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caption: Orca behavior looks completely different when viewed from below the water rather than above.
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Orca behavior looks completely different when viewed from below the water rather than above.

Big Brother: Killer Whale Edition

Snuggly, athletic orcas; progressives on Biden; and the falsehood behind money’s clinking, clanking sound.

Individual segments are available in our podcast stream or at www.kuow.org/record.

Tracking whales from all prepositions: above, below, upon, alongside...

Drone footage, relentless nearby observation, participants mic’ed and camera-ed up: it sounds like an episode of Big Brother. But it’s actually a research voyage that was recently undertaken by scientists from the University of British Columbia, tracking the feeding behavior of southern resident killer whales. Sarah Fortune, a postdoc at UBC’s Marine Mammal Research lab, joined Bill Radke with sound and stories from the sea.

Progressives on Biden

It seems unlikely that there are many undecided voters left in the 2020 presidential election. KUOW’s Ashley Hiruko has been speaking with progressive Democrats to find out how they feel about Joe Biden, who may not have been the candidate they wanted but is now the candidate they have.

Jacob Goldstein, Money

Money is a fantasy, which may be why so many of us have complicated and sticky feelings about it. To tell the story of what is essentially a mass hallucination that we now can’t live without, Planet Money’s Jacob Goldstein has written a book called Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing.