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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.'

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.  

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.

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

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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."

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Imagine the Pacific Northwest in the future. 

Smoke from an approaching wildfire looms over a home near Twisp, Wash., Aug. 19, 2015.
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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."


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United States Congress

Bill Radke talks to Congressman Derek Kilmer about President Trump's announcement that he would consider a government shutdown if he doesn't see a vote on border security. We also talk about the upcoming midterm elections and how to make Congress less partisan.

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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. 

Orca whale, Tahlequah or J35, carrying her dead calf
Photo courtesy of Michael Weiss, Center for Whale Research

Last Tuesday, a new Orca calf was born to one of Puget Sound’s resident pods. The birth should have been a moment of celebration for the endangered population, but it quickly turned to tragedy when the calf died within a half hour.

President Donald Trump
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Since the 2016 election, President Trump, some of his supporters and some of his policies have been compared to Nazi Germany.

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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.

A book spoted on a log in English Bay
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Summer. 

When the days are long and vacations are taken.

A time to pull out the books that give you pleasure and let you escape from the world.

The books you read during the summer do not have to be “easy reads” or “fluffy,” “light,” or “frothy.” They should be something you get lost in while at the beach or on a flight or long car ride.

Carmen Best smiles during a press conference on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at City Hall in Seattle.
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Seattle has a new police chief. Carmen Best has served in the Seattle Police Department for over 25 years. She will be the first African American woman to lead the department. We talk to Lisa Daugaard, Director of the Public Defender Association and Seattle City Council member Lorena Gonzalez about the decision and what's next for the Seattle Police Department. 

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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. 

'The Legend of Bigfoot' is a store along Highway 101 in northern California.
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How do you take a scientific approach to Sasquatch? Bill Radke talks to two scientists who have written field guides on the topic. Jeff Meldurm is a professor of anatomy and anthropology from Idaho State University and author of  Sasquatch Field Guide and David George Gordon is the author of The Sasquatch Seeker's Field Manual.

Bill Radke talks to Northwest News Network reporter Anna King about the wildfire that closed parts of I-90 this week and what people can do to prevent urban wildfires.

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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. 

Canada flag American flag
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Bill Radke talks to Catherine Cullen, senior reporter covering politics and Parliment Hill in Ottawa for the CBC about the new tariffs Canada has put on U.S. products like steel, aluminum and strawberry jam. 

File photo of the Supreme Court.
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In a 5-4 ruling the Supreme Court decided that public sector workers don't have to pay a so-called "fair share fee" to the unions that represent them.

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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?

A soccer ball rests, waiting to be set in motion.
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Bill Radke talks to Roger Bennett, co-host of the NBC Sports show "Men In Blazers" about the rise of soccer's popularity in the U.S. and the 2018 World Cup without the U.S. Men's National team. 

Caitlin Lee raises a Tax Amazon sign in front of Seattle City Council members on Monday, May 14, 2018, during a head tax vote at City Hall in Seattle.
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The city of Seattle appears to be doing an about-face on the new employee head tax on businesses. The City Council approved the tax unanimously a month ago to generate money for affordable housing and homeless services.

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In November Eli Sanders, associate editor of the Seattle Stranger, walked into the local offices of Facebook and Google and hand delivered a letter requesting information on political ads targeting Washington residents. Washington State law requires that information to be made public. But Facebook and Google never disclosed how much campaigns were spending on political ads here locally.

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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?

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Seattle is a growing city. Roads have gotten more congested, trails more crowded and housing prices have been on a steady climb up.  So what brings people into the city, and once they are here, why do they stay? 

The cougar who killed SJ Brooks while they were mountain biking over the weekend.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Two Seattle residents were biking near the Cascade foothills this weekend when a cougar attacked them. 

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Pluto has long been misunderstood. In 2006 it was declared 'not a planet.' A decision planetary scientist Dr. Alan Stern calls B.S. (bad science).

Seattleites packed a City Hall meeting on Monday, where a vote on the contentious head tax was expected.
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A compromise has been struck over the controversial proposed Head Tax by the Seattle City Council. Over the weekend Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez worked with Mayor Jenny Durkan to come up with a plan they could both support. The new plan would raise an estimated $50 million a year instead of the original $75 million.

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