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Bill Radke

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Year started with KUOW: 1985 – 1986, 1991 – 2004, 2012 

Bill hosts The Record and Week In Review. After starting with KUOW as a University of Washington student in 1985, Bill was KUOW's morning host in the '90s and the creator of past show, Rewind, a news-satire show heard on KUOW and nationwide on NPR. 

Bill moved away to Southern California to host American Public Media's Weekend America and Marketplace Morning Report and returned to KUOW in 2012.

To see more of Bill's KUOW portfolio, visit our current site. 

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Bill Radke talks to sports editor for The Nation, Dave Zirin about why he wrote his new book 'Last Man Standing.'

Bill Radke talks to Northwest News Network's Austin Jenkins about the case of Dale Peinecke, a former cabinet member in Governor Jay Inslee's office who was accused of making female co-workers uncomfortable. 

KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

After Richard Russell stole, flew and crashed a Horizon Air Q400 turboprop, an odd thing started popping up online: YouTube tribute videos. What drives people to glorify an incident like that and what can we learn from it? 

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.

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Little House on the Prairie is a classic American children’s series. The books follow the life and challenges of the Ingalls family as told by their daughter Laura. They chronicle the frontier life of white settlers who pushed far into the West and struggled to farm land. They were comforting stories of blazing hearths and bedtime fiddling, of family love overcoming locusts and blizzards and prairie fires. But behind Laura Ingalls Wilder's positive depiction of prairie life was a darker story. It's one Caroline Fraser chronicles in her book 'Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder.' She talks with Bill Radke about what you do with a series like Little House on the Prairie.'

KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Beyonce is a feminist - she made that clear by dancing in front of a giant set of letters spelling out the word. 

Or did she? 

Not clear enough for bell hooks, or Megyn Kelly, or a host of others who have questioned her feminist street cred over the years.

Mariners
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.

A videographer gathers footage in a crowd.
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As with many demonstrations post-Charlottesville, last weekend's Unite The Right gathering drew more counter-protesters than far right individuals. But you wouldn't have known that from the media coverage leading up to the event, which Brian Edwards-Tiekert says is a problem.

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.

FILE: A Horizon Air Bombardier DHC8-Q400 at Sea-Tac Airport.
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Bill Radke talks to Jon Ostrower, editor in chief of The Air Current about airline security and what can be done after a Horizon Airlines plane was stolen from Sea-Tac airport by a 29 year old ground service agent who worked for the airline. Richard "Beebo" Russell died when the plane crashed at the south end of Ketron Island after nearly an hour and a half of circling around Puget Sound.  

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.

A sailboat is shown as the sun sets on Lake Union, seen from Gas Works Park, on Monday, July 30, 2018, in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke talks about what's happening with Seattle's housing market and if we're currently in a bubble. We talk to James Young, director of the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington, and Aaron Terrazas, economic research director at Zillow.

A poster attached to a telephone pole shows KUOW's original story on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, near the intersection of East Olive Way and Summit Avenue East in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

If you've walked around Capitol Hill lately, you might have seen large signs on telephone poles.

BOYCOTT LOST LAKE CAFE, they say - with a screenshot of an article about rape accusations against cafe owner Dave Meinert.

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.

A ballot drop box in Seattle
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Bill Radke talks to KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins and KING 5's Natalie Brand about the results from last night's primary. 

Sodo stadiums century link safeco
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If you're heading to the Pearl Jam gig at the Safeco Field, you can expect to stand in line.  From security lines to lines to buy food and drink.

But you'll able to sprint through those lines a little faster, if you're willing to give up your fingerprint.

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.

Washington grapples with orca recovery plan

Aug 7, 2018
Photo Courtesy of Taylor Shedd of Soundwatch

Bill Radke talks to Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes and Dr. Deborah Giles, whale research biologist for the  University of Washington's Center for Conservation Biology about a new task force led by Washington's Governor Jay Inslee. The task force hopes to find a way to save orcas from extinction. 

Ronit Feinglass Plank.
KUOW Photo/Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong

If you've seen the Netflix documentary series "Wild Wild Country," you might have been watching wide-eyed at the followers of a cult that turned to assassination and poisoning. Memoirist Ronit Feinglass Plank, however, was watching for something different: her mother.


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.

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.

KUOW PHOTO/ Kara McDermott

Is it fair to shoot sea lions for eating fish that we want orcas to eat? If we’re going to shoot the sea lions, are we ourselves willing to also stop eating Chinook salmon?

Speaking of shooting, should it be legal to publish blueprints for untraceable plastic 3D printed guns?

We'll cover those new stories plus a love story called "I hate you Seattle."

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.

Traffic on Second Avenue in downtown Seattle.
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“Why are Seattle drivers the worst?”

That’s a question we get a lot from listeners.

But when cities are ranked by number of accidents, speeding tickets, or DUIs, Seattle rarely comes in first.

So why do Seattleites feel like they’re surrounded by bad drivers?

Photo courtesy of Penguin Random House

Imagine the Pacific Northwest in the future. 

Smoke from an approaching wildfire looms over a home near Twisp, Wash., Aug. 19, 2015.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Firefighters should rethink how they battle wildfires. 

That's according to environmental journalist Richard Manning who just wrote a piece in Harper's Magazine titled "Combustion Engines."


Day 9: A small fin of the deceased baby whale follows its mother through Salish waters.
Courtesy of Soundwatch NMFS permit #21114

Marine biologist Taylor Shedd has told The Record that the grieving orca mother — known as Tahlequah or J35 — is carrying her dead calf for a ninth day. The baby's body has started to decompose.

The killer whale delivered her baby on Tuesday last week. Half an hour later, the calf died.

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