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

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  • caption: Seattle waterfront and skyline, featuring the Alaskan Way Viaduct, 1952

    May 18th | 100 years of Seattle complaints: Seattle has been dying for a long time

    Seattle is dying. Now. Then. Always. We take a look at how every generation gripes about losing their nostalgic 'Old Seattle.' Plus, a recap on Governor Inslee's signing ceremony, which includes some surprise -- and controversial -- vetoes. Lastly, the latest of our ongoing weekly conversations with candidates running for Seattle mayor.

  • caption: In "Pandemic 2020," an art-driven video game, your character is a literal molecule of the COVID-19 virus.

    Fighting twitter zombies with toilet paper: Chanhee Choi and her game, "Pandemic 2020"

    The usual video game plot is that you're some kind of hero going to some kind of castle or stronghold, to defeat an evil villain and save someone. Very rarely do you see racism as the primary enemy in a video game. But that is the villain at the center of a new game from University of Washington Graduate Student Chahnee Choi.

  • caption: A disco ball, ready to party

    May 17th | Pumpin' fists and iron post pandemic

    The CDC says you can party. If you're fully vaccinated, that is. But are people ready to jump back into the fray? Plus, how one local business is handling the change in CDC and state guidelines, and the story of a videogame created to combat anti-Asian racism.

  • Aww, this seal is just resting on the beach!

    May 12th | This Pacific Northwest center is helping injured and stranded marine life

    Slow down--not every seal pup needs your help! Some seals are just plump, happy and resting. But how can you help the others? We hear from SR3, a new center that's striving to provide care for injured and sick marine life, about what you can do to help! Then, moving through the world both invisible and hypervisible is a difficult reality for Black women, including author Reagan Jackson. Also, what should happen when the Mayor's texts are deleted? And, The Oregon Trail gets a revamp, no more bow and arrows or other inaccurate depictions of Native Americans.

  • caption: The USS Maine submarine returning to its home port at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in January 2012.

    May 11th | Why is Washington home to so many nuclear missile subs?

    Eight of the nation’s 14 nuclear ballistic submarines are stationed at the U.S. Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. Ross Reynolds talks with reporter Joshua Farley about the history of ballistic missiles in Washington and a revived, 40-year-old plan to build a peace pagoda near the naval base in . Plus, we hear about missing and “recreated” texts from Mayor Jenny Durkan in response to a KUOW records request last year and we continue our weekly conversations with Seattle mayoral candidates.

  • caption: The underside of adult sunflower sea stars, feeding on mussels. More than two dozen adult sunflower stars make up a breeding colony at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island, where researchers are rearing sea stars in captivity in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy. The species was recently listed as critically endangered, the first such listing for any starfish species worldwide.

    May 6th | Hope springs eternal for the endangered sunflower sea star

    Researchers in the San Juan Islands have successfully matured a brood of captive sunflower sea stars, which became critically endangered after a 2013 plague killed 90 percent of the giant ocean creatures. Also, we discuss the need to combat racism and diversify outdoor recreation. Lastly, our weekly conversation with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

  • caption: On May 4, 2021, Governor Jay Inslee announced a two-week pause on the state's reopening plan.

    May 4th | Governor Jay Inslee announces two-week pause on reopening plan

    Bill Radke speaks with Northwest News Network regional correspondent Tom Banse about Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement today that all Washington counties will stay for two weeks in their current phase under the state’s Covid reopening plan. University of Idaho sociology professor Ryanne Pilgeram talks with Bill Radke about her new book on rural gentrification. And we continue our series introducing voters to candidates in the Seattle mayor's race two candidates vying to be Seattle’s next mayor as part of our series introducing voters to the candidates, their top priorities and why they’re running.

  • caption: Seattle Children's Hospital is shown on Thursday, November 14, 2019, in Seattle.

    May 3rd | Local hospital sees a rise in mental health crises in kids

    When the pandemic hit, doctors at Seattle Children's Hospital saw more children coming in with mental health emergencies. Seattle Children's CEO Jeff Sperring tells Bill Radke that that's not going to end with the pandemic. Plus - author Michelle Zauner discuses her new book 'Crying in H Mart', and a dive into the new dinosaurs at Woodland Park Zoo.