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    Casual Friday: Thirsty for fall

    After a dusty, dry summer, Seattleites are in for more rain in one weekend than we got in three months. Microsoft learns remote work means longer workdays. And Macklemore moves from the thrift shop to the pro shop.

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    Remembering the pandemic through objects

    While the pandemic is still raging, there are efforts to ensure we never forget how it has altered our lives. The Washington State History Museum is collecting artifacts (both tangible and digital) to commemorate how Washingtonians have experienced Covid. Head curator Margaret Wetherbee talks about the items they've collected so far and why it's important to document the pandemic while it's still happening.

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    State vaxx mandate gets a legal challenge

    The clock is ticking for thousands of state workers facing Governor Inslee’s order to get vaccinated. But now almost a hundred have signed on to a lawsuit to avoid the jab and keep their jobs. KUOW’s Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins explains.

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    I had breakthrough covid

    Vaccines are keeping people from getting seriously ill, but there’s still a lot of covid out there and even a mild case can be pretty brutal. So how do you size up the risk if you're fully vaccinated? NPR science reporter and editor Will Stone tells what he learned after getting surprised by covid last month.

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    Wild about houseplants

    All that time spent inside thanks to the pandemic fueled a booming market for indoor plants. Paige Browning gives us a look inside the growing hobby-slash-obsession that has some Seattleites caring for hundreds of specimens.

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    Casual Friday: Spider season

    King County is making plans to verify vaccine status, there's some hope for the Mariners and it's spider season in the Pacific Northwest.

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    A 9/11 story of forgiveness

    This weekend marks 20 years since the September 11th, 2001 attacks that changed American life, and millions of lives around the world. Today, a story of how that event forever altered the life and purpose of one Seattleite.

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    A local effort to help Afghan refugees

    Afghan refugees are headed to Washington, and some Seattle-area Vietnamese Americans who see parallels to their own stories are determined to help them. We hear from Thanh Tan and Jefferey Vu, co-founders of a local refugee aid effort called Viets4Afghans.

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    Inside pandemic school

    School is back in session. It's a bit exciting, a bit scary, and a lot weird. Today we go inside the first day of school at Mount View Elementary School in White Center to see what pandemic school looks like in action.

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    Diving deep with sperm whales

    Happy Labor Day! It's the last kick of summer, and many folks are out enjoying the natural beauty of our region, including all our waterways. That got the Seattle Now team thinking about extreme swimming, like the mile-deep dives of the sperm whale. Our colleagues on The Wild dug into the science of how these whales go so deep into the ocean, so we're sharing that episode today.

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    Casual Friday: Middle school mask fashion

    It was a packed week, especially for students and families around the city. We get into that, and how a fried chicken restaurant is supporting other local businesses with KUOW's Jeannie Yandel and Mentor Washington's James Miles.

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    Who decides who gets to work remotely?

    Workers are slowly returning to offices, but for many, there are more questions than answers. The culture of work has changed and now the old and new are crashing together. We break it down with author and consultant Ruchika Tulshyan.