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Diana Opong

Announcer/Producer

Stories

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    When MLK came to town

    Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. only came to Seattle once, in 1961. He was invited by his longtime friend, Reverend Samuel B. McKinney of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. KUOW's Isolde Raftery tells Kim Malcolm about the message he brought with him that would become his most famous speech.

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    This squirrel puppet won't judge

    Plenty of people are struggling with their mental health through this long pandemic. Some are finding community online. We’ll meet a TikTok creator who’s roaming Orcas Island with a squirrel puppet who preaches non-judgement.

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    How do we make the city safer for pedestrians?

    More Seattle walkers and bikers are dying on the city's roads than five years ago, despite an initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities by the end of this decade. KUOW's Gracie Todd dug into why it's happening and what could be done to reverse the trend.

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    Why nonprofits should pay more

    The nonprofit world is filled with dedicated, talented people doing meaningful work. One thing it’s not known for is the pay. We’ll hear from Choose 180's Sean Goode about why they're boosting base salaries to $70,000, and what that means for the work they do.

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    Get out the long table

    It's the closest thing to a normal Thanksgiving since the beginning of the pandemic. We're calling on Chef Kristi Brown of That Brown Girl Cooks! catering and Communion Restaurant & Bar to find out what the holiday will look like for her.

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    Mushrooms and mental health

    Seattle is taking steps toward decriminalizing psilocybin, in the hope that psychedelics could one day be used as treatment for depression and PTSD. We talk with UW oncologist Dr. Anthony Back about who it could help, and how it could work.

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    A path forward on policing

    Less than a week to go until voters set the course for Seattle, especially when it comes to policing and public safety. We hear what former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best thinks about what the future of policing should look like.