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Through the smokey haze and in an air conditioned building, Chris Vance, Cathy Allen, Bill Radke and Erica Barnett.
KUOW Photo/ Kara McDermott

Are you hot? We're hot. It's hot. Not as hot as it could be because of the smoke from British Columbia's wildfires, but we're still in a heat wave with temperatures in the 90s. 

Bill Radke speaks with hydroplane drivers Brent Hall and Jerry Hopp about their love of racing. Hall speaks about his childhood dreams of being behind the wheel of a hydroplane and what it was like to start racing at the age of 36. Hopp talks about his long hydroplane career, racing for almost fifty years. And both of them explain some of the finer points of Seafair's most popular sport. 

KUOW Photo/ Bond Huberman

Bill Radke talks to Seafair's King Neptune, John Roderick, and Queen Alcyone, Angela Shen, about the cultural resonance of this decades old festival. Roderick is a Seattle musician and Shen is the founder and CEO of Savor Seattle Food Tours, in their day jobs.

Seattle's All-City Band practices for Seafair. Click on this image for more photos of the band.
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Seattle's All-City Band is marching its way through the summer. The 180-member band, which has been entertaining people for 65 years, includes high school students from all around the Puget Sound region.

The All-City Band joins other marching bands for a jam Friday night, July 29, at the Southwest Athletic Complex in West Seattle. The band will also march  in the Seafair Torchlight Parade on Saturday.


Jessie Grimes McQuarter in 1949. She won the Royal Esquire Club pageant two years in a row. Now 84, McQuarter lives in Covington.
Courtesy of J.C. Cook

A year ago, we published photos from the 1940s and 50s of black people in Seattle just living their lives.


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.

Flickr Photo/Official US Navy Page (CC-BY-NC-ND)

This week, we’re talking about former Seattle mayor Paul Schell, the monorail and Seafair. And we may just be able to work in Bobo the Gorilla, Ivar and the Bubbleator.

In between Blue Angels fly-bys, listen to KUOW's Bill Radke review the week's news with Eli Sanders of The Stranger, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Jezebel’s Lindy West.

Mapping King County’s Uninsured
In 2011, more than 200,000 adults living in King County had no health insurance. Now officials are mapping where they live. Why? We talk with King County Public Health director, Dr. David Fleming.
 

Around The Water Cooler
The sunny days are dwindling. Are you making the most of your summer? We hear attendance at Seafair was down this year. Did you go? Musicians Choklate Moore and John Roderick and The Stranger’s David Schmader join us around the Weekday water cooler to talk over these stories and more.


Photographing The Pine Ridge Reservation
National Geographic’s Aaron Huey spent years on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation photographing the Lakota tribe. His new book is called “Mitakuye Oyasi: All My Relations.”

Flickr Photo/Daniel Gies

Seafair will feature an air show over Lake Washington this weekend. FAA rules require the Interstate 90 floating bridge to close during the Patriots Jet Team practices and shows.