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A Seattle Cherokee asked what Standing Rock demonstrators want to say to the police

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:58:38 +0000

KUOW’s RadioActive youth producer Rachel Lam was on the front lines at Standing Rock, North Dakota last week, where thousands of people are protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Army Corps of Engineers says they have to leave their biggest camp by Monday, December 5. Lam, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, says she went because she "felt compelled to witness the largest gathering of Native nations in history rallying for treaty and human rights." She watched demonstrators, who call themselves water protectors, try to pray at Lakota burial sites blocked by law enforcement officers. Lam asked some of the 'water protectors' - Cheyenne, Gros-Ventre, Athabaskan, Diné, Shoshone, Spokane, Blackfeet, Lakota, Paiute, Choctow and non-Native people - what they want to say to law enforcement. Listen to what they said: RadioActive Youth Media is KUOW's program for youth age 16 to 20ish. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook and

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A Grinch stole a Grinch, but fret not, Seattle. Christmas will come

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:28:20 +0000

I want to highlight a good deed that someone has done this Christmas season. Someone stole Christmas decorations from Seattle's famous Candy Cane Lane in Ravenna.

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Welcome to our funky Seattle neighborhood! Er, we mean company

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:00:07 +0000

On hot summer Fridays, workers from the software company Tableau gather at a dock and jump in the water.

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This week we ask: Do you stay or do you go?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:24:55 +0000

Levi Guerra, a Vancouver, Washington elector has said that she will join the “Hamilton electors” and not vote for Donald Trump. Washington state has 12 electors who should be voting for Hillary Clinton since she won the popular vote in the state.

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'How did they know I'm undocumented?' 'Because you told them'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:07:25 +0000

Know your rights. That’s the topic many post-election community meetings with immigrants and refugees around Seattle, and around the country.

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The fantastical, heartbreaking world of Seattle's Lucia Neare

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:07:37 +0000

When Seattle artist Lucia Neare heard who won the election last month, she was despondent. Neare walked out of her home in the Central District and across the street to a traffic circle. There, she unleashed a full-throttled howl of despair into the night.

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Why I spoke up in the face of hate speech in Ballard

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:07:34 +0000

Amy Kastelin was at the U.S. Bank in Ballard this week when another customer yelled at a teller. “Go back to where you came from,” the customer told the bank worker.

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Happy 10th anniversary, Ignite Seattle!

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:12:59 +0000

The Ignite series brings locals together to share ideas, inspirations and understanding in a rapid-fire, accessible format. The program was invented here, and you’re invited. Ignite Seattle 31 took place on November 17 at Town Hall Seattle. Sonya Harris recorded the talks. Scott Berkun was the emcee.

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Community pays respects to slain Tacoma police officer

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:13 +0000

A steady stream of people came to Tacoma Police headquarters Thursday. They came to pay tribute to the officer who was shot to death Wednesday while responding to a domestic dispute.

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The Record: Thursday, Dec 1, Full Show

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:59:00 +0000

A Tacoma Police Officer is dead — as is the man suspected of shooting him. The officer had been called to a house over domestic violence. We'll tell you how officers are trained to deescalate those situations and just how difficult that is. Also, the student body president of Seattle University comes out as an undocumented immigrant. And Grammy nominee Brandi Carlile, coming to our studio from her home in Maple Valley, recalls her Pike Place Market busking days and her love for Seattle grunge. Listen to the full show above or check out one of the stories: Why are domestic violence calls so dangerous for police officers?Seattle University's student body president is undocumented. And he's not staying silent any moreLocal legend Brandi Carlile: 'Artists don't go where it is easy'

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Why are domestic violence calls so dangerous for police officers?

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:55:08 +0000

Bill Radke talks to King County Sheriff John Urquhart about the details surrounding the shooting death of a Tacoma police officer. The officer was responding to a domestic violence call, the most common calls that lead to an officer's death. Urquhart discusses the particular challenges of domestic violence calls and why they carry such a risk for everyone involved.

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'I cannot be silent': Undocumented Seattle student speaks out

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:36:35 +0000

For most of his life, Carlos Rodriguez had a secret. But after this year's presidential election, he decided the time for silence was over. So, on November 18, he wrote a letter to his fellow students at Seattle University.

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Activists and artists are waking up, says Northwest legend Brandi Carlile

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:34:16 +0000

"I am really upset with Trump voters right now," local legend Brandi Carlile told KUOW’s Bill Radke. "I’m a little concerned as to why they are [Trump supporters], but I am listening."

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Bernie Sanders tells Seattle: There's common ground with Trump supporters

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:25:22 +0000

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has some advice for his supporters in Seattle on working with backers of President-elect Donald Trump. Sanders told a packed crowd at University Methodist Church on Wednesday night that both groups share similar concerns.

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For undocumented immigrants, "Be glad you live in Washington," says this lawyer

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:52:23 +0000

Kim Malcolm talks with attorney Karol Brown about how President Elect Donald Trump's proposed immigration policies could affect immigrants living in Washington state. Brown is an immigration attorney with World One Law Group in Bellevue.

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Awaiting the new minimum wage — and a bigger daycare bill

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:31:36 +0000

Small businesses outside Seattle are preparing for a higher minimum wage starting in January. Voters approved an increase in the state minimum to $13.50 over four years.

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Teen 'faithless elector' from Washington state protests Trump presidency

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:27:50 +0000

Another member of the electoral college from Washington state plans to vote for a Republican. That's even though Washington's 12 electors should be voting for Hillary Clinton since she won the state. But this elector has joined a movement to divert votes away from President-elect Donald Trump.

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The Record: Wednesday, Nov 30, Full Show

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:18:05 +0000

Comedian Hari Kondabulo was a social justice organizer here. Now Donald Trump is president elect, and Hari's coming back to town with a mix of comedy and politics. Also, Canada has approved shipping much more oil from the Alberta tar sands through the Salish Sea and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. What kind of fight will ensue? And when a Seattle skyscraper goes up, first they dig dirt out. Where does it all go? Turns it out it goes full circle. Listen to the full show above or check out one of the stories: Trump to leave businesses, but is it enough to avoid conflicts?More oil tankers could be headed our wayA Cuban-American family's complex feelings about Fidel Castro

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Trump to leave businesses, but is it enough to avoid conflicts?

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:17:35 +0000

Bill Radke speaks with Wall Street Journal White House reporter Damian Paletta about Donald Trump's announcement that he'll leave his global business empire.

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More oil tankers could be headed our way

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:17:33 +0000

Bill Radke speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about a major expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the expansion Tuesday. It could mean a large increase in the number of oil tankers going through the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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