Week In Review

By Bill Radke

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Bill Radke hosts a panel of commentators every Friday to talk over the big stories in the Puget Sound region. Produced by KUOW, Seattle’s public radio station.

Episode Date
This week we ask, what can we save?
Primary colors. This week's primary was blue but will that come out in the wash by November? Pearl jam plays again tonight. They're raising money to combat homelessness, but the question is how? We'll give you the update on the ailing orca whales. Their plight is moving, but is it actually moving us to do anything different? And the Mariners losing record has been nominated for landmark preservation status.
Aug 10, 2018
Reviewing our love/hate relationship with Seattle
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 ."
Aug 03, 2018
We aren't getting too nostalgic about this week's news
For Seattle to be more affordable do we have to choose between new apartments and historic theaters? We talk Showbox. To attract tourists to Seattle do taxpayers need to subsidize Safeco Field? We talk Mariners. To defeat the Norfolk Virginia Police Department do we need to lip sync Macklemore? We'll talk police videos of the partying kind. With former Seattle mayor Mike Mike McGinn, former Attorney General of Washington state Rob McKenna, and former mayor of Tacoma Marilyn Strickland.
Jul 27, 2018
Local #MeToo allegations, Facebook Holocaust deniers and a heated congressional race
Five women have accused Capitol Hill restauranteur and political activist David Meinert of sexual misconduct, including rape. Meinert has admitted to being a jerk to women and being “handsy,” but insists he’s not a rapist.
Jul 20, 2018
Week In Review: Live from Bothell!
Who will be Seattle's next police chief? Interim chief Carmen Best is back in the running after former Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay dropped out of the race. And how dangerous is the City of Seattle really? Crime statistics and people’s perceptions tell two different stories.
Jul 13, 2018
Reviewing the week's news, guilt-free
There is a lot to feel guilty about this week. Fireworks on the 4th of July create pollution, Seahawks star Kam Chancellor reminds us that football is a life altering game for players and Amazon warehouse workers are peeing in bottles so they can keep working to hit their productivity targets.
Jul 06, 2018
Week in Review: Supreme Court, Civility, Western State
The debate over civil discourse reaches from a Virginia restaurant to the White House to a roommate-wanted ad for a Seattle house share. The Supreme Court wraps up its term with a string of conservative victories and a retirement that could influence the U.S. legal system for a generation. A $50 million cost overrun threatens the future of Seattle's streetcar.
Jun 30, 2018
Week in Review: Live from Bellevue!
Washington sues the Trump Administration over its policy of separating migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, Seattle looks for a new strategy to fund affordable housing, and the University of Washington settles a free speech case. Plus: Summer's finally here and we're already debating air conditioning. Do you even need it in the Northwest?
Jun 22, 2018
This week the city taxeth and the city taketh away
This week, it was off with the head tax. The Seattle City Council voted to repeal the employee tax just weeks after unanimously voting to instate it. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Washington state tribes, forcing the state government to replace hundreds more culverts to save the salmon. And we found out this week the federal prison at SeaTac Airport is currently holding more than 170 women seeking asylum. Bill Radke makes sense of those stories and more of the week's news with Joni Balter, host of Civic Cocktail on the Seattle Channel, Mike McGinn, former mayor of Seattle, and Rob McKenna, former Washington state attorney general.
Jun 15, 2018
Week in Review: Howard Schultz, Miss America, Oprah on Orcas
Starbucks says goodbye Howard Schultz. Orcas Island says hello Oprah Winfrey. Google says we're done running political ads in Washington state, and Miss America says you don't have to wear a swimsuit to wear the crown.
Jun 08, 2018
The week reviewed on Bainbridge Island
This week the Week In Review crew took the ferry across Puget Sound to record the show in front of a live audience at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. We talked about the region's growing pains and whether Jeff Bezos' idea to colonize space is a good one or not (spoiler, the crowd thought not). Also, how effective will Starbuck's racial bias training be and what the end of Roseanne means?
Jun 01, 2018
Week in Review: NFL protests, Seattle head tax, Inslee 2020?
Seahawks Russell Wilson and Doug Baldwin weigh in on the NFL's new policy for players who want to protest during the national anthem. Amazon and Starbucks kick in for an initiative to overturn Seattle's head tax on major businesses. A measure to impose new gun safety law gets a couple of million-dollar contributions. And a trip to Iowa fuels speculation of a presidential run for Governor Jay Inslee.
May 25, 2018
Laurel? Yanni? Listen closely to this week's news
This week, Seattle passed a new head tax on businesses and learned that closing your Wells Fargo account is harder than it seems. The Supreme Court said states can decide for themselves whether to allow betting on sports. The Mariners lost all-star second-baseman Robinson Cano for half a season after he failed a drug test. And which is it: "laurel," or "yanni"?
May 18, 2018
This week's news was so volcanic you could read it with a seismograph
Seattle's head tax debate gets down to the nitty gritty. Can the mayor bring business and the City Council on board? And with all the yelling about a head tax and homelessness, has Seattle become an angry city? And if we have, is it about time? Plus, Starbucks says no purchase required to use their bathroom and Google unveils an artificial intelligence robot that can schedule its own haircut appointment.
May 11, 2018
May Day protests were a walk in the park compared to this week's news
What happened this week? High home prices, taxes, homelessness and Amazon all collided in a debate over a proposed tax on Seattle employers, for one thing. And if you blinked you missed it, but Ichiro's playing career with the Mariners appears to be over.
May 04, 2018
Inslee shouts out Washington weed and more of what happened this week
The Seattle City Council proposes a new tax on business to pay for homelessness, and Mayor Durkan says she wants a levy to pay for education. Are voters getting what was promised the last time they said yes? Also this week: A judge says voters will decide the future of Washington's law on prosecuting police who use deadly force, Governor Inslee proclaims on HBO that Washington state has "the best weed in the United States," and Alaska Airlines says no more goats or frogs – but maybe pigs – allowed on its flights.
Apr 27, 2018
We can't fit all the week's news on a highway sign yet, but we're trying
Starbucks apologizes for allegations of racial bias at a Philadelphia store. Former FBI director James Comey claims President Trump is "morally unfit" for the office. A Seattle City Councilmember tweets a controversial take on Barbara Bush. How do you want the Seahawks to treat their cheerleaders? And a sign on Interstate 5 told us what we all maybe needed to hear.
Apr 20, 2018
This week we're downloading, but not deleting, the news
This week, Mark Zuckerberg went to Washington and answered lawmaker's questions about Facebook. What it is, how it works, and what we should do about it?
Apr 13, 2018
This week we had a whale of a time with the news
This week, KOMO anchors had to read a script written by their conservative bosses, Sinclair Broadcast Group. Seattle considered several traffic solutions, including prescribing downtown drivers a traffic decongestant And a UW researcher says bowhead whales are singing jazz.
Apr 06, 2018
We lost some things this week, but not a baseball game!
This week, Seattle lost its Russian consulate, lost its “first in time” rental law, lost the Battery Street Park, lost everything... except the season opener. The Seattle Mariners won that, 2-1.
Mar 30, 2018