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The Record: Wednesday, Jan. 20, Full Show

Jan 20, 2016
Inside the KUOW control room.
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Amazon tried to hire homeless people in its warehouses. We'll show you why it didn't go so well. Also, what's it like to be a young transgender child in a family that listens to you? And advice on how to fight City Hall from someone who used to work at City Hall.

Listen to the full show above or check out the individual stories:

Jackie Williams had just gotten off her night shift at Swedish when I interviewed her outside the Salvation Army shelter on Capitol Hill. She would have a few short hours to sleep before the shelter closes for the day.
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Jackie Williams arrived in Seattle with nothing but a suitcase full of clothes. She had been hired as a certified nurse’s assistant.

When I was a child growing up in India, once every year my father took my two siblings, my mother and me to the village where he grew up. He thought it was important for us kids to see rural living and to learn how basic life could be. He often said, "City folks are lucky to have cooking gas cylinders. You'll see how food is cooked in the village."

Microsoft sign on the company's Redmond, Washington campus.
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David Hyde speaks with Geekwire co-founder Todd Bishop about the top three tech stories in Seattle in 2015, including a revival at Microsoft, Amazon deliveries, and the murky story of the $70,000 wage at Gravity Payments.

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Jon Talton about why commercial and residential construction, Amazon, and Boeing were the Seattle area's biggest economic drivers of 2015.

Amazon has released a glimpse of what its much-anticipated drone deliveries could look like, although it warns the service is still very much in a testing phase.

Tim Porter and Matt McIlwain of Madrona Venture Group, a heavy funder of Seattle's cloud startups
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Seattle has become the center of a giant, invisible, global business, with Amazon and Microsoft as its core.

That business is the cloud, now estimated to be worth more than $15 billion to those two companies, which have become world leaders.

Amazon.com is under fire after an article from the New York Times lambasted its workplace atmosphere.
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Jeannie Yandel talks with Geekwire co-founder Todd Bishop about why Amazon responded to the New York Times' piece about its work culture two months after the fact, why the video messaging app Snapchat secretly opened a Seattle engineering office, and what the closure of the Urbanspoon office says about the Seattle tech landscape.  

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com.
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David Hyde speaks with Ashley Stewart, reporter for the Puget Sound Business Journal, about Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' dip in the Harvard Business Review's ranking of top executives.

Amazon.com
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David Hyde speaks with Todd Bishop about why Amazon (is rumored to be) opening a brick and mortar store in Seattle, and how he got his hands on some blueprints. Also: the device that could save Microsoft.

Amazon is firing yet another shot at a competitor. This time it's a mega-artisanal shot, at Etsy — the popular craft site. The e-commerce giant on Thursday launched Handmade, a new marketplace for, well, handmade goods. This could be wonderful news for the artisan movement, or terrible news for Etsy, its staunchest supporter to date.

Valerie Nethery got a message out of the blue, from Amazon. "They emailed me directly. I'm not sure how they found me."

Amazon To Uber Drivers: Work Here Instead!

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Kim Malcom talks to Wall Street Journal reporter Greg Bensinger about Amazon Flex, the e-commerce giant's new on-demand delivery system, and what it means for rideshare companies like Uber.

Ross Reynolds talks to Porter Erisman, a former vice president at Alibaba -- the biggest e-commerce site on the Web -- about his new book, "Alibaba's World: How A Remarkable Chinese Company is Changing the Face of Global Business."

 Grist's Katie Herzog, Crosscut's Knute Berger, KUOW's Bill Radke and Seattle Channel's Joni Balter in the KUOW offices on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.
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Bellevue High School’s dominant football program is investigated over an alleged “diploma mill.” Gun rights groups sue Seattle over its “gun violence tax.” Has Amazon energized Seattle or ruined it?

Bill Radke reviews the week’s news with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter and Grist’s Katie Herzog.

The inside of the elevators at Amazon headquarters in Seattle. People who work at Amazon refer to themselves as Amazonians.
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After a New York Times' expose on exacting worker conditions at Amazon, CEO Jeff Bezos said he was shocked -- and then asked for direct feedback from workers. 

Julia Cheiffetz, an executive editor at HarperCollins, took Bezos at his word. 

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