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What are we going to do about 300,000 farmed Atlantic salmon that escaped a hatchery near Anacortes? They might be a risk to wild Puget Sound salmon. Fish and Wildlife says: grab your fishing pole. You can catch as many as you want.

And what should we do about that statue of Vladimir Lenin in Fremont? Mayor Ed Murray wants it to come down, and he's not alone. Should we take it down, or leave it up? We'll take your calls.

Plus, if you could send any message into outer space, what would it be and why? Joe Janes of the Documents That Changed the World podcast comes by to talk about what he calls one of the most important letters in human history.

Well, that was pretty cool. Clouds rolled in, the sky grew dark, the temperature dropped. Did you watch the eclipse? We talk with a KUOW producer who traveled to Oregon to experience totality, and a NASA scientist who chased the eclipse in a plane.

Plus, we'll learn more about the history of the Confederate monument at Seattle's Lakeview Cemetery, try to sort out whether we need to tear down meeting places for white supremacists on the Internet, and debate whether American slavery can ever be fodder for entertaining television.

The Record: Thursday, August 17, Full Show

Aug 17, 2017
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Bill learns something that startled him" Monday's eclipse is going to make clouds roll in to Puget Sound! Also, when will the eclipse start? Where should you watch it? What would it be like to go to Oregon for the total eclipse? Will Bonnie Tyler be singing "Total Eclipse of the Heart" live during the event? We'll ask a University of Washington expert all your eclipse questions.

Also, we'll explode the myth of the loner genius tech nerd. It's a stereotype that's not true and it brings us misguided workers and bad gadgets.

And you'll meet a local sportswriter who says if Seahawks star Michael Bennett doesn't want to stand during the national anthem he should quit the team.

The Record: Wednesday, August 16, Full Show

Aug 16, 2017
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President Trump: If Robert E. Lee statues come down, what about statues of the slave holder George Washington? We have one of those in Seattle -- a 14-foot tall bronze statue of Washington at the university of Washington. What purpose does it serve? Should it come down? We'll debate that.

Also, Seattle mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver concedes the primary election but endorsed no one. Does she have no preference between Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon? We'll ask her.

The Record: Tuesday, August 15, Full Show

Aug 15, 2017
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Seattle's mayor denies allegations that he sexually abused teenagers decades ago. Some people want him to resign anyway for the sake of all the victims whose true stories were not believed. But what about Murray's right to be presumed innocent? What about the rights of Seattle citizens to an orderly transition of power? We'll have that debate.

Also, Seattle is the first American city to use democracy vouchers -- tax money that citizens use to support candidates of their choice. We'll see how it's going so far.

And on a lighter note, a creamier note, two giants of Seattle ice cream will tell you ice cream stories and take your flavor suggestions.

The Record: Monday, August 14, Full Show

Aug 14, 2017
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Yesterday's counter-demonstrators tried to push past police to confront a Patriot Prayer rally in Westlake Park. What is the best response to bigotry?

Also, Seattle will have its first woman mayor in about a century. We'll talk to two woman who say there's a lot more to be done.

And a Seahawks star refuses to stand during yesterday's national anthem.

The Record: Thursday, August 10, Full Show

Aug 10, 2017
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Today we're bringing people together, like the head of Washington state's Republican and Democratic parties.

And comedians Hari Kondabolu and Dwayne Kennedy will come together to talk North Korean warheads, Cold War and existential dread. There's a decent chance you'll hear some early Sting in that conversation.

Plus, the Seattle Mariners would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. We've asked Major League Baseball to do that, still waiting to hear back. Meanwhile, we'll look at what the stretch run might hold for the Mariners.

The Record: Wednesday, August 9, Full Show

Aug 9, 2017
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How nervous should you be about Seattle being in Kim Jong Un's nuclear sights? We'll talk with Washington state's ranking member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee.

Also, should Seattle let people live in their cars, protected from parking tickets and vehicle impounds? That's the proposal, and we will debate it this hour.

And what does that former Google engineer's manifesto tell us about gender and diversity in our big tech companies?

The Record: Tuesday, August 8, Full Show

Aug 8, 2017
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Burien is a so-called sanctuary city, though there's no formal definition of that. Now Burien's policy is up for debate again. The city has decided to put it to the voter. You'll hear the arguments for and against being a local sanctuary city.

And you'll hear arguments for and against removing mountain goats form the Olympics. Move them? Shoot them? Contracept them? And why?

The Record: Monday, August 7, Full Show

Aug 7, 2017
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Supervised heroin injection? Not in our city say Bellevue's elected leaders.

Also, who will survive the Seattle mayoral primary?

And can art be exclusive? Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet — are their performances for everyone or only a few?

The Record: Thursday, August 3, Full Show

Aug 3, 2017
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If you voted in the Seattle mayoral election and your candidate lost, how do you make your voice heard now? Some of our guests this hour have big voices.

You'll also hear comedian Hari Kondabolu and his problem with Apu.

And you'll hear the big voices of two Seattle slam poets.

The Record: Wednesday, August 2, Full Show

Aug 2, 2017
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Seattle has chosen two candidates for mayor. We just don't for sure which two. King County voted on a sales tax for the arts. We'll hit the highlights of the primary vote and why it matters.

Also, President Trump today called for changing the U.S. immigration system to one that is merit-based. What does that mean? Who's trying it and what can we learn from them?

And you're going to meet two hydroplane drivers who are racing in Seafair this weekend. One is in his 70s and the other has pretty much gotten over his fear of water. Why do they do it and what's it like in that cockpit?

The Record: Tuesday, August 1, Full Show

Aug 1, 2017
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A heat wave is coming to Seattle. The hottest day should be Thursday, which is also the day of maximum Blue Angels traffic impact. We'll talk Seafair and heat this hour.

Also, is it OK to buy Seahawks tickets even knowing how dangerous football is for players' brains?

And we hear about a roadtrip to leave the Seattle bubble and explore the rest of the state. 

We are joined this hour by Crosscut columnist Knute Berger to talk over the news.

The Record: Monday, July 31, Full Show

Jul 31, 2017
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Your ballot is due tomorrow. You might research the candidates, review their endorsements, parse all the policy proposals or -- if you're like most people -- you'll just vote your self-image. We'll see if there's anything wrong with that.

And here's a political question for people who are upset about the Trump presidency: Is your outrage effective? Or are you giving Trump exactly what he wants?

Also, Seafair weekend is coming up. If you don't get Seafair, you're not alone. We'll tell you what all the noise is about.

The Record: Thursday, July 27, Full Show

Jul 27, 2017
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The new distracted driving law does not outlaw coffee drinking, but a lot of people think it does. There's a petition to change the law. We'll explain what you can't do and help you decide whether that's fair. There's also a push to change Washington drivers licenses and other documents so you would no longer have to declare your gender. We'll talk with someone who's calling for that change. And a life-changing opportunity, you'll meet an eclipse evangelist who wants you to know that staying in Seattle during next month's eclipse is unacceptable. He'll tell you how it changed his life.

The Record: Wednesday, July 26, Full Show

Jul 26, 2017
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President Trump tweets no more transgender people in the military. We'll tell you what that tweet might mean for people at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Everett Naval Base and more.

Also, do you want to pay a sales tax that goes to the symphony, the ballet, the zoo, museums, theaters?

And Washington's new distracted driving law includes eating and drinking behind the wheel, how fair is that new rule?

The Record: Monday, July 24, Full Show

Jul 24, 2017
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Kids are chasing the dream of being pro athletes, by hiding behind a law for homeless students. That's how a former Seattle high school coach describes what he sees as an abuse of school athletics.

Also, King County might let people use heroin and other illegal drugs under medical supervision. Would this help addicts or hurt them?

And Amazon is now in the Blue Apron business where recipes and ingredients show up at your door. We'll ask how well these services work.

The Record: Thursday, July 20, Full Show

Jul 20, 2017
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If you don't listen to this episode of The Record, you could get pulled over this weekend and not know why. The state distracted driving law changes on Sunday. We'll tell you what you can and can't do with your phone, and your french fries and your coffee in the car.

Also, could this whole health care mess be solved with a single payer system? What are the pros and cons of single payer and what are the odds it happens in America?

And has Seattle's population boom ruined our wilderness?

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As Seattle tries to improve its police department, who is getting mistreated? The officers union says the city is steam rolling the union bargaining process. Some city leaders say the police are being stubborn and selfish. We'll have that debate.

Also have you heard about Alexa -- the Amazon Echo -- deciding on its own to call the police? The media have reported it but that doesn't mean  it really happens. We'll tell you what can happen with Alexa.

And  you're going to find out what it's like to perform hernia surgery on a gorilla. 

The Record: Tuesday, July 18, Full Show

Jul 18, 2017
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Mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver is calling on Ed Murray to resign over sexual abuse allegations that Murray denies.

Also, bike share is back. After the old Pronto bike share collapsed, two companies are putting different wheels on the ground. We'll show you how the new bikes are not like the old bikes.

And Microsoft has a new app called seeing AI, as in artificial intelligence. It lets you use your phone not just to photograph people, but to identify their ages and moods. Useful, creepy or both? 

The Record: Monday, July 17, Full Show

Jul 17, 2017
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Mayor Ed Murray is still denying allegations of sexually abusing minors. The Seattle Times reported yesterday that a child-welfare investigator believed that Murray sexually abused his foster son in the 80s. We'll get a reaction from the candidate that Murray has endorsed for mayor, Jenny Durkan. She is in our studio to tell you why she should be next to lead the city.

Also, the Seattle Rep is planning a musical about the Seattle grunge scene. Does that sound like a perfect marriage or maybe a dramatic disaster?

And you can do better than Donald Trump Jr? How to use email and what you should use instead of email.

The Record: Thursday, July 13, Full Show

Jul 13, 2017
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You've told us the biggest problems this city has: the cost of housing and rising homelessness. Mayor candidate and state Senator Bob Hasegawa says he's got a fix: A public bank.

Also, we know homelessness doesn't stop at the Seattle city limits. We'll meet a woman who lived in her car in Bremerton and talk about laws that can make homelessness a criminal act.

And I have a lot of questions for all our guests this hour but probably not the 36 questions one scientist recommends you use to fall in love with someone. 

The Record: Wednesday, July 12, Full Show

Jul 12, 2017
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Remember the fight over what to do with the Alaskan Way Viaduct? Urban planner Cary Moon led the movement to just tear it down, open up the waterfront — no tunnel, no highway. Now, we're building a tunnel  and Moon is running for mayor. You'll meet her again this hour.

Also, is sleeping outside a right? Tacoma's weighing in on this — they just made camping on city property illegal.

And what happens when you get bored? We'll hear an argument for boredom as a motivating force. 

The Record: Tuesday, July 11, Full Show

Jul 11, 2017

Today you'll meet the only candidate for Seattle mayor who's actually done the job before -- Mike McGinn will take your questions.

Also, Seattle government has passed an income tax. Supporters think it's the morally right thing to do. But opponents say they have the moral high ground. We'll try to figure that out.

And should Mariners fans stop yelling at pitcher Felix Hernandez to strike people out? Maybe he just can't do it any more.

The Record: Monday, July 10, Full Show

Jul 10, 2017
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Seattle mayoral candidates are answering your questions on KUOW. On today is Jessyn Farrell.

We also asked for your questions for the head of Metro Transit. What makes a fantastic bus driver and a less-than fantastic one?

And we look at the rise of medical crowd funding, where you go online and ask strangers to pay medical bills that you cannot afford. It may sound callous but there are certain ingredients that makes a medical crowd funding campaign succeed or fail.

The Record: Thursday, July 6, Full Show

Jul 6, 2017
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First up today we have Gov. Jay Inslee as our guest. He'll tell you whether the new state budget is fair or unfair to the Puget Sound area.

We'll also talk with a journalist about why North Korea hates the United States, but also kind of needs us as well.

And, should Washington state law change to make it easier to prosecute police for shooting people?

The Record: Wednesday, July 5, Full Show

Jul 5, 2017
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North Korea has launched an intercontinental missile, as in from their continent to our continent. We'll tell you whether that's a threat to Seattle and what President Trump's options are.

We'll also show you how police encounters could go differently from how it went in the Charleena Lyles shooting. What happens when officers show up with a mental health co-responder?

And British Columbia has a new premier. We'll tell you what's changed in British Columbia.

The Record: Monday, July 3, Full Show

Jul 3, 2017
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Did we do it?  Did Washington state finally pay for education as much as the state Supreme Court commanded? We'll debate that.

Also, the Ballard Locks turn 100 years old tomorrow. Are the Locks a triumph of engineering, a historic injustice, or maybe both?

And is the Seattle area in a marijuana bubble that's about to burst?

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Seattle will for sure have a new mayor next year: Mayor Ed Murray today said he will not run for re-election.

Also, eyes are on Sea-Tac Airport again as a new travel ban takes effect. We'll tell you what's likely to happen at the airport tonight and why.

And we'll tell you what your rights are when an uninvited drone buzzes your home. Don't shoot until you hear what we have to say. 

The Record: Wednesday, June 28, Full Show

Jun 28, 2017
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It looks like our state government won't shut down this week. We'll tell you what's happening and why.

And there's another government deadline this week: You can no longer own a vacant second home in Vancouver, BC unless you pay a tax on that. How are people reacting?

Plus a KUOW listener has a Local Wonder question: Why hasn't Seattle elected a woman mayor in almost a century? You ask, we answer.