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District didn't want us to visit this struggling Seattle school

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000

Lowell Elementary School sits across from million-dollar houses on a quiet street in Capitol Hill. But this school serves some of the poorest children in the city.

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How a star collision could unlock the biggest mysteries of the universe

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:07:12 +0000

Bill Radke talks with astrophysicist Michael Landry about an historic collision of two neutron stars, known as a kilonova. It's the first time scientists have observed this type of cosmic event both through electromagnetic and gravitational waves. Landry is head of the LIGO Hanford Observatory.

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The Record: Tuesday, Oct 17, Full Show

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:40:43 +0000

You just heard about Amazon's search for a headquarters outside Seattle. Some local lawmakers say Amazon has felt unwelcome, not included — and those lawmakers want to hit the refresh button. Does that mean apologizing to Amazon, not taxing Amazon? Also, a Washington state observatory played a role in a startling astronomic discovery. Why should a non-scientist care? "We are all only tenants on this earth now, Rushing on, passing on, gone." Those lines are from a poem written in West Seattle. You'll hear about a poetic map of Seattle this hour.

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Should we continue to segregate the sexes in scouts and sports?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:34:25 +0000

Bill Radke speaks with University of Denver law professor Nancy Leong and Rob McKenna, executive board member of the Chief Seattle Council of The Boy Scouts of America, about the decision to allow girls into the Boy Scouts and how we should think about segregation between the sexes in society.

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Will Seattle pay $15 for a bowl of pho?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:13:43 +0000

Tam Nguyen owns the Tamarind Tree restaurant in Seattle’s Little Saigon neighborhood . The menu features dishes like crispy coconut rice cakes with shrimp, and of course pho, which has been part of the fabric of Seattle culture since the 1980s.

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Convention center developers and community groups reach agreement

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:49:43 +0000

Seattle will get an additional $60 million in public benefits, including affordable housing and bike lanes, as part of the proposed expansion of the Washington State Convention Center. That’s more than the project’s developers had originally offered. The new money is the result of long negotiations.

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Why DOJ ordered these Seattle lawyers to stop helping some immigrants

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:39:34 +0000

The cease and desist order came as a shock. It was from the U.S. Justice Department, ordering a group of Seattle lawyers to stop helping in some deportation cases.

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Pho is so much more than food | Second Wave

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:27:38 +0000

When Thanh Tan was growing up, pho wasn’t cool. Now, it’s an “it” dish and taking on a life of its own as more Americans eat and serve it.

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Seattle’s next mayor is bringing major conflicts of interest with her

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:48:44 +0000

Seattle suddenly seems like a very small town — at least when you look at the mayoral candidates and their family ties.

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Umbrella or no? Seattle's mayoral candidates answer your questions

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:48:40 +0000

Two people want to lead the city of Seattle. Only one will be mayor. That person will shape the future of Seattle. The Record recently spoke with candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon.

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To pay for homeless services, Seattle considers new business tax

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:49:56 +0000

Seattle City Council members are considering a tax on big business to fund services for homelessness. This kind of tax is often known as a “head tax” or “employee hours tax.” And it’s actually nothing new for Seattle. The city had something like it for transportation funding, until it was repealed in 2009.

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What happens when Amazon comes to your town?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:40:41 +0000

In September, 2017, Amazon kicked off the country’s biggest lottery — a search for a second headquarters, a.k.a. HQ2. The city that wins that contest might want some insight from the city Amazon chose first. So we're launching a new podcast.

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Week in Review: Harvey Weinstein, Amazon HQ2 and upcoming elections

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 22:09:06 +0000

This week rape and sexual harassment got a very public face when we learned that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is accused of raping several women. He’s been settling sexual harassment claims for decades, and many, many people knew about it and said nothing.

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‘No simple contract:’ UW community members read the U.S. Constitution

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:42:13 +0000

Twelve years ago the University of Washington Libraries staff started a tradition. They invited UW students, staff, and the general public to join them on a given day to read the U.S. Constitution.

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Why was I taught sex ed by a man who uses the word 'slut'?

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:34:03 +0000

Sex is everywhere. But many people still think teens aren’t ready to handle the #Truth. RadioActive takes a look into how we value and define virginity, and the push for abstinence-only education.

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When you buy cheap, someone pays

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:27:21 +0000

Seattle (or Amazon-town, if you prefer) is ground zero for cheap things. Amazon has built a world-altering business out of discounting products online. And author Raj Patel says that’s not a good thing.

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The Record: Thursday, October 12, Full Show

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:53:00 +0000

Doesn't it feel great when you get a great deal on something you really want? Well, maybe that sweet discount isn't always a good idea. And we're reported on the Northwest's white supremacist movement before, but today we'll talk with a reporter who went undercover and infiltrated one of their meetings.

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If you’re concerned about your tech privacy, buckle up for this challenging talk

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:30:38 +0000

If you find yourself checking your phone — a lot — or feeling phantom vibrations, there’s a good reason. Big technology companies (Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook to name a few) want your attention. They want to know what you’re thinking about, what you’re doing, and what you’re likely to do next.

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How to save that old building from a megaquake? Try spray-on concrete

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:06:17 +0000

Seattle has 1,100 old brick buildings that are especially vulnerable to collapsing in a big earthquake. Few have been retrofitted to withstand a major seismic event. Now researchers at the University of British Columbia say they’ve come up with a cheap, fast way to reinforce such buildings: spray them with bendable concrete.

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How the American taxpayer is helping Amazon grow

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 22:59:47 +0000

Bill Radke talks to Casey Coombs, reporter at the Puget Sound Business Journal , about Amazon's rapid growth over the last decade and what the company's playbook is for getting cities to offer incentives and deals to open fulfillment and data centers in their region. Coombs' reporting is a part of a series The Business Journals' have published called " The Amazon Effect: How taxpayers are funding the disruption of the U.S. economy. "

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