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9:52 am
Fri March 28, 2014

'A Weighty Subject:' A Family Comes To Terms With A Trans Child

A drawing by Bridget, who came out as trans when she was four years old.
Credit KUOW Photo/Rosette Royale

Her eyes focused on the arcade screen, Bridget awaits her moment of transformation.

The 9-year-old is playing the video game Ms. Pac-Man, where the title character eats a magic pellet that turns her into a super being. As Bridget grips the joystick, the sunlight streaming in through a nearby window highlights her features: She has a face full of freckles, glinting, grey eyes and brown hair that tumbles past her shoulders.

“I’m good at this,” she says of the game.

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Transportation Monopoly
2:27 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington State Ferries: Born From A Rates War

The Lincoln was one of the ferries employed by Vashon Island residents when they established their own independent ferry service.
Credit Courtesy of Steven J Pickens

In 1948, at the height of discontent over a Puget Sound transportation controversy, a group of agitated locals, nicknamed the “Vashon vigilantes,” prevented the ferry Illahee from docking.

A local business man, two candidates for governor and a network of traversing boats came to a head over a seemingly simple issue: how much to charge to cross the waterways between cities and islands.

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Blue And Green Highway
2:06 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington State Ferries: Replacing Aging Icons

A welder at Vigor Industrial works on a new ferry for the Washington State Ferry System.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Cherie LaMaine is a ferry walker on the Edmonds-Kingston line: She makes laps around the deck as the boat glides from port to port.

The habit started with her husband when he needed to make frequent trips to Swedish Hospital. “We would still walk, holding hands,” LaMaine said. “He couldn't walk too fast, but it was great.”

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Sacred Catch
6:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

The Fish Wars: Fighting As Northwest Salmon Run Dry

Mural near the Fisherman's Cove Marina and Lummi Island Ferry on Lummi Nation.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jeff Emtman

This is an excerpt from KUOW's "Sacred Catch" series. Explore the full series with additional audio, pictures and materials.

Hundreds of Indians climbed the cliffs at night and waited under the edge of the bluff for the first morning light.

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Sacred Catch
6:00 am
Wed January 22, 2014

'Schelangen,' But Also A Right

Jay Julius is a member of the Lummi Tribe and an outspoken defender of his people's fishing rights.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

Back in the 1850s, the United States negotiated a series of five treaties with the coastal tribes living in what is now Washington state. The treaties secured a majority of the land for the state and broke the tribes up into reservations. But of less interest to early white settlers were water rights. Native Americans kept their right to fish along coastal waters. However, over the decades those rights have been disputed.

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Sacred Catch
6:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Before Salmon Was King, Before Salmon Was Greed

Ramona Morris, 82, is a Lummi elder and has lived on the reservation near Bellingham, Wash., her whole life. To her, salmon is more than food: it's a way of life.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jeff Emtman

The Salish Sea is a network of waterways that run from northwestern Washington to British Columbia. The waters of the Salish Sea are home to some of the richest marine life on the planet. The Lummi Tribe of Northern Washington rely on the abundance of these waters, but the fish have been in decline for the last century and a half.

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Series: Black In Seattle
10:53 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Response To "Black In Seattle: Dating Woes"

Naomi and Roland Truitt, from the first part in the "Black In Seattle" series.
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

Tonya Mosley's Black in Seattle series concluded Thursday with a look at the challenges black women have in finding partners, called he "marriage freeze."

Listeners and readers added their own insight on the series and their experiences finding love in Seattle.

Follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter and add your questions and insights.

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Black In Seattle
10:40 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Black In Seattle Live Twitter Chat

Tonya Mosley, creator of the Black In Seattle series.

Black In Seattle series producer Tonya Mosley (@tonyamosley) moderated a live Twitter chat last night. Local guests Enrico Benjamin and Alex Wells joined her to discuss what it's like to be a black man in Seattle.

Miss anything? Catch up on all the pieces from Mosley's series and highlights from the chat below, and follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter to add your questions and insights.

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Series: Black In Seattle
6:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Finding A (Black) Man: Dating Woes For Seattle's Black Women

Marquetta Riley
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

In 2002, Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large wrote about the black experience in Seattle in which black women complained about how few black men there were to date. One woman said to "bring your own black men (or women) to date because Seattle is hard on black women's dating aspirations."

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Black In Seattle
10:59 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Response To 'Black In Seattle: Busing Blues'

Credit Courtesy of Seattle Public Schools Archive

Tonya Mosley's Black in Seattle series continued Tuesday with a piece on the Seattle Public Schools' 21-year busing program and the way it continues to affect the way black people, some of who are parents now themselves, view their community and education.

Listeners and readers added their own insight on their experiences with the busing program.

Follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter and add your questions and insights. Don't have a Twitter account? Eavesdrop on the chat in real-time.

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Black In Seattle
8:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Black Man, White City: 'It's Unnecessarily Stressful'

Tariq Sahali
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

On a map, Seattle is a blue dot – often described as liberal and tolerant. But it’s not always comfortable for black men who say they experience racial profiling and discrimination.

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Black In Seattle: Web Special
11:11 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Black In Seattle: 'Perceptions May Be Different Than Reality'

Seattle Fire Department Chief Gregory Dean
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

This week, we’ve been airing stories by reporter Tonya Mosley centered around the question: What is the black experience in Seattle? Below, hear Web exclusive interviews from more people Mosley interviewed for her series, Black In Seattle

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Black In Seattle
10:35 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Response To 'Black In Seattle: Struggling To Stay Connected'

Benita Thomas, right, described what led her to the decision to move away from Seattle in Tonya Mosley's first piece in the Black in Seattle series.
KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

Tonya Mosley's Black in Seattle series on KUOW immediately struck a chord with her first piece that asked a fraught question: Where are the black people? For a large and progressive metro area, Seattle actually lags behind other cities and the country as a whole in its black population.

Listeners and readers added their own insight as to what Seattle offers and what it is missing for the black community.

Follow the hashtag #blackinseattle on Twitter and add your questions and insights. Don't have a Twitter account? Eavesdrop on the chat in real-time.

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Black In Seattle
10:30 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Busing Blues: When Seattle Sent Black Kids To White North End

As part of a Seattle Public Schools program, students were bused from different neighborhoods to improve racial mixes.
Courtesy of MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, 2000.107

On a recent Thursday evening, Amalia Martino rushed from work to catch the last few minutes of her daughter Sophia’s soccer game. She pointed out her daughter on the field, laughing a little: “My daughter is the brown one.”

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Black In Seattle
7:57 am
Mon October 28, 2013

'Where Are The Black People?' Struggling To Stay Connected

April Nowak takes her daughters Camille and Simone to play dates with other brown girls in the Puget Sound area.
Credit KUOW Photo/Tonya Mosley

What is it like to be black in the fifth whitest major city in America?

It’s not an easy question to answer.

Seattle’s black population hovers around 8 percent, with more leaving every year.

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