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A view of downtown Seattle is shown on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, from Gas Works Park.
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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. 

Politics across the state and in our schools

Aug 15, 2018
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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.

Fire echoes through the West and onto the prairie

Aug 14, 2018
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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.)


What does it take for us to let a mother grieve?

Aug 13, 2018
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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

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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.

When should a teenager be charged as an adult?

Aug 2, 2018
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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.

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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."

The debate over 3D-printed guns

Aug 1, 2018
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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.

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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.

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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.


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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?


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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. 

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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.

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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.


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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.


Carmen Best is Seattle's next police chief

Jul 17, 2018
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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.

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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.

Sasquatch: myth, or serious research topic?

Jul 11, 2018
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Sasquatch is a laughing matter to some - but to others, it's a source of research funding. Jeff Meldrum is a professor of anatomy and anthropology from Idaho State University; David George Gordon is a science communicator and author of "The Sasquatch Seeker's Field Manual". They shared tips and speculation with Bill Radke.


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Wildfire season is here, as evidenced by a massive fire in Kittitas County that closed I-90 in both directions. Anna King with Northwest News Network has been reporting on urban fires and their increasing danger due to climate change (and human settlement patterns).

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Interim police chief Carmen Best coulda been a contender - and now she is. Again. After one of the final three contestants, Cameron McLay, withdrew from consideration over the weekend, Best was placed back in the finalist ring.


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Summer in the Pacific Northwest is ten months of planning followed by two months of all-out sprint. Passes for trails and campsites go fast. If you weren't organized enough to get yours in advance, don't despair! You don't have to stay at home in your backyard - although that's a great option too, says The Evergrey's Ana Sofia Knauf. 


How do you sing America?

Jul 3, 2018
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Tomorrow is the nation's 242nd birthday. The 4th of July brings citizenship ceremonies and fireworks displays. But this year it will also bring protests against the country's treatment of immigrants. Many people are now having a deeper conversation about what it means to be American. 

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How can sci-fi prepare businesses and governments for the future? Berit Anderson, CEO of Scout.ai, along with the company's advisors, Brenda Cooper and Ramez Naam, tell Bill Radke stories that help us understand how the world is changing and how to keep up.

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Why are women underrepresented in computer science? Is is systemic forces? Or personal preference? We speak to a University of Washington lecturer who says it's the latter, and the executive director of Ada Academy who says it's the former.

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President Trump is loud. Why is former President Obama quiet? Bill Radke put that question and others to Ben Rhodes, former Obama adviser and speechwriter. Rhodes' new book about his time in the previous administration is called "The World As It Is."


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The Supreme Court today upheld the Trump Administration travel ban, which primarily targets people from majority Muslim countries. AP reporter Mark Sherman put the decision into modern-day context. Then Bill Radke spoke to two people: one with memories of the past and one who fears for the future. 

Disguise-ghazi comes to a dugout near you

Jun 25, 2018
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The Supreme Court may have taken the cake earlier this month, but they won’t be arranging the flowers. This morning, the court declined to rule on the lawsuit against Arlene’s Flowers over their refusal to create arrangements for a same-sex wedding. The New York Times’ Adam Liptak explains why.

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