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This week we're keeping it real (with this bangin' bouquet)

Bill Radke, second from left, said he was sick of frozen smiles. And Melanie McFarland, next to him, pointed out that crazy bouquet that's been sitting in our green room. Far left, former Mayor Mike McGinn. And far left, Seattle Channel's Joni Balter.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery
Bill Radke, second from left, said he was tired of frozen smile photos. Melanie McFarland, next to him, then noticed a bananas bouquet that's been hanging in our green room. Far left, former Mayor Mike McGinn. Far right, Joni Balter. Outtakes below.

Yeah, those flowers are amazing. But this week!

Seattle city Councilmember Tim Burgess is proposing new regulation on short-term rentals that would affect how people rent on sites like Airbnb and VRBO. He sees it as one the fixes to the affordable housing crisis in the city. Is it fair to fix Seattle’s housing crisis at the expense of short term renters?

MTV’s Real World Seattle is coming back to the city after 18 years. How have the city and show changed since the last time they filmed here, and how will Seattle welcome the reality show?

Chris Vance, who is running against Sen. Patty Murray for U.S. Senate, joins the panel to explain why he continues to NOT support Donald Drumpf.

We'll tackle these subjects and more on Week in Review.

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Get caught up on the issues:

Could limiting Airbnb really create more affordable housing?

Cincinnati zoo: every mother knows it could happen to her.

Mount Rainier National Park enters online contest for historic preservation.

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Joni Balter, host ofCivic Cocktail on Seattle Channel

Michael McGinn @mayormcginn, former Seattle Mayor and host of the podcast You, Me, Us, Now.  

Melanie McFarland @mctelevision, Seattle writer at McTelevision blog

Join the discussion on Twitter:

#KUOWwir Tweets

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