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Forest fire smoke obscures the Space Needle on Tuesday.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Ross Reynolds talks to Ian Bailey, a reporter for the Globe and Mail, about the provincewide state of emergency in British Columbia due to the ongoing wildfires.

Those fires are causing a smoky summer in Seattle. Erik Saganic of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency gives us an update on when we can expect the wind to clear out our skies.


Ross Reynolds talk to Sarah Sumadi, senior program manager at One America, and Aliya Haq, nutrition services supervisor with the International Community Health Services, about a rule change that could allow federal officials to deny green cards to legal immigrants if they've used public benefits.

Aliya talks about the immigrants who have already chosen to stop receiving benefits with her group, for fear it would affect their immigration status.

The new film Crazy Rich Asians features the first all-Asian cast since the Joy Luck Club. We speak to Hsiao-Ching Chou, author of Chinese Soul Food: A Friendly Guide for Homemade Dumplings, Stir Fries, Soups and MoreNaomi Ishisaka, journalist, photographer and former editor in chief of ColorsNW Magazine and Annie Kuo, journalist and public relations manager for the Seattle Asian American Film Festival.

Justin Velasco and Sophie Poole
KUOW Photo/Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong

Bill Radke talks to two local student activists about how they were inspired to organize. We talk to Justin Velasco, who helped found the Seattle chapter of Students Demand Action, and Sophie Poole, who helped organize a student walkout at Mercer Island High School.

Flickr Photo/Keith Allison (CC BY-NC-ND)

Bill Radke talks to Seattle Times columnist Matt Calkins about Robinson Cano, who's back in the Mariners lineup after a 80 game suspension. We look ahead to see what might be in store for the Mariners and also, what's going on with the lease deal for Safeco Field?

The smoke-shrouded Seattle skyline on Tuesday.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

The smoky skies over Seattle may be the new summer normal, according to Sim Larkin, a research meteorologist for the U.S. Forest Service.

Day 9: The orca mother continues to carry her deceased baby, as the baby's body begins to decompose.
Courtesy of Soundwatch NMFS permit #21114

Bill Radke talks about our anthropomorphizing of the grieving mother orca, Tahlequah, and what it tells us about how humans think about mothering and losing a child.

KUOW PHOTO/Megan Farmer

This week, people who want to save Seattle's Showbox theater came to City Hall.

They don't want a developer to turn the 80 year old downtown concert venue into a high rise apartment building.

One of those testifiers was a man who's played the Showbox dozens of times, Ben Gibbard of the platinum-selling band Death Cab For Cutie.

Space-X's Falcon 9 rocket with 10 satellites launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.
AP Photo/Matt Hartman

Bill Radke talks to Tim Fernholz, reporter at Quartz and author of Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race, about Seattle's role in the private space industry.

Photo of poet Diana Khoi Nguyen (left) and her family. The negative space in the foreground used to be an image of her brother Oliver, who sliced himself out of the photos with a utility knife. Oliver would go on to commit suicide.
Courtesy Diana Khoi Nguyen.

Denver poet Diana Khoi Nguyen's family is haunted by bees. 

It's easier for them to speak about the bees than it is to speak about her brother's suicide. But in her new book of poems, "Ghost Of," Diana is talking.

The main portion of the Space Needle's Century Project construction will be complete in May of 2018.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke talks about the Space Needle's new rotating glass floor with Knute Berger, author of Space Needle: The Spirit of Seattle, and Alan Maskin, owner and principal architect at Olson Kundig, who designed the new look.

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Ross Reynolds talks to Zen Buddhist and palliative-care nurse Sallie Tisdale, about death, grieving, and her new book, "Advice For Future Corpses: A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying."

Shannon Hader
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke spoke to Shannon Hader, who's running for U.S. Congress, to replace retiring Representative Dave Reichert in Washington's 8th District.

Jason Rittereiser
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke spoke to Jason Rittereiser, who's running for U.S. Congress, to replace retiring Representative Dave Reichert in Washington's 8th District.

Kim Schrier
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Bill Radke spoke to Kim Schrier, who's running for U.S. Congress, to replace retiring Representative Dave Reichert in Washington's 8th District.

Today, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee passed a bill co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell that authorizes permits to shoot up to 900 sea lions a year that are feeding on endangered salmon and steelhead runs.

A naming rights agreement with Safeco Insurance and the Seattle Mariner's baseball field ends after the 2018 season.
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Bill Radke talks to King City Councilor Jeanne Kohl-Welles about her decision to pull out a bill she originally co-sponsored, to fund maintenance at Safeco field. She now says she will submit a new proposal that will allocate more money toward affordable housing.

The 3D-printed gun, the liberator
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Bill Radke talks about Attorney General Bob Ferguson's lawsuit over the release of blueprints for a 3D-printed gun online.

Rep. Derek Kilmer
United States Congress

Bill Radke talks to Congressman Derek Kilmer about President Trump's announcement that he would consider a government shutdown if he doesn't see a vote on border security. We also talk about the upcoming midterm elections and how to make Congress less partisan.

KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Host Bill Radke talks to Kasey Champion, program manager at Microsoft's Imagine Academy and software engineer, and Geo Quibuyen, aka rapper Prometheus Brown and MC Geologic of the hip hop duo Blue Scholars, about whether their relationship with Seattle is changing. We discuss the essay by Tyrone Beason titled, "I Hate You, Seattle: A Love Story."

The Showbox marquee
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The outcry yesterday was immediate, after new documents showed a developer is planning on bulldozing the concert venue and replacing it with a 44-story, $100 million dollar apartment building.

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Bill Radke talks to Sam Machkovech, tech and culture editor at Ars Technica, about Attorney General Bob Ferguson's investigation into Facebook and the resulting agreement the social media behemoth has signed to stop letting advertisers exclude minority groups from seeing their ads. The attorney general says the changes will be legally binding in Washington state but take place nationwide.

Seattle streetcar
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Bill Radke talks to KUOW Reporter Carolyn Adolph about the meeting between local businesses and the city of Seattle this afternoon, to discuss the stalled streetcar expansion.

Bike share bikes in Seattle
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke talks to Robert Wilonsky, city columnist and reporter for the Dallas Morning News, and David Gutman, transportation reporter for the Seattle Times, about the Seattle city council's vote to decide whether to regulate dockless bikes in the city. Dallas recently voted to require dockless bike companies to buy an $800 permit and pay about $20 per bike, per year.

Will DNA molecules replace DVDs and flash drives?
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Bill Radke talks to our panel about the stories that caught our attention over the weekend, including Hayat Norimine's piece, "Stranger genes: How Seattle scientists are advancing gene editing." We also talk about the reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with an African American actress, and how to drop your crab pots without being a jerk.

Carmen Best, center, smiles while standing with her husband, left, and Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan, right, during a press conference on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at City Hall in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Ross Reynolds talks to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Interim Police Chief Carmen Best on the recent naming of Best to permanently take the position. She still needs to be confirmed by the Seattle City Council.

School buses
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Ross Reynolds talks to Rob Glaser, founder of RealNetworks, about the company's software called SAFR, that offers free facial recognition software to schools. It's currently being piloted at the University Child Development School.

Carmen Best smiles during a press conference on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at City Hall in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Seattle has a new police chief. Carmen Best has served in the Seattle Police Department for over 25 years. She will be the first African American woman to lead the department. We talk to Lisa Daugaard, Director of the Public Defender Association and Seattle City Council member Lorena Gonzalez about the decision and what's next for the Seattle Police Department. 

Tiny houses being erected at Othello Village in South Seattle.
Courtesy of Low Income Housing Institute

Tiny house villages in Seattle are meant to shelter people who are homeless. The small modular shelters offer a roof and a community. However, the city is currently being sued over a tiny house village planned for South Lake Union, and a Seattle Times investigation found that the Wallingford site had no case management for more than three months.

Unbearable heat.
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The state's climatologist Nick Bond joins Ross Reynolds to talk about the record-breaking heat over the weekend and what we can expect this summer.

Bond says the biggest systematic change is that the nighttime temperatures have gone up, with low temperatures in the 60s rather than the 50s.