skip to main content
Podcastpage Heroimage 3500x1500
Enlarge Icon

Seattle Now

Local news explained. Get up to speed on the stories shaping Seattle, weekday mornings at 6 a.m.

Start listening on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts. Support the show by making a gift to KUOW. Click here for details.


  • Seattle Now

    Casual Friday: Pandemics anonymous

    It's been a year since our first Casual Friday. Today, we reflect on the ups and downs of a year in Covidland, and hear some pandemic confessions.

  • Seattle Now

    An Amazon warehouse may unionize

    Big labor drama is brewing in tiny Bessemer, Alabama, where fifty-eight hundred Amazon warehouse workers are currently voting in a highly publicized union election. New York Times tech correspondent Karen Weise explains why their decision could be a watershed moment for the company.

  • Seattle Now

    Seattle Now: Trying to tax WA's wealthy

    Democrats in Olympia have tried and failed to pass a tax on capital gains for years. They have a good chance this year, but the bill faces significant legal hurdles.

  • Seattle Now

    One hell of a year

    It's been one year since the country's first covid-related death was reported right here in Western Washington. We talk with King County health officer Dr. Jeff Duchin about the lessons of the past year, and why he’s cautiously optimistic about the future.

  • Seattle Now

    A landmark drug law decision

    A ruling by the state Supreme Court last week opens up new possibilities for treating drug addiction. But in the short term it could cut some people off from badly needed help.

  • Seattle Now

    Attacks on Asian Americans 'a test' of summer protests

    High-profile attacks against Asian American seniors in the Bay Area are fueling calls for a law and order response. But Seattle Times columnist Naomi Ishisaka wants to keep the big picture in mind.

  • Seattle Now

    Bridging a vaccine trust gap

    Washington's vaccine rollout hasn't been equitable, especially for Black folks. One reason: broken trust between Black communities and the medical system. Today we talk to someone who's trying to rebuild it.

  • Seattle Now

    Grocery workers win hazard pay

    The grocery industry is pushing back against Seattle’s temporary four-dollar-an-hour pay hike for some workers. But the union that represents them says it will keep pushing too, to bring the pay bump to more cities. We talk about the push for hazard pay with Seattle Times reporter David Gutman.

  • Seattle Now

    Sawant email threats mystery solved

    When District 3 Councilmember Kshama Sawant got threats from a city employee, sent from their city email address, you may have thought: 'There’s no way someone would actually do that.' And you'd be right. Seattle Times crime reporter Sara Jean Green has the story.