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caption: Vials of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine are shown on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland.
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Vials of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine are shown on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland.
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Coronavirus in 2021: new vaccines and a viral variant

Washington fights to keep the Seattle National Archives. A methanol plant on the Columbia River draws environmental concerns. How remote life is increasing access to therapy (at a cost to privacy). And the current state of COVID-19 vaccination in Washinton state.

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

Washington's fight for the Seattle National Archives

Last year, Seattle historians and indigenous tribes warned that federal sale and closure of the Seattle National Archives Repository at Sand Point was an erasure of history. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Fawn Sharp, President of the National Congress of American Indians Quinault Indians, are fighting to stop the sale.

Proposed methanol plant draws environmental concerns in Kalama

Last month a Washington State study found a high likelihood that a proposed methanol factory on the Columbia River could slow greenhouse gas emissions. But slowing emissions isn't the same as not emitting at all. Daily News Reporter Mallory Gruben fills us in on what the plant will produce and the environmental protests against it.

John Moe on teletherapy

The pandemic has made it difficult to visit your therapist. For many, the pandemic is reason enough to start therapy altogether. So how effective is remote therapy, and should we be concerned about the technology used to facilitate it? Bill Radke speaks with John Moe, author of "The Hilarious World of Depression."

COVID-19 vaccinations begin

KUOW Reporter Anna Boiko-Weyrauch gives us an on the ground look at those getting the latest coronavirus vaccines.

Dr. Jeff Duchin on COVID vaccination

While the new coronavirus mutation hasn't made its way to the Pacific North West, health officials say it's only a matter of time. Bill Radke speaks with King County Public Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin about the current state of vaccination: how many Washingtonians have a vaccine, how many more are on the way, and how concerned we should be about the variant virus.