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Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington in 2014.
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Amid pandemic slump, Redmond looks for a new way to bring in visitors

Looking for a vacci-cation? Redmond may pay you to visit. Plus, how one pop-up restaurant is finding a way to make it through the pandemic. And Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on policing, homelessness, and vaccination.

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Redmond pilots a program to bring in tourists -- by paying them to visit

Beset by pandemic restrictions and a devastating wildfire, the city of Glenwood Springs, CO needed to find a way to support their resort industry. Their solution? Pay people to spend money at local businesses. Their model is now leading a similar program in Redmond. Bill Radke speaks with Lisa Langer, tourism director from Glenwood Springs, and Peter Klauser, tourism director of Experience Redmond, about what their programs hope to accomplish.

Karachi Cowboys brings Pakistani soul food to Seattle

With Washington now entering phase three of its COVID reopening plan, restaurants can now open to 50 percent capacity. As we've seen, keeping a restaurant afloat amid changing restrictions is difficult -- but it especially helps if you're a pop-up restaurant. Bill Radke is joined by Nasir Zubair, chef and owner of Karachi Cowboys, a Pakistani soul food pop-up.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan 3.25.21

In our weekly conversation with Mayor Durkan, we discuss the Seattle City Council's approach to policing, the region's approach to homelessness, and we take your calls.