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The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
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Is this romance novel about a Seattle public radio station about us?

An apparently fictional romance story from a former KUOW employee is an ode to public radio with a little tough love for the industry. A discussion on what the Biden Administration plans for immigration, landlords weigh in on how the eviction moratorium is impacting them, and we somehow find a moment to take a deep breath thanks to a soundscape from Eastern Washington.

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

A Seattle public radio station romance novel

The Ex Talk is a fictional twist on the enemies-to-lovers and fake lovers trope. Two people pretend to be exes and host a show about it! Jeannie Yandel spoke with Seattle author Rachel Lynn Solomon about writing a tough love letter to public radio and the perfect millennial romance novel ending: happy for now.

On Biden's immigration policies

President Biden signed three new executive orders on immigration. They focused on family separation, border security, and legal immigration. Bill Radke spoke with Jorge Baron, the Executive Director of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, about what the Biden administration is proposing and how policies in recent years have impacted immigrants in Washington state.

Housing Providers on pandemic housing crisis

Housing providers and their residents are still trying to figure out how to balance a lack of work and aid with the costs of rent and mortgages. Bill Radke spoke with two local housing providers, Brett Frank-Looney and Morris Groberman, about how they are dealing with tenants who can't make rent and the support they need.

A brief moment in nature

Have you heard the birds at dawn in the Methow Valley? We take a short break to hear what sunrise in Eastern Washington and Chris Morgan, host of KUOW’s podcast The Wild, narrate the soundscape. These sounds were recorded by Gorden Hempton the Sound Tracker and co-founder of Quiet Parks international.