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Daily conversations about ideas that matter to Seattle and the Puget Sound region. Hosted by Bill Radke.

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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. 


Author Dave Zirin co-wrote a book with former Seahawks star Michael Bennett about being an athlete who is also politically outspoken. Now Zirin's new book is about one of America's first activist athletes, it's called "Jim Brown: Last Man Standing."

Mock-up of the Compass Crossing pilot project.
Courtesy of Compass Housing Alliance

Ross Reynolds talks to Janet Pope, executive director of the Compass Housing Alliance. The group has been trying to build lower cost modular housing for homeless and low-income people for several years now. We look at why it's taking so long and what difference the modular style of building might make.

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.

A view of downtown Seattle is shown on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, from Gas Works Park.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Ross Reynolds talks about the wildfire state of emergency in British Columbia with Ian Bailey, reporter for the Globe and Mail. We also talk about the consequences for the air quality in Seattle, with Erik Saganic of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. 

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.

Politics across the state and in our schools

Aug 15, 2018

Matt Manweller has been ousted from his teaching job at Central Washington University following accusations of inappropriate . But he hasn't yet been ousted from his position as frontrunner in his bid for re-election. KUOW's Austin Jenkins has been following both the race and the allegations.

Cathy Allen and Randy Pepple, Democratic and Republican strategists respectively, brought the fire to a discussion of the horseraces in the 3rd, 5th, and 8th, 9th districts of Washington.

Flickr Photo/Lorie Shaull (CC BY-SA 2.0)/

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.

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?

Fire echoes through the West and onto the prairie

Aug 14, 2018

Sunny skies have been marred by smoke, as fires from British Columbia send us their haze from the north. Is this the new normal? Sim Larken is research meteorologist for the US Forest Service AirFire Team; Erik Saganic is from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. We asked them where the smoke was coming from and whether it was realistic to put all the blame on climate change. (Tl;dr - yes.)

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.
Flickr Photo/Morten F (CC BY 2.0)/

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.
Flickr Photo/Kentaro IEMOTO (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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.  

What does it take for us to let a mother grieve?

Aug 13, 2018

When your teenager goes joyriding with your car, you might take away the keys. But after a SEA-TAC worker stole a aircraft and crashed it into Ketron Island, is it possible to take away the keys to a plane? We asked Jon Ostrower, editor-in-chief of The Air Current.

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.


Last month, KUOW's Sydney Brownstone broke a story about sexual misconduct allegations against Seattle nightlife entrepreneur Dave Meinert. Since then, six more women have come forward. Sydney joined Bill to talk about the allegations, and whether or not stigma has changed in the wake of #metoo.

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
Flickr Photo/SDOT Photos (CC BY NC 2.0)/

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.


Last night's primary deadline offered a preview of how the balance of political power might shift for Washington state. KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins and KING5's Natalie Brand talk through the races.

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.