifically, is surprising even to someone like him, "supposedly in the know."

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Bill Radke talks with Thanh Tan and James Hong about the lasting impact of the Vietnam War on the children of Vietnamese refugees. Tan is host of KUOW's new podcast Second Wave. Hong is executive director of Seattle's Vietnamese Friendship Association.

In the latest episode of Second Wave, Tan interviews filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick about their new documentary "The Vietnam War."

The Record: Tuesday, September 19, Full Show

Sep 19, 2017
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Today you'll meet Seattle's new mayor, before the new new mayor comes later this fall.

Also, what do you think you know about Vietnamese-Americans? You'll find out why your mental images of the Vietnam War are probably not helping.

And, have you seen "the punch"? A man wearing a swastika armband in downtown Seattle was punched and knocked out cold. With that armband this man associated himself with murderers. Does that make it ethical to physically attack him? And what does that achieve?

The Record: Monday, September 18, Full Show

Sep 18, 2017
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Today, Seattle will get its third mayor in under a week. What have we learned from this whole unwanted experiment?

Also, a new Seattle start up launches today. They'll help pay for your down payment — if you'll agree to become an Airbnb host.

And we'll ask Puget Sound newcomers to tell us a story -- what did you expect it to be like here and what is it actually like here?

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Ben Blum about his new book "Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family, and Inexplicable Crime." The book tells the story of his cousin, Alex Blum, and how he turned from an Army Ranger to a bank robber.