An image from the Wing Luke Museum's exhibit "Worlds Beyond Here: The Expanding Universe of APA Science Fiction.”
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An image from the Wing Luke Museum's exhibit "Worlds Beyond Here: The Expanding Universe of APA Science Fiction.”
Credit: Courtesy Wing Luke Museum

'The aliens arrived unexpectedly at 6:42…'

An exhibit at the Wing Luke makes Asian Pacific Americans visible in science fiction. Congestion pricing has hopped the pond and is coming to Manhattan. Is Seattle next? The Fremont Solstice Parade is going to separate the parade itself from the naked bikers. What would Medicare for All really cost? And a look at the French fry supply chain.

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Wing Luke Museum, Worlds Beyond Here

People in many marginalized communities can feel othered in literary canons. With science fiction, there are metaphors built into the genre that can help call that out. The Wing Luke Museum is currently showing an exhibit titled “Worlds Beyond Here: The Expanding Universe of APA [Asian Pacific American] Science Fiction.” Writers Lily Yu and Michi Trota are both featured in the show.

Congestion pricing: first Manhattan, next Seattle?

This week, New York decided that starting in 2021 they’ll be the first American city to try congestion pricing. Seattle has been flirting with the policy for years. We asked Gabe Klein to break it down. Klein has been a transportation commissioner in both Chicago and D.C.

Fremont Solstice Parade naked bikers

This year, you’re going to have to wait a little longer to see the naked people at the Fremont Solstice Parade. In the 90s, it became tradition for bikers to take off their clothing, put on body paint, and crash the parade on bikes. But no longer. Seattle Bike Blog founder and editor Tom Fucoloro explains.

Medicare for All: how will we pay for it?

Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is proposing a single-payer health care system in the U.S. – Medicare for All. It would cover everything from hospital visits to maternity care. There would be no charges for going to the doctor; no copay at the ER. But how would we pay for it? Ian Randall is a healthcare economist at the University of Washington.

Of frost and French fries

Fertile fields in Washington and Oregon are just now drying out from one of the coldest, snowiest winters on record. That leaves potato farmers a month behind in planting. KUOW’s Anna King explains what that means for your French fries.