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caption: Nyema Clark, urban farmer and founder of Nurturing Roots, feeds chickens on Sunday, September 27, 2020, at Nurturing Roots in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle.
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Nyema Clark, urban farmer and founder of Nurturing Roots, feeds chickens on Sunday, September 27, 2020, at Nurturing Roots in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle.
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Pandemic-era chicken raising: what is it and should you do it?

Experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. Meet two Seattle mayoral candidates. Also, the pros and cons of urban chicken-keeping.

During the pandemic, local officials converted hotels into individualized, long-term shelters for those experiencing homelessness. Seattle Times reporter Sydney Brownstone joins Bill Radke today to talk about how this and other new approaches to homelessness create a divide in who can get critical services. Meet Lance Randall and Casey Sixhiller -- two of the 15 people running to be the mayor of Seattle. Also, the pros and cons of urban chicken-keeping, as explained by KUOW reporter Joshua McNichols.

Homeless system split into two

In the most stringent of quarantine restrictions, restaurants, libraries, and other buildings were closed off to the public. Local officials needed to find ways to provide homeless services while also limiting the spread of COVID so they converted hotels into individualized, long-term shelters. But as the Seattle Times’ Sydney Brownstone talks with Bill about, the new approach to homelessness creates a divide in who can get critical services.

Seattle mayoral candidate: Lance Randall

Lance Randall is the economic development director of the Seattle nonprofit, SEED. He talked with Bill Radke about why he's running to lead the city and the top challenges it faces.

Seattle mayoral candidate: Casey Sixkiller

Casey Sixkiller is currently deputy mayor of operations at the city of Seattle. She talked with Bill Radke about what she loves about Seattle and why she's running to lead the city.

The pros and cons of urban chicken keeping

“Cottagecore" is the trend of getting back to your roots, whether that be baking sourdough bread or planting a garden. Or maybe even raising a few chickens. KUOW's Joshua McNichols wrote a book on urban farming and he is now raising chickens. He joins Bill Radke to discuss the pros and cons of pandemic-era chicken-raising.