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

Episode Date
Wildfires in B.C. rage as Seattle's smoke slowly clears
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.
Aug 16, 2018
Politics across the state and in our schools
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. The teens of KUOW's Radioactive podcasting workshop are making their own political statements, with a project on the 6 month anniversary of the Parkland High School shooting. Student activists Justin Velasco and Sophie Poole joined Bill Radke in studio to talk about it. Let me tell you a story about soil mineral density and micronutrient deposits. No? THEN LET ME TELL YOU A STORY ABOUT THE WORM APOCALYPSE, INSTEAD. University of Washington Earth Space and Sciences professor David Montgomery says that popular
Aug 15, 2018
Fire echoes through the West and onto the prairie
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.)
Aug 14, 2018
What does it take for us to let a mother grieve?
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.
Aug 13, 2018
How Seattle is launching the rest of the country into space (you're welcome)
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.
Aug 09, 2018
Are you going to Pearl Jam tonight? Ready your thumbprint
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.
Aug 08, 2018
From orca hunts to the Space Needle, living in a wild wild country
Your ballots are due today for the Washington state primary! But what's the likelihood that Russians will tamper with it? We asked Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Southern resident orcas have been struggling lately, with one animal carrying her dead calf on her back for more than ten days and another four year old family member starving. The Lummi Nation is attempting to feed the whale, but at the moment she's nowhere to be found. The Seattle Times' Linda Mapes was out on a boat with the Lummi on a trial feeding run.
Aug 07, 2018
On the eve of the primary, a chat with the Dems of District 8
The deadline to submit ballots for this fall's primary election is tomorrow night at 8pm. Washington's District 8 is a closely watched race, in part because it has no incumbent. With Republican Representative Dave Reichert's retirement, there are three Democrats and one Republican vying to replace him. The campaign of Republican Dino Rossi didn't return our emails, but Bill Radke sat down with Kim Schrier, Shannon Hader, and Jason Rittereiser to see where they stand on the issues.
Aug 06, 2018
When should a teenager be charged as an adult?
A 16-year-old was arraigned this morning at the King County Courthouse for the murder of a Kent police officer. Emiliano Garcia is accused of leading police on a high speed chase that led to a police SUV hitting and killing an officer. Garcia is facing charges of second degree felony murder -- even though his car wasn't the one that hit Officer Diego Moreno. Garcia has pleaded not guilty. We talk about when a teenager should be charged as an adult with Seattle Times crime reporter Sara Jean Green, King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg, and University of Washington Law Professor Kimberly Ambrose.
Aug 02, 2018
A sci-fi author looks at how climate change will affect Seattle's future
We talk to science fiction author and Chief Information Officer of the City of Kirkland, Brenda Cooper, about what the future Northwest region looks like in her new book, "Keepers." She dubs the new megacity that humans build, "Seacouver."
Aug 01, 2018
The debate over 3D-printed guns
There's a debate going on over the online release of blueprints for a 3D-printed guns. We talk to two groups about whether they think the blueprints should be regulated: Lara Smith, national spokesperson for the Liberal Gun Club, and Hannah Shearer, attorney and second amendment specialist at the Giffords Law Center.
Aug 01, 2018
Is there another government shutdown in our future?
Remember that time when Republicans seemed to have backed off shutdowns as a governing strategy? That was then, this is now. The president wants to use a fall spending deadline to force a vote on his border wall, and is threatening a shutdown if he doesn't get his way. Washington state representative Derek Kilmer has been working on immigration reform, and will be voting on the spending deadline.
Jul 30, 2018
Love and mourning in our evolving relationship with orcas
Today is the deadline for the Trump administration to finish reunifying families it separated at the border. Meghan Casey of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is an advocate whose client has not yet been reunited with her child, and has been tracking the numbers of families impacted in Washington State.
Jul 26, 2018
The media you can see, and the Facebook ads that you can't
The government is moving into the welfare business... but not in the way you might think. In the face of an escalating trade war with China, the Trump administration has unveiled a $12 billion bailout for agriculture. Are farmers heaving a sigh of relief, or still troubled?
Jul 25, 2018
Feeling like a fraud at work? At least you're not in charge of the streetcar
If you, like many Seattle merchants, desire a streetcar, you might be out of luck - at least for now. KUOW's Carolyn Adolph joined Bill Radke to discuss the cost overruns and commerce discontent that plague the transit option.
Jul 24, 2018
Gun and bikeshare regulations are coming, and not everyone is pleased
Seattle is working on two thorny regulatory challenges. The NRA is suing the city over a new gun storage laww and new rules are being considered on bikeshare companies. Robert Spitzer, gun policy expert at SUNY Cortland, is a member of both the NRA and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. He spoke with Bill Radke about the two sides of the issue.
Jul 23, 2018
Homeless in Seattle: reporters from across the city on what we know
Carmen Best has gone from interim chief to police chief designate... but not without a few twists and turns. She joined Ross Reynolds by phone, along with Mayor Jenny Durkan, to discuss her upcoming tenure and the convoluted nomination process that got her there.
Jul 19, 2018
In schools and on social media: who's watching you?
A Seattle company called RealNetworks is giving schools free facial recognition software to help them detect unknown people who might enter. Important safety precaution, or creepy surveillance? Founder Rob Glaser and Rachel Levy, senior counsel to the Brennan Center's Liberty and National Security Program, discussed the pros and cons.
Jul 18, 2018
Carmen Best is Seattle's next police chief
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Interim Police Chief Carmen Best will be the permanent replacement for the job. We talked to a member of the community police commission, Lisa Daugaard, and Seattle City Councilor Lorena González about the final decision.
Jul 17, 2018
Introducing Seattle's finalists for police chief and talking white fragility
Seattle is close to choosing a new Chief of Police. Mayor Jenny Durkan is expected to announce who that will be this month. The three finalist are Interim Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, Minneapolis Police Inspector Eddit Frizell, and Austin Assistant Chief of Police Ely Reyes. This hour Bill Radke speaks with all three about their vision for the future of the department.
Jul 12, 2018