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caption: Look at all that wilderness in which to make smart decisions, and not require a team to come in after you.
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Look at all that wilderness in which to make smart decisions, and not require a team to come in after you.
Credit: Photo courtesy of Seattle Mountain Rescue.

Searching and rescuing in the time of coronavirus

The people who come scoop you out of a crevasse have their own worries during this pandemic. The mayor joins us for your calls. And reevaluating your relationship to cleanliness.


Pandemic summer search and rescue

Quaint past notions of rescuers showing up on a mountain with a genial St. Bernard bear very little resemblance to what actually happens. You’re more likely to get a member of Seattle Mountain Rescue, a volunteer corps whose chairperson is Nick Constantine. He shared his concerns about the spike in calls they’ve received while we’re just at the start of pandemic summer.

Mayor Jenny Durkan, 7.23.20

As a former US attorney, mayor Jenny Durkan says she has serious concerns about the deployment of federal forces onto city streets against civilians. She talked about that, as well as police reform and a resurgent coronavirus, with Ross Reynolds.

James Hamblin, Clean

When was the last time you took a shower? For writer James Hamblin, it’s been a while. This is not just the lax hygiene of a work from home schedule. In his new book Clean: The Science of Skin, Hamblin argues that we could all spend a little less time with soap and water and be none the worse for it.