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

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If you buy from Amazon and worry about package theft, where do you send your stuff? One of those Amazon lockers? The mailroom at work? How about the trunk of your car? Starting today, Amazon Prime members in Seattle and 36 other cities can use Amazon Key In-Car to do just that. Geekwire's Todd Bishop explains.

This March 20, 2016, photo shows the Hart family of Woodland, Wash., at a Bernie Sanders rally in Vancouver, Wash.
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Bill Radke talks to Seattle Times reporter Nina Shapiro about what Oregon officials knew about the Hart family and allegations of child abuse. Six of the family members, including both mothers, have been confirmed dead and two children are still missing after they drove off a California cliff.

Construction continues on a new apartment complex on Monday, March 12, 2018, at the intersection of Aurora Avenue North and 109th St., in Seattle.
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Seattle has an affordability and housing problem, and the City Council is considering asking businesses to chip in. A proposal in the works would tax Seattle businesses with at least $20 million in taxable gross receipts 26 cents per employee for every hour they work.

The city estimates that an employee tax would raise about $75 million a year.

Should businesses pay more? We debate the pros and cons with Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien and Seattle Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Marilyn Strickland.

The Record: Monday, April 23, 2018

Apr 23, 2018

You can't pick up a magazine or turn on the TV lately without seeing James Comey. The fired FBI director is promoting his new book, "A Higher Loyalty." Some FBI agents are critical of their former leader's public statements. We'll find out why from former agents Kathy Loedler and Carolyn Woodbury, who spent a combined 40 years with the FBI.

On Friday, the Seattle City Council proposed a head tax on big businesses in Seattle to pay for affordable housing and homeless services. We'll hear from Councilmember Mike O'Brien and Marilyn Strickland, head of Seattle's Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Spokane high school teacher Mandy Manning is the 2018 National Teacher of the Year. Manning teaches English and math to refugee and immigrant students. She wants to tell their stories. Next week she gets to share them with President Trump at the White House. 

State lawmakers worked with police and community groups during the last legislative session to change the rules for prosecuting police who use deadly force. But it will be voters who decide whether those changes become law. On Friday, a Superior Court judge in Thurston County said lawmakers violated the state constitution, and put Initiative 940 on the November ballot. KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins explains the situation with Ross Reynolds.

FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian Intelligence Activities.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Kathy Loedler, a 23-year veteran of the FBI and now CEO of the Rampart Group, and Carolyn Woodbury, former supervisory special agent in Seattle who spent more than 20 years with the FBI. They discuss former FBI Director James Comey's book tour and what it means for the FBI's reputation.

The Record: Thursday, April 18, 2018

Apr 19, 2018
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The Seahawks are men. The Sea Gals are women. They're treated differently by their employer. Is it time for that system to change? Bill talks to Ken Belson, New York Times reporter who wrote about this issue this week and KUOW's Paige Browning who reported on the Sea Gals and the rules they have to follow.


Starbucks is going dark for an afternoon, as 8,000 stores across the US close to give employees racial bias training. But does the training work? How can you really measure impact? Bill asked Rachel Godsil, co-founder and director of research at the Perception Institute at Rutgers University-Newark. She studies implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat.

Former Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Deputy Executive Rhonda Berry at a press conference announcing the intent to move youth detention oversight to Public Health Seattle King County.
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Bill Radke talks to Nikkita Oliver, Seattle attorney and organizer with No New Youth Jail Coalition about why community organizers and activists want the county to re-think the building of a new multi-million dollar youth detention center and instead redistribute the money to more community services. 

The Record: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Apr 17, 2018

King County: Our goal is zero youth detention.

Also King County: We're building a new youth jail.

Are these two perspectives at odds? King County Executive Dow Constantine joined Bill Radke in studio to try and square that circle. They also discussed everything from affordable housing to traffic stops.

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Bill Radke talks to the former CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer about the results of his data initiative that takes numbers provided by the U.S. government to track everything from demographic shifts to the financial stability of the country. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
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"Mr. Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?"

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seemed taken aback by the question, but eventually stammered out a "No." That delivery was in marked contrast to the smooth admission that his data had been exposed to Cambridge Analytica, along with that of 87 million other Americans. Zuckerberg is the head of the world's most successful tech company - why does he seem to think about privacy differently if it's online?

The Record: Monday, April 16, 2018

Apr 16, 2018

Protesters gathered today outside a Starbucks in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square - the same store whose manager called the police on two black men who asked to use the restroom without paying. The manager has been fired, but the headache has continued for Starbucks. The company's 2015 Race Together initiative drew criticism from some corners, and the latest incident seems to highlight how hard it can be for companies to address implicit bias. Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Jenice Armstrong joined Bill Radke to talk about it. 

The Record: Thursday, April 12, 2018

Apr 12, 2018
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Two new studies show a decline in opiate prescriptions in states where medical marijuana has been legalized. Dr. Andrew Saxon joined Marcie Sillman to clarify whether the results are definitive, or just blowing smoke.

Mary Ann Peters, "impossible monument (flotsam)" detail
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Last Saturday’s biological weapons attack in Syria set off yet another wave of involuntary migration. Lebanese-American artist Mary Ann Peters says that this water-based lingo isn’t an accident. 


Two reports released this month showed a decline in opioid prescriptions in states that have legalized medical marijuana.

One report looked at Medicaid enrollees, the other people on Medicare.

Both reports find medical pot can encourage lower prescription opioid use and serve as a harm abatement tool in the opioid crisis.

Dr. Andrew Saxon is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington and director of the Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program at the University.

He tells KUOW's Marcie Sillman the reports support alternatives to opioid prescriptions but the addiction crisis is far from solved.


Lovable losers? Newbies with something to prove? A town on the cusp of reclaiming its glory?

Seattle sports fans, it's time to talk about who we are.

Let's dig into the city’s sports identity with panelists Michael-Shawn Dugar, Kate Preusser, and Geoff Baker. They cover everything from the new rugby team, impassioned Sounders fans and athletes reflecting fans' values.

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Marcie Sillman talks to author Michael Finkel about the story of Christopher Knight, a man who lived the life of a hermit for 27 years before he was caught by police in Maine for stealing from the community of North Creek. 

Spokane Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the current Republican health care bill is only part of a larger plan.
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Marcie Sillman talks to Doug Nadvornick, reporter and program director for Spokane Public Radio about a new Elway poll that shows a close race for incumbent Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The new poll shows McMorris Rodgers with a six point lead over Democrat Lisa Brown. 

The boom in Seattle's skyline has unintended consequences for the city's gender pay gap.
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April 11 was a rather unfortunate holiday: Equal Pay Day.

It's the day when a woman's salary catches up to what the average man earned in the previous calendar year. That amount of time is pretty reliably 15-16 months to a man's 12, and there are some surprising reasons for why the numbers have been so stubborn, says David Kroman in a piece for Crosscut.

The Record: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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Yesterday was an undesirable holiday: Equal Pay Day, when women's earnings finally reach the level of what men made the year before. Under Mayor Murray, the city touted its 90% pay parity rate. Crosscut David Kroman joined Marcie Sillman to explain why that's not the full picture.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
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In the wake of revelations that the data of 87 million users was exposed to political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress under oath.

A notoriously awkward public speaker, Zuckerberg’s primary battle may be to “stay on script while keeping his armpits dry,” writes Slate senior technology editor Will Oremus. He joined Marcie Sillman to discuss what we can expect from this week’s hearings, and what Facebook might be afraid of.

The cherry blossoms have emerged - and so has the artwork of Michael Spafford. The prolific painter has simultaneous shows in three galleries, and a book of his work has just come out. Artist, curator, and former Spafford student Barbara Earl Thomas joined Marcie Sillman to discuss why his work is such an important part of the local art landscape.

Seattle lost a civil rights icon this weekend.

The Reverend Dr. Samuel B. McKinney died Saturday. He was 91. 

KUOW's Marcie Sillman spoke with arts advocate and former Seattle Arts Commission chair, Vivian Phillips, who knew McKinney personally about his life and work. 

The Record: Monday, April 9, 2018

Apr 9, 2018
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More than 400 years after the bard passed away, two Shakespeare plays are stirring up controversy. Seattle Shakespeare Company is running “The Merchant of Venice,” and 5th Avenue Theater’s run of “Kiss Me Kate.” In 2018, what do we do with celebrated works that have deep strains of misogyny and bigotry? Is it ever time to retire a classic?

Author Lindy West lives in Seattle.
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Following the #MeToo movement, men say they're having a difficult time interacting with women in the workplace. That's according to a new Pew Research Center survey. New York Times columnist Lindy West calls B.S. on that — and has some tips for men at work. 

Todd Bishop and KUOW's Bill Radke geek out over nausea-free virtual reality in the KUOW studios.
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You walk briskly into an airport. You're running late. You need to know your departure gate. But that board! That big board with all the flight information that's not your flight. You have to squint and scan while the security line gets longer and longer. Well what if that board only displayed your flight information? And that guy standing behind you? He looks at the board and only sees his flight information.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, turning his back on the camera as we might wish to turn our backs on his network.
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#DeleteFacebook is trending right now… on Twitter. And that’s part of the problem, says Abby Ohlheiser. She reports on digital culture for the Washington Post, and says that while we wish we could kick our social network habits, the reality is much more complicated than it seems.

The Record: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Apr 5, 2018
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Geekwire’s Todd Bishop has seen the future of your eyeballs – at least where screened displays are concerned. What if we could all look at the same screen and each see different things? It’s called parallel reality (which, arguably, we are all already living in): this is what it might mean for you.

Boeing’s Shared Services Group (SSG) is set to move to the southwest state by 2020.
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Bill Radke talks to Andrew McIntosh, aerospace reporter for The Puget Sound Business Journal, about the effect China's new tariffs will have on Boeing and the Puget Sound area's aerospace community.