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Last Build Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:24:04 +0000


'Weird things keep happening:' What you need to know about the crowd and the core

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 05:50:01 +0000

Yes, you were promised a jet pack. Your disappointment around that may still sting, or you may be more concerned about global warming, or a robot taking your job, or finding affordable housing. Or you might be reasonably concerned that the digital revolution will leave you somewhere on the global trash heap of history. A new book will help you find out what’s happening now and next in technology and maybe how to stay ahead of the curve.

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This Harborview doctor didn't have role models, so she became one

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:52:24 +0000

My cousin Anisa Ibrahim is 30 years old. She’s funny, kind, and compassionate, and an amazing sister, mother, and doctor. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, she came to America when she was 6 years old and has accomplished so much since then.

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Why is parking so bad in Seattle? The answer is at Pike Place Market

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:56:57 +0000

Bill Radke talks with Donald Shoup, a UCLA professor and urban planner who studies parking. A new study says that drivers in Seattle spend an average of 58 hours a year looking for parking, and Shoup explains some of the ways the city could cut those hours down. He also tells a story of how he found out that Pike Place Market is ground zero for Seattle's parking problem.

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Why you need to be in Oregon on Aug. 21

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:54:06 +0000

Bill Radke talks to former NPR reporter David Baron about why he believes everyone should witness a full solar eclipse in their lifetime. Baron also talks about his new book "American Eclipse" that tells the story of the 1878 full solar eclipse that stretched across the American West and drew the nation's scientists and eclipse chasers.

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The Record: Thursday, July 27, Full Show

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:27:22 +0000

The new distracted driving law does not outlaw coffee drinking, but a lot of people think it does. There's a petition to change the law. We'll explain what you can't do and help you decide whether that's fair. There's also a push to change Washington drivers licenses and other documents so you would no longer have to declare your gender. We'll talk with someone who's calling for that change. And a life-changing opportunity, you'll meet an eclipse evangelist who wants you to know that staying in Seattle during next month's eclipse is unacceptable. He'll tell you how it changed his life.

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What if your driver's license had a third option for gender?

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:26:21 +0000

Bill Radke speaks with Hailey, the head of 3rd Gender Washington, a group pushing for driver's licenses and other documents to feature a third gender option: an X, meaning no gender is specified. Hailey says that she is non-binary, living in a small Washington town, and is not completely out to her family and neighbors. She wants all people to have a chance to not be boxed in by gender. She also hopes this will open up a dialogue about what it means to be non-binary.

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What you need to know about the new distracted driving law. And yes, you can drink your coffee

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:18:10 +0000

Bill Radke speaks with Washington State Patrol Trooper Chase VanCleave about the new distracted driving law. Trooper VanCleave gets into the difference between primary offenses and secondary offense in the law.

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The rent is too damn high: Which candidate will fix that?

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:17:21 +0000

One thing all of the candidates running for Seattle City Council Position 8 agree on: The rent is too damn high. But they're divided on what to do about it.

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Why Seattle wants people who can’t pay their mortgages to stay in town

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:51:23 +0000

Seattle’s real estate market is booming, but contrary to what you might think, foreclosures are still happening. Foreclosures can be disruptive in neighborhoods. Last year, about 700 people in Seattle lost their homes to banks. The city wants to help them.

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How Trump's tweets could change the lives of transgender military members

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 23:58:55 +0000

Bill Radke talks to reporter Patricia Murphy about what President Trump's tweets on banning transgender people from the military means for people serving in Western Washington.

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DOJ to local police: Assist immigration agents or lose grants

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 23:38:53 +0000

State and local governments in Washington receive millions in federal police grants. This week, the Justice Department said some of these future grants are contingent on immigration enforcement. It’s the administration’s latest swing at so-called sanctuary cities.

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How do you ask for a mental health day?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:19:56 +0000

Bill Radke speaks with Katherine Switz, founder and executive director of The Stability Network . The nonprofit includes professionals who give talks and workplace presentations about their own mental health diagnoses and the stigma surrounding taking a day off work for mental health.

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The Record: Wednesday, July 26, Full Show

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:11:41 +0000

President Trump tweets no more transgender people in the military. We'll tell you what that tweet might mean for people at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Everett Naval Base and more. Also, do you want to pay a sales tax that goes to the symphony, the ballet, the zoo, museums, theaters? And Washington's new distracted driving law includes eating and drinking behind the wheel, how fair is that new rule?

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Would you pay more in sales tax to support the arts?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:04:21 +0000

Bill Radke speaks with Manuel Cawaling, executive director of Youth Theatre Northwest, about why he supports a ballot imitative that would increase sales tax in King County by 0.1 percent to provide more funding for arts and culture organizations. King County Councilmember Larry Gossett also joins the conversation to lay out why he doesn't support the new tax.

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Movie nights at Magnuson canceled due to safety concerns

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:06:06 +0000

If you were hoping to make it to movie night at Magnuson Park in the next few weeks, you're out of luck. The outdoor movie series has been canceled part way through the season.

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Initiative to ban safe injection sites may be too late for November ballot

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:20:58 +0000

Plans to open safe consumption sites for drug users in King County may soon be subject to a public vote. Opponents say they've collected nearly 70,000 signatures, more than enough to get an initiative banning such sites on the ballot.

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Seattle police union challenges new body camera requirement

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:51:30 +0000

Seattle's police union leaders have filed a complaint against Mayor Ed Murray's body camera mandate. Murray issued an executive order this month to require all officers to wear body cameras while on duty.

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A life of uncertainty for Grays Harbor County residents seeking health insurance

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:16:17 +0000

Bill Radke talks to Monica Ewing, a benefits manager at Durney Insurance in Hoquiam, about how she councils her clients under the uncertainty of health care reform and why the insurance options in Grays Harbor County are so limited.

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Ask an immigrant, hear stories of struggle and success

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:26:29 +0000

Questions surrounding immigration are regular parts of the news cycle these days. We hear stories of immigrants being harassed, detained and deported. We hear stories of families separated. Many of us may not have the opportunity to talk to immigrants about their experiences. KUOW created a space for those questions recently at an "Ask an Immigrant" event in Bellevue. KUOW’s "Ask a ___" events create a safe and respectful environment for people to explore each other's views. We set up one-on-one conversations for six minutes. After that, a bell rings, chairs are swapped and another conversation begins. At the end, we host a group discussion and a meal. This "Ask an Immigrant" event took place at Resonance at SOMA Towers on July 22. See pictures from this event at our Facebook page. Sign up for another event in our Ask A__ series Listen to some of the conversations below:

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These safety rules aimed to stop explosions. Trump's EPA has blocked them

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:58:33 +0000

Eleven states including Washington have sued the Trump administration to improve safety at the nation’s refineries and chemical plants. The lawsuit, led by New York's Attorney General, aims to force the Environmental Protection Agency to revive safety rules enacted in the final days of the Obama administration.

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