Amina Al-Sadi

Producer, The Record

Ways to Connect

Bill Radke talks to Melanie McFarland, local writer and TV critic, about a time a stranger touched her hair at a bus stop and why incidents like this are a microaggression. 

A genetically engineered Atlantic salmon. AquaBounty, the company that created it, says the fish is safe to eat. The FDA agrees. The question is whether consumers will be persuaded.
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It could soon be on your dinner plate: the first genetically modified food animal approved for Americans’ consumption. The federal Food and Drug Administration OK'd sale of GMO salmon on Thursday.

'Sesame Street' has included children and a new character with autism.
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Jeannie Yandel talks to Dr. Wendy Stone is a professor of psychology and director of the READi lab at the University of Washington. Dr. Stone was a consultant for Sesame Street as they created their first character with autism, Julia. Julia is also a character in their digital storybook, "We're Amazing, 1,2,3!"  

University of Washington history professor Stephanie Smallwood at KUOW studios on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015.
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Walk onto the University of Washington's Red Square and you are greeted by a giant statue of George Washington. A lot of students walk past that statue barely aware it's there.

But UW senior Palca Shibale told KUOW’s Bill Radke that Red Square is one place – but not the only one on campus – where she feels erased as a student of color.

Shibale, who is studying molecular biology, helped organize a rally last week in solidarity with students at the University of Missouri who protested the handling of racist incidents on campus.

Pacific Ocean from across the straights.
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Ross Reynolds talks to writer Simon Winchester about his book "Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators and Fading Empires and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers." 

John Lovick and Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson celebrate the opening of a new Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County facility in Everett on Nov. 6, 2013.
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Ross Reynolds talks to Noah Haglund from the Everett Herald about the Snohomish county executive race. Incumbent John Lovick trails challenger Dave Somers on the day after election day.   

Cape Flattery on Washington's coast.
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Kim Malcolm talks to Dr. Kirk Johnson, sant director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, about the geological wonders of the West Coast and his new NOVA special "Making North America." 

rain trees
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David Hyde talks to Knute Berger, writer and historian for Crosscut, about how and why rain is such an important part of a Northwesterner's identity. 

Juanita High School football field in Kirkland, Washington.
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David Hyde talks to Geoff Baker, investigative reporter at the Seattle Times about the accusations of a culture of hazing at Juanita High School in Kirkland. 

Starving prisoners in Mauthausen camp liberated on 5 May 1945.
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Kim Malcolm talks to Dee Simon, executive director of The Holocaust Center for Humanity, Seattle's first Holocaust museum, about why she works to share the story of the genocide.

University of Washington's Suzzallo Library.
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David Hyde talks to Jack Stripling, a reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education, about the University of Washington's new president Ana Mari Cauce. 

Alki Elementary School in West Seattle.
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Jeannie Yandel talks to Brian Jones, a North Seattle dad who donated $70,000 to Alki Elementary School to help them keep a teacher and to make a statement on Washington state's education funding.  

Jeannie Yandel talks to Mike Regis, director of procurement at Northwest Harvest, about his friend and former colleague Ruth Velozo.

Velozo was one of the founders of Northwest Harvest and served as their executive director for 21 years. 

Jeannie Yandel talks to University of Washington professor Ralina Joseph about the University of Washington's Center for Communication, Differences and Equity

David Schmader wrote The Stranger's "Last Days" column for 15 years.
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For David Schmader the state of U.S. media is summed up by what happened after New York magazine published a cover story about Bill Cosby’s accusers.

Schmader, who recently left The Stranger after 16 years, told KUOW’s Jeannie Yandel that he had been chafing under the changes wrought by the Internet over the past decade. And then came that story and cover.