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

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KUOW and The Record team are excited to kick off a large-scale initiative to expand and innovate our local content offerings, including the development of a new project led by Bill Radke, new local podcast pilots, and a reimagining of our flagship local news show ‘The Record’ with a new format and a new host this fall. The Record will be going on hiatus as the team develops new approaches, starting June 28. Learn more here.

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    June 17th | What defines a family?

    The way we define "family" has always changed. It's not as simple as blood relatives or extended legal family. But in Washington, getting legal recognition of your "chosen family" -- those who aren't related to us in a traditional sense, but are as close to family as anything else -- is still impossible. Plus, we talk summer solstice activities and host another conversation with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

  • caption: Cosmic crisp apples in Wenatchee.

    June 16th | Finding lost apples brings Washingtonians together

    Turns out there are more new apples and you can help identify them. The introduction of the Malden Act could bring quicker relief to wildfire devastation in rural towns in Washington. Canadian author Jonny Sun joins us to talk about his latest work, "Goodbye, again!" And we continue our mayoral candidate conversations.

  • caption: Clem Watts, a 17-year-old junior at The Center School, receives a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, administered by Seattle Fire Captain Melissa Woolsey, right, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

    June 15th | Seattle’s pretty vaxxed – now what?

    Seattle has reached a 70% vaccination rate and Washington is getting ready to reopen. Virologist Angela Rasmussen answers questions about vaccine protection, variants, boosters, and what precautions to take as the region lifts restrictions. Plus, New York Times tech correspondent Karen Weise on conditions in an Amazon warehouse during the pandemic and Seattle Times reporter Joseph O’Sullivan on the limits of the governor’s veto powers.

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    June 14 | How one Washington man brought big tech to court

    Facebook says they aren't selling political ads in Washington because of our rigorous transparency law. But people like Zach Wurtz, whose job it is to track those ads, are saying otherwise. So he did what he could - he took Facebook to court. Small claims court. It didn't quite go to plan. Plus, two discussion on the role of Japanese Americans during World War Two. As prisoners, soldiers, and contentious objectors.

  • caption: A Great Blue Heron enjoys a meal on Friday, June 4, 2021, at the Ballard Locks in Seattle.

    June 10 | Great blue herons have made their home at the Ballard Locks

    Every year blue herons make their nests along the water in Ballard. And every year the Heron Habitat Helpers are there to assist. Ross Reynolds spoke to two of those volunteer helpers last week - father daughter pair Mike and Linda Marsh about why they spend their time helping blue herons. Plus, why prison populations are decreasing, if college athletes will ever be paid in Washington, and a radioactive musical.

  • An actor's view of a theater from the stage

    June 9th | The show must go on...line!

    Last summer, RadioActive journalist Jadenne Radoc Cabahug captured scenes of her neighbors stuck inside. Pictures of supportive signs, waves, and routines became a musical by students at The 5th Avenue Theatre. We talk about the inspiration for the musical and hear the entire showcase. Then, perhaps delusion can be a good thing. Shankar Vedantam shares how self-deception may boost your success and well-being. Also, we hear about what happened when a teacher in Spokane created a lesson plan around picking cotton. And, finding a psychiatric bed in Washington is a years old problem that has worsened in the pandemic. KUOW's Austin Jenkins tells a story about one man in southwest Washington.

  • caption: FILE: The block-long Black Lives Matter street mural, beginning at 10th Avenue and East Pine Street, is shown on Saturday, June 13, 2020, inside the area known as the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, or CHOP, in Seattle.

    June 8 | CHOP: reflecting on one year after the protests that changed Seattle

    A year ago protestors marched in cities around the U.S. in demonstrations against police violence following the murder of George Floyd by a police officer. Seattle area protesters converged around a few blocks on Capitol Hill that became known as the CHOP. This hour, we look back on the site and how it has a place in Seattle history. Guests include KUOW reporter Casey Martin, mural artist Angelina Villalobos, Washington State Representative Nicole Macri, Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz, and Attorney Sadé Smith.

  • caption: Kara Peters walks through the Seattle Public Central Library to her desk before starting her shift on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, in Seattle.

    June 3rd | What are you reading right now?

    After a whole year of being closed to the public, Seattle Public Libraries is starting to re-open its branches. Bill Radke and interim chief librarian Tom Fay talk to listeners about what books they've reading, and what the . Plus, what's happening with hotel shelters and a q&a with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

  • A boba tea order with milk and tapioca pearls

    June 2nd | What your boba order says about you

    Ok, most opinions boba tea or bubble tea order opinions are subjective, but one thing we can all agree on is that the drink is one of many popular foods defining college life on the west coast. We hear from a UW Daily columnist about her foodscapes making sense of campus food trends. Then, an explanation of the drought crisis so far impacting Oregon and California. Also, is pandemic inflation a good thing? And, Lynda Mapes tell us all about her documentation of Puget Sound orca pod, she tells us why things seem a lot better.

  • caption: Volunteer registered nurse Amy Rioux, left, administers a Covid-19 vaccine for Teddy Haile of Seattle, right, on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at Island Drug in Oak Harbor.

    June 1st | Should businesses have to keep track of employee vaccinations?

    Bill Radke speaks to Republican State House Leader JT Wilcox on if Washington businesses should check employee vaccination status. Plus, Seattle mayoral candidate Art Langlie about why he's running for the position, can air conditioners be environmentally friendly, and how to prevent elephant poaching.

  • caption: A Seattle Community Fridge, freshly painted and about to be placed at the Danny Woo Community Garden.

    May 27th | Why you might see a fridge when you walk through your neighborhood

    Take a stroll around your neighborhood and you might come across a refrigerator on the street. It's not waiting to be recycled, it's part of the mutual aid group Seattle Community Fridge. Ross Reynolds spoke to one of the group's volunteers. Plus, last Monday Governor Inslee signed a sweeping set of environmental bills into law. But one provision he didn't pass was requiring consent from local tribes, and tribal leaders aren't happy. And Ross Reynolds speaks to Heart band member Nancy Wilson.