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The Record

Host Bill Radke leads in-depth conversations about what matters today in Seattle and beyond.

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  • A dead 40-foot gray whale drifted ashore north of Port Ludlow, Washington, on May 28.

    June 18th | A whale of a view

    Gray whale as lawn ornament. A chat with the new head of the Nature Conservancy. And the case for incrementalism.

  • June 17th | The view from a Shanghai taxi

    A veteran NPR correspondent’s drive for the story. A tale of two counties. Forced conservatorship in San Francisco. And some of what we don’t know we don’t know about Kim Jong Un.

  • Professor Nara Milanich's new book, Paternity: The Elusive Quest for the Father.

    June 13th | Who’s your daddy?

    ISO the father, via science and society. What will tech giants’ affordable housing money fund? Is teriyaki on the wane in Seattle? Is Alexa listening to your kids? And another tale of cold cases revived through DNA testing websites.

  • Golf cart parked at a course

    June 12th | Are golf courses the solution to affordable housing?

    Seattle's trying to decide if it should keep its four public golf courses as is. The US Women's soccer team set a new record! Would embracing air conditioning make us less "eco-friendly"? And is the cottonwood fluff worse than it used to be?

  • The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star sits moored in Lyttelton Harbor during a port call to, Christchurch, New Zealand, Feb. 18, 2017. The Polar Star crew stopped in New Zealand after completing a month-long icebreaking mission to Antarctica.

    Seattle to welcome a new heavy ice cutter

    For the first time in 40 years, the U.S. is getting a new heavy ice cutter to join the Coast Guard’s Polar Star and the Polar Sea, whose home port is Seattle. Democratic Senator Patty Murray said ice breakers play a critical role in our national security and are “a strategic asset in our nation’s efforts to promote our interests in the north.”

  • Thick plumes of smoke billow across the landscape from the West Fork Complex fire, burning in southwestern Colorado near Pagosa Springs in June 2013. This photo was taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station during Expedition 36.

    How to talk to a flat-earther

    When Lee McIntyre first showed up at the Flat Earth International Conference, he put his badge on and kept his mouth shut. The mood he said was celebratory. After all, many flat-earthers, as they’re called, are radicalized over online videos and don’t have a lot of opportunities to meet up with people of like minds.