Joshua McNichols



Joshua has been the "growing pains" reporter since 2015, documenting the region's growth and change. Joshua “took the long way” to radio, working in architecture firms for over a decade before pursuing his passion for public radio in 2007. By "long way," he means he's also been a writer, bicycle courier, commercial fisherman, bed-and-breakfast cook, carpenter, landscaper and stained glass salesman. He’s detailed animal enclosures to prevent jaguars from escaping the Miami Zoo. Once, while managing a construction site in Athens, Greece, he was given a noogie by an Albanian civil war refugee in his employ. “You do not tell those guys how to place stucco,” he said. All of which has no doubt made him the story-teller he is today.



  • Carolyn Adolph and Joshua McNichols, hosts of KUOW's Primed podcast, pose for a portrait on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at Amazon's spheres in downtown Seattle.

    We’re living longer. Can Alexa help us live better?

    On this week’s episode of Primed, we explore how smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo fit into the lives of older people. Some elders find Alexa annoying or intrusive. But others interact with the technology in practical, creative ways. Here are a few of their stories.

  • FILE - Amazon devices on display during an event at Amazon in Seattle.

    How is Amazon changing our lives?

    Over the last year or so, the SoundQs team has gotten a lot of questions about one Seattle-based company. Amazon. Happily, KUOW's podcast Primed is finding answers to questions about how Amazon is changing our lives. Here's the first episode of their newest season, about Alexa and kids.

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    Preview: Primed Season 3

    Amazon is ending up in more and more of our homes. But are we asking the right questions when we invite Amazon and Alexa into our lives?

  • Vaishali Kaushik lives in Sammamish, the wealthiest city in the US. She says sometimes that affluence can be a burden, such as when children want parents to buy them things to keep up with the neighbors.
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    What Sammamish's high median income really means

    The Seattle Times reports that Sammamish is the nation's richest city. Its median household income of $183,000 even beats San Francisco. We wondered – what’s it feel like to live in a city that rich? So we went to find out.

  • Someday, parking garages may be obsolete. Meanwhile, here come the robots.

    This robot garage in Seattle can be taken apart like LEGOs

    It's not easy driving cars in Seattle, with all the traffic. That’s driving some developers to rethink parking entirely and to plan for its eventual extinction. And in the meantime, they're making use of less space by involving using robots to pack more cars into less space.