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  • caption: John Meyer , Senior director for marketing and communications at the UW college of the environment, during an interview about low tide in Seattle, June 5, 2023

    The tide is super low this week. Let's go tidepooling.

    The sun is out and the tide is low — the lowest it’s been all year. That means the crabs, sea anemones and urchins that normally live just under the surface are hanging out on the beach for the day. We visited Alki with John Meyer, co-author of the book Between the Tides in Washington and Oregon, to spot some critters and learn his tips for tidepooling successfully and responsibly.

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    Is the right to strike in danger?

    Last week the US Supreme Court got into the mix of a local labor dispute over striking teamsters and lost concrete. The high court's ruling in favor of Glacier Northwest, was a victory for business. But was it a huge blow for labor?

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    Casual Friday with Mike Davis and Rachel Terlep

    This week… Amazon employees walked off the job in protest of several company practices. Experts in the AI industry warned that things might be advancing a bit too fast. And we learn that none of us are very good spellers. We’ll break it all down with KUOW Arts and Culture Reporter Mike Davis and Rachel Terlep, the senior social media manager for Washington's Department of Natural Resources.

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    Why is an animal shelter clearing an encampment in Burien?

    About 2 dozen people have been forced to pack up and leave a homeless encampment in downtown Burien. But they weren’t swept by the city or the county. Instead, Burien leased the land to a private group who forced the residents off. They were not offered shelter. The controversial decision followed weeks of escalating tension over the camp. KUOW’s Casey Martin has been following the story and is here to tell us what went down… and what it means for the regional approach to the homelessness crisis.

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    South Park gets ready for the next flood

    It’s been six months since parts of South Park were flooded and some people are still waiting to go home. Washington Senator Patty Murray is working to secure three million federal dollars for wastewater and drainage improvements in the neighborhood. We’ll hear how the recovery is going for South Park community members.

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    City Council candidates enter the Thunderdome

    Elections for Seattle’s City Council are still a couple of months out, but we now know exactly who is running. The top line is: it's chaotic. Forty five people are vying for seven positions on the council. KUOW politics editor Cat Smith gives a run down of what we know so far about the candidates and what to keep in mind if you’re looking at candidates in your district.

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    Casual Friday with Jeanie Lindsay and Jane C. Hu

    This week… Seattle City Council is speaking for the trees. UW researchers are preparing to dive into the world of psychedelic therapy. And the Seattle Center Monorail is having a moment. Northwest News Network’s Jeanie Lindsay and science journalist Jane C. Hu are here to break down the week.

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    Memorial Day: How vets are healing through stories

    Memorial day is the unofficial start of the summer season, and while barbecues and sales, are nice, Memorial Day is meant to honor people who have died in service to the country. We talk to a teacher at The Red Badge Project about a book of tributes written by veterans that he’s assembling. Plus, a vet reads a story.

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    We foraged mushrooms and they were delicious

    It’s spring foraging season, and mushroom hunting is serious business for some people, but there's plenty of mushrooms available in local forests fot Author Daniel Winkler is here to show us how easy it can be to connect with nature and maybe find some edible treats.

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    We don't know enough about fentanyl

    Washington state topped a list you do not want to be on last week: We are tied for the fastest increase in overdose deaths in the country. Deaths are up across the US, mostly due to the very deadly fentanyl. But there’s more going on than just a new opioid. National Public Radio Addiction correspondent Brian Mann explains who is being impacted here, and what might help.

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    What's cooler than cool? Lake Washington

    The heat is hitting early this spring in Seattle and people are flocking outside. These sunny days are a great time to dust off your paddleboard or kayak. But that water is dangerously cold. Derek Van Dyke, an education coordinator with the Washington State Parks Boating Program will fill us in on the fun of being alert on the water.

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    Casual Friday with Casey Martin and Vaughan Jones

    This week, there was a shift in leadership at King County’s Regional Homeless Authority. Parks and rec will shut down Alki and Golden Gardens beaches an hour earlier for the summer. And how much would you pay for Taco Bell? KUOW’s Casey Martin and Vaughan Jones are here to break down the week.