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A naming rights agreement with Safeco Insurance and the Seattle Mariner's baseball field ends after the 2018 season.
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Bill Radke talks to King City Councilor Jeanne Kohl-Welles about her decision to pull out a bill she originally co-sponsored, to fund maintenance at Safeco field. She now says she will submit a new proposal that will allocate more money toward affordable housing.

The debate over 3D-printed guns

Aug 1, 2018

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.

The 3D-printed gun, the liberator
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Bill Radke talks about Attorney General Bob Ferguson's lawsuit over the release of blueprints for a 3D-printed gun online.

A massive US law enforcement investigation eventually gave a red card to FIFA's corruption.
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You probably remember the World Cup last month. But you might not remember the previous major FIFA event: a massive string of arrests for money laundering and bribery that took place in 2015.

Rep. Derek Kilmer
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.

Smoke fills the horizon over Seattle, contributing to a hazy sunset on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015.
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Host Bill Radke talks to Kasey Champion, program manager at Microsoft's Imagine Academy and software engineer, and Geo Quibuyen, aka rapper Prometheus Brown and MC Geologic of the hip hop duo Blue Scholars, about whether their relationship with Seattle is changing. We discuss the essay by Tyrone Beason titled, "I Hate You, Seattle: A Love Story."


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.

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.

The Showbox marquee
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The outcry yesterday was immediate, after new documents showed a developer is planning on bulldozing the concert venue and replacing it with a 44-story, $100 million dollar apartment building.

Professor Kim Tallbear, creator of Tipi Confessions.
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The shame and violence around sexuality in North America isn't an accident—it's inextricably linked to settler colonialism, says University of Alberta professor Kim TallBear. And what better way to celebrate and reclaim sexuality than with a burlesque show? Enter the cabaret seating and condom fairies (!) of Tipi Confessions.

A woman holds a sign asking "Where are the children?" at the Stop Separating Immigrant Families Press Conference and Rally in Chicago on June 5th, 2018.
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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.


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.

Bill Radke, Katie Anthony, and Ronit Feinglass Plank.
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Imagine, if you will, a stadium. (It's built by the patriarchy.) There are people who play the game within its walls. There are people trying to burn it down. And then there are others who have excused themselves from the arena in order to build their own.

Katie Anthony and Ronit Feinglass Plank are two of those refuseniks, who are instead making their own media game. They cohost the podcast Mouthy Messy Mandatory, as well as the new show Smart Mouth with The Young Turks.

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This week the Trump administration unveiled a $12 billion bailout for agriculture. It's aimed at easing damage to the industry from the President's new tariffs and his escalating trade war with China.

But is the financial assistance a meaningful solution or a Band-Aid for a longer-term problem?

Bill Radke hears from Washington state farmer Marci Green, president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, and Heather Long, economics correspondent at the Washington Post. She explores where U.S. tariff policy is headed and the potential economic and political fallout.  

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Bill Radke talks to Sam Machkovech, tech and culture editor at Ars Technica, about Attorney General Bob Ferguson's investigation into Facebook and the resulting agreement the social media behemoth has signed to stop letting advertisers exclude minority groups from seeing their ads. The attorney general says the changes will be legally binding in Washington state but take place nationwide.


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?

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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Bill Radke talks to State Senator Mike Padden and State Representative Roger Goodman about what they believe are the best solutions to reducing drunk driving deaths. Senator Padden supports toughening the laws, by making three DUI convictions, rather than four, equal a felony. Representative Goodman supports roadside checkpoints and technology-based solutions like ignition interlock devices.

Seattle streetcar
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Bill Radke talks to KUOW Reporter Carolyn Adolph about the meeting between local businesses and the city of Seattle this afternoon, to discuss the stalled streetcar expansion.

Eula Scott Bynoe and Jeannie Yandel
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80% of us have experienced imposter syndrome at some point... which is cold comfort when you're the one on the spot, wondering why on earth you were ever hired and when they're going to find out you're a fraud. 

KUOW podcast Battle Tactics for Your Sexist Workplace to the rescue! This week's episode includes tactics about how to counter your brain's fear of being exposed as unqualified.


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. 

Bike share bikes in Seattle
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Bill Radke talks to Robert Wilonsky, city columnist and reporter for the Dallas Morning News, and David Gutman, transportation reporter for the Seattle Times, about the Seattle city council's vote to decide whether to regulate dockless bikes in the city. Dallas recently voted to require dockless bike companies to buy an $800 permit and pay about $20 per bike, per year.

Will DNA molecules replace DVDs and flash drives?
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Bill Radke talks to our panel about the stories that caught our attention over the weekend, including Hayat Norimine's piece, "Stranger genes: How Seattle scientists are advancing gene editing." We also talk about the reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with an African American actress, and how to drop your crab pots without being a jerk.


Gun rights groups are suing the City of Seattle over its new law requiring gun owners to lock up their firearms.

The National Rifle Association, Bellevue's Second Amendment Foundation and two Seattle residents are behind the suit challenging the city's gun storage law.  Mayor Jenny Durkan signed the legislation earlier this month, introducing fines ranging from $500 to $10,000.

Bill Radke speaks to Robert Spitzer, distinguished service professor at The State University of New York Cortland. He's the author of five books on gun policy, including The Politics of Gun Control

A commemorative coin by the National Rifle Association.
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Gun rights and Russian meddling collided last week, when Russian national Maria Butina was arrested on charges of being an unregistered foreign agent - that is, a spy.


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.

Sail Like a Girl heads off into the sunset.
Photo by Katrina Zoë Norbom.

It's an 1,110 mile drive from Port Townsend up to Ketchikan, Alaska.

There is a way to shave 350 miles off the trip, but there's a catch: You have to sail.


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.

Carmen Best, center, smiles while standing with her husband, left, and Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan, right, during a press conference on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at City Hall in Seattle.
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Ross Reynolds talks to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Interim Police Chief Carmen Best on the recent naming of Best to permanently take the position. She still needs to be confirmed by the Seattle City Council.

A book spoted on a log in English Bay
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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.