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Millions of U.S. workers will get a raise on New Year's Day, as more than a dozen states increase their minimum wage. That will include thousands of people across Washington.

KUOW photo/Liz Jones

Since the election last month, some day laborers have said they don't feel comfortable speaking Spanish in public. 

“And that’s here in the City of Seattle, riding on public transit," said Marcos Martinez, Executive Director of Casa Latina, a Seattle non-profit that helps immigrant day laborers find jobs. "That just shows the extent of the problem we have.”


Artist Mary Sheldon Scott of Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Marcie Sillman

We live in a culture that values being young and hip, but there’s something to be said for age and experience.

Just ask Seattle artist Mary Sheldon Scott.

The most courteous snowfall ever: Arrived at bedtime, disappearing by morning.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

Snow is blanketing much of western Washington this morning.

In Lucia Neare's world, a horse can deliver balloons via rowboat
Photo by Michael Doucett

When Seattle artist Lucia Neare heard who won the election last month, she was despondent. 

Neare walked out of her home in the Central District and across the street to a traffic circle. There, she unleashed a full-throttled howl of despair into the night.

Kurt B. Reighley and Mark Mitchell together at the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Matt Martin

Bill Radke speaks with Mark Mitchell and his partner Kurt B. Reighley about why they decided to move to Tucson after living in Seattle for 30 years.  Mitchell is a costume designer and artist, Reighley is DJ El Toro on KEXP.

State legislator Brady Walkinshaw represents Washington State's 43rd District.
Courtesy of Ann Norton

Pramila Jayapal got Bernie. 

Now Brady Walkinshaw gets Barney.

There’s a line in “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” by Maria Semple, that triggers pained recognition among locals.

“The drivers here are horrible,” she begins. “They’re the slowest drivers you ever saw.”

Carmen and Robert Patterson have lived in the Jungle, a homeless encampment in Seattle, on and off since 2011. They and several others who live in the Jungle shared photos, stories and text messages with us.
Courtesy of Robert Patterson

Thousands of people in Seattle won’t have shelter tonight.

The problem isn’t that Seattle isn’t spending enough, according to two national experts.


Neighborhoods in Seattle have weighed in on city topics for years through community councils. That's going to change.


ShotSpotter.com

Seattle officials want to install gunshot-detecting microphones in the city.

The technology is known by the brand name ShotSpotter. When the devices recognize a gunshot, they activate surveillance cameras and alert the police. 

A statue of Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood.
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Washington state and Seattle have a reputation as left-leaning – most recently because of the election of Socialist city council member Kshama Sawant and our adoption of the $15 an hour minimum wage.

But our lefty reputation is older than that. (Exhibit A: statue of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin in Fremont.)

These boots make a point:  sales tax was $15.36, meaning a person paid Seattle's minimum wage works an hour just to pay state and local taxes. A higher-paid worker pays proportionally less.
KUOW Feet & Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Seattle’s surging economy continues to cause concerns about affordability.

Monday afternoon, the Seattle Transit riders union held a rally to bring attention to the need for a more equitable standard of living in the city.

But some of the reasons why people struggle in Seattle are deeply ingrained.

The most-funded item on Seattle’s November ballot isn’t a candidate. It’s a ballot measure called Honest Elections, and almost all its funding comes from a few East Coast donors.

Under the Honest Elections plan, every voter would be a donor. Before a city election, voters would receive four $25 vouchers in the mail. Voters pick their favorite candidates and mail in their vouchers.

Refugees Get Friends In Powerful Places With Seattle Job Program

Jul 1, 2015
Masar Altaie, right, with KUOW's Kim Malcolm.
KUOW Photo/Hannah Burn

Kim Malcolm talks with refugee Masar Altaie about her experience in Tatweer, a Seattle-based employment program run out of Jewish Family Service of Seattle. Tatweer helps connect refugees with local mentors in their fields. For information on how to volunteer, go here.

Amy Radil

On Monday, June 2, Seattle workers and politicians ate cake and danced in celebration of the city's new minimum wage law.

As the dance party ended, the law started to face pushback, although it’s not clear when an actual challenge will occur.

Game Of Homes: To Afford Seattle, Shrink Your Life

May 28, 2014
KUOW Photo/Hannah Burn

As Seattle grows – it’s the fastest growing big city – more people will be looking for affordable housing within the city limits. We here at The Record have been documenting how people are figuring out affordable housing in our series, "Game of Homes."

Flickr Photo/Mayor Ed Murray (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an executive order Thursday to expand the Race and Social Justice Initiative program.

The new order is intended to hold the city accountable after a survey commissioned by the city found that around 90 percent of residents say the city continues to have racial problems.

Flickr Photo/Elen Nivrae

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton about the shake up at City of Seattle's Office of Film and Music.

2014 Brings Good News For Seattle Renters

Jan 3, 2014
Flickr Photo/Rob Ketcherside

David Hyde talks with Tim Ellis, founder of the real estate news blog The Seattle Bubble, about the booming development industry and stabilizing rents.

KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

You know that "Singles" and "Sleepless in Seattle" were shot in Seattle, but what about Cameron Crowe’s "Say Anything"? Or "Humpday" and "It Happened at the World’s Fair," starring Elvis (in Technicolor)?

KUOW Photo/Nick Danielson

The Record on KUOW will broadcast live from the Washington Shoe Building on Occidental Square (410 Occidental Way South), Friday, from noon to 2 p.m. If you live or work in Pioneer Square, come by and tell us about your neighborhood. We’ll explore its demographics, history and how it’s changed in the past 20 years.

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KUOW Photo/Nick Danielson

When you hear the term "skid row" perhaps you think of Sebastian Bach or maybe the notorious Los Angeles neighborhood nicknamed Skid Row, but did you know that Seattle had the original Skid Row and it was actually Skid Road?

Ross Reynolds talks with Sunny Speidel of Seattle’s Underground Tour as The Record kicks off this week’s look at Seattle’s self-proclaimed first neighborhood, Pioneer Square.

Jet City Living: The Conversation On Seattle Culture

Aug 27, 2013
Flickr Photo/Lorena Cupcake and Darkain Multimedia

Being a Seattleite is a complex and oftentimes confusing experience. Does it require sitting in a coffee shop and staring out at the Space Needle on a rainy Sunday afternoon? Does it mean a uniform of flannel and REI gear? Or getting in your eco-friendly car to drive to your job at Microsoft? Or maybe it simply means you are not from Portland? This hour on The Conversation we talk about what it means to be a Seattleite.

Anthony Swofford's book "Jarhead"

The Art Of Writing About War

War is hard to describe. In his memoir, "Jarhead," Gulf War Marine Anthony Swofford writes, "This is not funny, the possibility of death, but like many combatants before us we laugh to obscure the tragedy of our cheap, squandered lives." Swofford and writers Dave Danelo and Michael Yon joined us in 2008 to discuss the challenges of war and the challenges of writing about it.

Black In Seattle: What It Was Like In 2002

Back in 2002, Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large asked his readers to share thoughts on what it’s like to be black in Seattle. In 2002, living patterns were shifting rapidly, and a few shootings put race on the public’s mind. Steve Scher talked with Large and listeners about what it was like to be black in Seattle.

Director Maggie Greenwald On Making “The Ballad of Little Jo”

Maggie Greenwald is an actress, director and screenwriter. She is perhaps best known for writing and directing “The Ballad of Little Jo,” a film based on the true story of a woman attempting to escape the stigma of having a child out of wedlock by living as a man. Marcie Sillman talked with Greenwald in 1993 about making “The Ballad of Little Jo.”

Dream About To Take Flight For Seattle Couple

Jun 28, 2013
Courtesy of Bob and Diane Dempster

In 1924, Seattle’s Sand Point was the site of one of the greatest aviation milestones of all time. But the event was eclipsed by other aviators like Charles Lindbergh and the Wright Brothers. Now, a Seattle couple wants to breathe new life into that momentous time with their own pioneering project.

KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

What can you tell about a person from the books he or she loves to read? A lot, according to Maggie Taylor, Board President of Friends of the Seattle Public Library.

Taylor invited the city's mayoral candidates to choose a passage from a favorite book and then read it aloud. Eight of the candidates accepted the challenge. They read their selections last night at the Central Library downtown.

The aim of the event was to give voters some insight into the candidates, said Taylor.

How well do you know the candidates for Seattle mayor? See if you can match up the candidates with their favorite books. 

This hour on The Conversation we’re taking a long, strange trip through Seattle’s musical history. We’ll start before rock 'n roll was invented; when Seattle had a vibrant, professional music scene, thanks in part to powerful unions. We’ll learn about Jimi Hendrix’s early days when he got by as a backup guitarist for the likes of Little Richard. Also, author Charles R. Cross tells us how Ann and Nancy Wilson from the Seattle band, Heart, went from middle-class Bellevue teenagers to international stars.

Courtesy Ed Murray For Mayor

Here’s one for the “Seattle is such a small world” file:

State Sen. Ed Murray has been hitting the campaign trail of late in his effort to oust Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

But McGinn has just recognized Murray’s long-time partner, Michael Shiosaki, with an executive appointment to the city’s Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee.

KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

UPDATE: 5/21/13, 3:50 p.m. PT

The list of candidates running for Seattle mayor is now finalized, and despite the withdrawal of one high-profile contender, the field has gotten even more crowded.

In an eleventh hour surprise, City Councilmember Tim Burgess, the leading fundraiser in the race, announced he was dropping out.

At the same time, two relatively unknown candidates entered the field, bringing the total number of mayoral hopefuls to nine.

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