The Record

Monday - Friday, noon - 1:00 p.m. on KUOW

Most show segments are available online and as podcasts by 5 p.m. the day that they air.


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Picking Playmates
3:16 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

How Do Babies Perceive Fairness? The Answer Might Surprise You

Credit Flickr Photo/Paolo Marconi (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Jessica Sommerville, psychology professor at the University of Washington, about her recent study that explores how babies perceive justice.

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Economic News
2:22 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Puget Sound's Economy: Taking Hits But Still Standing Strong

T-Mobile is for sale and courting a variety of possible buyers.
Credit Flickr Photo/Thomas Hawk (Cc-BY-NC-ND)

Jeannie Yandel talks to Jon Talton, economic columnist for the Seattle Times and writer for the blog Rogue Columnist, about the Puget Sound's economic climate.

T-Mobile is for sale two companies, Spring and the French company, Illiad, are interested in buying it.

Also, what is the biggest danger to the Northwest's economy?

3:57 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Why People Travel The World To Work On Farms

Carrie Costello's tattoo memorializing a baby goat that died. Costello, 23, is a Boston native participating in the WWOOFing program.
KUOW Photo/Matthew Streib

Ross Reynolds talks with Sarah Potenza, executive director of the U.S. branch of Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, about how young people are taking unpaid internships on organic farms.

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Seattle History
2:02 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Before Seafair, There Was The Golden Potlatch

Playground units in the Golden Potlatch Parade, 1911.
Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Historylink’s Alan Stein about Seattle celebrations before Seafair, including the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Expo of 1909 and the Golden Potlatch. They discuss riots, gold and raffling off a baby.

Military Health
1:59 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Audit Reveals Surprising Information About VA Medical Centers In Puget Sound

Ross Reynolds talks to Tacoma News Tribune military reporter Adam Ashton about an audit done on the Veteran Affairs medical centers that revealed schedulers manipulated wait times so it seemed that patients were not having to wait as long for health services.

Also, Rep. Denny Heck (D-Olympia) explains the new bill Congress passed to overhaul the VA.

3:02 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Managing Wildfires With More People In Dangerous Areas

Firefighters battling a wildfire in Washington last year.
Flickr Photo/US Department of Agriculture (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Susan Prichard, a research scientist at the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, about the role that fires play in Washington's ecology and the efficacy of current firefighting methods.

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Seattle Parks
2:59 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Anti-Park District Proponents Caught In A Lie

Ross Reynolds talks with Andrew Mannix, reporter for the Seattle Times, about his discovery that the "Our Parks Forever" campaign against the  Metropolitan Park District proposal contained some misleading numbers. The organization claimed that property taxes would increase 20 percent, but he found that simply wasn't true.

2:54 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Seattle’s Worst Bike Lane Is About To Get A Makeover

Biking down Second Avenue, seen here in the height of traffic, is about to get safer.
Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Tom Fucoloro of the Seattle Bike Blog about Second Avenue's new bike lane makeover and whether it will be enough to keep bicyclists safe downtown. Meantime, producer Hannah Burn grabs an unwieldy microphone and hops on her bike to check out the lane at rush hour for herself.

Sephardic Jews
2:50 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

How Do You Save A Dying Language?

Ross Reynolds speaks with Devin Naar, an assistant professor at the University of Washington, about his attempts to save Ladino, a dying language spoken by Sephardic Jews. Naar discusses the language's fascinating history, uncertain future and how Ladino helped him uncover secrets about his own family.

One Survivor's Story
4:18 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Jennifer Hopper Reclaims Her Identity With Love And Honesty

Jennifer Hopper in KUOW's green room.
Credit KUOW Photo/Akiko Oda

A life can change in a moment.

For Jennifer Hopper, that moment was July 19, 2009, the night Isaiah Kalebu broke into the South Park home that Hopper shared with her fiancée Teresa Butz. The man repeatedly stabbed and raped the two women. Butz died on the street in front of her home.

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Native Americans
3:10 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

The Tangled Web Of Payday Lenders On Tribal Lands

David Hyde talks with financial consultant Shawn Spruce, a member of the Pueblo tribe in New Mexico, about the intersection of payday lenders and Native American tribes.

Payday lenders are increasingly situating themselves on tribal lands across the country to skirt state laws, ensnaring Washington residents. Many tribes are working to save their members from unscrupulous loans.

Layoffs In Seattle
2:56 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Amgen, Seattle's Largest Biotech Employer, Is Leaving Town

The double helix bridge over the railroad tracks along Elliott Avenue at the Seattle Amgen facility.
Flickr Photo/Chas Redmond (CC-BY-NC-ND)

California-based biotech firm Amgen announced on Tuesday that it would close its Seattle and Bothell campuses by 2015, resulting in the loss of 660 jobs locally. The closure is part of a company-wide layoff of an estimated 2,400 to 2,900.

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News From Canada
2:50 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Are Canadians Using Puget Sound As Their Toilet?

Ross Reynolds talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the battle over sewage that's been raging on between the U.S. and BC for 20 years. They also discuss the controversy over the whales and dolphins being kept by the Vancouver Aquarium, as well as Premier Christy Clark's surprising stance on the Gaza conflict.

Public Health
2:49 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

HIV In King County: Infection Rates Dropping For Men Who Have Sex With Men

An empty HIV test vial.
Flickr Photo/Wheeler Cowperthwaite (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Dr. Matthew Golden about HIV infection rates in King County. Golden directs the HIV/STD control program at King County Public Health.

Voter Turnout
4:13 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Does It Matter If Few People Vote?

Ross Reynolds talks with Todd Donovan, professor of political science at Western Washington University, about whether low voter turnout can ruin an election. This is ahead of the election on August 5, in which Seattle voters will decide whether to create a permanent taxing district for city parks. Elections like this one tend to have very low turnout.