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The Trump administration's policy of separating families at the country's southern border has caused consternation, outrage, and attempts to remedy the harm. Congressman Derek Kilmer, a United States Representative for Tacoma, Kitsap, and the Olympic peninsula, spoke with Bill Radke about what he calls "a question of what kind of country we are." They were joined by NPR lead political editor Domenico Montanaro.


How will King County work on homelessness and home prices without money from Seattle's head tax?

King County Executive Dow Constantine discusses his plans for that — and why he wants to spend more public money on the Mariners. 


Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan negotiated a comparmised head tax on big businesses in Seattle, but now the tax has been repealed. So how will the city pay for affordable housing and homeless services now? 

Cartoonist Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the late 1990s. She says back then there wasn't much information available, just a lot of stigma. It's an experince she documents in her memoir Marbles. Now she's out with a new book called "Rock Stead: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life."

Is there good news about your parental anxiety?

Jun 14, 2018

The fall of the house of head tax in Seattle might cast a shadow all the way to California. Mountain View is considering a head tax on its own tech behemoth, Google/the Alphabet Company. MarketWatch’s Jeremy Owens explains the fight.


Yesterday, the city council voted 7-2 to repeal its freshly passed head tax. Glenn Kellman of Redfin and Saul Spady of Cre8ive Empowerment opposed the tax. We ask: What’s their plan now that the levy’s dried up?

Alas, poor head tax: we hardly knew thee

Jun 12, 2018

It might be time to raise the parting glass to Seattle's head tax, which passed last month in a contentious (yet unanimous) city council vote. Amid a mounting, well-funded repeal campaign, the council is meeting to consider repealing the tax itself. Why the about face? And how will the city fund homeless services now? 

Motherhood, through thick and thin

Jun 11, 2018

Over the weekend, protesters gathered at Sea-Tac Airport, where almost two hundred female asylum seekers are being detained. Many of the women are mothers; they were separated from their children upon being placed in detention. Most of the children are not being held in Washington state. US Representative Pramila Jayapal visited the jail to meet with some of the detainees; she joined Bill Radke in studio to talk about what they shared with her.


Springtime in Seattle means your social media feeds are probably filling up with shots of pristine alpine lakes, breathtaking summits, and gorgeous old-growth forests. There your friends are, posing with a vast expanse of emptiness behind them. Just outside the frame, though, teeming hordes of others are also trying to pretend they're the only ones in the wild.

Spoiler alert: 'There Are No Grownups'

Jun 6, 2018

Yesterday, San Francisco had a special election for a new mayor. That city is facing a homelessness problem on a par with Seattle's, but approaching it very differently. KQED's Marisa Lagos explained the two mayoral frontrunners' plans. Bill Radke was also joined in studio by Sara Rankin, Director of Seattle University's Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, and Danny Westneat of the Seattle Times. The two discussed whether or not what works for San Francisco makes sense for Seattle.


Here she comes - Miss America! Fully clothed. After 97 years, the pageant has scrapped the swimsuit portion of the competition. They say it's to show that they're no longer judging women on their physical appearances. Is it a pageant at all anymore, or just a competition, as Gretchen Carlson said when announcing the change? We spoke to two former Miss Washingtons, Kristin Tetteh (2006) and Brittney Henry (2011).


Today, Microsoft announced that it's buying GitHub. The open source platform has been a gathering place for coders: not only a repository, but a way to show off their code to the community. Many coders now are leaving the platform. Todd Bishop from Geekwire stopped by to explain.


Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan joined Bill Radke by phone to discuss her policy on homelessness following the annual one-night count, which showed another increase in the number of people who are unsheltered. She's also under fire about the controversial decision not to advance interim police chief Carmen Best into the group of finalists for the permanent job.

The Record: Wednesday, May 30, 2018

May 31, 2018

Today the mayor made an announcement: Seattle will expand the number of shelter beds available to the homeless. KUOW's Kate Walters was briefed on this, and she joined Bill Radke in studio to explain.

The Record: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

May 29, 2018

Don't bother trying to get that afternoon slump-curing coffee. Starbucks stores across the nation are closed for racial bias training. But can we train our way out of our biases? We asked Tony Greenwald, a University of Washington psychology professor and one of the creators of the Implicit Association Test.

The Record: Thursday, May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

America's stormy relationship with North Korea is not quite dead yet... but we're definitely simmering the isolated nation. The president has canceled a proposed June 12th meeting with Kim Jong Un, but says it could still happen. Don Hellman, professor emeritus at the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies, weighs the odds.

The Record: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018

Earlier today, a decision about social justice and the right to free speech came down from on high. Not from the Supreme Court, or from the White House. It came from the desk of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. This upcoming season, players will be required to stand for the national anthem. 

The Record: Tuesday, May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018

What's the worst thing that ever happened to you for a teenage peccadillo? Maybe grounding, or detention - but it's unlikely that you were ever slapped with a $36 million fine. To be super fair, you probably didn't start a giant forest fire, either. The 15-year-old whose firecracker prank sparked the Eagle Creek Fire will be paying it in installments, the balance of which can be forgiven in 10 years... just in time for student loan payments to kick in. Amelia Templeton for Oregon Public Broadcast; she's been following the story.

The Record: Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018

Fatal cougar attacks are rare - the last one in Washington state was years before the Great Depression. One cyclist was killed, and another badly injured, on a trip through the Cascade foothills. Is it likely to become more common? And what should you do if you're staring down a cougar? Conservation ecologist Chris Morgan says that we should respect the Pacific Northwest outdoors, but never forget that there's an element of danger.

The Record: Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018

Opponents of Seattle's new employee head tax are not giving up - they're trying to get the tax repealed. KUOW's Amy Radil sat down with Bill Radke to break down their arguments. 

The Record: Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

May 16, 2018

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano will have some extra time to recover from a broken hand. Yesterday, Cano was suspended for half a season for violating the league's drug policy. What does this mean to a Mariners fan and anyone who cares about fair play? We talk to the managing editor of the Miami New Times, Tim Elfrink. Five years ago he broke the story of baseball's last big steroid scandal, the South Florida wellness clinic that was supplying human growth hormone to major leaguers.

The Record: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018

Seattle's head tax is the law of the municipal land now. What do local businesses think? Bill Radke and KUOW reporter Carolyn Adolph sat down with Todd Biesold, owner and CFO of Merlino Foods, for a perspective.

The Record: Monday, May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018

At this hour, we’re waiting to hear how the city council will break on the controversial head tax. Crosscut’s David Kroman was at City Hall for a meeting this morning in which the amount of money intended to be raised was cut by a third. He joined Bill Radke to discuss how likely it was to pass.

The Record: Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018

The Record went live from City  Hall to talk through listener questions on the head tax. How do companies feel? How do politicians feel? Most importantly: how do you feel?

The Record: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

May 9, 2018

Seattle has gotten hot under the collar about the proposed head tax for homelessness services, and the debate continued today at another city council hearing. KUOW’s Amy Radil joined us live from the meeting with an update.

The Record: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

May 8, 2018
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After threatening to do so since early in his campaign, President Trump just took the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal. Europe has already expressed an intention to negotiate directly with Iran to keep the deal alive. What does all of that mean? Professor Resat Kasaba, head of the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, explains.

The Record: Monday, May 7, 2018

May 7, 2018

Last fall’s #metoo moment shone a light on what many women already knew: workplaces across all industries can be susceptible to toxic dynamics and sexism. One alternative is to build a workplace with no men. 

The Record: Thursday, May 3, 2018

May 3, 2018

There’s a lot of shots being fired about occupying space in Seattle; city councilmember Lisa Herbold joins Bill Radke to discuss. First up, Amazon has halted a construction project worth thousands of jobs pending the city’s decision on a head tax to fund programs for the homeless population.

The Record: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May 2, 2018

Alan Cumming's new show is called "Legal Immigrant." In it, he ruminates on aging, citizenship, and the nature of home - to a backdrop of P!nk songs. Cummings' celebrity focus on health and fitness is in direct contrast with Barbara Ehrenreich’s approach to life (and death).

In her new book “Natural Causes,” she explains why she’s stopped going to the doctor and eats whatever she likes. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers spoke with Bill Radke about the possible impeachment of Rod Rosenstein and other issues relevant to Washington state constituents.

The Record: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May 1, 2018

It’s May Day! Prepare for mayhem. Well… maybe. Maybe nothing. Or maybe just a bad commute? If you’re as confused about this as Seattle police seem to be, KUOW’s Paige Browning is on the case to explain the annual rallies and protests.

The Record: Monday, April 30, 2018

Apr 30, 2018

Seattle’s 2015 property tax levy was the biggest the city has ever asked for. And it turns out that even for a billion dollars, you can’t always get what you want. Seattle Times reporter David Gutman explains why not, and mayor Jenny Durkan tells us what we can hope for instead.