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Bill Radke and his guests make sense of the week's news.

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Larenda Myres holds an iced coffee drink with a "Race Together" sticker on it at a Starbucks store in Seattle, Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Why did the Starbucks race initiative bother us THAT much? Should you be able to smoke in a Seattle park? And should you fight wage discrimination by talking openly about how much money you make? (How much DO you make?)

Bill Radke analyzes this week’s top stories with former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, Northwest News Network’s Phyllis Fletcher and The Stranger's Eli Sanders.

This Week's News Calls For New Leadership

Mar 13, 2015
File Photo: Seattle Chief of Police Kathleen O'Toole
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Is a shakeup of the Seattle Police Department’s top ranks a sign of progress? Should a franchise be considered big business when it comes to Seattle's $15 minimum wage law? And is there hope for Seahawks fans soaked by Super Bowl ticket scammers?

Luke Burbank steps in for KUOW's Bill Radke to make sense of those stories and more of the week's news with Seattle Channel's Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Eli Sanders of The Stranger.

Bamboo, 47, an Asian elephant, walks toward people watching her at the Woodland Park Zoo Nov. 19, 2014.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Seattle officials did not stand in the way of the decision to send Woodland Park Zoo's elephants to Oklahoma, should they have? How important is it when a state lawmaker refers to "colored people"? Will too little winter snow mean summer drought? And can we compost the dead?

Bill Radke discusses the week’s top stories with The Stranger’s Dan Savage, Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter and Crosscut’s Knute Berger.

Pike Place Market
Flickr Photo/Joseph Gruber (CC-BY-NC-ND)

In Holland, a woonerf is a living street. In Seattle, a woonerf is confusing – by design. We’ll explain. Also, should we build a new Sodo sports arena even without an NBA team? What's the right amount of paid parental leave? And, would you eat your coffee cup?

Bill Radke recaps the week’s top stories with The Stranger’s Eli Sanders, Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

 Crews chip away a circle on the southern wall of the pit that was built to access and repair Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine. Eventually it helped Bertha break through/
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Is this week the re-birth of Bertha? What’s the right punishment for a florist who won’t do gay weddings? And a Bellevue man is on the short list to go to Mars and never return. You’ll meet him, along with Q13 FOX’s C.R. Douglas, Jonathan Martin of the Seattle Times and the Seattle Channel's Joni Balter.

FILE: Flu vaccine
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The same question goes for non-vaccinating parents: What’s the right strategy? Also: yet another questionable fatal police shooting, this time in our state. And what will politics be like without comedic news anchors John Stewart and Stephen Colbert? Finally, Seattle has a new earthquake alert, what will you do with your five seconds?

Bill Radke analyzes the week’s news with Luke Burbank, Joni Balter and Knute Berger.

Note to our podcasters: The team also discussed the possible resignation of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. He formally announced his resignation after the show aired. 

Signs at the Seahawks' Virginia Mason Athletic Center welcome home the team after the depressing Super Bowl Loss on Feb. 1, 2015.
Flickr Photo/Dena Michele Rosko

We expose you to just enough of the Seahawks' Super Bowl XLIX loss for your antibodies to fight it off. Also, why is the UW president leaving urban Seattle for the Aggies? Why do some rural Washington lawmakers want to split from the urban westside? Should I-405 include a thruway for the rich? And does Washington state need to save daylight?

KUOW’s Bill Radke analyzes the week’s news with author Sherman Alexie, Crosscut columnist Knute Berger and Northwest News Network managing editor Phyllis Fletcher.

12 seahawks
Flickr Photo/Yuri Levchenko (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seahawks fever is alive and well across the state, with cities taking on nicknames in advance of the new name: Shermmamish, Pete Angeles, Hawkilteo. We could go on… and we will. Also, this week: Why did a Seattle police officer hassle a 69-year-old man over a golf club? Will Washington state abolish the death penalty? Should cyclists have to pay a toll to roll on the new 520 bridge? And why is Bill Gates worried about artificial intelligence?

Bill Radke makes sense of these stories and more with Crosscut's Knute Berger, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and news analyst Joni Balter.

Smoking tobacco
Flickr Photo/Laurence Currie-Clark (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Washington state considers raising the minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 -- the highest in the country. Plus: deflated footballs, deflated employment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Seattle’s cutest mobster and a sad farewell to talking about the Kalakala ferry. 

Bill Radke’s guests this week include KUOW reporter Deborah Wang, Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Jonathan Martin of the Seattle Times and KUOW reporter Patricia Murphy.

What Happened This Week? Thanks For Asking

Jan 16, 2015
Seattle Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch watches the closing moments of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 21, 2014.
AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

An engineer said “catastrophic failure” in the same breath as “Bertha” – what does that mean? Washington state has America's most regressive tax system, is that about to change? Should Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch have to talk to the media if he doesn’t want to? And if you weren’t born in the Pacific Northwest, can you ever truly fit in?

The 'Week in Review' panel broadcasts in front of a live audience at Little London Plane in Pioneer Square on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.
KUOW Photo/Caroline Dodge

What's the Seattle connection to this week's attack on a French satirical magazine? Is it time to start thinking about a Plan B for Bertha, the slumbering tunnel machine? And should we open an Ivar's fish and chips bar inside the aging Kalakala ferry instead of cutting it apart with a blowtorch?

Bill Radke reviews the week's news along with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger, former Seattle mayor Charles Royer and special guest  chef Matt Dillon in front of a live audience at The Little London Plane in Pioneer Square.

See more photos from the event on KUOW's Facebook page

The 'Week In Review' panel would like to thank everyone who wears a beard cover when working with food.
Flickr Photo/Suzie's Farm (CC-BY-NC-ND)

It's not every week we get the chance to say "beard diaper" on the radio (it has to do with a story about ice cream and facial hair). Also making news this week: new laws and a new lawsuit. And what were the most important and most over-covered stories of 2014? Plus, the Seattle Seahawks and Macklemore: still a big deal in 2015?

'Week In Review' Live In Pioneer Square

Dec 31, 2014
Courtesy of Dylan + Jeni

Meet us in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood for a live broadcast of KUOW's Week In Review — a look back at the week's top stories with host Bill Radke and a panel of local journalists, writers and people in the news. This week's guests include Joni Balter, Knute Berger and former Seattle Mayor Charles Royer. 

To suggest a discussion topic, email weekinreview@kuow.org or tweet using #KUOWwir.

Event Details

Date: Friday, January 9, 2015

In this November 2014 photo, construction crews are building walls for the future northbound roadway inside the SR 99 tunnel.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

This week, President Obama interrupts Week In Review to talk about about the North Korea hacking attack on Sony, but not before we recap the news: Will the legislature will let Governor Inslee break his no-new-taxes pledge? The tunnel project is "70 percent done" -- what? How does a Seattleite say “bagel,” and is it correct? Bill Radke welcomes Essex Porter, Joni Balter and Deborah Wang to the panel to discuss the week's news.

Woodland Park Zoo's Chai and baby Hansa. Hansa died in 2007 at 6 1/2 years old. The zoo announced this week that Chai and Bamboo would be transfered to another zoo.
Flickr Photo/Natalie Wilkie (CC-BY-NC-ND)

It’s going to be a pachyderm Christmas in Seattle.

Monday at Seattle City Hall, the group Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants will be caroling on behalf of Chai and Bamboo, the zoo's Asian elephants which will be leaving us soon when their exhibit closes.

Woodland Park Zoo wants to send the elephants to another zoo. But the group wants them to go to a wildlife sanctuary instead.  

Alaskan Way viaduct, Seattle waterfront, downtown
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

What do sagging buildings and a slumping viaduct mean for Seattle's waterfront tunnel? Would you rather pay a gas tax, or let a GPS tracker charge you by the mile? Are Paul Allen and Bill Gates shaping Seattle, or did we shape them first?

Bill Radke covers the week’s top stories with guests Knute Berger, Joni Balter and Northwest News Network’s Phyllis Fletcher.

Protesters in response to the Ferguson and Eric Garner grand jury decisions converge on downtown Seattle on Dec. 4, 2014.
Flickr Photo/Scott Lum (CC-BY-NC-ND)

  What did the Seattle protests accomplish? There were plenty to look at. We’ll separate Westlake Christmas tree chants from anarchist rocks. Also, with the Harvard Exit movie theater closing and the Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker ending, is Seattle losing its soul? And just how clean will the Duwamish River get (and how gentrified will its riverbanks become)?

Bill Radke reviews the news with Eli Sanders, Knute Berger and Joni Balter. Plus, KUOW EarthFix reporter Ashley Ahearn.

Woodland Park Zoo's Chai and baby Hansa. Hansa died in 2007 at 6 1/2 years old. The zoo announced this week that Chai and Bamboo would be transfered to another zoo.
Flickr Photo/Natalie Wilkie (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo expels its elephants – where should they go? Did President Obama overreach on immigration? Could a “millionaire's tax” fly in Seattle? Why must Metro bus drivers wear Depends? Do Seahawks players have to talk to reporters if they have nothing to say?

Bill Radke reviews the week's news questions with panelists Sherman Alexie, Knute Berger, Joni Balter and Luke Burbank. Plus, DecodeDC host Andrea Seabrook tells you how executive privilege works!

Beloved sandwhich shop Paseo closed suddenly this week, leading to a lot of foodie grief in Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Rocky Yeh (CC-BY-NC-ND

A beloved Cuban sandwich shop falls apart. A gun-rights rally is coming to Olympia. Should police bother to find who broke into your car? Is our lieutenant governor a slacker? And what would you put into a Washington state time capsule?

Bill Radke is with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Northwest News Network’s Phyllis Fletcher and LiveWire’s Luke Burbank to answer these questions.

You Vote, We Review

Nov 7, 2014
Flickr Photo/Tim Olson (CC-BY-NC-ND)`

Conservatives won big on Election Day across the country, but in Washington lost on gun bills, Seattle pre-school and most ofWashington state's Congressional delegation. Our guests paint the red and the blue in this post-election episode. Plus, the leaf blowers strike back! Bill Radke is joined by KIRO's Essex Porter, KCPQ's C.R. Douglas and KUOW's own Deborah Wang.

Flickr Photo/Susy Morris (CC-BY-NC-ND)

I want to ask this of the people who use leaf blowers – why?

Do you get too much exercise as it is? Has your doctor advised you to be LESS physically active and/or to avoid rakes?

Flickr Photo/Joannie Grebe (CC-BY-NC)

The Ebola nurse in Maine: rational or selfish? Is it ever OK to be sarcastic right after a school shooting? Does a confusing ballot mean an unpredictable election? Plus, Bill Radke explodes over leaf blowers. All these topics and more are discussed with this week's guests: Knute Berger, Eli Sanders and Joni Balter.

Flickr Photo/Jory (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

To improve Seattle traffic, what if your child in the backseat no longer gets you into the HOV lane? Good idea? Also: Is Backpage.com liable for sex trafficking through its site? Would expanded gun background checks lead to gun confiscation? And will anyone really give marijuana candy to trick-or-treaters? Really?

Bill Radke’s guests this week: Dan Savage, Rob McKenna and Joni Balter; plus Slate’s Mike Pesca, LiveWire’s Luke Burbank and the NRA’s Catherine Mortensen.

Where Did The Week Go? (It Wasn't Nowhere)

Oct 17, 2014
Courtesy of Greg Plumis

Seattle’s "ramps to nowhere" are coming down this weekend. Where should they land? Also, a critical care nurse at Harborview is preparing to treat Ebola, and a Seattle woman turned her camera on an alleged groper and found out there was more to him. Plus, who gets to hassle the King County Executive via text?

All these topics and more get discussed with Bill Radke’s panel this week: Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas and Republican consultant Chris Vance.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
Flickr Photo/Heisenberg Media/https://flic.kr/p/iedLj7

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Thursday women are better off not asking for a raise because they’ll be rewarded in the long term. The U.S. Supreme Court considers when workers are on the clock. Plus, Amazon wants to test drones, a Seattle church protests pot next door and Bill Radke recalls the musical ride of Paul Revere with Knute Berger, Eli Sanders, Joni Balter and Luke Burbank.

This Week In Downsizing

Oct 3, 2014
Flickr Photo/Xurxo Martinez

Boeing reduces local defense jobs, Metro reduces bus cuts and Seattle reduces its plans on the waterfront. Plus: How are you reacting to Ebola’s arrival in the U.S.?

Bill Radke discusses these topics with Crosscut's Knute Berger, KUOW reporter Deborah Wang and Maria LaGanga, Seattle bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times.

Flickr Photo/Erich Ferdinand (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Is Seattle going too far by making composting mandatory? Is the Northwest the best place to be in a changing climate? Is Hope Solo distracting you from the real domestic violence problem?

Bill Radke discusses these stories plus torn-up pot tickets, washed-up Mariners (maybe) and glitchy ferry clickers with Eli Sanders, Knute Berger, Joni Balter, Luke Burbank, ESPN’s Jim Caple and UW atmospheric scientist Cliff Mass.

bus traffic transportation
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  The “Columbus” in Columbus Day is under contention and may be on its way out in favor of “Indigenous Peoples Day.” Seattle-based megachurch Mars Hill has been experiencing an exodus of attendees and has had to close several locations in the wake of recent scandals. Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat is back as a bus rider again after years away, but has found that Metro has changed.

Bill Radke reviews the week’s ins, outs, comings and goings with Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas and Luke Burbank.

Flickr Photo/Allison Waffles (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Should you be insulted when billionaires bigfoot an election? Do you resent apodment dwellers, tatted-up baristas, or the NFL for dismissing domestic violence? Plus, what do you think of the activists who want to take Seattle's $15 minimum wage cross the bridge?

Bill Radke reviews the week’s news with Crosscut's Knute Berger, C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX News and KUOW's Deborah Wang. Special guests include Seattle Times sportswriter Percy Allen and LiveWire host Luke Burbank.

Flickr Photo/Hammerin Man (CC-BY-NC-ND)

School is back in session. Washington state lawmakers are not in session, but they were still in the principal's office this week. Also in trouble: bikini baristas and Christopher Columbus. Bill Radke discusses it all with Joni Balter, Knute Berger, Essex Porter and Luke Burbank.

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