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When sci-fi becomes reality

Microsoft has patented a chatbot that would use deceased people’s internet data to bring them back to life - virtually, anyway. Plus, the Seattle origins of the woman who became known as the ‘welfare queen’, a look at the NFL’s commitment to social justice, and a discussion with King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci.

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

Who was the Welfare Queen?

The term “Welfare Queen” isn’t new - President Regan used it to defend cuts to welfare benefits, and President Clinton did when he reformed the system entirely. But who was the welfare queen? Turns out, she’s from Seattle. Local writer Shaun Scott explained her origins to Bill Radke.

When Sci-fi Becomes Reality

Microsoft has patented a chatbot that would use deceased people’s internet data to bring them back to life - virtually, anyway. But is that comforting? Creepy? An invasion of privacy? Bill Radke spoke to Susan Hintze, managing partner at Hintze Law, about the intersection of technology and privacy.

Is the NFL committed to racial equity?

Yesterday, the NFL aired an ad during the Super Bowl touting their commitment to ending systemic racism. But what are they actually doing, and is it enough? Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic says it’s not.

King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci on the vaccine rollout

So far vaccine distribution in King County has been rough. There are more people that want the vaccine than doses to give, and in the last month we've seen site crashes, long lines, and scrambling to get thawed vaccines into arms. Bill Radke asked King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci if this is how the entire rollout will go.